Delivering on the Vision of Distributed Cloud with the Kinetic Edge Alliance

On Wednesday, February 13, VaporIO announced the Kinetic Edge Alliance with Pluribus Networks as a founding member. This follows on the heels of the LF Edge announcement, where Pluribus was also a founding member. You may think we’re participating in the Alliance just so we would have an excuse to cosponsor the yacht party at Edgecon Barcelona, but while the party was certainly fun, our participation is more significant and meaningful: At Pluribus we realize that it will take an ecosystem of innovative companies to deliver complete, compelling and open solutions that solve the challenges of and help monetize the edge computing opportunity.

KEA members enjoy a beautiful evening in Barcelona at EdgeCon Barcelona the day before Mobile World Congress 2019. From Left to Right: Mark Mussleman, VP Business Development VaporIO, Iyad Tarazi, President and CEO Federated Wireless, Mike Capuano, CMO Pluribus Networks

Pluribus is playing one instrument in this upcoming symphony — we are laser-focused on solving the networking challenge of edge compute. We typically use the term “distributed cloud” when describing the market unfolding in front of us and believe that we have the best next-generation software-defined networking (SDN) fabric that can solve for the explosion of mini and micro data centers (DCs) that will soon be deployed. Whether these DCs are deployed in Kinetic Edge locations integrated with 4G and 5G infrastructure, more typical colocation facilities, service provider central offices or enterprise facilities themselves, we can unify these geographically distributed sites using our Adaptive Cloud Fabric™. The fabric stretches across multiple sites, making N sites look like one logical entity while providing new levels of automation, comprehensive network slicing, distributed network services and rich telemetry fabric-wide. Our architecture is optimized for geographically distributed scenarios because it is “controllerless” and avoids the cost, complexity, resiliency and latency pitfalls found with first-generation SDN approaches — you can read more on this topic in our blog Perspective: Controller-based vs Controllerless-based SDN Solutions. And the software runs on standard white box switching hardware, enabling lower capital costs paired with radically simplified operations and scalable network services.

We look forward to actively participating in the KEA and collaborating with these industry leaders on open solutions to deliver on the vision of distributed cloud. Stay tuned for more news on this group of thought leaders.

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About the Author

Alessandro Barbieri

Alessandro is the Vice President of Product Management at Pluribus Networks. He has over 17 years of engineering, technical marketing and product management experience in the networking industry. Prior to joining Pluribus, Alessandro served as the Director of Product Management for several of Cisco’s Data Center and Enterprise networking product lines, including the launch of the latest generation of Catalyst 6800 core switching platform. His specialties include Datacenter Networking and High-Speed Ethernet technologies, where he contributed in shaping the 40GbE and 100GbE IEEE standard. Alessandro’s main responsibilities at Pluribus include managing the Pluribus product portfolio and technical marketing activities.