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We’ve been having quite a few discussions with analysts over the past few months on the subject of “cloud”. The interesting thing about these discussions is the vast array of points of view from which those analysts are viewing “cloud”. Some are focused on the network aspects, others on pricing/differentiation, and some are even very focused on what “cloud” means to applications – and the organizations that will, allegedly, take advantage of the cloud as a means of application deployment. One such analyst is Daryl Plummer of Gartner. Daryl has always been very application focused so it’s always a pleasure to speak with him and, of late, read what he has to say via his blog. (Daryl is also a cartoonist, and has turned his interests in that area on the cloud, resulting in “G-Men”. If you haven’t yet, take a gander. He’s quite talented.) The last time we spoke to Daryl... (more)

WILS: Moore's Law + Application (Un)Scalability = Virtualization

One of the interesting side effects of having been a developer before migrating to a more network-focused view of the world* is it’s easier to understand the limitations and constraints posed on networking-based software, such as web servers. During the early days of virtualization adoption, particularly related to efforts around architecting more scalable applications, VMware (and others) did a number of performance and capacity-related tests in 2010 that concluded “lots of little web servers” scale and perform better than a few “big” web servers. Although virtualization overh... (more)

Cloud Isn't Social, It's Business

Much like devops is more about a culture shift than the technology enabling it, cloud is as much or more about shifts in business models as it is technology. Even as service providers (that includes cloud providers) need to look toward a business model based on revenue per application (as opposed to revenue per user) enterprise organizations need to look hard at their business model as they begin to move toward a more cloud-oriented deployment model. While many IT organizations have long since adopted a “service oriented” approach, this approach has focused on the customer, i.e.... (more)

Integration and Interoperability

The silos within IT are breaking down, at least in terms of awareness of each other and the need to coordinate provisioning and orchestration of compute, network and application services. No longer is it acceptable to simply provide a solution; that solution must integrate, collaborate and interoperate with a plethora of existing and emerging data center technologies such as SDN, cloud management platforms, and virtualization frameworks. After all, part of the raison d'être for SDN is the need to enable the network with the agility and flexibility of its counterparts- devops and... (more)

F5 Friday: Applications Aren't Protocols, They're Opportunities

Applications are as integral to F5 technologies as they are to your business. An old adage holds that an individual can be judged by the company he keeps. If that holds true for organizations, then F5 would do well to be judged by the vast array of individual contributors, partners, and customers in its ecosystem. From its long history of partnering with companies like Microsoft, IBM, HP, Dell, VMware, Oracle, and SAP to its astounding community of over 160, 000 engineers, administrators and developers speaks volumes about its commitment to and ability to develop joint and custom ... (more)