AlefEdge is firing at edge computing on all cylinders.

The software company is a member of the Kinetic Edge Alliance and working with the group’s dozen other members to bring edge computing to 30 U.S. metro markets. It also partnered with New Continuum Data Centers in Chicago to deploy its software stack and enable regional operators to offer multi-access edge computing (MEC)applications.

And this week it launched yet another edge strategy that it boldly calls the Manhattan Project. It uses the vendor’s Open5G Platform edge software stack that enables network operators and application providers to plug into the platform and bring applications and services.

The goal is to build an open edge ecosystem in partnership with application providers, carriers, and tower companies to integrate connectivity, applications, and APIs. “It’s a combination of technology and relationships that are going to get this done,” said AlefEdge CEO Ganesh Sundaram, adding that the project aims to “figure out this economic model and the underpinnings if we are going to get 5G to the market in months instead of years. The edge is an integral part of 5G — there’s no 5G without edge, although edge exists whether there is 5G or not.”

Currently the U.S.-based Manhattan Project consists of three deployments: one at a New Continuum facility in Chicago and two additional locations in Manhattan. “And easily a dozen or more in the next couple weeks,” Sundaram added.

The company initially went live with the Manhattan Project in Asia in April 2018. It’s named for AlefEdge’s headquarters in New York City. It also has offices in Mumbai and Pune, India, and Sao Paulo, Brazil. It claims to serve more than 11 million users and nearly 3 billion edge sessions.

ClearSky Joins Kinetic Edge Alliance

Meanwhile, the Kinetic Edge Alliance continues to gain steam with ClearSky Data joining that edge computing group. ClearSky provides on-demand primary storage with built-in offsite backup and disaster recovery services.

The Vapor IO-led Kinetic Edge Alliance is live at three Chicago sites and one in Massachusetts, with a total of 15 planned for this year.

ClearSky’s services will simplify data management at the edge, said Vapor IO CMO Matt Trifiro. “By placing ClearSky’s data services at the Kinetic Edge, end users can access a scalable, high-performance storage service that includes automated backup and disaster recovery, accelerating the adoption of edge computing by connecting all of the critical infrastructure services,” he said in a statement.

“The edge requires a total paradigm shift in how enterprises design, implement, and offer IT services to support use cases like IoT, enterprise storage, connected vehicles, and smart cities,” said ClearSky Data CEO Ellen Rubin in a statement. “Our collaboration with the Kinetic Edge Alliance will help build this emerging edge ecosystem with the goal of realizing mass adoption for a highly-distributed edge architecture.”

Late last month, Pluribus Networks, working with Vapor IO, Packet, and MobiledgeX, deployed its networking fabricacross three Kinetic Edge sites in Chicago and says it achieved over six-times lower latency with edge compute compared to cloud-based networking.

Jessica Lyons Hardcastle

About Jessica Lyons Hardcastle

Jessica is Managing Editor at SDxCentral, covering next-generation data center technologies (including hyperconverged infrastructure and software-defined storage), edge computing, silicon, and security. She has worked as an editor and reporter for more than 15 years at a number of B2B publications including Silicon Valley Business Journal, Environmental Leader, and Solar Novus Today.

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