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 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.
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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 (an... (more)
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…
Some good stuff with that helps those not in the know about IPv6 “get
learned” in just over 4 minutes. Check it.
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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
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,