Red Hat and Intel today agreed to take their relationship to the next level – out of the data center and out to the edge.
IBM-owned Linux giant and x86 titan see an opportunity at the network edge: Internet of Things devices and industrial sensors can generate massive amounts of data that may not be best send back to a central server, cloud or otherwise, for cleaning and analysis.
The two companies are thus launching an Intelligent Edge Solution Center in Houston, Texas, which unfortunately cannot be shortened to something lively, just IESC.
According to Red Hat, the IESC will ensure that customers collaborate with Red Hat, Intel and ecosystem partners to assemble Intel-based devices that can be used in industrial processes and meet industry standards such as Class 1, Division 2 (C1D2) and ATEX/IECEx.
The hat-chip partnership has invited privileged associates whose wares – both hard and soft – are also available. Guests include Advantech, Axiomtek, Lenovo, OnLogic, Rockwell Automation, and Winmate, which Red Hat claims can provide hardware for real-time workloads using software from Inductive Automation, Intel, and Matrikon, among others.
Naturally, there’s everything Red Hat is waiting to stick with it, namely Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat OpenShift, and Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform.
The idea is that customers can choose from an array of industry-specific pre-made products for smart manufacturing, autonomous production, 5G, healthcare and retail, while having access to predictive machine learning on edge measurement to solve problems related to computer vision, anticipatory maintenance and autonomous production.
“We hope that by creating this lab and coworking space with Intel, our customers and partners can test hardware and software they may not have at home,” said Kelly Switt, senior director and Global Head of Intelligent Edge Business. Development, Red Hat, in an email to The register.
“It will be a collaborative environment for Red Hat and its ecosystem partners to develop integrated solutions and joint opportunities – that is, they can test, demo, and work together to create cutting edge for today and in the future.”
“For organizations to operate and scale successfully at the edge, they require a coordinated approach and often technologies from multiple vendors to meet unique computing and business needs. The amount of data gathered from large networks of machines, IoT devices and sensors can be a massive undertaking for organizations to digest, analyze and turn into actionable insights.”
Additionally, Red Hat and Intel say they intend to “work with customers to create open validated models to automate network deployments and operational capabilities for Wi-Fi, SD-WAN, fire, VPN, and other security-focused configurations to support operational technology (OT) assets and processes.”
So customers, in theory, will be able to set up the cutting-edge widgets they buy expecting them to work fine and not break anything.
Crimson cap and embedded electronics (that’s where the name Intel comes from) are so enamored with life on the edge that they’re also setting up a lab in Singapore to sell APAC customers 5G and advanced computing. The lab initially helped telcos adopt virtual networking functions, but has now been refocused to showcase cloud-native networking functions and the associated uses of edge computing for such things.
Switt described customer interactions in these centers as efforts to guide customers as they learn about the edge of the network.
“In these ongoing collaborations, Red Hat and Intel will invite customers to participate in the Intelligent Edge Solution Center to brainstorm and co-create in real time with an ecosystem of experts,” Switt explained. “However, any customer is also encouraged to contact Center attendance directly through an open form on the website. From there, Red Hat will work with the customer to coordinate details of their experience at the Intelligent Edge Solution Center in order to meet their business needs and edge computing goals.”
The fun doesn’t stop there. Intel, at its offices in Stockholm, Sweden, is working with Red Hat at its 5G Innovation Center to showcase computing workflows related to 5G networking, machine learning, and edge networking with the usual suspects. : ecosystem partners, service providers, system integrators, hardware and software providers, and other hangers.
The edge, it seems, is everywhere and is now a major concern for a red-tinted enterprise Linux service provider and its silicon sidekick. ®