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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...

Speed and Scale: F5 BIG-IP as Ingress control for Kubernetes

by: Lori MacVittie

There’s as much confusion as there is chaos in container land. Every day seems to bring some new capability or component to the world of container orchestration environments. That’s necessary, because it’s still maturing as use of containers...

The New OSI Network Stack: Containers and Half-Layers

by: Lori MacVittie

Back in 1983, a group of like-minded folks in the computer and telecom industries got together to create a detailed specification they called the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI).

Automation, Clouds, and Continuous Delivery: Learning What to Learn

by: Robert Haynes

F5's Robert Haynes gives a quick run-down of automation topics to consider (and where to start).

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...

Dear NetOps: Security Rule Zero Applies to You, Too

by: Lori MacVittie

Okay, NetOps. As you’re getting all automated up and scripting your hearts out, it’s time for a gentle reminder about security. I’m not talking about firewalls and WAF or other security services you may be responsible for.

Automation: Managing F5 BIG-IP Configurations Using Puppet

by: Mani Gadde

Most of us are still learning new ways to optimize continuous deployments and reduce release cycles. In complex environments this often includes automating, streamlining, and eliminating costly, wasteful processes.

Open Source Spotlight: Auto Scaling Mesos

by: Lori MacVittie

Thanks to cloud, auto scaling applications is now nearly synonymous with scalability. And until recently, auto scaling apps with Mesos was a mostly manual endeavor.

Vulnerable Stuff Running in Containers Still Vulnerable Stuff

by: Lori MacVittie

It has been said – and not just by me – that encrypted malicious code is still malicious code. The encryption does nothing to change that...

AnsibleFest 2017’s Code of Conduct as a Metaphor for DevOps

by: Thomas A. McGonagle

The Ansible community requires everyone to be nice to each other, to be empathetic and to be kind. This is best evidenced by the Ansible Code of Conduct for events. One excerpt: “Ansible is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference...

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Automation Needs

by: Lori MacVittie

If there’s anything hotter than containers right now, it’s probably something based on containers, like serverless. In addition to being the “cool” kid on the block right now, it’s also the focus of just how important automation and orchestration*...

New Skill and New Demands: The Private Cloud Challenge for Network Operations

by: Robert Haynes

Cloud adoption changes the way we deploy applications, and the way that IT fulfills its responsibility of “stopping everything breaking.”

Forget the kids. We need this for IT Automation.

by: Lori MacVittie

To untangle the complexity inherent in IT automation today, we need to find a better way to construct the workflows that represent the processes used to deploy, manage, and configure IT infrastructure.

Treat Your IT Automation Code Like Cattle, Too.

by: Lori MacVittie

IT has to embrace standardization of the code that makes IT go or risk creating systems that syphon off the financial and efficacy benefits of IT automation. I spent nearly a decade developing software. Embedded software. Web software....

F5 Container Connector: Now with Ingress Control, Red Hat OpenShift, and Pivotal Cloud Foundry

by: Lori MacVittie

If you haven’t noticed, containers are continuing to build momentum with a surprising speed. Not even cloud can brag of this kind of zealous adoption. While it’s important to remember that deploying containers in production does not mea...