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F5 Friday: How to Stop Running the Project Gauntlet of Doom with DevOps

#devops #video #puppet #stack RedHat puppetizes its infrastructure to reduce inefficiency and streamline deployment I could cite various studies, pundits, and research to prove that automation improves the overall success rates of continuous... Read more
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F5 Friday: Lessons from (IT) Geese

Birds migrate in flocks, which means every individual has the support of others. IT often migrates alone – but it doesn’t have to. “Lessons from Geese” has been around a long time. It is often cited and referenced, particularly with respect... Read more
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Never attribute to technology that which is explained by the failure of people

#cloud Whether it’s Hanlon or Occam or MacVittie, the razor often cuts both ways. I am certainly not one to ignore the issue of complexity in architecture nor do I dismiss lightly the risk introduced by cloud computing through increased... Read more
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Hybrid Architectures Do Not Require Private Cloud

Oh, it certainly helps, but it’s not a requirement Taking advantage of cloud-hosted resources does not require forklift re-architecture of the data center. That may sound nearly heretical but that’s the truth, and I’m not talking about just SaaS... Read more
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Cloud Bursting: Gateway Drug for Hybrid Cloud

The first hit’s cheap kid … Recently Ben Kepes  started a very interesting discussion on cloud bursting by asking whether or not it was real. This led to Christofer Hoff  pointing out that “true” cloud bursting required routing based... Read more
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The Cloud API is Pseudo-Consolidation of Infrastructure

It’s about operational efficiency and consistency, emulated in the cloud by an API to create the appearance of a converged platform In most cases, the use of the term “consolidation” implies the aggregation (and subsequently elimination) of like... Read more
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Performance in the Cloud: Business Jitter is Bad

#fasterapp #ccevent While web applications aren’t sensitive to jitter, business processes are. One of the benefits of web applications is that they are generally transported via TCP, which is a connection-oriented protocol designed to assure... Read more
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The API is the Center of the Application (Integration) Universe

#mobile #fasterapp #ccevent Today, at least. Tomorrow, who knows? Some have tried to distinguish between “mobile cloud” and “cloud” by claiming the former is the use of the web browser on a mobile device to access services while the latter... Read more
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The Secret to Doing Cloud Scalability Right

Hint: The answer lies in being aware of the entire application context and a little pre-planning Thanks to the maturity of load balancing services and technology, dynamically scaling applications in pre-cloud and cloud computing environments is... Read more
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Infrastructure Architecture: Avoiding a Technical Ambush

#infosec #apt Advanced persistent threats are the new black in security. A more context-aware architecture may help avoid compromise and the ensuing ambush.  Meet the new attack, same as the old attack. That’s because it is an old attack.... Read more
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The Future of Cloud: Infrastructure as a Platform

Cloud needs to become a platform, and that means its comprising infrastructure must also embrace the platform paradigm. There’s been a spate of articles, blogs, and mentions of OpenFlow in the past few months. IBM was the latest entry into the... Read more
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Infrastructure Architecture: Removing Blinders from Security Infrastructure

Infrastructure architecture is often the answer to many of IT’s most challenging issues. It is a fact of IT that different businesses have different technical requirements in terms of security, processing, performance, and even storage. In many... Read more
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IT Services: Creating Commodities out of Complexity

Let’s ignore the business for a moment. Why should IT be excited about IT as a Service? The focus of IT as a Service (ITaaS) is generally on the value it would provide with respect to self-service provisioning for both business and IT customers... Read more
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Cloud Infrastructure Integration Model: Virtualization

Examining architectures on which hybrid clouds are based… IT professionals, in general, appear to consider themselves well along the path toward IT as a Service with a significant plurality of them engaged in implementing many of the building... Read more
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Cloud Infrastructure Integration Model: Bridging

Examining architectures on which hybrid clouds are based… IT professionals, in general, appear to consider themselves well along the path toward IT as a Service with a significant plurality of them engaged in implementing many of the building... Read more
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1024 Words: If Neo Were Your CSO …

When nearly half of folks experienced a stateful firewall failure under attack last year[1], maybe more of the same isn’t the right strategy. [1] Arbor Networks, Network Infrastructure Security Report Read more
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Infrastructure Scalability Pattern: Sharding Streams

JSON Activity Streams offers some interesting new scalability pattern possibilities via layer 7 (application) switching. One of the most interesting aspects of deploying applications is figuring out how to scale them. There’s many options, from... Read more
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Forget Hyper-Scale. Think Hyper-Local Scale.

It’s kind of like thinking globally but acting locally…  While I rail against the use of the too vague and cringe-inducing descriptor “workload” with respect to scalability and cloud computing , it is perhaps at least bringing to the fore... Read more
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F5 Friday: The Data Center is Always Greener on the Other Side of the ADC

Organizations interested in greening their data centers (both green as in cash as well as in grass) will benefit from the ability to reduce, reuse and recycle in just 4Us of rack space with a leaner, greener F5 VIPRION According to the latest... Read more
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Data Center Feng Shui: Architecting for Predictable Performance

Variable latency is a Very Bad Thing™ – that’s why we build core networks based on hardware, not software. One of the key components to a successful scaling strategy is recognizing when more (or less) capacity is required and then acting upon... Read more
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F5 Friday: The Art of Efficient Defense

It’s not enough to have a strategic point of control; you’ve got to use it, too. One of the primary threats to the positive operational posture of an organization is that of extremely heavy load. Whether it’s from a concerted effort to take... Read more
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Data Center Feng Shui: Reliability is not the Absence of Failure

But rather it is the ability to compensate for it. Redundancy. It’s standard operating procedure for everyone who deals with technology – even consumers. Within IT we’re a bit more stringent about how much redundancy we build into the data... Read more
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The Skeleton in the Global Server Load Balancing Closet

Like urban legends, every few years this one rears its head and makes its rounds. It is certainly true that everyone who has an e-mail address has received some message claiming that something bad is going on, or someone said something they... Read more
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F5 Friday: Hyperlocalize Applications for Everyone

Desktops aren’t GPS-enabled but don’t let that stop you from providing hyperlocal information to all your fans. IMAGE from macmillan buzzword dictionary   Two people are sitting in an Internet-enabled café. Let’s call the... Read more
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Cloud Control Does Not Always Mean ‘Do it yourself’

You’re still asking the wrong questions about cloud computing .  The city of Santa Clara is covered by a cloud this week, but not the kind of clouds most folks associate with California. CloudConnect 2011 is gearing up for a week of sessions... Read more
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