Posted by: psilva | March 3, 2015

MWC 2015 – SDN Demystified (feat Duncan)


With an industry full of TLAs (three letter acronyms) Richard Duncan, Sr. Manager Systems Engineering, gives a wonderful explanation of SDN using the universal TV remote example. In this fun interview, Richard demystifies SDN and explains how SDN allows organizations to select best of breed technologies and the SDN overlay allows those components to seamlessly work together just like when you push ‘Watch DVD’ on the universal remote…it turns on the Toshiba monitor, the Sony DVD and the Denon receiver to allow the user to simply click one button and have everything work together. After watching this video, anyone can relate to SDN.

 

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Ron Carovano, Manager, Business Development, joins us from the F5 kiosk in the AirWatch Connect booth at #MWC15. Always a fun and informative guest, Ron fills us in on the F5/AirWatch partnership and how our joint solution helps an employee with their brand new personal mobile device connect to business applications. Out of the box to productivity with granular control and true enterprise mobility management for the mobile workforce.

 

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Posted by: psilva | March 3, 2015

MWC 2015 – How LTE Roaming Works (feat Nas)


Peter Nas, Sr. Solution Architect, explains what happens when the many MWC attendees from all over the world arrive in Barcelona and need to connect their mobile devices to a carrier network. Peter does a great job walking us through what happens when a mobile device connects to a foreign network and how F5’s Signaling Delivery Controller (SDC) helps route the user and the data roaming traffic back to the home carrier.

 

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Jonathan George, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, talks about the various threats that can occur on a carrier network. Mobile devices are becoming a hot target for malicious attacks and users may not be aware that they have potentially become part of a botnet. And it is not just mobile devices, as IoT grows, your refrigerator could potentially participate in a DDoS attack. Jonathan focuses on some of the DNS solutions available that can help mitigate DNS DDoS attacks and malicious communications on a service provider network.

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Posted by: psilva | March 2, 2015

MWC 2015 – NFV for Service Providers (feat Yue)


Frank Yue, Sr. Technical Marketing Manager, discusses Network Function Virtualization and how service providers are deploying it within their infrastructures. Frank talks about the relation to SDN, the functionality it provides SP’s, the NFV components, the importance within a carrier network and how F5 helps steer and scale the huge growth in mobile traffic.

 

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Posted by: psilva | March 1, 2015

MWC 2015 – Find F5


I show you how to find F5 booth G11 in Hall 5 of Grand Via 2 for Mobile World Congress (View the map). With close to 90,000 attendees, #MWC15 is a huge show and the theme is The Edge of Innovation. Mobile technology is pushing this innovation and F5 has the solutions to help service providers optimize their networks, monetize new services and of course, secure every layer. You also get a sneak peek at the F5 giveaways along with a fun #f5selfie promotion. Reporting from Barcelona!

 

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Posted by: psilva | February 24, 2015

Mobile World Congress 2015 – The Preview Video


I give a preview of Mobile World Congress 2015. #MWC15 is next week, March 2-5 in Barcelona, Spain at the Fira Gran Via. We got some fun stuff for next week, including a very special guest, and some of the topics we’re covering include IoT, NFV, VoLTE and of course, Security. Set the dial and rip the knob off for next week! Or, you can just bookmark your browser…either way. Smile

 

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Posted by: psilva | February 18, 2015

Intelligent DNS Animated Whiteboard


DNS will become even more important as additional sensors, monitors, actuators and other ‘things’ connect to the internet. It helps those devices like refrigerators and automobiles get their updates and helps us people find those things in our digital world. Here is a short Whiteboard explaining how F5 can help solve DNS challenges. And check out our Intelligent DNS Scale Reference Architecture which delivers the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your web applications will respond to all DNS queries—keeping your content and applications available to your users wherever and whenever they want to access them.

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Posted by: psilva | February 10, 2015

The Internet of Me, Myself & I


What happens when the gadgets you wear also control the things around you?

No doubt you’ve heard of various internet-connected things like light bulbs, coffee makers and thermostats making their way into our homes. And no doubt, you’ve probably heard of such devices that you wear (or insert) to track your fitness, sleeping or even blood sugar levels. But when that sleeping monitor can alert the light bulb and coffee machine that you are about to wake up, that’s called the Internet of Self. Data from your body that is used to control the objects around you. Your body controls the your environment, without you even knowing.

Cool and for me, a bit unnerving at the same time.

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A ComputerWorld article talks about all the amazing ways this is going to change our lives. For example, there is sleep monitoring technology that can alert a light bulb to turn on gradually as if it is a sunrise, based on your own sleep patterns. Forget those eye squints when the calm darkness suddenly disappears with the flip of a switch. The light is now taking commands from your body. Automakers are installing technology that monitors your face & eyes and if you start doing the doze-dip with your head, it’ll alert you to pull over or even pull you over itself. Even your home security cameras can take a look at your face, compare it to a database, and unlock your garage and doors. The unlocking of the door tells the kitchen or any other room to turn on the lights. Your biometric data is controlling the things around you. Clothing will have stress meters, cars with breathalyzers, belts that auto extend after a big meal. You get the picture.

Congress also has some concerns. Reps. Darrell Issa, (R-CA)., and Suzan DelBene, (D-WA) have formed a new Congressional Caucus on the Internet of Things to educate members about the issue. This is to educate members so they can make more informed policy decisions about this technology. The big issue is protecting consumer’s privacy as more sensitive personal information is being sent and received by a growing number of these things. Hacked data and the prying eyes of the government and other entities are tops on their list.

The FCC has asked that they hold off on any legislation tied directly to IoT since it is evolving so fast but did recommend that a data breach bill requiring 30 day consumer notification of a breach be passed. People have already been infiltrated through their thermostats and there was news yesterday that certain smart-TV’s will capture and send your private conversations – if picked up by the voice recognition – to a third party data processor. Add to that, robots are already attacking within the home. Forget zombies, vacuums are the real threat.

The ComputerWorld article make this IoSelf seem so easy with just an app and a device – it’s just ‘easy to create software.’ Not exactly. While some apps, I’m sure, are easy to create, there is much more than just an app and device going on…like an actual application in a data center for the app &/or device to communicate with and the proper security protections for such transactions. The article seems to gloss over any cautions and there is no mention of privacy, security or any of the potential risks involved with the Internet of Self. Do I really want my various biometrics stored in some third-party cloud somewhere just so I can unlock my front door with a wink? Probably not.

For now, I’m happy to pull out my physical keys, hand turn the knob and use my index finger to disable the alarm. I know it is I who did it, not some reasonable facsimile thereof.

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Posted by: psilva | February 5, 2015

5 Ways #IamF5


Three years ago, F5 Networks was honored by the City of Seattle, when the mayor proclaimed February 5 as F5 Day to recognize the contributions of F5 to our community. This year, we’re celebrating in all of our offices around the globe.

In celebration of F5 Day, I present to you the 5 Ways I’m F5. Happy F5 Day!

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