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Virtualize This.

#ApplicationMobility holds a place in IT’s future. Check out this app virtualization and movement tool. We in IT have spent a ton of time, ink, and electrons discussing server virtualization, and with good reason. Server virtualization did... Read more
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Devops Proverb: Process Practice Makes Perfect

#devops Tools for automating – and optimizing – processes are a must-have for enabling continuous delivery of application deployments Some idioms are cross-cultural and cross-temporal. They transcend cultures and time, remaining relevant no... Read more
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When VDI Comes Calling

It is an interesting point/counterpoint to read up about Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) deployment or lack thereof. The industry definitely seems to be split on whether VDI is the wave of the future or not, what its level of deployment is,... Read more
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IBM Rational AppScan

In my last post, I introduced my role as Solution Engineer for our IBM partnership and how many exciting solutions we have coming out in our partnership.  Today I’m going to briefly cover one of our latest releases, the IBM Rational AppScan... Read more
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An Aristotlean Approach to Devops and Infrastructure Integration

Aristotle’s famous four questions can be applied to infrastructure integration as a means to determine whether an API or SDK is the right tool for the job. While bouncing back and forth last week with Patrick Debois on the role of devops  ,... Read more
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Distributing SAP Load using BIG-IP Advanced Monitoring

Several recent forum posts on DevCentral forums have commented on the fact that SAP Landscapes often have asynchronous batch jobs that cause higher CPU loads on certain servers. This causes problems for application delivery controllers because... Read more
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F5 Friday: The Evolution of Reference Architectures to Repeatable Architectures

A reference architecture is a solution with the “some assembly required” instructions missing.     As a developer and later an enterprise architect, I evaluated and leveraged untold number of “reference architectures.”... Read more
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F5 Friday: NetApp SnapVault With BIG-IP WOM

Because ‘big data’ isn’t just a problem for data at rest, it’s a problem for data being transferred. Remember when we talked about operational risk comprising more than security? One of the three core components of operational risk is... 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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F5 Friday: Two Heads are Better Than One

Detecting attacks is good, being able to do something about it is better. F5 and Oracle take their collaborative relationship even further into the data center, integrating web application and database firewall solutions to improve protection... Read more
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F5 Friday: A War of Ecosystems

Nokia’s brutally honest assessment of its situation identifies what is not always obvious in the data center - it’s about an ecosystem.  In what was certainly a wake-up call for many, Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop tells his organization its... Read more
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Cloud Usage: What If We’re Doing It Wrong?

Lori and I were talking shop over the weekend, and one of the things a co-worker had said on an email thread triggered an entire series of observations from me. Not being one to keep my mouth shut, I thought I’d share them with you and lead you to... Read more
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F5 Friday: There’s an App for That (And It’s In the App Store)

The consumerization of IT is well underway. Supporting secure remote access via what are traditionally “consumer” gadgets is a must.     In the days when Web 2.0 was forcing its way into IT along with the Millennials the warning went... Read more
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Talking Microsoft Lync Server Availability and Scalability

Just wrapped up a great session with the F5/Microsoft team discussing Microsoft Lync Server and designing deployments for optimal availability and scale. As companies start to deal with the major wave of mobile/remote workers (in one report, IDC... Read more
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F5 Friday: The Dynamic VDI Security Game

Balancing security, speed, and scalability is easy if you have the right infrastructure. A dynamic infrastructure. All the talk about “reusing” and “sharing” resources in highly virtualized and cloud computing environments makes it sound... Read more
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F5 Friday: F5 BIG-IP WOM Puts the Snap(py) in NetApp SnapMirror

Data replication is still an issue for large organizations and as data growth continues, those backup windows are getting longer and longer… With all the hype surrounding cloud computing and dynamic resources on demand for cheap you’d think... Read more
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Eliminating Data Center Vertigo with F5 and Microsoft

Without the proper feedback an automated data center can experience vertigo, leaving end-users dizzy and frustrated. As organizations continue to virtualize and automate the data center in their quest to liberate themselves and their users from... Read more
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Tip Of The Week ABC’s – B is for Backing Up Your Data

Sometimes it takes a disaster to realize the importance of backing up your digital information.  I’ve had the same computer running at home for nearly 6 years.  Like many others out there, I store everything on it: family pictures,... Read more
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F5 Friday: THE Database Gets Some Love

The database has long been the black sheep of application infrastructure; oft dismissed with a casual hand-wave in discussions involving acceleration and scalability. Finally, the database gets some much deserved application delivery love. ... Read more
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F5 Friday: Application Access Control - Code, Agent, or Proxy?

How about some integration, instead? A combined Oracle Access Manager and F5 BIG-IP Access Policy Manager solution is more scalable, more reliable, and easier to manage than any of the traditional three solutions.   In the course of... Read more
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Return of the Web Application Platform Wars

If developers will not write “virtualization aware” applications, who will? The future of application development platforms may be at stake… Right now developers are packaging up applications in virtual machines and deploying them. That’s... Read more
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Holiday Gifts: An ARX For Me, An Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control Plug-in for You!

Well, this is my “on vacation” blog, so I’ll keep it short. This holiday season I received a big box from our Data Solutions Group that I’m told contains an ARX for my play-time and will no doubt fill your reading time in the new year. Assuming... Read more
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Next-Generation Management of Data Centers Should be Modeled on Social Networking

Should the next generation management of network and application network devices look and act more like Facebook and Twitter? Infrastructure 2.0 could take us there. Y ou may think I’m kidding and certainly I make this proposal with some amount... Read more
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Microsoft Exchange 2010: HELO New Architecture

Microsoft has made some fairly substantial changes to the core architecture of Exchange 2010. Given that messaging can only be described as business critical today, it’s no surprise that many new aspects of Exchange 2010 and in particular its ne... Read more
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Introducing Posh-FourSquare - The PowerShell library for FourSquare.com

Those who know me, can attest that I'm a early adopter when it comes to social networking systems.  The latest one I've been getting into lately is FourSquare.com.  FourSquare.com describes itself as 50% friend finder, 30%... Read more
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