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How to Win at Multi-Cloud: Standardize then Automate to Innovate

by: Lori MacVittie

Cloud has always been about realizing economies of scale. With digital transformation driving organizations to seek new opportunities to improve productivity (internal) and profit (external) with applications, the rate at which operations and apps...

Open Source Spotlight: F5 Infrastructure as Code and Multi-Cloud Manageability

by: Lori MacVittie

You might have noted that a significant drum beat under the multi-cloud mantra is manageability. That’s because the task of scaling, securing, and delivering apps to users requires a certain set of services – load balancers, compute, storage, app...

Open Source Spotlight: OpenStack LBaaS Enhanced Service Definitions

by: Lori MacVittie

One of the often mentioned benefits of cloud – private or public, on-prem or off – is speed. Speed to provision, speed to scale, speed to ultimately get an app delivered to the users who desire or demand its functionality. To get that speed, much...

Where does a WAF fit in the data path?

by: Lori MacVittie

The data path contains multiple insertion points at which a WAF can be deployed. But that doesn’t mean every insertion point is a good idea.

How Container Orchestration Environments Impact Health Monitoring

by: Lori MacVittie

At the heart of availability is monitoring. Every load balancer – before it chooses a target resource – has to know whether that resource is actually available or not. Otherwise, what’s the point? In environments where resources have lifetimes...

Example-driven Insecurity Illustrates Need for WAF

by: Lori MacVittie

Learning online is big. Especially for those who self-identify as a developer. If you take a peek at Stack Overflow’s annual developer survey...

Making Multi-Cloud Manageable: F5 Application Connector Now Available for Microsoft Azure

by: Lori MacVittie

When using multiple public clouds to host applications, you’ve still got to manage those apps and connect them to a secure inbound path.

Realizing Multi-Cloud Consistency with F5 and VMware Cloud on AWS

by: Lori MacVittie

In the beginning (back in 2007 or so), there was cloud. And it was mostly SaaS, as organizations eagerly consumed business-ready offerings that replaced previously rented line of business apps...

Ingress Controllers: New Name, Familiar Function

by: Lori MacVittie

Colloquialisms. These are those words and phrases that have a uniquely local meaning that can confound those not native to the area. For example, when I’m out and about and thirsty, I look for a bubbler.

Realizing FIPS Validation in Virtualized, SDN, and Cloud Data Centers

by: Henry Tam

Securing your data and infrastructure while transitioning to cloud (and software-defined everything) is complicated, but throw in tighter, stricter regulatory compliance and then you really have complexity and risk.

Serverless = Operations on Autopilot

by: Lori MacVittie

You’re going to need a platform for automation and orchestration. Serverless might be just what you were looking for. Serverless (a.k.a. Function as a Service) is still very much in its infancy. And any technology that’s just finding its legs...

Are Your Apps Stressing Out Users with Poor Performance?

by: Lori MacVittie

While apps represent opportunities to improve productivity and increase profits, poor performance and annoyed users bring these gains to a halt.

In Container Land, Declarative Configuration is King

by: Lori MacVittie

Digital transformation on the inside is integral to enabling digital transformation on the outside. One of the foundational components of internal digital transformation is automation, which relies heavily on the control plane. The control plane...

Stop the IoT attack that comes before THE ATTACK

by: Lori MacVittie

Generally speaking, the use of the term “attack” has come to mean an attempt to deny service to an organization. That’s likely because the frequency and volume of DDoS attacks have had serious consequences for high-profile organizations. The...

Private Clouds Demand a Different Mindset

by: Robert Haynes

Successful private cloud adoption is not (just) about the infrastructure. It requires fundamental changes in the way your network operations work.