ETSI, OpenFog Consortium Collaborate on Mission-Critical Apps
Monday, September 25, 2017 | Comments

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and the OpenFog Consortium will collaborate to develop fog-enabled mobile edge applications and technologies. The two organizations signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to benefit organizations working to develop 5G, mission-critical and data-dense applications through fog computing and networking and reduce technical overlap across the multitude of domains.

OpenFog will work with the ETSI Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) Industry Specification Group (ISG). The two organizations will cooperate on information and communication technologies (ICT) standardization and interoperability requirements by sharing and applying selected technical work in process. MEC’s work addresses multiple multiaccess edge hosts deployed by different operator-owned networks, which run edge applications in a collaborative manner.

The OpenFog Reference Architecture will extend the mobile edge with a physical and logical multilayered network hierarchy of cooperating fog nodes that interface between cloud and edge, allowing for interoperability across operators.

One of the first initiatives from the agreement will be focused on application programming interfaces (APIs) that support edge-computing interoperability. The recently released package of MEC APIs contains important properties that can be adapted and used in the OpenFog reference architecture. The ETSI MEC specifications also include an API framework for delivering services to be consumed or offered by locally hosted or remote authorized applications. By adopting and re-using APIs across the OpenFog and MEC architectures, developers can more easily create common architectures, unify management strategies, and write a single application software modules that run on both OpenFog and MEC architecture, a statement said.

“This OpenFog-ETSI MOU is a significant step in our efforts to build interoperability for efficient and reliable networks and intelligent end points operating along the cloud-to-things continuum,” said Helder Antunes, chairman of the OpenFog Consortium and senior director, Cisco. “We’re now positioned to leverage our respective work to give the industry a cohesive set of standards around fog computing in mobile environments, while eliminating any redundancy in our respective efforts.”

OpenFog Consortium was formed to accelerate the deployment of fog computing technologies through development of an open architecture that identifies core technologies and capabilities such as distributed computing, networking and storage that will support intelligence at the edge of the internet of things (IoT). The OpenFog Consortium was formed by ARM, Cisco, Dell, Intel, Microsoft and Princeton University in November 2015 and has members in North America, Europe and Asia.

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