Manual Chapter : General Information about BIG-IP Version 17.0.0

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BIG-IP SaaS

  • 17.0.0

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  • 17.0.0

BIG-IP Link Controller

  • 17.0.0

BIG-IP Analytics

  • 17.0.0

BIG-IP LTM

  • 17.0.0

BIG-IP PEM

  • 17.0.0

BIG-IP AFM

  • 17.0.0

BIG-IP DNS

  • 17.0.0

BIG-IP FPS

  • 17.0.0

BIG-IP ASM

  • 17.0.0
Manual Chapter

General Information about BIG-IP Version 17.0.0

Summary BIG-IP Version 17.0.0

These release notes document the BIG-IP version 17.0.0 release. You can apply the software upgrade to systems running software version 15.0.0 or later (except as detailed in the upgrading sections).
BIG-IP Virtual Edition (VE) is a version of the BIG-IP system that runs as a virtual machine. Supported modules include Local Traffic Manager, BIG-IP DNS, Advanced Web Application Firewall (Advanced WAF), Access Policy Manager, Policy Enforcement Manager, Application Firewall Manager, and Analytics. BIG-IP VE includes all features of device-based BIG-IP modules running on standard BIG-IP TMOS, except as noted in the release notes and product documentation.
The BIG-IP VE product license determines the maximum allowed throughput rate. To view this rate limit, you can display the licensing page within the BIG-IP Configuration utility.

Module combination and memory considerations

BIG-IP platform considerations

These platforms support various licensable combinations of product modules.
Most of the support guidelines relate to memory. The following list applies for all memory levels:
  • vCMP supported platforms
    • VIPRION B2150, B2250
    • VIPRION B4450 blade in the C4480 (J102) and C4800 (S100)
    • BIG-IP 10350v, 12250v
    • BIG-IP i5800, i7800, i10800, i11800, i15800
  • PEM and CGNAT supported platforms
    • VIPRION B2150, B2250, B4340N, B4450N
    • PEM for BIG-IP iSeries: i5800, i7800, i10800, i11800, i15800
    • CGNAT for BIG-IP iSeries: i2x00, i4x00, i5x00, i7x00, i10x00, i11x00, i15x00
    • BIG-IP Virtual Edition (VE) (Not including Amazon Web Service Virtual Edition) (3 GB, 10 GB production and combination lab models)
    • PEM is not supported on vCMP guests.
    • PEM is not supported on 8 GB platforms.
  • BIG-IP i850 platform support
    • The BIG-IP i850 platform supports Local Traffic Manager (LTM) only, and no other modules.

Memory: 12 GB or more

All licensable module-combinations may be run on platforms with 12 GB or more of memory, and on VE and vCMP guests provisioned with 12 GB or more of memory. Note that this does not mean that all modules may be simultaneously provisioned on all platforms with 12 GB or more of memory. The BIG-IP license for the platform determines which combination of modules are available for provisioning.

Memory: 8 GB

The following guidelines apply to VE guests configured with 8 GB of memory. (A vCMP guest provisioned with 8 GB of memory has less than 8 GB of memory actually available and thus does not fit in this category.)
  • No more than three modules should be provisioned together.
  • To use Access Policy Manager (APM) and Secure Web Gateway (SWG) modules together on platforms with exactly 8 GB of memory, Local Traffic Manager (LTM) provisioning must be set to None.

Memory: Less than 8 GB and more than 4 GB

The following guidelines apply to platforms, and to VE and vCMP guests provisioned with less than 8 GB and more than 4 GB of memory. (A vCMP guest provisioned with 8 GB of memory has less than 8 GB of memory actually available and thus fits in this category.) Beginning in v14.x, 8 GB of memory is the very bare minimum to get three modules provisioned, suitable for a lab environment or very light production traffic, especially with a memory-intensive module such as AVR.
  • No more than three modules (not including AVR) should be provisioned together.
  • Analytics (AVR) counts towards the two module-combination limit (for platforms with less than 6.25 GB of memory).
In general, using 8 GB or fewer for later BIG-IP versions with memory-intensive modules might produce unexpected results.

Memory: 4 GB or less (VE and vCMP only)

The following guidelines apply to VE and vCMP guests provisioned with 4 GB or less of memory.
  • No more than two modules may be configured together.
  • Advanced WAF should not be provisioned, except as Dedicated

vCMP memory provisioning calculations

The amount of memory provisioned to a vCMP guest is calculated using the following formula: (
platform_memory
- 3 GB) x (
cpus_assigned_to_guest
/
total_cpus
).
As an example, for the B2100 with two guests, provisioned memory calculates as: (16-3) x (2/4) ~= 6.5 GB.
For certain platforms, the vCMP host can allocate a single core to a vCMP guest. However, because a single-core guest has relatively small amounts of CPU resources and allocated memory, F5 supports only the following products or product combinations for a single-core guest:
  • BIG-IP LTM standalone only
  • BIG-IP GTM standalone only
  • BIG-IP LTM and GTM combination only

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