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1024 Words: Only Skin Deep

VM interoperability promotes inter-environment portability about as well as a wig would fool anyone into believing these two girls are identical twins. That level of interoperability is like beauty – it’s only skin deep. Image by Darren Kel... Read more
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The STAR of Cloud Security

The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), a not-for-profit organization with a mission to promote the use of best practices for providing security assurance within Cloud Computing, recently announced that they are launching (Q4 of 2011) a publicly... Read more
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5 Years Later: OpenAJAX Who?

Five years ago the OpenAjax Alliance was founded with the intention of providing interoperability between what was quickly becoming a morass of AJAX-based libraries and APIs. Where is it today, and why has it failed to achieve more prominence? I... Read more
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F5 Friday: Thanks for calling... please press 1 for IPv6 or 2 for IPv4.

World IPv6 Day is June 8. We’re ready, how about you? World IPv6 day, scheduled for 8 June 2011, is a global-scale test flight of IPv6 sponsored by the Internet Society. On World IPv6 Day, major web companies and other industry players will come... Read more
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Has The Sky Cleared on Cloud Security?

Last year I embarked on a blog series, lead by my trusty advisor CloudFucius, that evolved into an exploration of the numerous cloud computing surveys, reports, statistics and other feelings about the technology.  At the time, 4-5 surveys a... Read more
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Defense in Depth in Context

In the days of yore, a military technique called Defense-in-Depth was used to protect kingdoms, castles, and other locations where you might be vulnerable to attack. It's a layered defense strategy where the attacker would have to breach... Read more
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What Do Database Connectivity Standards and the Pirate’s Code Have in Common?

A: They’re both more what you’d call “guidelines” than actual rules.   An almost irrefutable fact of application design today is the need for a database, or at a minimum a data store – i.e. a place to store the data generated and... Read more
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RSA2011 F5 Partner Spotlight - Q1 Labs

I meet with Chris Poulin, Chief Security Officer with Q1Labs. We talk integration, SIEM, and what CSO's do. ps Resources: F5 YouTube Channel F5 Partner Page PhoneFactor Technorati Tags: F5, RSA, Pete Silva, security, business,... Read more
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F5 BIG-IP Access Policy Manager and Oracle Access Manager Integration - Part 2

A demonstration of how BIG-IP Access Policy Manager and Oracle Access Manager are integrated along with steps on how to configure the BIG-IP APM. If you missed it, Part 1 can be viewed: F5 Access Policy Manager & Oracle Access Manager... Read more
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Oracle RMAN Replication with F5's BIG-IP WOM

In this side by side demo, you will see an Oracle database duplicated using the RMAN process, both with and without Wan acceleration from F5. How to accelerate Oracle Recovery Manager database duplication using F5's Wan Optimization technology. Read more
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The Inevitable Eventual Consistency of Cloud Computing

An IDC survey highlights the reasons why private clouds will mature before public, leading to the eventual consistency of public and private cloud computing frameworks Network Computing recently reported on a very interesting research survey... Read more
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CloudFucius Hollers: Read All About, F5’s On-Demand IT

Yesterday F5 announced a holistic approach to enable a common cloud architectural model—regardless of where IT resources actually reside.  Unifying Application Delivery, Access Control and Optimization to the cloud along with ongoing... Read more
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The Other Hybrid Cloud Architecture

When co-location meets cloud computing the result is control, consistency, agility, and operational cost savings. Generally speaking when the term “hybrid” as an adjective to describe a cloud computing model it’s referring to the combining of a... Read more
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I Have a Dream

If we do it right, cloud interoperability could be as easy as a URL rewrite – a la API refactoring. Not kidding. Question is, can we do it right? Watching the emergence of a new technology is both fascinating and frustrating. In the case of... Read more
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The Inter-Cloud: Will MAE become a MAC?

If public, private, hybrid, cumulus, stratus wasn’t enough, the ‘Inter-Cloud’ concept came up again at the Cloud Connect gathering in San Jose last week.  According to the Wikipedia entry, it was first introduced in 2007 by Kevin Kelly, bot... Read more
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Cloud Connect 2010: Got a Question About Infrastructure Interoperability But You Can’t Attend? I Got Your Back…

Hey there! CloudConnect is next week (already?) and while some of us are already on a plane heading to the Bay area to kick things off (Shlomo Swidler is already on his way, according to his tweets at 36,000 feet) some of us will be loung... Read more
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REST API Developers Between a Rock and a Hard Place

A recent blog on EBPML.ORG entitled “REST 2010 - Where are We?” very aggressively stated: “REST is just a "NO WS-*" movement.” The arguments presented are definitely interesting but the most compelling point made is in the way that RES... Read more
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The API Is the New CLI

Infrastructure 2.0, from a purely developmental standpoint, is about APIs. It’s about offering up the functionality and capabilities of a wide variety of infrastructure – network, storage, and application network – to be externally controll... 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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Cloud Interoperability – haven’t we danced before?

It amuses me when people start throwing about phrases like “interoperability” and “federation” in a space still hopping in the middle of the hype cycle. You would think that with our long and growing history, we in IT could be realistic about... Read more
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Cloud computing is not Burger King. You can’t have it your way. Yet.

Don’t confuse computing services with infrastructure services. We aren’t there yet. The subtext to the cloud computing discussion is subtle, as is the wont of subtext. But it is clear that underlying all the concerns about cloud computing is a... Read more
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OVF: A few layers short of a full stack

OVF (Open Virtualization Format) apparently just isn’t getting enough mindshare out there in the discussions of cloud computing that focus on portability and interoperability. The goal of OVF is to provide a portable, interoperable non-vendor... Read more
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Approaching cloud standards with end-user focus only is full of fail

If you’re looking at standardization and interoperability efforts only as they relate to providers or end-users then you’re not thinking long term nor are you really considering the potential of cloud computing and virtualization to revolutionize... Read more
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Interoperability between clouds requires more than just VM portability

The issue of application state and connection management is one often discussed in the context of cloud computing and virtualized architectures. That's because the stress placed on existing static infrastructure due to the potentially rapid... Read more
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