LF Edge updates: American Tower joins as Premier Member, EdgeGallery added to Project Roster

LF Edge updates: American Tower joins as Premier Member, EdgeGallery added to Project Roster

The Linux Foundation (LF) has announced two separate moves to expand LF Edge, its ecosystem of partners working on establishing an open, interoperable framework for edge computing independent of hardware, silicon, cloud, or operating systems.

The first one is the addition of American Tower (AMT) as a Premier member and Ritsumeikan University as a new Associate member.

American Tower is one of the world’s largest real estate investment trusts (REITs), currently counting a portfolio of roughly 219,000 communications sites.

”We are excited to join LF Edge and their members to accelerate innovation, enabled by edge network architecture,” commented the company’s Vice President of Product Line Management, Eric Watko.

“A distributed model, positioning critical data closer to the user, provides the low-latency infrastructure to deliver the automation, performance, and cognitive insight required by manufacturing, healthcare, transportation, and more,” Watko added.

American Tower is interested in adding cloud services near its cell towers, but has also recently acquired publicly traded data center operator CoreSite for $10.1 billion in a bid to offer services from the central cloud to the edge.

“AMT has used the last few years to try and understand how data centers could fit in its wider tower and wireless business and the CoreSite acquisition is a culmination of those efforts,” Philbert Shih, Managing Director and Founder of Structure Research, wrote in a guest post on EdgeIR in November 2021.

EdgeGallery’s open-source MEC platform added to LF Edge

A new project coming to LF Edge is EdgeGallery, an open-source Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) platform for telecoms started by Huawei, carriers, and vertical industry partners in late 2021.

EdgeGallery will see LF Edge work towards the realization of a common edge computing platform meeting the “connection + computing” characteristics of the telecom industry.

The project will also aim to standardize the openness of network capabilities (particularly 5G), as well as simplify lifecycle processes like MEC application development, test, migration, and running.

EdgeGallery is the tenth project from LF Edge and joins other nine initiatives: Akraino, Baetyl, Fledge, EdgeX Foundry, Home Edge, Open Horizon, Project EVE, Secure Device Onboard (SDO), and State of the Edge respectively.

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