BIG-IP Virtual Edition (VE) is a version of the BIG-IP system that runs as a virtual machine 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.
The vCloud Director virtual machine guest environment for the BIG-IP Virtual Edition (VE), at minimum, must include:
For production licenses, F5 Networks suggests using the maximum configuration limits for the BIG-IP VE system. For lab editions, required reserves can be less. For each virtual machine, the vCloud Director virtual machine guest environment permits a maximum of 10 virtual network adapters (either 10 VMXNET3 with 1 management + 9 dataplane or 1 Flexible management + 9 VMXNET3 dataplane).
There are also some maximum configuration limits to consider for deploying a BIG-IP VE virtual machine, such as:
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.
The general memory requirement recommendation for BIG-IP Virtual Edition (VE) is 2 GB per virtual CPU. Additionally, the following memory guidelines may be helpful in setting expectations based on which modules are licensed on VE guests.
|Provisioned memory||Supported module combinations||Module specific concerns|
|12 GB or more||All module combinations are fully supported.||N/A|
|8 GB||Provisioning more than three modules together is not supported.||GTM and Link Controller do not count toward the module-combination limit.|
|More than 4 GB, but less than 8 GB||Provisioning more than three modules together is not supported. (See module-specific concerns relating to AAM).||
Application Acceleration Manager (AAM) cannot be provisioned with any other module; AAM can only be provisioned as Standalone.
GTM and Link Controller do not count toward the module-combination limit.
|4 GB or less||Provisioning more than two modules together is not supported.||AAM can only be provisioned as Dedicated.|