BIG-IP Virtual Edition Supported Platforms

BIG-IP Virtual Edition (VE) is supported on the following platforms. (This document was formerly named Virtual Edition and Supported Hypervisors Matrix.)

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
14.1.0 40 Gbps 6.0 and later No longer supported
14.0.0, 13.1.1, 13.1.0, 13.0.0 HF3

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
12.1.3, 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
11.6.3, 11.6.2, 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

* For vCloud Director, 13.0.0 HF2 is the last supported version.

  • 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, Xen Project, and OpenStack

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
14.1.0, 14.0.0, 13.1.1, 13.1.0, 13.0.0 HF3

40 Gbps - KVM on CentOS/RHEL 6.3 and later

10 Gbps - all others

13.0.0 10 Gbps
12.1.3, 12.1.2, 12.1.1, 12.1.0, 12.0.0 10 Gbps
11.6.3, 11.6.2, 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.
  • F5 supports Red Hat OpenStack Platform version 9 and later, for versions of KVM running on any of the supported Linux distributions.

Microsoft Hyper-V

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

BIG-IP VE version Maximum throughput Windows versions
14.1.0, 14.0.0, 13.1.1, 13.1.0, 13.0.0 3 Gbps Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Update 1, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
12.1.3, 12.1.2, 12.1.1, 12.1.0, 12.0.0 3 Gbps Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Update 1, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
11.6.3, 11.6.2, 11.6.1 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
14.1.0, 14.0.0, 13.1.1, 13.1.0, 13.0.0 10 Gbps 7.2, 7.1, 7.0, 6.5, 6.2 RTM and SP1
12.1.3, 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
11.6.3, 11.6.2, 11.6.1 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 Not supported

  • 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.

Cloud Platforms

Amazon Web Services

F5 supports these versions of BIG-IP VE in AWS: 13.1.1, 13.1.0.2 - 13.1.0.7, 13.0.0, 12.1.2, 12.1.1, 12.1.0, 12.0.0, 11.6.2, 11.5.4, 11.5.1

F5 recommends at least 2 vCPU and 4 GB memory. For each additional vCPU, add at least 2 GB of memory.

F5 recommends these instance types for BIG-IP VE.

AWS instance type LTM/DNS (Good) All (Better/Best)
t2.medium, t2.large X ^ X ^
m3.medium X ^  
m3.large X X
m3.2xlarge X X *
m4.large, m4.xlarge X X
m4.2xlarge, m4.4xlarge, m4.10xlarge X X *
m5.large, m5.xlarge, m5.2xlarge (13.1.1 and later) X X
m5.4xlarge (13.1.1 and later) X X *
m5.12xlarge X X *
c3.xlarge, c3.2xlarge X X
c3.4xlarge, c3.8xlarge X X *
c4.xlarge, c4.2xlarge X X
c4.4xlarge, c4.8xlarge X X *
c5.large, c5.xlarge, c5.2xlarge (13.1.1 and later) X X
c5.4xlarge (13.1.1 and later) X X *
c5.9xlarge X X *

^ Recommended for 25 and 200 Mbps only.

* Recommended if you are running ASM or APM.

  • BYOL (Bring Your Own License) production licenses are available for maximum throughput speeds of 20 Gbps, 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 20, 10, and 3 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.
  • Choose an image with 2 boot locations if you expect to upgrade BIG-IP VE in the future. If you do not need room to upgrade (if you intend to create a new instance when a new version of BIG-IP VE is released), choose an image with 1 boot location.
  • BIG-IP VE supports AWS CloudHSM.
  • BIG-IP VE is supported on AWS GovCloud and on the AWS Marketplace for the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC).

Microsoft Azure

F5 supports these versions of BIG-IP VE in Azure: 13.1.1, 13.1.0.2 - 13.1.0.7, 13.0.0, 12.1.2, 12.1.1, 12.1.0, 12.0.0

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

F5 recommends at least 2 vCPU and 4 GB memory. For each additional vCPU, add at least 2 GB of memory.

F5 recommends these instance types for BIG-IP VE. F5 also supports instance types with similar vCPU and memory.

Azure instance LTM/DNS (Good) All (Better/Best)
Standard_D11 X  
Standard_DS2_v2 X  
Standard_DS11_v2 X  
Standard_A4 X X
Standard_A6 X X
Standard_D4 X X
Standard_DS3 X X
Standard_DS3_v2 X X
Standard_DS12_v2 X X
Standard_A7 X X *
Standard_DS4_v2 X X *
Standard_DS5_v2 X X *
Standard_DS13_v2 X X *

* Recommended if you are running ASM or APM.

  • Production licenses support throughput speeds of up to 3 Gbps, 1 Gbps, 200 Mbps, or 25 Mbps.
  • Choose an image with 2 boot locations if you expect to upgrade BIG-IP VE in the future. If you do not need room to upgrade (if you intend to create a new instance when a new version of BIG-IP VE is released), choose an image with 1 boot location.
  • BIG-IP VE 13.1.0.2 and later with a BYOL license is supported in Azure Stack.

Google Cloud Platform

F5 supports BIG-IP VE version 13.1.1, 13.1.0.2, and 13.0.0 HF3 on Google Cloud Platform.

  • Production licenses are available for maximum throughput speeds of 10 Gbps, 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.