Eclipse Foundation and Cloud Native Computing Foundation Join Forces for Kubernetes IoT Edge Working Group

OTTAWA, Canada — The Eclipse Foundation publicized its plan to team with the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) on a new Kubernetes IoT Edge Working Group to meet the need for Kubernetes in IoT cloud and edge environments. IDC expects global spending on IoT to hit $1.2 trillion USD in 2022, and Kubernetes’ footprint is quickly growing in large-scale IoT deployments. The Kubernetes IoT Edge Working Group will concentrate first on evolving Kubernetes to assist IoT workloads at the edge, and will define key use cases and requirements alongside CNCF, Eclipse Foundation members, and the entire ecosystem and community of users.

Dejan Bosanac, Engineer at Red Hat, and lead for Kubernetes IoT Edge Working Group, said, “IoT and edge applications have many distributed components that don’t usually sit together within the same datacenter infrastructure […]. Red Hat and this working group see Kubernetes and other cloud-native projects in its orbit as having broad potential sitting between gateways, edge nodes and cloud platforms. Much like the LAMP stack was instrumental to the web-applications era, this group is focused on accelerating a Kubernetes stack for running cloud infrastructure and distributed components at the IoT edge.”

Bosch Softwaredata center summit Innovations also uses Kubernetes to automate the deployment, scaling, and management of containers across its Bosch IoT Suite and leverages Eclipse Hono and Eclipse Ditto to reliably scale to millions of connected devices.

Eclipse Foundation Executive Director, Mike Milinkovich, added, “The complexity of orchestrating IoT systems is a problem domain that Kubernetes is a perfect fit for, and many complementary  open source projects are under the Eclipse IoT umbrella, so we’re very excited to work with the CNCF to support this surge of interest around Kubernetes in IoT.”

Similar to the part that the LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL, Perl/PHP/Python) occupied as the open source backbone of commercial web applications, the IoT industry is collaborating on open source and rushing to form a stack of complementary technologies for building IoT systems. The new Kubernetes IoT Edge Working Group is the collaboration between the Eclipse IoT Working Group and its 40 member companies and 35 open source projects, and the Kubernetes ecosystem to define terminology, identify gaps in deployment and management, educate the market on common use cases and typical scenarios for IoT solutions, put standard metrics in place, and identify open source projects that could help.

Chris Aniszczyk, COO of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, said, “Kubernetes is the orchestration platform of choice for building hybrid cloud services, and we see it playing a major role in future IoT and Edge deployments. CNCF is proud to collaborate with the vibrant Eclipse community through the newly formed Kubernetes IoT Edge Working Group to accelerate innovation and market adoption of cloud native IoT.”

By entering the Kubernetes IoT Edge Working Group, companies and individuals can join in an open process that encourages contributions from all to define priorities and deliver the roadmap.

About Eclipse IoT: The Eclipse IoT Working Group is a collaborative working group hosted by the Eclipse Foundation, that is working to create open source software for IoT solutions. Eclipse IoT is made up of over 40 member companies and 35 open source projects.

About Cloud Native Computing Foundation: Cloud native computing uses an open source software stack to deploy applications as microservices, packaging each part into its own container, and dynamically orchestrating those containers to optimize resource utilization. The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) hosts critical components of cloud native software stacks, including Kubernetes and Prometheus. CNCF serves as the neutral home for collaboration and brings together the industry’s top developers, end users and vendors – including the world’s largest public cloud and enterprise software companies as well as dozens of innovative startups. CNCF is part of The Linux Foundation, a nonprofit organization.