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The Art of Scaling Containers: Circuit Breakers

by: Lori MacVittie

Read about the role circuit breakers play when it comes to scaling container environments.

The State of Application Delivery 2018: Digital Transformation Driving Automation and Multi-Cloud Despite Security Concerns

by: Lori MacVittie

Discover the key findings of F5's fourth annual State of Application Delivery report.

The Art of Scaling Containers: Retries

by: Lori MacVittie

Lori MacVittie continues her series on "The Art of Scaling Containers", after touching on discovery and distribution, this blog digs into retries.

Adopting Automation: Don’t Sacrifice Strategy for Speed

by: Lori MacVittie

Like multi-cloud, automation can be (and should be) strategic.  In a perfect IT world, we would see the smooth road of (internal) digital transformation follow a predictable path to success. It would start with the selection of platforms and...

The Art of Scaling Containers: Distribution

by: Lori MacVittie

In part two of "The Art of Scaling Containers", Lori MacVittie digs into the role that distribution plays.

The Art of Scaling Containers: Discovery

by: Lori MacVittie

Scaling containers is more than just slapping a proxy in front of a service and walking away. There’s more to scale than just distribution, Lori MacVittie starts with discussing discovery.

Five Predictions for 2018 You Can Pretty Much Bank On

by: Lori MacVittie

Lori MacVittie decided to put down in digital ink what the data and technology cycle is showing will be pretty much a given in 2018.

Security Rule One: You’re probably violating it right now

by: Lori MacVittie

By now you’ve heard Security Rule Zero enough to know it by heart. You do know it by heart, right? Just in case, let me refresh your memory: THOU SHALT NOT TRUST USER INPUT. EVER. Excellent. Now that we’ve got that fundamental rule established...

Open Source Spotlight: F5 Announces It Will Commit More than Code

by: Lori MacVittie

Open source has come a long way (baby) since the days of lengthy downloads and subsequent custom compiles of Slackware.

HTTP Rising: Telemetry, Tracking, and Terror in Container Environs

by: Lori MacVittie

HTTP is ubiquitous. If a device has networking capabilities, it probably speaks HTTP as fluently as you speak your native language.

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 Risks of Running HTTP are Increasing but Manageable

by: Lori MacVittie

Whether we like it or not, HTTP is the de facto application transport protocol of the modern age. We use it everywhere. It’s as ubiquitous as IP and TCP, and serves much the same purpose. Its only goal is to transport the digital gold of today’s...

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).

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*...

Closing Data Center Generational Gaps with NetOps

by: Lori MacVittie

Don’t let anyone tell you hardware doesn’t matter. Hardware is everywhere. In every mobile phone. Every Fitbit and techno-gadget we own. In our cars. In our laptops and tablets. Increasingly, it’s in our appliances. In our watches. And apparently,...