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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)

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)

Managing Traffic (for baggage claim)

Sometimes, you see things that you just need to capture on... err... SD memory. While waiting for my bag yesterday at the Las Vegas Airport, Joe Pruitt found himself a nice little Java console app that probably wasn't supposed to be visible. If you've been through the baggage claim here, you've no doubt seen the HUGE banners advertising every new show in town. It's complete sensory overload (hey - it's Vegas, right?) However, this caught Joe's attention. Honestly, I doubt many people even saw it but Joe spun on a dime and started dissecting the database calls and methods scrolli... (more)

Get Learned: 4 Minutes on IPv4 / IPv6 from Interop

For those interested, there’s a great series of videos cropping up as the Interop folks and vendors begin staging infrastructure to support the event (starting 10-May in Las Vegas). The latest takes on the issues with IPv6 and includes a nice cameo by one of our favorite, highly-talented tech stars… BIG-IP! Some good stuff with that helps those not in the know about IPv6 “get learned” in just over 4 minutes. Check it.   Some Related Articles Graphing your F5 LTM Environment with Cacti > DevCentral > F5 ... F5 DevCentral > Tech Tips v.10 - Remote Authorization via TACACS+ > De... (more)

Survey iPod Touch Winners + Thanks for the Fantastic Response

The 2009 DevCentral Community Survey wrapped up last Thursday and the volume of participation simply crushed all previous DevCentral surveys. With over 500 respondents from around the world, this survey provided some remarkable insight into who you are, what types of things you’d like to see in the future, as well as some things you NEVER want to see from F5. (note: I’m saving this for a future blog post of it’s own) Over the coming weeks, I’ll be sharing some interesting stats with you about your community. Thanks to everyone for your great input, your candid comments, and your... (more)