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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....

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.

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.

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...

Garbage In, Garbage Out: Don’t Automate Broken Processes

by: Lori MacVittie

When I was a wee lass getting ready to deliver my company’s very first Internet-enabled application, I learned a valuable lesson. It wasn’t about technology. It wasn’t about the Internet. It was about processes and how frustrating they can be t...

NetOps Needs to be Agile because the Cloud Can Change Overnight

by: Lori MacVittie

NetOps needs to embrace DevOps methodologies and principles to restore the balance of stability and speed to support the growing number of applications deployed in the public cloud. There is a belief on this side (the network side) of the fence...

NetOps Embrace of Automation will lead to need for NetOps Ops

by: Lori MacVittie

Automation is the future. DevOps has long embraced the idea of automating everything in sight, but NetOps is quickly closing the gap between them using automation and orchestration extensively in production processes. Nearly half (46%%) of...