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.