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Vapor IO and Packet Expand Kinetic Edge Footprint with Two Live Sites in Chicago

Kinetic Edge Alliance founding member Packet goes live in two Kinetic Edge Chicago locations and launches Edge Access Program

Chicago, IL — February 25, 2019 —  Vapor IO, creators of the Kinetic Edge™ and the leading provider of tower-connected edge colocation and interconnection services, along with Packet, the leading bare metal automation platform for developers, today unveiled the first two live Kinetic Edge sites in Chicago. Part of the Kinetic Edge Alliance rollout, these are the first two locations across six US metropolitan markets in 2019.

In further support of the Kinetic Edge Alliance, Packet today also announced a first-of-its-kind Edge Access Program providing both commercial and open source users with free access to bare metal edge computing servers in Vapor IO’s Kinetic Edge locations, making it possible to build and trial edge applications quickly and economically.

“Packet has an extraordinary portfolio of innovative developers and customers, many of whom will jump on the Edge Access Program and quickly bring showcase applications to the Kinetic Edge,” said Cole Crawford, founder and CEO of Vapor IO. “We’re excited to see our first production Kinetic Edge customers go online and we see Packet’s Edge Access Program as a way to unlock edge computing at scale, starting in our flagship Kinetic Edge city, Chicago.”

The Kinetic Edge Alliance

Announced earlier this month, the Kinetic Edge Alliance (KEA) brings together the leading edge computing companies, all of whom are committed to collaborating on rolling out edge computing solutions across a nationwide network of tower-connected edge locations. The Alliance includes deployment partners Federated Wireless, Linode, MobiledgeX, Packet and StackPath, as well as technical partners Alef Mobitech, Detecon International, Hitachi Vantara, New Continuum Data Centers, Pluribus Networks, and Seagate Technology. KEA member companies are committed to driving the broad adoption of compute, storage, access and interconnection at the edge of the cellular network with the Kinetic Edge, simplifying edge computing for the masses.

Chicago’s Kinetic Edge

Chicago is the third most populous city in the US and one of the most vibrant digital economies globally—with high bandwidth and advanced applications driving many of its industries. It offers a key internet exchange that serves the bulk of the Midwest and is a key market for many of today’s global enterprises. Vapor IO’s expansion of the Kinetic Edge into Chicago will also support the launch of the city’s 5G networks, which will usher in a new era of next-generation services and breakthroughs reliant upon edge computing such as large-scale Internet of Things (IoT) and real-time Artificial Intelligence (AI) that will require high-speed transactions with lower latencies.  

Highlights/Key Facts on the two Chicago locations:

  • Wrigley Hub (ORD1) — With 150 kW of edge data center capacity, the Wrigley Hub Kinetic Edge site is about a mile from Wrigley Field and close to the densely-populated areas of north Chicago. A tower-connected site, the Wrigley Hub provides low-latency interconnection capability plus software-defined management, security and configuration via the Vapor Edge Portal and highly-automated lights-out operation for optimal performance, reliability and cost at the wireless edge.
  • Edens Hub (ORD2) — With 150 kW of active capacity and expansion potential up to 300 kW, the Edens Hub Kinetic Edge site brings significant edge data center capacity to the area near Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Positioned at a tower-connected site, the Edens Hub provides the same automation, security and interconnection benefits as other Kinetic Edge sites.

Packet’s Edge Access Program

Packet’s Edge Access Program provides both commercial and open source users with free access to edge cloud infrastructure and expertise. The program will function on a rolling basis and feature bare metal configurations targeted at both cloud native and telco deployments. Customized infrastructure can be deployed on a case-per-case basis. Initial program participants include Catchpoint, DNSFilter, Federated Wireless, Fly.io, Hatch, Macrometa, MobiledgeX, Mutable, Nodeweaver, OpenNebula, Ori, Oort, Rafay Systems, Section.io, Travelping, VMware, and Volterra.

“Together with Vapor IO, we’re committed to creating an edge computing ecosystem that is both vibrant and fast-moving,” said Zac Smith, CEO at Packet. “Initiatives like the KEA and our own Edge Access Program are promoting collaboration and encouraging access from the very start, helping to activate an entirely new industry that will power the experiences of tomorrow.”    

About Vapor IO

Vapor IO is developing the largest nationwide edge colocation and interconnection platform at the edge of the wireless cellular network. Serving the world’s largest wireless carriers, cloud providers, web-scale companies and other innovative enterprises, the company’s Kinetic Edge combines multi-tenant colocation with software-defined interconnection and high-speed networking. The Kinetic Edge delivers the most flexible, highly-distributed edge infrastructure at the edge of the wireless network. The company has deployed its Kinetic Edge in Chicago, IL and has plans to have projects underway in the top 20 US markets with over 100 sites.

About Packet

Packet’s proprietary technology automates physical servers and networks without the use of virtualization or multi-tenancy, powering over 60k deploys each month across its global public cloud. Packet also offers a “go anywhere” edge cloud model and an enterprise product for use in large-scale on-premise environments. Learn more at www.packet.com

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Vapor IO Presents Edgecon Barcelona 2019: Uniting the Top Execs in Edge Computing Alongside Mobile World Congress

The definitive edge computing event to take place February 24, 2019

BARCELONA, Spain–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Vapor IO, creators of the Kinetic Edge and also the leading provider of tower-connected edge colocation and interconnection services, today announced Edgecon Barcelona, a one-day gathering of the world’s top edge computing executives, as they network on a yacht adjacent to this year’s Mobile World Congress. Edgecon brings together industry leaders for visionary presentations, brainstorming, and high-impact networking. Following successful events in Aspen, Las Vegas, Barcelona and Los Angeles, Edgecon Barcelona 2019 is hosted by Vapor IO and sponsored by Seagate Technology and Pluribus Networks. It takes place February 24, 2019, in advance of Mobile World Congress.

“Coming fast on the heels of our recently announced Kinetic Edge Alliance, Edgecon Barcelona will be where Alliance members start doubling-down on their engagements with telco operators,” said Matt Trifiro, CMO of Vapor IO. “The telco ecosystem is perfectly poised to help accelerate the worldwide rollout of edge computing and will benefit from the new revenue streams and applications enabled by the edge. Edgecon is where these deals will happen.”

Edgecon travels the world delivering a unique and intimate gathering of the most visionary builders, dealmakers, and decision-makers in edge computing. Edgecon Barcelona will coincide with Mobile World Congress and will include participation from top public cloud providers, IoT practitioners, infrastructure owners, wireless operators and edge computing developers. Together, attendees will talk real-world deployment of edge computing, define requirements for early deployments and meet potential partners. Edgecon events have led to industry-wide alliances such as The Kinetic Edge Alliance, where leading software, hardware, networking and integration companies committed to driving the broad adoption of compute, storage, access and interconnection at the edge of the cellular network, simplifying edge computing for the masses.

The agenda for Edgecon Barcelona is:

  • VIP Dinner (sold out): On February 24 at 5:00 pm, industry experts from Vapor IO, Packet, MobiledgeX, and Federated Wireless will deliver insights from the real-world deployment of edge computing in the world’s first Kinetic Edge city (Chicago, IL).
  • Yacht Party (still available): On February 24 at 7:00 pm, following the VIP dinner, the edge computing industry will kick off the Edgecon yacht party and unwind bayside with the world’s top edge computing executives.

Edgecon Barcelona is free of charge for confirmed guests. Register at https://edgecon.vapor.io

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About Vapor IO

Vapor IO is developing the largest nationwide edge colocation and interconnection platform at the edge of the wireless cellular network. Serving the world’s largest wireless carriers, cloud providers, web-scale companies and other innovative enterprises, the company’s Kinetic Edge combines multitenant colocation with software-defined interconnection and high-speed networking. The Kinetic Edge delivers the most flexible, highly-distributed edge infrastructure at the edge of the wireless network. The company has deployed its Kinetic Edge in Chicago, IL and has plans to have projects underway in the top 20 markets with 100+ sites.

 

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Vapor IO, Federated Wireless, Linode, MobiledgeX, Packet, and StackPath Launch Kinetic Edge Alliance

Partners collaborate to deliver edge computing to top 30 US metro markets

AUSTIN, Texas – February 13, 2019 –  Vapor IO, creators of the Kinetic Edge and the leading provider of tower-connected edge colocation and interconnection services, today launched the Kinetic Edge Alliance (KEA), alongside deployment partners Federated Wireless, Linode, MobiledgeX, Packet and StackPath and technical partners Alef Mobitech, Detecon International, Hitachi Vantara, New Continuum Data Centers, Pluribus Networks, and Seagate Technology. The KEA is an industry alliance of leading software, hardware, networking and integration companies committed to driving the broad adoption of compute, storage, access and interconnection at the edge of the cellular network, simplifying edge computing for the masses.

“Delivering edge computing at scale, across the entire United States, requires a great deal of collaboration,” said Cole Crawford, founder and CEO of Vapor IO. “The Kinetic Edge Alliance provides the vehicle for delivering nationwide edge computing, removing the guesswork from edge deployment and operations that exists today. The Alliance will accelerate the rollout of edge computing, delivering a platform for wireless operators and application providers to deliver new edge-enabled products and services to customers.”

“By pre-integrating our CBRS controller with the Kinetic Edge, we are able to ensure last mile wireless connectivity in every one of the Alliance’s locations, eventually spanning the entire country,” said Iyad Tarazi, president and CEO, Federated Wireless. “This will unleash a tsunami of edge-native and edge-enhanced applications for Private Networks. Nothing like this has ever been created before and we’re proud to be a part of this movement.”

The Kinetic Edge Alliance

The Kinetic Edge Alliance combines critical infrastructure deployments with enabling edge technologies and expertise. Targeting the top 30 US metro markets which cover nearly 50% of the US population, the Alliance seeks to establish critical mass for nationwide edge computing.

In 2019, the Alliance will focus on the first six Kinetic Edge markets: Chicago, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles and Seattle. Chicago, the first Kinetic Edge city, has two Kinetic Edge sites online today with a third to come online later in Q1.

KEA Deployment Partners

Deployment Partners will be jointly rolling out equipment and services across the top 30 major metropolitan US markets, beginning with the first six markets in 2019. The Alliance seeks to deploy, in lockstep, all of the key hardware and software infrastructure components that will enable commercial-grade edge computing at scale. The combination of technologies brought together by KEA Deployment Partners ensures a uniform infrastructure platform that makes it easy to build edge applications and deploy them to multiple markets. The founding Deployment Partners are (in alpha order):

  • Federated Wireless: Federated Wireless will bring software and systems for delivering 4G and 5G wireless services over newly-available CBRS spectrum to all Kinetic Edge locations, including a large set of pre-integrated wireless access points, end devices, and network functionality suppliers through its diverse partner program.
  • Linode: 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: MobiledgeX will provide developers with automated workload orchestration tooling for the provisioning and management of applications at the edge location nearest to a requesting device. It is a seamless extension of the modern development and deployment practices that developers are using today. The developer access to a network of this scale and distribution is completely new, and so are the application and device experiences that are being created.
  • Packet: Leading bare-metal cloud provider Packet is committed to helping software developers deploy and operate edge workloads. Starting with a flagship Kinetic Edge deployment in Chicago, Packet will continue its mission of helping developer-driven companies deploy physical infrastructure at global scale, and at the edge.
  • StackPath: 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: 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.

KEA Technical Partners

KEA Technical Partners participate in Kinetic Edge deployments and enhance the ecosystem by making their unique expertise and enabling technologies available to Kinetic Edge deployments, offering to collaborate with end users and Deployment Partners as they bring new edge infrastructure services to life. The founding Technical Partners are (in alpha order):

  • Alef Mobitech: Alef Mobitech has developed an edge architecture that makes it easy to deploy MEC (Mutli-Access Edge Computing) applications. By integrating tightly into the telco networks, Alef Mobitech accelerates the building and deployment of edge applications that benefit cellular operators.
  • Detecon International: Detecon International, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, will support operators in sustainably improving their competitiveness and performance across the entire value chain with the help of innovative technologies such as edge, accelerating their digital transformation and evolution to 5G.
  • Hitachi Vantara: 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: 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 Networks: 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, granular telemetry and network slicing, with no latency penalty.
  • Seagate: 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.

 

Growth and Collaboration

The Alliance provides its members access to a global networking community that will grow to hundreds of members, connecting edge computing stakeholders with end users and customers in a collaborative environment. The Alliance will also collaborate with the State of the Edge project, helping to advance the group’s vendor-neutral educational mission, as well as its relationship with Edgecon, the leading series of edge-focused events that include Edgecon Vegas, Edgecon Aspen, and Edgecon Barcelona.

 

Partner Quotes

Alef Mobitech
“The Edge is here, and the Edge is now—and it is a place for many opportunities. We are extremely excited to deliver our ‘operating system’ to the Kinetic Edge Alliance, which brings together key components to complete the edge ecosystem, enabling us to roll it out nationwide. Together with the Alliance partners, we have the capacity to not only build applications for the next wave of the internet but also create time-to-market advantages for the entire edge Internet landscape, which may very well spark the reconfiguration of the mobile internet.” – Ganesh Sundaram, founder and CEO of Alef Mobitech

Detecon
“We support startups and big enterprises in defining and executing their edge strategy with our global expertise in cloud computing and connectivity. Detecon is excited to be a founding member of the Kinetic Edge Alliance and bring to the table world-leading wireless infrastructure, product development and deployment know-how. We are committed to leverage our knowledge and push forward edge computing to build the next generation internet.” – Stefan Wilhelm, CEO of Detecon, Inc.

Federated Wireless
“By pre-integrating our CBRS controller with the Kinetic Edge, we are able to ensure last mile wireless connectivity in every one of the Alliance’s locations, eventually spanning the entire country. This will unleash a tsunami of edge-native and edge-enhanced applications for Private Networks. Nothing like this has ever been created before and we’re proud to be  a part of this movement.” – Iyad Tarazi, President and CEO of Federated Wireless

Linode
“We are committed to helping developers scale their cloud applications while delivering the performance, value and service they demand. Our participation as a KEA Deployment Partner will enable application developers to extend their proximity to the user edge, creating new experiences that are driven by the cloud and ultra-low latency.”- Carl Williams, Director of Network Strategy & Innovation at Linode

MobiledgeX
“We are thrilled to announce our participation in the Kinetic Edge Alliance that clearly states a predictable deployment of edge capability across the 30 largest metropolitan areas in the USA. We commit to making access to these edge locations and edge services as seamless and easy as possible for any interested businesses, device makers and application developers. Now is the time to begin adopting the next wave of growth as we create one global mobile edge for all to use, and in the USA, the KEA enables a known timeline to move from experimentation today to full market coverage tomorrow.” – Jason Hoffman, CEO of MobiledgeX

New Continuum Data Centers
“We are excited to join the Kinetic Edge Alliance, supporting what we believe is the next evolution of internet infrastructure. We have worked tirelessly to create the most supportive and fertile environment for edge compute services to grow, and we are genuinely humbled to be able to support the other Alliance partners, who are true innovators in the industry.” – Eli D. Scher, Chairman and CEO of  New Continuum

Packet
“Vapor and Packet have a shared vision for the edge, which includes a seamless customer experience connecting infrastructure to wireless access. The Kinetic Edge Alliance provides a much-needed framework to enable cloud-native applications built for the edge, which will accelerate innovation and commercial deployments.” – Ihab Tarazi, CTO of Packet

Pluribus Networks
“Pluribus Networks’ focus is on radically simplifying network operations and lowering capital costs by providing a unified network fabric, based on white box switches, stretching from central data centers out to compact data centers deployed at Kinetic Edge locations. We are excited to be founding members of the Kinetic Edge Alliance and to collaborate with other industry leaders to accelerate edge compute and the plethora of new applications it will enable.” – Kumar Srikantan, CEO of Pluribus Networks

Seagate
“Seagate is excited to partner with the Kinetic Edge Alliance to help define a simple and secure data management architecture for edge computing. There are hundreds of use cases that stand to benefit from edge infrastructure, and the Alliance offers a launch pad to drive edge adoption and bring the power of analytics closer to the data source.  With forty years of data management leadership and innovation, Seagate is building storage products to secure, manage and activate data at the edge.” – Jeff Fochtman, VP Global Marketing at Seagate

StackPath
“StackPath seeks to be the pre-eminent secure edge platform, and that requires becoming as distributed as possible across the globe.. The edge today is analogous to the early days of cloud, and education on the technology and proximity is key to mass adoption. Joining the Kinetic Edge Alliance will help with both and allow us scale even more quickly and take even more people to the edge.” – Lance Crosby, co-founder and CEO of StackPath

 

About Vapor IO

Vapor IO is developing the largest nationwide edge colocation and interconnection platform at the edge of the wireless cellular network. Serving the world’s largest wireless carriers, cloud providers, web-scale companies and other innovative enterprises, the company’s Kinetic Edge combines multi-tenant colocation with software-defined interconnection and high-speed networking. The Kinetic Edge delivers the most flexible, highly-distributed edge infrastructure at the edge of the wireless network. The company has deployed its Kinetic Edge in Chicago, IL and has plans to have projects underway in the top 20 markets with 100+ sites.

 

About Alef Mobitech

Alef Mobitech provides value-added services at the edge of the mobile network. Mobile edge computing allows us to physically locate products and services closer to users. Alef’s innovative architecture allows for 5G style applications to work over 4G. New and existing networks benefit from our edge architecture. We provide market differentiation and new revenue opportunities to mobile carriers and developers. We are live today. No more theory, it works. Alef Mobitech is headquartered in New York, with offices in India and Brazil. Visit www.alefmobitech.com for more information on how we can help.

 

About Detecon

Detecon International is a leading technology management consulting company 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. Detecon is part of the Deutsche Telekom Group. We play a driving role in defining and implementing edge strategies both with operators as well as enterprise customers — while driving conversations around use-cases and standardization.

 

About Federated Wireless

Federated Wireless is leading the wireless industry through the shared spectrum revolution, eliminating the decades-old problem of spectrum scarcity. The Company offers the industry’s only end-to-end Spectrum Controller, enabling government and commercial users to securely share the same spectrum band. Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, Federated Wireless is removing the multi-billion dollar price tag associated with spectrum access, allowing for the creation of new wireless carriers and business models. For more information, please visit: www.federatedwireless.com.

 

About Hitachi Vantara

Hitachi Vantara, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd., helps data-driven leaders find and use the value in their data to innovate intelligently and reach outcomes that matter for business and society. We combine technology, intellectual property and industry knowledge to deliver data-managing solutions that help enterprises improve their customers’ experiences, develop new revenue streams, and lower the costs of business. Only Hitachi Vantara elevates your innovation advantage by combining deep information technology (IT), operational technology (OT) and domain expertise. We work with organizations everywhere to drive data to meaningful outcomes. Visit us at www.HitachiVantara.com.

 

About Linode

Linode is the leading cloud for developers demanding maximum performance, reliability and value for their modern applications. Pioneering cloud hosting since 2003, we empower over 800,000 developers worldwide through our 9 data centers to easily build and scale their server infrastructure. For more information, visit https://www.linode.com or follow @linode on Twitter.

 

About MobiledgeX

MobiledgeX Inc. is building a marketplace of edge resources and services that will connect developers with the world’s largest mobile networks to power the next generation of applications and devices. MobiledgeX is an edge computing company founded by Deutsche Telekom AG and headquartered in San Francisco, California.

 

About New Continuum Data Centers

New Continuum Data Centers (“NCDC”) is a multi-tenant data center operator in the western Chicago suburbs. NCDC operates an 80,000 square foot, purpose-built, concurrently maintainable facility in West Chicago, IL. NCDC offers highly flexible wholesale and retail colocation services to enterprises and small businesses. New Continuum’s products range from basic colocation to private cages, private suites and secured data halls. Additionally, NCDC offers unique connectivity and peering solutions through its partnership with United IX (http://www.unitedix.net). To learn more, please visit http://www.newcontinuum.net, or call 877-432-2656.

 

About Packet

Packet is the leading provider of infrastructure automation solutions 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 its 20 global datacenters.Founded in 2014 and based in New York City, Packet has quickly become the provider of choice for leading enterprises, SaaS companies, and software innovators. In addition to its public cloud, Packet’s unique Private Deployment model enables companies to automate their own infrastructure in facilities all over the world.

 

About Pluribus Networks

Pluribus Networks is delivering an open, next generation software defined network (SDN) fabric for modern data centers, multi-site data centers and distributed cloud edge environments based on open networking hardware from Dell EMC, Edgecore and D-Link. The Linux-based Netvisor® ONE operating system and the Adaptive Cloud Fabric™ have been purpose built to deliver highly secure per-tenant services across data center sites with simple operations and no single point of failure, all while realizing white box economics. Pluribus Networks is deployed in over 200 customer networks globally, including some of the world’s largest mobile network operators.

 

About Seagate

Seagate crafts the datasphere, helping to maximize humanity’s potential by innovating world-class, precision-engineered data management solutions with a focus on sustainable partnerships. Learn more at www.seagate.com.

 

About StackPath

StackPath is a platform of secure edge services that enables developers to protect, accelerate, and innovate cloud properties ranging from websites to media delivery and IoT services. With an innovative global edge network infrastructure, StackPath delivers enterprise-grade security and performance in a frictionless, on-demand platform with cloud-scale control and flexibility. More than one million customers, including early-stage and Fortune 100 companies, use StackPath services. StackPath is headquartered in Dallas and has offices across the U.S. and around the world. For more information, visit stackpath.com and follow StackPath at www.fb.com/stackpathllc and www.twitter.com/stackpath

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Vapor IO Joins The Linux Foundation’s LF Edge Project as One of the Founding Members

Vapor IO contributed Open Glossary of Edge Computing to be an official project under LF Edge, providing an open source platform for standardizing terms related to the field of edge computing

January 24, 2019 09:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Vapor IO, creators of the Kinetic Edge and the leading provider of tower-connected edge colocation services, today announced it has joined The Linux Foundation’s LF Edge project as one of the founding members. LF Edge is an umbrella organization to establish an open, interoperable framework for edge computing independent of hardware, silicon, cloud, or operating system.

“The Linux Foundation, with its proven open source governance model, will help accelerate edge computing by standardizing, and pushing forward, open source efforts,” said Cole Crawford, founder and CEO of Vapor IO. “The formation of LF Edge and its framework of standards will help organizations build edge applications more quickly and with more interoperability. We’re thrilled to join as a founding member.”

“LF Edge advances the IoT and edge computing landscape with a set of open source development tools for industrial, enterprise, smart home and consumer use cases that span multiple edges and domains,” said Arpit Joshipura, general manager, the Linux Foundation. “We are thankful for Vapor IO for contributing Open Glossary of Edge Computing to the new umbrella organization and continuing to lead the industry in establishing a standard language for everything that touches edge computing.”

Vapor IO is building the nation’s largest edge colocation and interconnection platform, targeting the top twenty US metropolitan markets. Vapor IO’s Kinetic Edge embeds edge computing deep into the wireless cellular network and is the fastest-growing platform of tower-connected edge data centers. Vapor IO delivers a new category of colocation which moves the intersection of the wireless and wireline networks much closer to the end user.

The Open Glossary of Edge Computing

As part of LF Edge, Vapor IO will continue to advance the Open Glossary of Edge Computing, an open source project that became part of The Linux Foundation in June of 2018. Vapor IO and Packet, the leading bare metal cloud for developers, built the original glossary as part of the State of the Edge project. Now part of The Linux Foundation, the Open Glossary is managed in a GitHub repo and freely licensed under the terms of a Creative Commons CC-BY-SA-4.0 license. Built similarly to Wikipedia, the Open Glossary of Edge Computing is a freely-licensed glossary, written collaboratively by the people who use it. As of today, the Open Glossary project will be an official project of LF Edge, and will continue its mission to provide a standardized glossary of terms related to the field of edge computing.

Resources

About Vapor IO

Vapor IO is developing the largest nationwide edge colocation and interconnection platform at the edge of the wireless cellular network. Serving the world’s largest wireless carriers, cloud providers, web-scale companies and other innovative enterprises, the company’s Kinetic Edge combines multi-tenant colocation with software-defined interconnection and high-speed networking. The Kinetic Edge delivers the most flexible, highly-distributed edge infrastructure at the edge of the wireless network. The company has deployed its Kinetic Edge in Chicago, IL and has plans to have projects underway in the top 20 markets with 100+ sites.

 

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Jacques Greyling Joins Vapor IO as Chief Operating Officer

Former Rackspace SVP joins Vapor IO executive team, bringing expertise in global operations, customer satisfaction and mission-critical results

 

December 12, 2018 09:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Vapor IO, creators of the Kinetic Edge and the leading provider of tower-connected edge colocation services, today announced the appointment of Jacques Greyling to its executive team as Chief Operating Officer. In his role, Greyling will be responsible for further operationalizing the business and driving company growth, as interest for the company’s Kinetic Edge platform hits new highs. Vapor IO intends to rapidly expand its Kinetic Edge into over 100 markets and Greyling’s focus will be delivering exceptional customer service as part of every deployment; a customer-first philosophy is thoughtfully integrated into the company’s hardware, software and delivery platforms.

“Jacques ability to methodically grow and scale a team, ecosystem and business makes him the ideal addition to our leadership team,” said Cole Crawford, founder and CEO of Vapor IO. “During his tenure at Rackspace, he proved himself as an accomplished and ambitious operations leader, growing and evolving the organization’s operations teams as the business requirements changed over time. Jacques will play a key role in operationalizing our business as we continue to experience unprecedented momentum and demand.”

Prior to joining Vapor IO, Greyling spent fifteen years at Rackspace in numerous leadership roles, most recently as SVP Global Infrastructure. There, he led a global team of 1900 professionals across data-center engineering, operations, customer support, networking and development. During his time at Rackspace, Greyling also held positions as VP Global Datacenters and Engineering, VP Autohost, Managing Director UK and Director of Operations. Prior to Rackspace, he held positions with Datacentrix and Nissan Automakers.

“The market for Vapor IO’s colocation and interconnection services has been growing exponentially as telcos roll out 5G and more companies build services that depend on edge computing,” said Greyling. “As demand for the Kinetic Edge expands, I am committed to putting the customer in the center of all decisions we make. Vapor IO has built a world class team and I am pleased to be joining it, helping to guide and grow the company as it expands its Kinetic Edge footprint nationwide.”

Vapor IO’s Kinetic Edge is the fastest-growing platform of tower-connected edge data centers, delivering a new category of colocation which will move the intersection of the wireless and wireline networks much closer to the end user. The company recently announced its Series C funding led by Berkshire Partners, with participation from current investor Crown Castle, as well as former Crown Castle VP, Alan Bock, to its executive team.

Resources

About Vapor IO

Vapor IO is developing the largest nationwide edge colocation and interconnection platform at the edge of the wireless network. Serving the world’s largest wireless carriers, cloud providers, web-scale companies and other innovative enterprises, the company’s Kinetic Edge combines multi-tenant colocation with software-defined interconnection and high-speed networking. The Kinetic Edge delivers the most flexible, highly-distributed edge infrastructure at the edge of the wireless network. The company has deployed its Kinetic Edge in Chicago, IL and has plans to have projects underway in the top 20 markets with 100+ sites.

 

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Eleni Laughlin
Mindshare PR
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Vapor IO Hosts Fourth Edgecon Event in Las Vegas, Alongside AWS re:Invent

The definitive edge computing event to take place November 28, 2018

 

AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Vapor IO, creators of the Kinetic Edge and also the leading provider of tower-connected edge colocation services, today announced Edgecon Vegas, a one-day gathering focused on edge computing. By invitation only, Edgecon brings together industry leaders for visionary presentations, brainstorming, and high-impact networking. Following successful events in Aspen, Barcelona and Los Angeles, Edgecon Vegas is hosted by Vapor IO and Packet and takes place November 28, 2018 during AWS re:Invent.

Edgecon travels the world delivering a unique and intimate gathering of the most visionary builders, dealmakers, and decision-makers in edge computing. Edgecon Vegas will coincide with AWS re:Invent and will include participation from top public cloud providers, IoT practitioners, infrastructure owners, wireless operators and edge computing developers. Together, attendees will talk real-world deployment of edge computing, define requirements for early deployments and meet potential partners.

Current speakers include:

  • Cole CrawfordCEO and founder, Vapor IO: Cole is one of the leading thinkers in edge computing today. With over 20 years of data center experience, and numerous patents for edge technologies, Cole is a sought-out speaker and the founder of Edgecon.
  • Zac SmithCEO and cofounder, Packet: Zachary has spent his last 16 years building, running, and fixing public cloud infrastructure platforms. As the CEO of Packet, Zachary is responsible for the company’s strategic product roadmap. Prior to founding Packet, Zachary was an early member of the management team at Voxel, a NY-based cloud hosting company sold to Internap in 2011.
  • Ihab TaraziCTO, Packet: Ihab is responsible for Packet’s technical and product strategy, engineering, and platform operations. He brings a wealth of data center and networking knowledge, having worked previously as the CTO of Equinix, as well as VP of Engineering and Technology at Verizon.

The Edgecon Vegas agenda is as follows:

  • VIP Luncheon: On November 28 at 12:30pm, industry experts from Vapor IO and Packet will deliver insights from the real-world deployment of edge computing in the world’s first Kinetic Edge city – Chicago, IL.
  • IFX VIP: Attendees will receive VIP access to the full two days of Packet’s premier infrastructure event, IFX, located near AWS re:Invent on November 28 and 29.

Edgecon Vegas is by invitation only, and the event is free of charge for confirmed guests. Request an invitation at https://edgecon.vapor.io

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About Vapor IO

Vapor IO is developing the largest nationwide edge colocation and interconnection platform at the edge of the wireless network. Serving the world’s largest wireless carriers, cloud providers, web-scale companies and other innovative enterprises, the company’s Kinetic Edge combines multi-tenant colocation with software-defined interconnection and high-speed networking. The Kinetic Edge delivers the most flexible, highly-distributed edge infrastructure at the edge of the wireless network. The company has deployed its Kinetic Edge in Chicago, IL, and has plans to have projects underway in the top 20 markets with 100+ sites by 2020.

Contacts

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Eleni Laughlin, 510-406-0798
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