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 emulates 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. Reservations can be less for lab editions. 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: