Smoothly transition customer BIG-IP devices to an SFC architecture without the need for an external SDN controller.
Provide an SFC architecture that is solution-independent and vendor-agnostic.
Provide an RFC 7665-compliant architecture, including the ability to configure BIG-IP devices as service chain classifiers and service function forwarders (SFFs). The BIG-IP system as a lightweight controller also supports the ability to select previously-created VLAN and tunnel interfaces that serve to connect BIG-IP SFFs to service functions (SFs).
Operate in the future as a mediation layer, to accept configuration data from an external SDN controller.