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.) You can also see the list of unsupported features and Cloud limitations for each BIG-IP VE release.

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.

Important

ESXi 6.7 Update 2 and higher (including VMC on AWS) is supported only with the following versions of BIG-IP VE:

  • 13.0 and lower
  • 13.1.3
  • 14.0.0.5
  • 14.1.0.6
  • 15.0.0 or higher

For more information, see this solution article.

BIG-IP VE version Maximum throughput ESXi version vCloud Director version*
15.0.1, 15.0.0, 14.1.2, 14.1.0.6, 14.0.0.5, 13.1.3 40 Gbps 6.0 and later All 5.x versions later than 5.5, 8.x, and 9.x
14.1.0, 14.1.0.3 40 Gbps 6.0 through 6.7 U1 All 5.x versions later than 5.5, 8.x, and 9.x
14.0.1, 14.0.0, 13.1.3, 13.1.1, 13.1.0, 13.0.0 HF3
40 Gbps: ESXi 6.0 and later
10 Gbps: ESXi 5.5 and later
6.0 through 6.7 U1 All 5.x versions later than 5.5, 8.x, and 9.x
13.0.0 * 10 Gbps 5.5 through 6.7 U1 All 5.x versions later than 5.5, 8.x, and 9.x
12.1.5, 12.1.4, 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, 8.x, and 9.x
11.6.3, 11.6.2, 11.6.1 10 Gbps 5.0 and later All 5.x versions later than 5.5, 8.x, and 9.x
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, 8.x, and 9.x

* For vCloud Director, upload the OVA directly into VCD. Zip version is no longer provided for versions after 13.0.0 HF2.

  • 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.
  • Single NIC configuration supports maximum throughput of 1 Gbps.
  • 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. For other KVM-based hypervisors, see notes below the table.

F5 supports upgrades that are backward compatible with these versions.

BIG-IP VE version Maximum throughput
15.0.1, 15.0.0, 14.1.2, 14.1.0. 85 Gbps * – KVM on CentOS/RHEL 7.3 and later
14.1.0, 14.0.1, 14.0.0, 13.1.3, 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
12.1.5, 12.1.4, 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

* Based on L4 testing with Mellanox CX5 100Gbps NICs.

  • 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 (vCPU-based) are available.
  • Single NIC configuration supports maximum throughput of 1 Gbps.
  • 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.
  • BIG-IP VE supports most KVM-based hypervisor environments (for example, Nutanix AHV, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, or other third-party cloud platforms not explicitly listed here) as long as:
    • You are using the BIG-IP VE standard KVM qcow2 or ova image from downloads.f5.com (v13.1 or higher)
    • You are using the virtio networking driver (Note: SR-IOV may not be supported)
    • You are using a standard BIG-IP VE license
    • You or a third-party cloud/hypervisor vendor have not modified the base image to accommodate environment or hypervisor-specific customizations

Microsoft Hyper-V

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

BIG-IP VE version Maximum throughput Windows versions
15.0.1, 15.0.0 10 Gbps Windows Server 2019, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Update 1, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
14.1.2, 14.1.0, 14.0.1, 14.0.0, 13.1.3, 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
12.1.5, 12.1.4, 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 10 Gbps, 3 Gbps, 1 Gbps, 200 Mbps, or 25 Mbps.
  • Single NIC configuration supports maximum throughput of 1 Gbps.

Citrix Hypervisor (formerly Citrix XenServer)

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

Note

14.1.2, 14.1.0, 14.0.1, 13.1.3, 12.1.5 are the last BIG-IP VE releases for Citrix Hypervisor.

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
12.1.4, 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 and AWS-China **:

  • 15.0.1 **
  • 14.1.2 **, 14.1.0.3, 14.0.1, 14.0.0
  • 13.1.3, 13.1.1, 13.1.0.2 - 13.1.0.7, 13.0.0
  • 12.1.5, 12.1.4, 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 *
c5n.2xlarge, c5n.4xlarge X X
c5n.9xlarge, c5n.18xlarge (for 20 Gbps throughput with LTM) X X

^ Recommended for 25 and 200 Mbps only.

* Recommended if you are running ASM/AWAF or APM.

** Version is also supported in AWS-China.

  • 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).
  • Single NIC configuration supports maximum throughput of 1 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 have a single NIC or multiple NICs, 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:

  • 15.0.1
  • 14.1.2, 14.1.0.3, 14.0.1, 14.0.0
  • 13.1.3, 13.1.1, 13.1.0.2 - 13.1.0.7, 13.0.0
  • 12.1.5, 12.1.4, 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_A2_v2 X 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/AWAF or APM.

  • Production licenses support throughput speeds of up to 3 Gbps, 1 Gbps, 200 Mbps, or 25 Mbps.
  • Single NIC configuration supports maximum throughput of 1 Gbps.
  • Throughput depends on a variety of factors, including Azure instance type and region, the configuration of BIG-IP (whether it’s processing internal or external traffic), whether you have a single NIC or multiple NICs, whether you are using Azure accelerated 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 13.1.0.2 and later with a BYOL license is supported in Azure Stack.
  • BIG-IP VE versions 13.1.1.4+, 14.1.2+ and 15.0.1+ support Dv3-series and Dsv3-series instance types in Azure.

Google Cloud Platform

F5 supports BIG-IP VE version on Google Cloud Platform:

  • 15.0.1
  • 14.1.2, 14.1.0.3
  • 13.1.3, 13.1.1, 13.1.0.2, and 13.0.0 HF3

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.

Alibaba Cloud

F5 supports BIG-IP VE version 14.1.2 and 14.1.0.1 on Alibaba Cloud.

  • 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.

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI)

F5 supports BIG-IP VE version 13.1.0.4 and later on OCI.

  • 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.

BIG-IP VE unsupported features and Cloud limitations

The following table lists unsupported (US) and support (S) features and Cloud limitations in each version of BIG-IP VE.

Unsupported F5 Feature and Cloud Limitations 11.5.X 11.6.X 12.0 12.1.0 12.1.2 13.0 13.1.0 14.0.0
F5 Standard_D11 (TDR2, TDR3) US US US US US US US US
F5 Bridging protocols: Spanning Tree Protocol (STP), Rapid Spanning, Tree Protocol (RSTP), Multiple Spanning Tree Protocol (MSTP) US US US US US US US US
F5 DNS Response Cache in Hardware US US US US US US US US
F5 Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 140-2 Level 1 (VMware ESXi 5.5) US US US US S US US US
F5 Hard-wired failover US US US US US US US US
F5 Trunking Protocol, Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP) US US US US US US US US
F5 Link Controller (LC) US US US US US US US US
F5 Memory snapshots US US US US US US US US
F5 vmmemctl memory balloon driver US US US US US US US US
VMware High Availability US US US US US US US US
VMware Fault Tolerance technology US US US US US US US US