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Programmable Cache-Control: One Size Does Not Fit All

#webperf For addressing challenges related to performance of #mobile devices and networks, caching is making a comeback.   It's interesting - and almost amusing - to watch the circle of technology run around best practices wit... Read more
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The Need for (HTML5) Speed

#mobile #HTML5 #webperf #fasterapp #ado The importance of understanding acceleration techniques in the face of increasing mobile and HTML5 adoption An old English proverb observes that "Even a broken clock is right twice a day.”  A... Read more
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F5 Friday: In the NOC at Interop

#interop #fasterapp #adcfw #ipv6 Behind the scenes in the Interop network Interop Las Vegas expects somewhere in the realm of 10,000 attendees this year. Most of them will no doubt be carrying smart phones, many tablets, and of course the old... Read more
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The “All of the Above” Approach to Improving Application Performance

#ado #fasterapp #stirling Carnegie Mellon testing of ADO solutions answers age old question: less filling or tastes great? You probably recall years ago the old “Tastes Great vs Less Filling” advertisements. The ones that always concluded in... Read more
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The Four V’s of Big Data

#stirling #bigdata #ado #interop “Big data” focuses almost entirely on data at rest. But before it was at rest – it was transmitted over the network. That ultimately means trouble for application performance.    The problem of... Read more
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Stripping EXIF From Images as a Security Measure

#fasterapp #infosec And you thought FourSquare was a security risk… Mobile phones with great cameras are an awesome tool. Many of these end up on Facebook, visible to friends, family and, well, friends of friends and maybe even the public.... Read more
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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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20 Lines or Less #53: Security, Security & more Security

What could you do with your code in 20 Lines or Less? That's the question I ask (sometimes?) every week for the DevCentral community, and every week I go looking to find cool new examples that show just how flexible and powerful iRules can ... Read more
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F5 Friday: When the Solution to a Vulnerability is Vulnerable You Need a New Solution

#v11 Say hello to DNS Express You may recall we recently expounded upon the need for the next generation of infrastructure to provide more protection of critical DNS services. This is particularly important given recent research on behalf of... Read more
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F5 Friday: The Mobile Road is Uphill. Both Ways.

Mobile users feel the need …. the need for spe-  please wait. Loading… We spent the week, like many other folks, at O’Reilly’s Velocity Conference 2011 – a conference dedicated to speed, of web sites, that is. This year the conference... Read more
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VM Sprawl is Bad but Network Sprawl is Badder

We worry about VM sprawl but what about device sprawl? Management of a multitude of network-deployed solutions can be as operationally inefficient as managing hundreds of virtual machines, and far more detrimental to the health and performance of... Read more
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WILS: What Does It Mean to Align IT with the Business

We’ve been talking about “aligning IT with the business” since SOA first took legs but you rarely see CONCRETE EXMAPLES OF WHAT THAT REALLY MEANS. It sounds much more grand and lofty than it really is. To put it in layman’s terms, or at least... 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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‘Drowsy’ Networking

No, not the kind you do on Facebook when you’re really, really tired but the kind defined as a means to reduce power consumption without affecting application performance or availability by eliminating non-essential processing and networking... Read more
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WILS: Why Does Load Balancing Improve Application Performance?

WILS: The Concise Guide to *-Load Balancing WILS: Network Load Balancing versus Application Load Balancing WILS: InfoSec Needs to Focus on Access not Protection WILS: Applications Should Be Like Sith Lords WILS: Cloud Changes ... Read more
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20 Lines or Less #25

What could you do with your code in 20 Lines or Less? That's the question I ask (almost) every week, and every week I go looking to find cool new examples that show just how flexible and powerful iRules can be without getting in over your... Read more
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The Impact of HTML 5 on Application Infrastructure

Smashing Magazine has a cool “cheat sheet” for those interested in the ongoing development of HTML 5. Of interest is what’s being excluded and what’s new, as well as the length of time it’s going to take before HTML 5 is completely supported: ... Read more
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Caching and Firefox 3.5 Preview

Recently I wrote about Firefox using the Expires header as opposed to the max-age Cache-Control header.  It was pointed out that the bug tracking this is marked as closed.  I was very excited by this news and when I saw the news... 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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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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DevCentral Top5 11/7/2008

The past few weeks have brought with them plenty of travel, a pair of cool conferences, a great chance to spread the DC/F5 word about application goodness and integration, and much killer content flittering its way across DC's ever present... Read more
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Mashup: SDBP Boston, Caching and iRules - oh my!

Whew! It's been a whirlwind of a couple weeks.  Between the annual F5 sales conference, where Joe and I presented to a bunch of awesome F5 techies, followed immediately by a very cool trip to present with the famed Lori at the SD Best... 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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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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8 things you can do with an ADC to make your apps secure, fast, and available

An application delivery controller (ADC) essentially acts a reverse proxy. That means that client requests interact with the ADC, and the ADC interacts with web and application servers on the client's behalf. This mediation offers t... Read more
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