Dynamic Open Access
EntryPoint’s Dynamic Open Access Platform includes three major components:
1) The FlowOps Network Management Platform
2) The FlowOps Authentication Module
3) The Virtual Broadband Gateway (VBG)
FlowOps Network Management
The FlowOps Network Management & Orchestration Platform resides on a server in the Network Operator’s Data Center or Central Office. The FlowOps platform enables the Open marketplace of services and moves control of the broadband access network to the subscriber edge where control is dynamically shared with all network stakeholders. This makes it possible for services to reside in dedicated virtual channels or network slices, which give service providers a trusted environment in which to compete and innovate and allows subscribers on the network to choose when and how they consume services from each provider. A primary function of FlowOps is to act as an orchestration tool to manage the interaction of the rest of the systems managing the network. Through FlowOps we can push virtual machines to the VBG to enable additional network functionality. The addition of virtual machine support to the system allows service providers to have a presence on the VBG while not giving them direct access to the device.
The FlowOps Authentication Module identifies and authorizes both physical and virtual devices in a dynamic open-access network. A network which allows a vast number and type of physical and virtual devices to be connected to those networks presents an increased need to authenticate and authorize those devices. The FlowOps Authentication Module provides the architectural abstraction used to enforce security and require authentication and authorization prior to any device being allowed to communicate freely on the network.
Virtual Broadband Gateway (VBG)
EntryPoint has partnered with OEM and Engineering firms, to develop the world's first Virtual Broadband Gateway (VBG). The Virtual Broadband Gateway is a device that replaces traditional ONT(s) (Optical Network Terminals) to terminate broadband at the premise. The VBG moves intelligence and control to the network’s edge through virtualization. The gateway enables the delivery of multiple services to the premise (home or business) over a single broadband connection.
The VBG architecture keeps services independent of each other with QoS and enhanced security.
The objectives behind the development of the VBG include: 1) moving control of the network from the core to the network edge (the home or business), 2) enabling multi-tenancy for service providers, 3) creating a demarcation point between the network provider, the subscriber(s), and the service provider(s), and 4) enabling self-provisioning for the network stakeholders.
Using the VBG, it becomes possible to provide an environment where it is easy for application developers (or service providers) to realize near ubiquitous reach without building out their own service specific network. Service providers can then co-exist on the same network and on the same device at the subscriber edge. For example, entertainment, emergency communications, smart home, and telephone can be isolated from each other in virtual networks via the VBG. >>> Learn More
"We are at the Dawn of a New Era"
National Science Foundation - Workshop Report, Feb 2016
“We are at the dawn of a new era: Software Defined Infrastructure; a starting point of a very deep revolution that will reshape our global computing infrastructure. It is conceivable that today’s internet will run in just one “slice” across this infrastructure, with many other novel services populating other slices.” >>> View Report