BIG-IQ® Centralized Management is a tool that helps you manage BIG-IP
devices, and all of their services (such as LTM, AFM, ASM and so forth), from one location. That
means you and your co-workers don't have to log in to individual BIG-IP systems to get your job
done. BIG-IQ can manage up to 200 (physical, virtual, or vCMP) BIG-IP devices and handle licensing for up to 5,000 unmanaged BIG-IP devices. Unmanaged BIG-IP devices are devices in your network that you're only managing licenses for from BIG-IQ.
Using BIG-IQ helps you more efficiently manage your BIG-IP devices and licenses through a single pane of glass view. That means you and your co-workers don't have to log in to individual BIG-IP systems to get your job done. You can discover, upgrade, deploy policy changes, manage license, and more from just one location.
From BIG-IQ, you can manage a variety of tasks from software updates to health monitoring and traffic to security. And because permissions for users are role-based, you can limit access to just a few trusted administrators to minimize downtime and potential security issues. You also have the ability to allow users to view or edit only those BIG-IP objects they need to do their job.
Here's an example of how BIG-IQ can fit into a data center.