The Eclipse Foundation, which promotes open source and platforms, presented some perspective on the diversity on edge platforms.
The survey finds Linux (43 percent), FreeRTOS (35 percent) and Windows (31 percent) are the dominant operating systems running on the edge. The top public Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud platforms are Amazon AWS (AWS) at 40 percent followed by Microsoft Azure at 31 percent and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) at (26 percent).
The survey also notes over-the-air updates managed via the cloud (48 percent), followed by locally managed over-the-air updates (42 percent) and network cable (38 percent) are the top means for deploying software artifacts on these platforms
When it comes to building and deploying these applications, the top concerns are security (39 percent), connectivity (27 percent), data collection and analytics (26 percent), performance (24 percent) and privacy (23 percent).
Why do we care?
Not the first reporting on Edge computing lately, and I suspect not the last, as this avenue is going to continue to grow. There’s often a very Microsoft centric view of the world for platforms, but when looking at “edge computing” it’s a very different landscape.
I could – and likely will soon – do the same view if considering all internet end point devices to include phones and tablets.
Start thinking about the ways you manage these – none of this is done with legacy tools, and more importantly, the process and procedure needs to be built out too. It’s likely based on your previous experiences, which is good news. The bad news is it’s new platforms.