Darren Kimura, COO, Zededa & Jim Frazer
The only way to harmonize all data diversity at the edge is to drive a standard, open source, cloud-native edge. This edge has to be highly efficient and different from previous generation of distributed computing- this edge has to be virtualized. In this intriguing podcast, learn how ZEDEDA focused on edge virtualization to deliver visibility, control and protection for distributed edge gateways, applications, and networks at the enterprise edge as a cloud-based service.
Welcome to another episode of the Smart Cities Podcast. Today we're broadcasting live in ARC 26th annual forum here in Orlando, Florida. Today, I'm thrilled to be joined by Darren Kimora of Zededa to talk about edge devices and more specifically, Edge management, edge device software platforms that would manage those terminal devices out in the field. So Darren, welcome. It's great to have you. How are you today?
I'm great. It is awesome to be here. Thanks for having us.
Hey, that's, that's great. So let's just, let's get started with perhaps a little bit of background about yourself, your company, and how did you come to this edge device ecosystem?
Yeah, so I'm Darren Kimora. I'm the Chief Operating Officer for Zededa. My responsibility is running, running the business and all things related to product, go to market engineering, whatever the case may be. The Vita has been around since 2016. And it's a really interesting company. First of all, oftentimes, we get asked what is the names of Zededa mean, because it's a pretty unique name. We have three founders with the company, and one of the founders is from Morocco. And the word Zededa translated means innovative or new. So we always think about what we do as being very new, and at our core needing to be very innovative. So that's what the data means.
Back in 2016, this is at a time when things were changing quite a bit, and IoT was very big topic, like Fog Computing was out there, edge computing was also out there. And really, the definitions were quite loose. But the founders really saw an opportunity for cloud computing to change and be brought closer to where the workloads are being, for example, in a factory floor, you know, taking the compute and moving it all the way down to where the robot arm is, or where the automation needs to be. And that was the idea. But the technology wasn't quite there yet. So what they decided to do was really work on the operating system level and figure out a way to make the different applications that are running in those locations, for example, the factory floor, work with the technologies of tomorrow, things like AI, TensorFlow, and whatnot, and how do you bring all of this together. And when they did that, what they developed was an operating system, a brand new operating system, very thin, very lightweight, designed for those applications designed for the factory floor. What they then decided to do, which was really fascinating, was take that and contribute it to the open source. And as a result, bring a community in and around the technology to improve it to support it to make it better to bring use cases in. And really that was kind of the legacy behind what ZTE is the next part that they did.