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Amazon Makes Foray Into Edge Computing With AWS Greengrass

In October 2015, when I got a chance to review AWS IoT right after its launch, I had an ask – an appliance that acts as the local gateway to the devices, tackling primary routing and message processing.

Today, at an event in San Francisco, Amazon announced the general availability of AWS Greengrass, the software that powers local edge gateways and appliances. It is exactly what I wished to see as an extension to AWS IoT.

This new addition to the AWS IoT portfolio has the potential to become the cornerstone of Amazon’s hybrid and edge strategy. It is one of the very few products from Amazon that can run on-premises.

AWS Greengrass was announced by Andy Jassy at the last re:Invent event in December 2016. Since then the product has been in the limited preview which was available only to select customers and partners. Many prominent logos including Intel, Qualcomm, Technicolor, Samsung, Acer, Nokia and QNAP are featured as the launch customers and partners. Amazon is working closely with system integrators, independent software vendors, electronics, hardware and silicon manufacturers to drive the adoption of Greengrass.

AWS Greengrass has a small footprint that can run on system-on-a-chip devices like Raspberry Pi and BeagleBone powered by ARM processors. It can also run in full-blown x86 servers in large data center environments. The compute layer of Greengrass is delivered through AWS Lambda, the first serverless computing platform introduced a few years ago.

The platform exposes MQTT endpoint for local machine-to-machine communication. Like its counterpart in the public cloud, Greengrass IoT supports device shadows, which act as digital twins representing the metadata and state information of connected devices. The device shadow can also double up as the local storage engine that stores additional information about the connected devices. Developers can write Lambda functions that are triggered by message routing or data ingestion. This capability enables Greengrass to filter data that only needs to be ingested into the public cloud for further analysis.

Read the entire article at Forbes

Janakiram MSV is an analyst, advisor, and architect. Follow him on Twitter,  Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Janakiram MSV heads the Cloud Infrastructure Services at Aditi Technologies. He was the founder and CTO of Get Cloud Ready Consulting, a niche Cloud Migration and Cloud Operations firm that recently got acquired by Aditi Technologies. In his current role, he leads a highly talented engineering team that focuses on migrating and managing applications deployed on Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Windows Azure Infrastructure Services.
Janakiram is an industry analyst with deep understanding of Cloud services. Through his speaking, writing and analysis, he helps businesses take advantage of the emerging technologies. He leverages his experience of engaging with the industry in developing informative and practical research, analysis and authoritative content to inform, influence and guide decision makers. He analyzes market trends, new products / features, announcements, industry happenings and the impact of executive transitions.
Janakiram is one of the first few Microsoft Certified Professionals on Windows Azure in India. Demystifying The Cloud, an eBook authored by Janakiram is downloaded more than 100,000 times within the first few months. He is the Chief Editor of a popular portal on Cloud called www.CloudStory.in that covers the latest trends in Cloud Computing. Janakiram is an analyst with the GigaOM Pro analyst network where he analyzes the Cloud Services landscape. He is a guest faculty at the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT-H) where he teaches Big Data and Cloud Computing to students enrolled for the Masters course. As a passionate speaker, he has chaired the Cloud Computing track at premier events in India.
He has been the keynote speaker at many premier conferences, and his seminars are attended by thousands of architects, developers and IT professionals. His sessions are rated among the best in every conference he participates.
Janakiram has worked at the world-class product companies including Microsoft Corporation, Amazon Web Services and Alcatel-Lucent. Joining as the first employee of Amazon Web Services in India, he was the AWS Technology Evangelist. Prior to that, Janakiram spent 10 years at Microsoft Corporation where he was involved in selling, marketing and evangelizing the Microsoft Application Platform and Tools.