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That Other Single Point of Failure

When you’re a kid at the beach, you spend a lot of time and effort building a sand castle. It’s cool, a lot of fun, and doomed to destruction. When high tide, or random kids, or hot sun come along, the castle is going to fall apart. It doesn’t... Read more
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In the Cloud, It's the Little Things That Get You. Here are nine of them.

#F5 Eight things you need to consider very carefully when moving apps to the cloud. Moving to a model that utilizes the cloud is a huge proposition. You can throw some applications out there without looking back – if they have no ties to the... Read more
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Let me tell you Where To Go.

One thing in life, whether you are using a Garmin to go to a friend’s party or planning your career, you need to know where you’re going. Failure to have a destination in mind makes it very difficult to get directions. Even when you know where... Read more
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Deploying BIG-IP VE in VMware vCloud Director

Beginning with BIG-IP version 11.2, you may have noticed a new package in the Virtual Edition downloads folder for vCloud Director 1.5. VMware’s vCloud Director is a software solution enabling enterprises to build multi-tenant private clouds. Each... Read more
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Cloud vs Cloud

The Battle of the Clouds Aloha!  Welcome ladies and gentleman to the face off of the decade.  The Battle of the Clouds.  In this corner, the up and comer, the phenom that has changed the way IT works, wearing the light shorts - The... Read more
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WILS: Virtualization, Clustering, and Disaster Recovery

#virtualization Clustering is local. Disaster recovery is global. There are two levels of reliability for an application. There’s local and there’s global. We might want to consider it more simply as “inside” and “outside” reliability. ... Read more
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F5 Friday: Cookie Cutter vApps Realized

An architectural solution to the challenge of IP-address dependency. A rarely mentioned obstacle when attempting to duplicate or migrate enterprise-class applications is IP-dependency. Not just topological dependencies that are easily... Read more
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When The Walls Come Tumbling Down.

When horrid disasters strike and both people and corporations are put on notice that they suddenly have a lot more important things to do, will you be ready? It is a testament to man’s optimism that with very few exceptions we really don’t, not at... Read more
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VMworld 2011: Multi-Site Application Deployment with vSphere & vCloud Director

I get F5's Sr. Solution Architect, Charlie Cano, to whiteboard the solution for Multi-Site Application Deployment with vSphere & vCloud Director.  See how applications can be packaged once and delivered from any data center and how... Read more
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Mission Impossible: Stateful Cloud Failover

The quest for truly stateful failover continues… Lightning was the latest cause of an outage at Amazon, this time in its European zones. Lightning, like tornadoes, volcanoes, and hurricanes are often categorized as “Acts of God” and therefore... Read more
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From Peeling the Onion to Dicing it: Welcome to the ABLE Network

In case you missed it, F5 released version 11 of TMOS this week, and working up some collateral for the release, I had an interesting epiphany. High availability, highly adaptable networks are about to change. Again. There has been a steady... Read more
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More Complexity, New Problems, Sounds Like IT!

It is a very cool world we live in, where technology is concerned. We’re looking at a near future where your excess workload, be it applications or storage, can be shunted off to a cloud. Your users have more power in their hands than ever before,... Read more
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How to Earn Your Data Center Merit Badge

Two words: be prepared. Way back when,Don was the Scoutmaster for our local Boy Scout Troop. He’d been a Scout and earned his Eagle and, as we had a son entering scouting age, it was a great opportunity for Don to give back and for me to get... Read more
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Multiple Certs, One VIP: TLS Server Name Indication via iRules

An age old question that we’ve seen time and time again in the iRules forums here on DevCentral is “How can I use iRules to manage multiple SSL certs on one VIP"?”. The answer has always historically been “I’m sorry, you can’t.”. The... Read more
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Cloud Storage at Computer Technology Review

Since I’ve mentioned it a couple of times, I thought I’d offer you all a link to my article in Computer Technology Review about The Cloud Tier. The point was to delve into how/when/where/why of cloud storage usage. While there is a lot to say o... Read more
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The Golden Age of Data Mobility?

I was working for a mid-sized enterprise as an IT manager, a project that was on the cutting edge of technology at the time, and because it was on the cutting edge, we were using a whole slew of different embedded applications and their masters t... Read more
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Quick! The Data Center Just Burned Down, What Do You Do?

You get the call at 2am. The data center is on fire, and while the server room itself was protected with your high-tech fire-fighting gear, the rest of the building billowed out smoke and noxious gasses that have contaminated your servers. Unless... Read more
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When Planning Disaster Recovery, Don’t Forget the Small Stuff

As solid and reliable as fishtanks and rifles are, they share a common weakness. The tiniest crack in either will eventually destroy the entire product. Why did I choose “fishtanks and rifles”? Lori and I’s hobbies include those two items, bu... Read more
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Disaster Recovery: Not Just for Data Centers Anymore

It’s about business continuity between the customer or user and your applications, and you only have control over half that equation. Back in the day (when they still let me write code) I was contracted to a global transportation firm where... Read more
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Let’s Rethink Our Views of Storage Before It Is Too Late.

When I was in Radiographer (X-Ray Tech) training in the Army, we were told the cautionary tale of a man who walked into an emergency room with a hatchet in his forehead and blood everywhere. As the staff of the emergency room rushed to treat th... Read more
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Single Point of Failure Is Not Just a Hardware Issue

As those of you close to me know, I have an interest in historical military firearms. As a veteran, I of course have an interest in the M-16, since I used it, but otherwise my tastes run more to World War II era weapons of all countries... Read more
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