psilva’s prophecies

I can see it now…

[Enter Dream Sequence] ‘ALOHA! We’re here at the Red Carpet Event at the 2021 Web Movie Awards! All the stars are here wearing the latest in fashion trends. Oh, here comes DigiTom wearing his underarm sweat blocker shirt that also calculates how much moisture he is losing and how many ounces of water he needs to replace that sweat. Cool stuff. Ah, and here comes Hank Hologram and what is amazing is how his shoes continue to change colors depending on his mood. Ooop…With all those screams, it must be super director Steve Streamer who has 500 little HHDD cameras sown into his clothes and he is making a live action movie of this event!’ Can’t wait to see who plays me!’

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For those of you who like to post food pictures, this is something I can see being a benefit. Smart Chopsticks! Yup, you heard that right. Soon you’ll be able to poke that dim sum and know if the food is tainted. Baidu, China’s internet giant, unveiled them at their annual conference last week. While not ready for the mass market, Baidu says the chopsticks can detect oils containing unsanitary levels of contamination. They predict that you’ll be able to detect the origin of oil and water and other foods…and whether they’ve spoiled and their nutritional content. You can hook them up to a smartphone to capture the content

Yet another retailer has confessed that their systems were breached and an untold number of victims join the growing list of those who have had their data was stolen. This one could be bigger than the infamous Target breach. I wonder if some day we’ll be referring to periods of time by the breach that occurred. ‘What? You don’t remember the Target breach of ‘13! Much smaller than the Insert Company Here Breach of 2019!’ Or almost like battles of a long war. ‘The Breach of 2013 was a turning point in the fight against online crime,’ or some other silly notion.

I wrap it up from VMworld 2014. Special thanks to F5ers Bill Church, Brandon Frelich, Nathan Pearce, Calvin Rowland, Paul Pindell & Kent Munson for their guest appearances. A special thanks to Andrew Berenato of AirWatch and thanks to Lars, Natasha, Jay and Robert for helping with the cinematography. Also check out VMworld 2014 - Best Partner Solution in the Cloud Automation Category Award video jointly produced by F5 and VMware.

Kent Munson, F5 Principal Solution Engineer, explains why the F5 Management Plug-in for vCenter Orchestrator won Best Partner Solution – VMworld 2014 – in the Cloud Automation category. The F5 Management Plug-in for vCenter Orchestrator provides automation, management, and orchestration of BIG-IP atomic actions within vCO workflows. Kent shares what it is, what it does and the benefits for VMware administrators everywhere.

Paul Pindell, F5 Biz Dev Solution Architect, takes us over to the Whiteboard Kitchen to talk about the history of the F5/VMware EUC collaboration, walks through the timeline of the cool integrated solutions over the years and gives a glimpse of the upcoming F5 EUC alliance roadmap. Paul has been a frequent guest and always provides interesting insight to all things VMware.

Calvin Rowland, F5 VP Business Development, talks about the F5 & VMware partnership and brings us up to date on some of the latest developments. He also explains the criticality of technology alliances in today’s application driven world along with F5’s philosophy and guiding principles around technology alliances. Integration, collaboration and interoperability. We aim to satisfy business needs with architectural and technical solutions. Great insight and a fun interview.

Andrew Berenato, AirWatch Business Development Manager, does a great job explaining the many enterprise mobile device management challenges that the BIG-IP & AirWatch integration solves. BYOD, secure corporate apps, maintain compliance and employee privacy are all covered. True enterprise mobility management.

AirWatch by VMware simplifies mobility for organizations, while empowering end users. With AirWatch, organizations can easily deploy, configure, secure, manage and support smartphones, tablets, laptops and other devices across multiple mobile platforms and operating systems.

Nathan Pearce, F5 Sr Technical Marketing Manager, shares a ton a great insight about NSX: what it is, what it does, why organizations deploy it along with how BIG-IP integrates with NSX. This integration solves two challenges – time to value and time to change. Wondering what that is? Take a peek and learn how you can quickly provision services without worrying about procuring equipment. VMware NSX Solutions

Brandon Frelich, our Marketing Services Architect for Cloud & Security, talks about some of the implications and considerations for organizations looking to move toward a Software Defined Data Center. Areas include DDoS protection, identity & access management and policy control. Delivering the Software Defined Data Center (pdf)

Bill Church, F5 SE Manager, gives us the low down on VMware’s vCloud Air, why organizations would use it along with the benefits, both for visitors and administrators, of globally distributed applications. This includes the ability to dynamically and automatically provision services for those cloud applications. BIG-IP can provide the global DNS services to ensure your people are getting to the right resources. Cloud bursting with F5.

Sporting F5’s new SD/DC t-shirt, I show you how to find F5 VMworld Booth 1621 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Like an application delivery oasis, get a glimpse of the cool booth, the awesome giveaways and learn how the theme, ‘No Limits’, applies to application delivery.

It is only fitting that the 20th anniversary of the Gartner Hype Cycle has the Internet of Things right at the top of the coaster. IoT is currently at the peak of Inflated Expectations. The Gartner Hype Cycle give organizations an assessment of the maturity, business benefit and future direction of more than 2,000 technologies. The theme for this year’s Emerging Technologies Hype Cycle is Digital Business.