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The demonstration focused on virtual network services in an end to end ETSI NFV architectural framework. It also featured HPE NFV Orchestration (HP NFV Director) and F5 Virtual Network Functions (VNF) that provide virtual ADC, virtual Firewall and virtual DNS network functions delivering vCPE services.
Does F5 have plans for supporting NSH-based service chaining?
F5: Yes, F5 has been working on defining and developing solutions for service chaining leveraging NSH. F5 had shown most recently at MWC, a demo for NSH-based service chaining and we are working on an evolution path from traditional proxy-based steering and service chaining towards SDN based models.
Why do you think NFV is important for IoT use cases?
F5: IOT use cases deployed on top of existing mobile infrastructure typically require an isolated set of networking and application functionalities. Given you will need to start building these services from scratch, these services are good candidates to get deployed on new NFV infrastructure. So in a way they are a great ‘compelling event’ to get started with NFV as you have no migration complexities for these new services.
What is the biggest challenge you faced in the vCPE implementation that you described?
F5: The challenge is always in the details especially as it relates to integration with orchestration and 3rd party solutions. With every deployment, there has been some degree of integration with orchestration players and SDN players, but every use case you deploy will have its specifics and requires some additional integration work. This is true for any player in this space. Now once you have deployed one use case, deploying the second one is going to be much faster. Given F5 has a wide variety of L4-L7 functionalities, this plays in our favor as we can deliver a lot of different functions.
Should the operator firstly implement SDN mechanism as a step towards fully NFV infrastructure?
F5: Some service providers F5 have been working with prefer to take it step by step. So start with virtualization first and connect the VMs using traditional networking. Once this is up and running and you gained some experience with this model, you could add the SDN layer (and the orchestration layer). Others prefer to go ‘all the way’ in one shot. So there are different opinions and viewpoints on this.
The Demo slides which you have shown is it the VNF manager?
F5: Yes- the demo includes the VNF Manager, which is done by HPE NFV Director.
Great presentation… can you discuss the intersection with HPE Helion OpenStack?
F5: F5 is certified with both Helion OpenStacks (Helion Enterprise – HOS; and Helion Carrier-Grade – HCG)
- F5 is currently certified with HOS v2 (Kilo) with F5’s LBaaS v1 plugin
- F5 is in plan to certify with HOS v3 (Liberty) with F5’s LBaaS v2 plugin (May/June)
- F5 is in plan to certify with HCG (Liberty+) as soon as it is available
What’s the role of Nuage in this demo?
F5: Nuage provides the SDN controller and virtualizes and automates the L2-L4 services within the network.
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How will F5 address performance in its VNF portfolio?
F5: F5 has been making significant progress in improving the performance of the VNFs. F5 has been working with Intel to showcase VNF performance with their 40G and 100G NICs and will continue to improve performance via other scaling techniques, such as horizontal scaling, that will address the requirements for Service Providers networks.
How does VNF for load balancer compare to traditional F5 LB? Was the same code ported?
F5: Yes, F5s solutions, both purpose-built hardware and virtual network functions run on the same base TMOS code. This ensures that there are no functionality difference between HW and SW versions, and allows for service providers to easily transition our solutions from HW only to a hybrid network and eventually to a virtualized network.
Can you please refer to protecting and securing the data center/ the cloud itself – both the infrastructure and the variety of VNFs that are running on it?
F5: F5 offers a suite of security solutions targeted at protecting the data center and the cloud as well as securing VNFs from security attacks. F5s solutions include Firewall solutions that protect not only the network, but also subscribers from attacks. As a high performance full proxy solution, F5s firewall solution can mitigate attacks with deep application visibility and does so at massive scale.
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