Security threats are rising, with frequency and variety both increasing. F5 offers native, high-performance, service provider firewall solutions that help protect your entire infrastructure. The application delivery firewall solution protects your data center, while the S/Gi firewall solution defends your mobile network’s Gi (3G) and SGi (4G) interfaces. Both solutions scale to perform under the most demanding conditions, and unlike traditional firewalls, they bring together the network, applications, data, and users on a single platform.
Protect and consolidate your 3G and 4G services infrastructure
F5 offers the highest performing and most scalable firewall for 3G and 4G deployments. You can deploy multiple critical services like CGNAT and traffic steering along with security on the same platform—eliminating point solutions. This enables you to ensure protection, deliver high performance, and reduce costs across your entire Gi and SGi services infrastructure.
Scale up to defend against large attacks
Existing security infrastructures are often overloaded by large attacks with overwhelming force and perhaps multiple attack sources. F5 solutions protect your data center from more than 30 different DDoS-style attacks and defend your core network against SYN flood and port scan attacks. With F5, you get a native, high-performance, ICSA Labs-certified solution that scales to perform under the most demanding conditions.
Gain the flexibility to manage evolving threats
Attacks that will threaten your network in three years may not even exist today. You need a stateful, full-proxy firewall that provides Layer 4-7 control and adapts as fast as the threat landscape. Using F5’s iRules scripting language, you can define and deploy new protocol and security functions in a matter of hours and days rather than months.
Reduce deployment and operational costs
Why use up to 10 boxes to scale up when you can use one? With F5 security solutions, service providers can handle millions of concurrent connections and higher throughput on a single appliance. You have less hardware to deploy and manage, resulting in reduced capital and operational expenses.
Policy Enforcement and Intelligent Service Chaining
Networks are evolving rapidly and becoming more complex as new traffic patterns arise. F5 offers intelligent traffic management and policy enforcement solutions that solve challenges resulting from growth and complex network evolutions. The result is a scalable, high-performing network that improves customer satisfaction and creates new revenue opportunities.
Gain unparalleled scalability, availability, and performance
Data traffic is exploding. F5 solutions give service providers unparalleled capacity and scalability in throughput, simultaneous connections, and transactions per second.
F5 solutions can:
- Scale up to 160 Gbps throughput at Layer 7 and 320 Gbps throughput at Layer 4.
- Handle more than 144 million concurrent sessions.
Address evolving traffic requirements with agility
Network technology is ever-changing, and you need flexibility to accommodate new traffic patterns in your network. With F5, you get an advanced configuration scripting language, iRules, to help you quickly build and automate network policies. Read and modify traffic, prioritize and filter traffic, and deploy updates without affecting service. Plus get access to a 100,000-member developer community to help you take full advantage of iRules.
Optimize your network resources
Lack of visibility into the types of traffic pulsing through your network can lead to wasted resources and expensive stop-gap measures. F5 offers subscriber- and context-aware solutions with traffic classification in real time to help you build customized subscriber services and rate plans. Additional intelligent traffic management capabilities enable you to steer traffic with sophistication as well as inspect traffic and direct high-bit-rate content, such as videos, for optimization.
Reduce deployment and operational costs
Trying to scale up or attempting to optimize videos and other high-bit-rate content can be exorbitantly expensive. Instead of multiple, siloed solutions that increase OpEx and CapEx, F5 offers an intelligent services framework that enables service providers to consolidate critical traffic management functions onto a single platform. You get a scalable, high-performance solution that helps reduce both deployment and operational costs.
As you move to 4G LTE, the volume and complexity of your network signaling skyrockets. Taking control of Diameter signaling is the key to delivering the new services and fast performance your customers demand. F5’s industry-leading Diameter routing, load balancing, and gateway connectivity solution gives you the ability to manage, scale, and maximize the profit from your 4G LTE deployments.
Simplify and consolidate multiple functions onto one platform
No other Diameter solution enables you to deploy one platform for context-aware routing, reliable load balancing, and seamless connectivity to all legacy network elements, interfaces, and protocols. Benefit from full visibility into your control plane to identify and fix network problems and perform more effective capacity planning. Monitor and test network performance with a sophisticated Diameter testing and simulation suite tool.
Grow your network with Diameter load balancing
Scalability is critical to growing a network according to your business policies and preventing network fragmentation that slows down network performance. As signaling skyrockets, F5 Diameter load balancing helps you scale the control plane and introduce new elements based on your operational needs to ensure revenue flow. This increased scalability and flexibility enable you to realize your business strategies while supporting higher service availability and increased traffic demands.
Manage network complexity with an advanced DRA
In 3G and 4G LTE, network architecture becomes more complex. Having multiple Diameter nodes and functionalities requires an advanced Diameter contextual routing engine, or Diameter Routing Agent (DRA). The F5 DRA solution gives you the flexibility to implement a wide range of routing rules and policies to satisfy all business and operational requirements while guaranteeing that signaling messages arrive to the correct network node. It fully complies with 3GPP standards for session binding and core network Diameter routing, the GSMA Diameter Edge Agent (DEA) guidelines for roaming and inter-connect, and many more.
Integrate all Diameter and legacy elements through a superior IWF
Networks move to 4G LTE in an evolutionary, not revolutionary, approach. This requires an interworking function (IWF) for interconnectivity or translation with legacy elements. F5’s IWF solution gives you instant, cost-effective, any-to-any connectivity between Diameter-based and legacy nodes. It’s the only 3GPP IWF solution that supports more than 50 Diameter interfaces for reuse of legacy resources, faster time to market for new services, and overall cost savings.
Service providers face the depletion of IPv4 address space and the explosion of new IP-enabled devices. You need a strategy to support both IPv4 and IPv6 devices and content while you gradually migrate to an all-IPv6 network. F5 solutions help you manage the depletion of IPv4 addresses and migrate to IPv6.
Transition to IPv6 with a flexible approach
There’s not a rip-and-replace solution—IPv4 and IPv6 addresses must coexist in your network. With a carrier-grade network address translation (CGNAT) solution from F5, you can gradually transition to IPv6 while still ensuring compatibility with existing IPv4 devices and content.
Achieve high performance and unparalleled scalability
Scalability and high performance: It’s a constant balancing act. With F5 solutions, you can scale up to millions of concurrent sessions on a single device. Plus, thanks to TCP optimization, HTTP header enrichment, and high-speed logging capabilities, you get nothing short of best-in-class performance to handle your network needs.
Reduce OpEx and deployment costs
Forget multiple point solutions that are complicated to manage and inevitably drive up costs. F5 provides service providers with a complete set of solutions on a single high-performance, scalable platform.
By bringing traffic steering capabilities together with firewall and CGNAT functionality on a single platform, you can reduce CapEx and OpEx while simplifying your network architecture and achieving greater performance.
Intelligent and scalable DNS
Personalized, media-rich applications and mobile devices are putting an enormous strain on the DNS network infrastructure. F5 offers a high performance control plane solution that optimizes and intelligently scales DNS query lookups and responses for maximum app and service availability.
Scale your network to handle millions of subscribers
The F5 BIG-IP system optimizes and intelligently scales and secures DNS. F5 provides service providers with a customizable, high-speed, and highly scalable platform, plus the ability to handle millions of DNS queries per second to support your control plane infrastructure.
Secure your control plane
As you scale your control plane, you also need to ensure the security of subscriber and billing data, as well as the capacity to withstand attacks. The BIG-IP system includes DNSSEC capabilities and provides a carrier-grade, secure, high-performance, and authoritative DNS-resolving solution.
Simplify network management and lower costs
Instead of managing multiple point products, you can consolidate LDNS, authoritative, and infrastructure services and manage multiple network functions on a single platform. F5 solutions provide multifunction capabilities that enable service providers to enhance critical network functions across application, control, and data planes. You get simplified network management and lower CapEx and OpEx.
Manage network traffic with flexible and customizable rules
Take control of traffic management with F5 DNS iRules, an event-driven scripting language. Service providers can implement DNS and GSLB customizable rules to direct traffic, modify traffic elements, define what type of traffic will be delivered to the appropriate systems, and specify exactly how traffic will be managed on—and between—the data and control planes.