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New Kids on the Block: Windmill Enterprise Joins Linux Foundation

August 22, 2018
By Special Guest
Shrey Fadia, Special Correspondent -

Windmill Enterprise, developer of the Cognida platform, joined the Linux Foundation this week, and two projects – the Linux Foundation Networking community and EdgeX Foundry.

Windmill joins existing Linux Foundation members like AT&T, Google, IBM and DellEMC, all on a quest to solve business and technology challenges through collaboration.

For Windmill, this means deploying IoT solutions to secure physical endpoints and digital assets within the enterprise, especially as enterprise adoption of IoT continues to grow. In the realm of Industrial IoT, it means improving and securing increased automation in factories and beyond.

Windmill will join EdgeX Foundry, a vendor-neutral open source project building a common open framework for IoT edge computing, and LF Networking (LFN), which unites seven top networking projects to increase harmonization across platforms, communities and ecosystems.

The Linux Foundation currently hosts 9 of the 10 largest open source networking including ONAP, OPNFV, OpenDaylight, and others which together form the new networking stack.

Earlier this year, they announced the LFN for “harmonization between open source and open standards with an eye towards supporting a range of emerging, network-dependent initiatives.

In the four years since OpenDaylight kicked off the open source networking revolution, groups of developers from a range of backgrounds have developed open source offerings at every layer of the stack, and now Windmill is coming in to bring their vision for blockchain as part of all digital open source projects to ensure data integrity, with a backend database that can integrated using any flavor of blockchain.

One of the contributing companies to Windmill, IXOT, has been a member of the EdgeX Foundry project from the beginning, and will continue to actively support the advancement of IoT and Industrial IoT edge innovations positioned to remove the barriers associated with the “last mile and last millimeter” of connected systems deployments. (The edge continues to be the hardest challenge).

As part of its participation with EdgeX Foundry and LFN, Windmill executives will introduce an enterprise blockchain solution to the worlds of IoT and Industrial IoT, as well as next-generation mobile networking security to the largest global open source innovation community.

“We share a vision with Linux, from our views on Industrial IoT and general open telecom infrastructure solutions to overall innovator empowerment,” said Michael Hathaway, CEO of Windmill Enterprise.  “As such, we created Cognida as a blockchain agnostic platform to offer a suite of enterprise class security solutions that accelerate adoption of IIoT platforms like the Linux Foundation’s Edgex Foundry into enterprises. Windmill will continue to forge ahead with our collaborators to provide the tools for enterprises to adopt sensible and practical, open source IIoT and blockchain security solutions. With our membership, we look forward to collaboration with Linux Foundation and its other members.”

“I’m thrilled to see the continuous expansion of the EdgeX ecosystem, especially among contributors that are focused on distributed ledger technology,” said Jason Shepherd, Chair of the EdgeX Foundry Governing Board and IoT CTO, Dell Technologies. “Combining these technologies with open frameworks like EdgeX will help us realize the true potential of IoT– a system of systems with pervasive trust.”

“The greatest value in the IoT is the data,” Michael Hathaway, co-founder and CEO of Windmill Enterprise said. “We look forward to bringing our expertise and tools to bear on making it easier and more efficient to securely harness the value through more advanced data management approaches.”

Earlier this month, Windmill announced it is also supporting one of the most active but less well-known open source communities tackling Identity Management, FreeIPA.

Last month, Windmill announced partnership agreements with Rivetz and Vault Wallet.

Edited by Ken Briodagh



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