Finding your way in the fog: Towards a comprehensive definition of fog computing

Luis M. Vaquero, Luis Rodero-Merino

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The cloud is migrating to the edge of the network, where routers themselves may become the virtualisation infrastructure, in an evolution labelled as "the fog". However, many other complementary technologies are reaching a high level of maturity. Their interplay may dramatically shift the information and communication technology landscape in the following years, bringing separate technologies into a common ground. This paper offers a comprehensive definition of the fog, comprehending technologies as diverse as cloud, sensor networks, peer-to-peer networks, network virtualisation functions or configuration management techniques. We highlight the main challenges faced by this potentially breakthrough technology amalgamation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-32
Number of pages6
JournalComputer Communication Review
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 10 Oct 2014


  • Cloud computing
  • Configuration management
  • Fog computing
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Network Function Virtualisation (NFV)
  • Peer-to-peer (P2P)
  • Sensor networks


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