F5 Distributed Cloud Services Public VIPs


This document explains the various types of Virtual IP(VIP) addresses that are available in the system for customers based on their subscription plans. The VIPs are public/internet IP addresses that are used while configuring HTTP/TCP load balancers/proxies to expose your public websites, APIs, or other publicly accessible services.

There are 3 types of VIPs available in F5® Distributed Cloud Services:

  • Shared VIP - If your account is on a Free, Individual, or Teams plan, then your default Virtual IP (VIP) is assigned from a shared resource known as a "Shared VIP". Shared VIP is currently limited to the ports listed in the Ports for Shared VIPs section. You do not have control over Shared VIP assignment and is handled entirely by F5 Distributed Cloud Services.

  • Dedicated VIP - If your account is on an Organization plan, then your tenant is assigned one "Dedicated VIP" as part of the plan. This will be the default VIP (also known as Tenant VIP) for all your load balancer/proxy configurations. The dedicated VIP can be used as per your choice. However, the dedicated IP may be changed by F5 Distributed Cloud Services at any time. Therefore, it is recommended that you use CNAMEs while configuring an external DNS provider and not use this dedicated IP address. If you are delegating a domain to F5 Distributed Cloud Services, then F5 Distributed Cloud Services use this dedicated VIP for your DNS entries.

  • Public IP - In addition, if your account is on a Teams or Organization plan, you may also request additional (one or more) "Public IP" address through F5® Distributed Cloud Console (Console). You can select any of your Public IP addresses while configuring any of the services in F5 Distributed Cloud. The advertisement of the "Public IP" may be restricted to a subset of F5 Distributed Cloud's Global Network Sites (i.e., Regional Edges) or across all F5 Distributed Cloud Global Network Sites.

The following table presents a summary view of the default VIP allocations for various types of plans:

Plan Default VIP Additional VIP
Free Shared VIP None
Individual Shared VIP None
Teams Shared VIP Public IP on Request
Organization Dedicated VIP Public IP on Request

Obtain and Advertise on Public IP

Perform the following in Console to obtain public IP:

  • Navigate to Manage -> Networking -> Public IP Addresses in the System namespace.
  • Click Add Public IP to raise a support request for obtaining public IP.
  • Fill in the required fields and click Send.
  • Once you obtain the public IP, change to your application namespace and navigate to Manage -> Load Balancers -> HTTP Load Balancer.
  • Click ... -> Manage Configuration for your load balancer. Next, click Edit configuration in the upper right corner.
  • Scroll down to the Other Settings section and select Internet (Specified VIP) for the VIP Advertisement field.
  • Select the public IP from the options of the Public IP field.
  • Click Save and Exit.

Ports for Shared VIPs

This chapter lists out the allowed ports for the HTTP and HTTPS connections to the shared VIPs. For reference information on the public IP addresses of F5 Distributed Cloud Console network cloud, see Proxy Reference.

HTTP Ports

The following list of ports are supported for establishing HTTP connection to shared VIPs:

  • 80
  • 8080
  • 8880
  • 2052
  • 2082
  • 2086
  • 2095
  • 25565


The following list of ports are supported for establishing HTTPS connection to shared VIPs:

  • 443
  • 2053
  • 2083
  • 2087
  • 2096
  • 8443
  • 25565