Posted by: psilva | May 21, 2015

That’s a Wrap from EMEA F5 Agility 2015


Our EMEA video partners at cloud-channel.tv, put together a nice wrap up F5 Agility 2015 from Edinburgh, Scotland. Special thanks to F5’s Manny Rivelo and Cisco’s Ravi Balakrishnan along with King Robert the Bruce, Sir William Wallace and a huge thanks to the many attendees for participating in our videos! And as always, Mahalo to you for watching. Reporting from Scotland, That’s a Wrap!

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Posted by: psilva | May 20, 2015

F5 Agility 2015 EMEA – Sir William Wallace


The Guardian of Scotland, Sir William Wallace, shares how the real Sir William lived, loved and ultimately met his fate.

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Posted by: psilva | May 20, 2015

F5 Agility 2015 EMEA – King Robert the Bruce


King Robert the Bruce, who ruled over Scotland from 1306-1329, graces us with his presence and imposes his reign upon the people of Scotland. We learn if he was a nice King or one who ruled with an iron fist and how he lead Scotland to independence against England. Reporting from the Edinburgh Castle!

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Posted by: psilva | May 20, 2015

F5 Agility 2015 EMEA – ACI with F5 & Cisco


Ravi Balakrishnan, Cisco Sr. Marketing Manager, discusses the Application Centric Infrastructure and how F5 & Cisco, former fierce competitors, have come together in a joint integrated solution to solve many customer challenges. Cisco’s SND strategy in bringing together programmability, openness of the ecosystem, the agnostic nature of physical and virtual and the ability to support multi-tenant type deployments gives organizations agility and low TCO. With F5, customers can achieve L2-7 ADC control without the risks of manual error. Best of network control and application awareness!

 

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Manny Rivelo, F5 EVP of Strategic Solutions and our soon-to-be CEO, shares his vision of Innovate Expand Deliver at F5 Agility 2015. He talks about what hybrid application services means to organizations, how F5 has evolved from just a load balancing company, how organizations use F5 solutions across traditional, hybrid and cloud data centers and how F5 software powers and drives the business. He also shares his favorite part of F5 Agility. Applications without constraints. Thanks Manny!

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Posted by: psilva | May 20, 2015

What Are You Looking Forward To At F5 Agility 2015?


Attendees from all over the world share their thoughts and what they are expecting at F5 Agility 2015. Fun round of guests.

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Posted by: psilva | May 19, 2015

F5 EMEA Agility 2015 – Welcome to Edinburgh


I give a quick tour of the Edinburgh International Conference Center (EICC) and show how to navigate around for the F5 EMEA Agility2015 conference. Get a sneak peek of the pre-show setup, learn how to register and get your badge along with how to find the breakout and general keynote sessions. Also a special thanks to our Platinum Sponsors: HP, Cisco and VMware!

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Posted by: psilva | May 13, 2015

F5 Agility EMEA 2015 – The Preview Video


i preview the EMEA F5 Agility 2015 conference happening May 20-21 at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) in Edinburgh, Scotland. Agility 2015 will lay the foundation for your business to innovate new paths to success, expand through barriers to growth, and deliver the applications your people need to be successful in their work.

At Agility 2015, you’ll learn how to:
Deliver the apps that are the foundation of your business—securely and efficiently.
Realize the full potential of the latest F5 solutions through live demos and executive keynotes

And, If you got a fun F5 story to tell, find me and we’ll capture it!

 

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Posted by: psilva | May 5, 2015

IoT Ready Infrastructure


IoT applications will come in all shapes and sizes but no matter the size, availability is paramount to support both customers and the business. The most basic high-availability architecture is the typical three-tier design. A pair of ADCs in the DMZ terminates the connection. They in turn intelligently distribute the client request to a pool (multiple) of IoT application servers which then query the database servers for the appropriate content. Each tier has redundant servers so in the event of a server outage, the others take the load and the system stays available.

This is a tried and true design for most operations and provides resilient application availability, IoT or not, within a typical data center. But fault tolerance between two data centers is even more reliable than multiple servers in a single location, simply because that one data center is a single point of failure.

Cloud: The Enabler of IoT

The cloud has become one of the primary enablers for IoT. Within the next five years, more than 90% of all IoT data will be hosted on service provider platforms as cloud computing reduces the complexity of supporting IoT “Data Blending”.

In order to achieve or even maintain continuous IoT application availability and keep up with the pace of new IoT application rollouts, organizations must explore expanding their data center options to the cloud, to ensure IoT applications are always available. Having access to cloud resources provides organizations with the agility and flexibility to quickly provision IoT services. The Cloud offers organizations a way to manage IoT services rather than boxes along with just-in-time provisioning. Cloud enables IT as a Service, just as IoT is a service, along with the flexibility to scale when needed.

Integrating cloud-based IoT resources into the architecture requires only a couple of pieces: connectivity, along with awareness of how those resources are being used.

buckleThe connectivity between a data center and the cloud is generally referred to as a cloud bridge. The cloud bridge connects the two data center worlds securely and provides a network compatibility layer that “bridges” the two networks. This provides a transparency that allows resources in either environment to communicate without concern for the underlying network topology.

Once a connection is established and network bridging capabilities are in place, resources provisioned in the cloud can be non-disruptively added to the data center-hosted pools. From there, load is distributed per the ADC platform’s configuration for the resource, such as an IoT application.

By integrating your enterprise data center to external clouds, you make the cloud a secure extension of the enterprise’s IoT network. This enterprise-to-cloud network connection should be encrypted and optimized for performance and bandwidth, thereby reducing the risks and lowering the effort involved in migrating your IoT workloads to cloud.

Maintain seamless delivery

This hybrid infrastructure approach, including cloud resources, for IoT deployments not only allows organizations to distribute their IoT applications and services when it makes sense but also provides global fault tolerance to the overall system. Depending on how an organization’s disaster recovery infrastructure is designed, this can be an active site, a hot standby, a leased hosting space, a cloud provider, or some other contained compute location. As soon as that IoT server, application, or even location starts to have trouble, an organization can seamlessly maneuver around the issue and continue to deliver its services to the devices.

Advantages for a range of industries

The various combinations of hybrid infrastructure types can be as diverse as the IoT situations that use them.

Enterprises probably already have some level of hybrid, even if it is a mix of owned space plus SaaS. They typically prefer to keep sensitive assets in-house but have started to migrate workloads to hybrid data centers. Financial industries have different requirements than retail. Retail will certainly need a boost to their infrastructure as more customers will want to test IoT devices in the store.

The Service Provider industry is also well on their way to building out IoT ready infrastructures and services. A major service provider we are working with is in the process of deploying BIG-IP Virtual Editions to provide ADC functionality needed for the scale and flexibility of the carrier’s connected car project. Virtualized solutions are required for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) to enable the agility and elasticity necessary to support the IoT infrastructure demands.

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Posted by: psilva | April 28, 2015

IoT Effect on Applications


As more applications are needed to run those Things, traditional infrastructure concerns like scale and reliability will become paramount. Additional challenges with identity and access, improving the user experience, and the need for faster provisioning of services could overwhelm IT departments. A robust, scalable and intelligent infrastructure will be necessary to handle the massive traffic growth.

IT professionals are tasked with designing and building the infrastructure that’s ready for the challenges that lie ahead, including IoT. But many of today’s traditional architectures will buckle under the increasing demand of all the connected devices. According to IDC, the rate at which applications double in the enterprise is every four years. This is likely to be cut in half as more IoT devices need applications supporting them and organizations need to be ready for the deluge.

The Domain Name System (DNS) is the most likely method for connected devices to locate needed services, and it’s potentially the means by which people will locate the devices themselves. There might be other schemas in the planning process, but those would require the adoption of a new technology naming standard, which would be costly, slow and highly unlikely.

iot changeClearly, security must also be present since Iot has the potential to weave vulnerabilities throughout the system. Unless organizations remain proactive, the ubiquity of connected devices presents a gold mine for attackers. Outpacing attackers in our current threat landscape will require more resources in order to minimize risk. Organizations will need to continue to harden our own infrastructures and look to cloud services like DoS mitigation to lessen the effects of attacks.

At the same time, the explosion of embedded devices may well be the event that drives more mainstream IPv6 adoption. There are several advantages to IPv6 such as a large namespace, address self-configuration, and the potential to remove Network Address Translation (NAT) problems. The data center will require some planning to embrace this shift. Components such as routers, firewalls, and application delivery controllers will need to be IPv6-ready, capable of understanding the protocols and data that devices will use to communicate.

To ensure security, intelligent routing, and analytics, networking layers will need to be fluent in the language your devices use. Understanding these protocols within the network will allow traffic to be secured, prioritized, and routed accordingly. Recognizing and prioritizing these messages will enable better scale and manageability of the onslaught of device traffic and data. Intelligence will also be needed to categorize what data needs attention (like a health monitor alert) and what doesn’t (temperature is good).

According to TechTarget, to ensure high availability of IoT services, enterprises must consider boosting traffic management and monitoring. This will both mitigate business continuity risks, and prevent potential losses. From a project planning standpoint, organizations need to do capacity planning and watch the growth rate of the network so that the increased demand for the required bandwidth can be met.

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