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Linux Foundation establishes NextArch Foundation to build edge computing, next-generation IT architecture

Linux Foundation establishes NextArch Foundation to build edge computing, next-generation IT architecture

The Linux Foundation announced the establishment of a new nonprofit organization that will focus on the development of a next-generation architecture that can support compatibility between different microservices.

Dubbed NextArch Foundation, the institution will bring together open source developers and contributors to develop edge computing, artificial intelligence (AI), and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions.

More than 40 companies have already expressed interest in contributing to the vision unveiled by NextArch, including Tencent, JD, and Baidu.

“NextArch Foundation understands that solving the biggest technology challenges of our time requires building an open-source ecosystem and fostering collaboration,” said Mike Dolan, senior vice president, and general manager of projects at Linux Foundation.

Behind the establishment of the new nonprofit is the idea that despite the aforementioned technologies having been growing steadily in the past few years, their adoption has been hindered by a lack of intelligent, centralized architecture.

“Developers today have to make what feel like impossible decisions among different technical infrastructures and the proper tool for a variety of problems,” explained Jim Zemlin, Executive Director of the Linux Foundation. This is due to the fact that every tool brings learning costs and complexities that developers don’t have the time to navigate, he explained. At the same time, Zemlin believes firms are under pressure to keep up with accelerated development and innovation.

“NextArch Foundation will improve ease of use and reduce the cost for developers to drive the evolution of next-generation technology architectures,” Zemlin added.

The group said it can do this by leveraging infrastructure abstraction solutions through architecture and design. Automating development, operations, and project processes will also be key to increasing the autonomy of development teams.

As a consequence, companies will be able to gain easy-to-use and cost-effective tools to solve the majority of their problems connected with productization and commercialization in their digital transformation journey.

“We always believe that in the continuous evolution of the next-generation technology architecture, developer productivity engineering (DPE) and developer experience engineering (DXE) will become the mainstream consensus of the industry,” commented Xuefeng Shi, Engineering Efficiency Expert of JD.

“Together with the open-source spirit, it will act as the source of power to develop future technical efficiency. I am delighted that this coincides with the vision of NextArch Foundation.

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