Posted by: psilva | August 27, 2014

VMworld 2014 – That’s a Wrap!


I wrap it up from VMworld 2014. Special thanks to F5ers Bill Church, Brandon Frelich, Nathan Pearce, Calvin Rowland, Paul Pindell & Kent Munson for their guest appearances. A special thanks to Andrew Berenato of AirWatch and thanks to Lars, Natasha, Jay and Robert for helping with the cinematography. Also check out VMworld 2014 – Best Partner Solution in the Cloud Automation Category Award video jointly produced by F5 and VMware.

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Kent Munson, F5 Principal Solution Engineer, explains why the F5 Management Plug-in for vCenter Orchestrator won Best Partner Solution – VMworld 2014 – in the Cloud Automation category. The F5 Management Plug-in for vCenter Orchestrator provides automation, management, and orchestration of BIG-IP atomic actions within vCO workflows. Kent shares what it is, what it does and the benefits for VMware administrators everywhere.

 

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Paul Pindell, F5 Biz Dev Solution Architect, takes us over to the Whiteboard Kitchen to talk about the history of the F5/VMware EUC collaboration, walks through the timeline of the cool integrated solutions over the years and gives a glimpse of the upcoming F5 EUC alliance roadmap. Paul has been a frequent guest and always provides interesting insight to all things VMware.

 

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Posted by: psilva | August 26, 2014

VMworld 2014 – F5 & VMware Alliance (feat Rowland)


Calvin Rowland, F5 VP Business Development, talks about the F5 & VMware partnership and brings us up to date on some of the latest developments. He also explains the criticality of technology alliances in today’s application driven world along with F5’s philosophy and guiding principles around technology alliances. Integration, collaboration and interoperability. We aim to satisfy business needs with architectural and technical solutions. Great insight and a fun interview.

Also check out our first video together almost 5 years ago. We haven’t aged a day: Oracle OpenWorld – Interview with Calvin Rowland

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Andrew Berenato, AirWatch Business Development Manager, does a great job explaining the many enterprise mobile device management challenges that the BIG-IP & AirWatch integration solves. BYOD, secure corporate apps, maintain compliance and employee privacy are all covered. True enterprise mobility management.

AirWatch by VMware simplifies mobility for organizations, while empowering end users. With AirWatch, organizations can easily deploy, configure, secure, manage and support smartphones, tablets, laptops and other devices across multiple mobile platforms and operating systems.

 

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Nathan Pearce, F5 Sr Technical Marketing Manager, shares a ton a great insight about NSX: what it is, what it does, why organizations deploy it along with how BIG-IP integrates with NSX. This integration solves two challenges – time to value and time to change. Wondering what that is? Take a peek and learn how you can quickly provision services without worrying about procuring equipment. VMware NSX Solutions

 

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Brandon Frelich, our Marketing Services Architect for Cloud & Security, talks about some of the implications and considerations for organizations looking to move toward a Software Defined Data Center. Areas include DDoS protection, identity & access management and policy control. Delivering the Software Defined Data Center (pdf)

 

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Bill Church, F5 SE Manager, gives us the low down on VMware’s vCloud Air, why organizations would use it along with the benefits, both for visitors and administrators, of globally distributed applications. This includes the ability to dynamically and automatically provision services for those cloud applications. BIG-IP can provide the global DNS services to ensure your people are getting to the right resources. Cloud bursting with F5.

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Posted by: psilva | August 24, 2014

VMworld 2014 – Find F5


Sporting F5’s new SD/DC t-shirt, I show you how to find F5 VMworld Booth 1621 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Like an application delivery oasis, get a glimpse of the cool booth, the awesome giveaways and learn how the theme, ‘No Limits’, applies to application delivery.

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Posted by: psilva | August 19, 2014

Is IoT Hype For Real?


It is only fitting that the 20th anniversary of the Gartner Hype Cycle has the Internet of Things right at the top of the coaster. IoT is currently at the peak of Inflated Expectations. The Gartner Hype Cycle give organizations an assessment of the maturity, business benefit and future direction of more than 2,000 technologies. The theme for this year’s Emerging Technologies Hype Cycle is Digital Business.

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As you can see, being at the top really means that there is a ton of media coverage about the technology, so much so that it starts to get a little silly. Everyone is talking about it, including this author. What you can also so is the downward trend to follow. This is the trough of disillusionment. Gamification, Mobile Health Monitoring and Big Data all fall into this area. It means that they already hit their big hype point but doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s over. The slope of enlightenment shows technologies that are finally mature enough to actually have reasonable expectations about. Each of the technologies also have a time line of when it’ll mature. For IoT, it looks like 5 to 10 years. So while we’re hearing all the noise about IoT now, society probably won’t be fully immersed for another decade…even though we’ll see gradual steps toward it over the next few years.

Once all our people, places and things are connected, you can also get a sense of what else is coming in the Innovation Trigger area. Come the 2025 time frame, things like Smart Robots, Human Augmentation and a Brain Computer Interface could be the headlines of the day. Just imagine, instead of having to type this blog out on a keyboard, I could simply (and wirelessly) connect my brain chip to the computer and just think this.

Hey, Stop reading my mind!!

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