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Open Source Spotlight: F5 Eclipse Plugin for NetOps

by: Lori MacVittie

As a developer, my favorite editor for writing code is vim. I know, I know. But it’s fast, I can get around in it, and it isn’t emacs. (Yeah, I went there.)

Big data doesn’t lie but the people who enter it might

by: Lori MacVittie

There’s an old business axiom we all know that  goes like this: The customer is always right. In this digital economy, it turns out that axiom has to change to read: The customer’s data is always right. Let me illustrate with a little...

The Container Colloquialism Translator for NetOps

by: Lori MacVittie

There are days when the jargon coming out of container land makes your head swim. With each new capability or feature offered by related solutions – service mesh, orchestrators, registries – seems to mandate a new term or phrase.

You Can’t Do Immutable Infrastructure without a Per-App Architecture

by: Lori MacVittie

Back in 2013, we were introduced to the concept of an immutable server. An immutable server is, as the term immutable suggests, static. Its configuration is fixed and cannot (or at least should not) be changed. If changes are required, a new...

Mainstream Microservices Mania: Challenges Increasing with Adoption

by: Lori MacVittie

Just a few short years ago microservices were a curiosity discussed by developers with a kind of giddy excitement at the possibilities and opportunities the fledgling app architecture presented. Today, even us networky folks are talking about...

Application Capital

by: Kara Sprague

F5 SVP Kara Sprague outlines an evolution of physical and digital capital that has led to the present era of Application Capital as an organization's most valuable asset.

The Surprising Truth about Digital Transformation: Diseconomy of Scale

by: Lori MacVittie

This is the fourth blog in a series on the challenges arising from digital transformation. The Surprising Truth about Digital Transformation The Surprising Truth about Digital Transformation: Cloud Chaos The Surprising Truth about Digital...

F5 Officially Supporting Ansible for Application Services Deployment

by: Lori MacVittie

As part of the robust and expanding Ansible ecosystem, F5 provides a wide variety of Ansible modules to automate the onboarding, configuration and deployment of F5 application services. Enabling Ansible-based automation simplifies, enable...

The Surprising Truth about Digital Transformation: Skipping Security

by: Lori MacVittie

It will be no surprise for many IT veterans to hear that when app performance becomes an issue, security is the first service out the door.

The Surprising Truth about Digital Transformation: Cloud Chaos

by: Lori MacVittie

This is the second blog in a series from Lori MacVittie. Let us note that the chaos associated with cloud is most often a people and process problem, not a technical one.

Load Balancing Apps and APIs: Algorithms versus Architecture

by: Lori MacVittie

For the most part, scaling apps and APIs are pretty much the same thing. Both require some sort of load balancer – usually a proxy – and are required to distribute requests across a pool of resources. But there is a fairly significant difference...

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.

Open Source Spotlight: URL rewrite and Helm charts with F5 Container Connector

by: Lori MacVittie

Lori MacVittie looks at how technologies like F5 Container Connector help navigate the routes between modern environments and traditional networking.

What is Infrastructure as Code for NetOps?

by: Lori MacVittie

As DevOps approaches creep over the wall into network operations, it drags with it new terminology. These colloquialisms can be confusing to NetOps who’ve not encountered them before, and can befuddle IT executives who are being pressured to...

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....