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It is All About Repeatability and Consistency.

#f5 it is often more risky to skip upgrading than to upgrade. Know the risk/benefits of both. Not that I need to tell you, but there are several things in your network that you could have better control of. Whether it is consistent application of... Read more
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F5 Friday: Devops for DNS

#devops #cloud Managing a global presence – especially in the cloud – can introduce additional complexity. Back in the day when virtualization and cloud were just making waves, one of the first challenges made obvious was managing IP... Read more
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F5 Friday: Workload Optimization with F5 and IBM PureSystems

#IBMPureSystems #devops #cloud Optimizing and assuring availability of applications is critical to the success of any application architecture This week IBM announced its next-generation platform, IBM PureSystems. IBM PureSystems comprise a fully... Read more
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F5 Friday: Addressing the Unintended Consequences of Cloud

Operationally unified architectures able to leverage cloud computing without compromising on control and security are key to mitigating unintended consequences of cloud The adoption of cloud computing introduces operational challenges that... Read more
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The Conflation of Pay-as-you-Grow Hardware with On-Demand

#cloud Today’s post is brought to you by the Law of Diminishing Returns The conflation of “pay-as-you-grow” with “on-demand” tends to cause confusion in the realm of networking and hardware. This is because of the way in which networking vendors... Read more
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F5 Friday: Doing VDI, Only Better

#F5 does #VDI, and it does it better. There are three core vendors and protocols supporting VDI today. Microsoft with RDP, Citrix with ICA, and VMware with PCoIP. For most organizations a single vendor approach has been necessary, primarily... Read more
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What Does Mobile Mean, Anyway?

We tend to assume characteristics upon hearing the term #mobile. We probably shouldn’t… There are – according to about a bazillion studies - 4 billion mobile devices in use around the globe. It is interesting to note that nearly everyone who... Read more
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F5 Friday: What’s Inside an F5?

Is it Linux? Is it third-party? Is it proprietary? Isn’t #vcmp just a #virtualization platform? Just what is inside an F5 BIG-IP that makes it go vroom? Over the years I’ve seen some pretty wild claims about what, exactly, is “inside” a BIG-IP... Read more
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F5 Friday: Creating a DNS Blackhole. On Purpose

#infosec #DNS #v11 DNS is like your mom, remember? Sometimes she knows better.   Generally speaking, blackhole routing is a problem, not a solution. A route to nowhere is not exactly a good thing, after all. But in some cases it’s an... Read more
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iApp – Great Customer Response

Last week we held our launch event for the EMEA International Technology Center in London. It was a two day event in which we hosted seventy customers the first day and fifty partners the second. We gave facilities tours, explained our services,... Read more
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2012 IT Staffing Crisis?

After just proclaiming, a mere four days ago in The Top 10, Top Predictions for 2012, that I wouldn’t predict anything for 2012 and simply would repurpose other’s predictions, I offer this prognosis. An area I have been thinking about recently is... Read more
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F5 Friday: Load Balancing MySQL with F5 BIG-IP

Scaling MySQL just got a whole lot easier  load balancing MySQL – any database, really – is not a trivial task. Generally speaking one does not simply round robin your way through a cluster of MySQL databases as a means to achieve... Read more
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Is It Time For IT Role Reorgs?

When I was hired in to a utility to head an Automated Meter Reading project that was just getting organized – R&D was largely done, but implementation was not started – the team was set up in a rather odd manner. We had our own datacenter, w... Read more
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Ecosystems are Always in Flux

#devops An ecosystem-based data center approach means accepting the constancy of change… It is an interesting fact of life for aquarists that the term “stable” does not actually mean a lack of change. On the contrary, it means that the core... Read more
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iApp – And the audience gasped!

#iApp #v11 Time for some customer evidence! Last week F5 hosted our International Sales Conference. The whole company is invited to the general session at which our senior execs talk about the year in review and our vision for the future. iApp... Read more
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Dynamic Attack Protection and Access Control with BIG-IP v11

We try to offer many learning opportunities thru webinars so if there are other topics you’re interested in, there are some links below but also check out the F5 WebCasts page along with DevCentral’s Media site.  We also post video content to... Read more
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F5 BIG-IP Platform Security

When creating any security-enabled network device, development teams must fully investigate security of the device itself to ensure it cannot be compromised.  A gate provides no security to a house if the gap between the bars is large enough... Read more
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Remember When Hand Carts Were State Of The Art? Me either.

Funny thing about the advancement of technology, in most of the modern world we enshrine it, spend massive amounts of money to find “the next big thing”, and act as if change is not only inevitable, but rapid. The truth is that change i... Read more
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London IPEXPO 2011

I meet with F5 Sr. Systems Engineer Rob Haynes at the London IPExpo to show a little about what F5 is sharing at one of England's largest IT Infrastructure Conferences.</p> <p><font... Read more
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iApp–How to manage and build iRules

Michael Earnhart is a PME on our new technology research (NTR) team. While he isn’t one of the ninja’s who lives in the dark and wears black, he certainly falls into the “always up for a debate” category. And he is good at tirelessly coming up... Read more
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F5 Friday: Engineering, Experience, and Bacon?

#iApp #v11 If you were wondering what these three things have to do with F5, read on … What has a strange sense of humor, an unhealthy love of bacon and donuts, and has held a wide variety IT roles and responsibilities for a whole lot of... Read more
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Automation Is Not Your Enemy.

Sun Tzu wrote that you cannot win if you do not know your enemy and yourself. In his sense, he was talking about knowing your army and its capabilities, but this rule seriously applies to nearly every endeavor, and certainly every competitiv... Read more
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VMworld 2011: F5 BIG-IP v11 iApps for Citrix

The bonus VMworld2011 video - like the special features of a DVD! This was shot by our good friends at Dell and originally posted to the Dell TechCenter home page and Dell TechCenter YouTube channel. I interview F5 Solution Architect, Michael... Read more
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F5 Friday: Sync, Share, and Scale

#v11 ScaleN breaks out of the traditional infrastructure scalability mold We previously introduced ScaleN but we didn’t really dig into how it’s enabled, other than to mention it’s been made possible in part by leveraging F5’s vCMP (virtual... Read more
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F5 Friday: Latency, Logging, and Sprawl

#v11 Logging, necessary for a variety of reasons in the data center, can consume resources and introduce undesirable latency. Avoiding that latency improves application performance and in some cases, the quality of logs. Logging. It’s... Read more
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