Our insights on the Edge Ecosystem include two new reports from Edge Research on Rafay Systems and Cloudflare. We also look at an AI chip, blockchain in the media industry, and how the Air Force is using edge computing.
Rafay Systems is a startup that aims to ease the process of developing and deploying applications at the infrastructure edge. Read our new report at our site.
Cloudflare is moving up in the market with a new partnership that has Cloudflare security and CDN services being offered via IBM. Read our new report at our site.
Performing analytics at the edge of the network is necessary when there's too much data to move. How to efficiently process data? Discarding or sampling data is one way, but having specialized chips that are built to process data in low-power environments is what Lockheed Martin and other big-name investors are betting with their investment in AI chip startup Mythic. - JD
Blockchain, as in many other industries, has significant potential to disrupt the digital video distribution supply chain. Yet, the costs and scalability challenges of using the Ethereum blockchain, for example, are pointed to as challenges for adoption. Basically, the same issue of trust faced by P2P systems that arose after Napster and other services are going to limit blockchain adoption to experimental status for the near term. - JD
Meritalk dives into what edge computing is, and why its’ needed by the government IT personnel in its audience. What’s of particular note is the application of edge compute in the Air Force, cited mid-way in the report: "The Air Force, though, has been able to save almost $1 million a week in tanker refueling costs through harnessing the power of cloud and edge computing, Chehreh noted. The Air Force has air operations centers around the world to manage air administrators and operations. Using the Pivotal Cloud Foundry platform, Dell EMC helped train Air Force developers to build and deploy next-generation cloud-native applications for the Air Force’s tanker scheduling logistic platform. The software provides better predictive logistics, especially for refueling jet airplanes in the air. The application was developed, then deployed on a secure Air Force network at an air operations center in the Middle East in just eight weeks." - JD