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Thick & Thin: A Taxonomy of CPEs

In presentations at virtualization conferences, and in our discussions with operators and service providers, there remains a lot of confusion surrounding the terms ‘thick’ and ‘thin’ as they relate to customer premises equipment (CPE). This is because the terms are used interchangeably, to describe different market segments, the density of network functions as well as the nature of the CPE itself. The roots of ‘thick’ and ‘thin’ comes from the term ‘thin client’; a popular reference to a lightweight computer or terminal that depends heavily on a server or server farm to deliver data processing and application support. This contrasts with the PC, which performs these roles independently, and was somewhat disparagingly referred to as a ‘fat client’, or, more neutrally, as a ‘thick client’. This heritage is important as we look to provide a taxonomy of CPEs, which will hopefully aid our und
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