Cloud-Native Network Functions (CNFs)

F5 CNFs provide a cloud-native solution that is secure, automated, and scalable, critical for the transition to 5G networks.

Use Cases

CNFs are perfect for moving workloads to a cloud-native architecture. Service providers and large enterprises can automate and virtualize their operations to scale their networks.

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S/Gi-LAN/N6 Virtualization

Combine for a consolidated solution

4G and 5G Edge Deployments

Lightweight and scalable services 

Critical Cloud Security

Protection for network functions

Cloud-Native Infrastructures

Deploying a Kubernetes architecture

How it Works

A Helm chart with an F5 configuration is sent to the API Server on the Kubernetes Control Plane Node. The F5 BIG-IP Controller will deploy the new configurations to the F5 components on the worker nodes and traffic can be sent through the network.

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CNF Design Overview

Product Features

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BIG-IP Next Edge Firewall CNF

Firewall, DDoS and intrusion prevention system technology based on F5’s Advanced Firewall Manager.

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BIG-IP Next DNS CNF

Enable DNS caching and reduce DNS latency up to 80%.

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Hardware Offload

Increase performance by offloading functionality to FPGAs or to Intel SmartNICs.

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Consolidated data plane

Offload SSL processing, deploy application delivery and security services anywhere, and protect your applications against the most prevalent attacks.

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BIG-IP Next CGNAT CNF

Ease IPv6 migration and improve network scalability and security with IPv4 address management.

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BIG-IP Next Policy Enforcer CNF

Improve QoE and ARPU with tools like traffic classification and subscriber awareness.

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Carrier-Grade services

CNFs include native IPv6 and telco protocol support.

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Orchestrated by Kubernetes

Native Kubernetes API is extended with CRDs to ensure F5 products can be configured properly.

Resources

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5G Innovation and Mobility

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BIG-IP DNS

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Consolidate and Virtualize the S/Gi-LAN/N6 Functions

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BIG-IP CGNAT

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Protect Your Network Against Incoming Threats with BIG-IP AFM

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BIG-IP Policy Enforcement Manager (PEM)

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Next Steps

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