F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV) today announced new solutions designed to simplify firewall security and management capabilities. The S/Gi firewall is offered with F5’s BIG-IP® Advanced Firewall Manager™ (AFM ™), a full-proxy network firewall that can be deployed as a hardware- or software-based solution to deliver unparalleled scalability and performance for service providers. In addition, F5’s new BIG-IQ™ Security offering streamlines firewall policy management for multiple devices for enterprise and service provider deployments. F5’s S/Gi firewall solution serves an important function within a mobile service provider’s network infrastructure. Sitting at the Gi interface of a 3G network and the SGi interface of a 4G network, F5’s new offering is situated on the perimeter between a service provider’s mobile network and the Internet. This placement is ideal to protect both subscribers and networks from targeted attacks—such as DDoS threats—from a variety of sources (Internet-to-mobile, Internet-to-infrastructure, mobile-to-mobile, etc.). Enhancing protection at the perimeter of 3G/4G networks helps safeguard a service provider’s infrastructure to preserve network availability and performance. In addition, F5’s S/Gi firewall is fully extensible and can respond to threats in real-time with F5’s programmable iRules® technology. F5’s firewall performance capabilities offer unsurpassed density, coupled with the ability to easily consolidate services on a single platform. Therefore, service providers can reduce the footprint of their network equipment to save on capital and operational costs while preserving the headroom to grow for future needs. The S/Gi firewall solution provides performance and scalability beyond what other vendors can offer, including:
Up to 20x more connections per second (8 million)
Up to 10x more concurrent connections (576 million)
3x faster firewall throughput (640 Gbps)
Within F5’s intelligent services framework, the S/Gi firewall can be deployed seamlessly with other network and security capabilities, including solutions for policy enforcement, carrier-grade NAT, and IPv6. In addition, F5’s software-based virtual editions and programmable architecture components provide added flexibility to support scalable security, optimization, and orchestration services alongside network functions virtualization and SDN initiatives. Details Technology advances in the mobile industry, the growing number of mobile subscribers, and changes in consumer behaviors pose a number of network-related challenges for service providers. The rise of always-connected smart devices and the proliferation of mobile applications have led to increased demands around performance and scale, which can also affect reliability. Moreover, since subscribers now interact with a number of different types of networks (3G, 4G LTE) and protocols, centralized management for visibility and control throughout a provider’s mobile broadband network has become all the more essential.