Ori Industries, EdgeConneX partner to expand global edge platform in Europe

Ori Industries has entered a strategic partnership with EdgeConnex to expand Internet of Things (IoT), 5G, gaming and other edge-dependent services in Europe, by deploying its edge cloud platform OGE (Ori Global Edge) at three EdgeConnex Edge Data Centers in Warsaw, Munich, and Amsterdam, the company announced.

Ori provides an infrastructure-agnostic software platform that runs in EdgeConnex data centers to make it easier for developers to use compute, storage and network resources that exist over distributed networks across different providers. Under a partnership with communication service providers (CSPs), enterprises, private and public clouds, and smart cities, developers will leverage Ori’s computing resources integrated into a federated cloud.

“We believe the way software and physical infrastructure interact needs to be autonomous, smart and flexible,” says Mahdi Yahya, CEO at Ori Industries. “The next generation of cloud is driven by collaboration. But a gap currently exists between the needs of IT developers and the business models of MNOs and other telecommunications companies. Our technology merges the two, creating an ecosystem that gives infrastructure providers the necessary tools to transform their footprint into distributed edge-clouds, instantly ready to power applications in a fast, flexible and intelligent way. Thanks to EdgeConnex, we are expanding our footprint across Europe and new infrastructure providers to help a growing number of developers build the exciting latency-sensitive applications of tomorrow.”

“We are pleased to add Ori Industries to our growing ecosystem of cloud providers and enablers that bring a mix of services as close to end-users as possible,” says Dick Theunissen, Managing Director for EMEA at EdgeConnex. “Developers in Amsterdam, Munich, and Warsaw can locally access Ori’s platform with the services in our edge data centers. Developers need the ability to dictate where their edge is and simplify workload deployment among distributed locations. That’s exactly what Ori’s deployment in our data centers enables and how EdgeConnex can empower the edge for cloud service providers.”

Analysis

For several years companies like Netflix, Akamai, and Cloudflare have already been using services from data center providers like EdgeConnex to move content delivery closer to the network edge where end users are located. Bringing in customers like Ori who want to provide edge cloud services are a logical customer base to reach out to. Indeed, the company recently partnered with cloud provider Lume to extend the reach of its Cloud Anywhere portfolio of cloud and hosting infrastructure services. Lume’s offering includes the ability to manage resources on the customer’s premises as well as nearby data centers such as EdgeConnex’ facilities.

Ori, meanwhile, appears to be a cross between an edge PaaS provider and a workload orchestration layer that is looking to federate disparate cloud platform providers systems and present a logical, unified cloud to developers. A tall order, to be sure. Having three locations in Europe to try out is a good place for developers to test out the platform’s capabilities, though.

Jim Davis, Principal Analyst, Edge Research Group

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