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IT Automation is Strategic

by: Lori MacVittie

What if I told you that “mainframes host more transactions daily than Google (1.3 million/second on CICS vs. 68,542/second on Google), including 55 percent of all enterprise transactions.” (Forbes) Would you be shocked? You shouldn’t. While...

See How to Route Apps across Multi-Cloud Containers with F5 and Red Hat at Red Hat Summit

by: Lori MacVittie

F5 is at Red Hat Summit this week demonstrating multi-cloud capabilities with OpenShift Containers, Ansible automation, and Aspen Mesh / Istio insight.

Why is a Declarative Model Important for NetOps Automation?

by: Lori MacVittie

Lori MacVittie: If you’re going to automate all the things, go declarative.

BIG-IP Cloud Edition: Per-app Security and Scale

by: Lori MacVittie

There is a new network coming to a data center near you. And by ‘near you’ I mean within walking distance of your desk. Whether we like it or not, pressure from digital transformation continues to drive development of new apps at a frantic pace....

Per-App Architectures Protect Apps at Home and in the Cloud

by: Lori MacVittie

The data center is being driven to change by digital transformation, with cloud, containers, and catastrophic breaches prompting this evolution sooner rather than later.

Workflows versus APIs

by: Lori MacVittie

There's an API tax. It's the time and technical debt incurred by executing complex processes using individual API calls. And it grows as processes expand.

There is no such thing as a non-critical app when it comes to security

by: Lori MacVittie

At Thermopylae, so the story goes, the Persians were able to defeat the Spartans by outflanking them thanks to a narrow goat path rather than the expected frontal assault.

Why A Per-App Approach to Application Services Matters

by: Lori MacVittie

I can’t read minds (my kids would disagree but that’s neither here nor there) but I can read the responses to our State of Application Delivery survey. And when I read them through the lens of self-identified app developers I see a very...

How Cloud and Containers are Driving Application Services to Disaggregate

by: Lori MacVittie

Applications drive decisions on everything from location to the form-factor of delivery infrastructure, based on app needs and requirements.

Open Source Spotlight: What’s New for F5 in Ansible 2.5

by: Lori MacVittie

New F5 modules have been added with more security profiles, licensing support, and monitoring. More information and community support for a variety of playbooks is available on DevCentral or Github.

Balancing Security and Performance with Web Application Firewalls

by: Lori MacVittie

Using a WAF you can parse, pull apart, twist, and modify content however you want. But just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.

Production Pain Points and the Application Services that Relieve Them

by: Lori MacVittie

Developers in a RisingStack survey cite performance, security, and deployment difficulties in production environments Not all security and performance is the result of ‘bad code’. Platforms and protocol implementations are more often than not...

Application Services Update: Security, Speed, and Suspicious Visitors

by: Lori MacVittie

It’s time again to dig into the application services organizations are actually using to make apps faster and safer. Of note is a rise in use of bot defense services and the slow but steady inroads being made by HTTP/2. While not an application...

Open Source Spotlight: F5 Enables A/B Testing and Blue/Green Deployments with Red Hat OpenShift

by: Lori MacVittie

Today’s fast-paced, digitally-enabled data centers need to be able to direct traffic, not just distribute it. Red Hat OpenShift is in use by 21% of respondents according to the State of Application Delivery 2018. A/B Testing and Blue/Gre...

State of Application Delivery 2018: Security in the cloud, yes! Confidence, not so much.

by: Lori MacVittie

Digital transformation is a forcing function, encouraging automation and orchestration across IT and driving organizations to the decision to deliver apps from the public cloud. In fact, digital transformation permeates so thoroughly across IT...