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Bare Metal Blog: Throughput Sometimes Has Meaning

#BareMetalBlog Knowing what to test is half the battle. Knowing how it was tested the other. Knowing what that means is the third. That’s some testing, real clear numbers. In most countries, top speed is no longer the thing that auto manufacturer... Read more
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Does Cloud Solve or Increase the 'Four Pillars' Problem?

It has long been said – often by this author – that there are four pillars to application performance: Memory CPU Network Storage As soon as you resolve one in response to application response times, another becomes the bottleneck, even if you... Read more
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F5 ... Wednesday: Bye Bye Branch Office Blues

#virtualization #VDI Unifying desktop management across multiple branch offices is good for performance – and operational sanity. When you walk into your local bank, or local retail outlet, or one of the Starbucks in Chicago O'Hare,... Read more
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The BYOD That is Real.

Not too long ago I wrote about VDI and BYOD, and how their hype cycles were impacting IT. In that article I was pretty dismissive of the corporate-wide democratization of IT through BYOD, and I stand by that. Internally, it is just not a realistic... Read more
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Random Acts of Optimization.

When I first embarked on my application development career, I was a code optimization junky. Really, making things faster, more efficient, the tightest it could get was a big deal to me. That routine you wrote to solve a one-off problem often... Read more
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On the Trading Floor and in the QA Lab

#fsi problems are very public, but provide warning messages for all enterprises. The recent troubles in High Frequency Trading (HFT) involving problems on the NASDAQ over the debut of Facebook, the Knight Trading $400 Million USD loss among... Read more
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Speed Matters, but Dev Speed or App Speed?

In running, speed matters. But how the speed matters is very important, and what type of running is your forte’ should determine what you are involved in. As a teen, I was never a very good sprinter. Just didn’t get up to speed fast enough, and... Read more
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F5 Friday. Speedy SPDY

#ADO, #Stirling, #fasterapp a SPDY implementation that is as fast and adaptable as needed. **I originally wrote this more than a month ago… Coworkers have covered this topic extensively, but thought I’d still get it posted for those who read my... Read more
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Interop 2012 - Application Delivery Optimization with F5's Lori MacVittie

I chat with Lori MacVittie about F5’s Application Delivery Optimization (ADO) solutions which accelerate applications across public and private clouds to better support remote and mobile users.  SPDY support is a big conversation... Read more
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New Communications = Multiplexification

I wrote a good while back about the need to translate all the various storage protocols into one that could take root and simplify the lives of IT. None of the ones currently being hawked seem to be making huge inroads in the datacenter, all have... Read more
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Mobile Apps. New Game, New (and Old) Rules

For my regular readers: Sorry about the long break, thought I’d start back with a hard look at a seemingly minor infrastructure elements, and the history of repeating history in IT. In the history of all things, technological and methodological... Read more
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The Four V’s of Big Data

#stirling #bigdata #ado #interop “Big data” focuses almost entirely on data at rest. But before it was at rest – it was transmitted over the network. That ultimately means trouble for application performance.    The problem of... Read more
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Pulse2012 - How F5 Optimizes IBM Solutions

I talk with F5 Solution Engineer Nojan Moshiri about how F5 can optimize IBM solutions.  We discuss ssl off-load, wan optimization, web acceleration, how industries use IBM's Maximo and some other interesting tidbits.  We’re at the... Read more
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Advanced Load Balancing For Developers. The Network Dev Tool

It has been a while since I wrote an installment of Load Balancing for Developers, and now I think it has been too long, but never fear, this is the grad-daddy of Load Balancing for Developers blogs, covering a useful bit of information about... Read more
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Like Cars on a Highway.

Every once in a while, as the number of people following me grows (thank you, each and every one), I like to revisit something that is fundamental to the high-tech industry but is often overlooked or not given the attention it deserves.... Read more
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Performance in the Cloud: Business Jitter is Bad

#fasterapp #ccevent While web applications aren’t sensitive to jitter, business processes are. One of the benefits of web applications is that they are generally transported via TCP, which is a connection-oriented protocol designed to assure... Read more
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Enterprise Apps are Not Written for Speed

#fasterapp #cceventThey’re written for readability, for integration, for business function, and for long-term maintenance… When I was first entering IT I had the good (or bad, depending on how you look at it) fortune to be involved in some of... Read more
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The Epic Failure of Stand-Alone WAN Optimization

#fasterapp #ccevent WAN optimization is not and cannot be separated from application delivery Yes, yes I did say that. There's a reason for that, and after more than a decade of watching the markets that tangentially revolve around making... Read more
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From Point A to Point B.

The complexities of life often escape a young child. The Little Man asked me the other day why I had to go work, which was both a compliment to wanting to spend time with me and an unintended backhand slap at Lori, who was going to hang out wit... 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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There’s growth, and then there’s growth.

At our annual sales conference, Lori and I sat in on a great presentation by coworker Dawn Parzych that talked about the Internet, usage, and patterns. There are two interesting statistics that she presented, and I’ve munged them to generate a... Read more
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Even the best written code has a weakness.

Developers are a great lot of folks, people who spend their day trying to do the impossible with bits for a customer base that is, by and large, impossible to satisfy. When the bits all line up correctly, the last line of code has been checked in... Read more
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Toll Booths and Dams. And Strategic Points of Control

An interesting thing about toll booths, they provide a point at which all sorts of things can happen. When you are stopped to pay a toll, it smooths the flow of traffic by letting a finite number of vehicles through per minute, reducing congestio... Read more
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Sometimes, If IT Isn’t Broken, It Still Needs Fixing.

In our first house, we had a set of stairs that were horrible. They were unfinished, narrow, and steep. Lori went down them once with a vacuum cleaner, they were just not what we wanted in the house. They came out into the kitchen, so you wer... Read more
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The Cloud and The Consumer: The Impact on Bandwidth and Broadband

Cloud-based services for all things digital will either drive – or die by – bandwidth Consumers, by definition, consume. In the realm of the Internet, they consume far more than they produce. Or so it’s been in the past. Broadband connectivity... Read more
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