RESEARCH PAPER: Offers Industry’s First Complete Edge Platform-As-A-Service For IoT Applications

By Bill Curtis, Patrick Moorhead - June 6, 2022

In 2016, Softbank’s Masayoshi Son compared the growth of IoT devices to the Cambrian explosion, referring to the biological Big Bang over 500 million years ago that resulted in our planet’s incredible diversity of life. He predicted a trillion connected devices in 20 years. When he made that bold prediction, analysts reckoned that we’d have 30 to 75 billion connected devices by 2022. The actual number turned out to be 8 to 15 billion, depending on how analysts define “connected devices.” This paper explains why IoT device deployments are not yet on a “trillion devices” trajectory and identifies the technology trend that makes Masayoshi Son’s bold prediction more realistic. We then show how FoundriesFactory,’s new and disruptive edge platform as a service (EPaaS), accelerates that trend.

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Table Of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • The Platform Convergence Trend
  • Edge Platform-as-a-Service
  • FoundriesFactory Hands-On
  • Summary
  • Conclusion
  • Table 1: Historical Platform Convergence Disruptions
  • Figure 1:'s Linux microPlatform (LmP)
  • Figure 2: Typical Embedded Linux Supply Chain
  • Figure 3: Kernel Modification Hierarchy
  • Figure 4: Arduino Pro Portenta X8 SoM - 66 MM X 25.4 MM
  • Figure 5: Docker On Portenta X8 Linux, Right Out Of The Box
  • Figure 6: FoundriesFactory Dashboard With Raspberry Pi And Arduino Pro Portenta X8
  • Figure 7: FoundriesFactory IoT Product Lifecycle Management

Companies Cited

  • Arduino
  • Arm
  • AWS
  • Azure
  • Google
  • Microsoft
  • Red Hat
  • Softbank
  • SuSe
  • Ubuntu
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Bill Curtis is the Moor Insights & Strategy Analyst in Residence for large-scale Internet of Things systems. Bill helps enterprises design distributed solutions that integrate the full end-to-end IoT stack from real-world devices to analytics.

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Patrick founded the firm based on his real-world world technology experiences with the understanding of what he wasn’t getting from analysts and consultants. Ten years later, Patrick is ranked #1 among technology industry analysts in terms of “power” (ARInsights)  in “press citations” (Apollo Research). Moorhead is a contributor at Forbes and frequently appears on CNBC. He is a broad-based analyst covering a wide variety of topics including the cloud, enterprise SaaS, collaboration, client computing, and semiconductors. He has 30 years of experience including 15 years of executive experience at high tech companies (NCR, AT&T, Compaq, now HP, and AMD) leading strategy, product management, product marketing, and corporate marketing, including three industry board appointments.