F5 Networks’ VNF Manager Scales Capacity

LINDA HARDESTY | August 15, 2018

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F5 Networks introduced a virtual network function (VNF) manager to automatically scale capacity for a couple of functions in service provider networks. Those functions are Gi LAN traffic management and Gi firewall.F5 Networks is a security and network company that plays in the application delivery controller (ADC) space. The company’s products include load balancing, network optimization, network firewalls, and access controllers. Its new VNF manager is specifically for service providers. Damir Vrankic, senior director of product management with F5 Networks, said that in the past, service providers would buy F5 software and hardware and configure network functions themselves. But the VNF manager allows them to build capacity in an automated way. “You can start adding service layers to extend your capacity as you need it,” Vrankic explained.And the capacity is correlated with consumption-based pricing, which Vrankic said service providers have been wanting for a long time. Resources can be spun up, spun down, or automatically receive added capacity.

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