LF Edge launches open IoT and edge sandbox

  • September 20, 2023
  • William Payne

Open source edge and IoT computing organisation LF Edge has announced the LF Edge Sandbox, a self-service platform to deploy LF Edge projects and solutions to edge devices.

An umbrella organisation within the open source Linux Foundation, LF Edge works to establish an open and interoperable framework for edge and IoT computing, independent of hardware, silicon, cloud, or operating system.

The LF Edge Sandbox is a centralised system that enables individuals to get started quickly with LF Edge projects to develop proofs of concept (POCs), demonstrations, and end- user experiences. A Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) service provided by member organisation ZEDEDA, the LF Edge Sandbox can remotely manage and orchestrate edge hardware running LF Edge project applications. The service leverages EVE-OS, a universal, open Linux-based operating system for distributed edge computing developed within the LF Edge Project EVE, and enables secure device management and application orchestration at scale.

“The development of the LF Edge Sandbox speaks to the community’s robust array of in-demand edge computing solutions,”  said Arpit Joshipura, general manager, Networking, Edge and IoT, the Linux Foundation. “This new service will make it even easier for people and organisations to trial various LF Edge project solutions and blueprints across formats, ultimately enabling faster deployment. Congratulations to the community for achieving this milestone, and thank you to ZEDEDA for the resources.”

“With so many interesting LF Edge projects available (and more coming), it has become daunting for one person, or even a small team, to learn enough to be able to install and try out all of these solutions,” said Joe Pearson, chair, LF Edge Technical Advisory Council (TAC) and Open Source Strategy at IBM Software, Networking and Edge Computing. “Project EVE’s platform, as implemented and supported by ZEDEDA, provides an ‘easy button’ to deploy any of these projects across multiple architectures and in whatever format (bare install, VM, or container) is best suited. This Sandbox will allow interested parties to become productive in minutes instead of days or weeks.”