On April 19th, 2023, the Open Compute Project Foundation (OCP) announced that Amazon Web Services (AWS) has contributed a new edge gateway base specification to the OCP. This specification is aimed at supporting cloud-delivered managed edge services, including retail, and will also support OCP’s Switch Abstraction Layer (SAI). End-users will have a choice of Network OS including SONiC or DENT from the Linux Foundation. The hope is that this specification will act as a catalyst for the development of a new and resilient open enterprise edge computing supply chain, with participation from various ODM and OEM network equipment vendors.
The enterprise edge gateway will allow for multiple product models, which are compatible with the specification and can serve a wide range of use cases, including SD-WAN and SASE. The specification allows for gateways configured with 48 ports or 24 ports, both including 4x25Gb SFP28 Uplink Ports. The gateway can support PoE, and optionally Cellular LTE and/or 5G and/or Wi-Fi. The gateway CPU can be a pluggable module with extended computational performance to allow for demanding workloads of SD-WAN and SASE.
The OCP has been actively engaged in edge computing since the data center consolidation trend attenuated and shifted to moving computation to the edge for latency, data recency, and data sovereignty, much of this driven by the adoption of AI. The initial edge computing developments at the OCP started with the community development of the Open Edge Server and Cell Site Gateways, which is now fortified by the addition of the AWS-provided Enterprise Edge Gateway specification.
In conclusion, the expanded relationship between AWS and OCP has the potential to be a significant enterprise edge computing market accelerator, unleashing innovations that come from an open and collaborative community and benefit many market segments and geographies.
The Open Compute Project Foundation (OCP) announces the addition of a new edge gateway base specification contributed by AWS, aimed at developing a new and resilient open enterprise edge computing supply chain. The specification is expected to foster a vendor-agnostic supply chain for edge hardware that can be deployed in Just Walk Out technology locations and other environments. The expansion of the multi-vendor open edge ecosystem will serve many geographies in EMEA, North America, and APAC, benefiting many market segments and accelerating innovation through an open and collaborative community.
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