I was out trying to trim the hedges the other day, and doing...poorly. I tried, I really did, to make them as neat as the guys I hired last year, but alas, I just couldn't. Oh, it's "good enough", that's for sure, but it isn't as good as it could be. And when I went to clean up the landscaping - picking up small pieces of hedges and leaves - I couldn't help but think that those guys had some kind of secrets to doing this much more efficiently than I.

Which got me thinking about application networking. Administrators can certainly configure an application delivery network, but are they going to be able to configure it optimally for specific applications? Are they going to be efficient in their configuration and deployment?

Unless they've done it a few hundred times, probably not. The guys who've done it over and over and practiced at doing it, they know the best way to do it - efficiently and optimally.

Now unlike my hedges, you don't necessarily have to hire someone to help you optimally configure your application delivery network in the most efficient manner possible. Instead, you could take a look at F5's Application Ready Networks, and do it yourself - but with the expertise of many, many talented folks and many, many deployments from which to learn.

An Application Ready Network (ARN) contains detailed deployment and configuration guides for F5 products in conjunction with a number of popular web and application platforms, like BEA, Microsoft, and Oracle. An Application Ready Network makes you more efficient in optimally deploying an application delivery network for specific applications and platforms, all designed to achieve maximum performance, security, and reliability for that application or platform. Because of the detailed step-by-step configuration guides, you can deploy a secure, optimized, and reliable application ready network in the most efficient way possible.

You can certainly hire someone, like F5's professional services, to help you out in deploying an Application Ready Network, but the point is that we're sharing the knowledge with you so that if you want to do it yourself, you can - without sacrificing the benefits that come from experience and intimate knowledge of these platforms and applications.

Imbibing: Coffee