F5 Networks launches stand-alone carrier class firewall
The platform boasts service provider network protection at the lowest TCO, while also providing the foundation for 5G and IoT.
Telecommunications specialist F5 Networks has announced the launch of a carrier-class firewall system for end-to-end security on service provider networks.
Malik Tatipamula, Vice President for Service Provider Solutions, F5 Networks, said: "Service providers today are responding to the exponential growth of subscribers, data, devices, and the Internet of Things by re-architecting their networks and making sure they can scale."
He added: "There are significant challenges when it comes to protecting the security of these networks. F5 security solutions protects service provider networks from attacks, enabling the security of subscribers, devices, and core network elements such as the Gi LAN and Data Centre."
Capable of supporting up to 1.2 billion concurrent connections and over 20 million connections per second, the system is set to address growing security concerns around Internet-of-Things, NFV networks and migration towards 5G.
Additionally, a study conducted by independent research firm ACG showed that F5's Carrier Class Firewall, based on VIPRION 4800, generated up to 80% lower TCO than alternative offerings. The systems also boasted a higher rate of return on investment at 216%.
Commenting on the evolving market, Paul Parker-Johnson, Principal Analyst, ACG Research, shared: "The relentless, rapid growth in number of users, devices and applications on mobile networks creates a need for operators' security solutions to scale efficiently on a similar trajectory. This is true on every plane of operation and in all application areas.
"A central element in achieving these goals is the carrier class firewall in the Gi LAN. Firewall scaling on multiple dimensions -- number of concurrent sessions, connection setups per second, and throughput - is critical. "