DFI and Canonical signed the Ubuntu IoT Hardware Certification Partner Program. DFI is the world's first industrial computer manufacturer to join the program aimed at offering Ubuntu-certified IoT hardware ready for the over-the-air software update. The online update mechanism of and the authorized DFI online application store combines with DFI’s products' application flexibility, to reduce software and hardware development time to deploy new services. DFI's RemoGuard IoT solution will provide real-time monitoring and partition-level system recovery through out-of-band management technology. In addition to the Ubuntu online software update, RemoGuard avoids service interruption, reduces maintenance personnel costs, and response time to establish a seamless IoT ecosystem.
From the booming 5G mobile network to industrial robot applications, a large number of small base stations, edge computing servers, and robots will be deployed in outdoor or harsh industrial environments. Ubuntu Core on DFI certified hardware and Remoguard brings the reassurance that no software update will bring risks and challenges of on-site repair.
"By cooperating with Canonical, and joining the IoT Hardware Certification Partner Program DFI aims to give IoT developers shorter software introduction timelines and to promote the role of software in embedded by lowering the risk of system updates. Additional consultancy services offered through the cooperation can help enterprise customers quickly build solutions, including software and hardware," said Steven Tsai, President of DFI.
“DFI and Canonical and partner work closely to deliver the best Ubuntu experience on gateways and motherboards,” commented Tom Canning, VP of IoT and devices, at Canonical. ”Developers will find it a productive pre-certified environment for a faster route to market. Enterprises will benefit from the security and flexibility offered by 10 years support, secure boot, full disk encryption, secure device recovery, and OTA upgrade out of the box”