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Enterprise Apps are Not Written for Speed

#fasterapp #cceventThey’re written for readability, for integration, for business function, and for long-term maintenance… When I was first entering IT I had the good (or bad, depending on how you look at it) fortune to be involved in some of... Read more
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Architecturally, Is There Such A Thing As Too Scalable?

We’ve all had that chilling moment when the gate attendant at the airport comes over the loudspeaker, and doing her best Charlie Brown’s Teacher imitation, announces “Jursim Puzzling vlordid Netting, gollink dummole Neptune.” (This flight is in a... Read more
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The Right (Platform) Tool For the Job(s).

One of my hobbies is modeling – mostly for wargaming but also for the sake of modeling. In an average year I do a lot of WWII models, some modern military, some civilian vehicles, figures from an array of historical timeperiods and the occasional... Read more
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Load Balancing For Developers: Security and TCP Optimizations

It has been a while since I wrote a Load Balancing for Developers installment, and since they’re pretty popular and there’s still a lot about Application Delivery Controllers (ADCs) that are taken for granted in the Networking industry but... Read more
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Technical Options. Opportunity and Confusion

One of the things that I love about technology is the fact that every time there is a problem, five solutions crop up to solve it. One of the things I hate about technology is the fact that every time there is a problem, five solutions crop up t... Read more
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As NetWork Speeds Increase, Focus Shifts

Someone said something interesting to me the other day, and they’re right “at 10 Gig WAN connections with compression turned on, you’re not likely to fill the pipe, the key is to make certain you’re not the bottleneck.” (the other day is relative... Read more
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F5 Friday: Speed Matters

Google finally catches on and begins to develop what application delivery vendors have been doing for years. It’s a primary axiom of web operations and networking: speed matters. One has only to look at the number of niche products that focus... Read more
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Network Optimization Won’t Fix Application Performance in the Cloud

… where response time and speed are concerned, many businesses automatically assume Google.com- and Amazon.com-levels of performance from services such as Google App Engine and Amazon EC2, but this can be a mistake. -- ESJ, “Q&A: Manag... Read more
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Turns Out Compression is Good for Image Heavy Sites

Think that your image heavy site won’t benefit from compression? Think again, because compression is not only good for image heavy sites, it might be better than for those without images. jetNEXUS has a nice post entitled, “What does... Read more
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The Cloud Computing – Application Acceleration Connection

Like peanut-butter and jelly, cloud computing and application acceleration are just better together. Ann Bednarz of Network World waxes predictive regarding 2010 trends in application delivery and WAN optimization in WAN optimization in 2010.... Read more
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IT Myths and Legends: Sharing Servers

Sharing is core to a successful cloud implementation but not something every organization does well. How do you encourage business stakeholders to play well with others? In most definitions of “cloud computing” there lies a central, key... Read more
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WILS: Application Acceleration versus Optimization

Why do application delivery vendors talk about both? Aren’t they the same thing? In general, acceleration implies that something will be done to the application: caching, compression, etc… The actual behavior of the application is changed such... Read more
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I am wondering why not all websites enabling this great feature GZIP?

Understanding the impact of compression on server resources and application performance While doing some research on a related topic, I ran across this question and thought “that deserves an answer” because it certainly seems like a no-brainer.... Read more
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Why not network-side pre-fetching?

The acceleration technique known as pre-fetching went the way of the do-do bird sometime around 2002. But perhaps it should be resurrected, just in a different place and with a slightly different focus. A SHORT HISTORY OF ACCELERATION... Read more
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WAN Optimization is not Application Acceleration

Increasingly WAN optimization solutions are adopting the application acceleration moniker, implying a focus that just does not exist. WAN optimization solutions are designed to improve the performance of the network, not applications, and while... Read more
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True or False: Application acceleration solutions teach developers to write inefficient code

It has been suggested that the use of application acceleration solutions as a means to improve application performance would result in programmers writing less efficient code. In a comment on “The House that Load Balancing Built” a reader... Read more
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The Secret Knowledge of Developers that Network Administrators Want

When an application is deployed into a high-availability production environment there are a number of interesting infrastructure related things need to happen. The application delivery controller (ADC) needs to be configured, DNS entries updated,... Read more
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Curing the Business-class Broadband Blues with Cloud Computing

One of the most affordable options for small and medium businesses in terms of Internet connectivity is business-class service from cable and telco providers like Time Warner Cable, Cox, Verizon, and AT&T. Unfortunately, the definition of... Read more
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Why routers should route and switches should switch

Michael Vizard over at eWEEK makes an interesting prediction about the future of application acceleration: "Some day the whole concept of application acceleration will be baked into the core routers and switches we have in place." I... Read more
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Amazing Application Acceleration: Simultaneously improve productivity, efficiency, and performance

As a general rule, we spend far more time worrying about external appearances than we do internal. We are more concerned with our external web applications and how they look - and perform - than we are likely to regarding our intranet or internal... Read more
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3 Really good reasons you should use TCP multiplexing

AJAX. SOA. Social network API integration. What is TCP Multiplexing? All of aforementioned technologies have one thing in common. Okay, they have more than that in common,  but for the purposes of this discussion... Read more
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The ironic truth about the ugly truth about web application acceleration

Lately I've been seeing quite a few links to a white paper popping up in my alerts and feed-reader. Regardless of who's linking to it, it generally reads as promising to reveal some grand secret about how web application acceleration is an... Read more
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The third greatest (useful) hack in the history of the Web

Developers have an almost supernatural ability to workaround restrictions, even though some of the restrictions on building applications delivered via the web have been akin to a kryptonite. Like Superman fighting through the debilitating effects... Read more
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Dear Data Center Guy

You walked past me again today without stopping. I remember when you used to stop and admire my glowing red ball every day. But that was back when I was brand new and you thought I was the center of your data center. I heard you talking to some... Read more
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Packets, shmackets. What about the apps?

As I was reading the Internet this morning I happened across an article with "Tips for Optimizing Your WAN (Wide Area Network)" and I thought, "Huh. That's pretty ... generic."   While the article uses SAP... Read more
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