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Manual Chapter: What Is the BIG-IP System
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What Is the BIG-IP System?

The BIG-IP® system is a set of application delivery products that work together to ensure high availability, improved performance, application security, and access control.

One of the primary functions of the BIG-IP system is to direct different types of protocol and application traffic to an appropriate destination server. The system accomplishes this through its Local Traffic Manager™module, which can forward traffic directly to a load balancing server pool, or send traffic to a next-hop router, a pool of routers, or directly to a selected node on the network.

Other modules available on the BIG-IP system provide critical functions such as applying security policies to network traffic, accelerating HTTP connections, and optimizing connections across a wide-area network.

basic BIG-IP system configuration

Basic BIG-IP system configuration

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