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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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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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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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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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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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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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What Is Your Reason for Virtualization and Cloud, Anyway?

Gear shifting in a modern car is a highly virtualized application nowadays. Whether you’re driving a stick or an automatic, it is certainly not the same as your great grandaddy’s shifting (assuming he owned a car). The huge difference between ... Read more
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F5 Friday: CSG Case Study Shows Increased Performance, Less WAN Traffic With Dell and F5

When time and performance mattered, CSG Content Direct turned to Dell and F5 to make their replication faster while reducing WAN utilization. We talk a lot in our blogs about what benefits you could get from an array of F5 products, so when t... Read more
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More Complexity, New Problems, Sounds Like IT!

It is a very cool world we live in, where technology is concerned. We’re looking at a near future where your excess workload, be it applications or storage, can be shunted off to a cloud. Your users have more power in their hands than ever before,... Read more
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The Right (Platform) Tool For the Job(s).

One of my hobbies is modeling – mostly for wargaming but also for the sake of modeling. In an average year I do a lot of WWII models, some modern military, some civilian vehicles, figures from an array of historical timeperiods and the occasional... Read more
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Smart Energy Cloud? Sounds like fun.

Having just returned from our annual D&D tournament, this year in Las Vegas, I have role-playing on the mind, so when I read the title of Elizabeth White’s blog IBM and Cable & Wireless to Develop UK Smart Energy Cloud, I immediatel... 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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No Really. Broadband.

In nature, things seek a balance that is sustainable. In the case of rivers, if there is too much pressure from water flowing, they either flood or open streams to let off the pressure. Both are technically examples of erosion, but we’re not here... Read more
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What Developers Should Or Should Not Do.

Recently I was in a conversation where someone seriously suggested that Web Application Acceleration and WAN Optimization should be the job of developers, since they are in the code and creating the network traffic. At first I was taken aback b... Read more
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Gotta Catch Em All. Multiple bottlenecks are a part of the IT lifestyle

My older children, like most kids in their age group, all played with or collected Pokemon cards. Just like I and all of my friends had GI Joes and discussed the strengths and weaknesses of Kung-fu grip versus hard hands, they and all of thei... Read more
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Deduplication and Compression – Exactly the same, but different.

One day many years ago, Lori and I’s oldest son held up two sheets of paper and said “These two things are exactly the same, but different!” Now, he’s a very bright individual, he was just young, and didn’t even get how incongruous the statemen... Read more
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Rate Shaping: An Old Trick You Might Need. Soon.

It should be no surprise to anyone that the number of mobile devices is increasing at an astounding rate.  In fact, according to Ericsson, mobile broadband subscriptions will double in 2011. Let’s all just take a moment to ponder what tha... Read more
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