Red Hat Announces General Availability of Device Edge

Red Hat Announces General Availability of Device Edge

The News: Red Hat, a leader in open source solutions, today launched Red Hat Device Edge. It is designed for constrained environments needing small-scale computing, suitable for IoT gateways, industrial controllers, smart displays, point of sales, vending machines, and robots. Read the full press release on the Red Hat website.

Red Hat Announces General Availability of Device Edge

Analyst Take: Red Hat, renowned for pioneering open source solutions at scale, has announced the general availability of Red Hat Device Edge at KubeCon North America. This platform is tailored for edge computing in resource-limited environments. It is engineered to support a spectrum of device edge scenarios, from IoT gateways to robots, by providing a lean, consistent platform that prioritizes operational efficiency.

With the rise of edge computing, data security on an increasing number of devices has become paramount. Red Hat Device Edge addresses this need by offering a robust platform to protect critical data and enhance workload processing at the device edge.

The core of Red Hat Device Edge is its aggregation of MicroShift, a lightweight Kubernetes derived from the edge functionalities of Red Hat OpenShift, and an edge-specialized OS based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Including the Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform ensures streamlined management across numerous sites and devices, facilitating scalability and automation in deployment.

Red Hat Device Edge gives customers a minimalistic footprint, enabling workload deployment on compact devices. It offers two deployment options for specific needs: a Podman-based setup for static applications and MicroShift integration for dynamic, container-oriented environments. Moreover, it maintains operational consistency with centralized environments by employing familiar tools and processes.

The platform’s versatility extends to supporting bare-metal, virtual, or containerized application deployments and simplifies large-scale deployments with its automation capabilities. Partnerships with industry leaders such as ABB, Intel, and Lockheed Martin are testing and validating the platform’s ability to provide operational consistency across diverse environments—from remote deserts to outer space.

With Red Hat Device Edge, organizations benefit from automation at the edge, ensuring more predictable and standardized workload management, enhancing security and compliance. It also lowers the entry barrier for IT and OT teams by simplifying management tasks, thus enabling edge workload and device management with minimal specialized IT skills.

Available now with full support, Red Hat Device Edge is an ecosystem-tested solution that extends Red Hat’s hybrid cloud offerings to the most remote edge use cases. It incorporates Ansible Automation Platform, providing a suite of tools for reliable automation across various environments. Francis Chow, VP and GM at Red Hat, emphasizes the community-tested nature of the platform and its capability to automate operations from terrestrial locations to outer space. Meanwhile, Steve Tack from Dynatrace highlights the importance of unified observability and security for managing complex environments, praising the integration with Red Hat Device Edge to leverage AI-powered analytics and automation for improved responsiveness and productivity in edge computing scenarios.

Looking Ahead

The advent of Red Hat’s Device Edge marks a significant milestone in the rapidly expanding field of edge computing, where data processing is performed closer to the source to reduce latency and enhance efficiency. This launch aligns with the broader industry trend toward open source technologies such as Kubernetes, which have become the backbone of scalable, distributed computing by enabling automated deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications. As enterprises strive for agility and innovation, open source solutions are increasingly pivotal, with Red Hat’s latest offering serving as a testament to the industry’s commitment to democratizing cutting-edge technological frameworks for robust, decentralized computing architectures.

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Regarded as a luminary at the intersection of technology and business transformation, Steven Dickens is the Vice President and Practice Leader for Hybrid Cloud, Infrastructure, and Operations at The Futurum Group. With a distinguished track record as a Forbes contributor and a ranking among the Top 10 Analysts by ARInsights, Steven's unique vantage point enables him to chart the nexus between emergent technologies and disruptive innovation, offering unparalleled insights for global enterprises.

Steven's expertise spans a broad spectrum of technologies that drive modern enterprises. Notable among these are open source, hybrid cloud, mission-critical infrastructure, cryptocurrencies, blockchain, and FinTech innovation. His work is foundational in aligning the strategic imperatives of C-suite executives with the practical needs of end users and technology practitioners, serving as a catalyst for optimizing the return on technology investments.

Over the years, Steven has been an integral part of industry behemoths including Broadcom, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), and IBM. His exceptional ability to pioneer multi-hundred-million-dollar products and to lead global sales teams with revenues in the same echelon has consistently demonstrated his capability for high-impact leadership.

Steven serves as a thought leader in various technology consortiums. He was a founding board member and former Chairperson of the Open Mainframe Project, under the aegis of the Linux Foundation. His role as a Board Advisor continues to shape the advocacy for open source implementations of mainframe technologies.


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