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F5 Friday: Programmability and Infrastructure as Code

#SDN #ADN #cloud #devops What does that mean, anyway? SDN and devops share some common themes. Both focus heavily on the notion of programmability in network devices as a means to achieve specific goals. For SDN it’s flexibility and rapid... Read more
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HTML5 WebSockets: High-Speed Infrastructure Integration Bus?

#HTML5 #SPDY Web 2.0 style integration has become the norm with REST and SOA-based APIs – WebSockets may provide the speed and scale necessary to make it the perfect answer to infrastructure integration challenges One of the concerns that arose... Read more
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Never attribute to technology that which is explained by the failure of people

#cloud Whether it’s Hanlon or Occam or MacVittie, the razor often cuts both ways. I am certainly not one to ignore the issue of complexity in architecture nor do I dismiss lightly the risk introduced by cloud computing through increased... Read more
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The API is the Center of the Application (Integration) Universe

#mobile #fasterapp #ccevent Today, at least. Tomorrow, who knows? Some have tried to distinguish between “mobile cloud” and “cloud” by claiming the former is the use of the web browser on a mobile device to access services while the latter... Read more
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Red Herring: Hardware versus Services

In a service-focused, platform-based infrastructure offering, the form factor is irrelevant. One of the most difficult aspects of cloud, virtualization, and the rise of platform-oriented data centers is the separation of services from their... Read more
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Infrastructure Architecture: Removing Blinders from Security Infrastructure

Infrastructure architecture is often the answer to many of IT’s most challenging issues. It is a fact of IT that different businesses have different technical requirements in terms of security, processing, performance, and even storage. In many... Read more
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Infrastructure Architecture: Whitelisting with JSON and API Keys

Application delivery infrastructure can be a valuable partner in architecting solutions …. AJAX and JSON have changed the way in which we architect applications, especially with respect to their ascendancy to rule the realm of integration, i.e.... Read more
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F5 Friday: Performance Analytics–More Than Eye-Candy Reports

#v11 Application-centric analytics provide better visibility into performance, capacity and infrastructure utilization Maintaining performance and capacity of web sites and critical applications – especially those of the revenue-generating ilk... Read more
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Forget Hyper-Scale. Think Hyper-Local Scale.

It’s kind of like thinking globally but acting locally…  While I rail against the use of the too vague and cringe-inducing descriptor “workload” with respect to scalability and cloud computing , it is perhaps at least bringing to the fore... Read more
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As Client-Server Style Applications Resurface Performance Metrics Must Include the API

Mobile and tablet platforms are hyping HTML5, but many applications are bound to a traditional client-server model, making API performance a top concern for organizations. I recently received an e-mail from Strangeloop Networks with a subject... Read more
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Cloud-Tiered Architectural Models are Bad Except When They Aren’t

Database as a service is part of an emerging model that should be evaluated as an architecture, not based on where it might be deployed These days everything is being delivered “as a Service”. Compute, storage, platforms, IT, databases. The... Read more
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WILS: Controllers and Gateways

Why these two are very different but complementary technologies Have you ever wondered why one network product is called a “controller” while another seemingly similar in function solution is called a “gateway”? There’s actually a very good... Read more
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The Thing That’s Not In Your Budget

There is one little thing you’re missing from your IT budget. While it impacts manpower most of all, you’ll be feeling it throughout your budget, and see signs of it in other departments as well. You should plan for it, because it is nearly a... Read more
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Infrastructure 2.0 + Cloud + IT as a Service = An Architectural Parfait

Infrastructure 2.0 ≠ cloud computing ≠ IT as a Service. There is a difference between Infrastructure 2.0 and cloud. There is also a difference between cloud and IT as a Service. But they do go together, like a parfait. And everybody likes a... Read more
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Applying Scalability Patterns to Infrastructure Architecture

Too often software design patterns are overlooked by network and application delivery network architects but these patterns are often equally applicable to addressing a broad range of architectural challenges in the application delivery tier of... Read more
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Cloud + BPM = Business Process Scalability

Cloud is more likely to make an application deployment more – not less – complex, but the benefits are ultimately worth it. I was a bit disconcerted by the notion put forward that cloud-based applications are somehow less complex than their... Read more
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Get Out Your Crayons. We Need to Color Us Some Bits

Those eight bits in the IP header aren’t doing much of anything these days, perhaps it’s time to put them to work Back in the early days of bandwidth management, when quality of service and prioritization of traffic were on everyone’s minds... Read more
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Service Virtualization Helps Localize Impact of Elastic Scalability

Service virtualization is the opposite of – and complementary implementation to – server virtualization. One of the biggest challenges with any implementation of elastic scalability as it relates to virtualization and cloud computing is... Read more
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Pay No Attention to the Infrastructure Behind the Cloudy Curtain

What is needed to customize the cloud is a pair of data center ruby slippers called Infrastructure 2.0. Frank Gens of IDC discussed the “New IDC IT Cloud Services Survey: Top Benefits and Challenges” in his blog and what is not surprising is... Read more
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Knowing is Half the Battle

There’s a difference between automation and orchestration, and knowing which one you’re really doing is half the battle in achieving a truly dynamic data center. Randy Heffner on CIO.Com wrote an excellent article on SOA and its value, “SOA:... Read more
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Cloud Balancing, Reverse Cloud Bursting, and Staying PCI-Compliant

One of the concerns with cloud bursting specifically for the use of addressing seasonal scaling needs is that cloud computing environments are not necessarily PCI-friendly. But there may be a solution that allows the application to maintain its... Read more
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DevCentral Top5 12/11/2009

There has been plenty to do the past couple of weeks, which means there's plenty to talk about today. Ranging from gaming to storage virtualization to interviews and more, I bring you my Top 5 picks of the week from DevCentral. And yes, of... Read more
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20 Lines or Less # 33 – Killer contest entries in 20 Lines or Less

What could you do with your code in 20 Lines or Less? That's the question I ask (almost) every week for the devcentral community, and every week I go looking to find cool new examples that show just how flexible and powerful iRules can be... Read more
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The XML Security Relay Race

A recent tweet about a free, Linux-based XML Security suite reminded me that we do not opine on the subject of XML security and its importance enough. SOA has certainly been dethroned as the technology darling du jour by cloud computing and... Read more
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The XML Security Relay Race

A recent tweet about a free, Linux-based XML Security suite reminded me that we do not opine on the subject of XML security and its importance enough. SOA has certainly been dethroned as the technology darling du jour by cloud computing and... Read more
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