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March 22, 2016

It’s Clear—Fog Is Everywhere!

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Helder Antunes
Senior Director, Corporate Strategic Innovation Group, Cisco
Chairman, OpenFog Consortium

Fog computing is gaining momentum as a critical enabler of the Internet of Things (IoT). This was demonstrated clearly at two events I attended in the past few weeks.

On February 10th I attended the first official meeting of the OpenFog Consortium—representing both an exciting beginning and a gratifying culmination of many months working with other Consortium founding members. The meeting room in Chandler, Arizona, was packed with more than 60+ people, including several interested observers and –most exciting—representatives from our new member organizations. OpenFog membership has now doubled since the Consortium was announced in November. The new members we welcomed hail from three continents and include academic institutions as well as small and large companies in the private sector.

Members of the OpenFog Consortium Bring Diverse Capabilities To Drive Fog Adoption.


The group got right down to work, with strategic discussions led by founding members Cisco, Intel, Microsoft and Princeton on the impact of OpenFog on IoT and networking, opportunities for growth, how industry can engage with universities and nonprofits, and the development of standards and reference architecture strategies. The meeting also included working sessions on marketing, architecture, and operational models.

The interest and engagement of participants in the Chandler meeting only began to show the opportunity of OpenFog. Just a couple weeks later the momentum continued to build at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, where we received a very positive response to our first white paper, “OpenFog Architecture Overview,” produced by the OpenFog Consortium Architecture Working Group. Additionally, I met with a very diverse group of companies that are interested joining the Consortium, and I expect to see a number of new memberships before our next Consortium meeting in May.

While in Barcelona, I also met with the Barcelona Supercomputer Center—a very prestigious research center that is partnering with Cisco in a Smart City proof of concept to demonstrate how fog computing enables delivery and management of urban services in Barcelona. The BSC is a center of excellence for all forms of computing, including fog, and collaborating with them could help solidify fog computing as a key enabler of many new use cases for the Internet of Things.

The OpenFog Consortium is developing a healthy pipeline of companies and educational institutions that are interested in fog as an architecture that can accelerate the adoption of IoT to transform entire industries. I invite you to join us—either as a new member, or an interested observer—at our next meeting, May 16-18 at Princeton University. You can find out more about this and other ways to participate on the OpenFog Consortium Events web page.

As the number of connected devices in the world grows to 50 billion by 2020, an open, standards-based fog computing architecture will be critical in driving the transformative value of those connections. Join us to help make it happen.

Helder Antunes is a Senior Director, Corporate Technology Group at Cisco. As a member of Cisco’s Chief Technology & Strategy Office, Antunes is charged with aligning technology development and corporate strategy to enable Cisco to anticipate, shape, and lead major market transitions. He helps direct technology and operational innovation across the company and oversees strategic partnerships, mergers and acquisitions and incubation of new technologies. Antunes serves as Chairman of the OpenFog Consortium, is a General Partner at Pereira Ventures and a counselor to the Regional Government of the Azores, Portugal.
Antunes has received many awards for his work at Cisco and with the Portuguese government and is a much sought after speaker in various innovation, IoT and Security related topics.

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