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Optimize Prime: The Self-Optimizing Application Delivery Network

Infrastructure 2.0 enabled application delivery platforms have more than a few things in common with the Transformers. Like Autobots, there’s more to it than meets the eye. If you’re familiar with the mythology of the Transformers – and perhaps... Read more
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Infrastructure Matters: Challenges of Cloud-based Testing

An interesting thing happened on the way to testing that application from the cloud. We broke the innertubes! Pros and Cons of Application Testing in the Cloud A firm wanted to test their application and need 100 browser instances. In the old days... Read more
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What's good for the network is not always good for applications

Just because you can, doesn't mean you should. I'm going to start this one by quoting Hoff who was quoting Andreas Antonopoulos of Nemertes Research Group who was paraphrasing a concept put forth by Doug Gourlay. From Rational... Read more
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The Secret Knowledge of Developers that Network Administrators Want

When an application is deployed into a high-availability production environment there are a number of interesting infrastructure related things need to happen. The application delivery controller (ADC) needs to be configured, DNS entries updated,... Read more
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2.5 bad ways to implement a server load balancing architecture

I'm in a bit of mood after reading a Javaworld article on server load balancing that presents some fairly poor ideas on architectural implementations. It's not the concepts that are necessarily wrong; they will work. It's the... Read more
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Can the future of application delivery networks be found in neural network theory?

I spent a big chunk of time a few nights ago discussing neural networks with my oldest son over IM. It's been a long time since I've had reason to dig into anything really related to AI (artificial intelligence) and at first I was thinking... Read more
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Bursting the Cloud

The cloud computing craze is leading to some interesting new terms. Cloudware and cloudbursting are two terms I particularly like for their ability to describe specific computing models based on cloud computing. Today we're going to look at... Read more
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Dear Data Center Guy

You walked past me again today without stopping. I remember when you used to stop and admire my glowing red ball every day. But that was back when I was brand new and you thought I was the center of your data center. I heard you talking to some... Read more
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I do not think that word means what you think it means

Greg Ferro over at My Etherealmind has a, for lack of a better word, interesting entry in his Network Dictionary on the term "Application Delivery Controller." He says:Application Delivery Controller (ADC) - Historically known as a “load... Read more
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Reliability does not come from SOA Governance

An interesting InformationWeek article asks whether SOA intermediaries such as "enterprise service bus, design-time governance, runtime management, and XML security gateways" are required for an effective SOA. It further posits that SOA... Read more
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Layer 7 Switching + Load Balancing = Layer 7 Load Balancing

Modern load balancers (application delivery controllers) blend traditional load-balancing capabilities with advanced, application aware layer 7 switching to support the design of a highly scalable, optimized application delivery network.... Read more
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Persistent and Persistence, What's the Difference?

The English language is one of the most expressive, and confusing, in existence. Words can have different meaning based not only on context, but on placement within a given sentence. Add in the twists that come from technical jargon and suddenly... Read more
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The Disadvantages of DSR (Direct Server Return)

I read a very nice blog post yesterday discussing some of the traditional pros and cons of load-balancing configurations. The author comes to the conclusion that if you can use direct server return, you should. I agree with the author's list... Read more
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Web 2.0: Integration, APIs, and Scalability

Web 2.0 is built on primarily two technologies: AJAX and RSS. AJAX is used to develop interactive, real-time applications while RSS is primarily used as for integration and syndication. Import a feed, share a feed, drag-n-drop a gadget, widget, or... Read more
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