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
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 language, enterprises
can create reusable application components (Web services) that can be linked
together to cost-effectively create distributed enterprise applications with
minimal development efforts.
Vendors continue to design the framework and development environments
necessary to build... (more)
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)
You know what? You never know what you might find in the DevCentral Forums.
Some pretty cool stuff happens in the Solutions Forums - a place to focus on
doing interesting things with F5 gear from an application perspective (i.e.
Microsoft app, Oracle App, etc.).
Here's an interesting one I found recently: load balancing resources
protected by MS-AD-Kerberos. Not always two technologies you expect to see
together... However, thanks to user "ravi.rajan", there's the solution. The
trick is that you don't add the BIG-IP to the AD (you can't). Instead, you
create a Microsoft Service ... (more)
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)
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.
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