Amazon Web Services (AWS) has joined the prpl Foundation’s board of directors. The initiative intends to standardize cloud-based application orchestration to order to manage the life cycles of containerized software components in next-generation customer-premises-equipment (CPE) software stacks.
The standardization of cloud-based application orchestration would let service providers to expand operations more simply by containerizing applications and services, moving away from monolithic firmware upgrades and toward a modularized strategy that simplifies CPE application deployments and updates.
AWS has joined the Board of the prpl Foundation to collaborate with prpl members and partners in the telecommunications ecosystem to standardize and build-out a platform-independent service delivery framework. AWS IoT Core and AWS IoT Greengrass will be utilized to build the standardized architecture for cloud-to-CPE device orchestration, using the power of AWS and its range of container management and data processing capabilities.
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“Service providers are increasingly turning to carrier-grade open-source software components to manage the increasing variety of CPE hardware platforms,” said Leonard Dauphinee, President of prpl Foundation. “Moving from monolithic updates to a modular design approach enables them to easily deploy and update applications and containers, without impacting the entirety of the CPE software stack. With containerization, providers can further simplify the scaling of operations.”
CPE Software Stacks
Applications can be executed as containers by segregating particular software components from the underlying CPE architecture. Containers execute in custom execution environments that standardize and simplify their interactions and side effects. As a consequence, it is feasible to manage the life cycles of containerized programs and services individually. Using the cloud, orchestration processes such as downloading, installing, launching, stopping, upgrading, resuming, and retiring apps may be standardized and coordinated.
“Our customers are excited about the opportunity to accelerate their innovation with the next generation of CPE software stacks powered by prpl and AWS IoT Greengrass,” said Shyam Krishnamoorthy, General Manager at AWS IoT. “AWS IoT Core and AWS IoT Greengrass, along with other AWS cloud services, provide built-in capabilities for CPE devices, including security, updateability, easy configurability and reliability at scale. Many service providers and CPE vendors are looking for these capabilities as they build with prpl’s open reference architectures to implement a modular design approach for CPE software stacks that leverage the advantages of the cloud.”
The prpl Foundation is a community committed to open-source and open-APIs, with an emphasis on carrier-grade software for Broadband Customer Premise Equipment (CPE) as stipulated by Operator members. The prpl Foundation brings together service providers, OEMs, systems integrators, chip makers, and application developers to unify home network design and then standardize an open-source infrastructure built on top of open-APIs. prpl is providing a service delivery ecosystem that includes innovative 3rd party apps that can be deployed fast and simply across various CPE platforms.