By Sarah Beaudoin

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Today a majority of organizations select Microsoft Azure IoT as their platform of choice to develop applications that extract value from sensor data. This requires that they have tools to be able to efficiently collect, understand, and move relevant data to the Azure IoT platform from a diverse collection of distributed hardware at the edge.

Yet 74% of IoT deployments slow down or stall completely as customers grapple with the complexity of provisioning and managing this edge hardware at scale. Questions such as, “How do I deploy the Azure IoT Edge runtime on all of my devices out in the field?” “How do I update that runtime and the underlying OS?” “How do I manage the hardware itself?” and “How do I support additional applications, including my legacy investments?” …


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Join ZEDEDA at the one day conference “Computing on the Edge with Kubernetes” hosted by Rancher on October 21, 2020, centered around everything edge.

By 2021, Gartner forecasts that there will be approximately 25 billion IoT devices in use around the world. Each of those devices has the capacity to produce immense volumes of business-critical data. As the number of use cases for this data expands, the need for lightweight, agile applications to analyze data closer to the source has become apparent.

Edge computing is becoming possible as devices become more powerful and widespread and developers are now looking to replicate the benefits of cloud-native applications outside of centralized data centers for reasons such as bandwidth savings, latency, autonomy, security, and privacy. However, this comes with unique challenges due to the increasing diversity of hardware and software the closer you get to the physical world. …


By Jason Shepherd, VP of Ecosystem

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Recordings Available Here: https://zededa.com/transform

When we decided to host our inaugural technology and business conference to bring together people interested in digital transformation enabled by edge and IoT solutions, we figured we’d attract a few curious souls. But the first-ever ZEDEDA Transform event turned out even better than we imagined, with nearly 500 of 700 registrants attending a broad program of live sessions hosted online on Hopin.

The 67% attendance-to-registration ratio exceeds even virtual Coronavirus-era event standards, and we believe it’s in no small part testament to the fantastic roster of customers, thought leaders and technology providers from around the world that participated. …


Getting to “Advanced Class”, Including Focusing on Compounding Value with the Right Partners

By Jason Shepherd, VP of Ecosystem

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Thanks for continuing to read this series on ecosystem development and the importance of an open edge for scaling to the true potential of digital transformation — interconnected ecosystems that drive new business models and customer outcomes. In parts one and two, I talked about various ecosystem approaches spanning open and closed philosophies, the new product mindset related to thinking about the cumulative lifetime value of an offer, and the importance of the network effect and various considerations for building ecosystems. …


Why an Open, Trusted Edge is Key to Realizing the True Potential of Digital Transformation

By Jason Shepherd, VP of Ecosystem

All data is created at the edge, whether it be from user-centric or IoT devices.
All data is created at the edge, whether it be from user-centric or IoT devices.

In part one of this series, I walked through various approaches to ecosystems and highlighted how business value tends to find a natural equilibrium across stakeholders. In this second installment I’ll walk through the importance of an open edge for scaling ecosystems and realizing the true potential of digital transformation, as well as providing some tips on building ecosystems that I’ve picked up over the past years.

As a reminder, to hear more on this topic make sure to register and tune in today, July 28 for Stacey Higginbotham’s virtual event Everything is Connected — How to Build Products and Ecosystems for a Connected Age! …


Open vs. Closed Philosophies, the Value of the Network Effect and Balancing Risk and Reward

By Jason Shepherd, VP of Ecosystem

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In my 2020 predictions for Edge Computing piece earlier this year, I highlighted an increase in collaboration on interoperability, between different IT and OT stakeholders and building trust in data. In this three-part blog, I’ll expand on some related thoughts around building ecosystems, including various technical and business considerations and the importance of an open underlying foundation at the network edge.

For more on this topic, make sure to register and tune in tomorrow, July 28 for Stacey Higginbotham’s virtual event Everything is Connected — How to Build Products and Ecosystems for a Connected Age! Stacey always puts on a great event and this will be a great series of panel discussions on this important topic. I’m on a roundtable about building partnerships for data sharing and connected services. …


By Jason Shepherd, VP of Ecosystem

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In Part One of this two-part Q&A series we highlighted the new LF Edge taxonomy that publishes next week and some key considerations for edge AI deployments. In this installment our questions turn to emerging use cases and key trends for the future.

What do you see as the most promising use cases for edge AI?

As highlighted in Part One, the reasons for deploying AI at the edge include balancing needs across the vectors of scalability, latency, bandwidth, autonomy, security and privacy. …


By Jason Shepherd, VP of Ecosystem

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This two-part blog provides more insights into what’s becoming a hot topic in the AI market — the edge. To discuss more on this budding space, we sat down with our Vice President of ecosystem development, Jason Shepherd, to get his thoughts on the potential for AI at the edge, key considerations for broad adoption, examples of edge AI in practice and some trends for the future.

For more on this topic, tune in for Stacey Higganbotham’s virtual event “How to Make Machine Learning at the Edge Work” tomorrow (June 11) from 9 to 11:45am PT, during which Jason will be speaking on a panel about monetizing edge AI/ML applications. …


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From all of us here at ZEDEDA, we wish everyone the best in these difficult times. Situations like the COVID-19 pandemic remind us of what’s really important and that we will get through these tough times by working together. Here at ZEDEDA, we proactively shut down our offices in the U.S. and India in early March and have all been adjusting to working at home. While we haven’t been meeting in person or traveling, we have been able to stay engaged with colleagues, customers, and partners with various online collaboration tools. …


By Jason Shepherd, VP of Ecosystem

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MSC ASTRID Container Ship, by Bernard Spragg (source)

When Kubernetes was first released onto the open source scene by Google in 2014, it marked an important milestone in application development for cloud environments. Docker had already begun to show the world the value of containers as a means to create modular, nimble applications that could be built using a microservices architecture. But containers were difficult to deploy at scale — particularly at the massive size of many cloud-native applications. Kubernetes filled that need by providing a comprehensive container orchestration solution.

Now, as the edge is emerging as the next frontier of computing, many businesses and developers are looking to replicate the benefits of cloud-native development closer to the data’s source. Kubernetes will play an important role in that process, but, for reasons we’ll explain in this post, it isn’t as easy as simply copy/pasting the traditional version of Kubernetes across the board. …

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