BFX, the ‘Swiss army knife’ of signaling
The BFX Interface Gateway is the Next-Generation interworking and routing solution for 3G, 4G/LTE, IMS, Fixed and Wi-Fi networks. BFX combines interworking and routing functions in a unique single-design software solution. It supports a wide range of protocols, including Diameter, RADIUS, HTTP, XML, SOAP, REST, JSON, LDAP, TCP, UDP, SMPP, SS7 etc. Unlike traditional ’single–purpose’ Diameter (or SS7) router products, BFX offers an integrated signaling solution for a wide range of protocols and functions. Functions include routing, any-to-any interworking, mediation, protocol conversion, load balancing and advanced service logic.
In the world of signaling products, BFX is the smartest choice for your signaling network:
1. Single solution that works across Diameter, RADIUS, SS7 and IT protocols;
2. Fastest time to market for service innovation, completely GUI-based service orchestration;
3. Structural reduction of integration lead times, hardware costs and vendor lock-in effects.
Addressing the quest for service agility
The BFX Interface Gateway changes the industry dynamics. It offers a structural way forward to minimize lead times for services enablement, while significantly reducing integration costs. It offers a productized interworking and routing capability to bridge technologies and deal with incompatibilities of protocols. BFX empowers users to – independently – resolve interworking and routing issues and to create advanced service scenarios, across vendor- and access technologies. By using the GUI-based service orchestration environment, users can design, create and execute use cases straight out-of-the-box. Creating message flows can be done in a matter of hours, through configuration, without the need for scripting or R&D. BFX makes dealing with signaling and routing predictable in both cost and time-to-market. It structurally removes the need for ad-hoc projects and minimizes the need for 3rd party involvement.
BFX is designed for speed, simplicity and flexibility. With BFX, users have all they need to establish structural agility and improvement in time-to-market for new services, involving Diameter as well as legacy signaling technologies. By leveraging the flexibility and ease-of-use of BFX, operators can be fast innovators and say goodbye to lengthy and unpredictable projects. Users of BFX spend their time, budget and expertise on innovation rather than on individual integration issues.
Hardware-agnostic solution, supporting NFV
The BFX Interface Gateway runs on any off-the-shelf hardware or in a virtualized environment. All leading virtualization technologies available for Linux are supported, including VMware, KVM and Xen. BFX does not rely on specialist hardware or proprietary operating systems. By offering the ability to deploy BFX on a common platform, BroadForward supports operators and vendors to migrate from proprietary appliance based systems to a standard hardware and cloud based infrastructure.
BFX is an extremely flexible, high performance interface gateway that can run standalone or seamlessly embedded in the majority of new and existing systems to support any network or IT interface with minimal implementation effort. It can simultaneously handle multiple connections on different interfaces in the operator’s network, for both Diameter and non-Diameter interfaces. Running BFX as a virtualized network function on standard hardware will help operators and vendors to get costs down and be more flexible in order to introduce new services much faster.