Online web applications use the HTTP 401 response code to advise that the user is unauthorized to access the application. This can result from a variety of situations such as an incorrect username or an incorrect password. No matter what the circumstance is that generated the HTTP 401 the end result is that access to the application is denied.
As a F5 Unity Gold Partner as well as the highest tier F5 Guardian Consulting partner we found it somewhat amusing that the highest tier of F5 technical certification for a consultant, the F5 Certified Security Solution Expert, was represented by a 401 numbered exam.
This poses a very interesting question, should you utilise F5 consultants that are “not authorised” to be architecting a modern workplace?
The focus for F5 over the past few years has been orientated towards application security covering services such as user & identity management, web application firewalls, secure remote access with end point inspection, DDoS protection, edge firewall & SSL services.
The challenge this has created is the “technical debt” associated with load balancers and the skill set required to drive value from the investments enterprises make. F5 provides world class load balancing but as an application proxy that sits in between a user and an application, irrespective of application location, what skill set does an enterprise need to engage to drive value vs just traditional load balancing.
In the past, we saw the rise of central IT providing services to different business units within an enterprise leveraging technology silo’s – a network team, a UNIX team, an Application Development team, and the end user computing team. Today, in a modern enterprise, we see those same business units building, acquiring and deploying their own applications outside of central IT in an agile manner without the traditional technology silo’s. A new era of cross functional technical capability is required as demonstrated by the shift in the F5 technology portfolio and the way modern enterprises deploy services.
airloom has stepped forward to solve that challenge for our customers with our cross functional capability investments. Our team of the very highest quality 401-level certified F5 consultants deliver a cross functional technical engineering resource pool for each of our office locations in Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane. We believe that to help our customers drive value from their investments in F5 a cross functional skills matrix that draws down on strong application experience, security, networking and cloud architectures is what modern enterprises demand to achieve success as their application portfolios become ever more fragmented.
We are the most highly certified F5 security partner, so contact us to ensure you optimise your F5 investments and achieve a best in class end user experience & security outcomes.