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To provide the best application performance, reliability, scalability, and security for J2EE applications, many large organizations utilize network load-balancing appliances and application switches. However, coordinating the deployment of applications between application developers and network managers can be a slow, painstaking process for companies choosing the many advantages of the network-based, load-balancing switches. By developing an application to manage the time-consuming coordination between these two teams, developers can self-serve their needs more quickly, network managers can save valuable time previously spent performing manual tasks, and companies can experience more flexible application deployment and updates. Budget-conscious IT departments can also save enormous amounts of scarce financial resources and time. On a network basis alone, conservati... (more)

SOAs Need an Intelligent SON

Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) is the most significant transformation in IT application architecture in the past several years - representing open standards and a more loosely coupled approach to designing, developing, and deploying applications. While attention is given to the application side of SOA, an often-overlooked ingredient needed to ensure its successful delivery is the underlying network infrastructure. As important as the application tier is, a new service-oriented network (SON) approach is crucial to providing a nimble infrastructure that can accommodate SOA's ... (more)

iControl Languages, Libraries, and IDEs

Back in 2001 (wow – seems like yesterday!), F5 introduced the first-ever, open/Web services API for network devices called iControl. With it, it sparked a major shift in the way companies could look at integrating network devices with applications. Leading software vendors figured it out. And, thousands of companies since then have used iControl to build custom monitoring apps, management solutions that more closely fit their internal processes, and even automate some cool stuff including enabling applications to tell the network how to deliver them. While all fine and dandy (an... (more)

Talking Proxies

During the morning session, the group took a brief detour to hear about the history of the TMOS proxy architecture. Here, iRule architect and all-around guru "unRuley" (in red shirt) talks about TMOS and the infamous HudProxy. To his immediate right is Joe Pruitt and Jason Rahm. big-ip, devcentral, f5, irule, jeff browning, MVP ... (more)

24: A Day in the Life of Geolocating New DevCentral Members

One of my favorite - if not the most favorite - aspects of DevCentral is the remarkably global mix of the community. Any given month, we see visits originating from over 150 different countries around the globe (quiz: without using Google or a PC, can any of you actually recite 150 different countries from memory?! I didn't think so... ) As I was looking over some of the registrations from just one recent 24-hr period, I started thinking it would be cool to lay them out on a map. Here's what a snapshot of a recent, random 24-hr period looked like. Note the color-coding of the m... (more)