The cloud-based solution is designed to allow service providers to exploit the capability of their in-home routers and add new services at scale while avoiding the need for a hardware upgrade.
Israeli software firm Inango has unveiled a new virtual infrastructure that allows multiple services to be deployed by existing on-premises routers. Most ISPs like Liberty Global,
Comcast and Swisscom, view the modem as their entry point into the home. At the same time, service application vendors are working to build clients that are hosted on those modems or routers, sometimes through regular updates.
This creates issues because operators have a huge installed base of multiple generations of hardware that require multiple integrations with different applications suppliers, including WiF agnostics, anti-virus, multicast ABR, parental control and so on. The effort needed to incorporate all these vendors as clients on the routers is no small task.
Inango’s service delivery platform, called simply Virtual Services, allows service providers to deploy end-user services in a fast and cost-effective way at scale. It does this by having a cloud-based platform located in the data centre, the Virtual Service Launcher (where the intelligence and processing takes place), and that launcher communicates with a small, lightweight client (less than 500KB in size uncompressed) integrated inside the routers, whether they are in residential homes or in offices.
Once the system is up and running, the solution can support additional services - a “supermarket of services” - without touching the router again further, according to the company.
“The integration of services on the router is problematic in several ways,” CEO Jonathan Masel told CSI. “Every router – old or new – has a finite, limited amount of free memory available. Sometimes it can only squeeze one or even zero services on the available memory.
“An even bigger problem is nightmare of software integration. The integration of services on the router is a model that is not scalable and we want to free service providers from the restrictions that come along with the router,” Masel said.
An added benefit is it helps service providers and consumers avoid vendor lock–in, giving them a choice of different software tools.
This, he says, will enable service providers to tap into the opportunity for cloud-based software services, estimated being worth up to $220bn this year.
Masel added that he sees the likes of Plume with its new OpenSync offer (see www.csimagazine.com/.../Plume-CEO-talks-OpenSync.php) as potential partners he would like to worth with, rather than competitors. There is also a version designed to run on RDK-B devices.
Inango was formed in 2010, licensing products like DPU software stacks and automated test suites, and also providing professional services.
“Our main thrust right now is around Virtual Services,” said CEO.
Lab testing is underway with a Tier 1 provider in Europe and another in North America.
Inango will be showing this at the GigaAccess congress in Cologne early April and at MWC for selected customers in a private room next week.