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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)

The Internet of Things Will Soon Become The Internet of Nouns

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 happenings themselves. 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)

The DNS of Things

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)

A ‘Horizon’ View from Above

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)

Interop 2014: F5 Synthesis Whiteboard (feat Wagner)

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. ps Related Interop 2014: Find F5 Pop Up Edition Interop 2014:... (more)