F5 Distributed Cloud Services to support SoftBank’s deployment of 5G Multi-access Edge Computing
F5 Distributed Cloud Services can be rapidly deployed to provide platform-based managed cloud services and offer unified support for IT, enterprise, and 5G applications. F5 solutions adopted by SoftBank will enable enterprise customers to move more of their business-critical applications to multiple edge locations and enjoy the benefits of reduced latency, enhanced security, and flexible application deployment. F5 Distributed Cloud Services deliver the operational simplicity of a single console, providing agile scalability and integrated and automated security features for all the functions required for 5G MEC sites.
F5 Distributed Cloud Services provide advanced automation for application deployment and network connectivity, addressing the most challenging requirements pertaining to application availability, performance, and security. This provides a distributed cloud environment to enable faster service delivery, enhanced fault tolerance, and simplified application development and testing. The expected reductions to application deployment timelines and time to market are significant and will benefit not only SoftBank but customers from a wide range of industries for use cases such as autonomous driving, smart building management, factory automation, multi-user network gaming, and others.
Key Benefits of F5 Distributed Cloud Services:
SoftBank has been using F5 Distributed Cloud Services for internal applications as part of its transformative modernization plan, with today’s announcement representing an expansion of services benefiting their customers as well. Distributed Cloud Services have been engineered to support all applications and associated capabilities relevant to service providers, including internal IT applications, enterprise workloads, partners’ content and services, and even network functions.
With 5G, network elements are being rearchitected to benefit from the latest cloud innovations. Many monolithic network approaches will be replaced by cloud-native network functions that take advantage of the same operational models used in public clouds. F5 Distributed Cloud Services provide automated operations in the network for functions such as 5G Core and Radio Access Network (RAN), delivering networking and security on an integrated cloud-native platform.
F5 and SoftBank are collaborating to move the industry forward with new technological developments that will revolutionize how mobile and fixed services are delivered to end users. A recent example is the use of Segment Routing version 6 Mobile User Plane (SRv6 MUP), where F5 offers a module to support partners’ 5G network functions that require SRv6 to communicate. More details can be found here.
“Our work with F5 to architect and manage an unprecedented edge computing environment is critical to our customers’ digital transformation success. F5 has demonstrated that it can solve crucial operational challenges for service providers that want to take full advantage of cloud innovation for IT, enterprise, and 5G applications. We look forward to continuing to work with F5 to develop low-latency capabilities that leverage MEC’s strengths in delivering faster and more flexible services.”
“It is remarkable how SoftBank has committed to enabling the digital transformation of companies and organizations across all sectors, and we are honored to have been selected as their cloud partner in this aim. F5 has been working closely with SoftBank in
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