Internet of Things/Industrial Internet
Our focus in the development of Crossbar.io and Crossbar.io Fabric are applications in the Internet of Things (IoT).
The IoT presents the logical culmination of the developments of ever smaller computers and near-pervasive network connectivity. Irrespective of any hype about particular aspects, it is obvious that billions more devices are going to be connected in the future.
WAMP and Crossbar.io are a great match for IoT applications. WAMP was designed for distributed applications, and its routed Remote Procedure Calls (rRPCs) provide the control channel missing from other protocols. Crossbar.io's performance and stability allow applications at the scale the IoT requires.
Open Source vs. Commercial Features
We are committed to Crossbar.io as an open source project, with Crossbar.io Fabric providing commercial services and additional features.
These services and features are there to provide the support that professional users require as well as deliver advanced capabilities to extend the utility for large-scale or mission-critical deployments.
The basic distinction between the open source Crossbar.io and the commercial offerings and features around it is
- Crossbar.io run as a single node with static configuration is open source
- Dynamic configuration, remote monitoring, high availability and clustering are or will be part of the commercial offering
We are actively developing the Crossbar.io open source project, and will continue to extend its features.
Currently we are in the process of adding MQTT support, expanding the possibilities of integrating WAMP applications with existing systems.
Crossbar.io Fabric comprises all future commercial services and offerings around Crossbar.io.
These are based on the connection of Crossbar.io nodes to the Crossbar.io Fabric Center (CFC), our online service.
The CFC does not handle application traffic, but is there for monitoring, managing, connecting and orchestrating Crossbar.io nodes.
The CFC is currently under development and accessible as an alpha test version.
The first release will offer an API for the remote configuration of Crossbar.io nodes, as well as a basic monitoring solution, which allows you to view key metrics of your Crossbar.io nodes in any modern browser.
Further planned features are (in projected order of release):
- a Command Line Interface (CLI) for the CFC
- high availability (pair two or more Crossbar.io nodes for emergency switchover)
- more detailed monitoring, including custom alerts
- router workers using multiple cores (scale-up)
- clustering of Crossbar.io nodes (scale-out, federation)
We are also exploring the possibilities for OPC-UA support, allowing direct integration of WAMP applications with shop floor machinery.
Pricing Model & Usage Tiers
Charges will be based on usage metrics of the connected Crossbar.io nodes, with minimum charges for those tiers containing SLAs.
Avaliability of features may depend on the usage tier of a customer.
Commercial support with SLA will be available for some usage tiers.
We will provide a free usage tier intended for experimenting and small-scale hobby projects.
If you want to be notified of the release of Crossbar.io Fabric services, and features, then contact us - firstname.lastname@example.org.