VMware, Dell Technologies and Vapor IO among Open Grid Alliance founders

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Say hello to the Open Grid Alliance (OGA). The organisation has been formed with the lofty goal to shed light on and work towards rebuilding the Internet ‘from the core out to the edge in.’

Dell Technologies, DriveNets, a provider of cloud-native software, MobiledgeX, network as a service provider PacketFabric, and Vapor IO are among the founding members. The biggest banana, however, is VMware, whose VP of advanced technologies, Kaniz Mahdi, said the company had never ‘built something of this scale’ previously.

Vapor IO’s role is an interesting one. The company offers what it calls the ‘kinetic edge’, which is currently live in several metropolitan areas in the United States and combines edge colocation and networking integrated with wireless and wireline networks.

Yet looking at the membership, all facets of cloud and edge networking are covered, from physical infrastructure, to software-driven networking, virtualisation, automation, and application layers.

An outline of work for the alliance initially includes:

  • defining key principles for the Open Grid and identifying interoperable technologies that adhere to those principles
  • document how these technologies will impact cloud providers, developers, vendors, CSPs/ISPs and end users
  • promote collaboration and open architectures that will enable the dynamic geo-distribution of workloads

“The alliance will accelerate a decades-long journey of innovation at all levels of the stack, from fiber optics to workload automation,” said Cole Crawford, founder and CEO of Vapor IO. “We want to align thought leaders, technologies and investments to bring forth applications that simply cannot be delivered on the Internet we have today.

“The Open Grid is for everybody; it will only emerge from deep industry collaborations, and that’s why we formed the Open Grid Alliance,” added Crawford.

You can read the full Open Grid Manifesto here (pdf, no email required).

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