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What Ops Needs to Know about APIs and Compression

I’ve been reading up on APIs cause, coolness. And in particular I really enjoyed reading Best Practices for Designing a Pragmatic RESTful API because it had a lot of really good information and advice. And then I got to the part about compressing... Read more
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RSA Impressions: The Intersection of Security and SDN

#rsac #infosec #devops #sdn If you cross log analysis with infrastructure integration you get some interesting security capabilities A lot of security-minded folks immediately pack up their bags and go home when you start talking about automating... Read more
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The Case (For & Against) Management-Driven Scalability in Cloud Computing Environments

Examining responsibility for auto-scalability in cloud computing environments. [ If you’re coming in late, you may want to also read previous entries on the network and the application ] Today, the argument regarding responsibility for... Read more
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The Stealthy Ascendancy of JSON

While everyone was focused on cloud, JSON has slowly but surely been taking over the application development worldIt looks like the debate between XML and JSON may be coming to a close with JSON poised to take the title of preferred format for web... Read more
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McCloud: Would You Like McAcceleration with Your Application?

The right infrastructure will eventually enable providers to suggest the right services for each customer based on real needs. When I was in high school I had a job at a fast food restaurant, as many teenagers often do. One of the first... Read more
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Pay No Attention to the Infrastructure Behind the Cloudy Curtain

What is needed to customize the cloud is a pair of data center ruby slippers called Infrastructure 2.0. Frank Gens of IDC discussed the “New IDC IT Cloud Services Survey: Top Benefits and Challenges” in his blog and what is not surprising is... Read more
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A Fluid Network is the Result of Collaboration Not Virtualization

The benefits of automation and orchestration do not come solely from virtualization. Virtualization has benefits, there is no arguing that. But let’s not get carried away and attribute all the benefits associated with cloud computing and... Read more
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Amazon Elastic Load Balancing Only Simple On the Outside

Amazon’s ELB is an exciting mix of well-executed infrastructure 2.0 and the proper application of SOA, but it takes a lot of work to make anything infrastructure look that easy. The notion of Elastic Load Balancing, as recently brought to public... Read more
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Infrastructure Integration: Metadata versus API

Infrastructure 2.0 requires collaboration. Collaboration requires the ability to communicate. The ability to communicate requires integration. But how that integration will happen may shape the future of infrastructure and network... Read more
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And the Killer App for Private Cloud Computing Is…

Automating components is easy. It’s automating processes that’s hard. The premise that if you don’t have an infrastructure comprised solely of Infrastructure 2.0 components then you cannot realize an automated, on-demand data center is, in fact,... Read more
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Can You Teach an Old Developer New Tricks?

When SOA was declared dead there was a spate of articles and blogs on why the architecture “died.” Most pundits came to the conclusion that like many innovations it wasn’t the technology to blame but rather people. Architects lacked the skills to... Read more
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Are admins developers too?

If they aren’t now then Infrastructure 2.0 may force them in that direction - and vice versa. My brother (yes, it does run in the family) has a degree in computer science which, by most definitions, makes him a developer. That’s the focus of... Read more
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It’s like load balancing. On steroids.

What is this application delivery thing that everyone keeps telling me I need? Isn’t that just the latest marketing term for load balancing? A recently released Forrester report concludes that “firms must develop and integrated strategy f... Read more
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The Web 2.0 Botnet: Twisting Twitter and Automated Collaboration

Collaborating automatically via Web 2.0 APIs is a beautiful thing. I can update status on Twitter and it will automagically propagate to any number of social networking sites: Facebook. FriendFeed. MySpace. LinkedIn. If I had to do it all... Read more
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The Web 2.0 API: From collaborating to compromised

Are you protecting your Web 2.0 APIs? As Web 2.0 applications continue to expand from connected to collaborative via the extensive use of APIs it behooves developers and security professionals alike to consider the ramifications of providing... Read more
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Cloud Fail: Who and How is more important than What and Where

According to the definition of cloud computing used by Avanade for a recently released and often cited study on the use of cloud computing, I could claim to be a cloud computing provider. And so could you. Basically, so could just about everyone... Read more
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Twitter's API limit: Static control in a dynamic world

Twitter is, once again, feeling growing pains. This time the microblogging darling of the social networking world is proactively addressing the problem - by further rate limiting its APIs. Alex Payne, API Lead for Twitter, explained on the Twitter... Read more
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SOA isn't dead, but its standards are

The spirit of SOA and its core principles are still very much alive, but we can't call it SOA any more because, well, SOA is (pretty much) officially dead, at least according to folks on the tubes and we all know that if you hear it on the... Read more
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How VM sprawl will drive the urgency of the network evolution

VM sprawl is predicted to be one of the outcomes of early adoption and excitement over virtualization. Just as IT struggled to manage the explosion of PCs and servers across the enterprise, it is predicted that now it will need to find a way to... Read more
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Putting the network back in social networking

A while back Joe blogged about some Twitter integration he'd done around monitoring of BIG-IP. He's  got a PERL proxy that monitors the BIG-IP and sends out notifications and alerts to a specified Twitter account. But I wanted... Read more
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Cloud Computing: Achieving full interconnectedness

The saying goes that to forget (or in some cases blatantly ignore) the mistakes of the past is to be doomed to repeat them. ODBC. BPEL. JDBC. All three are extensible standards in the software industry that cause no end of headaches and... Read more
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Can the future of application delivery networks be found in neural network theory?

I spent a big chunk of time a few nights ago discussing neural networks with my oldest son over IM. It's been a long time since I've had reason to dig into anything really related to AI (artificial intelligence) and at first I was thinking... Read more
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4 things you can do in your code now to make it more scalable later

No one likes to hear that they need to rewrite or re-architect an application because it doesn't scale. I'm sure no one at Twitter thought that they'd need to be overhauling their architecture because it gained p... Read more
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Performance Testing Web 2.0: Don't forget the APIs

Keynote, well known for its application performance testing and monitoring services, just announced a new version of its KITE (Keynote Internet Testing Environment) that is now capable of testing Web 2.0 sites that make use of AJAX, Flash, and... Read more
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iRules: Unifying REST Access Methods

In researching the MySpace deprecated API exploit I came across the details on MySpace's REST (Representational State Transfer) API. I'm going to ignore the debate surrounding the definition of "high REST" versus "low... Read more
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