You can centrally manage BIG-IP® virtual edition (VE) licenses for a specific set of F5 offerings (for example, BIG-IP LTM® 25M, BIG-IP LTM 200G, and BIG-IP LTM 1G). When a device is no longer needed, you can revoke the license instance and assign it to another BIG-IP VE device. This flexibility keeps operating costs fixed, and allows for a variety of provisioning options. There are three types of options:
Pool licenses are purchased for a particular product offering for a fixed number of devices, but are not permanently tied to a specific device. As resource demands change, you can use BIG-IQ® Device to revoke and reassign those licenses to other BIG-IP® VE devices as required. Pool licenses do not expire.
You are charged for utility licenses only for the duration that the license is activated. You can activate any number of licenses as you need them, specifying the interval (an hour, a day, a month, or a year) at which you want to be billed for each. BIG-IQ® Device tracks license usage in each billing period, and sends that data directly to F5. When a resource is no longer required, you revoke its license and are no longer charged for that instance until you reassign it to another BIG-IP VE device. Utility licenses can be particularly useful when traffic to certain applications increases for a short period of time, for example, during fiscal year end.
You can use this report to augment your internal licensing management and budget planning. You also have the option to submit this report manually to F5 for billing purposes.
You provide this report to F5 Networks for billing purposes, as per the terms and conditions of your contract.
With volume licenses, you can flexibly manage BIG-IP® VE devices by purchasing a number of prepaid, concurrent licenses. If your needs change throughout the year, you have the option of purchasing more prepaid licenses in increments of 50. BIG-IQ® Device helps you track and distribute these various licenses as required by the applications your customers are using, and notifies you when you reach your prepaid limit. When you revoke a license, you can then assign it to another BIG-IP VE device.