IoT Giants Create Open Fog Consortium to Rule the World

By Ken Briodagh November 24, 2015

Ernst Stavro Blofeld said in From Russia with Love, “S.P.E.C.T.R.E. always delivers what it promises. Our entire organization survives upon the keeping of those promises.” The SPecial Executive for Counterintelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion is a fictional conglomerate determined to dominate the globe through evil.

Now, a coalition of leaders in the IoT industry, including ARM, Cisco, Dell, Intel, Microsoft, and the Princeton University Edge Laboratory have joined forces to create the OpenFog Consortium, with the goal not of world domination, but acceleration of Fog computing technology deployment for the good of the industry.

It will keep its promises through the development of an open architecture, core technologies with the capabilities of distributed computing, networking, and storage, and offering industry leadership that is very much needed to bring the IoT to its best case implementation. The OpenFog architecture is designed to bring intelligence from the cloud to IoT endpoints using an open standard. These founding members are committed to building the initial frameworks and architectures that will reduce the time required to deliver the end-to-end IoT scenarios.

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For those who aren’t sure what exactly Fog computing is, and why it matters, here’s a short tutorial. Fog computing technology distributes the resources and services of computation, communication, control, and storage closer to devices and systems at or near the users out at the edge of the network. The OpenFog Consortium, which is non-profit, will accelerate industry and academic leadership on the subject with whitepapers and test beds that will help showcase best practices. It will build its initial framework and architecture through early 2016, with additional announcements at expected at IoT World Forum in Dubai, December 6-8.

Click here to learn more.

“Do you expect me to talk?”

“No, Mr. IoT. I expect you to Fog.”

(Editor’s note to Mr. Fleming and the members of OpenFog: we apologize. Ken is not as funny as he thinks, but seems impossible to control.) 

Edited by Kyle Piscioniere

Editorial Director

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