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[El Reg] Intel has ambitions to turn modems into virtual servers and reinvent broadband

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[El Reg] Intel has ambitions to turn modems into virtual servers and reinvent broadband

Postby parityboy » Wed May 13, 2015 11:50 pm

For years, internet service providers (ISPs) have been purveyors of bit pipes and little else. Plenty have been able to charge a buck or three a month for services like extra security, hosting or storage, but over-the-top services have nearly always won the day, as shown by the fact that Dropbox rules and ISPs like Australia's iiNet have exited the cloud storage and security business.

CPEs that can run virtual machines give the carrier a platform to push services onto the kit, if they can't be run in the cloud. Lightweight hypervisors aren't hard to find and won't strain a multi-core Atom box unduly.

Consider WAN optimisation, for example. Purveyors of that technology nearly always need to deploy software on-premises and in the data centre. Getting your average family or small business to install an app on every device to make that happen is asking for trouble.

Running it in an on-premises virtual machine spawned into the CPE with the only customer intervention being to click a box saying “Do you want faster downloads for $1/month?” is a lot more likely to have a happy ending.


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So...VMs on routers eh? Heh...


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Re: [El Reg] Intel has ambitions to turn modems into virtual servers and reinvent broadband

Postby vixsomnis » Fri May 15, 2015 9:14 am

Hopefully when/if this is implemented, the router won't accept just any image and run it without client approval.

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Re: [El Reg] Intel has ambitions to turn modems into virtual servers and reinvent broadband

Postby parityboy » Sat May 16, 2015 12:16 am

vixsomnis wrote:Hopefully when/if this is implemented, the router won't accept just any image and run it without client approval.


At that level, the images will likely be pushed to the router from the ISP side, on a separate WAN-side VLAN, possibly using TR-069, or some other management protocol. Either way, I very much doubt the end user will be involved.


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