The XPDR Reference Architecture

An In-Depth Architecture For Management of The Internet of Things

The world is changing. Soon, everything will have an IP address. The jokes in the early naughts about an internet toaster are no longer far-fetched. The number of applications is huge and growing. The number of devices will grow into the hundreds of millions, many behind NAT gateways. They will be everything from dumb "door ajar" sensors to very smart gaming systems. They will be produced and supported by a variety of vendors. The number of companies in the value chain for these services is large and may grow. How does one go about trying to provide a seamless end-user support experience? Worse yet, how does one go about trying to manage the range of technologies involved proactively, so as to resolve problems before users even notice them? 

XPDR tackles this problem by dividing the problem into layers, much as the International Standards Organization did in the late '80s when it released its Open Systems Interconnect reference model that defined the 7 network layers that have been the basis for networking language in the decades sense. These layers recognize that there are different scopes of the problem depending on whether you are talking about the needs of an in-home network, the capacity and reliability of the backbone protocols that carry management information, the OSS systems that manage this information or the support organizations that need to use all this information to provide satisfying support for customers.

To learn more about the XPDR Reference Architecture, click on the diagram.