[ Imagine seven dwarves whistling the appropriate tune here ] 

Despite Disney's insistence that the plural of dwarf is dwarfs, the rules of English and the Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook (PH) says it is dwarves. As the PH is obviously the authoritative source on demi-human races, it wins. Besides, dwarfs is a verb, dwarves is a noun. 'Nuff said.

The point of this post is not really to engage in a grammar war regarding dwarves and spelling, it's about the upcoming Web 2.0 Expo (April 22-25). I'm starting to think more about the conference as it's approaching quickly and I need to finish preparing to give a presentation on Web 2.0 and Application Delivery.

So why the inclusion of dwarves? What do they have to do with Web 2.0 and application delivery? Well, strangely enough, each of the dwarves can represent the many people involved in the process of scaling up an application delivery fabric capable of supporting your Web 2.0 community today and in the future.

Grumpy

Grumpy represents your angry users as capacity becomes constrained by limited resources and an abundance of users and visitors to your Web 2.0 site. These users are unhappy and will complain to you, their friends, and anyone on the Internet who will listen.

Dopey

Dopey represents your typical network router and switch. None too bright, and certainly not capable of understanding the intricacies of applications and their interactions with users. Dopey cannot help you solve your application delivery problems.

Bashful

Bashful represents your many users that are discontent with the performance and availability of your site but are too shy to say anything to you. These users will simply slip away quietly without a word and find a new site at which to hang out.  

Doc

Doc represents the application delivery expert, the one who can fix your application's capacity and performance problems, often doing so transparently!

Happy

Happy represents all your users after you've spent some time with Doc and fixed your application delivery problems and are providing fast, secure, and always available Web 2.0 gadgets, widgets, forums, and blogs.

Sneezy

Sneezy represents your manager, who is sneezing from the clouds of dust kicked up by the high speed delivery of your applications after an application delivery network implementation.

Sleepy

Sleepy represents you after celebrating your success all night without worry that your beeper will go off because that application delivery fabric you've deployed has got the situation under control.

Seriously, there are a lot of ways in which an application delivery network can improve the delivery of your Web 2.0 applications. There are a lot of challenges you'll meet on the way to building a successful Web 2.0-based site, and you'll likely need some help along the way to get there. An application delivery fabric offers optimization and acceleration to speed delivery of applications, it provides security to lock out the bad guys and keep your data safe, and it provides availability support to ensure that your users can always access your site.

So if you're going to be attending Web 2.0, stop by and let's chat about application delivery and what you're doing to ensure that your site is secure, fast, and available, or come check out the presentation.

Imbibing: Coffee (probably too much)