Deploying F5 BIG-IP Virtual Edition (VE) in AWS
Recently I was asked to develop some vRealize Orchestrator workflows against the F5 BIG-IP iControl REST API, but I was not able to test freely against a production appliance. After a lot of attempts to get in contact with F5 for a 90-day trial of the full version, or to purchase a lab license, I came up empty handed. The free version you can download from F5’s website is version 11.3, which does not feature the iControl REST API, which was released in 11.4.
What I did notice while on the F5 site was the links to the AWS Marketplace where you can rent F5 BIG-IP Virtual Editions by the hour – $0.83/hr + AWS usage fees.
If you happen to have a license for BIG-IP there’s also a Bring Your Own License version, which would be handy. You can view all the options on F5 Network’s AWS Marketplace page.
Here’s how you set up your F5-in-AWS! (more…)