Virtual B-RAS is intended to be a product for ISP. It authenticates, authorizes and routes subscriber data traffic. VBRAS also provides policy enforcement features.
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Virtual B-RAS is intended to be a product for internet service providers. Besides the functionality of a traditional B-RAS, it will provide policy configuration and enforcement features in a virtualized tool for ISPs to provide value-added services to the end-users.
The rapidly increasing need for internet bandwidth from consumers has resulted in an exponential growth in ISP core. The existing Broadband Remote Access Server (B-RAS) and supporting equipment are expensive and vendor-locked. Hence to scale the ISP network, capital and operational expenses are high. Moreover, the current licensing cost to block unwanted/inappropriate websites and web services is high.
This project aims to develop a low-cost, virtualized software solution (virtual B-RAS) that will run on generic x86 servers instead of vendor-specific hardware. It will allow ISPs to reduce their capital and operational expenses, and enable administrators to execute and enforce custom policies in the ISP network.
The built-in software-based deep-packet inspection (DPI) with enhanced packet processing capabilities will enable ISPs to block/unblock inappropriate web services at a low cost while maintaining high performance. DPI makes it possible to identify data for specific web services at the application level. This product, therefore, will also allow ISPs to define and execute application-specific policies in the core network.
This product will directly benefit and facilitate Internet Service providers in Pakistan who contribute to ICTR&D Fund. They will have access to locally developed technology which reduces their costs and resolves the vendor lock-in issues.
vBRAS product will have several functionalities and protocols built in. Some of the features and protocols that are being implemented are:
-PPPoE -HQOS -LACP Protocol
-OSPF -Policy Enforcement -BGP Protocol
-Interface Virtualization -SNMP -CG-NAT Protocol
-PAP/CHAP protocol -CLI -RADIUS
-IPv4 protocol -IP Address Assignment -Error Logging & Reporting
-LCP and NCP -DPI -Authorization & Authentication
-NTP protocol -IP and Time based Accounting -IPv6 (DSLite, NAT444, Dual Stack, DNS64)
-Support VLAN -IS-IS protocol
Target Completion Date: December 2018
Progress: Testing is being done at one of our partner ISP site, as we build the product.