LF Edge of The Linux Foundation is Debuting its New Sandbox SaaS to Enable Secure Edge Applications


Children have often delighted in the joy of playing in sandboxes. Like in other places where young ones engage in play (like playgrounds or activity centers), imaginations run wild in sandboxes. There, joy should be a built-in reward, and lively collaboration paves the way.

Later in life, adults navigating long boardrooms may not instinctively feel that same palpable joy, but the sandbox mentality is still fostered in many enterprise spaces – creativity, converging energies, shared goals. It’s still a thing. (Editor’s note: As I wrote this article, my wife informed me that, as a therapist, there are also forms of sandbox therapy that can be used to help kids, teens, and adults express their emotions and goals through engagement the way we would in actual sandboxes. So this sandbox talk can be employed literally and metaphorically. It works.)

Today, let’s discuss an adult sandbox that’s certainly more on the edge, in a manner of speaking.

LF Edge, a sub-foundation of The Linux Foundation, works to establish an open and interoperable framework for edge computing (independent from hardware, silicon, cloud, or operating system) and create best practices that are critical for sustaining current and future generations of IoT and edge devices. A unified community that’s dedicated to cross-industry collaboration and accelerated edge adoptions means a whole lot for the world of IoT, and LF Edge (founded in 2019) is just getting started.

Last week, LF Edge announced the upcoming availability of a new way to deploy LF Edge projects and solutions to edge devices:

LF Edge Sandbox.

As a centralized, ease-of-use, self-service platform LF Edge Sandbox enables users to kick-start projects from proofs-of-concept phases, to full demos and even end-user experiences. Provided by ZEDEDA (which we’ve covered twice over the past month, specifically regarding improved edge application services and support for the edge), the LF Edge SaaS service leverages EVE-OS, a universal Linux operating system. So, when considered at scale, the LF Edge Sandbox enables secure device management and application orchestration for those “on the edge of innovation,” if you’ll pardon my pun.

"The development of the LF Edge Sandbox speaks to the community's robust array of in-demand edge computing solutions,"  stated Arpit Joshipura, General Manager for Networking, Edge and IoT at The Linux Foundation. "This new Sandbox service makes it even easier for people and organizations to trial various LF Edge project solutions and blueprints across formats, ultimately enabling faster deployment. Congratulations go to the community for achieving this milestone, and huge thanks to ZEDEDA for their resources."

The LF Edge Sandbox, available in the coming weeks, will help developers quickly learn about and test open source projects. By making projects simple to deploy, developers will be able to focus on building their own unique solutions (and the resulting value said solutions deliver). Any user with a Linux Foundation ID (i.e. accounts are free and can be created by following instructions here) will be able to select which LF Edge project applications to deploy from a pre-configured list, as well as deploy private applications to test simulated use cases within minutes.

Edited by Greg Tavarez
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