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GartnerDC 2014 – That’s a Wrap!

For the 300th time, ALOHA! For my 300th F5 video, I wrap it up from Gartner Data Center 2014 with a special surprise clip from the first ever F5 trade show video and a closing song for 2014. Thanks to Robert Haynes (Hybrid is the New Normal) along... Read more
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GartnerDC 2014 – Application Availability Between Hybrid Data Centers

I explain the idea behind Application Availability Between Hybrid Data Centers reference architecture. Driven by applications and workloads, a hybrid data center is really a technology strategy of the entire infrastructure mix of on-premises and... Read more
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Gartner Data Center 2014 – Find F5

Like an application delivery oasis popping out of the ground, follow along and watch as I almost trip showing you how to find F5 Booth 253 at Gartner Data Center 2014. #GartnerDC is all about IT Infrastructure and Operations Management and BIG-IP... Read more
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Is IoT Hype For Real?

It is only fitting that the 20th anniversary of the Gartner Hype Cycle has the Internet of Things right at the top of the coaster. IoT is currently at the peak of Inflated Expectations. The Gartner Hype Cycle give organizations an assessment of... Read more
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GartnerDC 2013: The Video Outtakes

You've seen the videos Gartner Data Center 2013: Find F5 GartnerDC 2013: DDoS Reference Architecture GartnerDC 2013: Application Services Reference Architecture GartnerDC 2013: Intelligent DNS Scale Reference Architecture GartnerDC... Read more
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GartnerDC 2013: That’s a Wrap

I wrap it up from the Gartner Data Center Conference 2013 from Las Vegas. Special thanks to you for watching along with guests Robert Haynes, David Holmes and Nathan Pearce for the on camera help and Courtney and Nigel for their camera work.... Read more
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GartnerDC 2013: Intelligent DNS Scale Reference Architecture

Turning the tables, Nathan Pearce interviews me about the importance of a scalable and intelligent DNS infrastructure.   ps   Related: Gartner Data Center 2013: Find F5 Gartner Data Center 2013: DDoS Reference... Read more
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GartnerDC 2013: Application Services Reference Architecture

I chat with Marketing Solutions Architect Robert Haynes to learn more about F5’s Application Services Reference Architecture. Robert talks about the challenges of application deployment, how organizations are handling it today and of course, how... Read more
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GartnerDC 2013: DDoS Reference Architecture

I meet with Sr. TMM David Holmes to get the scoop on F5’s DDoS Reference Architecture. David has circled the globe talking to customers about their security concerns and shares some of that insight along with explaining how F5 can mitigate those... Read more
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Gartner Data Center 2013: Find F5

Only in Vegas would someone bet that you couldn't shoot a video in 1 take.   He lost.   With a live audience watching & $5 on the line, I show you how to find F5 booth 202 at Garner Data Center 2013.     ps  ... Read more
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Out, Damn’d Bot! Out, I Say!

Exorcising your digital demons Most people are familiar with Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Macbeth. Of particularly common usage is the famous line uttered repeatedly by Lady Macbeth, “Out, damn’d spot! Out, I say” as she tries to wash imaginary... Read more
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Don’t Throw the Baby out with the Bath Water

Or in modern technical terms, don’t throw the software out with the hardware Geva Perry recently questioned one of Gartner’s core predictions for 2010, namely that “By 2012, 20 percent of businesses will own no IT assets.” Geva asks a few (very... Read more
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DevCentral Top5 09/25/2009

Side-projects and behind the scenes activities abound as the DevCentral team works towards the next goal on our plans for world domination, carefully sketched on Jeff's whiteboard. I'm glad to say that the extended DC team has been... Read more
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Despite Rumors to the Contrary F5 Remains In the Lead

We interrupt your regularly scheduled dose of geek for a brief but important message Every year a variety of application delivery vendors sit around, wringing their hands, waiting for Gartner to release its latest Magic Quadrant for Application... Read more
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Your Cloud is Not a Precious Snowflake (But it Could Be)

You can’t differentiate until you do something different Gartner analyst and cloud pundit Lydia Leong reminds us that without differentiation, all clouds look pretty much the same.  “These are traits that it doesn’t take a genius... Read more
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It’s like load balancing. On steroids.

What is this application delivery thing that everyone keeps telling me I need? Isn’t that just the latest marketing term for load balancing? A recently released Forrester report concludes that “firms must develop and integrated strategy f... Read more
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SOA Announces Comeback Tour

Finding new life for SOA in the cloud We’ve been having quite a few discussions with analysts over the past few months on the subject of “cloud”. The interesting thing about these discussions is the vast array of points of view from which those... Read more
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Not all application requests are created equal

ArsTechnica has an interesting little article on what Windows Azure is and is not. During the course of discussion with Steven Martin, Microsoft's senior director of Developer Platform Product Management, a fascinating – or disturbing in my... Read more
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The House that Load Balancing Built

The year 2009 may be remembered as the year technologies died. First Anne Thomas Maynes of Burton Group declared SOA dead, and more recently Mark Fabbi of Gartner announced the death of load balancers. The difference in the obituaries is... Read more
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Infrastructure 2.0: As a matter of fact that isn't what it means

We've been talking a lot about the benefits of Infrastructure 2.0, or Dynamic Infrastructure, a lot about why it's necessary, and what's required to make it all work. But we've never really laid out what it is, and that's... Read more
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How Sears Could Have Used the Cloud to Stay Available Black Friday

The prediction of the death of online shopping this holiday season were, apparently, greatly exaggerated. As it's been reported, Sears, along with several other well known retailers, were victims of heavy traffic on Black Friday. One wonders... Read more
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The death of SOA has been greatly exaggerated

Amidst the hype of cloud computing and virtualization have been the publication of several research notes regarding SOA. Adoption, they say, is slowing. Oh noes! Break out the generators, stock up on water and canned food! An article fro... Read more
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Infrastructure 2.0: Aligning the network with the business (and the rest of IT)

When SOA was the hot topic of the day (not that long ago) everyone was pumped up about the ability finally align IT with the business. Reusability, agility, and risk mitigation were benefits that would enable the business itself to be more agile... Read more
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Cloud Computing: The Last Definition You'll Ever Need

The VirtualDC has asked the same question that's been roaming about in every technophile's head since the beginning of the cloud computing craze: what defines a cloud? We've chatted internally about this very question, which led to... Read more
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Cloud Computing: It's the destination, not the journey that is important

How the cloud acts and is used is more important than where it physically resides Cloud computing and SOA suffer from the same lack of prescriptive architectures. They are defined by how they act rather than what they are, or from what they are... Read more
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