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I wonder if Facebook's opensourcing of BPF [1] 4 months ago had negative affects on F5's competitive advantaages.

BPF allows to run user code in kernel modules, so things like packet rewriting and traffic shaping are possible. [2]

[1]https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=18337429

[2]https://facebookmicrosites.github.io/bpf/docs/bpf-docs#tools...






BPF is 12 years older than Facebook :)

People don't buy individual pieces of technology, they want packaged solutions that come with support. Tech almost matters less than good support




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