Deploying F5 BIG-IP in Microsoft Azure for Developers
F5’s BYOL (Bring Your Own License) model allows you to purchase a developer/lab license and install it in Microsoft Azure. This model provides a stable development instance for the following software components of BIG-IP: LTM, GTM, DNS, AFM, ASM, APM Lite (10 users), AAM, CGN, SSL Forward Proxy, Advanced Protocols, and Crypto Offload all at a 10Mbps rate limit.
The Good/Better/Best options in Azure help guide you to suggested compute provisioning resources but since we’re deploying a Developer Lab license, we can chose any option and select a much lower cost virtual machine size. This allows MSDN Subscriptions with Azure credits to maintain a working F5 BIG-IP environment and stay within the monthly reoccurring billing cycles (assuming you power off (deallocate) your environment when not in use).
Please refer to these resources to get started in Microsoft Azure
- How to get a F5 BIG-IP VE Developer Lab License
- F5 BIG-IP Virtual Edition Setup Guide for Microsoft Azure @ support.f5.com
- F5 BIG-IP ADC: Application and Security Services @ Microsoft Azure Marketplace
Recommended Azure Computer Tiers for Developer & Lab Environments
NOTE: DevCentral recommends 2 cores and 8GB to 14GB of RAM. The DevCental team uses D11 so we don’t have to reprovision as many modules for testing and lab work; we deallocate resources when we’re not using it to save cost. The BIG-IP Virtual Edition in Microsoft Azure at this time only supports 1 NIC so plan accordingly in regards to network security groups and network planning.