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The Kinetic Edge Alliance

An alliance of industry-leading companies are collaborating to make designing, deploying and operating edge computing easy.
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Edge computing will deliver the next wave of network and data center infrastructure, vital to support 5G, autonomous vehicles and many other exciting technologies and applications. To meet the needs of the future, our industry must collaborate. We must bring together all of the products, platforms and expertise needed to help make operators and developers successful with edge deployments.

The Kinetic Edge Alliance (KEA) is an industry working group group dedicated to making edge computing easy and connecting stakeholders with end users and customers.

Accelerating Edge Computing

With a reference architecture created from the products and expertise of its members, built atop the foundation of the Kinetic Edge, the alliance helps organizations design, deploy and operate edge computing in the real-world just got a lot easier.

Joint Solutions

KEA partners and their customers benefit from being part of joint solutions for edge computing, where unique products and expertise can be brought together for the benefit of end users, customers and other companies to show true value at the edge.

Global Networking Community

The KEA brings together the leading companies in edge computing, creating a global networking community where members can discuss, share and collaborate.

Kinetic Edge Alliance Members

The following companies are some of the members of the Kinetic Edge Alliance:

Deployment Partners

 

Federated Wireless will bring software and systems for delivering 5G wireless services over newly-available CBRS spectrum to all Kinetic Edge locations, and will facilitate cross-connections to cellular networks for use by edge applications.

 

 

As the leading cloud for over 800,000 developers worldwide, Linode will extend its cloud computing infrastructure at Kinetic Edge locations. This partnership will enable next generation low-latency applications to operate at the edge of the wireless network.  Developers and their teams will enjoy a new level of performance and simplicity to bring their cloud driven experiences to life.

 

MobiledgeX will deploy their mobile Software-as-a-Service platform to all Kinetic Edge locations by making it available on Packet’s bare metal IT infrastructure. Application developers can leverage the MobiledgeX API and services to orchestrate edge applications which are tailor-made for the cellular environment.

 

 

Packet is committed to deploying bare metal IT infrastructure at all Kinetic Edge locations, making it possible for enterprises and developers to deploy and operate at the edge without the capital expense and complexity of deploying their own equipment. Packet also offers an Edge Access program that subsidizes the cost of early deployments, encouraging low-cost experimentation and new applications.

 

StackPath will extend its global platform of edge computing services to the Kinetic Edge, making it easy for developers to deploy containers and VMs at the edge of the cellular network, as well as also deploy serverless scripts via the company’s EdgeEngine™.

 

 

Vapor IO is committed to building tower-connected edge data centers across each of the 30 target markets, offering purpose-built edge colocation, interconnection and fiber-based networking to its partners and customers. These sites form the foundation of the Kinetic Edge, Vapor’s innovative nationwide network of edge data centers.

 

 

Technical Partners

 

AlefEdge has developed an edge architecture that makes it easy to deploy MEC (Mutli-Access Edge Computing) applications. By integrating tightly into the telco networks, AlefEdge accelerates the building and deployment of edge applications that benefit cellular operators.

 

 

Detecon International is a management consulting firm owned by Deutsche Telekom that supports telecommunications operators in sustainably improving their competitiveness and performance across the entire value chain with the help of innovative technologies, accelerating their digital transformation and evolution to 5G.

 


Hitachi Vantara, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd., delivers data center and IoT expertise for the Kinetic Edge, and provides technologies and solutions for data center infrastructure, edge-to-cloud data governance and data-driven insights. Hitachi’s Lumada specifically provides the capabilities to connect, collect, analyze, store and act on data from disparate data sources, allowing customers to make decisions in near real-time.

 

 

New Continuum will cross-connect its West Chicago data center with the Kinetic Edge to provide local colocation capacity as well as a software-enabled Internet Exchange Point (IXP). Additionally, New Continuum will deploy Open 19 IT equipment in Kinetic Edge Locations, supporting development and production environments with a pay-as-you-go business model.

 

 

Pluribus has created a next-generation network fabric for distributed cloud that can span multiple Kinetic Edge (and non-Kinetic Edge) sites, with the ability to manage them as one fabric that is able to stretch geographically with fabric-wide automation, multi-tenancy and network slicing, with no latency penalty.

 

 

Seagate, the world’s leading provider of data management technologies, will provide technical blueprints and deployment support for end users and partners who require storage at the edge.

 

 

DEPLOYMENT

The KEA seeks to establish critical mass for nationwide edge computing, targeting the top 30 US metro markets for Kinetic Edge deployment covering nearly 50% of the US population.

Chicago, the first Kinetic Edge city, has two Kinetic Edge sites online today with a third to come online later in Q1.

KEA members are participating in Kinetic Edge rollouts across the following markets in 2019:

 

  • Chicago
  • Pittsburgh
  • Atlanta
  • Dallas
  • Los Angeles
  • Seattle

MEMBERSHIP

KEA members get access to a broad range of benefits, including:

  • Early access to new Kinetic Edge locations
  • Sales and pre-sales collaboration, co-selling and lead passing
  • Co-branded technical solution documentation
  • Early access to Vapor IO product roadmaps and deployment plans
  • VIP invitations and KEA brand usage

Membership is divided into two categories:

  • Deployment Partners have committed to jointly rolling out equipment and services across the top 30 major metropolitan US markets, beginning with the first six in 2019.
  • Technical Partners support Kinetic Edge deployments and enhance the ecosystem by making their unique expertise and enabling technology available to deployments.

THE BENEFITS OF KINETIC EDGE

The Kinetic Edge empowers application developers to to build new applications that take advantage of the locality and cost benefits of edge computing, as well as enhance existing applications.

Improved Delivery of Content & Data

By pushing compute and storage to the edge of the wireless network, cloud providers and CDNs can vastly improve their ability to deliver content and data. Placing servers and storage closer to users and devices reduces latency. Having more distributed nodes reduces congestion.

New Cloud & CDN Services

Offer premium-priced products that utilize edge resources, including edge VMs, edge container services and serverless functions on the edge. Build edge nodes into complex multi-stage toolchains for IoT, data ingestion and data delivery.

New Edge Applications

Cloud providers and CDNs can capture additional business by supporting emerging applications with the Kinetic Edge, including high-speed mobile gaming, autonomous driving, untethered AR/VR and Industrial IoT.

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