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What’s this week about? Ready for another week of Cloud Month on DevCentral? Suzanne, Hitesh, Greg, Marty and Lori are ready! Last week we looked at services, security, automation, migration, Ansible and other areas to focus on once you get your cloud running. We also had a cool Lightb...
In a recent Continuous Discussions (#c9d9) video podcast, expert panelists discussed continuous testing.
Our team has recently returned from the DevOps Enterprise Summit (DOES) in London, UK. The event was a huge success, and we had a great time speaking with fellow DevOps practitioners across the pond about their delivery challenges, patterns for success, and what they look for next as t...
What’s this week about? We hope you’re enjoying DevCentral’s Month thus far and Suzanne, Hitesh, Greg, Marty and Lori ready to go again this week. Last week we got you deployed in AWS and Kubernetes, learned the basics of Azure, got knee-deep in Cloud/Automated architectures and celebr...
Update servers while continuing to process application traffic. Recently we’ve been showing how to deploy BIG-IP (and F5 WAF) in various clouds like Azure and AWS. Today, we’ll take a look at how to update an AWS auto-scaled BIG-IP VE web application firewall (WAF) that was initi...
The first step in using a BIG-IQ to manage BIG-IP devices BIG-IQ enables administrators to centrally manage BIG-IP infrastructure across the IT landscape.  BIG-IQ discovers, tracks, manages, and monitors physical and virtual BIG-IP devices – in the cloud, on premise, or co-locate...
What’s this week about? You got a mini taste of DevCentral’s Cloud Month last week and week two we really dig in. This week we’re looking at Build and Deployment considerations for the Cloud.
In the early days of F5, BIG/IP was our original load balancer. Today, BIG-IP is a family of products covering software and hardware designed around application availability, access control, and security solutions. In this Lightboard Lesson, I light up the various BIG-IP modules and wh...
Use F5’s Web Application Firewall (WAF) to protect web applications deployed in Microsoft Azure. Applications living in the Cloud still need protection. Data breaches, compromised credentials, system vulnerabilities, DDoS attacks and shared resources can all pose a threat to your cloud...
Leonardo Souza lives in the United Kingdom, with his partner, 5-year-old daughter, and a (very) recently newborn son. He’s Brazilian and lived in Portugal for quite a while. He then moved to UK about 5 years ago ‘because of the amazing weather,’ he jokes. Leonardo started to work with ...
The recent DockerCon 2017 event in Austin, TX, saw more than 5,500 software delivery professionals rallying around the use of Containers, with an emphasized focus on the usage of containerized applications in the enterprise. On Day 1, Docker’s CEO Ben Golub shared some eye-popping stat...
Last week we talked about how HA Groups work on BIG-IP and this week we’ll look at how to configure HA Groups on BIG-IP. To recap, an HA group is a configuration object you create and assign to a traffic group for devices in a device group. An HA group defines health criteria for a res...
High Availability of applications is critical to an organization’s survival. On BIG-IP, HA Groups is a feature that allows BIG-IP to fail over automatically based not on the health of the BIG-IP system itself but rather on the health of external resources within a traffic group. These ...
BIG-IP can manage application-specific network traffic in a variety of ways, depending on the protocols and services being used. On BIG-IP, Profiles are a set of tools that you can use to intelligently control the behavior of that traffic. In this Lightboard Lesson, I light up the BIG-...
Azure Resource Manager (ARM) templates allow you to repeatedly deploy applications with confidence. The resources are deployed in a consistent state and you can easily manage and visualize resources for your application. ARM templates take the guesswork out of creating repeatable appli...
Patrik Jonsson lives in Stockholm with his wife and son and works as a network engineer for a company providing online casino games across the world. Outside work, he likes to spend time with his family, play around with his home VMware lab and enjoys watching movies. He also loves tra...
The Consolidation of point devices and services in your datacenter or cloud can help with cost, complexity, efficiency, management, provisioning and troubleshooting your infrastructure and systems. In this Lightboard Lesson, I light up many of the services you can consolidate on BIG-IP...
As more organizations use APIs in their systems, they’ve become targets for the not-so-good-doers so API Security is something you need to take seriously. Most APIs today use the HTTP protocol so organizations should protect them as they would ordinary web properties. Starting in...
A strategy is a planning document that sets a direction for future work to ensure that you end up where you want to be. A strategy allows you to see the wood, despite the trees. A strategy is often used as a management tool for securing the resources needed to get there. IT is now par...
vdiconImagine not having to carry around a laptop or be sitting in a cubicle to access your work desktop applications. Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is appealing to many different constituencies because it combines the benefits of anywhere access with desktop support improvement...
The term ‘Proxy’ is a contraction that comes from the middle English word procuracy, a legal term meaning to act on behalf of another. In networking and web traffic, a proxy is a device or server that acts on behalf of other devices. It sits between two entities and performs a service....
Password fatigue is something we’ve all experienced at some point. Whether it’s due to breaches and the ever present, ‘update password’ warnings, the corporate policy of a 90-day rotation or simply registering for a website with yet another unique username and password. Social login or...
Jinshu Peethambaran is a security architect currently working with Admiral Insurance. He started his career 9 years ago, managing network security operations and started working on F5 products about 5 years ago. He is also a 2017 DevCentral MVP and DevCentral’s Featured Member for Marc...
Known on the global stage for its indisputable domination in IT, India is at the cusp of a digital revolution, finally on home ground. With its strong push for a digital economy, the Union Budget for 2017, presented by the Finance Minister recently, has only validated this claim. As a ...
How to share an APM session across multiple access profiles. A common question for someone new to BIG-IP Access Policy Manager (APM) is how do I configure BIG-IP APM so the user only logs in once. By default, BIG-IP APM requires authentication for each access profile. This can easily b...
As more organizations deploy IoT applications in their data centers and clouds, they’re going to need their ADC to understand the unique protocols these devices use to communicate. In this Lightboard Lesson, I light up how IoT protocol MQTT (Message Queuing Telemetry Transport) w...
One of the unfortunate effects of the continued evolution of the load balancer into today’s application delivery controller (ADC) is that it is often too easy to forget the basic problem for which load balancers were originally created—producing highly available, scalable, and predicta...
Kai Wilke is a Principal Consultant for IT Security at itacs GmbH – a German consulting company located in Berlin City specializing in Microsoft security solutions, SharePoint deployments, and customizations as well as classical IT Consulting. He is also a 2017 DevCentral MVP and DevCe...
The entire intent of load balancing is to create a system that virtualizes the “service” from the physical servers that actually run that service. A more basic definition is to balance the load across a bunch of physical servers and make those servers look like one great big server to ...
Cloud is all the rage these days as it has matured into a bona fide, viable option to deploy your applications. While attractive, you may also want to apply, mimic or sync your traditional data center policies like high availability, scalability and predictability in the cloud. Here we...
The Year of the (Fire) Rooster will soon be upon us and the talkative, outspoken, frank, open, honest, and loyal Rooster could influence events in 2017. Whether you were born under the symbol or not, Roosters strive on trust and responsibility, essential for any organization especially...
In today’s post, we’re going to be talking more about the steps of ID-GEM – the business impact software framework from Amadeus Consulting that is designed to streamline your development process. ID-GEM is a free, downloadable planning tool that helps organizations incorporate business...
It’s that time of year when we gift and re-gift, just like this text from last year. And the perfect opportunity to re-post, re-purpose and re-use all my 2016 entries. After 12 years at F5, I had a bit of a transition in 2016, joining the amazing DevCentral team in February as a Sr....
Back in 2003, DevCentral was one of the early/first corporate social media sites dedicated to serving, sharing, supporting and engaging our user community. Some 14 years later, we have MVPs, Featured Members and You all contributing to a lively,...
I recently recovered from ACDF surgery where they remove a herniated or degenerative disc in the neck and fuse the cervical bones above and below the disk. My body had a huge vulnerability where one good shove or fender bender could have ruptured my spinal cord. I had some items remove...
Josh Becigneul is the ADC Engineer for Secure-24 and DevCentral’s Featured Member for September! Josh has been working in the IT industry in various positions for a little over 10 years. He’s moved through various disciplines including MS server administration, Linux, Networking, and n...
Last week we talked about WebSafe and how it can help protect against phishing attacks with a little piece of code. This is important since malware can steal credentials from every visited web application from an infected machine. This time we’re going to look at how to protect against...
Virtualization continues to impact the enterprise and how IT delivers services to meet business needs. Desktop Virtualization (VDI) offers employees anywhere, anytime, flexible access to their desktops whether they are at home, on the road, in the office or on a mobile device. In this ...
The Domain Name Service (DNS) is one of the most important components in networking infrastructure, enabling users and services to access applications by translating URLs (names) into IP addresses (numbers). Because every icon and URL and all embedded content on a website requires a DN...
2020 seems to be an important milestone for the Internet of Things. That’s the year that Cisco says there will be 50 billion connected devices and also the year Gartner notes that over 50% of major new business processes and systems will incorporate some element of the Internet of Thin...