Is there a need for IoT interoperability? I guess it depends on your perspective, but in most cases, the answer would be yes. If you’re a little guy, it’s obvious why it’s a good thing—your parts are compatible with lots of other systems. If you’re a big guy, it’s less obvious because you generally have the wherewithal to push through a de-facto standard. That was one of my concerns when I heard about the EdgeX Foundry, launched by the Linux Foundation.
The Foundry covers the complete chain, from the Edge to the Cloud, thereby removing any ambiguity.
The EdgeX Foundry has the backing of lots of vendors, both big and small, as you can see in the diagram. One of those, one that falls into the big category, is Dell.
I had a chance to catch up with Jason Shepherd, Dell’s Director of IoT Strategy, to get an understanding of how the Foundry will work, and what the future will look like.