The OpenFog Consortium is a thriving ecosystem of organizations who share a collective vision that fog computing is a key enabler to IoT and other advanced concepts in the digital world. Current OpenFog members are from large enterprises, startups, research institutions and universities around the world. Membership in OpenFog is open to any organization who wishes to join in our mission.
We are at the dawn of a new horizon in technology transformation. With the Internet and Cloud technologies transforming the world and the Internet of Things (IoT) promising to connect every aspect of the world, the concept of pervasive intelligent machines, endpoints, and devices is close to reality.
President, OpenFog Consortium
Machines, things, and devices are becoming extremely intelligent, seamlessly connected, and capable of massive storage with the ability to be autonomous and self-aware. Robots, drones, and self-driving cars are early indicators of small and mobile clouds. Distributed intelligence that interacts directly with the world and is immersive with all aspects of their surrounding is the concept behind the term OpenFog.
OpenFog reference architectures will include all the technical and business aspects of clouds and networks but with a transforming difference. The compute capabilities of virtualization and software defined systems combined with the communication capabilities of software defined ubiquitous networks become distributed, affordable, mobile, and immersive. Cloud Computing and Software Defined Networks will continue to evolve and be very critical, but this new environment brings these combined capabilities to the very edge of the Internet of Things.
In addition, OpenFog brings the technologies of Big Data to the intelligent edge, with real-time analytics and time-sensitive networks providing the necessary building blocks to create accurate and precise data and information interoperability. Data or Information interoperability is the missing link for business model transformation opening up the flood gates of the new economy, the open information commerce era.
Creation, transport, and handling of information will be the new oil that powers this fresh digital world-wide economy. OpenFog networks and intelligent machines will be at the vanguard, serving as the assurance infrastructure to bind information to value and currency. OpenFog enables the ability to deliver the capacity of fully operational Information Marketplaces.
The OpenFog Consortium promises to be the beacon of multinational and multi-corporation interoperability and composability. The mission of the organization is to drive assurance architectures and disciplines for accurate and trustworthy information exchange. Efficient and reliable networks combined with identifiable, secure, and private information flows between clouds, endpoints, and services are fundamental requirements for OpenFog technologies. The goal of the OpenFog Consortium is to specify and test these principles.
In addition, our mission is to build an industry recognized Software Defined World (SDW). Intelligent endpoints that adapt to real-time workloads with the necessary processing power are equally important. Developing economical software defined platforms that meet operational requirements while also delivering the ability to reconfigure on demand for workload reassignment. Autonomous capabilities to adapt to the environment and situation are paramount requirements. OpenFog architectures must meet these robust requirements.
OpenFog is being created for industry and academia consensus of architectures, network and platform disciplines, data schema, and ultimately assurance of information interoperability. The organization is comprised of three pillars: Technology Architectures, Testbed Assurance, and Business Development.
Each of these pillars will operate in parallel and at full speed to accelerate market adoption of OpenFog solutions. Members will not need to wait for an architecture specification to get immediately involved in a testbed or in business model development. Open testbeds will be created immediately with current technologies under the supervision of our OpenFog guiding principles.
The OpenFog Consortium will target the IoT Enterprise markets as the early adopters of the technologies. Smart buildings/cities, transportation, hospitality, financial, retail, and agriculture are some targeted vertical market sectors. But the organization will not limit itself to enterprise or commercial markets; Fog technologies will also apply to industrial, consumer, governments, and communications markets.
The OpenFog Consortium is an open forum with all information accessible and usable by all inside and outside of the membership, but your voice can only be heard by joining. Your organization is important to build industry consensus, and I am confident the interaction with our community will create new ideas, build knowledge, and create new business opportunities. I personally encourage you to join the OpenFog Consortium and contribute to the creation of an extremely valuable industry leadership voice.
Membership entitles your company to play an active role in shaping the technical foundation, testing new concepts and ultimately creating new business opportunities through fog computing technologies and solutions.
Please note that Individual Membership is restricted to researchers or sole proprietors who are not affiliated with any other organization.
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