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The Internet of Things is only going to make that even more challenging as businesses turn to new business models and services fueled by a converging digital-physical world. Applications, whether focused on licensing, provisioning, managing or storing data for these "things" will incre...
I am sure our work environment is not all that different from many others. There are large whiteboards everywhere and you cannot find a meeting room that does not have circles, lines and squares drawn on them. Some of our favorite bloggers have written blogs about network drawing tools...
In a recent post I posted on DevOps.com, I suggested the term DevOps as a Service (DaaS). Personally I am not a fan of the term. Mainly because DevOps is not a ‘Service’. It is an approach to achieve business objectives by adopting a set of capabilities, namely: Continuous Business Pla...
It's hard to miss the world of opportunities that data collection and analysis have opened up. But how can you avoid having information overload? It takes a lot of will power, in our data obsessed world to say "too much!" However, there are many ways where too much information is dest...
DevOps is no longer considered a fad by those working with the latest development tools. Now, DevOps emphasizes people and processes as much as the cool tools, and there are many different approaches to bringing them together. If you Google search for “DevOps flow,” you will find lots...
Companies that until recently had never heard of the Internet of things (IoT) are now excited to find that they’ve been IoT players all along. Businesses involved in home automation, security services, vehicle tracking and health monitoring to name a few have been around for a while. T...
Machine-to-machine (M2M) technology and the resulting Internet of Things are leading us inexorably toward everything-as-a-service (XaaS). As more things get connected, the range of service opportunities expands. And as those services are presented online, they become available for use,...
Consider that the Age of the Cloud has precipitated a new agent concept which is lightweight, deploys quickly, and goes in virtually undetected with zero configuration. These agents are built with a survival mode in mind including a self-healing option for hands-free maintenance. At t...
Now while we kidding around about naming this wall the "MacVittie-Roberts wall of DOOM", we weren't kidding about the need for better performance monitoring in production. After all, to definitely say that application performance is faster requires that we've measured performance after...
Kirk Byers at SDN Central writes frequently on the topic of DevOps as it relates (and applies) to the network and recently introduced a list of seven DevOps principles that are applicable in an article entitled, "DevOps and the Chaos Monkey. " On this list is the notion of reducing var...
When Instagram was sold to Facebook in 2012, it employed only 13 people and maintained over 4 billion photos shared by its 80 million registered users. Internally, Instagram was a small business. Externally, it was a web monster. Filling the gap between those two contradictory perspec...
Enterprise applications are increasing in complexity, with multi-tier and distributed applications being the new standards for dealing with high-volume, high-scale requirements. In many development environments, the ideal scenario is to enable DevOps teams to manage dev/test environmen...
In my first post, I discussed how software and various tools are dramatically changing the Ops department. This post centers on the automation process. When I was younger, you actually had to build a server from scratch, buy power and connectivity in a data center, and manually plug a...
Certainly, enterprises feel the pressure to transition their networks to next generation architectures like SDN to brace the coming storm that is an app economy. Service providers could provide valuable advice to them on how to do that, if they could yell loud enough over the thunderou...
When I took my operating systems fundamentals course in college I was taught that an operating system provides very specific capabilities that provides users with access compute resources for building and running applications. Over time as networking capabilities and bandwidth increase...
DevOps is a discontinuous innovation in the way organizations develop and deliver software. And as with any new discontinuous innovation, the implication is that creative destruction will follow. Companies that hold on to legacy business and technology models, without pursuing the ev...
#HTTP #HTTP2.0 Why that version number is so very important .... It's no surprise that HTTP is the new TCP. Inarguably, more applications are delivered via HTTP than any other. That's including mobile apps, by the way, which are more often than not using HTTP to talk to REST-based API...
#DevOps #SDN And more importantly, what can I do with it?  So within the realm of software-defined (everything) and DevOps one can find lengthy (and often in depth) discussions on the relevance and indeed importance of programmability to both. In the case of SDN, programmab...
I ran across this quote a while back, and was awestruck at its profundity. I keep it on a list of quotes that I look to for inspiration. To think that the guy who invented the theory of relativity views the world in this way, trying to distill extremely complex ideas down to their simp...
Logging as part of the continuous delivery process can help your teams move faster and build a product that your customers really love. Over the last years Continuous Delivery has gained a massive following with many development teams embracing the style. Companies have chosen (as wit...
Throughout the development cycle of new features and functions for any network platform (or probably most other products not targeted at the mass market consumer) this one question will always come up: should we protect the user of our product from doing this? And “this” is always some...
When SDN made its mainstream debut at Interop in 2012, there was quite a bit of excitement tempered by the reality apparent to some folks that technical limitations would impact its applicability above layer 2-3 and, perhaps even at layers 2-3 depending on the network. But even then w...
While some might still be focused on SDN with an OpenFlow-style twist, 30% of the organizations in our survey this summer (report forth coming, I promise!) were looking at SDN to improve time to market. Of those, 73% considered an API-enabled infrastructure to be important to very impo...
#SDN #DevOps Stateful is not stateless. And vice-versa.  
As one of Heroku’s beta users I had the chance to check out the new Heroku button gallery last week. I must say I was very pleasantly surprised. Over the past few years, it’s fair to say Heroku have nailed their PAAS offering. They are one of the few PAAS providers to truly succeed in...
I remember when we first started talking to customers about the concepts of applications driving networks, about 3 years ago (This was a very different conversation from other networking era’s where we talked about ‘intelligent’ networks that could better understand and adapt to applic...
With the capability to reduce both CapEx and OpEx, it’s easy to see why the SDN-NFV trend has taken hold in the hosting and mobile industry. Early use cases include network virtualization from cloud service providers and enterprise data centers, bandwidth calendaring and network tappin...
Software-defined networking is fundamentally about two things: the centralization of network intelligence to make smarter decisions, and the creation of a single (or smaller number of) administrative touch points to allow for streamlined operations and to promote workflow automation. T...
We (as in the industry at large) don't talk enough about applying architectural best practices with respect to emerging API and software-defined models of networking. But we should. That's because as we continue down the path that continues to software-define the network, using APIs an...
Executives charged with building business-driven applications have an extremely challenging task ahead of them. However, the cavalry has arrived with useful tools and strategies built specifically to keep modern applications working efficiently. We partnered with Gigaom Research to ca...
Inarguably, the pressure is on "the network" to get in gear, so to speak, and address how fast its services can be up and running. Software-defined architectures like cloud and SDN have arisen in response to this pressure, attempting to provide the means by which critical network servi...
It’s been a busy week here at Plexxi. On Tuesday, we announced our partnership with Cari.net, a high-performance, scalable and flexible hosting platform based on Microsoft Cloud OS. CARI.net’s newly released CARIcloud service is powered by Plexxi and uses software-defined networking to...
There are two major technology trends that have the potential to move the networking industry away from managing discrete devices and instead thinking of the network as a single distributed system. Software-defined networking (SDN) aspires to manage through centralized control, and Dev...
Combined Company Offers Powerful Suite of Dynamic Access Management, Data Security and Compliance SolutionsBoston, MA / Gothenburg, Sweden - September 5, 2014 - Cryptzone, a global provider of data security and identity and access management (IAM) solutions, has acquired HiSoftware Inc...
A good friend and business colleague once regaled me with his definition of a good corporate lawyer: “A good lawyer never says ‘no’; she says ‘here’s how’.” I thought this was an interesting and telling description – not because it conjured up creative interpretations of the law and lo...
August 2014 Server and StorageIO Update newsletter By Greg Schulz Welcome to the August 2014 edition of the StorageIO Update (newsletter) containing trends perspectives on cloud, virtualization, software d...
I wrap it up from VMworld 2014. Special thanks to F5ers Bill Church, Brandon Frelich, Nathan Pearce, Calvin Rowland, Paul Pindell & Kent Munson for their guest appearances. A special thanks to Andrew Berenato of AirWatch and thanks to Lars, Natasha, Jay and Robert for helping with ...
Kent Munson, F5 Principal Solution Engineer, explains why the F5 Management Plug-in for vCenter Orchestrator won Best Partner Solution – VMworld 2014 – in the Cloud Automation category. The F5 Management Plug-in for vCenter Orchestrator provides automation, management, and orchestratio...
Paul Pindell, F5 Biz Dev Solution Architect, takes us over to the Whiteboard Kitchen to talk about the history of the F5/VMware EUC collaboration, walks through the timeline of the cool integrated solutions over the years and gives a glimpse of the upcoming F5 EUC alliance roadmap. Pau...
Elasticity is hailed as one of the biggest benefits of cloud and software-defined architectures. It's more efficient than traditional scalability models that only went one direction: up. It's based on the premise that wasting money and resources all the time just to ensure capacity on ...