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Manual Chapter: BIG-IQ System Overview
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Overview: BIG-IQ system

The BIG-IQ system is a centralized tool that streamlines the management of devices in your network. The functionality offered is dependent on your software license.

Administrators use BIG-IQ Cloud to provide cloud tenants self-service access to shared computing resources such as networks, servers, storage, applications, and services. Cloud resources can be private or public, depending on the customer's requirements. Each tenant has restricted and dedicated access to cloud resources based on a specific user account or tenant role, ensuring that tenants have access only to their own resources. Cloud resources are easily expanded and reallocated as needed, providing flexible resource balancing.

Firewall managers use BIG-IQ Security to manage security firewalls for multiple devices from one central location. Firewall management includes discovering, editing, and deploying firewall configurations, as well as consolidating shared firewall objects. Once a firewall device is designated for central management, it is no longer managed locally unless there is an exceptional need.

Additional resources and documentation for BIG-IQ systems

You can access all of the following BIG-IQ system documentation from the AskF5 Knowledge Base located at

Document Description
BIG-IQ Systems: Setup and Getting Started guides BIG-IQ Virtual Edition (VE) runs as a guest in a virtual environment using supported hypervisors. Each of these guides is specific to one of the hypervisor environments supported for the BIG-IQ system. The guides provide you with the basic concepts and tasks required to set up your virtual environment and perform initial configuration tasks required to start using the BIG-IQ system.
BIG-IQ Systems: Cloud Management This guide contains information to help you manage cloud resources, applications, and tenants.
BIG-IQ Security User Guide This guide contains information to help you manage BIG-IP firewall resources.
Release notes Release notes contain information about the current software release, including a list of associated documentation, a summary of new features, enhancements, fixes, known issues, and available workarounds.
Solutions and Tech Notes Solutions are responses and resolutions to known issues. Tech Notes provide additional configuration instructions and how-to information.
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