BIG-IP® Virtual Edition (VE) is a version of the BIG-IP system that runs as a guest in specifically-supported hypervisors. BIG-IP VE virtualizes a hardware-based BIG-IP system running a VE-compatible version of BIG-IP® software.
Each time there is a new release of BIG-IP® Virtual Edition (VE) software, it includes support for additional hypervisor management products. The Virtual Edition and Supported Hypervisors Matrix on the AskF5™ website, http://support.f5.com, details which hypervisors are supported for each release.
BIG-IP® VE is compatible with the Amazon Web Services (AWS) EC2 hypervisors. This information documents the AWS interface as it exists at the time of the version 11.5.0 BIG-IP software release to Amazon Web Services.
SSL encryption processing on your VE will be faster if the instance type you choose supports the Advanced Encryption Standard New Instruction (AES-NI). Contact your cloud vendor for details on which instance types provide AES-NI support.
The Amazon Web Services instance types supported for this release, along with the number of NICs each supports, are detailed here:
The size of the image that you choose to download determines both the number of slots and the number and type of modules that are supported on the VE instance.
|Allocated disk space||Supported module combinations||Module specific concerns|
|7 GB||LTM only on a single slot||You cannot install upgrades or hotfixes to this version.|
|31 GB||LTM only on two slots.||This option can be extended and upgraded with new versions and hot fix updates. It does not allow installing any modules besides LTM, GTM, or LTM + GTM.|
|100 GB||Supports all modules. Two slots are supported with potential room to install a third.||
This option can be extended and upgraded with new versions and hot fix updates. It allows installing any combination of other modules supported by the current version of BIG-IP VE software.