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

The BIG-IQ system is a tool that streamlines the management of F5 devices in your network. The functionality offered is dependent on your software license.

Cloud 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 a 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.

Network administrators use BIG-IQ Device to interact with all of the managed F5 devices in their network. This centralized management includes the ability upgrade F5 devices, update configurations, and reallocate licenses as needed.

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 Virtual Edition Setup 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.
BIG-IQ Systems: Licensing and Initial Configuration This guide provides the network administrator with basic BIG-IQ system concepts and describes the tasks required to license and set up the BIG-IQ system in their network.
BIG-IQ Device: Device Management This guide provides details about how to deploy software images, licenses, and configurations to managed BIG-IP devices.
BIG-IQ Cloud: Cloud Administration This guide contains information to help a cloud administrator manage cloud resources, devices, applications, and tenants (users).
BIG-IQ Cloud: Tenant User Guide This guide contains information to help tenants manage applications.
BIG-IQ Security Administration This guide contains information used to centrally manage BIG-IP firewalls, policies, rule lists (as well as other shared objects), and users.
Platform Guide: BIG-IQ 7000 Series This guide provides information about setting up and managing the BIG-IQ 7000 hardware platform.
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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