Vapor IO, Federated Wireless, Linode, MobiledgeX, Packet, and StackPath Launch Kinetic Edge Alliance

Partners collaborate to deliver edge computing to top 30 US metro
markets

AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Vapor
IO
, creators of the
Kinetic Edge
and the leading provider of tower-connected edge
colocation and interconnection services, today launched the Kinetic
Edge Alliance (KEA)
, alongside deployment partners Federated
Wireless
, Linode,
MobiledgeX,
Packet
and StackPath
and technical partners Alef
Mobitech
, Detecon
International
, Hitachi
Vantara
, New
Continuum Data Centers
, Pluribus
Networks
, and Seagate
Technology
. The KEA is an industry alliance of leading software,
hardware, networking and integration companies committed to driving the
broad adoption of compute, storage, access and interconnection at the
edge of the cellular network, simplifying edge computing for the masses.

“Delivering edge computing at scale, across the entire United States,
requires a great deal of collaboration,” said Cole Crawford, founder and
CEO of Vapor IO. “The Kinetic Edge Alliance provides the vehicle for
delivering nationwide edge computing, removing the guesswork from edge
deployment and operations that exists today. The Alliance will
accelerate the rollout of edge computing, delivering a platform for
wireless operators and application providers to deliver new edge-enabled
products and services to customers.”

“By pre-integrating our CBRS controller with the Kinetic Edge, we are
able to ensure last mile wireless connectivity in every one of the
Alliance’s locations, eventually spanning the entire country,” said Iyad
Tarazi, president and CEO, Federated Wireless. “This will unleash a
tsunami of edge-native and edge-enhanced applications for Private
Networks. Nothing like this has ever been created before and we’re proud
to be a part of this movement.”

The Kinetic Edge Alliance

The Kinetic Edge Alliance combines critical infrastructure deployments
with enabling edge technologies and expertise. Targeting the top 30 US
metro markets which cover nearly 50% of the US population, the Alliance
seeks to establish critical mass for nationwide edge computing.

In 2019, the Alliance will focus on the first six Kinetic Edge markets:
Chicago, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles and Seattle. Chicago,
the first Kinetic Edge city, has two Kinetic Edge sites online today
with a third to come online later in Q1.

KEA Deployment Partners

Deployment Partners will be jointly rolling out equipment and services
across the top 30 major metropolitan US markets, beginning with the
first six markets in 2019. The Alliance seeks to deploy, in lockstep,
all of the key hardware and software infrastructure components that will
enable commercial-grade edge computing at scale. The combination of
technologies brought together by KEA Deployment Partners ensures a
uniform infrastructure platform that makes it easy to build edge
applications and deploy them to multiple markets. The founding
Deployment Partners are (in alpha order):

  • Federated Wireless: Federated Wireless will bring software and
    systems for delivering 4G and 5G wireless services over
    newly-available CBRS spectrum to all Kinetic Edge locations, including
    a large set of pre-integrated wireless access points, end devices, and
    network functionality suppliers through its diverse partner program.
  • Linode: As the leading cloud for over 800,000 developers
    worldwide, Linode will extend its cloud computing infrastructure at
    Kinetic Edge locations. This partnership will enable next generation
    low-latency applications to operate at the edge of the wireless
    network. Developers and their teams will enjoy a new level of
    performance and simplicity to bring their cloud driven experiences to
    life.
  • MobiledgeX: MobiledgeX will provide developers with automated
    workload orchestration tooling for the provisioning and management of
    applications at the edge location nearest to a requesting device. It
    is a seamless extension of the modern development and deployment
    practices that developers are using today. The developer access to a
    network of this scale and distribution is completely new, and so are
    the application and device experiences that are being created.
  • Packet: Leading bare-metal cloud provider Packet is committed
    to helping software developers deploy and operate edge workloads.
    Starting with a flagship Kinetic Edge deployment in Chicago, Packet
    will continue its mission of helping developer-driven companies deploy
    physical infrastructure at global scale, and at the edge.
  • StackPath: StackPath will extend its global platform of edge
    computing services to the Kinetic Edge, making it easy for developers
    to deploy containers and VMs at the edge of the cellular network, as
    well as also deploy serverless scripts via the company’s EdgeEngine™.
  • Vapor IO: Vapor IO is committed to building tower-connected
    edge data centers across each of the 30 target markets, offering
    purpose-built edge colocation, interconnection and fiber-based
    networking to its partners and customers. These sites form the
    foundation of the Kinetic Edge, Vapor’s innovative nationwide network
    of edge data centers.

KEA Technical Partners

KEA Technical Partners participate in Kinetic Edge deployments and
enhance the ecosystem by making their unique expertise and enabling
technologies available to Kinetic Edge deployments, offering to
collaborate with end users and Deployment Partners as they bring new
edge infrastructure services to life. The founding Technical Partners
are (in alpha order):

  • Alef Mobitech: Alef Mobitech has developed an edge architecture
    that makes it easy to deploy MEC (Mutli-Access Edge Computing)
    applications. By integrating tightly into the telco networks, Alef
    Mobitech accelerates the building and deployment of edge applications
    that benefit cellular operators.
  • Detecon International: Detecon International, a subsidiary of
    Deutsche Telekom, will support operators in sustainably improving
    their competitiveness and performance across the entire value chain
    with the help of innovative technologies such as edge, accelerating
    their digital transformation and evolution to 5G.
  • Hitachi Vantara: Hitachi Vantara, a wholly-owned subsidiary of
    Hitachi Ltd., delivers data center and IoT expertise for the Kinetic
    Edge, and provides technologies and solutions for data center
    infrastructure, edge-to-cloud data governance and data-driven
    insights. Hitachi’s Lumada specifically provides the capabilities to
    connect, collect, analyze, store and act on data from disparate data
    sources, allowing customers to make decisions in near real-time.
  • New Continuum: New Continuum will cross-connect its West
    Chicago data center with the Kinetic Edge to provide local colocation
    capacity as well as a software-enabled Internet Exchange Point (IXP).
    Additionally, New Continuum will deploy Open 19 IT equipment in
    Kinetic Edge Locations, supporting development and production
    environments with a pay-as-you-go business model.
  • Pluribus Networks: Pluribus has created a next-generation
    network fabric for distributed cloud that can span multiple Kinetic
    Edge (and non-Kinetic Edge) sites, with the ability to manage them as
    one fabric that is able to stretch geographically with fabric-wide
    automation, multi-tenancy, granular telemetry and network slicing,
    with no latency penalty.
  • Seagate: Seagate, the world’s leading provider of data
    management technologies, will provide technical blueprints and
    deployment support for end users and partners who require storage at
    the edge.

Growth and Collaboration

The Alliance provides its members access to a global networking
community that will grow to hundreds of members, connecting edge
computing stakeholders with end users and customers in a collaborative
environment. The Alliance will also collaborate with the State
of the Edge
project, helping to advance the group’s vendor-neutral
educational mission, as well as its relationship with Edgecon, the
leading series of edge-focused events that include Edgecon Vegas,
Edgecon Aspen, and Edgecon Barcelona.

Partner Quotes

Alef Mobitech

“The Edge is here, and the Edge is now—and it is a place for many
opportunities. We are extremely excited to deliver our ‘operating
system’ to the Kinetic Edge Alliance, which brings together key
components to complete the edge ecosystem, enabling us to roll it out
nationwide. Together with the Alliance partners, we have the capacity to
not only build applications for the next wave of the internet but also
create time-to-market advantages for the entire edge Internet landscape,
which may very well spark the reconfiguration of the mobile internet.” –
Ganesh Sundaram, founder and CEO of Alef Mobitech

Detecon

“We support startups and big enterprises in defining and executing their
edge strategy with our global expertise in cloud computing and
connectivity. Detecon is excited to be a founding member of the Kinetic
Edge Alliance and bring to the table world-leading wireless
infrastructure, product development and deployment know-how. We are
committed to leverage our knowledge and push forward edge computing to
build the next generation internet.” – Stefan Wilhelm, CEO of Detecon,
Inc.

Federated Wireless

“By pre-integrating our CBRS controller with the Kinetic Edge, we are
able to ensure last mile wireless connectivity in every one of the
Alliance’s locations, eventually spanning the entire country. This will
unleash a tsunami of edge-native and edge-enhanced applications for
Private Networks. Nothing like this has ever been created before and
we’re proud to be a part of this movement.” – Iyad Tarazi, President and
CEO of Federated Wireless

Linode

“We are committed to helping developers scale their cloud applications
while delivering the performance, value and service they demand. Our
participation as a KEA Deployment Partner will enable application
developers to extend their proximity to the user edge, creating new
experiences that are driven by the cloud and ultra-low latency.”- Carl
Williams, Director of Network Strategy & Innovation at Linode

MobiledgeX

“We are thrilled to announce our participation in the Kinetic Edge
Alliance that clearly states a predictable deployment of edge capability
across the 30 largest metropolitan areas in the USA. We commit to making
access to these edge locations and edge services as seamless and easy as
possible for any interested businesses, device makers and application
developers. Now is the time to begin adopting the next wave of growth as
we create one global mobile edge for all to use, and in the USA, the KEA
enables a known timeline to move from experimentation today to full
market coverage tomorrow.” – Jason Hoffman, CEO of MobiledgeX

New Continuum Data Centers

“We are excited to join the Kinetic Edge Alliance, supporting what we
believe is the next evolution of internet infrastructure. We have worked
tirelessly to create the most supportive and fertile environment for
edge compute services to grow, and we are genuinely humbled to be able
to support the other Alliance partners, who are true innovators in the
industry.” – Eli D. Scher, Chairman and CEO of New Continuum

Packet

“Vapor and Packet have a shared vision for the edge, which includes a
seamless customer experience connecting infrastructure to wireless
access. The Kinetic Edge Alliance provides a much-needed framework to
enable cloud-native applications built for the edge, which will
accelerate innovation and commercial deployments.” – Ihab Tarazi, CTO of
Packet

Pluribus Networks

“Pluribus Networks’ focus is on radically simplifying network operations
and lowering capital costs by providing a unified network fabric, based
on white box switches, stretching from central data centers out to
compact data centers deployed at Kinetic Edge locations. We are excited
to be founding members of the Kinetic Edge Alliance and to collaborate
with other industry leaders to accelerate edge compute and the plethora
of new applications it will enable.” – Kumar Srikantan, CEO of Pluribus
Networks

Seagate

“Seagate is excited to partner with the Kinetic Edge Alliance to help
define a simple and secure data management architecture for edge
computing. There are hundreds of use cases that stand to benefit from
edge infrastructure, and the Alliance offers a launch pad to drive edge
adoption and bring the power of analytics closer to the data source.
With forty years of data management leadership and innovation, Seagate
is building storage products to secure, manage and activate data at the
edge.” – Jeff Fochtman, VP Global Marketing at Seagate

StackPath

“StackPath seeks to be the pre-eminent secure edge platform, and that
requires becoming as distributed as possible across the globe. The edge
today is analogous to the early days of cloud, and education on the
technology and proximity is key to mass adoption. Joining the Kinetic
Edge Alliance will help with both and allow us scale even more quickly
and take even more people to the edge.” – Lance Crosby, co-founder and
CEO of StackPath

About Vapor IO

Vapor
IO
is developing the largest nationwide edge colocation and
interconnection platform at the edge of the wireless cellular network.
Serving the world’s largest wireless carriers, cloud providers,
web-scale companies and other innovative enterprises, the company’s Kinetic
Edge
combines multi-tenant colocation with software-defined
interconnection and high-speed networking. The Kinetic Edge delivers the
most flexible, highly-distributed edge infrastructure at the edge of the
wireless network. The company has deployed its Kinetic Edge in Chicago,
IL and has plans to have projects underway in the top 20 markets with
100+ sites.

About Alef Mobitech

Alef
Mobitech
provides value-added services at the edge of the mobile
network. Mobile edge computing allows us to physically locate products
and services closer to users. Alef’s innovative architecture allows for
5G style applications to work over 4G. New and existing networks benefit
from our edge architecture. We provide market differentiation and new
revenue opportunities to mobile carriers and developers. We are live
today. No more theory, it works. Alef Mobitech is headquartered in New
York, with offices in India and Brazil. Visit www.alefmobitech.com
for more information on how we can help.

About Detecon

Detecon
International
is a leading technology management consulting company
that supports telecommunications operators in sustainably improving
their competitiveness and performance across the entire value chain with
the help of innovative technologies, accelerating their digital
transformation and evolution to 5G. Detecon is part of the Deutsche
Telekom Group. We play a driving role in defining and implementing edge
strategies both with operators as well as enterprise customers — while
driving conversations around use-cases and standardization.

About Federated Wireless

Federated
Wireless
is leading the wireless industry through the shared
spectrum revolution, eliminating the decades-old problem of spectrum
scarcity. The Company offers the industry’s only end-to-end Spectrum
Controller, enabling government and commercial users to securely share
the same spectrum band. Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, Federated
Wireless is removing the multi-billion dollar price tag associated with
spectrum access, allowing for the creation of new wireless carriers and
business models. For more information, please visit: www.federatedwireless.com.

About Hitachi Vantara

Hitachi
Vantara
, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd., helps
data-driven leaders find and use the value in their data to innovate
intelligently and reach outcomes that matter for business and society.
We combine technology, intellectual property and industry knowledge to
deliver data-managing solutions that help enterprises improve their
customers’ experiences, develop new revenue streams, and lower the costs
of business. Only Hitachi Vantara elevates your innovation advantage by
combining deep information technology (IT), operational technology (OT)
and domain expertise. We work with organizations everywhere to drive
data to meaningful outcomes. Visit us at www.HitachiVantara.com.

About Linode

Linode
is the leading cloud for developers demanding maximum performance,
reliability and value for their modern applications. Pioneering cloud
hosting since 2003, we empower over 800,000 developers worldwide through
our 9 data centers to easily build and scale their server
infrastructure. For more information, visit https://www.linode.com
or follow @linode
on Twitter.

About MobiledgeX

MobiledgeX
Inc.
is building a marketplace of edge resources and services that
will connect developers with the world’s largest mobile networks to
power the next generation of applications and devices. MobiledgeX is an
edge computing company founded by Deutsche Telekom AG and headquartered
in San Francisco, California.

About New Continuum Data Centers

New Continuum Data Centers (“NCDC”) is a multi-tenant data center
operator in the western Chicago suburbs. NCDC operates an 80,000 square
foot, purpose-built, concurrently maintainable facility in West Chicago,
IL. NCDC offers highly flexible wholesale and retail colocation services
to enterprises and small businesses. New Continuum’s products range from
basic colocation to private cages, private suites and secured data
halls. Additionally, NCDC offers unique connectivity and peering
solutions through its partnership with United IX (http://www.unitedix.net).
To learn more, please visit http://www.newcontinuum.net,
or call 877-432-2656.

About Packet

Packet
is the leading provider of infrastructure automation solutions for
developers. Its proprietary technology automates physical servers and
networks without the use of virtualization or multi-tenancy – powering
over 60k deployments each month in its 20 global datacenters. Founded in
2014 and based in New York City, Packet has quickly become the provider
of choice for leading enterprises, SaaS companies, and software
innovators. In addition to its public cloud, Packet’s unique Private
Deployment model enables companies to automate their own infrastructure
in facilities all over the world.

About Pluribus Networks

Pluribus
Networks
is delivering an open, next generation software defined
network (SDN) fabric for modern data centers, multi-site data centers
and distributed cloud edge environments based on open networking
hardware from Dell EMC, Edgecore and D-Link. The Linux-based Netvisor®
ONE operating system and the Adaptive Cloud Fabric™ have been purpose
built to deliver highly secure per-tenant services across data center
sites with simple operations and no single point of failure, all while
realizing white box economics. Pluribus Networks is deployed in over 200
customer networks globally, including some of the world’s largest mobile
network operators.

About Seagate

Seagate
crafts the datasphere, helping to maximize humanity’s potential by
innovating world-class, precision-engineered data management solutions
with a focus on sustainable partnerships. Learn more at www.seagate.com.

About StackPath

StackPath
is a platform of secure edge services that enables developers to
protect, accelerate, and innovate cloud properties ranging from websites
to media delivery and IoT services. With an innovative global edge
network infrastructure, StackPath delivers enterprise-grade security and
performance in a frictionless, on-demand platform with cloud-scale
control and flexibility. More than one million customers, including
early-stage and Fortune 100 companies, use StackPath services. StackPath
is headquartered in Dallas and has offices across the U.S. and around
the world. For more information, visit stackpath.com and follow
StackPath at www.fb.com/stackpathllc
and www.twitter.com/stackpath

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