Sunday, June 18, 2017

DevCentral Cloud Month - Week Four

What’s this week about?


Ready for another week of Cloud Month on DevCentral? Suzanne, Hitesh, Greg, Marty and Lori are ready! Last week we looked at services, security, automation, migration, Ansible and other areas to focus on once you get your cloud running. We also had a cool Lightboard Lesson explaining BIG-IP in the public cloud. This week we go deeper into areas like high availability, scalability, responsibility, inter-connectivity and exploring the philosophy behind cloud deployment models.

Now that we’re half-way through Cloud Month, I thought it’d be fun to share a little bit about our authors.

Suzanne Selhorn is a Sr. Technical Writer with our TechPubs team. Our Technical Communications team are responsible for many of the deployment guides you use and are also the creators of some of the awesome step-by-step technical videos featured on DevCentral’s YouTube channel. She and Thomas Stanley crafted the AWS series.

Hitesh Patel is a Sr. Solution Architect covering Cloud/DevOps. He’s one of the smartest cloud cookies we got and works with F5 customers to get a handle on their cloud deployments. He also loves karaoke.

Greg Coward is a Solution Architect on our Business Development team. The BizDev team works with our many technology partners building out joint solutions. Greg covers Microsoft and how BIG-IP plays in Azure among other solutions.

Marty Scholes is an Applications Architect with our Solutions Marketing team. Traditionally, he writes whitepapers, technical articles and helps the Marketing team understand the technical nuances of various solutions and this month he went deep into GoogleCloud deployments.

Finally, someone you probably are already familiar due to her extensive writing and expertise, F5’s Principal Technical Evangelist Lori MacVittie. User 38 on DevCentral, she is a subject matter expert on emerging technologies and how F5 fits with the internet craze these days. I’ve been fortunate to have known & worked with Lori since her early days at F5 when we were both trailblazing Technical Marketing Managers.

The DevCentral team truly appreciates their contributions to Cloud Month and encourages you to connect with them.


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Sunday, June 11, 2017

DevCentral Cloud Month - Week Three

We hope you’re enjoying DevCentral’s Month thus far and Suzanne, Hitesh, Greg, Marty and Lori ready to go again this week. Last week we got you deployed in AWS and Kubernetes, learned the basics of Azure, got knee-deep in Cloud/Automated architectures and celebrated SOA’s survival. Now that your cloud is installed and running, this week we look at things like security, migration, services, automation and the challenges of data management.

Monday, Suzanne will help you secure your new AWS application with a F5 WAF; Tuesday, Hitesh will explore the Services Model for cloud architectures; Wednesday, Greg gets into Deployment Scenarios for BIG-IP in Azure; if you thought 24 minutes was quick, on Thursday Marty shows how to deploy an app into Kubernetes even faster; and Lori and her infinite cloud wisdom, wonders if the technical and data integration challenges from 10 years ago (100 in technology years) still exist for #Flashback Friday.

Great content so far and if you need to catch up or see what's coming, check out our Cloud Month Calendar.


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Monday, June 5, 2017

DevCentral Cloud Month - Week Two

What's this week about?

You got a mini taste of DevCentral’s Cloud Month last week and week two we really dig in. This week we’re looking at Build and Deployment considerations for the Cloud. The first step in successfully deploying in a cloud infrastructure. Starting today, Suzanne and team show us how to deploy an application in AWS; On Wednesday, Greg, harking the Hitchhiker’s Guide, explains Azure’s Architectural Considerations; Marty uncovers Kubernetes concepts and how to deploy an application in Kubernetes this Thursday; on #Flashback Friday, Lori takes us down memory lane wondering if SOA is still super. Filling my typical Tuesday spot, Hitesh reveals some foundational building blocks of F5’s cloud/automated architectures.
These will help get you off the ground and your head in the clouds, preferably Cloud Nine.
Enjoy!
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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Cloud Month on F5 DevCentral

#DCCloud17

The term ‘Cloud’ as in Cloud Computing has been around for a while. Some insist Western Union invented the phrase in the 1960s; others point to a 1994 AT&T ad for the PersonaLink Services; and still others argue it was Amazon in 2006 or Google a few years later. And Gartner had Cloud Computing at the top of their Hype Cycle in 2009.

No matter the birth year, Cloud Computing has become an integral part of an organization’s infrastructure and is not going away anytime soon. A 2017 SolarWinds IT Trends report says 95% of businesses have migrated critical applications to the cloud and F5's SOAD report notes that 20% of organizations will have over half their applications in the cloud this year. It is so critical that we’ve decided to dedicate the entire month of June to the Cloud.

We’ve planned a cool cloud encounter for you this month. We’re lucky to have many of F5’s Cloud experts offering their 'how-to' expertise with multiple 4-part series. The idea is to take you through a typical F5 deployment for various cloud vendors throughout the month. Mondays, we got Suzanne Selhorn & Thomas Stanley covering AWS; Wednesdays, Greg Coward will show how to deploy in Azure; Thursdays, Marty Scholes walks us through Google Cloud deployments including Kubernetes.

But wait, there’s more!

On Tuesdays, Hitesh Patel is doing a series on the F5 Cloud/Automation Architectures and how F5 plays in the Service Model, Deployment Model and Operational Model - no matter the cloud and on F5 Friday #Flashback starting tomorrow, we’re excited to have Lori MacVittie revisit some 2008 #F5Friday cloud articles to see if anything has changed a decade later. Hint: It has…mostly. In addition, I’ll offer my weekly take on the tasks & highlights that week.

Below is the calendar for DevCentral's Cloud Month and we’ll be lighting up the links as they get published so bookmark this page and visit daily! Incidentally, I wrote my first Cloud tagged article on DevCentral back in 2009. And if you missed it, Cloud Computing won the 2017 Preakness. Cloudy Skies Ahead!

June 2017

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
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Cloud Month Intro & Calendar
2

Flashback Friday: The Many Faces of Cloud

Lori MacVittie
3
4 5

Successfully Deploy Your Application in the AWS Public Cloud

Suzanne Selhorn
6

Cloud/Automated Systems need an Architecture

Hitesh Patel
7

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to BIG-IP in Azure

Greg Coward
8  ​

Deploy an App into Kubernetes in less than 24 Minutes

Marty Scholes
9

F5 Flashback Friday: The Death of SOA Has (Still) Been Greatly Exaggerated

-Lori
10
11 12  ​

Secure Your New AWS Application with an F5 Web Application Firewall

-Suzanne
13  ​

The Service Model for Cloud/Automated Systems Architecture

-Hitesh


DCCloud17 X-tra!
14

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to BIG-IP in Azure – ‘Deployment Scenarios’

-Greg


DCCloud17 X-tra!
15  ​

Deploy an App into Kubernetes Even Faster (Than Last Week)

-Marty
16  ​

F5 Flashback Friday: Cloud and Technical Data Integration Challenges Waning

-Lori
17
18 19

Shed the Responsibility of WAF Management with F5 Cloud Interconnect

-Suzanne
20  ​

The Deployment Model for Cloud/Automated Systems Architecture

-Hitesh
21  ​

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to BIG-IP in Azure – ‘High Availability’

-Greg

DCCloud17 X-tra!

LBL Video: BIG-IP in the Private Cloud 
22  ​

Deploy an App into Kubernetes Using Advanced Application Services

-Marty
23  ​

Flashback Friday: Is Vertical Scalability Still Your Problem?

-Lori
24
25 26  ​

Get Back Speed and Agility of App Development in the Cloud with F5 Application Connector

-Suzanne
27

The Operational Model for Cloud/Automated Systems Architecture

-Hitesh
28

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to BIG-IP in Azure – ‘Life Cycle Management’

-Greg
29

Peek under the Covers of your Kubernetes Apps

-Marty
30

Cloud Month Wrap!

Titles subject to change...but not by much.

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