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F5 Networks Announces B4450 Blade and BIG-IP vADC

By Casey Houser February 24, 2016

F5 Networks, a manufacturer of networking hardware and developer of associated software, now offers a new addition to its family of hardware blades, the B4450, and will begin to showcase the new F5 BIG-IP virtual application delivery controller (vADC) at industry trade shows.

Beginning with the B4450, F5 says it wants to promote the development of 4G and 5G mobile services by offering this 100 GbE hardware blade that now runs in the company’s VIPRION line of products. Dr. Mallik Tatipamula, the vice president of service provider and cloud solutions at F5, noted that his company wants to give companies an easy path toward combining hardware, software, and cloud resources while maintaining performance and security. The B4450, which will become commercially available in the second quarter of this year, tries to make that goal a reality.

The blade begins its performance with the ability to fit in a chassis that connects up to eight blades at once. All together, they can handle up to 1.2 billion concurrent connections and can process 20 million of those connections each second. This feat of load bearing will support any business’s ambitions to gather machine-to-machine connections, as part of the Internet of Things (IoT), or extend their mobile networks to consumers’ handsets.

Service providers can also take advantage of the blade’s handling of elliptic curve cryptography and SSL. It processes encrypted data quickly, so neither companies nor its users feel bogged down. Used within the IoT, businesses can then be assured their connections to remote hardware remain encrypted but still usable and fast. Their connections to users will also benefit from the promotion of IPv6 addresses and use of SGi firewalls to protect the entire mobile infrastructure.

On the tails of that hardware comes the downloadable BIG-IP virtual edition. F5 will be showing off this vADC at this year’s Mobile World Congress to demonstrate how it handles virtual network functions in a software-defined networking environment. F5 notes that businesses can run the virtual edition on any leading hypervisor and that the vADC can quickly spin up user services from private or public clouds. Its overall intention is to remain flexible and powerful. The attached BIG-IQ remote management software gives IT administrators a path to manage hardware devices and virtual services. Developers can also use its REST APIs to automate delivery of such services.

The rise in global connected devices in the IoT and the rise in user demand for mobile data will drive the future of telecommunications services. Operators need to be able to keep pace with their own ambitions and the preferences of their users. F5 clearly wants to help its clients remain ahead of the game and is pushing full bore with hardware and software to make that possible.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

Contributing Writer

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