This week, we look at how Microsoft is placing an increased emphasis on edge computing - at the expense of Windows. Also, commentary on the importance of monitoring edge services and a link to our report on Limelight Networks.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella issued a memo to Microsoft employees that outlines a plan to reorganize the company around a vision of a ubiquitous distributed compute fabric that extends from cloud to ‘edge.' Is this just another re-org or something more?
The possibilities for leveraging edge compute services for IoT applications are enormous, but there are challenges that come with ensuring service availability. A few thoughts on monitoring, spurred by a post from Michael Segal of Netscout. - JD
Edge Research Group is partnering with Structure Research on a variety of projects, including coverage of the CDN and cloud interconnection services markets. In our most recent report, we take a look at the rationale behind Limelight Networks partnership with Tencent Cloud for CDN services in China. Click through to read the report here (paywall). - JD
Research firm Futuriom looks at a company bringing microservices to the network - and how it can be used to create custom protocol stacks and white-label switches that are, in theory, going to be easier to manage via APIs. - JD
AWS published an interesting customer case study on Kemppi, a Finnish company that provides welding equipment and software. Using AWS Cloud, IoT Core, Lambda and other services enabled Kemppi to enable a new generation of welding machines to connect to cloud services. Why would a welding machine need to do that? There are a number of industries where very strict standards need to be met in order to ensure that welds are going to hold things like offshore drilling platforms and ships will hold together under extreme stress. Having connected welding machines means that centrally stored configurations can be downloaded and used to create welds, while employers have the ability to ensure only certified welders are working on a project. It's an interesting read after the jump. - JD