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The challenge in architecting, building, and managing data centers is one of balance. There are forces competing to both push together and pull apart datacenter resources. Finding an equilibrium point that is technological sustainable, operationally viable, and business friendly is cha...
Since the birth of Hadoop in 2005-06, the way we think about storing and processing information has evolved considerably. The term “Big Data” has become synonymous with this evolution. But still, many of our customers continue to ask, “What is Big Data?”, “What are its use cases?”, and...
We often get asked “Should I use GridFS for file storage with MongoDB”. As with most things, the answer is a staunch “it depends”. GridFS looks like a great idea on paper - a virtual filesystem held within MongoDB which allows for larger than 16MB files to be held, synced and replicat...
One of the benefits of SDN is centralized control. That is, there is a single repository containing the known current state of the entire network. It is this centralization that enables intelligent application of new policies to govern and control the network - from new routes to user ...
This week in the States, the Nation celebrates it’s Independence and many people will be attending or setting off their own fireworks show. In Hawaii, fireworks are shot off more during New Year’s Eve than on July 4th and there is even Daytime Fireworks now. Cloud computing is explo...
Accomplish much more, very rapidly, while spending less -- this is the business technology trend that savvy executives everywhere have embraced. Worldwide IT spending will reach a total $3.7 trillion in 2014, that's a 2.1 percent increase from last year, according to the latest global ...
If LinkedIn profiles are any indication, User Experience (frequently shortened to UX) is the new orange. Indeed, across all manners of technology, there is an increasing focus on improving user experience. Driven in part by Apple’s success on the consumer side, it would appear that IT ...
I wrap it up from Velocity Conference 2014. Special thanks to Dawn Parzych, Robert Haynes, Cyrus Rafii and John Giacomoni for joining us on camera along with Robert, Courtney, and Natasha behind the lens. Also learn what the top questions asked this week at F5 booth 800. Reporting from...
Dawn Parzych, F5 Sr. Product Manager, returns to demo BIG-IP’s Image Optimization solution. Web images can consume up to 60% of a site load and BIG-IP can significantly reduce the image file size and deliver those pictures much faster to the viewer.
John Giacomoni, LineRate Founder and Sr Architect, joins us to give the lowdown on F5’s TMOS proxy and LineRate proxy. John does a great job explaining the nuances of each, how they function within architecture and the associated deployments within an organization. Each can be deployed...
North Bridge in partnership with GigaOm Research released their 2014 Future of Cloud Computing – 4th Annual Survey Results. As you examine the 124 slides, one thing is obvious that the greatest growth in cloud computing is coming from Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). Market research like ...
Some people believe good or bad things always happen in threes. I believe you will always be able to find three (and probably more) things that are good or bad and somewhat related, but sometimes I get surprised by the apparent coincidental appearance of several closely related “things...
Robert Haynes, F5 Marketing Services Architect, gives us a preview of the new Acceleration Reference Architecture and shares 3 simple ways you can optimize your application traffic with BIG-IP. Learn more at Synthesis.f5.com
Anyone who has been involved with security knows there is a balance to providing both security and privacy and performance at the same time. Security is often blamed for performance woes, particularly when cryptography is involved. SSL and TLS have long addressed this balance by lev...
First and foremost you can’t have a successful software-defined model if your team still have a hardware-defined mentality. Change is inevitable and whether it's embraced or not it will happen. For experienced CIOs this is not the first time they've experienced this technological and c...
Compute started its major architectural transition several years ago with the introduction of virtualization. If you pay attention to any of the IT noise today, it should be clear that storage and networking are going through their own architectural evolutions as well. But another shif...
72%. That's an estimate of how much of the IT budget is allocated to simply keeping the lights on (a euphemism for everything from actually keeping the lights on to cooling, heating, power, maintenance, upgrades, and day to day operations) in the data center. In a recent Forrester Res...
Ask two politically opposed people in any given country about the causes of the country’s problems, and guess what? Each will give you an answer filtered through their world-view. Through what they know, and what they believe. That is not to say one is right and one is wrong, both simp...
About 8 years ago at my previous employer we started a project related to Autonomic Networking. Autonomic Networking is modeled after Autonomic Computing, an IBM initiative from the early 2000s, targeted at creating self managing computing elements. The network version intends to creat...
Good day everyone! In our recent set of IT camps we talked about Windows 8.1 in the enterprise, one of the topics we discussed was deployment technologies. So I decided to put together a series of screencasts to talk about deploying Windows 8.1. More importantly throughout these scr...
Go ahead. Name a cloud environment that doesn't include load balancing as the key enabler of elastic scalability. I've got coffee... so it's good, take your time... Exactly. Load balancing - whether implemented as traditional high availability pairs or clustering - provides the mean...
Internet usage is evolving, and so are the application scenarios for business technology. In the foreseeable future, desktop personal computers will produce a much smaller share of commercial internet protocol (IP) traffic. Mobile and portable devices -- other than PCs -- will drive th...
Application Performance Management (APM) has been bred with all the right elements to give us the insights we need to see the health of our applications. Similar to your most trusted watch dog, it alerts us to anomalies when events occur, providing awareness to the environment that onl...
In December 2012, research firm Coleman Parkes released a landmark study about the business benefits of service virtualization. The findings were significant: 60% of the respondents indicated that unavailability of systems for testing routinely caused software projects to be delivered ...
It’s no secret that doing nothing is often considered a safe bet. The psychology behind inaction is well understood, particularly in the case of IT — the path of least disruption is usually maintaining the status quo rather than trying something new, But once in a while, a decision ...
A company's managers have to be aware of what hardware and software is on hand, where it is situated, know its quantity, and what is necessary to increase the employees' effectiveness and the whole network's stability. If the managers or system administrators do not have such informati...
A while ago I wrote a few articles describing the various tunnel protocols used for network virtualization between vSwitches on servers, and between vSwitches and physical network gateways. These are the mechanisms that construct overlay networks on top of a physical network. VMWare us...
In February 2011, Vivek Kundra announced the “Cloud First” policy across the US Government. The directive, issued through the Office of Management and Budget, required agencies to give cloud technology first priority in developing IT projects. He also described cloud computing as a “10...
It's probably no surprise that I have long advocated the position that hybrid cloud would eventually become "the standard" architecture with respect to, well, cloud computing. As the dev/ops crowd at Glue Con was recently reminded by the self-styled "most obnoxious man in cloud", Josh ...
There is probably never going to be a perfect balance in the industry between Do-it-yourself (DIY) and Do-it-for-you (DIFY) networking. It seems exceedingly unlikely that there is a one-size-fits-all type of solution out there. And so we will invariably end up with a bifurcated market ...
It's a great time to be in the business of delivering software. Today, every business needs to leverage software to differentiate its products or services. So, like it or not, every business is in the software business. This theme resonated at the SDLC Acceleration Summit that occurre...
One of the challenges in scaling modern data centers rises directly from an increase in network complexity over the past few years. We can argue why complexity has increased, but it's reasonable to say that scaling data centers means more boxes - more servers, more network gear, more m...
BriefingsDirect had an opportunity to uncover more about about such new, agile business services at the recent 2014 Ariba LIVE Conference in Las Vegas when we spoke to Erik Gershwind, President and CEO of MSC Industrial Supply in Melville, New York. MSC has been using the Ariba Networ...
It's a given, this year more CIOs will shift their focus from selective IT efficiency to overall IT effectiveness. In 2014 and beyond, enterprise IT leadership will be judged on their ability to meet the demands of tech-savvy Line of Business users.

This is the type of meani...
If you're an executive that's concerned about the high-cost of proprietary software, you're not alone. If your IT team pushes back whenever Line of Business leaders ask them for feature enhancements that goes beyond the limits of the commercial software packages they've licensed, then ...
The days of completely separate storage network technologies are quickly fading. It feels like it’s only a few years ago that Fiber Channel was the way to create large scale storage networks. Big honking storage devices on a separate network, connected to Fiber Channel switches, connec...
Senior executives at progressive companies have been on a mission -- they're raising the bar of expectations for leaders of their significant investment in business technologies. Providing reliable access to IT resources and reporting on system up-time objectives are unlikely to gain r...
When we think about what’s next, our frame of reference is almost universally anchored to what we are doing now. We look at how things are, and then we aim our sights forward. In some cases, we might make incremental moves ahead; in other cases, maybe we look for improvement by orders ...
Conventional wisdom refers to DevOps as a strategy, an approach, or a movement as some call it. DevOps addresses the idea that Development and Operations need to be aligned well in an application lifecycle, work closely and collaboratively to eliminate inefficiency, reduce bottlenecks,...
I moved recently. Not too far away nor to a different state, just the other side of town. It is simultaneously exhilarating and exhausting. Most people in the U.S. moving during the summer. Kids are out of school, the weather is mostly nice, friends might be available to help and you a...