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Virtual Edition and Supported Hypervisors Matrix

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

BIG-IP VE supports all F5 modules. These 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).

Hypervisors

VMware ESX, ESXi, and vCloud Director

F5 supports these versions of BIG-IP VE on VMware.

BIG-IP VE version Maximum throughput ESXi version vCloud Director version
13.0.0 HF2

40 Gbps: ESXi 6.0 and later

10 Gbps: ESXi 5.5 and later

5.5 and later All 5.x versions later than 5.5
13.0.0 10 Gbps 5.1 and later All 5.x versions later than 5.5
12.1.2, 12.1.1, 12.1.0, 12.0.0 10 Gbps 5.1 and later All 5.x versions later than 5.5
11.6.1 10 Gbps 5.0 and later All 5.x versions later than 5.5
11.5.5, 11.5.4, 11.5.3, 11.5.2, 11.5.1 10 Gbps 5.0 and later All 5.x versions later than 5.5

  • Licenses are available for throughputs of 10 Gbps, 5 Gbps, 3 Gbps, 1 Gbps, 200 Mbps, or 25 Mbps. For throughput higher than 10 Gbps, high performance licenses are available.
  • 10 Gbps throughput and higher require SR-IOV.
  • All versions of BIG-IP VE support SR-IOV and TSO, except BIG-IP VE version 11.6.1 and prior, running on ESXi 5.0.
  • vCloud Director supports TSO only (no SR-IOV).

Linux KVM and Xen Project

F5 supports these versions of BIG-IP VE on Linux.

Supported Linux distributions are: CentOS/RHEL 6.3 and later, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and later, Debian 7.2 and later.

F5 supports upgrades that are backward compatible with these versions.

BIG-IP VE version Maximum throughput
13.0.0 HF2

40 Gbps - KVM on CentOS/RHEL 6.3 and later

10 Gbps - all others

13.0.0 10 Gbps
12.1.2, 12.1.1, 12.1.0, 12.0.0 10 Gbps
11.6.1 10 Gbps
11.5.5, 11.5.4, 11.5.3, 11.5.2, 11.5.1 10 Gbps

  • Licenses are available for throughputs of 10 Gbps, 5 Gbps, 3 Gbps, 1 Gbps, 200 Mbps, or 25 Mbps. For throughput higher than 10 Gbps, high performance licenses are available.
  • For maximum performance, use SR-IOV.

Microsoft Hyper-V

F5 supports these versions of BIG-IP VE on Microsoft Hyper-V.

BIG-IP VE version Maximum throughput Windows versions
13.0.0 3 Gbps Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Update 1, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
12.1.2, 12.1.1, 12.1.0, 12.0.0 3 Gbps Windows Server 2012 R2 and Update 1, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
11.6.0 3 Gbps Windows Server 2012 R2 and Update 1, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
11.5.5, 11.5.4, 11.5.3, 11.5.2, 11.5.1 HF1 3 Gbps Windows Server 2012 R2 and Update 1, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

  • Licenses are available for throughputs of 3 Gbps, 1 Gbps, 200 Mbps, or 25 Mbps.

Citrix XenServer

F5 supports these versions of BIG-IP VE on Citrix XenServer.

BIG-IP VE version Maximum throughput Citrix XenServer versions
13.0.0 10 Gbps 7.1, 7.0, 6.5, 6.2 RTM and SP1
12.1.2, 12.1.1, 12.1.0, 12.0.0 10 Gbps 7.1, 7.0, 6.5, 6.2 RTM and SP1
11.6.0 10 Gbps 7.1, 7.0, 6.5, 6.2 RTM and SP1
11.5.5, 11.5.4, 11.5.3, 11.5.2, 11.5.1 10 Gbps 7.1, 7.0, 6.5, 6.2 RTM and SP1
EM VE 3.1.1 Determined by host and guest resource allocation, not license N/A

  • Licenses are available for throughputs of 10 Gbps, 5 Gbps, 3 Gbps, 1 Gbps, 200 Mbps, or 25 Mbps.
  • 10 Gbps max throughput requires SR-IOV.
  • All versions of BIG-IP VE support SR-IOV and TSO.

Red Hat OpenStack Platform

F5 supports these versions of BIG-IP VE on Red Hat OpenStack.

BIG-IP VE version Maximum throughput Red Hat OpenStack Platform version
12.1.1 10 Gbps 9

  • Licenses are available for throughputs of 10 Gbps, 5 Gbps, 3 Gbps, 1 Gbps, 200 Mbps, or 25 Mbps.
  • For maximum performance, use SR-IOV.
  • This environment supports both SR-IOV and TSO.

Cloud

Amazon Web Services

F5 recommends these instance types for BIG-IP VE on Amazon Web Services.

F5 also supports instance types with similar vCPU and memory.

BIG-IP VE version Good Better Best
13.0.0, 12.1.2, 12.1.1, 12.1.0, 12.0.0, 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

* Use for 25 and 200 Mbps licenses only.

  • BYOL (Bring Your Own License) production licenses are available for maximum throughput speeds of 10 Gbps, 5 Gbps, 3 Gbps, 1 Gbps, 200 Mbps, or 25 Mbps (11.5.1 and later). 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.
  • BIG-IP VE supports AWS CloudHSM.

Microsoft Azure

F5 recommends these instance types for BIG-IP VE on Microsoft Azure.

F5 also supports instance types with similar vCPU and memory.

Important: Only the latest version of BIG-IP VE is available in the Azure Marketplace. For older versions, see http://downloads.f5.com.

BIG-IP VE version Good Better Best
13.0.0, 12.1.2, 12.1.1, 12.1.0, 12.0.0

Standard_A1

Standard_D11

Standard_DS1_v2

Standard_DS2_v2

Standard_DS11_v2

Standard_A4

Standard_A6

Standard_D4

Standard_DS3

Standard_DS3_v2

Standard_DS12_v2

Standard_A7

Standard_DS4_v2

Standard_DS13_v2

  • Production licenses support throughput speeds of up to 3 Gbps, 1 Gbps, 200 Mbps, or 25 Mbps.

Google Cloud Platform

F5 supports BIG-IP VE version 13.0.0 HF2 EHF3 on Google Cloud Platform.

  • BYOL (Bring Your Own License) production licenses are available for maximum throughput speeds of 5 Gbps, 1 Gbps, 200 Mbps, or 25 Mbps.
  • When you deploy BIG-IP VE, choose at least 2 vCPU and 4 GB memory. For each additional vCPU, add at least 2 GB of memory.

Note: Because of this requirement, the n1-highcpu instance types are not supported.