The Importance of Licensing to Equalize Dev and Production
We’re all aware that dev/test != production environments. While the
software stacks upon which applications are deployed may be (and hopefully
are) the same, there still remains a whole lot of “infrastructure”
(that’s everything else) that isn’t the same. Routers, switches, security
devices, load balancers, caches, and other devices dedicated to ensuring the
secure delivery of applications to hungry consumer and corporate users simply
don’t exist in the dev/test environment. That’s particularly true as
organizations continue to view “the cloud” as its ideal dev/test
environment while continuing to insist that production remain firmly rooted
The State of the Developer Nation Q3 2015 from VisionMobile noted this
phenomenon: Almost half of developers are hosting their apps in private
clouds, well... (more)
I am often humbled by the depth of insight of those who toil in the trenches
of the enterprise data center.
At our Agility conference back in August, my cohort and I gave a presentation
on the State of Application Delivery. One of the interesting tidbits of data
we offered was that, over the course of the past year, our iHealth data shows
a steady and nearly even split of HTTP and HTTPS traffic. To give you an
example, my data from October was derived from over 3 million (3, 087, 211 to
be precise) virtual servers. Of those, roughly 32% were configured to support
HTTP, and anot... (more)
In case you haven’t heard, the new hotness in app architectures is
serverless. Mainly restricted to cloud environments (Amazon Lambda, Google
Cloud Functions, Microsoft Azure Functions) the general concept is that you
don’t have to worry about anything but the small snippets of code
(functions) you write to do something when something happens. That’s an
event-driven model, by the way, that should be very familiar to anyone who
has taken advantage of a programmable proxy to do app or API routing and
rewriting or executed inspection of requests or responses for malicious
Your car. My toaster. Our lights. The neighbor’s thermostat.
With an average of 7.8 connected devices per home, according to recent
surveys, there are twice as many “things” in the house as the average
3.14 people per household in the US in 2015.
And all of them are “talking.” Not all talk to each other, yet, though
the foundation for that is clearly laid out. But all of them talk to apps
which talk to them over the Internet.
When you or I interact with that app, we do so via HTTP (hopefully secured).
Whether it’s via a native mobile app that uses APIs or a modern web app is
Yes, Lori has been reading the Internet again. And what she's been seeing
makes baby Lori angry. It also makes this former test designer and technology
editor cry. Really, I weep at both the excuses offered for such testing and
the misleading headline.
I have read no less than two contrived comparisons of "HTTPS" and "HTTP" in
the last two weeks purporting to demonstrate that secure HTTP is inarguably
faster than its plaintext counterpart, HTTP.
Oh, if only that were true.
See, the trick is that both comparisons (and no doubt many more will follow)
are comparing secure HTTP/2 wi... (more)