SlipStream Smart Cloud-in-a-box appliance

A simple and secure private cloud solution which offers easy and affordable access to the benefits of cloud computing.

Enabling Education

In a school, college or e-Learning situation, the customer is interested in controlling simple content delivery...

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Putting Intelligence at the Edge of the Network

Network and internet service providers are constantly trying to improve control and handover at the edge...

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Simple IT for Remote Operations

Users operating in the field, such as aid workers (e.g. relief efforts, aid camps) and journalists...

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Security Installations

Protection of goods, people and networks is becoming increasingly important and yet more challenging. Deploying the...

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Internet of Things and Sensor Aggregating

More and more intelligent devices can be connected, contributing to the phenomenon known as Internet of...

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Smart Cities

Thanks to the development of the Internet of Things (IoT), it is now much easier to...

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Enabling Education

Context: Schools or Federation of Schools

In a school, college or e-Learning situation, the customer is interested in controlling simple content delivery for classroom environments, including hands-on experience, requiring a local dedicated Wi-Fi network and individual student environment for the exercises. By providing the environment in a local private cloud, the learning experience is independent of the network. Meanwhile, the learning programme can be managed remotely, based on a set schedule. This means teachers do not have to be troubled with set up tasks and can focus on the teaching. It also relieves the need for technical staff be present at each teaching site, meaning maintenance and support contracts can be reduced, resulting in cost savings for the school or college.

NuvlaBox helps simplifies on two fronts:

  1. Rationalise the hardware by turning existing servers into virtual servers and running them on a single box: NuvlaBox. With up to 8 virtual servers (virtual machines) per NuvlaBox, the scale factor is significant. You can even stack NuvlaBoxes to increase capacity.
  2. Automate software deployment by using an App Store to deploy applications, non-IT specialists can deploy and configure complex applications, with no compromise on security. Furthermore, with the secure remote control feature supported by NuvlaBox, off-site specialists can remotely manage the box and update its hosted applications, saving on travel costs and improving response time.

With the generalisation of applications for schools and the tendency for schools to federate, the ability to securely manage and remote control NuvlaBoxes also means that IT knowledge can be centralised, yielding even higher savings, while delivering a higher and more consistent level of service.

If you’d like to know more about how the NuvlaBox can provide a simple and affordable IT solution for your school, get in touch with the SixSq team.

Putting Intelligence at the Edge of the Network

Context: Telco / Network Service Provider

Network and internet service providers are constantly trying to improve control and handover at the edge of their network. For example, they have to ensure that the crossover between the end of their network and the entry-point to the customer’s private infrastructure is as smooth as possible.

A number of measures can help here, including:

  1. firewall to protect the customer’s private network
  2. cache services for popular data
  3. backup service enabling offsite data stream at night or during low network utilisation

The problem is how to provide this type of functionality in a convenient, homogeneous way, at a price affordable to the customer, yet maintaining a low operation cost for the provider?

The NuvlaBox is ideally suited for this mission. The local App Store can be factory loaded with a set of apps defined by the provider. These can either be provisioned remotely by the provider or locally by the customer, depending on the provider’s preference.

Using the ability to control and monitor many NuvlaBoxes from the same pane of glass, via SlipStream, means that the network provider can optimise its operations, streamline costs and batch control all NuvlaBoxes.

If you’d like to know more about how the NuvlaBox can provide an IT solution for edge of the network issues, get in touch with the SixSq team.

Simple IT for Remote Operations

Context: SME, NGOs

Users operating in the field, such as aid workers (e.g. relief efforts, aid camps) and journalists (e.g. sports events, international conferences, emergency coverage) require a local IT infrastructure. A platform which can be used by non-IT specialists to simply and securely deploy applications locally has enormous value. When combined with the ability to call home in a secure manner, as is required by journalists, for example, to deliver their material, such a platform can make a real difference.

With its App Store giving the ability to deploy applications with 1-click and its capacity to run up to 8 virtual servers locally, the NuvlaBox is an ideal solution. Once the NuvlaBox has been pre-loaded with the right set up, the App Store can deploy applications autonomously (i.e. without needing network access) to support field operators. Furthermore, since field operators can deploy applications themselves, significant cost savings can be made by letting technical staff focus on more complex tasks and support.

But that’s not all. The NuvlaBox has its own Wi-Fi capabilities, which can be used to disseminate important information to other co-workers within a secure network, keeping everyone up to date with what is going on.

If an external network is available - e.g. via satellite link - even for a short period of time, the NuvlaBox can then call home to allow it to be remotely accessed. This allows off-site IT experts not only to monitor the box, but also to automatically update image recipes and blueprints, perform maintenance tasks and backup important data.

If you’d like to know more about how the NuvlaBox can provide a simple and affordable IT solution for your field ops, get in touch with the SixSq team.

Security Installations

Context: Remote control of local security application

Protection of goods, people and networks is becoming increasingly important and yet more challenging. Deploying the NuvlaBox as part of your security installation can help with the following:

1. Video surveillance

The NuvlaBox is perfect for a situation which requires local processing of video streams, to avoid sending large amounts of high definition images on the network. Large unedited video streams are a cause for concern in terms of security, privacy and bandwidth. By processing the streams locally on a NuvlaBox, the customer can process all of the original content, and only send back key events or alerts, as well as the processed video stream to the main servers, hosted in a different location.

2. Access control

Access control is key to control who or what can physically enter a location AND who can view or use resources in a computing environment. Security workers can now be equipped with a device which automatically grants access to authorised areas and feeds back information to a central control unit. Tracking these devices is essential to ensure security of personnel, premises and goods. But what happens when connectivity drops or is tampered with? Using a NuvlaBox, you can run the access control application within the building or site to ensure local operators are always connected and in control, even if external connectivity is lost.

3. Access monitoring

As more and more doors, windows and mobile items are connected and tracked, site operators have the ability to monitor their assets, set alarms and quickly investigate when unauthorised access is detected. These applications can now be deployed effortlessly and remotely, meaning that the site is not only autonomous in terms of access monitoring and in cases of loss of connectivity, but it can also be updated and managed at a distance. IT experts can do their work remotely saving on travel costs, as well as being much more responsive in case of IT incidents.

If you’d like to know more about how the NuvlaBox can form part of your security installation, or if you would be interested in integrating your product in our echo system, get in touch with the SixSq team.

Internet of Things and Sensor Aggregating

Context: SMB, NGO and Enterprise

More and more intelligent devices can be connected, contributing to the phenomenon known as Internet of Things or IoT. These applications bring both opportunities and challenges. The opportunity comes from being able to monitor more devices (e.g. home appliances, cameras, sensors of all sorts) and the ability to retrieve interesting data remotely. The challenge is in handling all this data, in a consistent and secure way. For example, sensors play an important role in agriculture and forestry today, with the need to increase production and reduce costs, while keeping a close eye on environmental impact. The use of sensors helps to exploit all available resources appropriately and to apply hazardous products moderately. However, forwarding raw data from the sensors via broadband network is expensive and not always possible due to scarce bandwidth, lack of resources and security risks.

The NuvlaBox solves that problem when used as a sensor aggregator. If we connect the sensors to the box, either via WiFi or Ethernet, applications running in the box can act as an aggregator. This aggregator can perform a number of things in the box itself:

  1. Store raw data locally
  2. Aggregate (e.g. reduce, post-process) the raw data into datasets that can be more readily used
  3. Stream data (raw or aggregated) back home. This process can be setup such that it only takes place when external connectivity is available and detected
  4. Allow remote control, when connected to the WAN, such that several locations can be monitored at once

If you’d like to know more about how the NuvlaBox can assist with sensor aggregating, get in touch with the SixSq team.

Smart Cities

Context: Cyber Intrusion Solutions

Thanks to the development of the Internet of Things (IoT), it is now much easier to monitor traffic patterns, pollution, water, power and light using ultra-low-power sensors, wireless networks, as well as web and mobile-based applications. This brings with it security and cost concerns. Authorities are required to detect any cyber intrusion into control systems used for critical infrastructure protection. In this case, the NuvlaBox can be deployed in control units across the city, where cyber intrusion detection applications are remotely deployed and monitored. Since cyber intrusion detection is running locally in the critical infrastructure, even in the case where an attacker was successful in cutting the network, the local applications are still able to detect the intrusion. The private cloud could then be equipped with alternative means of communication, such as mobile or satellite connectivity, able to deliver the alert to the appropriate operation team and authority.

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