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Why Infrastructure Matters to Developers using Containers

by: Lori MacVittie

Today, one of the most frequently heard questions in the halls of an infrastructure provider is how to explain the value of that infrastructure to the developer community. Trouble is, most of the benefits of infrastructure are garnered after...

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%...

Leaders and Laggards in Cloud: It’s all about the Application Services

by: Lori MacVittie

Sometimes I love reading commentary from El Reg on IT and technology. Delivered with just the right amount of bite, their bark is often right on target. Other times, though, they miss the mark in their biting commentary. In a diatribe on cloud...

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...

Availability is a Diversion and We are Falling for It

by: Lori MacVittie

In a more balanced world, application users would have the same level of concern for the security of their data as they do for their access to it.

How to Prepare for Cloud-to-Cloud Migration

by: Lori MacVittie

Oh yes. It’s happening. Consider making it a part of your overarching cloud strategy to make the process less painful. What do the following have in common? Salmon, Canadian Geese, Monarch butterflies, and applications. If you guessed all of...

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...

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...

Container Automation Drives Frictionless App Services

by: Jonathan George

One of the ways app developers are able to simplify their dev and test is to incorporate containers and microservices for maximum efficiency and portability.

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: 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...