With the pervasiveness of mobile devices, the Internet of Things, and 5G, your network has to be ready for what’s next. F5 Networks BIG IP Policy Enforcement Manager (PEM) SDN is a policy charging enforcement function that gives you the network flexibility and control you need while delivering a reliable customer experience. F5 Networks BIG IP Policy Enforcement Manager delivers the insight you need to understand subscriber behavior and effectively manage network traffic with a wide range of policy enforcement capabilities. BIG IP PEM provides intelligent Layer—4 through Layer—7 traffic steering, network intelligence, and dynamic control of network resources through subscriber and context aware solutions. It also provides deep reporting, which you can capitalize on to build tailored services and packages based on subscribers’ app usage and traffic classification and patterns to increase ARPU.
These capabilities help you accurately identify the specific applications and services your subscribers are using, and how they’re using them. You can use this information to create service plans that meet the needs of your subscribers, while also using it to regulate network usage. The combination of differentiated services and network usage control leads to increased profitability. F5 Networks BIG IP Policy Enforcement Manager performs subscriber discovery via RADIUS and/or DHCP and provides information such as IP address, IMSI, and user name, which, when correlated with application flows, allows for deeper understanding of the type of applications and services subscribers are using and how they are using them. In addition, F5 Networks BIG IP Policy Enforcement Manager can retrieve info on RAT type (Radio Access Technology) via RADIUS messages and can apply different policies based on subscriber use of 3G or 4G LTE networks. F5 Networks BIG IP Policy Enforcement Manager can also function as a RADIUS client for authentication and accounting for subscribers.
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Stay ahead of the transition from IPv4 to IPv6, without affecting the end—user experience. In reality, IPv4 is already outdated. With global IP addresses at their limit, it’s best to make the shift to IPv6 sooner rather than later. But what are the costs of switching? With F5 Networks BIG IP Carrier Grade NAT (CGNAT), not much. We’re in a strange place right now: IPv4 is spoken for and IPv6 is already in play, gaining more ground as we move forward. Simply switching to IPv6 opens you up to interoperability issues with IPv4 devices, websites, and services. But with F5 Networks BIG IP Carrier Grade NAT, you don’t have to choose. F5 Networks BIG IP Policy Enforcement Manager can quickly adjust to varying network demands via network functions virtualization (NFV). Deploy F5 Networks services as a software module that runs on BIG IP hardware, or on any leading hypervisor. F5 Networks hardware is built with complete control over design, testing, and manufacturing — resulting in carrier grade reliability and availability.
Diameter Routing Agent
F5 Networks solutions help you manage your network in a variety of ways, consolidated on a unified platform. A single system streamlines your management processes, helping your network run more efficiently. How do you handle signal increases while maintaining network performance? The SDC Diameter Routing Agent (DRA) allows you to launch new services quickly and create tiered charging plans, without requiring complex integration or customization. And because it’s context—aware, the DRA provides network and subscriber information, giving you key insights for improving service quality and your overall customer experience. You can easily communicate with new IPv6 addresses, with flawless IPv4 backwards compatibility. Relationships with Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) and Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) are a strategically vital portion of your business; however, they also open your network up to increased security threats. Diameter Edge Agent (DEA) sits on the edge of your network as a barrier to attackers.
Drive Monetization And Improve Subscriber Experience
Implement services based on subscriber level, according to plan, location, and device. In addition to recognizing who should access what and when, you’ll be able to gather data with network visibility. Create relevant plan tiers and offer new, over—the—top services based on user behavior patterns — then use BIG IP PEM to enforce those plans and services. Ultimately, your customers need your network to be fast, reliable, and available. Through smarter traffic steering, more sophisticated policy management, and improvements in network functions, F5 Networks BIG IP PEM leads to happier customers. And because happy customers are stickier customers, you’ll see reduced churn and better revenue. To remain profitable, Communications Service Providers (CSPs) must find new ways to support increased demands on their networks. Consumers are accustomed to anytime, anywhere access to resource—intensive content like streaming video and high-bandwidth apps — from their mobile devices.
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More applications, evolving security threats, demands for faster deployment, and an explosion of new devices are all pushing traditional IT models to their limits. SDN is about making the network more flexible and responsive so that organizations are better positioned to respond to these challenges. F5 Networks understands applications. F5 Networks has been helping businesses gracefully navigate application delivery challenges since day one and remain perfectly positioned to deliver the Software—Defined application services required to ensure seamless user experiences.
Much of the promise of SDN revolves around simplified orchestration and management. To get there, SDN vendors need to be tightly integrated and aligned around common standards. As the bridge between applications and the underlying network routers and switches, F5 Networks works with leading network and SDN providers to ensure the seamless integration our customers require. F5 Networks is also a key participant in OpenStack as well as virtual desktop and other initiatives that are converging around SDN. F5 Networks is working closely with all of the key players to mitigate the risks and increase the value of SDN for F5 Networks customers.
Users expect apps to be fast, secure, and always available. Anything less is unacceptable. If you’re lucky, you’ll be one of few to hear about it. Enter BIG IP DNS. Think of it as app insurance. BIG IP DNS improves the performance and availability of your global applications by sending users to the closest or best—performing physical, virtual, or cloud environment. It also hyperscales and secures your DNS infrastructure from DDoS attacks and delivers a real—time DNSSEC solution that protects against hijacking attacks. BIG IP DNS hyperscales up to 100 million responses per second (RPS) to manage rapid increases in DNS queries.
With a set of features that includes multicore scalability, DNS Express, and IP Anycast integration, BIG IP DNS handles millions of DNS queries, protects your business from DDoS attacks, and ensures top application performance for users. BIG IP DNS delivers a real—time, signed DNSSEC query response and DNS firewall services for attack protection and mitigates complex threats by blocking access to malicious domains. BIG IP DNS services integrate with DNS zone management solutions, increase DNS performance at the network edge, and mask the DNS back—end infrastructure. That translates into higher productivity, server consolidation, faster responses, and protected DNS management.
Cisco and F5 Networks are working together to help organizations simplify and automate their networks. Benefits of this collaboration include improved time to market for both applications and services, reduced reaction time to planned and unplanned circumstances, and avoiding the risks inherent in managing numerous point solutions. Early Software—Defined Networking (SDN) architectures promised to eliminate the business impact associated with human latency. It didn’t deliver on that promise. It focused on connectivity services, and provided only basic networking functions across low—level devices — leaving critical application services out of the picture.
The problem of manually configuring devices and services for every application, and the significant amount of time that takes both network and operations teams, remained unsolved. Using an application—centric, policy—driven approach, F5 Networks and Cisco enable organizations to improve time to market for new applications and services, reduce reaction time to both planned and unplanned circumstances, and avoid the risks associated with managing numerous point solutions individually.
Underlying all BIG IP hardware and software is F5 Networks’ proprietary operating system, TMOS, which provides unified intelligence, flexibility, and programmability. With its application control plane architecture, TMOS gives you control over the acceleration, security, and availability services your applications require. TMOS establishes a virtual, unified pool of highly scalable, resilient, and reusable services that can dynamically adapt to the changing conditions in data centers and virtual and cloud infrastructures. Identity and access — manage identity and access policies from a single point of control, and federate them across environments.
SaaS subscribers have an alternative to adopting and managing the siloed IAM solutions of their SaaS providers. Instead, organizations can implement IAM federation, establishing a trust relationship between the SaaS provider’s service and subscriber—owned and subscriber—managed IAM technology. For such a solution to be a reality, however, it must be achieved without adding architectural or management complexity and without the need to disruptively integrate technologies by building and maintaining a new network between those of the provider and the subscriber.
Over 70 percent of today’s Internet traffic is encrypted and analysts predict it will continue to rise. This growth is creating a dangerous blind spot because many traditional, network—focused security appliances can’t effectively decrypt traffic. And hackers readily exploit this blind spot to hide malware and other threats. By fortifying security strategies with solutions and services focused specifically on the application, you can better secure access to applications and protect the ones that expose sensitive data, no matter where they live.
Look for solutions centered on access, protection, and visibility into encrypted traffic. And, above all, make sure those solutions are built on an intrinsic understanding of applications. F5 Networks secures applications and the data behind them — because that’s where today’s attacks happen. With decades devoted to connecting users and applications, our solutions provide unparalleled visibility into hidden threats and offer the controls needed to manage access and reduce the risks of app attacks. F5 Networks solutions support security for any infrastructure, from data centers to the cloud.
VMware and F5 Networks are integrating their management solutions to solve the problem of rigid networks that inhibit business progress. Learn how they’re creating a more agile, more programmatic, and more automated network. Existing network architectures are too complex and brittle to withstand the demands being placed upon them. This severely limits the speed of innovation while increasing management costs. Change is required to deploy new applications and services more efficiently, eliminate downtime due to unforeseen increases in workloads, and recover more quickly from disaster.
A Software—Defined Data Center (SDDC) architectural approach meets today’s business expectations, helps organizations transform data center economics, and increases application deployment agility. The joint F5 Networks and VMware solution derives from a symbiosis across all elements of data center networking and application delivery architecture, increasing the velocity of your business.