FAQ: What is the difference between the Host and Containerized Agents?

When deploying the F5 Distributed Cloud App Infrastructure Protection (AIP) Agent, you must choose whether to deploy the Host Agent or the Containerized Agent.

Note

To avoid conflict over the audit socket, it is important that you do not deploy both the Host and Containerized Agent on the same instance. See this article for details.

The Host Agent and Containerized Agent have the same functionality, but their deployment models differ.

If your environment is highly containerized and/or uses Kubernetes, Distributed Cloud AIP recommends deploying the Containerized Agent. The Containerized Agent allows more control over memory and CPU consumption, and Kubernetes can use a DaemonSet to ensure that Distributed Cloud AIP covers more Pods by default.

For more information on the Agent deployment process, see Quick Start Guide: Deploy Agents.

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