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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)

What Is #MQTT? | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #RTC #DigitalTransformation

The mad dash to connect virtually every noun to the internet or the Internet of Things is creating a massive M2M network for all the devices, systems, sensors and actuators to connect & communicate on the Internet. With that, they need a communications protocol to understand each other. One of those is Message Queue Telemetry Transport (MQTT). MQTT is a “subscribe and publish” messaging protocol designed for lightweight machine-to-machine (or IoT) communications. In this episode of Lightboard Lessons, I light up how MQTT works. ps Related: IoT Ready Infrastructure IoT Effect on Applications IoT Influence on Society What are These "Things? The Intruders of Things Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place June 6-8, 2017 at Javits Center, New York City, is co-located with 20th International @CloudExpo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference facult... (more)

Application Delivery Controller | @CloudExpo #SDN #VM #AI #Virtualization

A Little History Application Delivery got its start in the form of network-based load balancing hardware. It is the essential foundation on which Application Delivery Controllers (ADCs) operate. The second iteration of purpose-built load balancing (following application-based proprietary systems) materialized in the form of network-based appliances. These are the true founding fathers of today’s ADCs. Because these devices were application-neutral and resided outside of the application servers themselves, they could load balance using straightforward network techniques. In essence, these devices would present a “virtual server” address to the outside world, and when users attempted to connect, they would forward the connection to the most appropriate real server doing bi-directional network address translation (NAT). Figure 1: Network-based load balancing appliance... (more)

TechTarget: Cloud Storage Security at @CloudExpo NY | #SDN #DataCenter

At least 25% of workloads will never run on a public cloud, predicted Jeff Katzen, director of cloud practice at CenturyLink, a provider of everything from Internet and TV for homes to enterprise-grade cloud hosting services for global companies. During his Cloud Expo presentation, Katzen talked about CenturyLink clients whose decisions to implement hybrid cloud projects rest almost exclusively on their desire to control of some of their data, and protect it in very specific ways. "They want the ability to leverage a public cloud, but they also have very stringent security controls, so they also want dedicated security devices sitting in front of the public cloud platform," Katzen said. The key to utilizing cloud technology for all it's worth is to understand where its value can be applied to your unique architecture, he explained. Read TechTarget review here. @D... (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)

Lightboard Lessons: What is BIG-IQ?

In this Lightboard Lesson, I light up many of the tasks you can do with BIG-IQ, BIG-IQ centralizes management, licensing, monitoring, and analytics for your dispersed BIG-IP infrastructure. If you have more than a few F5 BIG-IP’s within your organization, managing devices as separate entities will become an administrative bottleneck and slow application deployments.  Deploying cloud applications, you’re potentially managing thousands of systems and having to deal with traditionally monolithic administrative functions is a simple no-go.  Enter BIG-IQ. ps Related: What is BIG-IQ? ... (more)

Deploy an Auto-Scaled BIG-IP VE WAF in AWS

Today let’s look at how to create and deploy an auto-scaled BIG-IP Virtual Edition Web Application Firewall by using a Cloud Formation Template (CFT) in AWS. CFTs are simply a quick way to spin up solutions that otherwise, you may have to create manually. The idea behind this CFT is it is going to create BIG-IP VE instances for you. These instances function as a firewall in front of your application. Depending on the limits you specify, when more traffic is going to your application, new instances will launch…and when there is less traffic, instances will terminate. This solution has a few prerequisites: A Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) with at least two subnets, each in its own availability zone An AWS Elastic Load Balancer (ELB), which serves traffic to the BIG-IP VE instances An SSH key pair which you need to access the instances. I have these already created, so w... (more)

Securing the Internet of Things | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #Sensors #Security

Security Trends in 2016: Securing the Internet of Things Whenever you connect anything to the internet, there is risk involved. Just ask the millions of IoT zombies infected with Mirai. Sure, there have been various stories over the years about hacking thermostats, refrigerators, cameras, pacemakers, insulin pumps and other medical devices along with cars, homes and hotel rooms…but Mirai took it to a new level. And it’s not the only IoT botnet out there nor are these nasty botnets going away anytime soon. There’s a gold mine of unprotected devices out there waiting to either have their/your info stolen or be used to flood another website with traffic. This is bound to compound in the years to come. A recent Ponemon Institute report noted that an incredible 80% of IoT applications are not tested for vulnerabilities. Let’s try that again – only 20% of the IoT appl... (more)

Lightboard Lessons: Attack Mitigation with F5 Silverline

In this Lightboard Lesson, I describe how F5 Silverline Cloud-based Platform can help mitigate DDoS and other application attacks both on-prem and in the cloud with the Hybrid Signaling iApp. Learn how both on-premises and the cloud can work together to create a composite defense against attacks. ps ... (more)

Create a BIG-IP HA Pair in Azure

Use an Azure ARM template to create a high availability (active-standby) pair of BIG-IP Virtual Edition instances in Microsoft Azure. When one BIG-IP VE goes standby, the other becomes active, the virtual server address is reassigned from one external NIC to another. Today, let’s walk through how to create a high availability pair of BIG-IP VE instances in Microsoft Azure. When we’re done, we’ll have an active-standby pair of BIG-IP VEs. To start, go to the F5 Networks Github repository. Click F5-azure-arm-templates. Then go to Supported>ha-avset and there are two options. You can deploy into an existing stack when you already have your subnets and existing IP addresses defined but to see how it works, let’s deploy a new stack. Click new stack and scroll down to the Deploy button. If you have a trial or production license from F5, you can use the BYOL option but i... (more)

BIG-IP VE on Google Cloud Platform

Hot off Cloud Month, let’s look at how to deploy BIG-IP Virtual Edition on the Google Cloud Platform. This is a simple single-NIC, single IP deployment, which means that both management traffic and data traffic are going through the same NIC and are accessible with the same IP address. Before you can create this deployment, you need a license from F5. You can also get a trial license here. Also, we’re using BIG-IP VE version 13.0.0 HF2 EHF3 for this example. Alright, let’s get started. Open the console, go to Cloud Launcher and search for F5. Pick the version you want. Now click Launch on Compute Engine. I’m going to change the name so the VM is easier to find… For everything else, I’ll leave the defaults. And then down under firewall, if these ports aren’t already open on your network, you can open 22, which you need so you can use SSH to connect to the inst... (more)