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Manual: Virtual Edition and Supported Hypervisors Matrix
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Original Publication Date: 08/25/2014
Updated Date: 03/17/2017

- VMware ESX, ESXi, and vCloud Director supported hypervisors
- Linux KVM and Xen Project supported hypervisors
- Microsoft Hyper-V supported hypervisors
- Citrix XenServer supported hypervisors
- Legend
- Amazon Web Services recommended instances
- Microsoft Azure recommended instances
- VMware vCloud Air supported versions

Summary

This document lists the versions of BIG-IP Virtual Edition (VE) and F5 licenses that are supported on specific hypervisors and cloud platforms.

In this document, when all F5 modules are listed as supported, the modules are LTM, AFM, APM, ASM, AAM, BIG-IP DNS (formerly GTM), Secure Web Gateway Services, IP Intelligence Services, PEM, and Carrier-Grade NAT (CGNAT).

Whenever a production license is available, a lab license is also available unless otherwise indicated.

VMware ESX, ESXi, and vCloud Director supported hypervisors

This table lists the versions of BIG-IP Virtual Edition (VE) that are supported on VMware.

BIG-IP VE version Supported F5 modules ESXi 5.0, u1, u2, u3 ESXi 5.1, u1, u2, u3 ESXi 5.5, u1, u2, u3 ESXi 6.0, u1, u2 ESXi 6.5 vCloud Director 5.5, u1, u2
13.0.0 All ¥   P† ‡ P† ‡ P† ‡ P† ‡ P ‡
12.1.2, 12.1.1, 12.1.0, 12.0.0 All ¥   P† ‡ P† ‡ P† ‡   P ‡
11.6.1, 11.6.0 All ¥ P P† ‡ P† ‡ P† ‡   P ‡
11.5.4, 11.5.3, 11.5.2, 11.5.1, 11.5.0 All P P† ‡ P† ‡ P† ‡   P ‡
11.4.1 All P2 P2† ‡        

Linux KVM and Xen Project supported hypervisors

This table lists the versions of BIG-IP Virtual Edition (VE) that are supported on Linux.

F5 supports upgrades that are backward compatible with versions listed in this document.

BIG-IP VE version Supported F5 modules KVM Xen Project 3.0, 4.1, 4.2, 4.4, 4.6
13.0.0 All ¥ P †‡ - CentOS/RHEL 6.3 and later, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and later, Debian 7.2 and later P - CentOS/RHEL 6.3 and later, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and later †‡, Debian 7.2 - 7.5‡, 7.4 and later †‡
12.1.2, 12.1.1, 12.1.0 All ¥ P †‡ - CentOS/RHEL 6.3 and later, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and later, Debian 7.2 and later P - CentOS/RHEL 6.3 and later, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and later †‡, Debian 7.2 - 7.5‡, 7.4 and later †‡
12.0.0 All ¥ P †‡ - CentOS/RHEL 6.3 and later, Ubuntu 13.10 and later, Debian 7.2 and later P - CentOS/RHEL 6.3 and later, Ubuntu 13.10 and later †‡, Debian 7.2 - 7.5‡, 7.4 and later †‡
11.6.1, 11.6.0 All ¥ P †‡ - CentOS/RHEL 6.3 and later, Ubuntu 13.10 and later, Debian 7.2 and later P - CentOS/RHEL 6.3 and later †‡, Ubuntu 13.10‡, 14.04†‡, Debian 7.2 - 7.5‡, 7.4 and later †‡
11.5.4 All P †‡ - CentOS/RHEL 6.3 and later, Ubuntu 12.04 and later, Debian 7.1 and later P - CentOS/RHEL 6.3 and later †‡, Ubuntu 12.04‡, 13.04 and later †‡, Debian 7.1 and later ‡
11.5.3, 11.5.2, 11.5.1, 11.5.0 All P †‡ - CentOS/RHEL 6.3 and later, Ubuntu 12.04 and later, Debian 7.1†‡ P - CentOS/RHEL 6.3 and later †‡, Ubuntu 12.04‡ or 13.04†‡, Debian 7.1‡
11.4.1 All P2 - CentOS/RHEL 6.3 and later †‡ or Ubuntu 12.04‡ P2 - CentOS/RHEL 5.9 or Fedora 18†‡ or Ubuntu 12.04†‡

Microsoft Hyper-V supported hypervisors

This table lists the versions of BIG-IP Virtual Edition (VE) that are supported on Microsoft Hyper-V.

BIG-IP VE version Supported F5 modules Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Windows Server 2012 Windows Server 2012 R2 and Update 1 Windows Server 2016
13.0.0 All P1 P1 P1 P1
12.1.2, 12.1.1, 12.1.0, 12.0.0 All P1 P1 P1  
11.6.0, 11.6.1 All P1 P1 P1  
11.5.4, 11.5.3, 11.5.2, 11.5.1 HF1, 11.5.0 HF1 All P1 P1 P1  
11.4.1 All P3 P3    

Citrix XenServer supported hypervisors

This table lists the versions of BIG-IP Virtual Edition (VE) that are supported on Citrix XenServer.

BIG-IP VE version Supported F5 modules 6.2 RTM and SP1 6.5 7.0
13.0.0 All ¥ P† ‡ P† ‡ P† ‡
12.1.2, 12.1.1, 12.1.0, 12.0.0 All ¥ P† ‡ P† ‡  
11.6.1, 11.6.0 All ¥ P† ‡ P† ‡  
11.5.4, 11.5.3, 11.5.2, 11.5.1, 11.5.0 All P† ‡ P† ‡  
11.4.1 All P3‡  P3‡  
EM VE 3.1.1 N/A P*    

Legend

P indicates a production license is available.

P* Throughput determined by host and guest resource allocation, not by license.
P Maximum throughput of 10 Gbps (requires SR-IOV), 5 Gbps, 3 Gbps, 1 Gbps, 200 Mbps, or 25 Mbps.
P1 Maximum throughput of 3 Gbps, 1 Gbps, 200 Mbps, or 25 Mbps.
P2 Maximum throughput of 5 Gbps, 3 Gbps, 1 Gbps, or 200 Mbps.
P3 Maximum throughput of 3 Gbps, 1 Gbps, or 200 Mbps.
Supports SR-IOV. If you want support for SR-IOV, in addition to using the correct hardware and BIOS settings, you must configure hypervisor settings before you set up the guests.
Supports TSO.
¥ Maximum throughput for the PEM module is 5 Gbps. SR-IOV must be enabled and LRO/GRO disabled.
(empty) Not supported.

Amazon Web Services recommended instances

This table lists the Amazon Web Services compute instances that are recommended for BIG-IP Virtual Edition (VE).

BYOL (Bring Your Own License) production licenses are available for maximum throughput speeds of 25 Mbps (11.5.1 and later), 200 Mbps, 1 Gbps, 3 Gbps, 5 Gbps, or 10 Gbps. Hourly/annual licenses are not available for 3 and 10 Gbps.

Throughput depends on a variety of factors, including AWS instance type and region, the configuration of BIG-IP (whether it’s processing internal or external traffic), whether you are using AWS cluster and enhanced networking, etc.

All F5 modules are supported.

BIG-IP VE version Good Better Best
13.0.0, 12.1.2, 12.1.1, 12.1.0, 12.0.0, 11.6.0, 11.5.4, 11.5.1 t2.medium*, t2.large*, m3.medium*, m3.large, m4.large, c3.xlarge, c4.xlarge, and all Better and Best instance types t2.medium*, t2.large*, m3.large, m4.large, c3.xlarge, c4.xlarge, m3.xlarge, m4.xlarge, c3.2xlarge, c4.2xlarge t2.medium*, t2.large*, m3.large, m4.large, c3.xlarge, c4.xlarge, m3.xlarge, m4.xlarge, c3.2xlarge, c4.2xlarge, m3.2xlarge, m4.2xlarge, m4.4xlarge, m4.10xlarge, cc2.8xlarge, c3.4xlarge, c3.8xlarge, c4.4xlarge, c4.8xlarge
11.4.1   m3.xlarge m3.2xlarge, cc2.8xlarge

*Use for 25 and 200 Mbps licenses only.

AWS CloudHSM is supported.

Microsoft Azure recommended instances

This table lists the Microsoft Azure compute instances that are recommended for BIG-IP Virtual Edition (VE).

Production licenses support throughput speeds of up to 25 Mbps, 200 Mbps, or 1 Gbps. All F5 modules are supported.
BIG-IP VE version Good Better Best
13.0.0, 12.1.2, 12.1.1, 12.1.0, 12.0.0 A1, A4, D11, DS1, DS2, DS11 A4, A6, D4, D14, DS3, DS12 A7, DS4, DS13

VMware vCloud Air supported versions

This table lists the BIG-IP Virtual Edition (VE) versions supported on vCloud Air.

Production licenses support throughput speeds of 25 Mbps, 200 Mbps, or 1 Gbps. All F5 modules are supported.
BIG-IP VE version
12.0.0
11.6.0

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