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Vapor IO, Packet, and the Linux Foundation Collaborate on “Open Glossary of Edge Computing”

Vapor IO, Packet, and the Linux Foundation Collaborate on “Open Glossary of Edge Computing”

Co-Creators of the State of the Edge 2018 report donate their open source glossary to The Linux Foundation, building a community around key terminology for the edge ecosystem.

Austin, Texas – June 27, 2018 – Vapor IO,

the leading provider of edge computing infrastructure and colocation, along with Packet, the leading bare metal cloud for developers, have published the first Open Glossary of Edge Computing, and are collaborating with The Linux Foundation to create an open source project around it. Similar to Wikipedia, the Open Glossary of Edge Computing is a freely-licensed glossary, written collaboratively by the people who use it. Edge computing will play a substantial role in shaping the next-generation internet, and shared definitions will reduce confusion and accelerate innovation. By combining many viewpoints in a transparent process, the Open Glossary of Edge Computing project seeks to capture the fast-changing lexicon of edge computing, presenting it in a form usable by journalists, analysts, vendors and practitioners.

“The Linux Foundation is at the forefront of open source efforts in edge computing as exemplified by the industry-leading Akraino Edge Stack, CORD and EdgeX Foundry projects,” said Arpit Joshipura, General Manager, Networking, The Linux Foundation. “Adding the Open Glossary of Edge Computing to our existing portfolio of open source frameworks helps us advance the industry and create a shared vocabulary around which innovation can happen. By providing a home and governance structure at The Linux Foundation, we can enable a community-driven process for evolving the Open Glossary of Edge Computing.”

The glossary emerged as a sibling project to the world’s first State of the Edge Report, also announced today. Vapor IO and Packet have contributed the Open Glossary of Edge Computing under the liberal and flexible Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license. The project encourages individuals and organizations with an interest in edge computing to publish and incorporate the glossary into their own works. The project also welcomes contributors from everywhere, providing a GitHub repository where individuals can join the community, present ideas, participate in discussions, and offer specific suggestions and improvements to the glossary.

“Edge computing now has its Rosetta Stone,” said Matt Trifiro, CMO of Vapor IO and a lead contributor to the the glossary. “We originally created the glossary for our internal use, but as we shared it for review, we were asked to make it a community resource. We chose The Linux Foundation as a long-term home for the project because they provide world-class support and have a proven track of organizing successful communities and attracting top-tier open source projects.”

State of the Edge Research Report

Also announced today is the State of Edge collaboration and their inaugural State of the Edge 2018 report. This year’s free report is available on the StateoftheEdge.com website. The State of the Edge report and platform has been created by a broad alliance of edge computing stakeholders, including Vapor IO, Packet, Ericsson UDM, Arm Holdings, and Rafay Systems. A current version of the Open Glossary of Edge Computing has been incorporated into the report.

Resources

About Vapor IO

Vapor IO is building the cloud of the future by delivering a suite of hardware and software for edge computing and operating the fastest-growing edge colocation business known as Project Volutus. The company’s technology enables highly-distributed micro data centers to be embedded in the wireless and wireline infrastructure, colocated with the last mile or Radio Access Network (RAN), and meshed together with software and high-speed fiber as part of the company’s Kinetic Edge, a technical architecture for city-scale edge computing. For additional information, please visit www.vapor.io.

About Packet

Packet is the leading bare metal cloud for developers. Its proprietary technology automates physical servers and networks without the use of virtualization or multi-tenancy – powering over 60k deployments each month across four “core” and 16 “edge” data centers. Committed to automating infrastructure no matter what it is or where it lives, Packet also provides its infrastructure automation solution via on premise and private deployment models. Learn more at www.packet.net.

About The Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world’s top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and industry adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information can be found at www.linuxfoundation.org.

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Industry Leaders Bring Clarity and Collaboration to Edge Computing

Vapor IO, Packet, Ericsson UDN, Arm, and Rafay Systems collaborate with Structure Research and Edge Research Group to publish inaugural State of the Edge report

Austin, Texas – June 27, 2018 – A broad group of edge computing stakeholders, including Vapor IO, Packet, Ericsson UDN, Arm and Rafay Systems, have joined forces to bring clarity and research to the field of edge computing. Produced with help from Structure Research and Edge Research Group, the State of the Edge 2018 report documents contemporary knowledge in the field of edge computing and is freely available at StateoftheEdge.com.

The group also announced two related initiatives: the Open Glossary of Edge Computing and an Edge Computing Landscape. The State of the Edge projects are ongoing efforts and the collaborators are inviting the community at large to contribute to these resources, creating a participatory platform for ongoing research.

“As the industry shifts towards IoT, self-driving vehicles, augmented reality, smart cities and numerous real-time applications, we see high-performance compute, storage and network resources rapidly moving as close to the end user and devices as possible—to the edge of the last mile network,” said Philbert Shih, Managing Director at Structure Research. “The edge ecosystem is large and fast-moving, and the State of the Edge collaboration provides a critical forum for stakeholders to openly work together on terminology and shared research, thereby pushing the industry forward.”

State of the Edge Report 2018

The inaugural State of the Edge report chronicles the emergence of edge computing and documents the impact on developers, technology providers, telecom operators, ISPs, and end users, among others. The report assesses the state of edge computing today, illustrates practical architectures for its deployment, and provides guidance on where this innovative collection of technologies is heading in the near future. The report also endeavors to explain the role edge computing plays in the future of cloud computing, casting it in the context of complementary approaches such as fog computing and public cloud.

Industry analysts Jim Davis (Edge Research Group) and Philbert Shih (Structure Research) produced the report with help from Packet, Vapor IO, Rafay Systems, Ericsson UDN, and Arm. The State of the Edge 2018 report can be viewed and downloaded here. For more information, please visit stateoftheedge.com.

Glossary and Landscape

Also announced today is the Open Glossary of Edge Computing, a community-driven lexicon of essential terms in the edge computing ecosystem. The Open Glossary of Edge Computing presents a framework for organizing shared language to assist in more precise discussions around edge computing. Readers can view a formatted version of the Glossary here as well as contribute to the project via a GitHub repository. For more information, see the Open Glossary of Edge Computing press release.

The State of the Edge collaborators have also published the first edition of the Edge Computing Landscape, an open source database and interactive landscape visualization of vendors, open source projects, foundations and standards groups that intersect or influence the edge computing market. Readers can view the Edge Computing Landscape on the State of the Edge website, as well as visit the GitHub repository to submit pull requests for edits and additions.

Supporting Resources

About Vapor IO

Vapor IO is building the cloud of the future by delivering a suite of hardware and software for edge computing and operating the fastest-growing edge colocation business known as Project Volutus. The company’s technology enables highly-distributed micro data centers to be embedded in the wireless and wireline infrastructure, colocated with the last mile or Radio Access Network (RAN), and meshed together with software and high-speed fiber as part of the company’s Kinetic Edge™, a technical architecture for city-scale edge computing. For additional information, please visit vapor.io and follow the company on Twitter @vaporio.

About Packet

Packet is the leading bare metal cloud for developers. Its proprietary technology automates physical servers and networks without the use of virtualization or multi-tenancy – powering over 60k deployments each month across four “core” and 16 “edge” data centers. Committed to automating infrastructure no matter what it is or where it lives, Packet also provides its infrastructure automation solution via on-premise and private deployment models. Learn more at www.packet.net.

About Arm

Arm technology is at the heart of a computing and connectivity revolution that is transforming the way people live and businesses operate. Our advanced, energy-efficient processor designs have enabled intelligent computing in more than 125 billion chips. Over 70% of the world’s population are using Arm technology, which is securely powering products from the sensor to the smartphone to the supercomputer. This technology combined with our IoT software and device management platform enables customers to derive real business value from their connected devices. Together with our 1,000+ technology partners we are at the forefront of designing, securing and managing all areas of compute from the chip to the cloud.

About Ericsson UDN

Launched in 2017, the Ericsson UDN is a live global network built in partnership with Service Providers around the world.  The UDN is architected to help service providers create a global network that is made available to content providers and application providers who need more capacity and better performance for their consumer applications.  We are working on the next set of edge compute applications with our customers and service provider partners to build additional value and unlock to power of edge networks. Please visit us at www.ericssonudn.com

About Rafay Systems

Rafay Systems enables next generation performance improvements for SaaS applications delivered over the Internet. Rafay’s Programmable Edge™ platform equips developers with a disruptive set of tools to automatically deploy performance and geography sensitive applications, or micro-services, closer to endpoints. With presence at the infrastructure edge, Rafay’s platform enables organizations to deliver a new set of experiences to their end customers. For more information, visit www.rafay.co and join the conversation on Twitter @RafaySystemsInc.

About Structure Research

Structure Research is an independent research firm focused on the cloud and data centre infrastructure service provider markets. Based out of Toronto, Structure Research is squarely focused on the mid-tier to enterprise segments with an emphasis on international markets, particularly the Asia-pacific region. The firm provides publication of syndicated and customized research and analysis, strategic consulting, advisory services and public speaking. Clients include service providers, technology vendors supplying service providers and investors. Learn more at www.structureresearch.net.

About Jim Davis/Edge Research Group

Jim Davis is the founder and principal analyst of Edge Research Group, as well as a contributing analyst for Structure Research. He has a track record of providing insights into the technologies and companies that are influencing markets. Prior to founding the Edge Research Group, Jim was a Principal Analyst with 451 Research for 17 years, covering cloud networking and security services, including content delivery networks, interconnection, peering, and cloud exchange services. Learn more at www.edgeresearch.group.

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Supporting Quotes

Vapor IO
“Just as we need shared infrastructure to deploy new capabilities at the edge, we also need shared platforms to organize the ecosystems making it happen. The State of the Edge collaboration provides crisp, relevant research and an open model of collaboration for ongoing work. As a founding member, Vapor IO is committed to innovation and fostering an open dialog in the field of edge computing. We see this as an exciting time to come together as an industry to meet the needs of network operators, cloud providers, developers and end users as edge computing unleashes the next generation internet.” — Cole Crawford, co-founder & CEO, Vapor IO

Packet
“With infrastructure starting to move at software speed, it’s critical that we work together to accelerate the evolution of a robust ecosystem that can meet the complex challenges associated with the massive opportunities of distributed computing.” – Zac Smith, CEO of Packet.”

Ericsson UDN
“Ericsson is an established leader in nearly all layers of the network ecosystem. Our direct investments in technology and the UDN Network speak firmly to our belief in our service provider partners and our confidence in the future capabilities of this new vertical we’re helping to create; the edge cloud. This report is a collective approach of like-minded companies and individuals that will be critical in helping to shape and scale the edge for content providers and applications developers alike.”  — Yves Boudreau, Vice President of Ecosystem Strategy, Ericsson UDN

Arm
“Arm believes in a future powered by a trillion intelligent devices, and we also believe in the strength of a diverse ecosystem to enable those devices. The State of the Edge report is an opportunity for us to activate the deep knowledge of our partners, and to encourage the kind of collaborative innovation that has driven Arm technology into billions of devices over the last 30 years.” — Drew Henry, Vice President and General Manager, Infrastructure Line of Business, Arm.

Rafay Systems
“Application owners intuitively understand the Edge’s potential to greatly improve and enhance their applications’ performance,” said Haseeb Budhani, co-founder, and CEO of Rafay Systems. “Creating an easily consumable set of developer-facing solutions that leverage the Edge to improve application performance requires a technology village, and Rafay Systems is excited to be working with Vapor IO, Packet, Ericsson and Arm Holdings to make this vision a reality.”

Cloud Native Computing Foundation
“The CNCF community sees edge computing as a natural extension of cloud native practices, both on the infrastructure side and device side. We’re thrilled to participate in cross-community collaborations, such as the Open Source Glossary of Edge Computing. Together, we will define the key terminology involved with edge computing, as well as the Kubernetes Edge/IoT Working Group, and welcome all to join us.” — Chris Aniszczyk, CTO and COO of The Cloud Native Computing Foundation.

Vapor IO Wins Leading Lights Award for Most Innovative Edge Computing Strategy

The company’s Project Volutus combines edge data centers with wireless infrastructure to deliver the next generation cloud needed for 5G, IoT, autonomous driving and other edge applications

Austin, Texas – March 27, 2018 – Vapor IO,the leader in edge computing and edge data centers, has won Light Reading’s 2018 Leading Lights Award for the Most Innovative Edge Computing Strategy. The company’s Project Volutus, launched in June 2017, deploys highly-distributed micro data centers at the base of cell towers and in Distributed Antenna System (DAS) hubs. The project delivers a platform for edge computing by placing micro data centers at the edge of the last mile Radio Access Network (RAN), then meshing them together into technical architecture for city-scale edge computing that is called the Kinetic Edge.

Through Project Volutus, Vapor IO is building the world’s largest network of distributed edge data centers, enabling cloud providers, wireless carriers and web-scale companies to deliver cloud-based edge computing applications via a network of micro data centers integrated into the wireless infrastructure.

“We’re proud to be the winner of the very first Leading Lights award for edge computing strategy,” said Cole Crawford, founder and CEO of Vapor IO. “With Project Volutus, Vapor IO is bringing datacenter-scale computing to the edge of the wireless network, accelerating the rollout of 5G as well as powering the next generation of applications, including IoT, driverless cars, autonomous robots, augmented reality and services for the emerging smart city.”

The first Project Volutus Kinetic Edge city, Chicago, is online now. The company expects to have its services live in three cities by the end of 2018.

Project Volutus deploys edge computing deep into the urban infrastructure, building micro data centers literally at the base of cell towers and wireless access hubs, integrating them into the wireless infrastructure and tying them all back to centralized clouds. This edge infrastructure will support new applications, such as 5G, autonomous vehicles, AI and augmented reality, which require cloud workloads that run at the very edge of the network where they can be near the data and devices they support. Project Volutus has the potential to be the world’s largest network of distributed edge data centers.

For more about Vapor IO and their solutions, please visit www.vapor.io.

Supporting Resources

— Twitter

— Blog

— LinkedIn

About Vapor IO

Vapor IO is building the cloud of the future by delivering a suite of hardware and software for edge computing and operating the fastest-growing edge colocation business known as Project Volutus. The company’s technology enables highly-distributed micro data centers to be embedded in the wireless and wireline infrastructure, colocated with the last mile or Radio Access Network (RAN), and meshed together with software and high-speed fiber as part of the company’s Kinetic Edge, a technical architecture for city-scale edge computing. For additional information, please visit www.vapor.io.

Contacts

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Vapor IO and BasX Solutions Unveil Revolutionary Cooling System for Micro Data Centers, Custom-Developed for Edge Environments

New system delivers the most reliable and efficient data center thermal management to the edge without the use of outside air or water

Austin, Texas – March 02, 2018 – Vapor IO,the leader in edge computing and edge data centers,and BasX Solutions, one of the world’s leading authorities on data center cooling, today announced a revolutionary new cooling system specifically designed for challenging edge environments. By integrating BasX’s patent-pending hyperscale-grade cooling system with Vapor IO’s Vapor Edge Module (VEM), the companies are able to deliver the smallest footprint multi-tenant micro data center with more than 150 kW of critical IT load in edge environments. The solution provides all the benefits of free and economized cooling, which is today’s gold standard, with none of the drawbacks associated with outside air economization or evaporative water consumption. The first Vapor Edge Modules will be deployed as part of Vapor IO’s Project Volutus in the third quarter of 2018. Vapor IO expects to start deploying at scale by Q4 2018.

“BasX has specially-adapted their hyperscale cooling technology to the Vapor Edge Module, reconfiguring it for a small footprint and remote operation in rugged edge locations,” said Cole Crawford, founder and CEO of Vapor IO. “BasX’s unmatched manufacturing and design expertise—as well as their cooling technology—make them the perfect partner for manufacturing our Edge Module, helping us accelerate the next-generation internet via Project Volutus.”

Delivering Free Cooling to Even the Most Rugged Edge Environments

Vapor IO and BasX jointly designed the Vapor Edge Module’s highly-efficient cooling system with specific edge environment requirements in mind. In particular:

  • Edge locations lack access to an on-site water supply, so evaporative cooling and other water-consuming options are untenable (not to mention falling out of favor due to their environmental impact).
  • Edge data centers must occupy an extremely small footprint, which is achieved by fully-integrating the cooling system into the design rather than bolting on externally mounted “package units.”
  • Edge data centers are often located in rugged and hard-to-reach locations, have no on-site staff and still require high levels of reliability. It’s critically important to have component-level redundancy, utilize remote monitoring and operational tools, as well as eliminate costly air and water filters, which are expensive and have to be frequently replaced. This is key to making the edge data center economical to operate.
  • Edge data centers must be capable of powering (and cooling) substantial amounts of IT equipment, such as at least 150 kW of critical IT gear in a highly-efficient manner.

BasX and Vapor IO used their combined manufacturing and design expertise to deliver on all of these considerations in the Vapor Edge Module. BasX will manufacture the Vapor Edge Module, incorporating the joint designs and innovative technologies from both companies.

“Each and every data center space has its own challenges in regards to space constraints, cooling density, and many other factors. In order to deliver the Vapor Edge Module, we had to uniquely configure our cooling system to perform in that compact space and create safe and exact air handling conditions in frequently rugged conditions,” said BasX president and co-founder Matt Tobolski PhD, SE. “The Vapor Chamber’s patented airflow system inside the Vapor Edge Module is a great match for BasX’s cooling technology, making it possible for us to jointly deliver a high-performance multi-tenant edge data center. We also found the capabilities of Vapor’s software-based telemetry systems ideal for analyzing, tuning and remotely operating edge data centers to ensure we are able to accurately track cooling system performance.”

The Vapor Edge Module will deliver the most reliable and efficient data center thermal management to the edge—all without the use of outside air or water. Benefits include:

  • Edge-Readiness – The first and only multi-tenant modular data center capable of cooling 150 kW of critical IT equipment load in challenging edge environments.
  • Hyperscale Efficiency – Patented air management, continuous “free cooling” and on-demand compressor-based cooling adapted to edge environments rivals the efficiency of the largest and most advanced data centers in the world.
  • Eco-Friendly – Extremely energy efficient, and uses no external water supply. Provides a PUE of 1.2 or better in any climate.
  • Rugged, Reliable – Completely self-contained system that requires no external water piping and no external air filtering. Component-level redundancy increases resilience.
  • Autonomic and adaptable – Dozens of sensors and variable speeds on components (fans, pumps, compressors) allows for efficient operation, remote monitoring and behavior-tuning in software.

Availability

The first Vapor Edge Modules will ship in Q3 2018 of which 100 percent are fully allocated. Vapor IO is accepting orders now for delivery in Q4 2018. For more information, please contact Vapor IO via their website.

For more about Vapor IO and their solutions, please visit www.vapor.io.

Supporting Resources

— Twitter

— Blog

— LinkedIn

About Vapor IO

Vapor IO is building the cloud of the future by delivering a suite of hardware and software for edge computing and operating the fastest-growing edge colocation business known as Project Volutus. The company’s technology enables highly-distributed micro data centers to be embedded in the wireless and wireline infrastructure, colocated with the last mile or Radio Access Network (RAN), and meshed together with software and high-speed fiber as part of the company’s Kinetic Edge, a technical architecture for city-scale edge computing. For additional information, please visit www.vapor.io.

Contacts

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Hangar and Vapor IO to Deliver Autonomous Robotics at the Kinetic Edge

Real-time system includes new data sources that support autonomous drones, cars and robotics

Austin, Texas – March 27, 2018 – Vapor IO, the leader in edge computing and edge data centers, and Hangar, the world’s first robotics-as-a-system data acquisition platform, today announced plans for a commercial implementation of Hangar’s Autonomous Robotics for Industry on top of Vapor IO’s Kinetic Edge™. The implementation consists of Hangar’s Robotics-as-a-System™ (RaaS) platform running on Vapor IO’s Kinetic Edge, deployed to Project Volutus edge locations. Hangar’s RaaS platform will utilize Vapor IO’s Kinetic Edge sites for safe navigation, connectivity, situational and airspace awareness, drone storage, drone recharging, high-speed data ingest and low latency processing.

“The tens of thousands of autonomous robots being deployed by public and private organizations will require a national edge infrastructure,” said Jeff DeCoux, founder and CEO of Hangar. “As these robotics go to work, they will depend on low-latency services at the edge, including precision navigation, micro-climate decision support, and high speed ingest of data to assure safe and secure deployment. We have been working with Vapor IO for over a year and are confident that the Kinetic Edge will meet these needs now and into the future.”

 

Autonomous Robotics at the Kinetic Edge

Vapor IO’s Kinetic Edge deconstructs the traditional “large building” data center into a cluster of tightly-integrated hyper-local micro data centers connected by high-speed fiber and embedded in the urban fabrics, such as at the base of cell towers. The distributed nature of the Kinetic Edge makes it possible to span an entire city, provide low-latency hyperscale compute at the edge of the wireless and wireline networks. In essence, the Kinetic Edge presents a city-sized, software-controlled virtual data center that, while comprised of IT equipment spread across hundreds of square miles, behaves as if located in the same building. The first Kinetic Edge deployment is underway in Chicago.

Hangar’s Robotics-as-a-System will use the Kinetic Edge to plan and execute autonomous missions that produce 4D Visual Insights for Enterprises in many industries. Hangar’s real-time system includes data sources that are required for autonomous robotics, but is also capable of delivering on the requirements for autonomous cars, including precision navigation, microlocation, microclimate and universal traffic assistance.

“Hangar has run hundreds of thousands of drone missions, capturing imagery for millions of objects. They are the de facto standard for autonomous drone deployments,” said Cole Crawford, founder and CEO of Vapor IO. “Combining Hangar’s technology with Vapor IO’s Kinetic Edge will create a nationwide footprint for completely autonomous drone missions, paving the way to deliver critical infrastructure for all types autonomous vehicles, not just drones, but also cars and trucks.”

By partnering to deliver Robotics-as-a-System capabilities at the Kinetic Edge, the companies aim to deliver:

  • Enormous economic value. Autonomous robots will let municipalities and commercial businesses perform highly-specialized tasks, such as building or infrastructure inspections, at much lower costs and achieve much better outcomes. Gartner estimates that $3.7 Billion was generated from approximately 175k commercial drones in 2017. A recent study by AUVSI estimates that In the US alone, drones have the potential to create $82 billion in positive economic impacts and generate more than 100,000 jobs by 2025.
  • A nationwide and open platform for real-time Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X). By encouraging diverse ecosystem players to leverage the Kinetic Edge as a general-purpose, shareable platform, Vapor IO seeks to enable services for autonomous vehicles that will include precision navigation, microlocation, microclimate awareness and universal traffic assistance.
  • Rich autonomous ecosystem. By offering a single, shared and open infrastructure to support any number of autonomous devices—not just drones, but also cars, trucks—the Kinetic Edge will attract a diverse ecosystem of suppliers and consumers of shared autonomous services.

The Kinetic Edge and Project Volutus

The Kinetic Edge will be rolled out in the US via Project Volutus, a partnership that was announced in June of last year. Project Volutus seeks to deploy a nationwide network of Kinetic Edge micro data centers in key metropolitan cities and the partners are now deploying to the first cities, including Chicago as the first Kinetic Edge city. By building Hangar’s Robotics-as-a-System on top of Vapor IO’s Kinetic Edge, the companies plan to leverage infrastructure for autonomous robotics across the entire network of Project Volutus cities as they come online.

For more about Vapor IO, and to learn about Vapor Kinetic Edge and Project Volutus, please visit www.vapor.io and www.volutus.io . For additional information on Hangar and their suite of offerings, please visit www.hangar.com.

Supporting Resources

About Vapor IO

Vapor IO has developed the first end-to-end platform for building and operating autonomous data centers at the edge of the network. Referred to as the Kinetic Edge, Vapor IO’s technology enables highly-distributed micro data centers to be embedded in the wireless and wireline infrastructure, colocated with the last mile or Radio Access Network (RAN), and meshed together with software and high-speed fiber for remote operations, fault tolerance, low-latency workloads and scale. The company has also built Project Volutus, a partnership with landowners and infrastructure providers to deliver edge as a service using modern data center automation and a colocation business model. For additional information, please visit www.vapor.io.

About Hangar

Hangar, the world’s first robotics-as-a-system data acquisition platform, exists to serve and nurture an ecosystem of mobile robotics software, hardware, services and data for large enterprises and infrastructure owners. Our partners include hardware manufacturers of aerobotic drones, mobile robots, and sensor platforms; professional service providers including drones-as-a-service providers, robots-as-a-service providers, and data transformation innovators, computer vision, machine learning and analytics software firms. This Hangar powered ecosystem shares a strong belief and desire to bring 4D Visual Insight to provide improved efficiency, safety, innovation and digital transformation and empowerment to our collective customers and their industries. For additional information, please visit www.Hangar.com.

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Vapor IO and Packet Introduce World’s First 5G-as-a-Service, Revolutionizing the Wireless Carrier Operating Model

Companies to deliver 5G-capable infrastructure, connectivity and edge computing, on demand

 

AUSTIN, Texas — Vapor IO, the leader in edge computing and edge data centers, and Packet, the leading bare metal cloud for developers, today announced plans to deliver 5G-as-a-Service (5GaaS) deployed to Vapor IO’s Kinetic Edge. This offering consists of 5G capable infrastructure and connectivity deployed to edge locations and packaged as a “pay as you go” service, launching first in Chicago later this year as part of Vapor IO’s Project Volutus.

“As wireless technology moves to commoditized x86 and ARM servers, cloud-like operating models will become the de facto standard”

“As wireless technology moves to commoditized x86 and ARM servers, cloud-like operating models will become the de facto standard,” said Cole Crawford, founder and CEO of Vapor IO. “Spectrum owners should not have to build a distributed data center footprint from scratch when they can lease 5G infrastructure capacity on demand. Through Volutus and 5G-as-a-Service, operators can optimize their CAPEX/OPEX and improve their balance sheet while creating more agility. Both incumbent spectrum owners and new entrants will accelerate their 5G rollouts at lower costs while achieving the privacy and security they have come to expect.”

Just as public cloud providers use hyperscale data centers in centralized locations to deliver compute as a service, Project Volutus, in combination with this 5GaaS offering, will use Vapor IO’s Kinetic Edge micro data centers in regions optimized to deliver 5G-capable infrastructure as a service. Project Volutus ecosystem partners include Crown Castle, Intel, Flex, the Open19 Foundation, Vapor IO, Packet and others.

Delivering 5G-as-a-Service

Vapor IO and Packet will collaborate on the deployment and operations of the 5GaaS offering. Vapor IO will oversee the physical facilities, operate the lit fiber networking, and provide real-time infrastructure management. Packet will operate the compute service as an “on demand” utility, making 5G-enabled infrastructure available in minutes via its portal, API and DevOps integration like Terraform and Ansible. Telcos and spectrum owners, as well as users of unlicensed spectrum, will be able to deploy 5G services using both highly flexible hourly and spot market models, as well as with long-term reservations that offer discounts based on commitments.

“5G-as-a-Service is a logical extension of the centralized cloud computing model, only delivered in edge data centers with carrier-grade equipment,” said Zachary Smith co-founder and CEO of Packet. “With this partnership, operators and content players can deploy 5G infrastructure with the agility and economics of the traditional cloud, powering new low-latency services at the network edge.”

Some of the benefits of 5G-as-a-Service include:

  • Disruptive operating model for wireless services: Delivering 5G as a pay-as-you-go utility allows operators to shift costs from CapEx to OpEx and focus on end user services rather than on building and operating cloud data centers.
  • Accelerated deployment of 5G: By offloading capital investment and leveraging shared resources, 5G infrastructure can be deployed much more quickly and at much lower cost.
  • Increased competition and industry agility: The shared, open, and fully-managed infrastructure can support a large number of carriers and spectrum owners, lowering the barriers to entry and making it possible for new and smaller players to compete with incumbents.
  • New services: By using 5G-as-a-Service, operators can easily cross-connect with other tenants on Vapor IO’s Kinetic Edge, making it easy to tap into organizations and developers building new services, including MEC (Multi-Access Edge Computing) and edge cloud services. This paves the way for new, edge-based applications including autonomous vehicles, mobile AR/VR, and low-latency IoT.

The companies will roll out 5G-as-a-Service later this year, first in Chicago, IL, the premiere Project Volutus Kinetic Edge city, with other US cities to follow.

Supporting Resources

About Vapor IO

Vapor IO is building the cloud of the future by delivering a suite of hardware and software for edge computing. The company’s technology enables highly-distributed micro data centers to be embedded in the wireless and wireline infrastructure, colocated with the last mile or Radio Access Network (RAN), and meshed together with software and high-speed fiber for remote operations, fault tolerance, low-latency workloads, and scale. The company has also built Project Volutus, a partnership with landowners and infrastructure providers to deliver edge as a service using modern data center automation and a colocation business model. For additional information, please visit www.vapor.io.

About Packet

Packet is the leading bare metal cloud for developers. Its proprietary technology automates physical servers and networks without the use of virtualization or multi-tenancy – powering over 60k deployments each month. In addition to its global public cloud, Packet’s unique “Private Deployment” model enables companies to automate their own infrastructure in facilities all over the world. Packet is a proud member of the Open19 Foundation, as well as the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), where it donates and manages the CNCF Community Infrastructure Lab. Additionally, Packet supports many open source projects, including Memcached.org, NixOS, Docker, and Kernel.org. To learn more, please visit www.packet.net.

 

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