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Developers are – despite their attention to what is considered a very logic-based field of study – a very creative group. Give them a hurdle to overcome and they will. The problem, of course, is not that they’ve solved a problem, it’s that in doing so they’ve likely created a source of technical debt that will, over time, become problematic. In fact, technical debt is a significant focus of the Agile methodology and is flows (quite naturally) into DevOps. That’s good, because technical debt, like real debt, compounds over time and can put a significant damper on future growth and success. Such is the case with HTTP 1.1 or, to be precise, the limitations of HTTP 1.1. Developers, upon facing certain limitations, came up with solutions (workarounds, hacks, etc…) and put them into practice in their code. Then, thanks to the Internet, those practices were shared with oth... (more)

Master of Puppets By @LMacVittie | @DevOpsSummit [#API #DevOps]

No, not the head-banging, gritty, heavy metal Metallica song (though that's certainly awesome too... excuse me for a moment while I turn it up to 11) but the Puppet as in automation kind of master. The importance placed on APIs - which are key to automation - in our State of Application Delivery 2015 survey was high, with 40% of respondents saying it was important to them that their infrastructure be API-enabled. Automation using those APIs is generally being accomplished through a variety of means with frameworks like Puppet being a popular toolset. 20% of respondents indicate... (more)

The Power of Programmability By @LMacVittie | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

The Power of Programmability Goes Beyond Load Balancing Most of the time when we think about (and honestly, talk about) “programmability” of app services (in the network) we end up illustrating its potential by using load balancing or perhaps app security.  That’s because the possibilities seem endless for those services, with countless examples to be found. But the power of programmability associated with app services – the “software defined” piece of Software Defined Application Services (SDAS) – is not relegated to just load balancing and app security. It can also be applied... (more)

Microservices and HTTP/2 By @LMacVittie | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #Docker #Containers #Microservices

Microservices & IoT Power Panel at @DevOpsSummit In this Power Panel at @DevOpsSummit, moderated by Jason Bloomberg, president of Intellyx, panelists Roberto Medrano, Executive Vice President at Akana; Lori MacVittie, Evangelist for F5 Networks; and Troy Topnik, ActiveState's Technical Product Manager; and Otis Gospodnetić, founder of Sematext; peeled away the buzz and discuss the important architectural principles behind implementing IoT solutions for the enterprise. As remote IoT devices and sensors become increasingly intelligent, they become part of our distributed cloud en... (more)

Five Requirements for Application Services By @LMacVittie | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

The Five Requirements for Application Services in a Software-Defined Data Center Data center models are changing. A variety of technical trends and business demands are forcing that change, most of them centered on the explosive growth of applications. That means, in turn, that the requirements for application delivery are changing. Certainly application delivery needs to be agile, not waterfall. It needs to deliver services in hours, not weeks or months. It needs to be more cost efficient. And more than anything else, it needs to be really, really, super focused on application... (more)