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#SDN #DevOps API design best practices apply to the network, too. We (as in the industry at large) don't talk enough about applying architectural best practices with respect to emerging API and software-defined models of networking. But we should. That's because as we continue down the path that continues to software-define the network, using APIs and software development methodologies to simplify and speed the provisioning of network services, the more we run into if not rules, then best practices, that should be considered before we willy nilly start integrating all the network things. Because that's really what we're doing - integration. We just don't like to call it that because we've seen those developers curled up in fetal positions in the corner upon learning of a new software upgrade that will require extensive updates to the fifty other apps integrated with... (more)

The Man in Your Browser

The keys to the digital kingdom are credentials. In no industry is this more true (and ultimately more damaging) than financial services. The sophistication of the attacks used to gather those credentials and thwart the increasingly complex authentication process that guards financial transactions is sometimes staggering. That's because they require not just stealth but coordination across multiple touch points in the transaction process. MITB is not a new technique. It was first identified as a potential path to financial theft back in 2005 when Augusto Paes de Barros presented... (more)

@DevOpsSummit | The Operational Amplifier [#DevOps]

When Instagram was sold to Facebook in 2012, it employed only 13 people and maintained over 4 billion photos shared by its 80 million registered users. Internally, Instagram was a small business. Externally, it was a web monster. Filling the gap between those two contradictory perspectives is DevOps. Now to be fair, Instagram (like many other web monster properties today) has it easier than most other businesses because it supported only one application. One. That's in stark contrast to large enterprises which are, by most analyst firms, said to manage not one but one hundred and e... (more)

Supersizing Application Access Services

F5 Synthesis: Supersizing Application Access Services #SDAS #IAM #IoT #Mobile The new requirements for app delivery include a focus on hyperscaling access to applications. A plurality (48%) of enterprises deliver between 1 and 500 applications to consumers and employees. A somewhat surprising 21% deliver more than 1000 applications every day*. Consider, now, the possible combinations (or is it permutations, I always mix those two up) that can be formed along with the increasing number of devices/connections per consumer and employee (predicted to hit 5 per individual by 2017 by ... (more)

Why Think About HTTP 2.0?

The problem with web application performance is directly related to the increasing page size and number of objects comprising pages today. Increasing corporate bandwidth (the pipe between the Internet and the organization) doesn't generally help. The law of diminishing returns is at work; at some point more bandwidth (like more hardware) just isn't enough because the problem isn't in how fast bits are traveling, but how many times bits are traversing the network. And for some clients - like mobile - it doesn't matter. They're getting 1-4Mbps and there's nothing you can do to cha... (more)