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Why Should DevOps Practitioners Care about Per-App Architectures?

by: Lori MacVittie

Implied in that question is the conclusion that you should. For decades now we have been deploying the application services that comprise much of the production pipeline on shared platforms. Application services like load balancing, application...

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...

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.)

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...

Unblocking Change: Continuous Learning in the DevOps Era

by: Teri Patrick

For network ops, industry shifts can prove quite disruptive as app teams bypass controls and systems that made perfect sense at one time.

The Surprising Truth about Digital Transformation: Container Confusion

by: Lori MacVittie

This is the last 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...

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.

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.