At the 2016 Hannover Fair, the OpenFog Consortium signed a memorandum of understanding with the OPCF in which both organizations agreed to closely cooperate in the development and marketing of shared deliverables to foster interoperability.

Technical Overview

The Internet of Things (IoT) is driving business transformation by connecting everyday objects and devices to one another and to cloud-hosted services. Current deployment models emphasize mandatory cloud connectivity, which is not feasible in many real world situations. Moreover, these connected devices are creating data at an exponentially growing rate, which will drive performance and network congestion challenges at the edge of infrastructure.   In many situations, there are performance, security, bandwidth, reliability, and many other concerns that make cloud-based solutions impractical. Current architectural approaches cannot sustain the projected data velocity and volume requirements of the IoT. To sustain IoT momentum, the OpenFog Consortium is defining a new architecture to address infrastructure and connectivity challenges by emphasizing information processing and intelligence at the edge where the data is being produced or used. This approach is called fog computing.

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About the OpenFog Consortium

The OpenFog Consortium (OpenFog) is a public-private ecosystem formed to accelerate the adoption of fog computing in order to solve the bandwidth, latency and communications challenges associated with the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, the Tactile Internet and other advanced concepts in the digitized world. It was founded by ARM, Cisco, Dell, Intel, Microsoft and Princeton University Edge Computing Laboratory in November 2015.