Managing a network is no easy task, and it becomes even more challenging when you have to take a variety of devices that are not even at your facilities into consideration. Throw in a new technology like virtualization, and that adds yet another factor into the mix.
But SmartRG Inc. is addressing all of the above with its new SMART/OS. This operating system was designed to help operators more easily manage virtualized CPE devices and to more effectively scale and update deployments involving vCPE.
This open source platform is based on Linux and features open APIs, available via the Smart/RG SMART/CLOUD. It can be used with a variety of underlying chip configurations, making it a good candidate for white box modular network builds. And it enables live software upgrades, rapid application development, and smooth migration to distributed virtualized network functionality, according to SmartRG.
The company also today introduced a gigabit 802.11ac wireless gateway. This product, called the SR400ac, is the first offering to leverage SMART/OS. SmartRG says the SR400ac is attractive, delivers top-of-the-line gigabit performance and supports video-ready Wi-Fi.
The SR400ac is currently in tests with several customers who are using it to offer managed Wi-Fi services. These customers are also employing SmartRG’s cloud-based Device Manager remote management platform with Smart/OS-enabled gateways to support their services. (Device Manager gives service providers visibility into and the ability to manage subscribers’ home networks. That helps them reduce costly truck rolls and otherwise simplifies remote troubleshooting.)
“The final connection to their residential customers is one of the most critical touch points for service providers as they look to deliver the bandwidth and services that will be consumed through an ever-increasing variety of wired and wireless devices,” says SmartRG President and CEO Jeff McInnis. “SMART/OS empowers carriers to streamline service delivery and fully leverage the emerging connected home and residential IoT markets.”
Edited by Alicia Young