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Cloud bursting, the hybrid cloud, and why cloud-agnostic load balancers matter

Cloud Bursting and Hybrid Cloud When researching cloud bursting, there are many directions Google may take you. Perhaps you come across services for airplanes that attempt to turn cloudy wedding days into memorable events. Perhaps you'd... Read more
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Cloud Brokers: The eHarmony of Cloud Infrastructure?

A long-lived match made in the cloud will require more detail than providers and brokers are currently offering Buried in blogs around the Internets are references to a research survey conducted by research firm ESG earlier this year on behalf of... Read more
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The Limits of Cloud: NICS and Nets

#Cloud is great at many things. At other things, not so much. Understanding the limitations of cloud will better enable a successful migration strategy. You might have noticed that in general, enterprise-grade networking solutions aren't... Read more
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Simplifying Application Architecture in a Dynamic Data Center through Virtualization

Application architecture has never really been easy, but the introduction of virtualization may make it even less easy – unless you plan ahead Most applications today maintain at least two if not three or more "tiers" within their... Read more
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The Limits of Cloud: Gratuitous ARP and Failover

#Cloud is great at many things. At other things, not so much. Understanding the limitations of cloud will better enable a successful migration strategy. One of the truisms of technology is that takes a few years of adoption before folks really... Read more
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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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Your SDN Overlay Protocol Cheat Sheet

#SDN There's a lot going on in networking these days… One of our product development senior architects put this together for an introductory presentation on SDN. It's a great list of existing and nascent overlay protocols including... Read more
Average Rating: 4.9
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Virtual Fragmentation Should Not Result in Network Fragmentation

#virtualization #VDI #SDN Multiple goals = multiple hypervisors. This complicates things a bit, doesn't it? It is quite difficult to find any environment that is truly homogeneous today. Even home networks, which at one time may have... Read more
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Back to Basics: Health Monitors and Load Balancing

#webperf #ado Because every connection counts One of the truisms of architecting highly available systems is that you never, ever want to load balance a request to a system that is down. Therefore, some sort of health (status) monitoring is... Read more
Average Rating: 4.9
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1024 Words: Application Health Monitoring at a Glance

It's not enough to measure connectivity or even status codes… See also Axiom #1 of the Three Axioms of Application Delivery 1024 Words: Why Devops is Hard 1024 Words: The Theory of (Performance) Relativity  ... Read more
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Back to Basics: The Theory of (Performance) Relativity

#webperf #ado Choice of load balancing algorithms is critical to ensuring consistent and acceptable performance   One of the primary reasons folks use a Load balancer is scalability with a secondary driver of maintaining performance. We... Read more
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Filling the SLA Gap in the Cloud

#webperf #ado Meeting user expectations of fast and available applications becomes more difficult as you relinquish more and more control… User expectations with respect to performance are always a concern for IT. Whether it's monitoring... Read more
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It's On: Stacks versus Flows

#OpenStack #CloudStack #OpenFlow #SDN It's a showdown of model versus control – or is it?   There's a lot of noise about "wars" in the networking world these days. OpenStack versus CloudStack versus OpenFlow-based... Read more
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Community: Force Multiplier for Network Programmability

#SDN Programmability on its own is not enough, a strong community is required to drive the future of network capabilities One of the lesser mentioned benefits of an OpenFlow SDN as articulated by ONF is the ability to "customize the... Read more
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To Err is Human

#devops Automating incomplete or ineffective processes will only enable you to make mistakes faster – and more often. Most folks probably remember the play on "to err is human…" proverb when computers first began to take over, well,... Read more
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HTML5 WebSockets Illustrates Need for Programmability in the Network

#HTML5 #SDN The increasing use of HTML5 WebSockets illustrates one of the lesser mentioned value propositions of SDN – and ADN: extensibility. It's likely that IT network and security staff would agree that HTML5 WebSockets has the... Read more
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F5 Friday: Secure Data in Flight

#bigdata #infosec Fat apps combined with SSL Everywhere strategies suggest a need for more powerful processing in the application delivery tier  According to Netcraft, who tracks these kinds of things, SSL usage has doubled from 2008 and... Read more
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Midokura - The SDN with a Hive Mind

#SDN #cloud #openstack Centralized control, decentralized execution comes to life with Midokura's MidoNet Whether bees or Martians, science or science-fiction, the notion of a hive mind is one that pops up frequently within the realm of... Read more
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Reactive, Proactive, Predictive: SDN Models

#SDN #openflow A session at #interop sheds some light on SDN operational models One of the downsides of speaking at conferences is that your session inevitably conflicts with another session that you'd really like to attend. Interop NY was no... Read more
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F5 Friday on Tuesday: Getting You One Step Closer to a SDDC

#SDN #vmworld F5 Solutions Combine with VMware VXLAN to Support Software Defined Networking As efforts around SDN (Software-Defined Networking) continue to explode faster than the price of gas it has begun to diverge into several different... Read more
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F5 ... Wednesday: Bye Bye Branch Office Blues

#virtualization #VDI Unifying desktop management across multiple branch offices is good for performance – and operational sanity. When you walk into your local bank, or local retail outlet, or one of the Starbucks in Chicago O'Hare,... Read more
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Load Balancing 101: Scale versus Fail

#cloud Elasticity is a design pattern for scalability, not necessarily failability. One of the phrases you hear associated with cloud computing is "architecting for failure." Rather than build in a lot of hardware-level redundancy... Read more
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F5 Friday: Devops for DNS

#devops #cloud Managing a global presence – especially in the cloud – can introduce additional complexity. Back in the day when virtualization and cloud were just making waves, one of the first challenges made obvious was managing IP... Read more
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F5 Friday: Enhancing Microsoft Exchange 2013

#Microsoft #Exchange load balancing is just the beginning… Throughout the years, F5 BIG-IP has been a critical component supporting Microsoft Exchange to implement a variety of performance, security, and architectural requirements. During... Read more
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BYOD and the Death of the DMZ

#BYOD #infosec It's context that counts, not corporate connections. BYOD remains a topic of interest as organizations grapple not only technologically with the trend but politically, as well. There are dire warnings that refusing to support... Read more
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