SEATTLE -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- F5 Networks (NASDAQ:FFIV) announced today offerings and reference architectures that extend its F5 Synthesis™ framework and bring new benefits to service providers. F5 will be showcasing these reference architectures and demonstrating the benefits of its service provider offerings at Mobile World Congress, taking place next week in Barcelona.
F5 Synthesis provides an elastic services platform to help service providers effectively scale their networks and realize the benefits of emerging technologies such as Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) by delivering Software Defined Application Services™ (SDAS™). SDAS leverage F5’s fabric-based approach by efficiently and intelligently combining virtualization, scalability, programmability, orchestration, and other capabilities.
The F5 Synthesis vision leverages core F5 technologies—including those announced earlier this week—and enhanced service provider solutions focused on the data, signaling, and application planes to further enable the secure, optimized, and orchestrated delivery of application services. F5 helps service providers adopt service-driven business practices, empowered by policy, subscriber identity, Diameter signaling, and other context- and application-aware solutions. Moreover, by delivering services in an efficient, unified manner, innovative service provider products aid organizations in managing and monetizing the way services are introduced to the market.
As an architectural framework, F5 Synthesis:
New F5 technologies and solutions continue to augment the company’s traffic and signaling management solutions portfolio, enabling service providers to cost-effectively build and scale their networks, achieve high service velocity and quality of experience for customers, and further monetize the network by introducing innovative services and business models. The unified F5 Synthesis architectural framework transforms the economics, experience, and enablement of application services for service providers by:
DEPLOYMENT GUIDANCE WITH SERVICE PROVIDER-FOCUSED REFERENCE ARCHITECTURES
As a complement to its Synthesis framework, F5 provides a growing library of reference architectures designed to help service providers address some of the industry’s most pervasive challenges. Individual reference architectures provide prescriptive guidance focused on efficiently deploying SDAS to achieve a specific business purpose.
F5 reference architectures designed for service providers include:
“S/Gi network simplification, LTE roaming, voice over LTE, security, and
NFV are very important topics for service providers to look at over the
next few years in considering their next-generation mobile network
deployments. We are pleased to see F5 Synthesis addressing important
issues within the industry.”
Vic McClelland, Managing Director of Networks, Optus
“As mobile operators continue to deploy LTE (4G) and look further
towards 5G networks, scaling and securing the data, signaling, and
application planes become increasingly important. F5 Synthesis binds
these three realms to provide an architectural framework to address
critical issues for mobile operators.”
Dimitris Mavrakis, Principal Analyst, Telecoms & Media, Informa
“Service providers are going through a fundamental architectural shift
to SDN and NFV, which increases the importance of automating the
scalability, security, virtualization, and programmability of their
networks. In our view, F5 is the first in the industry to focus this
shift on the mobile broadband segment across the data, signaling, and
application planes, with the aim of helping providers with flexible
scaling and rapid service introductions. We believe that service
providers will want to look at how F5 software can help them develop new
service and business models that will increase their ability to monetize
Michael Howard, Principal Analyst, Infonetics Research
“Service providers have traditionally deployed many stateful
session-based devices on their S/Gi network, which are inherently not
high capacity or are very expensive to scale to sufficient levels to
meet growing bandwidth demands of 4G/LTE and 5G/Advanced LTE networks.
With F5’s S/Gi network simplification solution, service providers can
consolidate these disparate functions into one platform and scale to
meet future bandwidth demands, in turn reducing TCO by 36 percent over
five years compared to their traditional approach.”
Dr. Ray Mota, Managing Partner, ACG Research
“The explosive growth of always-connected devices running thousands of
applications is requiring service providers to rethink how services are
offered, scaled, and monetized. Virtualization and orchestration within
a flexible architectural framework will become increasingly important as
service providers look to build seamless Application Delivery Networks.”
Patrick Donegan, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading
“Changes in the service provider market are being driven by the desire
for services that better address new economic models and customers’
evolving interests. The F5 Synthesis framework provides a unified
technology fabric and intelligent services orchestration, enabling
service providers to accelerate the transition from just providing
connectivity to delivering enhanced, differentiated mobile experiences
Dr. Mallik Tatipamula, VP of Service Provider and Cloud Solutions, F5 Networks
F5 AT MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS
F5 will be exhibiting its service provider technologies in Hall 5, Stand 5G11, at this year’s Mobile World Congress event, taking place February 24–27 in Barcelona. In addition, the F5 Traffix™ Signaling Delivery Controller™ has been shortlisted for recognition in the Best Mobile Infrastructure segment of the Global Mobile Awards 2014, presented at the event.
The F5 solutions and reference architectures mentioned in this announcement are generally available now. Please contact a local F5 sales office for product availability in specific countries.
 ACG Research, Business Case for S/Gi Network Simplification, February 2014
F5 (NASDAQ:FFIV) provides solutions for an application world. F5 helps organizations seamlessly scale cloud, data center, and software defined networking (SDN) deployments to successfully deliver applications to anyone, anywhere, at any time. F5 solutions broaden the reach of IT through an open, extensible framework and a rich partner ecosystem of leading technology and data center orchestration vendors. This approach lets customers pursue the infrastructure model that best fits their needs over time. The world’s largest businesses, service providers, government entities, and consumer brands rely on F5 to stay ahead of cloud, security, and mobility trends. For more information, go to f5.com.
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