Microsoft helps accelerate IoT with new OpenFog Consortium

Rich Internet of Things (IoT) applications distribute application logic between the cloud and remote devices. Some IoT application logic is best suited for remote devices at the edge of the network, such as first order filtering and batching of data, while other IoT application logic is best suited for cloud, such as rich analytics and insights over aggregate data – as well as controlling and updating remote devices.

Today, Microsoft announced it is working with ARM, Cisco, Dell, Intel and the Princeton University Edge Laboratory to form a consortium that aims to speed up the development of core technologies around that support these scenarios, referred to as “fog computing.”

Fog computing address these needs and distributes computation, communication, control, storage services and resources closer to devices and users when appropriate. The founding members of the non-profit global OpenFog Consortium will use proven approaches and existing standards, to accelerate the delivery of the end-to-end IoT technologies, architectures, testbeds and business opportunities that the market is demanding. The consortium will also aim to drive industry and academic leadership in fog computing architectures with whitepapers, testbeds and other deliverables that demonstrate best practices for interoperability and composability between cloud and edge architectures.

With an emphasis on enterprise IT for IoT, we see the OpenFog Consortium opening up possibilities for even richer IoT scenarios in business. Read more about the OpenFog Consortium, and about Microsoft’s vision for the Internet of Things.