Supply chain delays slowing you down?

BIG-IP Virtual Edition and F5 rSeries appliances can help you move faster.

Supply chain challenges are impacting the world of IT, but that doesn’t mean you need to slow your application deployments. We can help mitigate supply chain delays with cloud-based solutions or hardware.

BIG-IP Virtual Edition

Get the scalability, security, and automatability you need—all in a virtual instance that can deploy in hours. BIG-IP VE delivers advanced application security and delivery capabilities designed for use in the public cloud, private cloud, or a colocation facility. Plus, with a virtual edition, supply chain delays are not a concern.

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F5 rSeries

Minimize supply chain delays by making the shift to F5’s next-generation appliances, which offer one of the industry’s shortest shipping lead times. Boasting a rearchitected, API-first platform, F5 rSeries is the most powerful and scalable F5 appliance ever.

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FAQ

Supply Chain Delays and Shipping Times

Why is F5 experiencing delays in delivering appliances?

Demand and supply chain constraints continue to challenge our industry on a global scale. While F5 currently offers some of the shortest shipping lead times in the industry, our previous generation systems have been most impacted by these constraints.
 

What are the estimated shipping times for iSeries and rSeries appliances?

While shipping lead times vary, our next-gen platforms currently offer shorter lead times than our previous generation systems as they’re designed with components based on more widely available semiconductor processing technologies. We encourage you to consider Virtual Edition (VE) alternatives (which can be deployed in hours) or our next-gen rSeries appliances to minimize delays.

BIG-IP Virtual Edition

Why should I make the transition to a BIG-IP VE?
  • Distributed cloud freedom
  • Greater agility 
  • Lower TCO 
  • Comparable performance 
  • Accelerated procurement 
     
Can a BIG-IP VE really offer similar levels of performance to that of physical appliances?

Yes, depending on your use case. HPVEs offer comparable performance to low/mid-range appliances + HW offload integrations.
 

What public/private cloud environments does BIG-IP VE support?

Public cloud: AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, Alibaba Cloud, Oracle, and IBM Cloud

On-prem hypervisor: VMware, Linux KVM, Xen Project, Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix XenServer 
 

Can I deploy BIG-IP VE with my current hardware?

You may be able to run VE on your existing hardware. Contact sales for more information. 
 

Is it easy to migrate to BIG-IP VE from my current BIG-IP instance?

Yes! Our F5 Journeys tool allows you to migrate from any source platform (F5 chassis, appliance, or VE) running BIG-IP software to the F5 platform of your choice. The tool assists in checking feature compatibility issues between different platforms and software versions, identifying and troubleshooting migration issues, and reducing overall complexity and time spent on migration. It’s a single tool with an easy-to-use GUI interface that helps to migrate all the L4–L7 configurations with minimal disruption to your existing operational procedures. This tool also provides post-migration validation metrics in terms of the memory footprint, cluster status, and configuration object count, for improved visibility into migration status and reduced runtime issues.

rSeries hardware

What are the benefits of rSeries over iSeries?

Our latest rSeries appliances deliver ~2x scale and performance improvement over the previous generation iSeries platforms, including up to 2.4x improvement of L7 RPS. They also offer a new API-first architecture, including a new software layer designed specifically to support modern, containerized applications. You can also run current BIG-IP software and BIG-IP Next software when it is released side-by-side on the same appliance.
 

If I move to rSeries, what is the migration path to next-gen BIG-IP?

Modern platform design delivers investment protection with an easy migration path to next-gen BIG-IP. You can migrate to rSeries now with a current BIG-IP release ​and add BIG-IP Next technology when it’s available, allowing you to update application instances side-by-side at your own pace.
 

Are rSeries appliances secure and reliable?

Yes. rSeries offers our highest platform security, including protection from 100+ attack vectors. Industry-leading SSL crypto performance handles encrypted traffic spikes, and high availability keeps your mission-critical apps up and running.
 

What migration services do you offer?

Our F5 Journeys tool makes it easy to adopt newer platforms like rSeries by providing a frictionless migration experience. It allows you to migrate from any source platform (F5 chassis, appliance, or VE) running BIG-IP software to the platform of your choice. The tool assists in checking feature compatibility issues between different platforms and software versions, identifying and troubleshooting migration issues, and reducing overall complexity and time spent on migration. It’s a single tool with an easy-to-use GUI interface that helps to migrate all the L4–L7 configurations with minimal disruption to your existing operational procedures. This tool also provides post-migration validation metrics in terms of the memory footprint, cluster status, and configuration object count, for improved visibility into migration status and reduced runtime issues.