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Cisco: New Reference Architecture Is a Leap Forward for Fog Computing

Cisco: New Reference Architecture Is a Leap Forward for Fog Computing

On February 8, the OpenFog Consortium released the OpenFog Reference Architecture (RA).  This 162 page document represents more than a year’s work from our global membership of 55 organizations.

The OpenFog RA is a mid-level guidepost document, full of invaluable architecture recommendations for anyone wishing to implement fog components, fog nodes, entire fog networks, or fog-based applications.  It describes in detail several illustrative fog use cases in transportation, smart cities, and visual security. The RA also discusses eight core fog capabilities that we call the Pillars of OpenFog, including Security, Scalability, Openness, Autonomy, Manageability, Agility, Hierarchical organization and Programmability. A detailed architecture stack shows the interrelationships between various hardware, software infrastructure, and application software layers, as well as various cross-cutting concerns—such as security, performance, manageability, analytics and control—that impact the function of all layers.  The document describes the OpenFog RA from several viewpoints (component level, node level, system level, etc.), so readers can select the perspective closest to their interests.  Finally, as security is one of the most complex and critical aspects of IoT systems, a special appendix dives deeply into OpenFog security guidelines.

Read the entire article here, New Reference Architecture Is a Leap Forward for Fog Computing

via the fine folks at Cisco Systems.

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