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The Source of Truthiness - your journey towards operational efficiency

Many of our NetOps friends are under pressure from leadership to become more efficient and integrate with continuous deployment orchestration tools. While most can see the business benefits, and fully understand the drive towards programmable... Read more
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F5 in AWS Part 5 - Cloud-init, Single-NIC, and Auto Scale Out in BIG-IP

The following articles covers new features in the 12.1 AWS Marketplace release (Cloud-init, Single-Nic and Auto Scale) Read more
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June is Programmability Month!

We’ve expanded over the years to include systems, configuration, advanced modules, security, etc, but programmability has historically been the bread and butter of what we do. Given the success we had with February’s security month, this... Read more
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Why you need Service Templates

Demand for faster time-to-market, for new applications and services, is changing the way entire systems are deployed. No longer will organizations tolerate lengthy delays in the release of revenue generating or productivity improving solutions.... Read more
1 Review

iWorkflow: 'Hello World! \r\n'

Announcing F5® iWorkflow™ F5's Programmability & Orchestration team is pleased to announce the release of iWorkflow™ 2.0. Today, May 17th, marks the beginning of your application delivery “doing-more-in-less-time”... Read more
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What Infrastructure Should Learn from NPM JavaScript Debacle

If you hadn’t seen (and you might not have, it was a developer kind of thing after all) there was a big uproar caused by the removal of 11 lines of JavaScript from the popular NPM repository. You can read more about it but the TL;DR is this: dude... Read more
2 Reviews

The Norman Door. Because life shouldn't be difficult, nor should API's!

I’ve had a number of conversations about Norman Doors over the last few weeks. So, what’s a Norman Door? Ever tried to open a door by pulling it instead of pushing? It was probably because the door had a handle on it, which we naturally associate... Read more
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Building Application Delivery Services from Templates using the REST API Part two.

In my last (horribly misspelled in earlier versions) blog post on this subject we looked at how to deploy a new application service from an iApp template using an iControl REST API call. So far so good. Now I want to update this application... Read more
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Building Application Delivery Services from Templates using the REST API (for People Like Me).

I’ve talked before about the value of Application Policies (AKA Service Templates, AKA iApp Templates). So has my esteemed colleague Nathan Pearce. We think they are pretty important, especially if you’re looking to deploy complex application... Read more
2 Reviews

Full examples of iControlREST for device and application service deployment

Examples of the use of iControlREST for device and application service provisioning. In particular, we describe example workflows, and we dive into the management of iApp services and templates using iCR. Read more
Average Rating: 4.9
5 Reviews

Operational expense has an enemy: orchestration!

Orchestration is key to achieving reduced time-to-value. What is this "time to value"? In technology speak, its the measurement of time for a system or resource to be made available to its intended audience. This system might generate... Read more
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F5 in AWS Part 4 - Orchestrating BIG-IP Application Services with Open-Source tools

So far we have talked above AWS networking basics, how to run BIG-IP in a VPC, and highly-available deployment footprints. In this post, we’ll move on to my favorite topic, orchestration.   By this point, you probably have several VMs... Read more
Average Rating: 4.9
5 Reviews

A Series of Unfortunate (Delivery) Events

79% of new products miss their launch date. That was the conclusion of a CGT/Sopheon Survey in which the impact of such market misses were also explored. What it didn't dig into was the reason why so many products and projects miss their... Read more
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How Microservices are breaking (up) the Network

It's not just apps that are decomposing, it's the network, too. The network is bifurcating. On the one side is rock solid reliability founded on the premise of permanence and infrequent change. On the other is flexibility borne of... Read more
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F5 Synthesis: How do you operationalize a hybrid world?

One of the unintended consequences of cloud is the operational inconsistency it introduces. That inconsistency is introduced because cloud commoditizes the infrastructure we're used to having control over and visibility into. everything fro... Read more
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How you integrate network services matters

This post is cross-posted at https://blogs.cisco.com/datacenter/how-you-integrate-network-services-matters Polymorphism is a concept central to object-oriented programming. The notion of polymorphism is used to extend the capabilities of a basi... Read more
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F5 Friday: The Value of a Full-Stack Partnership

There's a common movie and television trope (known as the Third Wheel) that revolves around a guy, his girlfriend and either his or her "bestie". You know it - it's the bestie hates girlfriend or boyfriend trope, and it's a... Read more
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Software Defined Transformation - Management and Orchestration with F5 Synthesis

In this article we will look at how F5 continues to deliver the Management and Orchestration solutions for deploying Application Delivery Controller (ADC) platform services. We will begin with explaining how F5 approached Management solutions and... Read more
Average Rating: 4.9
3 Reviews

BIG-IQ Grows UP

Today F5 is announcing a new F5® BIG-IQ™ 4.5. This release includes a new BIG-IQ component – BIG-IQ ADC. Version 4.5 isn't just another dot release. IMHO, this release should have been numbered 5.0. With this release, BIG-IQ is finally... Read more
2 Reviews

F5 Friday: Programmability in the Network, of the Network and by the Network

#SDAS #SDN #DevOps Programmability is an integral component of just about every emergent technology and trend today. Cloud? It's based on the ability of providers (public or private) to abstract, automate and orchestrate the network using... Read more
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Monitoring BIG-IP on Microsoft’s System Center with the Comtrade Management Pack for F5 BIG-IQ

Comtrade has released a Management Pack (MP) for Microsoft Systems Center (SCOM ) that uses F5’s BIG-IQ to monitor F5 BIG-IP devices and the applications they are helping deliver. The MP allows users to view all BIG-IP objects and see key... Read more
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DevOps: Automating with APIs versus Scripted Configuration Pushes

Architectural debt is incurred when you don't consider the implications of your choices today on your needs of tomorrow You may recall a previous post which discussed the notion of architectural debt incurred by the network being a... Read more
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How you integrate all the network things matters

#SDN #DevOps API design best practices apply to the network, too. We (as in the industry at large) don't take enough about applying architectural best practices with respect to emerging API and software-defined models of networking. But we... Read more
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F5 is ACIng its Synthesis with Cisco –Part 1

At the latest Cisco Live 2014, F5 officially announced the long awaited integration of its Synthesis architecture with the Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) and its Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC). F5 and Cisco... Read more
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Application-driven versus Feature-driven orchestration

#SDAS #devops #ACI #CLUS  One of the challenges in scaling modern data centers rises directly from an increase in network complexity over the past few years. We can argue why complexity has increased, but it's reasonable to say that... Read more
1 Review