Making industrial edge data processing easier and more cost-effective

Making industrial edge data processing easier and more cost-effective

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Zededa Inc. says it’s revolutionizing the edge with its new open-source operating system designed to process data in industrial applications without the need to send data to the cloud.

The EVE-OS, part of Project EVE, was created by Zededa in partnership with the Linux Foundation as an open on-premises solution for enterprise edge computing. 

“What we saw is that the edge is so unique and so different than what we’ve seen in the data center in the cloud that we needed to build a complete brand new purpose-built illustration and virtualization solution,” said Said Ouissal (pictured), founder and chief executive officer of Zededa.

At last year’s VMware Explore, Ouissal spoke with theCUBE industry analysts Lisa Martin and John Furrier, during an exclusive broadcast on theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s livestreaming studio. They discussed Zededa developments for the distributed edge and its partnership with VMware Inc. (* Disclosure below.)

Making orchestrating data at the edge easier

As society connects more and more devices to the edge of the network, it can become costly and difficult to have sufficient bandwidth to upload all of the data from the nodes back to the cloud, according to Ouissal. Zededa offers a software package that can be deployed to monitor all of the nodes in highly distributed environments.

“What if I have 15,000 or 20,000 of these nodes, and they’re all around the world in remote locations, on satellite links or wireless connectivity. How do I orchestrate them? So, we actually built an orchestration service for these nodes running this open source software,” Ouissal stated.

There is a lot of programs for industrial processing running on Windows, and many businesses want them to become containerized with Kubernetes and run on Linux.Bbut due to the time it has taken to build all the applications up, they are in a transitory phase without proper development to take them from brown to greenfield development, Ouissal explained.

“We had to learn, first of all, how do we take and lift and shift a Windows-based industrial application and make it run at the edge on our architecture,” he said. “Then the second step is how do we then siphon off that data that this application is generating and do we fuse it with cloud-native capability?” 

A VMware OEM agreement means further development

Zededa recently signed an original equipment manufacturer agreement with VMware that allows its edge orchestration solution to become part of VMware’s Edge Compute Stack. This development will increase the synchronicity of VMware edge devices, allowing customers to have an improved overview of their edge devices using VMware Edge Compute Stack 2.0.

“VMware customers want that multicloud, multi-edge orchestration experience,” Ouissal stated. “By us integrating in that vision, customers now can have that unified experience from cloud to edge and anywhere in between.”

With a recent $26 million Series B funding round, Zededa shows no signs of slowing down its growth. And with a VMware OEM agreement they have some very promising developments on the horizon. They plan on continuing to prove their product and build up a wide portfolio of customers.

“The early customers that we started deploying with a while back, they’re now going into mass scale deployment,” Ouissal stated. “So, we have now deployments underway in the 10 to 100,000s of nodes at certain customers and in amazing environments. And so, for us, it’s continuing to prove the product in more and more verticals.” 

Here’s the complete video interview, part of SiliconANGLE’s and theCUBE’s coverage of VMware Explore:

(* Disclosure: Zededa Inc. sponsored this segment of theCUBE. Neither Zededa nor other sponsors have editorial control over content on theCUBE or SiliconANGLE.)

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