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)
Just wrapped up a great session with the F5/Microsoft team discussing
Microsoft Lync Server and designing deployments for optimal availability and
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)
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,
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)
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)