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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)

Green Light: Alchemy in Seattle

It's an exciting day. The entire DevCentral team is here in Seattle for a few days to transmute our individual ideas into something profound. In addition to sharing ideas, we're enjoying the time together and a few Top Pot doughnuts. While I would like to share specifically what we're talking about, I can't. ;-) I can say this though - what an awesome team. Some pretty cool ideas and discussion. In addition to this being yet another of our regular strategy sessions, we'll be doing our weekly podcast face-to-face later this week as well which should be cool. As we discuss more... (more)

DevCentral MVP Summit Underway

Wow - an action packed morning already. The DevCentral MVPs, the DevCentral Team, as well as some F5 experts we're fortunate to have with us are all in Chicago today to talk about F5 technology and learn, share, and have some fun together. We kicked off the day with a great challenge led by F5er "L4L7" and jumped into a deep-dive about F5 hardware. After a quick break, we're talking application security. As we move along, we'll be posting updates including some details about the challenges (nothing like a little heathy competition, right?) as well as other insights. Stay tuned..... (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)

The List: iControl Languages, Libraries, and IDEs

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)