That’s a Wrap from VMworld2015

Posted in f5, virtualization, cloud computing, silva, video, vmware, vmworld, sddc by psilva on September 3rd, 2015

I wrap it up from #VMworld 2015. Thanks to you for watching and special thanks to our guests this week including F5’s Phil de la Motte, Justin Venezia and Paul Pindell along with Swante and Nathon from F5Studio for their fantastic production work. Also, we’ll have some additional videos in the coming weeks from VMware, Nutanix, Simplivity and Blue Medora. Thanks to those organizations for sitting down with us this week and providing insight on how our solutions work together. Reporting from San Francisco, that’s a wrap!

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Software Defined Data Center Made Simple - VMworld2015

Posted in f5, cloud computing, silva, video, vmware, vmworld by psilva on September 2nd, 2015

The fun and always interesting Paul Pindell, Sr. Solution Architect, breaks down the #SDDC in clear and simple terms. He discusses the various elements such as software defined compute, software defined storage and software defined network along with management and how they combine to create a software defined data center. Each element can be abstracted and pooled to have a simplified, automated, orchestrated data center solution. He also talks about VMware’s Unified Hybrid Cloud and how F5 solutions help control access, provide security and allow organizations to deploy applications faster than ever.

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VMworld2015 – Business Mobility Made Easy with F5 and VMware (feat. Venezia)

Posted in security, f5, big-ip, silva, video, vmware, mobile, remote access, vmworld by psilva on September 1st, 2015

Justin Venezia, Sr. Solution Architect covering #VMware Alliance, does an excellent job talking about the transformation from BYOD a couple years ago to the BYO-Technology today and the challenges of providing a seamless, simple, secure and uniform end user experience - no matter what type device they are using. From the sales rep to the CFO to the IT guy who needs to support them all, Justin discusses a couple different scenarios of connecting the untethered employee. He explains the nuances of allowing corporate access and details the control you have with the F5-VMware integration.

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VMworld2015 – Realize the Virtual Possibilities (feat de la Motte)

Posted in f5, virtualization, cloud computing, silva, vmware, vmworld by psilva on September 1st, 2015

Always insightful Phil de la Motte, Dir. Business Development, lets us in on the F5 highlights at #VMworld along with how to take advantage of labs and demos that are also available online. Virtually participate in the Hands-On Labs (HOL) for instance. He also discusses the latest vRealize integration and the business benefits of a combined F5 & VMware solution like being able to deploy applications faster, secure them easier and automate as much as possible. Phil includes some good things to think about when deploying virtualized environments.

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VMworld2015 – Find F5

Posted in f5, virtualization, cloud computing, silva, video, vmware, vmworld by psilva on August 30th, 2015

I show you how to find F5 Booth 1513 at #VMworld. In my 5th year covering VMworld, get a behind the scenes pre-show view of Moscone Center along with a sneak peek at some of the cool goodies F5 is giving away this week.

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VMworld2015 – The Preview Video

Posted in f5, cloud computing, silva, vmware, vmworld, sddc by psilva on August 27th, 2015

I give a preview of VMworld 2015 happening August 30 – Sept 3 in San Francisco. Along with the expected 23,000 attendees, F5 will be present in Booth 1513 to help you realize all the virtual possibilities of the Software Defined Data Center. ‘Ready for Any’ is the #VMworld theme for 2015 and F5 is ready for any of your questions about virtualization and cloud technologies.

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Our Five Senses on Sensors

Posted in silva, privacy, humans, iot, sensors, society by psilva on August 21st, 2015

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Aristotle (384 - 322 BC) is credited as the first person to classify our five sense organs: sight, smell, taste, touch, and hearing and Immanuel Kant, a famous philosopher from the 1700s said that our knowledge of the outside world depends on our modes of perception. Our highly developed organs of the eyes, ears, nose, tongue and the skin on your hand provide the sensing equipment necessary to send that information to the brain. In some cases, one of the sensors might not work properly in the case of the blind or deaf, yet the four other senses are heightened and exceed normal operation to make up for the missing information. Daniel Kish, for example, uses echolocation like a bat to see the imprint of the sound waves as they bounce back. Pretty cool, eh?

Today, we're building gadgets that are used in conjunction with or completely taking over the the tasks of the eyes, ears, nose, tongue and hands. Things that were always part of our body are being replaced with micro-chipped things that act like, attach to - or better yet - integrate with our body.

Sight: Of course there are security cameras to help us see our homes when we are away and most of us have heard of Google Glass but there are now eyeglasses being prototyped by BMW’s Mini division. They are combining the wearable with the connected car. These glasses communicate with the car via WiFi and offers a heads-up display like no other. While you can still see the real world, the glasses offer an overlay of speed, navigation, backup cameras and more. You can see just how close you are to the curb from the wheel's point of view. You can also look at a street sign and have it come to life with other overlays or additional info. While most of the data is just telemetry for now, engineers are looking to possibly incorporate driving features within the view. This is where IoT gets interesting - where one is used to compliment another. Also, Swiss engineers have developed a camera based on the human retina. Understanding the biology of the real thing, they've made a more efficient camera.

Smell: Although there were attempts earlier, in the 1940-50's, Hans Laube created a system called Smell-O-Vision which would emit odors during the movie so the audience could smell what was happening in the movie. It was only used once. GE also developed a system in 1953 that they called Smell-O-Rama. Now you can get a smell app on your phone. ChatPerf is a thumb-drive-sized atomizer that plugs into your mobile device so it can be triggered to release specific odors on command. But those are scents out. Machines that can whiff stuff in have been around awhile. Think of your smoke, carbon-monoxide or radon detectors. Today we have wearable vapor sensors that can smell diabetes. Scientists have figured out how to use a sensor to identify the odor from melanoma to detect this form of skin cancer. Those human skin cells give off an odor that doctors can pick up with a sensor. And scientists in Israel who have already developed a nanotechnology breath analyzer for kidney failure are working on one that can distinguish between the breath of a lung cancer patient verses a healthy exhale. Crazy!

Hearing: According to U.K. firm Wifore Consulting, Hearable technology alone will be a $5 billion market by 2018. Roughly the size of the entire wearable market today. Ears are able to capture things like oxygen levels, electrocardiograms, and body temperature. While sound drives the bulk of technology within this space, those ear buds could soon have technology that not only sends sounds but also captures some of your body information. And it is small enough and discrete to wear everywhere rather than carrying a mobile device. Initial uses trend with fitness. Ear buds that play music but also give you feedback on your workout. There are also smart earrings that monitor heart rate and activity. I've always said that there will come a time when we all have IPv6 chips in our ear and we'll just tug the lobe to answer a call. Carol Burnett would be proud.

Touch: Want to give a robot the ability to feel? Done. Researchers have developed a flexible sensor able to detect temperature, pressure and humidity simultaneously and a big leap towards imitating the sensing features of the human skin. While still in the early stages, future sensors could be embedded into the "electronic skin" of prosthetics, allowing amputees sense environmental changes. Another is BioTac, a fingertip that can sense force, temperature, and vibration—in some cases better than a human finger. With laser 3D printing, some orthotics can be delivered in hours rather than months.

Taste: Sweet, sour, salt and bitter used to be the domain of the tongue. Soon, electronic 'tongues' could be used to monitor the quality control of bottled water. Using chemical sensors, researchers in Texas have demonstrated that the electronic tongue can 'taste' different solutions. The sensors responded to different combinations of the four artificial taste elements with unique color combinations of red, green and blue. This enabled the device to analyze for several different chemical components simultaneously. I've written about smart chopsticks that can detect oils containing unsanitary levels of contamination, a fork that monitors how many bites you take and a smart cup that counts the amount and calories you drink. This is the Internet of Food.

Wearables make technology personal and our five senses are what helps us navigate life, gives us perspective. Who would have thought that an individual's perspective would someday become embedded within coded software.

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Welcome to F5 Agility 2015

Posted in f5, silva, video, agility by psilva on August 3rd, 2015

#F5Agility15 registration is open! I show you where to get registered and get your badge along with where many of the breakout sessions are occurring. He gives a quick preview of the theme – Innovate, Expand, Deliver along with a sneak peek of special guests this week. Welcome to F5 Agility 2015 at the Gaylord Resort and Convention Center!

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F5Agility15 - The Preview Video

Posted in f5, silva, video, agility by psilva on July 30th, 2015

Peter Silva previews F5 Agility 2015 conference happening August 4-6 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD. 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.

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Is 2015 Half Empty or Half Full?

Posted in security, f5, availability, cloud computing, silva, mobile, infrastructure, data loss, dns, iot, 2015 by psilva on July 15th, 2015

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With 2015 crossing the half way point, let's take a look at some technology trends thus far.

Breaches: Well, many databases are half empty due to the continued rash of intrusions while the crooks are half full with our personal information. Data breaches are on a record pace this year and according to the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), there have been 400 data incidents as of June 30, 2015. One more than this time last year. And, 117,576,693 records had been compromised. ITRC also noted a 85% increase in the number of breaches within the banking sector. From health care to government agencies to hotel chains to universities and even Major League Baseball, breaches and attacks are now a daily occurrence.

Cloud: Who would've thought this cloud thing would now be half full back in 2008? Over the last couple years, the 'cloud' has become a very viable option for organizations large and small. It is becoming the platform for IoT and many organizations such as Google and GE are now moving critical corporate applications to the cloud. While hybrid is the new normal remember, The Cloud is Still just a Datacenter Somewhere.

DNS: While IPv4 addresses are now completely empty, DNS seems to be half to almost full in 2015. DNS continues to be a target for attackers along with being an enabler for IoT. It is so important that Cisco recently acquired OpenDNS to help fight IoT attacks and the courts got a guilty plea from an Estonian man who altered DNS settings on infected PCs with the DNSChanger malware. I think of DNS as a silent sufferer - you really don't care about it until it doesn't work. Start caring this year.

Internet: Full but still growing. As noted above, IPv4 addresses are gone. Asia, Europe, Latin America and now North America have run out of IPv4 addresses and have exhausted their supplies. If you're wondering how to handle this glass, F5 has some awesome 4to6 and 6to4 solutions.

IoT: Things, sensors and actuators are all the buzz and are certainly half full for 2015. At this time last year, IoT was at the top of the Gartner Hype Cycle and it has certainly not disappointed. Stories abound about Internet of Things Security Risks and Challenges, 10 of the biggest IoT data generators, the Top 10 Worst Wearable Tech Devices So Far, The (Far-Flung) Future Of Wearables, along with the ability to Smell Virtual Environments and if We Need Universal Robot Rights, Ethics And Legislation. RoboEthics, that is.

Mobile: We are mobile, our devices are mobile and the applications we access are now probably mobile also. Mobility, in all it's connotations, is a huge concern for enterprises and it'll only get worse as we start wearing our connected clothing to the office. The Digital Dress Code has emerged. Mobile is certainly half full and there is no empting it now.

Privacy: At this point with all the surveillance, data breaches, gadgets gathering our daily data and our constant need to tell the world what we're doing every second, this is probably bone dry. Pardon, half empty, sticking to the theme.

That's what I got so far and I'm sure 2015's second half will bring more amazement, questions and wonders. We'll do our year in reviews and predictions for 2016 as we all lament, where did 2015 go? There is that old notion that if you see a glass half full, you're an optimist and if you see it half empty you are a pessimist. Actually, you need to understand what the glass itself was before the question. Was it empty and filled half way or was it full and poured out? There's you answer!

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