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Manual Chapter: The VIPRION Platform
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The VIPRION® platform is a robust system that is capable of managing traffic for any size of enterprise. It consists of a unique chassis/blade configuration. This configuration enables you to add, remove, and change components on the fly, without interrupting the essential services of the BIG-IP® software installed on the platform. Everything from the blades to the power supplies, the fan tray to the LCD panel, is available for you to add, remove, or change as needed.
The VIPRION platform is highly extensible and designed to be easy to implement; however, having some familiarity with the components of the VIPRION platform can ensure that you install and integrate the platform successfully and effectively.
Note: If you have not already done so, we recommend that you read the Setting Up the VIPRION Platform guide. This guide provides a detailed explanation of how to unpack, rack, install components, and power the platform.
The VIPRION platform includes two primary components: the chassis, which houses the components, and blades, which reside within the chassis and provide the hardware and software needed to manage network traffic.
The VIPRION chassis is the housing unit that contains all of the components necessary for the VIPRION platform to operate effectively. One of the most powerful features of the VIPRION platform is that you can add, remove, or change any or all of the essential components of the platform. These components include blades, power supplies, the fan tray, the LCD panel, and the System ID card. This configuration allows for an extremely robust and flexible system that can manage large amounts of application traffic, and remain operational even if one of its components goes offline.
A blade is the primary component that handles the traffic management within the VIPRION platform. You can install up to four blades in a VIPRION chassis. These blades comprise a group, called a cluster. The chassis includes blanks in the slots where blades are not installed. Blanks must be installed in all unused slots, as they help ensure proper airflow within the chassis and EMC compliance of the unit.
The VIPRION platform comes with the hardware that you need for installation. However, you must provide standard peripheral hardware, such as a serial terminal, if you want to administer the VIPRION platform directly.
The power cables included with this unit are for exclusive use with this unit and should not be used with other electrical appliances.
You need standard input/output hardware if you plan to use direct administrative access to the VIPRION platform. This requires a serial terminal and a null modem cable.
You must have an administrative workstation on the same IP network as the platform if you want to use the default VIPRION platform configuration.
You need network hubs, switches, or concentrators to connect to the VIPRION platform network interfaces. The devices you select must be compatible with the network interface cards installed in the VIPRION platform.
You can use an external USB CD/DVD-ROM drive or a USB compact flash drive that is compatible with the system for installing upgrades and for system recovery. Even though most USB CD/DVD-ROM and USB compact flash drives should work, we cannot guarantee compatibility with all makes and models.
If you plan on doing remote administration from your own PC workstation as most users do, we recommend that you have your workstation already in place on the same subnet to which the management interface is connected.
Online help
The Configuration utility has online help for each screen. The online help contains descriptions of each control and setting on the screen. Click the Help tab in the left navigation pane to view the online help for a screen.
Welcome screen in the Configuration utility
The Welcome screen in the Configuration utility contains links to many useful web sites and resources, including:
F5 Networks Technical Support web site
The F5 Networks Technical Support web site, https://support.f5.com, provides the latest documentation for F5 products, including:
The AskF5SM Knowledge Base
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