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It’s that time of year when we gift and re-gift, just like this text from last year. And the perfect opportunity to re-post, re-purpose and re-use all my 2017 entries. If you missed any of the 64 attempts including 16 videos, here they are wrapped in one simple entry. I read somewhere that lists in articles are good. I broke it out by month to see what was happening at the time and let’s be honest, pure self-promotion. Check out our Featured Members for the year, dig into June’s Cloud Month, catch up on some #Basics or sit back and watch some cool Lightboard videos. I truly appreciate your engagement throughout 2017 and Have a Safe and Happy New Year! ​​​January 2017 OK 2017, Now What? Lightboard Lessons: What is MQTT? Deploy BIG-IP VE in AWS What is Load Balancing? What is an Application Delivery Controller – Part I What is an Application Delivery Controller – Pa... (more)

Infoblox to Exhibit at @CloudExpo | @Infoblox #DataCenter #DNS #DDI #DX

SYS-CON Events announced today that Infoblox, the industry leader in DNS, DHCP, and IP address management, the category known as DDI, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Empower the Security Ecosystem Infoblox delivers Actionable Network Intelligence to enterprise, government, and service provider customers around the world. They are the industry leader in DNS, DHCP, and IP address management, the category known as DDI. We empower thousands of organizations to control and secure their networks from the core-enabling them to increase efficiency and visibility, improve customer service, and meet compliance requirements. Contact Infoblox at https://www.infoblox.com. 21st International Cloud Expo, taking place October 31 - November 2, 2017, at... (more)

Lightboard Lessons: What is HTTP?

In this Lightboard Lesson, I light up some #basics about HTTP. HTTP defines the structure of messages between web components such as browser or command line clients, servers like Apache or Nginx, and proxies like the BIG-IP. ps Related: What is HTTP? What is HTTP Part II – Underlying Protocols ... (more)

Post of the Week: BIG-IP APM Policy Sync

In this Lightboard Post of the Week, I light up the answer to a question about BIG-IP APM Policy Sync. Posted Question on DevCentral: https://devcentral.f5.com/questions/apm-policy-sync-56330 Thanks to DevCentral user Murali (@MuraliGopalaRao) for the question and special thanks to Leonardo Souza for the answer! ps Related: DevCentral’s Featured Member for May – NTT Security’s Leonardo Souza ... (more)

DevCentral’s Featured Member for September – Rob Carr

Rob Carr is a Senior Trainer/Professional Services Consultant with Red Education Pty in Australia, covering the Oceania and Asia markets. He has done training and engagements from New Zealand to Taiwan and points in between. About 60% of his time is running F5 courses, ranging from the from the introductory Admin course through the high-level courses like AFM, ASM or iRules. He enjoys the mix of work, where teaching allows him to be social and PS work lets him delve into the technical nitty-gritty. Rob is also DevCentral’s Featured Member for September! DevCentral: You were an F5er (ProServ Consultant) from 2013-15 and continue to be a very active contributor in the DevCentral community since then. What keeps you involved? Rob: Long before I did PS Consulting for F5, I worked for F5 in Seattle, first as a Network Support Engineer and then as Software Test Engineer, ... (more)

Securing Key Management | @CloudExpo #AI #DX #API #CloudNative #Security

Cloud migration of modern enterprise infrastructure has been a defining trait of recent times. The cloud brings increased efficiency, streamlined operations, an increased shared knowledge base, and scale that was simply not possible earlier. Enterprise IT executives expect that 60 percent of workloads will run in various clouds by 2018 according to survey data of 1,200 buyers by 451 Research. However, according to the NorthBridge Future of Cloud Computing survey, the largest survey of its kind, security remains the number one inhibitor of enterprise migration to the cloud. One of the key reasons for this is that enterprises relinquish control of their infrastructure in the process, and suffer a lack of privacy and protection from the cloud provider while running in a public cloud. According to the NorthBridge survey, enterprises' biggest concerns include dependenc... (more)

Is 2017 Half Empty or Half Full? | @ThingsExpo #AI #ML #DX #IoT #SmartCities

With 2017 crossing the half way point, let’s look at some technology trends thus far. Breaches: Many personal records are half empty due to the continued rash of intrusions while the crooks are half full of our personal information along with some ransom payments. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), there have been 7,689 breaches since 2005 (when they started tracking) compromising – get this – 900,315,392 records. Almost 3 times the U.S. population. In 2016, 56% of all Data Breaches began with a user clicking on a phishing email. The big story for 2017 I think, is the rise of ransomware. Kaspersky reports a 250% increase in ransomware for the first few months of 2017. From WannaCry to Petya to Fusob, criminals are holding systems hostage until a ransom is paid…or not. Ransomware seems to be this year’s big trend with backups saving some from to... (more)

Unisys President To Keynote Cloud Computing Expo

Cloud computing is an approach to computing that enables organizations to leverage scalable, elastic and secure computing resources as services with the expected results of simplified operations, significant savings in cost and resources and an increase in operational flexibility. With its deep experience and rich technological innovation and capabilities in the enterprise server marketplace, as well as its involvement in transaction-intensive, mission-critical environments, Unisys is in a unique position to provide cloud computing that is secure enough and scalable enough for enterprise-class computing. As a pioneer in large-scale computing, Unisys has tackled some of the toughest security challenges in the world for both public and private sector clients. The company brings a holistic approach to security that spans digital and physical environments, securing a cl... (more)

Can Falling Prices of the Cloud Make Hosted Solutions Irrelevant? | @CloudExpo #Cloud #DataCenter

The margins of cloud products like virtual machines are still in the 50% range. In essence, price drops are going to be a regular feature for the foreseeable future. This begets the question - are hosted solutions becoming irrelevant today? Boston-based market research firm, 451 Research, has been publishing their ‘Cloud Price Index' for a few years now. The quarterly study looks into the pricing of various offerings in the cloud market to understand the shifting dynamics in the public, private and hybrid cloud market. According to Dr. Owen Rogers from 451 Research, the approach here is similar to how inflation is calculated - the price of a distributed sample of products from the market are analyzed periodically to ascertain the rise or drop in the prices of the various cloud offerings. One big takeaway from the various reports published over the years is how muc... (more)

DevCentral’s Featured Member for August – Piotr Lewandowski

Piotr Lewandowski has been working in IT for well over 20 years – and not really conscious decision to go this way – just blind luck. He started in the era without Internet…yes, not so long ago it was possible to live without Internet J…and IBM PC/XT computers. Thanks to self-learning he managed to work as DTP operator on Apple computers (the first in Poland at the time). However, he also had to manage all the other aspects of “network” so he turned into IT guy. Then he worked as CIO for quite a long time but when company started to grow, he figured out the corporate environment is not for him and switched to consulting on his own terms. About 5 years ago, F5 gear popped up and he had to learn how to use it. It was challenging as he never was network pro – but turned out that it’s interesting and challenging so he’s still there and is DevCentral’s Featured Member f... (more)

I’ve Successfully Failed the F5 Certification 201-TMOS Administration Exam

Yup, you read that right. I did not pass the F5 Certified BIG-IP Administrator test I took while at F5 Agility 2017. And I’m not ashamed since it was a challenging test and I will be trying again. Sure, I went through Eric Mitchell’s (F5er) comprehensive 201 Certification Study Guide along with the TMOS Administration Exam Blueprint. However, I probably should have taken more time ON a BIG-IP messing around…especially for tmsh commands…which is where, I believe, I got tripped up. This is key. Reading and memorizing commands along with some practicing can only get you so far. Doing it regularly is what’s needed. This is a key feature of the exams, particularly as you move up the exam expertise. The exams are designed to test real knowledge and experience, not if you can cram the night before. Pretty sure my errors came with tmsh and the UCS upgrade questions since I ... (more)