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Is there a Minimal Viable Deployment for NetOps

by: Lori MacVittie

Is it really all or nothing for network automation? Network automation – the practice of DevOpsing the production pipeline – is already in use by a significant percentage of organizations. While very few are fully engaged, the majority (77%...

Size Matters (But not that Much) in Network Automation

by: Lori MacVittie

So says the data. It would be easy to dismiss the importance of network automation by claiming that the size of your organization (and subsequently, demand) doesn’t warrant the admittedly significant effort required. After all, if there’s only...

Using F5 BIG-IP to Eliminate Tiers When Scaling Apps in Containers

by: Lori MacVittie

Or is that ‘tears’ of frustration? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Perhaps it’s both. There is a relationship between network and application architectures. Usually we like to talk about how changes and shifts in application architectures impact the...

Software is Still Eating IT: Its Next Course is Application Services

by: Lori MacVittie

Back in 2015, I noted that Software was Eating IT. That was based on data culled from a variety of industry sources included RightScale, HBR, PWC, and others. From development to deployment to delivery, software was taking over everywhere. But...

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...

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...

Open Source Spotlight: Increasing Observability with F5 Cloud Logger iApp

by: Lori MacVittie

Developers (and DevOps) crave observability. That’s visibility, but with more alacrity, meaning APIs and integration with tools and dashboards.

IT Automation is Strategic

by: Lori MacVittie

What if I told you that “mainframes host more transactions daily than Google (1.3 million/second on CICS vs. 68,542/second on Google), including 55 percent of all enterprise transactions.” (Forbes) Would you be shocked? You shouldn’t. While...

Why is a Declarative Model Important for NetOps Automation?

by: Lori MacVittie

Lori MacVittie: If you’re going to automate all the things, go declarative.

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....

Workflows versus APIs

by: Lori MacVittie

There's an API tax. It's the time and technical debt incurred by executing complex processes using individual API calls. And it grows as processes expand.

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...

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.

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*...