Over the past twelve months, our team of authors has offered advice, expertise, and analysis on a variety of topics facing the application delivery and security communities. The articles below are the most read and shared ones we published this year. Our goal was (and is) to share our experience and knowledge so you, our readers, can better prepare, implement, and gain insights that you can apply to your business.
Shamus McGillicuddy is a Senior Analyst for EMA and is a featured guest blogger.
The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) published HTTP Version 2 (HTTP/2) as RFC 7540 in May 2015, and already several browsers (including Firefox and Chrome) support it. However, adoption of the new web application protocol probably won’t be particularly rapid. In fact, uptake of HTTP/2 might progress at a pace similar to that of IPv6. For many, there will be no compelling reason to implement the protocol, given the hassle involved.
There’s a lot of talk about HTTP/2. Why? Possibly because it promises to help alleviate some of the bottlenecks that come along with the dynamic, rich webpages that people have come to expect.
The consumer market is driven by media consumption, be it high-definition videos, third-party plugins or animations, and these are bandwidth-hungry elements in an adversarial relationship with page load speeds.
Now that HTTP/2 is here and widely adopted by client browsers, many of the performance challenges that existed with HTTP1.1 are finally addressed and solved. But what about security?
While HTTP/2 provides a higher level of privacy by mandating (de-facto because of browser implementation) traffic encryption, security solutions such as Web Application Firewalls (WAFs) are not keeping pace with the HTTP/2 evolution.
Imagine a world where smartphones were only upgraded every 15 years. It is hard to imagine waiting that long for new hardware and new functionality to meet consumer expectations and demands. It is even harder to imagine how the update will integrate all the changes in the way people utilize their smartphones.