OpenFog Consortium and ETSI Will Collaborate

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Companies to share work related to global standards development for fog-enabled mobile edge applications and technologies.

Business people puzzle piece solution collaboration mergerETSI and the OpenFog Consortium announced they will begin a collaboration to develop fog-enabled mobile edge apps and technologies. The two organizations signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together to benefit organizations that are working on 5G, mission-critical data dense application development using fog computing and networking to reduce technical overlap across domains.

“This OpenFog-ETSI MOU is a significant step in our efforts to build interoperability for efficient and reliable networks and intelligent endpoints operating along the Cloud-to-Things continuum,” said Helder Antunes, chairman of the OpenFog Consortium and senior director, Cisco.

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“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.”

Moving towards fog and edge standards

“Establishing a cooperation framework with OpenFog represents a significant step towards adoption of our standards by the industry,” added Alex Reznik, Chairman of ETSI MEC ISG. “This alignment of a leading industry consortium and a standards setting organization in the fog/edge space should make it easier for both application developers and infrastructure solution providers to develop towards a common, open and interoperable edge computing environment.”

OpenFog will work with the ETSI Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) Industry Specification Group (ISG). They’ll collaborate on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) standardization and interoperability requirements by sharing technical work in progress.

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The OpenFog Reference Architecture will extend the mobile edge with a physical, multi-layered network of cooperating fog nodes that interface between cloud ad edge to allow for interoperability. One of the first initiatives from the agreement will be focused on Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) which support edge computing interoperability.

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