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Security Sidebar: Google Leads The Way On Sunsetting SHA-1

SHA-1 (or Secure Hash Algorithm) is a cryptographic algorithm that was developed by the National Security Agency in the 1990s and is widely used in popular cryptographic protocols like Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security... Read more
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Facebook exploit is not unique

#DDoS #infosec Facebook isn't unique in the ability to use it to attack a third party, it's just more effective.   This week's "bad news" with respect to information security centers on Facebook and the... Read more
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The HTTP 2.0 War has Just Begun

#stirling Microsoft takes on Google as the war to win the standard for an overdue overhaul of HTTP starts to pick up steam RFC 1945 – “Hypertext Transfer Protocol -- HTTP/1.0” – was published in May 1996. In June of 1999, RFC 2616 – “Hypertext... Read more
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Why Layer 7 Load Balancing Doesn’t Suck

Alternative title: Didn’t We Resolve This One 10 Years Ago? There’s always been a bit of a disconnect between traditional network-focused ops and more modern, application-focused ops when it comes to infrastructure architecture. The arguments... Read more
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DevCentral Top5 02/15/2012

Welcome to a special "yes I know it's Wednesday but I won't be here Friday" edition of the Top5. There has already been some great content in the last week or so, which makes it easy to do an edition mid-week, but that's not... Read more
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DevCentral Top 5 01/06/2012

The holidays have passed, the new year is upon us and there is much geeky goodness to be thankful for. I am thankful for the forums and the wikis, the tech tips and blogs. I am thankful for the outstanding community that drives it all, and the... Read more
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Fire and Ice, Silk and Chrome, SPDY and HTTP

The impact of SPDY on infrastructure architecture The Internets were abuzz with the revelation that the custom browser Silk, distributed on Amazon’s latest endeavor Fire, leverages competitor Google’s own technological innovation, SPDY, against... Read more
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Where Do You Wear Your Malware?

The London Stock Exchange, Android phones and even the impenetrable Mac have all been malware targets recently.  If you’re connected to the internet, you are at risk.  It is no surprise that the crooks will go after whatever device... Read more
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F5 Friday: A Network Heatwave That’s Good For Operations

The grab bag of awesome that is network-side scripting is, in general, often overlooked. Generally speaking “network gear” isn’t flexible, nor is it adaptable, and it certainly isn’t extensible. But when you put network-side scripting into ... Read more
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F5 Friday: Speed Matters

Google finally catches on and begins to develop what application delivery vendors have been doing for years. It’s a primary axiom of web operations and networking: speed matters. One has only to look at the number of niche products that focus... Read more
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GoogleCL Puts Another Tool in the Devops Integration and Automation Toolbox

Google’s latest offering is a hint of things to come and indicates a recognition of devops as a real discipline Interestingly enough devops is comprised of two disciplines: development and operations. The former traditionally solve problems and... Read more
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Despite Good Intentions PaaS Interoperability Still Only Skin Deep

Salesforce and Google have teamed up with VMware to promote cloud portability but like beauty that portability is only skin deep. VMware has been moving of late to form strategic partnerships that enable greater portability of applications... Read more
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Is PaaS Just Outsourced Application Server Platforms?

There’s a growing focus on PaaS (Platform as a Service), particularly as Microsoft has been rolling out Azure and VMware continues to push forward with its SpringSource acquisition. Amazon, though generally labeled as IaaS (Infrastructure as a... Read more
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DevCentral Top5 01/22/2010

Wow! What a whirlwind it's been the past few weeks. Between holidays and vacation and people traveling out of town, it's been an absolute zoo around here. Though I've been out the past week or so there has been an avalanche of content.... Read more
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Following Google’s Lead on Security? Don’t Forget to Encrypt Cookies

In the wake of Google’s revelation that its GMail service had been repeatedly attacked over the past year the search engine goliath announced it would be moving to HTTPS (HTTP over SSL) by default for all GMail connections. For users, nothing much... Read more
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When Did Specialized Hardware Become a Dirty Word?

If you’re just trading “specialized” hardware for “dedicated” hardware you’re losing more than you’re gaining.  Apparently I have not gotten the memo detailing why specialized hardware is a Very Bad Thing(TM) . I’ve looked for it, I really... Read more
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Grokking the Goodness of MapReduce and SPDY

Certainly no one would seriously argue that web applications are fast enough for everyone. SPDY is one suggested solution, but what if we combine MapReduce and SPDY? Could we develop an architectural solution that leverages the best of SPDY... Read more
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Google SPDY Protocol Would Require Mass Change in Infrastructure

Google’s desire to speed up the web via a new protocol is laudable, but the SPDY protocol would require massive changes across networks to support ArsTechnica had an interesting article on one of Google’s latest projects, a new web protocol... Read more
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Virtualization Changes Application Deployment But Not Development

Cloud computing management functionality and standards are right now laser-focused on virtual machines, and most APIs include the ability to stop,start,launch,etc…at that level of the infrastructure. This is because the application is still... Read more
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Meh. It’s Just Data.

All the applause over Google’s Data Liberation Front announcement and blogs is making my head hurt. Or maybe that’s the lack of sleep. Either way, it’s disconcerting to me that so many bright people are choosing to make much of what is just a... Read more
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The Cloud Metastructure Hubub

How Infrastructure 2.0 might leverage publish-subscribe technology like PubSubHubub to enable portability of applications across clouds and data centers Tower of Babel by Pieter Bruegel the Elder. One of the topics surrounding cloud... Read more
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Page Speed v1.0 VS YSlow v2.0

Last week Google announced a new open source plug-in for Firefox called Page Speed which can be used to assess the performance of web pages and make recommendations on speeding up the delivery.  To me this sounded a lot like Yslow, of course... Read more
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Bing Vs Google - A Performance Perspective

Being the total acceleration junkie that I am the first time a new site is launched or recommended to me the first thing I do is take a look at the performance of it.  So when I heard about Bing the first thing I did was fire up HttpWatch and... Read more
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Facepalm: Google Wave Choice of XMPP Not the Death of HTTP

Google didn’t kill HTTP. Neither did Colonel Mustard or Professor Plum. In fact, HTTP is still very much alive. Okay, folks, it’s time to stop declaring the death of protocols/technologies prematurely. Please? Especially when such proclamations... Read more
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Cloud outages don’t bother Stanley

Cloud may change the definition of “business critical” applicationsGoogle outages are rapidly becoming as passé as earthquakes to native Californians; unless it’s a really big one, no one really pays much attention. So it shouldn’t be... Read more
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