PrismTech Celebrates Release of OpenFog Consortium's Reference Architecture for Fog Computing

9 February 2017

PrismTech Celebrates Release of OpenFog Consortium's Reference Architecture for Fog Computing

Architecture Framework will help enable vendors such as PrismTech to deliver products that meet the bandwidth, latency and communication requirements of IoT, 5G and AI applications

Boston, MA, USA – February 9, 2017 – PrismTech™, a global leader in software platforms for distributed systems, today celebrated the release of the OpenFog Consortium’s Reference Architecture for fog computing and committed to supporting the architecture’s core principles with its Vortex™ product suite.

The massive and growing amount of data produced, transported, analyzed and acted upon within industries such as transportation, healthcare, manufacturing and energy is exposing challenges in cloud-only computing architectures and operations that reside only at the edge of the network.  Fog computing is the system-level architecture that brings computing, storage, control, and networking functions closer to the data-producing sources along the cloud-to-thing continuum.  Applicable across industry sectors, fog computing effectively addresses issues related to security, cognition, agility, latency and efficiency.  Fog computing works in conjunction with the cloud and across siloed operations to effectively enable end-to-end Internet of Things (IoT), 5G and AI scenarios.  The OpenFog Consortium was founded over one year ago to accelerate adoption of fog computing through an open, interoperable architecture.

Its new OpenFog Reference Architecture is a high-level framework that will lead to industry standards for fog computing.  The OpenFog Reference Architecture contains a medium- to high-level view of system, architectures for fog nodes (smart, connected devices) and networks, deployment models, hierarchy models and use cases.  The OpenFog Reference Architecture is based on eight core technical principles, termed pillars, which represent the key attributes that a system needs to encompass to be defined as "OpenFog."  These pillars include security, scalability, openness, autonomy, RAS (reliability, availability, and serviceability), agility, hierarchy and programmability.  The OpenFog Reference Architecture is available from:

PrismTech was an early member of the OpenFog Consortium, and has extensive experience in the application of fog computing technologies to solve real-world challenges.  PrismTech’s Vortex platform helps to enable fog applications by providing efficient peer-to-peer data connectivity between fog nodes and the cloud for the IoT based on the Object Management Group™'s (OMG™) Data Distribution Service for Real-Time Systems (DDS) standard.  Vortex also enables multi-protocol Operational Technology (OT) data ingestion and normalization for use by fog services.  Vortex Edge PMQ is a leading predictive analytics solution designed for deployment on fog nodes and edge systems.

"PrismTech welcomes the OpenFog Reference Architecture and believes its core principles align very closely with the fog computing technologies that we develop," said Andrew Foster, Product Marketing Manager, PrismTech.  "The OpenFog Reference Architecture is an important step towards the creation of the standards required to enable interoperability and security for complex, high performance IoT, 5G and AI systems."

About PrismTech, an ADLINK Company

Our customers deliver systems for the Internet of Things, the Industrial Internet and advanced wireless communications. We supply the data connectivity solutions, tools and professional services they need to build systems with the required: platform coverage, performance, scalability, efficiency, flexibility and robustness.  Our customers service many market sectors, including: industrial automation, energy, healthcare, transportation, smart cities, financial services, aerospace and defense.

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