Your car. My toaster. Our lights. The neighbor’s thermostat.
With an average of 7.8 connected devices per home, according to recent
surveys, there are twice as many “things” in the house as the average
3.14 people per household in the US in 2015.
And all of them are “talking.” Not all talk to each other, yet, though
the foundation for that is clearly laid out. But all of them talk to apps
which talk to them over the Internet.
When you or I interact with that app, we do so via HTTP (hopefully secured).
Whether it’s via a native mobile app that uses APIs or a modern web app is
irrelevant; it is safe to say that both do so via HTTP.
But when things report in, it’s not so clear that they do so using HTTP.
Oh, some do, certainly. But as the form factor for these things decreases it
becomes increasingly difficult to manage power and compute in a way that’s
supportive of h... (more)
There’s a tendency, particularly for networkers, to classify applications
by the protocols they use. If it uses HTTP, it must be a web app. The thing
is that HTTP has become what it was intended to be: a transport protocol. It
is not an application protocol, in the sense that it defines application
messages and states. It merely transports data in a very specific way.
That’s particularly important in the age of the API and, increasingly, the
age of things that might be using APIs. You see, APIs are primarily data
centric constructs while web pages (think any HTML-based app) are do... (more)
The Importance of Licensing to Equalize Dev and Production
We’re all aware that dev/test != production environments. While the
software stacks upon which applications are deployed may be (and hopefully
are) the same, there still remains a whole lot of “infrastructure”
(that’s everything else) that isn’t the same. Routers, switches, security
devices, load balancers, caches, and other devices dedicated to ensuring the
secure delivery of applications to hungry consumer and corporate users simply
don’t exist in the dev/test environment. That’s particularly true as
organizations cont... (more)
I am often humbled by the depth of insight of those who toil in the trenches
of the enterprise data center.
At our Agility conference back in August, my cohort and I gave a presentation
on the State of Application Delivery. One of the interesting tidbits of data
we offered was that, over the course of the past year, our iHealth data shows
a steady and nearly even split of HTTP and HTTPS traffic. To give you an
example, my data from October was derived from over 3 million (3, 087, 211 to
be precise) virtual servers. Of those, roughly 32% were configured to support
HTTP, and anot... (more)
One of the more popular methods of dealing with not just with the explosion
of devices but the growing challenge of dealing with growth of compute
devices under management in general is virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI).
While VDI has been overshadowed of late by newer and shinier TLAs like SDN
and IoT, it remains nonetheless a critical component of most organizations
As the technology behind VDI has matured, many organizations have begun to
reconsider their initial, early decisions to go with one technology over
another. That's natural, as it often takes tim... (more)