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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 out of necessity (i.e. something IT doesn’t likey…) If you missed it, you can replay the Ustream presentation below. For those curious about how an F5 customer has deployed OCS 2007 R2 with F5 gear, you can here’s a great article to read. You might also like to check out F5’s tested and docum... (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)

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)

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)

Easing the Pain of Enterprise Application Deployment

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... (more)