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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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There is more to it than performance.

Did you ever notice that sometimes, “high efficiency” furnaces aren’t? That some things the furnace just doesn’t cover – like the quality of your ductwork, for example? The same is true of a “high performance” race car. Yes, it is VERY fast,... 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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Web App Performance: Think 1990s.

As I’ve mentioned before, I am intrigued by the never-ending cycle of repetition that High Tech seems to be trapped in. Mainframe->Network->Distributed->Virtualized->Cloud, which while different, shares a lot of characteristics with a... Read more
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F5 Friday: The Mobile Road is Uphill. Both Ways.

Mobile users feel the need …. the need for spe-  please wait. Loading… We spent the week, like many other folks, at O’Reilly’s Velocity Conference 2011 – a conference dedicated to speed, of web sites, that is. This year the conference... Read more
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As NetWork Speeds Increase, Focus Shifts

Someone said something interesting to me the other day, and they’re right “at 10 Gig WAN connections with compression turned on, you’re not likely to fill the pipe, the key is to make certain you’re not the bottleneck.” (the other day is relative... Read more
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Kansas City Kicks Off F5 User Group in Style

It's always a good day when I can combine great food with great geekery.  Kansas City kicked off its initial user group meeting in style, serving up some excellent BBQ courtesy of the fine folks at Jack Stack BBQ.  I've dined... Read more
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v10 WebAccelerator and iRules

A customer recently contacted me regarding an iRule that worked in v 9.4 but did not produce the expected results in v 10.  A little research revealed that the new plug-in architecture is influencing when the iRule is firing. The iRule ... Read more
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Acceleration ABCs - U is for Unique Content

A When caching content especially dynamic content it is important to make sure that if content is unique that it not be served as if it is the same for everybody.   Unique content can often be identified by items in the request such as a... Read more
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Acceleration ABCs - S is for Security

Sometimes putting security solutions in place will undo all the work that has been done to accelerate an application.  I'm not saying throw security out the window as acceleration is more important, both are equally important and can work... Read more
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Acceleration ABCs - J is for JavaScript

JavaScript has been a fixture in web applications for many years now and it can have a serious impact in the performance of a web page.  First off JavaScript (js) is just text so these files can benefit significantly from compression. ... Read more
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Nothing but Blue Skies Coming My Way

The rest of the team is at a conference this week, and I admit that I'm running a little slow. I was supposed to be there, but a personal issue kept me home this year, and I find myself working slower than normal - perhaps because my team (and... Read more
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DevCentral Top5 10/3/08

Amongst the myriad of tasty bits floating across DevCentral this week brings us a cool iControl Tech Tip from one of our usually prolific bloggers. That doesn't mean she stopped blogging, of course. Much to the contrary, her contributions were... Read more
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Application Acceleration 2.0 : Breaking Browser Limitations

Several years ago it became necessary for browsers to put limitations on the number of simultaneous connections allowed not only to be open, but how many of those could be open to a single domain. This helped prevent unintentional (and, in some... Read more
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