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Well, that’s 3,000 employees HP won’t have to lay off. General Motors is taking IT in-house and has hired them. The idea reportedly was GM CIO Randy Mott’s and Mott was HP’s CIO before short-lived HP CEO Léo Apotheker was fired. HP still means to terminate 29,000 jobs. The carmaker mea...
Peter Silva meets with F5 Business Development Solution Architect, Chris Akker to show the BIG-IP ASM integration with Oracle’s Database Firewall. A layered, defense-in-depth approach along with the contextual information needed for digital forensic gathering. Security best practices a...
The video bloopers, outtakes and behind the scenes from the MEC2012 conference. We always have a lot of fun shooting these but sometimes it doesn’t go as planned. I also included a few ‘behind-the-scenes’ on this one. Enjoy.
I, along with the future host of the Aloha series – very special guest star Mahealani – welcomes viewers to OOW2012 and helps you find F5 booth 1527. Making her Aloha debut, Mahea steals the show while showing how easy it is to find F5.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer put rumors of a $199 Microsoft Surface RT tablet – that even had Apple biting its nails – to bed in an interview with the Seattle Times in which he suggested the dingus would go for “probably $300” – lower than the price of a New iPad – “to about $700 or $80...
I wrap it up from San Francisco. Special thanks to Lori MacVittie, Frank Strobel, Scott Friedman, Charlie Cano, Joe Hermes & Jonathan George along with congrats to MacBook Pro winner Dennis Lauder.
I get to play whiteboard with author, blogger and Technical Marketing extraordinaire, Lori MacVittie, about the vCloud Ecosystem Framework and how F5 integrates with VMware. We talk API, provisioning, elastic and all the other fun cloud terms.
I catch up with F5 SE Scott Friedman to whiteboard and discuss F5′s Single Namespace solution for VMware View. Only 1 URL to remember and let BIG-IP make the decisions.
I catch F5 Sr. Solution Architect Charlie Cano to briefly talk about his speaking session on vCloud along with the show’s hot topic, Software Defined Data Center.
I’m one of those people who take my work home with me. I know, I know… there’s that whole work-life balance thing that I’m always “struggling” to overcome. But, I haven’t yet. I am kind of sorry about it, but at the same time… not deeply sorry. Anyway … I’ve wanted to put this concept...
I meet with Splunk’s Will Hayes, Director of Business Development at F5′s Agility Summit. We get a look at some of the newest Splunk reports for F5′s BIG-IP solutions including the BIG-IP Data Center Firewall Solution.
Windows 8 was released to manufacturing Wednesday morning, a hallelujah moment for Microsoft that nowadays means OEMs and manufacturing partners are getting the final code on which Microsoft’s future depends. The new “re-imagined” operating system, with what Microsoft calls “thousands...
Workday, the promising cloud-based HR and financial management start-up founded by the founder and former chief strategist of PeopleSoft David Duffield and Aneel Bhusri, has reportedly filed its S-1 paper to go public under a new law that will let it keep its financials under wraps unt...
Taking cues from the shared art spaces and studios that have sprung up in many major cities, there is a new way that entrepreneurs, programmers, makers and inventors are working – the collaborative workspace. Instead of being confined to a home office or a local Starbucks, these peop...
Most people agree that our technology is getting smarter, but most don’t realize just how smart. Sure, they know their smartphones have GPS capability and their smart appliances are capable of improving efficiency, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. In reality, smart technology is...
I show you how to configure the IP Intelligence Service available on BIG-IP v11.2, in 5 Minutes or Less. By identifying relevant IP addresses and leveraging intelligence from cloud-context security solutions, F5′s new IP Intelligence service combines valuable information on the latest...
IT exists to support the business - and in best-of-class IT departments, this truism is embedded deeply into the departmental culture. Yet in so many cases, this self-evident truth gets lost in the mayhem of building, maintaining and supporting the myriad of complicated and brittle le...
First of all, it's worth mentioning that the choice of network hardware and software used in a company depends on the network topology. But the topology, in turn, depends on the company's needs and requirements. Thus, the competent network topology increases the efficiency of all the o...
Cloud computing is fundamentally changing the IT ecosystem in many ways, forcing related changes in business models. Other than customers (who are always “king” and make buying decisions), the IT ecosystem players being affected by cloud includes technology providers, independent softw...
When I used to go to London often and ride the Underground, the constant refrain seen was "Mind The Gap". Mind the Gap or you could suffer some unmentionable and clearly gruesome fate. As Online software service providers of all flavors try to create high velocity sales and marketing b...
This sound familiar? Mozilla is complaining that Microsoft is impeding its Firefox web browser from getting on the devices being designed to carry the unseen next-generation Windows for ARM chip, now officially called Windows RT. RT, which has a Metro environment for tablets and pho...
I talk to a lot of CIOs. I met with one recently who oversees the IT operation of a $6 Billion yearly entertainment-related company with about 7,000 employees. This top-notch exec was all about transforming a huge investment in existing IT infrastructure into a new dynamic, extensible...
Peter Silva, F5 Technical Marketing Manager shows you how to find F5′s booth at Interop 2012 and gives it a go at the Big Claw Challenge for some fabulous prizes!
I meet up with Jeff Stathatos, F5 Solution Architect, about the expansion of the HP partnership. HP Networking’s Virtual Application Network (VAN) is front and center.
I visit with Certification Manager Ken Salchow about F5′s new Technical Certification Program. We chat about why F5 is creating a certification program along with the benefits to those who get certified. F5′s New Technical Certification Program Helps Define and Measure the Skills Requi...
I chat with Lori MacVittie about F5’s Application Delivery Optimization (ADO) solutions which accelerate applications across public and private clouds to better support remote and mobile users. SPDY support is a big conversation topic.
Peter Silva visits with Ken Bocchino of the F5 Professional Services Team to share & show how F5 is providing many of the critical infrastructure components of the largest temporary network in the world.
According to the PCI SSC, there are 12 PCI DSS requirements that satisfy a variety of security goals.  Areas of focus include building and maintaining a secure network, protecting stored cardholder data, maintaining a vulnerability management program, implementing strong access co...
Managed Services Providers face a variety of challenges. They struggle trying to sell an intangible and invisible service. Quoting Harry Beckwith, author of the book “Selling the Invisible”: ‘You can’t see them – so how do you sell them? That’s the problem with services.’ However some...
Millions or even billions have been spent caring for tens of thousands of pregnant men in the U.K. For UK’s chronically underfunded National Health System, a few hundred million or a few billion is a very big deal. Especially given how easily this problem could have been prevented wi...
In a deal reminiscent of IBM selling its PC unit to Lenovo, its printer unit to Ricoh and its hard drive unit to Hitachi, Big Blue is dumping its point-of-sales terminal business figuring it’s got better things to do like software and the cloud. Toshiba Tec, the Japanese maker of sca...
Like their business counterparts, IT has proven to be amazingly adaptive in times of challenge. Wary for business’s growing dissatisfaction, with a few wise course corrections, for example the adoption of data virtualization, IT can continue as business’s vehicle for success. Business...
I show you how to export your FirePass SSL VPN configuration into an easy to read XML file, In 5 Minutes or Less. If you like the ‘In 5 Minutes or Less’ series, check out the playlist on F5’s YouTube channel along with the rest of our videos.
AOL has hired Evercore Partners to drum up a buyer for its 800-odd patents as well as drum up some strategic options for the place, according to Bloomberg. AOL shareholder Starboard Value LP claims the patent portfolio might yield upwards of $1 billion in licensing income. They are sai...
Zumbox, the American digital mail start-up, has changed its overseas strategy. Rather than try to involve the local postal operator – as it has once with New Zealand Post – it’s going to go it alone. It’s starting in Australia where its wholly owned licensing arm, Zumbox Software Inc...
Application transformation is happening all around us and we are now compelled to reshape much of what we do in the enterprise IT space to meet the new challenges being thrown up, some of which stem from a change in user behavior outside of the workplace. Information technology phenom...
I grab F5 Systems Engineer Brian Tully to go through the F5 remote access solution for Verde VDI.  We discuss availability, optimization and security along with Virtual Bridge’s Verde VDI offering.
I meet again with F5 Solution Engineer Nojan Moshiri to talk about SSL Offload, it’s benefits to Maximo and how easy it is to configure on the BIG-IP. SSL Offload in 3 Easy Steps.
Wrapping it up from the IBM Pulse2012 show and expresses thanks to F5ers Ron Carovano, Nojan Moshiri, Brian Tully, Charlie Nath and Courtney Peddicord. Also thanks to Brian Pfeffer of PhoneFactor and Leo Reiter of Virtual Bridges.
I catch up with Brian Pfeffer, Director of Business Development for PhoneFactor. PhoneFactor’s phone-based two-factor authentication solutions integrate with BIG-IP APM and BIG-IP Edge Gateway and Brian shows how it works along with some of the new PhoneFactor mobile apps.