CDNetworks Drives Kubernetes to the Edge – SDxCentral

CDNetworks Drives Kubernetes to the Edge

CDNetworks is the latest to tap the Kubernetes ecosystem to power its move into the burgeoning edge computing space.

The company is one of a number of content delivery network (CDN) providers, competing against firms like Cloudflare, Akamai, Limelight, and Fastly. It’s looking to boost its position with the launch of its Edge Computing Platform Service (ECP) that locates compute, storage, and network resources closer to end-users to reduce network latency.

The ECP service is built on Kubernetes and Docker using a container architecture. This allows developers to write container-based applications that can be deployed throughout the edge infrastructure.

This model will allow for easier management of applications that need to be deployed at edge locations in order to support low-latency services like autonomous vehicles. In the case of a CDN like CDNetworks, this could also allow for greater support of latency-sensitive services like gaming, augmented reality (AR), or virtual reality (VR).

CDNetworks is based in California and is a subsidiary of South Korea-based Wangsu Science & Technology. It claims more than 1,500 global edge points of presence locations, more than 50 Tb/s of network bandwidth, and 10 global offices.

A recent report from Mobile Experts predicts the edge computing market will grow 10-fold by 2024. It notes that the edge computing trend expands from centralized hyperscale data centers to distributed edge cloud nodes, with capex spend on near edge data centers representing the largest segment of the market.

Kubernetes at the Edge

CDNetworks’ Kubernetes-hook is not new but does bolster a growing trend toward using the container orchestration platform to support edge use cases.

Edgeworx recently integrated Kubernetes into its Eclipse ioFog software that allows developers to use the same tools and workflows to deploy applications and microservices from the cloud down to the edge. The Edgeworx platform is based on the Eclipse ioFog open source project and targets developers looking to deploy and manage any application or containerized microservice at the edge.

A slightly different tact was taken by Rancher Labs, which launched its K3s platform that is essentially a slimmer version of Kubernetes. K3s is targeted at resource-constrained edge locations, and the company followed up that initial launch with a K3s-specific operating system.

Other vendors have been plugging the full Kubernetes platform into their efforts.

Mirantis last year plugged Kubernetes into its Cloud Platform Edge product to allows operators to deploy a combination of containers, virtual machines (VMs), and bare metal points of presence (POPs) that are connected by a unified management plane.

Similarly, IoTium last year updated its edge-cloud infrastructure that is built on remotely-managed Kubernetes. The platform places Kubernetes at an edge location where it can be inside a node. The company uses a full version of Kubernetes running on IoTium’s SD-WAN platform.

There is also the KubeEdge open source project that supports edge nodes, applications, devices, and cluster management consistent with the Kuberenetes interface. This can help an edge cloud act exactly like a cloud cluster.

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