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Industry Sector

WAN edge, enterprise, diverse IoT applications in various vertical market segments, Carriers/service providers 

Business driver

  1. Many diverse business applications require a converged IoT gateway
  2. Enterprise WAN edge use of SD-WAN solutions or universal CPU (uCPE)


Business use cases

  1. IoT gateway
    1. Smart cities
    2. Smart homes
    3. Connected vehicles
    4. Connected farming, agriculture
    5. Logistics
    6. Industrial, IIoT
    7. ...
  2. SD-WAN, WAN edge, uCPE
    1. Hybrid WAN
    2. Hybrid cloud deployment
    3. BYOD

Business Cost - Initial Build Cost Target Objective

These devices can potentially be very low cost for the build material. For example, a common DIY platform, such as Raspberry Pi, costs only $35 retail. This cost can go substantially higher however once industrial or other market segment requirements are added, e.g. environmental hardening, specialized communication interfaces, hardware security, regulatory constrains and additional processing (e.g. GPU), and so on. The target objective is to be low cost relative to a given market segment.

The eventual deployment cost really depends on actual use scenarios and scale of the deployment, among many other factors.


Business Cost – Target Operational Objective

The business operational cost of course also diverge very much depending on deployment scenarios. A public cloud enabled modest deployment, e.g., can cost very low, to a level that can apply to many use scenarios not traditionally possible before.

The overall design of this blueprint stresses its scalability and zero touch operation automation, such that, with all other factors being equal, it will have extremely low operational cost averaged per unit (of gateway or device). 

Security need

Security is very important in this use case. The system should support strong security, support regular security updates as a normal part of operation, and support the gateway units in out of security perimeter deployments.



Various, depending on market segment and target regulatory regions, e.g. GDPR, NIS Directive, Government's Code of Practice for Consumer Internet of Things (IoT) Security for Manufacturers (UK), US FTC, ePrivacy regulation. Further regulation related information or requirements will be specified for use cases.


Other restrictions



Additional details


Use Case Details:


Case Attributes





Blueprint Family - Proposed   Name


Use Case

Enterprise Edge Lightweight and IoT


Blueprint proposed

  • IoT gateway
  • SD-WAN, WAN edge, uCPE


Initial POD Cost (capex)

  • IoT gateway: e.g. 100's USD or less
  • SD-WAN, WAN edge, uCPE: varies, 1000's, 100's or less

Note: Not factoring in "cloud" or data center infrastructure cost. We assume that infrastructure is a given in a Network Edge, Network Data Center, or other cloud data centers.



Very scalable, from 1 single unit to 10K, 100K, 1000K, or more.



Diverse types of edge applications in many industries and market segments, including but not limited to: telco's, operators, service/cloud providers, medicine, smart cities, industrial IoT, home, enterprise...


Power Restrictions


Preferred Infrastructure   orchestration

The cloud/network infrastructure: Containers, Kubernetes, Kubernetes ecosystem

Operating systems: Linux, lightweight, container runtime


Additional Details


Wenjing Chu


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nameEliot Blueprint Draft 2 - Akraino.pdf