iSeries vs VIPRION
I want to know when would someone go for iSeries 5000 and 7000. I understand the physical difference like VIPRIONs have blades to expand but iSeries donot. I would like to know other differences. Can anyone please share some good articles on it.
Been a while since I purchased hardware but:
Viprion was great when having to expand your capacity over time. My main issue with it though was that when buying ie. ASM you had to buy a license for whatever the chassis could handle. Example: If you had a chassis that could take 4 blades you'd have to pay for ASM as if you had 4 blades installed even if you only had 1.
5000 or 7000 series is more or less just about performance I reckon. Though you might want to validate that the buy the correct version if you need vCMP support (F5s Hypervisor) as some versions do not have it.
The differences are mostly about capacity and consumption. The VIPRION is a chassis-based product that you can add on to as your throughput and consumption requirements change: https://www.f5.com/pdf/products/viprion-overview-ds.pdf. The VIPRION provides additional redundancy, scaling, and horsepower.
iSeries is a datacenter appliance: https://www.f5.com/pdf/products/big-ip-platforms-datasheet.pdf
VIPRION supports breaking up compute into vCMP instances (multiple virtual BIG-IPs each doing their own thing), or you can configure a "super-BIG-IP" that consumes all compute. Most iSeries appliances can also do vCMP, but of course at a smaller scale. other differences include:
- Licensing on VIPRION is done at the chassis host (not the tenants)
- Low-level networking on VIPRION is done at the chassis host. The tenant receives VLANs.
Otherwise, tenant BIG-IP instances on a VIPRION behave exactly the same way as appliance instances.