back to article Open-source boffins want to do for the IoT edge what Kubernetes did for containers

Two high-profile open-source collaborations are putting their heads together to work out how to take Kubernetes, more familiar in hyperscale environments, out to Internet of Things edge computing projects. The Kubernetes IoT Edge Working Group is the brainchild of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) and the Eclipse …

  1. Oneman2Many

    If it wants to sit on the edge, if it can't be run on a arm CPU then the footprint is too big.

    Biggest IoT issue I have today is having 10 different vendors coming to me with 10 different solutions for the same use case. And its not even 10, its 30 or 40 or more and the solutions are too specific to the use case. Need something more generic.

    1. Nick Kew

      An open source collaboration is your best hope for something more generic. Open source[1] means everyone gets to scratch their own itch, which means in turn they'll want a flexible modular architecture that can serve many purposes. And yes, that's entirely feasible on today's smallest ARM CPUs.

      [1] Unless it's too tightly controlled, in which case you either fork or ignore it.

  2. JohnFen


    "You have lots of devices that need to connect to a cloud back end"

    Allowing your devices to talk over the internet is precisely what you should not do.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: No

      You've got that right. A sort of gateway appliance would be far better, more likely a pair for any telemetry that matters. It'd have the advantage that the monitoring devices are specialized in their individual requirements for each use. And then your edge gateway appliance can be specialized in its approach to analyzing, bundling, and posting to home base. Last thought is using the appliance to push updates to the instruments while the gateways are updating themselves via "The Cloud." Come to think on it, it's very much the branch office architectural approach.

      That's how I'd approach it. More general purpose edge gateway that happens to get its purposes and security from the Kubernetes approach.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    something like this already exists

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