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1024 Words: Why application focused networking is easy to say but really hard to do

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The world of technology is shifting its center to applications. That means everything from operations to networking is trying to enable a more application-driven or application-aware or application-X model of delivering network and application services. While it looks elegant on a slide comprised of the three "tiers" of an application, the reality is that an application world is highly complex, massively integrated, and very confusing.

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Not to surprise you, but even this is greatly simplified. The complex web of interconnections that makes up the "middle" tier of an application can be so confusing it requires its own map, which architects often design and tack to walls to be able to see "the big picture" in much the same way DBAs will map out a particularly complex schema to understand the relationships between tables and objects and indexes.

The resulting diagram of a real environment would be, by anyone's standards, unreadable in digital format.

And that is why it's easy to say, but really super mega ultra hard to do.

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Lori MacVittie is responsible for education and evangelism of application services available across F5’s entire product suite. Her role includes authorship of technical materials and participation in a number of community-based forums and industry standards organizations, among other efforts. MacVittie has extensive programming experience as an application architect, as well as network and systems development and administration expertise. Prior to joining F5, MacVittie was an award-winning Senior Technology Editor at Network Computing Magazine, where she conducted product research and evaluation focused on integration with application and network architectures, and authored articles on a variety of topics aimed at IT professionals. Her most recent area of focus included SOA-related products and architectures. She holds a B.S. in Information and Computing Science from the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay, and an M.S. in Computer Science from Nova Southeastern University.