This past weekend, like many of you, I started getting the blood curdling
password resets from a bunch of OpenSSL affected sites. I also got a few
emails from sites indicating that I had nothing to worry about. Bad news,
good news. Probably the biggest security story thus far for 2014 is
Heartbleed, the OpenSSL vulnerability which potentially allows attackers to
extract 64 kilobyte batches of memory at random without being noticed and
leaving no trace. Sounds like the perfect crime.
It also got me thinking.
First, I wondered if this was a new era of security by force. The
vulnerability and the totality of the hole forced many of us to change
passwords on many sites. What a pain. It was a huge reminder that no matter
how many ‘experts’ urge regular password rotation, it is a real time
consuming, frustrating task. It’s no wonder that so many keep the same
password f... (more)
There are a few ‘The ______ of Our Lives’ out there: Days. Time. Moments.
Love. They define who we are, where we’ve been and where we are going. And
today, many of those days, times, moments and loves interact with
applications. Both the apps we tap and the back end applications used to
chronicle these events have become as much a part of our lives as the
The app, Life.
As reported on umpteen outlets yesterday, Twitter went down for about an
hour. As news broke, there were also some fun headlines like, Twitter goes
down, chaos and productivity ensue, Twit... (more)
Hey DNS – Find Me that Thing!
There’s a new craze occurring in homes, highways, workplaces and everywhere
imaginable – the Internet of Things or as I like to call it, The Internet
of Nouns. Sensors, thermostats, kitchen appliances, toilets and almost every
person, place or thing will have a chip capable of connecting to the
internet. And if you want to identify and find those things with recognizable
words instead of a 128-bit IP address, you’re going to need DNS.
DNS translates the names we type into browser or mobile app into an IP
address so the services can be found on the in... (more)
Desktop and endpoint device management has long been a challenge for IT.
People demand flexibility, multiple access options, and desktop
customization, while business groups often require multiple desktop types
based on business and/or technical requirements. This sour mash of devices
can be a major management headache. Add in support for all the different
desktop/laptop needs and desktop management can all but consume IT.
VMware User Computing
VMware Horizon View—part of VMware’s Horizon Suite of
products—alleviates two major management headaches: location and
standardization. ... (more)
Synthesis in the Wild! Tim Wagner, Manager, Field Systems Engineering, shows
how he whiteboards the F5 Synthesis story to help organizations understand
the value of SDAS – Software Defined Application Services. He discusses SDN
and how that works within a Layer 2/3 environment and the power of SDAS for
Layers 4-7 with its ability to apply important services to the applications
that need it…all on a single platform. Interesting discussion on how
marketing visions translate into real customer solutions available today.
Interop 2014: Find F5 Pop Up Edition Interop 2014:... (more)