F5 Virtual Network Functions (VNFs)
F5 offers a broad portfolio of products and solutions that allow maximum flexibility as you deploy and virtualize your network. F5’s carrier-class solutions are deployed in core strategic points of control in the network spanning across the data, signaling, and application planes. These highly scalable solutions help you optimize and secure the most critical applications and services in your network including the S/Gi, Evolved Packet Core (EPC), Diameter Signaling, and IMS networks.
F5 modules and services leverage the F5® TMOS® operating system, giving you complete visibility, flexibility, high performance, and control across all your services. The F5 server-based virtual network functions (VNFs) and purpose-built solutions all run on the F5® TMOS® operating system. This allows you to seamlessly provision intelligent network services across both existing and virtualized networks.
F5 Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) includes virtual firewall (vFW), virtual Application Delivery Controller (vADC), virtual policy charging enforcement function (vPCEF), and virtual DNS (vDNS). F5 also offers virtual Diameter Routing Agent and virtual Diameter Edge Agent via the F5 Traffix™ Signaling Delivery Controller™ (SDC) for Diameter-based network.
Virtual Firewall (vFW)
BIG-IP® Advanced Firewall Manager® (AFM) VE is a virtual firewall that provides the widest range of security functionality and a multi-layered defense across every domain in your network. This VNF protects against sophisticated emerging threats that can cause network congestion, service degradation, and service outages. The vFW can be deployed across the data, signaling, and application planes. It can also be deployed as a Gi firewall, data center firewall, GTP, and SIP firewall.
Virtual CGNAT (vCGN)
Virtual carrier-grade NAT (CGNAT) is supported on BIG-IP AFM VE or it can serve as a standalone. It offers a broad set of tools that enable you to successfully migrate to IPv6 while continuing to support and interoperate with existing IPv4 devices and content. This VNF provides tunneling solutions with Dual-Stack Lite capabilities as well as native network address translation solutions, such as NAT44 and NAT64.
Virtual Policy Charging Enforcement Function (vPCEF)
BIG-IP® Policy Enforcement Manager™ (PEM) VE is a virtual policy charging enforcement function. It gives you the insight to understand subscriber behavior and manage traffic with a wide range of policy enforcement capabilities. This VNF also offers intelligent Layer 4–7 traffic steering, HTTP redirect, network intelligence, header enrichment, and dynamic control of network resources through subscriber-and context-aware solutions.
Virtual Application Delivery Controller (vADC)
BIG-IP® Local Traffic Manager™ (LTM) VE is a virtual Application Delivery Controller. It enables you to deliver network services in a reliable, secure, and optimized way. This VNF provides Layer 4–7 load balancing and Layer 7 traffic management—allowing you to optimize and offload other network resources, including value-added services (VAS) platforms and other VNFs in your network. Virtual DNS (vDNS)
BIG-IP® DNS VE is a virtual DNS. It secures your DNS infrastructure through high-performance DNS services, scales DNS responses to survive volume increases and distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, and ensures high availability of your global applications and services. This VNF also provides DNS scalability and delivery offload to your LDNS infrastructure. By delivering faster response times for content being accessed by fixed and mobile devices, vDNS offers higher subscriber QoE.
Virtual Diameter Routing Agent (vDRA)
The F5 Traffix™ Signaling Delivery Controller™ (SDC) is a virtual Diameter Routing Agent that prevents the need for complex integration and customization, and enables fast-to-market new services and tiered charging plans. The context-aware routing engine in the vDRA provides network and subscriber information to help you improve the customer experience with fine-tuned services and higher service quality. The vDRA manages Diameter signaling to ensure high performance and reliability in the control plane. It also supports LTE network roaming, policy and charging rules and enforcement, and interconnects between legacy and LTE network use cases.
F5 offers the most flexible deployment options with support across all major virtualization platforms. F5 VNFs support the broadest range of major hypervisor and virtualization platforms for VMware, KVM, Xen, Hyper-V, and Linux.
F5 VNFs supports standard APIs and REST APIs that enable seamless integration with leading NFV orchestrators and SDN controllers of vendor preferred choice.
F5’s EMS, BIG-IQ Cloud can be used as VNFM for F5 VNFs. BIG-IQ Cloud can be integrated with preferred vendors MANO solutions.
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