The F5 VIPRION platform immediately resolved Avea’s IPv4 constraints, paving the way for the company to expand its customer base and mobile services. Indeed, over a three month period following the deployment of VIPRION, Avea achieved a 25 percent growth in its business. The company’s mobile network now has over a million subscribers and the capacity to increase this figure substantially.
The blade architecture of the VIPRION platform provides cost-effective scalability because Avea can add more blades, as needed, when it grows. “F5’s VIPRION platform gives us the scalability and flexibility to grow from 1 million to 16 million customers without having to change our existing systems,” says Ozgunay.
Using iRules, Avea has been able to configure its VIPRION platform to collate all of the data it is required to submit to the Turkish government. If Avea had not deployed VIPRION, the company estimates that it may have taken it three to six months of effort to develop a bespoke system for collating the data required for compliance. Ozgunay says: “We don’t need to touch any other systems in our network to compile government reports; we can obtain all the data we need from a single source—VIPRION.”
What’s more, Avea doesn’t need to invest in substantial storage hardware and systems to store all its data logs for the government. By using F5’s carrier-grade deterministic NAT feature, it is able to keep its storage requirements to an absolute minimum. “We estimate that we have saved USD $1 million by not having to increase our storage capacity for logs,” comments Ozgunay.
Since its deployment, VIPRION has successfully blocked a wide range of attacks on Avea’s network, which would otherwise have absorbed network bandwidth and resources. Consequently, the performance of Avea’s mobile network has improved by 10–15 percent overall, enabling the company to deliver a better quality of experience for its subscribers.
In the future, Avea may use VIPRION for other purposes, including TCP optimisation and security, to gain added value from the platform.