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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)

Some iRule Editor Nostalgia

While walking past a bookshelf in my office, I caught a glimpse of something shiny. What was that? Well, it was this. The “iRuler v1.0” disk. Not many folks know that the iRule Editor was humorously called the “iRuler” in it’s early days by creator Joe Pruitt. In classic F5 (and Pruitt) form, he showed up one day and said, “hey guys – what do you think of this?”. Suffice it to say that after many enhancements and literally tens of thousands of downloads, it’s a big part of the F5 DevCentral journey and has certainly had a profound impact on the thousands of users writing and d... (more)

iRule. Do You? Winners Announced.

Congratulations to the 2009 iRule. Do You? winners! Compared to previous years, it is worth noting that the competition for top-spots in both the Customer and Partner divisions was incredibly tight. In fact, the community voting – a first for this contest – actually played a role in determining the final outcome (as it should, given how great this community is). So, while we have to crown top winners, everyone of the finalists really delivered spectacular iRules that demonstrate creativity and flair. And, the winners are… Customer Winners 1st     Chetan Bhatt (USA) – "Pool Member... (more)

Secure Web Services

Businesses need to provide their users with a method for securely connecting to their networks while minimizing the costs associated with providing this service - and also providing end users with as much convenience as possible. As businesses embrace Web services as the method for delivering their applications, they are struggling with security issues. Network World recently reported that the top worry for IT executives deploying Web services is security. SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) can provide a viable alternative to Virtual Private Networking (VPN) companies for securing Web ser... (more)

The Key to Success with Web Services

Web services provide a way to allow efficient communication between disparate services. For years, enterprises have struggled to find reliable, cost-effective ways to integrate and automate critical processes between different application packages. Web services technology has the potential to answer an enterprise's needs, providing the ability to integrate different systems and application types regardless of platform, operating system, or location. The key to the success of Web services is the use of a common data exchange standard such as XML. Through the use of this common la... (more)