Red Hat Device Edge brings flexible production grade Kubernetes and
Linux to resource constrained edge devices, providing greater consistency for edge
deployments at nearly any scale
Red Hat, Inc., the world’s leading provider of
open source solutions, today introduced Red
Hat Device Edge, a solution for flexibly deploying
traditional or containerized workloads on small devices such as robots, IoT
gateways, points of sale, public transport and more. Red Hat Device Edge
delivers an enterprise-ready and supported distribution of the Red Hat-led open
source community project MicroShift, a lightweight Kubernetes orchestration solution
built from the edge capabilities of Red Hat OpenShift, along with an
edge-optimized operating system built from Red Hat Enterprise Linux. This
latest product in the Red Hat edge portfolio aims to provide a future-proof
platform that allows organizations’ architecture to evolve as their workload
As more and more companies deploy
edge computing across a broader range of use cases, many new questions,
operational needs and business challenges are poised to arise. In industries
like automotive, manufacturing and more, organizations are up against different
environmental, security and operational challenges that require an ability to
work with small form-factor edge devices in these resource constrained
environments. Ultimately, different devices have different requirements in
terms of computing power, software compatibility and security footprint.
With Red Hat Device Edge,
organizations can have the flexibility to deploy containers at the edge in a
small footprint, reducing compute requirements by up to 50% in comparison to
traditional Kubernetes edge configurations. It also helps to address many of
the emerging questions around large-scale edge computing at the device edge by
- Kubernetes built for edge deployments, enabling IT teams to use familiar Kubernetes
features in a new, smaller, lighter-weight footprint offered by MicroShift.
This lowers the barrier of entry for teams building cloud-native applications
for edge computing environments and enables them to use existing Kubernetes
skills to achieve greater consistency of operations across the entirety of the
hybrid cloud, from the datacenter to public clouds to the edge.
- An edge-optimized Linux OS built from the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform
in Red Hat Enterprise Linux and tailored for small edge devices
with intelligent updates that use minimum bandwidth. This helps organizations
tackle the challenges of intermittent connectivity while mitigating the impact
on edge innovation.
- Capabilities for centrally scaling and monitoring
edge device fleets with Red Hat Smart Management.
IT teams can use zero-touch provisioning, system health visibility and updates
with automatic rollbacks to maintain a stronger edge management and application
Red Hat Device Edge for far-flung,
resource constrained use cases across different industries
Red Hat Device Edge was created to
help Red Hat customers and partners tackle their most challenging edge
environments. For example, Lockheed
Martin has been collaborating with Red Hat in
the MicroShift project community and is also working to deploy Red Hat Device
Edge to modernize and standardize its application delivery and AI workloads in
extreme conditions including wildland fire management, contested military
environments and space. Additionally, ABB is planning to use Red Hat Device Edge for
ABB Ability™ Edgenius™ on resource constrained devices. Edgenius is a
comprehensive edge platform for industrial software applications.
Red Hat Device Edge will be aimed at
organizations who require small factor edge devices with support for bare
metal, virtualized or containerized applications, regardless of industry.
Additional use cases include but are not limited to:
- Miniature, connected nodes on public transportation where edge devices are often in motion but
still need faster processing via AI/ML to analyze data locally in real time
(i.e. railways, mining, cars, drones).
- Resilient resource nodes at challenging
locations like weather monitoring stations
where, in spite of the harsh, tough-to-support environments, an edge device
will still be capable of taking care of itself with the ability to perform
automated software rollbacks, maintain a stronger security posture and better
enforce sensitive data controls.
- Emerging edge constrained scenarios where thousands of edge devices may be running
applications in locations that make weight, temperature and connectivity all
Red Hat Device Edge meets
organizations wherever they are today in their edge computing journey, as it
will run a wide variety of workloads using Podman for edge container management or MicroShift
for a Kubernetes API. Customers will even be able to use legacy windows
applications within a virtual machine.
Source: RedHat media announcement