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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 (and fun to be a part of personally), the most important decision and event was the willingness to embrace SOAP/XML. By doing this (kudos to Joe Pruitt, BTW, for this call… it wasn’t without some feisty internal debate, truth be told), it opened up API access to our gear from virtually any SOAP... (more)

Talking Microsoft Lync Server Availability and Scalability

Just wrapped up a great session with the F5/Microsoft team discussing Microsoft Lync Server and designing deployments for optimal availability and scale. As companies start to deal with the major wave of mobile/remote workers (in one report, IDC suggests that 75% of the U.S. workforce will be mobile in coming years – I think that’s high but I doubt few argue it’s a legitimate trend), Lync seems to pose some nice enhancements and quite possibly a better, more centralized (i.e. IT desired!) approach to support mobile workers vs. the many free IP-based tools users could begin using ... (more)

Easing the Pain of Enterprise Application Deployment

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... (more)

Welcome Jason Rahm, New DevCentral Team Member!

There are many dynamic things happening every day on DevCentral. While innovative, powerful technology (IMO) helps,it all starts with incredible people. Customers. Industry partners. Resellers and Consultants. F5 staff. And, the DevCentral Team. The work that Joe, Don, and Colin have done and continue to do amazes me. Based upon how many people are reading the Blogs and Tech Tips, posting to the forums, and more, I'm guessing you agree. They've set the bar pretty high. However, it's just been kicked up another notch with the addition of a new member to the DevCentral Core Team. ... (more)

Free Cash Towards iRule Goodness

Without question, times are tough everywhere these days. I nor our team take any of these struggles (or the employees and customers they affect) lightly. The latest news? Networking vendor Nortel announced they were in trouble. It's amazing to see how the networking landscape has changed over the past 5 or 6 years. Some vendors seen as leaders not long ago have nearly disappeared. Back in the day, I'm sure some could argue why the Alteon gear was worth the investment. (at the time, I disagreed and still do. However, I'm biased towards F5, of course) The uncertainty around financ... (more)