Designed for service providers, BIG-IP Next SPK provides a single point of ingress/egress networking and security and supports the 4G to 5G transition.
BIG-IP Next SPK enables a 5G Core solution which paves the way for robust 5G consumer and enterprise solutions. New service-based architecture use cases like network slicing and MEC enable dynamic allocation of resources for specific customers and specific applications. BIG-IP Next SPK provides a North/South traffic ingress while Aspen Service Mesh provides a complementary solution for East/West traffic flowing within Kubernetes clusters.
BIG-IP Next SPK is deployed as a Kubernetes resource at the ingress of the cluster, supporting signaling traffic management and control, load balancing, security, and visibility between nodes, becoming part of the Kubernetes orchestration environment.
Applies policy control over multiple traffic types many of which are unique to a service provider network such as TCP, UDP, SCTP, Diameter, GTPcV2, and SIP.
Provides a single point for network security for traffic into and within a service provider’s cloud-native infrastructure.
Visibility of traffic flow into and within the infrastructure for more efficient troubleshooting, revenue assurance, and flexible revenue controls.
Capitalize on new 5G revenue streams while maintaining revenue from current services by using existing billing and charging systems such as AAA and OCS.
BIG-IP Next SPK is unique in bringing critical network capabilities to a Kubernetes environment to meet the demands of a service provider network. It provides control for 4G and 5G signaling while adding needed security and visibility.
A single point of networking architected for service provider networks
Telco Network Functions using telco protocols—L4 (SCTP) and L7 (Diameter, HTTP/2)
Network security controls for traffic into and within the cloud-native infrastructure
Offload processor intensive functionality such as DDoS and Encryption to Intel SmartNIC
Statistics and analytics for revenue assurance
Orchestrated and configured by Kubernetes
Embraces and extends Kubernetes patterns
F5 and its partners certify onboarding, integration, deployment, and life cycle management of BIG-IP Next SPK and Aspen Service Mesh in a cloud-native environment with vendor CNFs.
Transforming towards a cloud-native architecture brings service providers many advantages and challenges. F5 cloud-native solutions help accelerate 5G adoption.