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WAN edge, enterprise, diverse IoT applications in various vertical market segments, Carriers/service providers
Business use cases
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 constraints 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 diverges 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 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.
Blueprint Family - Proposed Name
Enterprise Edge Lightweight and IoT
Initial POD Cost (capex)
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...
Preferred Infrastructure orchestration
The cloud/network infrastructure: Containers, Kubernetes, Kubernetes ecosystem
Operating systems: Linux, lightweight, container runtime