The Cloudcast (.net) - Weekly Cloud Computing Podcast

By Aaron Delp & Brian Gracely

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Aaron Delp and Brian Gracely host this award-winning weekly podcast to discuss the technology and organizational changes that are driving the convergence of today's Data Centers and Cloud Computing. Topics include Cloud Computing | AWS | Azure | GCP | Serverless | DevOps | AppDev | SaaS | IoT. Guests are industry thought-leaders and leaders of companies changing the IT industry.

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The Cloudcast #351 - Reviewing DockerCon 2018
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Brian talks with Kendrick “Kenny” Coleman (@kendrickcoleman) about DockerCon 2018 - the announcements, the overall vibe of the event, and how the community is evolving around the event.

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Show Notes
  • Topic 1 - Welcome back to the show. First off, before we get into DockerCon, give us an update on Bourbon Pursuit.
  • Topic 2 - Many years ago, when you first came on the show, you were attending one of the first Cloud Foundry Summits, so I guess you’re sort of becoming one of our official Cloudcast event correspondents. Give us an overview of DockerCon 2018 in San Francisco.
  • Topic 3 - Last year (in the US) it was all about “Moby”. Then in Europe it was beginning to be about Kubernetes. This year it seemed to be, as Darren Sheppard (@ibuildthecloud, Rancher CTO) put it “an enterprise sales pitch”. Obviously a lot has changed with Ben Golub and Solomon Hykes leaving Docker.
  • Topic 4 - What were some of the technologies or talks that interested you this week?
  • Topic 5 - Docker has always tried to be the “Apple” of containers - focused on simplicity, clean design. Did you hear any feedback from attendees about how they are accepting the shift to Kubernetes, or other changes they are making?
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Jun 18, 2018
The Cloudcast #350 - Accenture Cloud Platform
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Aaron and Brian talk with Michael Liebow (@mliebow, Global Managing Director, @AccentureCloud) about evolving the Accenture culture to deliver on-demand cloud services, working across multiple cloud platforms, managing complex cloud billing models, and leveraging serverless technology to improve operations.

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Show Notes
  • Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. You’ve done some fairly significant things (Gov’t, VC/Board, CEO, International Business, Startups, etc.) prior to joining Accenture. Tell us about your background and some of your focus areas at Accenture.
  • Topic 1a - Let’s start by talking about the Accenture Cloud Platform (ACP) and how it has adapted to the Accenture culture (consulting). How do you bridge a culture of broad projects to a cloud offering with defined services?
  • Topic 1b - What do Accenture clients expect from the Accenture Cloud Platform both in terms of technology as well as culture/organizational shifts (e.g. DevOps, Digital Transformation, move into new markets, etc.)?
  • Topic 2 - In large corporations, what are realistic timelines before technology changes or cultural changes start to make a material impact on the business?
  • Topic 3 - Recently the ACP team was recognized for some new innovation around “tagging” cloud assets in multiple environments. How important is it to be able to bring basic concepts like tagging to corporations for consistency (terminology, asset management, compliance, billing, etc.)?
  • Topic 4 - We’ve heard that there is some pretty unique technology behind the scenes of the ACP - e.g. the entire platform runs as a set of serverless functions. Is this true, or what other tidbits can you share with us about building a global, multi-tenant cloud platform?
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Jun 07, 2018
The Cloudcast #349 - VMware Cloud Networking
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Aaron and Brian talk with Peder Ulander (@ulander, VP Marketing, Networking and Security @VMware) about still being interesting, the evolution of software-defined networking, how to interconnect cloud networks, and which roles and skills are needed to manage today's cloud networks.

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Show Notes
  • Topic 1 - Welcome back to the show. You were once the Most Interesting Man in the Cloud, so what are you doing now?
  • Topic 2- VMware pioneered virtual networking back when VM Admins and Network Admins had to figure out how to network virtual machines, but the world has moved well beyond on-prem VMs. Where is VMware bringing software-defined networking now? Follow Up: As someone who pioneered the concept of cloud (and owned cloud.com), where do you see the future of networking? Is it all software? Do you own www.cloudnetworking.com?
  • Topic 3- Walk us through the basics and differences between NSX-V and NSX-T?
  • Topic 3 - Public clouds have their own internal networks, so help us understand what role VMware plays in networking once a company gets outside the 4 walls of the data center?
  • Topic 4 - Is this where VMware Virtual Cloud Network comes into play? Help listeners out that aren’t familiar with the product?
  • Topic 5 - Who is a Virtual Cloud Network Admin? Is that a VM-admin or Container-admin or SRE or DevOps team or something else?
  • Topic 6 - Have you ever seen Dom Delfino and the singer Pitbull in the same room together?
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May 31, 2018
The Cloudcast #348 - Bringing Serverless to Rock 'n Roll
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Aaron and Brian talk with Michael Garski (Director of Software Engineering @FenderDigital) about building serverless applications for their Fender Play digital learning platform. He explains how the Lambdas are built, version controlled and tested, as well as provides into the broader architecture and how their Dev and Ops teams are integrated.

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Show Notes
  • Topic 1 - We appreciate you reaching out to tell us about your experience. So let’s talk about your background prior to Fender and some of the things you focus on at Fender.
  • Topic 1a - Are you a guitar player? Do you have a favorite guitar riff?
  • Topic 2 - We’re going to talk about how you use serverless (AWS Lambda) for Fender Play, but before we do that, I want you to walk us through that the guitar player experiences in the Play framework.
  • Topic 3 - Let’s talk about the challenges in delivering this framework that lead you to consider using Lambda (and other AWS services).
  • Topic 4 - Let’s dive into the architecture that you’ve built. What have been easier to evolve and what challenges have you run into?
  • Topic 5 - Fender Play starts with a free trial and then can evolve to a paid service. How much did your engineering team connect those subscription requirements with your choice of using serverless technologies?
  • Topic 6 - What are some lessons or best-practices that you’d recommend to someone new to serverless (either in development or ops).
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May 24, 2018
The Cloudcast #347 - The Critical Skills for AI and ML
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Aaron and Brian talk with Chao Han, (VP & Head of R&D at @Lucidworks) about critical Data Science skills for AI and ML, how Data Scientists engage with Business Leaders, the Lucidworks AI platform, and emerging research in the AI/ML space.

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Show Notes
  • Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Let’s talk about your background, as it’s very rich both in the breadth of technology as well as the industries where you’ve applied your skills.
  • Topic 2 - Let’s start with the basics of what companies do when they hire or engage data scientists. At what point do they typically shift their thinking (or problem solving) from needing Statistical Analysis to understanding when and where AI or ML are a better fit?
  • Topic 3 - Lucidworks specializes in Enterprise Search, and is one of the primary sponsors of both Apache Lucene and Solr. How do those technologies fit into the Enterprise today, and who are newer AI/ML frameworks being built in conjunction with them?
  • Topic 4 - As you’re working with Data Scientists, where do you see their interests evolving, or what types of problems interest them today? How do you connect and communicate this to business challenges and business leaders?
  • Topic 5 - Can you share some of the research that you’ve been recently focused on that begin to start making it easier for non Data Scientists to start answering questions in a faster or easier manner?
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May 17, 2018
The Cloudcast #346 - What is Observability?
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Brian talks with Christine Yen (@cyen, Co-Founder at @honeycombio) about the concept of Observability, why it's needed with new application and failure patterns, how to think about testing in production, and how to manage the collection of Observability data.

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Show Notes
  • Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Before we get into the topic of Observability, tell us about your background and how you ultimately came to founding Honeycomb?
  • Topic 2 - Let’s start with the basics - what is “Observability” and is this new or different from the thing we’ve called “Monitoring” for a long time? What’s changing that is driving the need for Observability?
  • Topic 3 - Digging into Observability, there seems to be this question of “how do we know if something is up?”. That seems both simple and complex (in context). Let’s talk about what that means in a distributed system.
  • Topic 4 - So Honeycomb collects data about applications in a bunch of different ways - logs, agents, monitoring APIs, etc. - What does Honeycomb do to all that information to start making it useful?
  • Topic 5 - I’ve heard your co-founder Charity Majors (@mipsytipsy) talk about this idea that Honeycomb allows people ask questions of the data. What does this mean?
  • Topic 6 - I was reading your blog about Fender Guitars using Honeycomb for their applications. Fender isn’t a Silicon Valley company. How are non-Valley companies beginning to use these Observability models?
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May 09, 2018
The Cloudcast #345 - Understanding Google Cloud Databases
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Brian talks with Dominic Preuss (@deesix, Director Product Management @GoogleCloud) about the breadth of GCP's database portfolio, the adoption of GCP within the Enterprise, Big Data usage, and how the concept of "serverless" applies to database infrastructure.

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Show Notes
  • Topic 1 - Welcome back to the show. Tell us about your background, as well as your area of focus at Google, because you’ve done some pretty interesting things in a bunch of different disciplines.
  • Topic 1a - What’s the general mood at Google Cloud Platform these days, and what’s some of the sentiment that you hear from customers?
  • Topic 1b - For anyone that hasn’t dug into GCP, give us an overview of the various types of database services that GCP offers today.
  • Topic 2 - Does GCP see more demand for DB-migrations or new DBs in the cloud? What are the top couple of usage models?
  • Topic 3 - How are you finding that DBAs adapt to working on DBs in the cloud, or are the consumers of the services now application developers because the DBs are managed?
  • Topic 4 - It seems like we hear more about “big data” use-cases with GCP than traditional SQL DB usage. What are some of the things that attract companies to GCP for NoSQL, Analytics, or global-scale DBs?
  • Topic 5 - We’re starting the hear the concept of “serverless” being used in the context of operations of the underlying infrastructure - different from a function for an application. Can you give us a sense of how you see this trend in the context of databases?
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May 02, 2018
The Cloudcast #344 - Bringing AI to Edge Computing
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Aaron and Brian talk with Simon Crosby (@simoncrosby, CTO) and Simon Aspinall (@saspinall, CMO) at new AI startup SWIM.AI about the changing landscape of the cloud and edge, the vertical industry opportunities with edge computing, how AI is being applied to real-time events, and how SWIM is enabling new thinking for those use-cases.

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Show Notes
  • Topic 1 - Welcome back to the show. Let’s put some voices with names, since we have two Simons today.
  • Topic 1a - You’re both coming off of successful companies that you built or grew (Simon Crosby - Bromium, Zen Source), (Simon Aspinall, Virtustream). What motivated you to get involved in both the AI and Edge Computing space?
  • Topic 2 - Let’s start with the basics. There’s lots of data happening at the edge. This means there is lots of potential value at the edge. But the computing and network at the edge is different than the centralized cloud. Walk us through how to extract that potential value?
  • Topic 3 - SWIM’s technology is called EDX. How does EDX get deployed, and what needs to live around it to make it valuable to companies. Are there edge and cloud components?
  • Topic 4 - We were learning about EDX and came across the concept called “digital twins”. What does this mean and what does it do?
  • Topic 5 - What are some of the initial use-cases that you’re finding interesting in EDX?
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Apr 25, 2018
The Cloudcast #343 - Container Vulnerability Scanning
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Aaron and Tyler Britten talk with Liz Rice (@lizrice, Technology Evangelist @AquaSecTeam) about what's easy—and what's not—about finding and patching security vulnerabilities in containers. This is a cross-over show with @PodCTL podcast.

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Show Notes
  • Topic 1 - Welcome to the show Liz. Tell us a little bit about your background and the types of things that you’re working on these days.
  • Topic 2 - Let’s start with the basics. A container is defined by a file (e.g. Dockerfile) that the user/developer/operator defines. How can a vulnerability get into that file?
  • Topic 3 - Is it up to the CI/CD system or  host OS (where the container runs) or container orchestrator (e.g. Kubernetes) or container registry to figure out if a vulnerability exists?
  • Topic 4 - How do most container registries today manage vulnerability lists, container scanning and potential mitigations? What are the difficult parts of those tasks?
  • Topic 5 - Most containers today are Linux containers. Are you seeing anything happening (yet) around how to manage Windows containers vulnerabilities? Is the assumption that Microsoft will fix this through one of their existing tools, or are things happening in the open source community as well?
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Apr 19, 2018
The Cloudcast #342 - Understanding Databases in AWS
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Brian talks with Steve Abraham (Principal Solutions Architect @ Amazon Web Services) building and migrating databases in the cloud, how companies are managing migrations, the demands for open source databases, and how the worlds of database and serverless are intersecting.

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Show Notes
  • Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Tell us a little bit about your background and also the areas you focus on at AWS.
  • Topic 2 - Let’s start by talking about the difference between new and existing databases. Does AWS see more demand for DB-migrations or new DBs in the cloud?
  • Topic 3 - What are some of the tools or services to migrate existing databases to AWS databases
  • Topic 4 - You’ve been a DBA in the past. How have you seen DBAs adapt to work on DBs in the cloud?
  • Topic 5 - What are some of the ways that AWS is improving or eliminating some of the need for constant DBA interactions and tuning, or "improving" the DBA experience? “Serverless databases”?
  • Topic 6 - Any tips for how companies address databases in a microservices world? Can you break up a monolithic database?
  • Topic 7 - How does AWS think about wiring together data-sources (databases, storage, etc.) with some of the advanced AI/ML services?
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Apr 12, 2018
The Cloudcast #341 - Modeling & Managing Enterprise Applications
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Aaron talks with Rahul Ravulur (@ravulur, Co-Founder & CEO of @AppOrbit) about how companies are managing the transition from Legacy applications to Cloud-native applications, the challenges of modeling new environments, and how deployments have changed in the past decade.

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Show Notes
  • Topic 1 - Rahul, welcome to the show; give everyone a brief introduction and your background
  • Topic 2 - Tell us about your journey to leave VMware and found AppOrbit
  • Topic 3 - What are the common issues are you seeing the industry today around application deployment? What is going well and what challenges remain?
  • Topic 4 - How are the deployment challenges around “Cloud Native” applications different from “Legacy” applications in 2018? How has this thinking evolved over the last few years as customers are educated on the differences?
  • Topic 5 - How are customers using AppOrbit today?
  • Topic 6 - Where and how does application security fit into this model?
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Apr 05, 2018
The Cloudcast #340 - Adding AI into Software Platforms
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Brian talks with Srinivas Krishnamurti (@skrishna09; Founder/CEO of Zugata) about the evolution of workplace management, how companies should think about problems that might require AI, the level of complexity needed to add AI to existing platforms, and how to manage the Human-to-AI interactions in software.

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Show Notes
  • Topic 1 - Welcome to back the show. Remind people about Zugata and give us some updates on Self-Improvement as a Service.
  • Topic 2 - Zugata recently launched “Zugata Insights”
  1. Improve Company Culture
  2. Eliminate Gender Bias
  3. Better Understand the Skills & Attributes of Top Performers
  • Topic 3 - Zugata is a SaaS-based platform. How do you add AI-centric services to a SaaS platform?
  • Topic 4 - What is the state of available technology to add AI capabilities (e.g. existing open source tools, or cloud-based services) vs. having to hire that skill vs. retraining in-house developers?
  • Topic 5 - Your tools directly interact with human-centric issues. How much adaptation has to happen to steer AI around human-centric decisions vs. non-human-centric decisions?
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Mar 29, 2018
The Cloudcast #339 - Understanding Cryptocurrencies & Markets
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Aaron talks with Jesse Proudman (@jesseproudman; Founder of @StrixLeviathan) about entrepreneurship, his new company Strix Leviathan, the basics of cryptocurrencies and markets, how these markets are evolving and what's next for their platform.

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Show Notes
  • Topic 1 - Jesse, catch everyone up on the last few years. You had a good exit at BlueBox and then went on to a DE (Distinguished Engineer) position at IBM.
  • Topic 2 - Tell us about your journey to founding Strix Leviathan and this interesting intersection of AI and cryptocurrency. Was this a hobby that turned into a passion which turned into your next thing?
  • Topic 2a (Lightning Round) - Some cryptocurrency basics
  1. What is a cryptocurrency? What does it use as it’s basis of value?

  2. How do the cryptocurrency markets work? What are the basic elements someone needs to understand?
  3. Cryptocurrencies have been crazy volatile for the last few years. Is it good to have currency be so volatile? 
  • Topic 3 - Cryptocurrency is in the early days. What are some of the struggles today you see and the challenges folks entering this market are facing. For instance in a TechCrunch article you mention API issues with trading as an example of the infancy of the platforms. What do you think happens to the market in the both the short and long term?
  • Topic 4 - What problem is Strix Leviathan ultimately trying to solve for?
  • Topic 5 - It appears the engine today is two parts: a cryptocurrency tracker (data ingestion) and a trading engine. Correct? Where does the AI part fit into all of that? Is it doing the analysis and making recommendations on trades or does it actually perform the trades?
  • Topic 6 - Just this week you received a $1.6M funding round. What’s next for the platform and where are you headed?
  • Topic 7 - You took a slightly unconventional approach to startup with BlueBox, what lessons did you learn that you will bri
Mar 22, 2018
The Cloudcast #338 - Governance and DevSecOps
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Brian talks with Josh Stella (@joshstella, CEO of @FugueHQ) about what DevSecOps means, how companies manage the tension between Developer agility and Operations stability, how to codify Governance via code, and early steps to success in DevOps culture.

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Show Notes
  • Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Tell us about your background and why you decided to focus on DevOps, Security, Compliance and Governance.
  • Topic 2 - DevOps is culturally hard. Moving to the cloud is technically hard (move data, refactor apps, etc.). How do you guide people about what areas of those changes to tackle first, or put more focus on?
  • Topic 3 - DevOps is two opposing motivations trying to work in harmony. How does “Sec” fit in to create this DevSecOps concept?
  • Topic 4 - In the past, Governance and Compliance were primarily Security functions, and somewhat  periodic “validation” functions. Now the technology allows them to potentially be constant guardrails and checks. What’s the state of Governance and Compliance?
  • Topic 5 - What guidance do you gives customers that ask how to get started in DevOps, Security, Compliance and Governance?
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Mar 15, 2018
The Cloudcast #337 - Cutivating IoT From Farm to Cloud
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Brian talks with Steve Ridder (@saridder, CEO @teralytic) and Dan Casson (VP Engineering, @teralytic) about #AgTech, nanofabrication, engaging with large, complex ecosystems, building modern IoT platforms, and how data is helping to advance one of the oldest industries in the world.

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  • Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Tell us about your background and how people from NYC and Silicon Valley know more about soli than farmers with their boots in the dirt?
  • Topic 2 - Let’s talk about soil, NPK (Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium) levels and how frequently the “playing field” in farming is changing? What are the big challenges in managing soil? How significant are soil differences around the world?
  • Topic 3 - Before we get to the technology (in the sensor and the cloud), let’s talk about the business side of IoT sensors. You have to have mass production (edge devices), ridiculously simple sensor installations, run wireless infrastructure (?), run a cloud SaaS infrastructure (or just sell the data to brokers?) and do farmers have IT departments to translate all this techie stuff?
  • Topic 4 - Let’s talk about the technology in the IoT edge sensors. They have to be precise, inexpensive, and future proof? How much is industrial engineering vs. computer science?
  • Topic 5 - Let’s talk about the technology in the analytics cloud?  These devices only transmit every 15mins. What does a cloud stack look like?
  • Topic 6 - Any advice for techies, or industry experts, to find the people to collaborate with in these vertical solutions?
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Mar 08, 2018
The Cloudcast #336 - The Evolving Role of Cloud Communities
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Brian talks with Amy Lewis (@commsninja, Director Influence Marketing @VMware, Co-Host @Siftspod podcast) about the change dynamics of tech communities, how people self-select into new communities (or channels), the changing rules of IT buying, whether techies needs some business skills, and tips/tricks for mentoring the next generation.

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Show Notes
  • Topic 1 - Introduction of Amy, what’s new, blah, blah, blah...
  • Topic 2 - The world has become a fragmented place; people find their safe “communities”. We can sort of do that in tech, but not as much because people change jobs more now. What’s your State of the Union for tech communities these days?
  • Topic 3 - Are you seeing the interactions with communities change (good or bad) as the rules within tech change - open source, public cloud, work in the office, etc..?
  • Topic 4 - We talked for a while, to technical communities, about “moving up the stack”, where the stack was all technology. Do you think we should be talking more about “moving across the cubicles” from technical awareness to business awareness?
  • Topic 5 - As you’ve moved around and upwards, you’re now mentoring people within the industry. Any success stories to share, or tips & tricks that might relate well to a newer generation, or just someone making a new change?
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Mar 01, 2018
The Cloudcast #335 - Managing Waste in the Cloud
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Brian talks with Andy Richman (Product Manager @ParkMyCloud) about which groups are responsible for cloud costs, how expectations and behaviors are changing as applications move to the cloud (Finance vs. DevOps), do we need DevFinOps, the technology that's making it easier to reduce costs, and tips for driving better cost management.

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  • Topic 1 - Introduction of Andy
  • Topic 2 - This survey was focused on “waste” in a public cloud environment. Public cloud was supposed to be less expensive and more agile. Are you seeing people having to reset expectations?
  • Topic 3 - There seem to be two phases of managing costs in the cloud. One is focused buying the right instances at the right time. The other is focused on more day-to-day operations. Are you seeing this sort of separation of functions, and is one a finance function and other a DevOps function?
  • Topic 4 - Let’s get back to “waste”. We went down this road with virtualization many years ago - just turn off what you don’t use. It was the “turning it back on” that actually scared people. What are you learning about more intelligent ways to manage the “turning off/on” process?
  • Topic 5 - AWS has started making more of their services “Ops-less” (sort of), like Lambda, and now Aurora, where you don’t have to think about the infrastructure planning as much. Do you find that people ask why more of the cloud isn’t like this, or they understand that not all workloads run (as before) in these environments?
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Feb 22, 2018
The Cloudcast #334 - The Future of Edge Computing
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Brian talks with Derek Collison (@derekcollison, Founder and CEO at Synadia Communications) about the future of edge computing, the impact of AI/ML on edge systems, and how Telcos and open source communities will evolve with edge computing opportunities.

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Show Notes
  • Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. We’ve spoken with you many times over the years, but first time on the podcast. Your background is very well documented, so maybe give us a little glimpse into your latest company - Synadia Communications.
  • Topic 2 - (Public) Cloud Computing has grown in lock-step with the growth of the smartphone (since 2007), creating a specific pattern of application/communication and data collection. What are the forces that are driving all the attention around the Edge Computing evolution (e.g. sensors, smart cars, peer-to-peer patterns, etc.)?
  • Topic 3 - What do the economics of Edge Computing look like today? Where are the big bottlenecks, or areas for big disruption? Does it vary widely depending on the application (e.g. sensor data vs. streaming vs. telemetry) , or geography (e.g. dense cities, transportation networks, rural areas, etc.)
  • Topic 4 - You’ve talked about the Google Brain project for a long time. We’ve seen growth around centralized AI/ML for the last 5-7 years. Do you expect a different mode of AI/ML that has to emerge because Edge Computing patterns will be significantly different than centralized models, or do they need small adaptations?
  • Topic 5 - You’ve need heavily involved with messaging technologies over the years, from TIBCO to NATS. Can you share some insight into how messaging (or async communications) that might need to evolve at the edge, in more distributed types of systems?
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The Cloudcast #333 - Infrastructure 3.0 for AI and ML
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Aaron and Brian talk with Lenny Pruss (@lennypruss, Partner at Amplify Partners) about the evolution of application and infrastructure architectures, how AI/ML are radically changing how applications are designed, the new inputs to application systems, and how VCs are investing in companies that can augment new cloud services.

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  • Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Tell us about your background and how you eventually got into the VC side of the business.
  • Topic 1a - Infrastructure and applications evolve in 'lock-step', so where are we today in terms of this evolution and where are we going?"
  • Topic 2 - You mention this concept of “connectivity vs. cognition” is what makes ML/AI radically different from software of previous generations. Let’s discuss what that means.
  • Topic 3 - “The result is an application that is “smart,” but exceptionally data-intensive and computationally expensive”. What are the problems this creates on today’s infrastructure?
  • Topic 4 - “For ML/AI to reach its full potential, it must graduate from the academic discipline it is today into an engineering one. What that means in practice is that there needs to be new abstractions, interfaces, systems, and tooling to make developing and deploying intelligent applications easy for developers.” - Give us some of the first steps that will make this happen.
  • Topic 5 - As a VC, you’re in the business of finding the companies that might turn this into a reality. Who are some of those companies that are on your radar?
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Feb 08, 2018
The Cloudcast #332 - A Cloud Perspective from Israel
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Brian talks with Ariel Munafo (@ArielMunafo, TotusCloud) and Amit Dunsky (@amit_dunsky, high-T Cloud Computing), co-hosts of the CloudTalk Podcast about the Cloud Computing market in Israel. This is a co-branded show and will also be published on CloudTalk podcast channel.

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Show Notes
  • Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Tell us about your background in Cloud Computing and what drove you to create your podcast?
  • Topic 2 - Let's talk about the differences in cloud cultures between the US vs Israel, in terms of venture-capital, adoption, support, innovation, etc.
  • Topic 3 - Let's discuss the regulatory issues affecting cloud adoption in each country.
  • Topic 4 - You both do some work with Israeli government agencies, what about cloud adoption by the government offices and agencies?
  • Topic 5 - Let’s also discuss local tech conferences as an index to how much the cloud is presence and how it indicates the cloud vendors' plans ahead.
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Feb 02, 2018
The Cloudcast #331 - Has SRE replaced DevOps?
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Aaron and Brian talk with Rob Hirschfeld (@zehicle, CEO @rackngo; Kubernetes Cluster Ops Co-Chair) about the consistency, continuum and confusion between the concepts of DevOps and Site Reliability Engineering (SRE).

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  • Topic 1 - What is the State of DevOps today? On one hand, there’s Gene Kim’s DevOps Reports (all is great), on another hand is DevOps Days which has become about Empathy, and somewhere in between are companies struggling with all of this silo-busting and automation and constant change. So where are we?
  • Topic 2 - The DevOps community seemed to want to reject all sort of labels and titles (DevOps engineer, DevOps certified, etc.) and how there is this “SRE” (Site Reliability Engineering) concept. Is this just a new name for DevOps?
  • Topic 3 - Like NetFlix had microservices, so everybody needed microservices - Google has SRE, so now everyone needs SRE? How does SRE fit into a non-Google company?
  • Topic 4 - Many Infra/Ops-centric people have been trying to learn automation and some basic programming (e.g. Python, Powershell/Scripting). SREs are often described as programmers that live in the Ops world. Can these current Infra/Ops people evolve to SRE?
  • Topic 5 - Do you find that DevOps or SRE apply more (or less) to using certain types of technologies vs. other technologies?
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Jan 25, 2018
The Cloudcast #330 - Oracle’s Next-Generation Cloud IaaS
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Brian talks with Clay Magouyrk (@cmagoyrk, Vice President at Oracle Cloud Infrastructure) about the architecture of the Oracle cloud, how it manages bare-metal VMs and containers, how Oracle integrates on-premises and cloud workloads, and how it integrates with PaaS and SaaS services.

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  • Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Can you tell us about your background prior to joining Oracle and how it helped you design the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure?
  • Topic 2 - There was a lot of buzz about Oracle redesigning their infrastructure cloud. Can you walk us through the architecture and how Oracle delivers bare-metal, VMs and containers? Are they separate environments, or all integrated?
  • Topic 3 - How does Oracle Cloud deliver networking - intra-cloud, from region-to-region, and integrated with on-premises applications?
  • Topic 4 - Oracle often talks about “same cloud architecture in both public and private”. Other public clouds are designed differently than most on-premises environments. Can you talk about what’s the same and what is typically different in the Oracle Cloud? What do customers have to adjust to in the Oracle Cloud?
  • Topic 5 - How do Oracle customers manage to integrate different Oracle Cloud services (e.g. containers, PaaS services, SaaS services, security, etc.)?
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Jan 18, 2018
The Cloudcast #329 - Tech Trade Shows in 2018
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Aaron and Brian attend a lot of technology events throughout the year. They give their suggestions to trade show organizers and attendees for getting the most of out 2018 events.

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Show Notes
  • Topic 1 - What events do you enjoy attending? Not enjoy attending?
  • Topic 2 - What works for you at events?
  • Topic 3 - What could be improved or added?
  • Topic 4 - What should be eliminated, or re-imagined?
  • Topic 5 - Should we see more “independent” events combined (or parallel to) “vendor” events?
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Jan 11, 2018
The Cloudcast #328 - Creating a Tech Podcast
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Aaron and Brian give some tips and suggestions for anyone wanting to start a tech podcast.

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Show Notes
  • Topic 1 - Why are you podcasting? (motivation, goals, understanding the marketing)
  • Topic 2 - How much of a commitment is podcasting? (scheduling, recording, editing, publishing)
  • Topic 3 - How do you get started? (costs, tools, determine format, finding guests, awareness)
  • Topic 4 - What are the most difficult aspects of hosting a podcast? (scheduling, prep-work, consistency)
  • Topic 5 - What is involved in recording, editing, publishing? (sound quality, edits, tools, studio vs. on-the-road recording)
  • Topic 6 - How do you manage to do this along with a day job? (timing of guests, conflicts of interest, topics)
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Jan 04, 2018
The Cloudcast #327 - 2017 in Review & 2018 Predictions
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Aaron and Brian have many, many, many thoughts on the tech that shaped 2017, and make some predictions about 2018 and beyond.

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    Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Biggest Tech M&A of 2017 and VC Funding is down

  • Big Mergers: Amazon+Whole Foods; CVS+Aetna; Intel+Mobileye; AT&T+Time Warner; Disney+21st Century Fox


    2017 Trends
  • Storage companies are becoming HCI companies (thoughts on owning a server supply chain vs. software defined vs. commodity hardware)

  • Containers are becoming more mainstream - but so many misleading “surveys”

  • Nobody has a clear advantage in “hybrid cloud” architectures

  • Public cloud is a portfolio game and data acquisition game, not a cost reduction game

  • Building new applications is still a small % of corporate applications

  • There’s such a big gap between cloud releases and non-cloud releases (timeframes, updates, informing the market, etc.)


    2018 Cloudcast Areas of Interest
  • What happened to DevOps? Is it now in Phase 2 as “SRE”, or is it unobtainable?

  • What’s happening in China? How will it impact the rest of the Global markets?
  • Will AI & ML become tangible to non-Data Scientists? What’s the Fantasy Football of AI & ML, for business?

  • Where and how will voice technologies (Alexa, Google Home, etc.) fit in long term?

  • How will we track the Public Cloud tipping point?

  • What is Serverless most disruptive to, or is it additive to app-dev market size?

  • Should we track “Serverless” by the ServerlessConf or AWS events?

  • Should we be following “edge computing”? What are the core focus areas?


    2018 Predictions
  • Continued decline of the middleman in all industries

  • Awareness of Cloud Computing “costs” becomes more mainstream

  • Does Security even matter anymore? What bigger events can happen?

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Dec 27, 2017
The Cloudcast #326 - The 10 Biggest Stories of the Year
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Aaron and Brian talk about the biggest news stories and trends that happened in 2017.

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Show Notes
Container Stuff
1. Docker - New CEO; Docker > Moby; 

2. Kubernetes winning the Container Orchestration Wars - but do we now only talk about it being boring and irrelevant?


Cloud Stuff - When do we hit the Cloud Tipping Point
3. Azure getting bigger, but big enough? ($20B run-rate; includes O365)

4. AWS re:Invent - can it be stopped? ($18B run-rate)

5. Google Cloud - still ??? (says almost 2,500 employees)


Infrastructure Stuff
6. New Blue Print Emerging? Hyper-Converged Infrastructure & “Secondary Storage” all with public cloud integration. Also virtualization vs. containers orchestration

7. VMware’s cloud direction? - Big 3 Public Clouds have placed their bets (AWS/VMware, GCP/Nutanix/Cisco/VMware, Azure/Azure Stack)

8. Where does Serverless Fit? Does it? Is it a Public Cloud only play?


Stuff we don’t understand - We have been Emerging Tech, Where is the next emerging tech?
9. BitCoin / Blockchain - did you bet your mortgage on it? Aaron’s interesting conversation around this recently

10. AI & ML - AWS is trying to make it easier (DeepLens); everyone including AI in their products
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Dec 23, 2017
The Cloudcast #325 - The Next Step in Development Automation
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Aaron and Brian talk with Rod Johnson (@springrod, Co-Founder & CEO @atomist) about the evolution of development frameworks, developer productivity, the Spring community, and how Atomist is helping simplify the experience of developers interacting with containers and Kubernetes and microservices.

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Show Notes
  • Topic 1 - Thanks for joining us today Rod, for those that aren’t familiar, give everyone a bit about your background prior to Atomist and your background with development platforms (sold SpringSource to VMware for $420M in 2009).
  • Topic 2 - You have seen a pretty amazing transition in development platforms over the last 5-7 years. What trends made you decide to start a new company?
  • Topic 3 - This leads us to your most recent announcement, a Series A round and launch of Atomist. Tell everyone about Atomist. As I understand it this is a development automation platform. What problems are you trying to solve?
  • Topic 4 - How is Development Automation different from traditional CI/CD?
  • Topic 5 - What use cases are applications are your customers doing today with Atomist? Is this primarily cloud native apps and development on public cloud platforms? How are folks both consuming and creating?
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Dec 15, 2017
The Cloudcast #324 - Data Management as a Kubernetes Service
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Brian talks with Niraj Tolia (@nirajtolia, Co-Founder/CEO of @KastenHQ) at KubeCon about the evolution of data management with cloud and containers, the Kasten K10 platform and open source Kanister project, how Kubernetes is changing how we interact and manage data, and how a new approaches to data management can benefit from the CNCF community of projects.

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Dec 10, 2017
The Cloudcast #323 - OpenTracing for Distributed Microservices
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Brian talks with Ben Sigelman (@el_bhs, Co-Founder/CEO of @LightStepHQ) at KubeCon about his experiences at Google, the evolution of Open Tracing, the public launch of Lightstep, how operations teams are adapting to microservices applications, and how Lightstep is interacting with new CNCF projects like Envoy and Istio.

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Dec 09, 2017
The Cloudcast #322 - Build and Deploy Cloud-Native Apps
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Aaron talks with Marc Holmes (@marcholmes, VP Marketing @Chef) about the exploding usage of containers, how application management is changing, how Chef is rethinking the tools they provide to SysAdmins, Ops and Developers, and how Chef Habitat is evolving in Kubernetes and Cloud Foundry environments.

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Show Notes
  • Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. You’ve been at Chef for a couple years now, and previously at Docker (and several other emerging tech companies). Can you give us some perspective on where you see the market today in this time of rapid transitions?
  • Topic 2 - We both come from a technical background and found ourselves customer facing and eventually on the business and marketing side. How has that transition been and what motivated you to make the change?
  • Topic 3 - About a year ago, Chef introduced Habitat, which was a fairly large “re-think” from the previous Chef platforms, which was more focused on SysAdmin / Ops teams. Give you give the audience an overview on Habitat, for anyone that’s not familiar with the basic concepts?
  • Topic 4 - Sometimes people will say that the existing Config Management tools are no longer needed now that we have containers, since they describe everything within their tools / files. How might you respond to those types of arguments?
  • Topic 5 - A few weeks ago Chef introduced Habitat Builder. How does this differ from Habitat?
  • Topic 6 - We see that Habitat is now supporting integration with platforms like Cloud Foundry and Kubernetes. How are you seeing the uptake of those platforms in the market, or what’s driving their adoption?
  • Topic 7 - As you’re engaging with more companies that are building Cloud Native applications, what are some of the things they do that make them successful with these new apps, new operational models, new types of IT cultures?
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Nov 21, 2017
The Cloudcast #321 - This Week in ML and AI
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Aaron & Brian talk with Sam Charrington (@samcharrington, Host of This Week in ML & AI Podcast) about the differences between AI and ML, how to manage data gravity, the maturity of the technology, press coverage, and the societal impacts of AI and ML.

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Show Notes
  • Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. We’ve known you for a while as being heavily involved in Cloud since the early days, but you’ve been involved with AI and ML for quite a while now too. Tell our audience about your background and what you’re up to today.
  • Topic 2 - Is there a difference between AI and ML? What are some good examples of each?
  • Topic 3 - Let’s start with the basics. AI and ML always get talked about as a spectrum between basic things we all live with (like Google doing an auto fill on a search) to the scary SkyNet, Terminator stuff. Where are we on the maturity curve of AI and ML?
  • Topic 4 - What are some of the key technology elements that people should be aware of with AI and ML? Do we make a mistake by mentioning them today (e.g. AI and ML), and are they very different?
  • Topic 5 - Can we talk about data and data models/set and data gravity as it relates to AI and ML? Do you bring the data to the engine, or the engine to the data? How do companies deal with this today?
  • Topic 6 - AI and ML also have the ability to have major societal impacts on our work, from jobs to human privacy to better access to healthcare or studying global warming. Can you talk about how this interaction of technology and human interests is being covered in the press & media?
  • Topic 7 - Beyond listening to your show each week, what are some good resources for listeners to go learn about AI and ML?
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Nov 16, 2017
The Cloudcast #320 - Docker adds Kubernetes, now what...
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Aaron and Brian talk with Nigel Poulton (@nigelpoulton, Author and International Man of Tech Knowledge) about the evolution of the container ecosystem, the maturity of container technology, Docker's announcement of Kubernetes support and what's next, and how IT professionals are learning about containerizing applications.

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Show Notes
  • Topic 1 - Welcome back to the show. Hard to believe it’s been over a year since you were last on talking about Docker. How has the container market changed, from your perspective, over the last year?
  • Topic 2 - You recently wrote “The Kubernetes Book”. Give us the cliff notes version of what readers will learn from the book?
  • Topic 3 - As you were researching this book (and your trainings around the topics), what things did you learn about Kubernetes that you’d like to use as an Admin/Ops or Developer?
  • Topic 4 - Docker recently announced intentions to add Kubernetes support to DockerEE. Given Docker’s history of wanting to control their technology, are you surprised they are adding Kubernetes support?
  • Topic 5 - Do you think their customers will care that Docker has limited contributions to Kubernetes, in terms of supporting it for the Enterprise in the long-run?
  • Topic 6 - Have you had a chance to dig into how Docker is going to implement this dual-scheduler architecture? Do you think that Docker eventually depreciates Swarm?
  • Topic 7 - What advice do you have for people trying to learn about containers and Kubernetes?
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Nov 09, 2017
The Cloudcast #319 - Evolution of Prometheus Monitoring
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Brian and Tyler Britten talk Julius Volz (@juliusvolz, @PrometheusIO co-founder, promcon.io founder) about the evolution of Prometheus monitoring, from v1.0 to v2.0. We discuss the updated features and scalability, as well as best practices, lessons learned in production, and how Prometheus might interact with emerging projects such as Istio, Envoy and Linkerd.

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Show Notes
  • Topic 1 - Welcome back, it’s been about a year. Are you surprised at how much Prometheus has taken off since you first created it at SoundCloud?
  • Topic 2 - Prometheus 2.0 is now available (or soon shipping). What are the major things that are new in this release?
  • Topic 3 - What are some of the best practices you’ve found in deploying Prometheus in production?
  • Topic 4 - What are the biggest lessons learned, or things you wished you’d have known back then?
  • Topic 5 - Does Prometheus have a role in some of these emerging “service mesh” technologies like linkerd or Istio, that are trying to add more intelligence into application routing patterns?
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Nov 02, 2017
The Cloudcast #318 - Evolution of Cloud Data Management
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Brian talks with Kenneth Hui (@kenhuiny, Technical Marketing Engineer) and Andrew Miller (@andriven, Technical Marketing Manager) at @Rubrik about how Cloud Data Management is changing with the evolution of distributed systems and the use of the public cloud.

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Show Notes
  • Topic 1 - Ken, welcome back to the show. Andrew, welcome to the show. Tell us a little bit about your backgrounds and what attracted you to go work for Rubrik?
  • Topic 2 - So in the last 12-14 months, Rubrik has taken $240M+ ($292M total) in VC funding and is adding 100s of people per quarter. I thought the days of VC investment in non-cloud infrastructure companies was over. What’s going on?
  • Topic 3 - Let’s talk about Rubrik’s core architecture and why it’s so different from what companies have used in the past?
  • Topic 4 - How much are people using the public cloud as a storage destination, and what has to happen differently to get data into the public cloud vs. what has to happen in a local data center?
  • Topic 5 - With Rubrik’s different architecture (software-centric, distributed processing, etc.), what new best-practices are starting to emerge?
  • Topic 6 - From what I can see, Rubrik is mostly focused on VM-centric environments. Any plans to get into container-centric environments?
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Oct 27, 2017
The Cloudcast #317 - The State of the Serverless Ecosystem
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Brian talks with Ryan Brown (@ryan_sb, Sr. Software Engineer @Ansible, Author of ServerlessCode) about the overall state of the Serverless community after the recent ServerlessConf 2017 NYC, the breadth of focus areas for developers and business, the ways to integrate serverless into existing applications, and areas for newbies to the space to get started.

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Topic 1 - You’ve been heavily involved in Serverless since the very days, working on things like the ServerlessCode site as a side project. How are you seeing the community evolve?
  • The DevOps crowd was there

Lots of “is it NoOps or Not?” discussions

  • Nobody is actually NoOps. There’s a common understanding (underlined by people like Charity Majors) that someone in your org is always responsible for stuff working, or else you die. 
  • DiffOps is one term that encompasses the “you have responsibility, but one of your responsibilities is to farm out as much as is reasonable to your provider”
 
Any viable open-source elements emerging?

  • Lots of toy-ish “oh you can run FaaS on k8s” around, but when you get serious:
 
  • Serverless Framework/Zappa/Sparta/Apex
 
  • OpenWhisk
 
Some VC funding, but nothing massive yet

  • IOPipe raised at least one round
 
  • Serverless has a spot in the HeavyBit, and some funding
 
  • Stackery has about 2 million in funding
 
  • The real “VC’s” in serverless tooling are the cloud mega-providers (Amazon, Microsoft, Google) and the biggest teams I know of are all subteams there
 
How many customers vs. vendors at the event?

  • Basically 2x the first ServerlessConf, up to 450/460 attendees
 

Topic 2 - You gave a talk called “Harmonizing Serverless and Traditional Applications“. Outside of greenfield companies, that seems to be the common questions that companies are asking. What topics did you cover in your talk?

Oct 20, 2017
The Cloudcast #316 - Automating to Improve Cloud Spending
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Brian talks with Jay Chapel (@parkmycloudjay, Co-Founder/CEO of ParkMyCloud) about the complexity of cloud pricing models, how IT and DevOps teams view spending differently, how to integrate monitoring and automation, and who is critical to making buying decisions in the cloud.  

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Show Notes
  • Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Tell us about your background, why you started ParkMyCloud and how you’ve seen the market evolve since you got started (in 2015).
  • Topic 2 - ricing in the public cloud world has gotten both more complicated (e.g. no clouds do it the same way) and simpler (e.g. sustained usage discounts, free tiers, per-second billing, etc.). How do you see the market evolving, and how much of a barrier/burden is pricing “complexity” to public cloud adoption?
  • Topic 3 - You position ParkMyCloud separately for “For DevOps” and “For  IT”. How are you seeing those as two distinct use-cases or types of teams?
  • Topic 4 - ParkMyCloud not only monitors cloud costs and recommends areas for savings, but also includes automated tasks to take advantage of those optimizations. Tell us about the automation capabilities and how your customers get comfortable with that level of control in the platform.
  • Topic 5 - What are you seeing as the public cloud buying process these days? Who is involved, what criteria do they consider, and how do various stakeholders (CFO, Project Managers, Developers) continue to get cost visibility?
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Oct 12, 2017
The Cloudcast #315 - How Newbies are Learning Today
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Brian talks with Tanya Selvog (@AWSNewbie, Jr. Web-Developer, Full-Stack Developer in training) about how new(er) engineers are learning skills, engaging with learning communities, and adapting to a changing job market for software developers.

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Show Notes
  • Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. I found your name on Twitter because you have an interesting handle (@AWSNewbie) and you were telling a story about learning new technologies. Tell us a little bit about your background and how you’re evolving in the technology world.
  • Topic 2 - You decided to enroll in this immersive course (12-weeks). Tell us about that environment. What did you learn? What works, what doesn’t work, what’s the learning process, etc.?
  • Topic 3 - You talked about attending a Women in Code event in Austin and getting a chance to use some of the A Cloud Guru trainings. How does the AWS training compare to the web development training?
  • Topic 4 - You’ve mentioned that you’re engaged with the CodeNewbie community. Tell us about that group - how do people get engaged, what’s shared or discussed, how do people help each other?
  • Topic 5 - How are you able to apply these new learnings to projects or work activities? How do you market yourself to potential employers?
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Oct 05, 2017
The Cloudcast #314 - Managing the Container Herd
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Aaron talks with Shannon Williams (@smw355, Co-Founder Rancher Labs) about the state of the container ecosystem, the evolution of Rancher, and the explosive growth of Kubernetes.

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  • Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Shannon, How many times has it been now? The last time we spoke to Rancher was at DockerCon EU, 2015 and we spoke to Darren Shepherd. A lot has changed as we’ll get into but first, introduce yourself and how are you doing these days?
  • Topic 2 - Before we dig into details, what is your take on the state of the container industry currently? What are some themes you’ve seen over the last two years?
  • Topic 3 - For those that don’t know, explain both Rancher and RancherOS. What problem are you trying to solve with each?
  • Topic 4 - Rancher as I understand it specializes in application provisioning to both Kubernetes and Docker Swarm either on-prem on to public clouds, correct? Where does Rancher leave off and Kubernetes or Swarm takes over? How is long term management of the application handled? Folks should check out the whitepaper on comparing orchestrators, I took a look last night and it is well done and “down in the weeds”
  • Topic 5 - Let’s talk about Rancher 2.0. There are some really great things in there, tell the folks about what’s just released.
  • Topic 6 - What are the common use cases you are seeing with your early customers? Are customers using Rancher for existing projects (Hadoop, ELK Stack) using the catalog or are they integrating directly in their CI/CD pipelines? Both?
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Sep 28, 2017
The Cloudcast #313 - Making Sense of New Technologies
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Brian talks with Alex Williams (@alexwilliams, Founder of The New Stack) about the evolution of Cloud-Native technologies, the challenges of trying to keep up with rapid change, making sense of data that explains the industry, and how to stay connected to the communities of people driving the technology changes.

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Show Notes
  • Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. It’s now been 3.5 years for The New Stack. Tell us about the various ways that you’re covering all these new technologies and trends and personalities.
  • Topic 2 - If you had to explain the 2014-2017 evolution to somebody new to all of this today, how would you summarize all the options (companies, technologies, foundations, etc.) to them?
  • Topic 3 - How should someone try and make sense of data that is around all these projects? (GitHub stars, survey data, VC funding, the lack of vendor financial reporting, etc.)?
  • Topic 4 - Do you feel like anything since 2014 has become “mainstream” yet (e.g. containers, DevOps, data analytics), or does mainstream mean something very different in today’s world of cloud services?
  • Topic 5 - This marketplace moves very quickly. People look to The News Stack to make sense of it for them. How do you and your team keep up and organize your thinking around all of this?
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Sep 22, 2017
The Cloudcast #312 - An Introduction to Istio
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Brian talks with Jason McGee (@jrmcgee, VP & CTO IBM Cloud) about the origin of the Istio project, the challenges of large project teams, how Istio helps application teams, and the evolution of cloud-native application frameworks on Kubernetes.

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  • Topic 1 - Welcome back to the show. For anyone that's not familiar with Istio, what is it, what cdoes it do, and what types of problems does it solve for developers?
  • Topic 2 - Istio is beginning to get some traction at meetups tradeshow talks. Where is it in terms of maturity, open governance, developer participation?
  • Topic 3 - Is Istio going to be broadly applicable to new applications (cloud-native, microservices), or do you see it trending towards a specific type of use case?
  • Topic 4 - Istio is being adopted by the companies and the technologies around Kubernetes, the CNCF, etc. Do you feel like the Kubernetes architectural approach is going to be the direction that we'll see going forward for modern application development and container usage?
  • Topic 5 - What are the best ways for companies or developers to start experimenting with Istio? Is it easy to get started? Is there training yet?
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Sep 14, 2017
The Cloudcast #311 - Google Cloud & Kubernetes
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Brian talks with Chen Goldberg (@GoldbergChen, Director of Engineering, Container Engine & Kubernetes) and Mark Mandel (@Neurotic, Developer Advocate, Co-Host Google Cloud Platform podcast) at Google.about the state of Kubernetes maturity, how Google manages cloud services and open-source projects, Developers perspectives on Kubernetes, "boring" applications, Kubernetes Federation, and trends around Kubernetes community participation.

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Show Notes
  • Topic 1 - Where do you see Kubernetes today in terms of maturity, breadth of capabilities, ease of use, etc.?
  • Topic 2 - How is Google's Engineering structured to manage GKE/GCP services, open source contributions and partner engagements?
  • Topic 3 - What are some of the common use-cases with GKE usage? Do you also track Kubernetes usage on GCP services to see where you need to expand/improve GKE?
  • Topic 4 - Is Kubernetes easy enough, or robust enough for developers today? If not, where does it need to expand? Should this be within Kubernetes, or in other areas like Istio (or other)?
  • Topic 5 - How do you see Kubernetes Federation evolving? What might be possible for end-customers over time?
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Sep 07, 2017
The Cloudcast #310 - The Mid-Year 2017 Update
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Aaron and Brian talk about the new partnership with A Cloud Guru, as well as a 2017 Mid-Year update around all things cloud - VMworld ecosystem, Serverless Ecosystem, Kubernetes for All, etc..

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Show Notes
  • Topic 1 - Something looks and sounds different from normal. Why don’t you tell our listeners what’s going on?
  • Topic 2 - Impressions from the VMworld 2017 Keynotes and show floors?
  • Topic 3 - In talking to the A Cloud Guru team, we’re starting to see a big trend of people getting cloud training and certifications. Should we be doubling back on fundamental technologies to supplement more complex shows?
  • Topic 4 - Are we in a technology lull right now? We had containers a couple years ago, and serverless like 12-18 months ago, but right now it feels like an expansion phase. Thoughts?
  • Topic 5 - Let’s talk about some of the trends we’re seeing at this point in 2017: 
  • All vendors supporting Kubernetes (AWS, Oracle, Microsoft)
 
  • Is it strange that we’re heard almost nothing from Docker since DockerCon and their announcements of a new CEO and the “Moby” project?
  • We’re beginning to see some funding in the serverless space (IOpipe, Skippbox acquired by Bitnami, Iron.io at Oracle) and that crazy $140M for Databricks and calling themselves “serverless data science and AI”
  • Topic 6 - We saw Amazon acquire Whole Foods recently, as well as getting back into the retail markets (people-less stores). Do you think we’ll start to see their movement into all these adjacent markets impact customers adopting AWS? Apparently Target is now moving off AWS.
  • Topic 7 - AUDIENCE QUESTION: We’ve never really focused on SaaS applications, outside of SaaS-based tool that help IT. Does our audience think we should focus on SaaS applications, and if so, which verticals should we target?
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Sep 01, 2017
The Cloudcast #309 - Secrets Management for Secure Microservices
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Brian talks with Seth Vargo (@sethvargo, Director of Technical Advocacy @HashiCorp) about the evolving security footprint of modern applications, the increasing needs for secrets management with microservices, the challenges of managing encryption, how to maintain highly available environments, and the evolution of Pittsburgh as a tech city.

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Show Notes
  • Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Tell us about your background as a technologist and author.
  • Topic 1a - And since we’re going to talk about Vault, give us the basics of the Vault platform.
  • Topic 2 - Let’s start with the basics. Why are we seeing so many more discussions about secrets management with microservices vs. legacy applications?
  • Topic 3 - What are the core challenges that microservices applications face with regard to secrets? Is it key management, or key rotation or encryption of secrets, or something else?
  • Topic 4 - Since secrets are so central to microservices, and critical to normal operations, how do you make sure that a platform like Vault is highly available? Or what happens if it goes out of service?
  • Topic 5 - If we’re talking about microservices, the conversation typically evolves to deploying them, which leads to discussions about container schedulers. Can you talk about the challenges that schedulers have with secrets and how Vaults helps to manage those challenges?
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Aug 30, 2017
The Cloudcast #308 - Can VMware cross the Cloud chasm?
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Brian talks with Keith Townsend (@ctoadvisor, The CTO Advisor) and Stu Miniman (@stu, Wikibon | theCUBE) about the upcoming VMworld 2017 event, VMware’s relevance in a cloud-centric world, the Dell merger 2yrs later and the advice they would give Michael Dell or Pat Gelsinger.

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Show Notes
  • Topic 1 - Welcome back to the show, both of you. What’s new in your worlds and what trends are on your radar these days?
  • Topic 2 - A couple weeks ago The Register forecasted that VMworld is a shrinking event and a stark contrast to the growth of AWS re:Invent. From your perspective, what’s the state of the VMware ecosystem these days?
  • Topic 3 - With Dell being private but VMware is still public, and their stock being up about 2.5x since the merger ($40-100), is there any sense of how money is flowing within VMware (e.g. R&D) vs. flowing over to pay Dell’s debts?
  • Topic 4 - You both get access to the VMware executive team during the week of VMworld. What questions do you wish you could ask them, but it’s not appropriate during the interview or Q&A formats that exist?
  • Topic 5 - Can you explain VMware’s “Cloud Strategy” to us?
  • Topic 6 - HCI (HyperConverged Infrastructure) is growing very quickly and all the vendors now have an HCI play (Nutanix, DellEMC VxRail, HPE Simplivity/Nimble, Cisco SpringPath, Red Hat HCI, etc.). Does the market need this many similar offerings? Which one of these is non-existent in 3-4 years?
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Aug 25, 2017
The Cloudcast #307 - Cloud Careers, After the Whispers
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Brian talks with Amy Lewis (@commsninja), John Troyer (@jtroyer) and Matthew Broberg (@mjbrender) from the Geek Whisperers podcast (@geek-whisperers) about the closing of their podcast/community, the evolution of cloud careers, and lessons learned from community interaction.

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Show Notes
  • Topic 1 - for us to talk to all of you together. Let’s start by talking about what Geek Whisperers was, and then why mom & dad have new hobbies.
  • Topic 2 - A lot has changed since you started, back in 2012. HW to SW. On-Prem to Cloud. Open Source. Vendor communities to lack of vendor trust. What are the big trends that wish you had a better grasp on?
  • Topic 3 - What does a 2012 Whisperer tell a colleague on career advice vs. a 2017 Whisperer?
  • Topic 4 - Do you buy into the idea that technology is moving much faster these days? And if so, have you found any good tips or tricks to staying ahead of it, no matter what part of the tech industry someone might work in (tech, sales, management, etc.)?
  • Topic 5 - What types of things worry you about our industry at this time?
  • Topic 6 - What are you hopeful about for either people in the communities you engage with, or for the next generation of folks that will have technology all around them?
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Aug 16, 2017
The Cloudcast #306 - PaaS Adoption from Around the World
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Aaron and Brian talk with Thurupathan Vijayakumar (@ThuruTweets, Solutions Architect | Developer | Microsoft Azure MVP) about cloud deployments in Asia, the business drivers for using public cloud services, the challenges of data sovereignty, and how companies are managing their organizations to align to microservices.

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  • Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. You’re our first guest from Asia, joining us from Sri Lanka. Tell us about your background and the types of technology projects you’re working on today.
  • Topic 2 - Recently you wrote a book about building cloud applications on Azure. Can you talk about what attracted you to use Azure (vs. AWS or other clouds) - discuss some of the types of applications you’re building.
  • Topic 3 - You have an interesting perspective having worked with companies from multiple parts of the world. Can you give us some perspective on trends in Asia vs. other areas? What business demands are driving their technology decisions?
  • Topic 4 - How do the companies you work with manage data sovereignty and the location of public cloud data centers?
  • Topic 5 - What are some of the core technologies that you’re using these days? How much do you use native Azure services vs. containers vs. other technologies? How are you keeping up with learning those technologies?
  • Topic 6 - As you’re beginning to focus on microservices architectures, how are you finding global customers adapting to what that means within their internal IT cultures and processes?

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Aug 11, 2017
The Cloudcast #305 - Last Week in AWS
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Aaron and Brian talk with Corey Quinn (@QuinnyPig, Cloud Economist/Last Week with AWS) about the complexity of AWS bills, the rapid expansion of AWS services, the challenges of “best practices” and the biggest AWS trends and mistakes.

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Show Notes
  • Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Tell us about your background and how you decided to get into the “saving money” or  “economics of technology” business?
  • Topic 2 - AWS is sort of a strange technology company to explain to someone that comes from traditional IT, in that they just release new features randomly. So it’s sort of like a SaaS, but it’s also like a big toolbox. Your newsletter helps, but how do you find that people are to keep up with the randomness of all the features?
  • Topic 3 - Do you think that AWS eventually gets too complicated for the broader market?
  • Topic 4 - Beyond the issues around costs/pricing, what are the big AWS trends that you’re tracking, or that your clients are using to improve their businesses?
  • Topic 5 - What are some of the big mistakes that companies make in using various AWS services, whether they are cost-related or security-related or availability/performance-related?
  • Topic 6 - Let’s play a quick speed round before we end the show. Give us a sense of pace of growth for each of these AWS services:  
- Lambda

- Big Data (Dynamo, Redshift, Kinesis)

- IoT

- Snowball or Snowmobile (raw data movement)

- ECS (containers)
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Aug 04, 2017
The ServerlessCast #8 - Managing Serverless Performance
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NOTE: Sorry about the patchy audio quality in spots on this episode, we didn't notice until we edited the show that both Adam's and Aaron's connections weren't the best this time. We cleaned it up the best we could. Thanks for listening!

Aaron and Brian talk with Adam Johnson (@adjohn, CO-Founder/CEO of @IOpipe) about the momentum of Serverless, the challenge of identify performance bottlenecks, if NoOps is real or not, how APMs have to evolve in a Serverless world.

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  • Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Give us a little bit of your background and walk us through the process of being part of the TechStars incubator program. Tell us a little bit about IOpipe.
  • Topic 2 - It took a little while for people to grasp the concept of serverless (e.g. AWS Lambda), but now it has a lot of momentum. What made you think it was the the right focus for the company a few years back?
  • Topic 3 - Why IOpipe? What problem does is solve? How is it “Included” in existing FaaS code today? How is that different from the Serverless Framework plugin?
  • Topic 4 - Serverless seems to be associated with the NoOps movement, since the underlying platform tends to do many things the Ops team used to do. Where does an APM platform like IOpipe fit into the discussion? Is it used by a Serverless Ops team, or mostly by Developers?
  • Topic 5 - What are some of the common performance challenges with Serverless that people should be aware of? Follow Up: What are some of the most common emerging use cases?
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Jul 28, 2017
The Cloudcast #304 - Ansible, DevOps and Containers
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Brian talks with Robyn Bergeron (@robynbergeron, @Ansible Community Architect) about managing large OSS projects, how teams adopt DevOps culture and tools, the role of Containers with Ansible, the spread of OSS operations tools, and the role of automation with Serverless.

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  • Topic 1 - Welcome back to the show. Let's talk about the Ansible community. You've been around large and fast moving communities for a while. What makes a healthy OSS community or project?
  • Topic 2 - I've been reading a number of surveys recently about important tech skills and Ansible is always near the top of the list. What do you think is driving that level of importance?
  • Topic 3 - We’re were both at a DevOps event with Gene Kim last week. Where do you see DevOps in the industry today in terms of success, best practices, etc. and what role does Ansible play with DevOps?
  • Topic 4 - Let's talk about containers. How is this space evolving? Lots of new tools, etc.
  • Topic 5 - Let’s talk about Serverless. Lots of talk about this being the ultimate NoOps movement. What do you hear from Ops engineers about how they plan to evolve with these new abstractions.
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Jul 17, 2017
The Cloudcast #303 - Public Cloud at a Tipping Point
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Aaron and Brian talk with Bernard Golden (@bernardgolden, CEO of Navica) about the future of the cloud computing marketplace, the expected rates of growths and areas that could impact forecasts positively or negatively.

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  • Topic 1 - Welcome back to the show. You’ve been recognized as a Cloud Computing thought-leader for many years. What are you up to these days?
  • Topic 2 - You’ve been advocating for public Cloud Computing for a while now. What’s changed that you’re now calling this a Tipping Point?
  • Topic 3 - We’ve seen AWS growth-rates slow for the last 7 quarters. But we’re also seeing slower growth in some older on-premises vendors (e.g. IBM, HPE). Do you think these two trends are linked together, or the law of big numbers, or something else?
  • Topic 4 - We saw Walmart announced this week that they are going to start influencing (or mandating) that their suppliers not use the AWS cloud. In the past, we saw them mandate that suppliers must have facilities located in Bentonville, AR (Walmart HQ) to reduce the costs of meetings. We’ve heard other vendors avoid AWS due to competition. Do you think we start to see non-technical trends start to make an impact on cloud decisions?
  • Topic 5 - In your recent blog, you seem to imply that only the AAG (AWS, Azure, Google) cloud platforms will dominate going forward. What do you think about platforms like Salesforce? Or open source projects (e.g. Kubernetes, Cloud Foundry, Hadoop)? Or companies building services on top of AAG that could just become features embedded in AAG?
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Jun 30, 2017
The Cloudcast #302 - How Many IoT Engineers Does it Take to Enable a Lightbulb
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Brian talks with Thomas Munn (@symgryph, Principal IoT Security Researcher at Cree Lighting) about the challenges of moving from manufacturing to software, planning for IoT-scale deployments, securing millions of devices, and how Ansible and Azure Cloud help solve scaling challenges.

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  • Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Let’s talk a little bit about your background in technology, as well as this project you’re currently working on.
  • Topic 2 - Cree is a worldwide manufacturer and marketer of lighting-class LEDs, lighting products and products for power and radio frequency applications. Today we’re talking about software development. Why is Cree making this evolution?
  • Topic 3 - Let’s talk about how you think about scaling a project like this, to 100s of millions of devices. Does the public cloud come into play?
  • Topic 4 - Let’s talk about the security challenges involved with managing the infrastructure, the data and all the security connections.
  • Topic 5 - What are some of the key lessons you’ve learned over the last year on this project?
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Jun 23, 2017
The Cloudcast #301 - SRE and Infrastructure Operations
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Brian talks with Rob Hirschfeld (@zehicle, Founder/CEO of @RackN) about the concepts of SRE (Site Reliability Engineering), the challenges of maintaining infrastructure software, emerging tools and the next-generation of operations.

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  • Topic 1 - Welcome back to the show. Let’s start by talking about the concept of SRE (Site Reliability Engineering). Give us the basics and maybe explain how it differs from what people define in DevOps.
  • Topic 2 - Application development has been moving faster for quite a while (agile development, etc.). But now infrastructure/operations teams have to deal with faster software - especially around updates (e.g. Kubernetes releases every 3 months). How are companies managing this?
  • Topic 3 - Given that this pace of operations change may not slow down, how do you think about the challenge in terms of process/operations versus technology/tools?
  • Topic 4 - What are some of the steps that companies take to better prepare for this type of operational model? Tools, process, skills, etc.
  • Topic 5 - Do you see SRE as being a progression for existing infrastructure/operations people, or is this more focused on sysadmins or developers that want to get away from building applications?
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Jun 15, 2017
The Cloudcast #300 - The Good, the Bad and the Boring
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Aaron and Brian talk about the evolution of Cloud Computing over that past 6+ years - The pace of change, the impact of open source and foundations, the critical elements of public cloud, and what has been a surprise.

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Topic 1 - We’re done nearly 7 days of shows (~160hrs), had 30 companies acquired, and over 3M+ listens. Thank you to everyone that listens and tells a friend. Rate the show on iTunes!

Topic 2 - Looking back at the last 6+ years, what has surprised you the most or been the most expected? Pace of change? Rise of public cloud?
  • 2011 - AWS at ~$250M/qtr; 2017 - AWS at $3.66B/qtr

  • The Clouderati crowd

  • OpenStack / Foundations

  • Lack of Mega Mergers (“EMC Federation” model?)

  • No one really talks IaaS, Paas, SaaS anymore

  • All the $1 Billion investments in cloud…

  • AWS grew to support Amazon, Google Cloud is spin off and not core to growth

  • Kubernetes as the “final architecture” / or is it serverless...
Topic 3 - Follow the money - How has VC funding been tracking? What about exits?
  • VC investments in infrastructure have become rare, markets have moved on
  • Lots of money went into big data; now going into AI. Is it paying off?
Topic 4 - We’ve both now worked in open source. What impact have you seen this have on the tech industry? Interesting chart from Joseph Jacks about OSS-centric startups 
  • Big customers get invested and are vocal about it
 
  • Small customers just want stuff to work and don’t want to hire experts
 
  • Is public cloud the monetization model for OSS?
Topic 5 - The divide between those on the cloud bandwagon (e.g. meetups, AWS/Serverless/CNCF events) and those not (e.g. Interop) seems to be growing. The revenues don’t exactly track this, but how do you see the next 3-5 years of the industry playing out for people in the industry?
  • Infrastructure vendors will be squeezed and consolidated

  • Public Cloud will give way to the next “Big 3-4”. It was IBM, Cisco, HP, Dell, etc. Now it is AWS, Azure, Google Cloud and SaaS based offerings

Topic 6- Where are we thinking about going with the show? AI, Business-Centric SaaS Apps, Multi-Cloud realities (or horrors)
Topic 7- Let’s end on something boring. There has been some talk about the need to make some element of technology boring (e.g. infrastructure). Do you think that’s possible in the competitive technology markets? We’ve seen on smartphones, virtualization, etc.
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Jun 09, 2017
The Cloudcast #299 - The Discipline of Chaos Engineering
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Brian talks with Kolton Andrus (@KoltonAndrus, CEO of @GremlinInc) about his background at Amazon and Netflix, the discipline of Chaos Engineering, the challenges of breaking things in production, and Gremlin Inc’s approach to building better applications and systems.

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  • Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Let’s talk a little bit about your background and why you like to break stuff.
  • Topic 2 - A lot of people have heard about this concept (tool) called “Chaos Monkey”, but you were part of teams that made this a discipline, called “Chaos Engineering”. Help us understand what that means and what it attempts to do.
  • Topic 3 - As people build distributed, cloud applications, they are often using a platform (e.g. Kubernetes) and application frameworks (e.g Spring Boot). Does there need to be alignment between the elements of Chaos Engineering (tools, etc.) and those platforms/frameworks?
  • Topic 4 - Topic 4 - We understand that technology now drives a 24x7x365 world, but the idea of intentional chaos in production seems crazy. How does a company get buy-in to start doing this stuff?
  • Topic 5 - What are some commons mistakes, design faults that companies make that Chaos Engineering often finds….and can help resolve?
  • Topic 6 - How does Gremlin fit into the world of Chaos Engineering?
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May 26, 2017
The Cloudcast #298 - An Introduction to Linkerd
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Brian talks with William Morgan (@wm, Founder/CEO of @buoyantio) about his background at Twitter, an introduction to Linkerd and the concept of Service Mesh, how Linkerd compares to other application logic, and the role of foundations (e.g. CNCF) vs. communities.

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  • Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Let’s talk a little bit about your background and why you decided to bring Linkerd and ultimately Buoyant to market.
  • Topic 2 - Give us the basics of what Linkerd does and what it is useful for cloud-native applications?
  • Topic 3 - You talk about this concept called a “Service Mesh”. What is that and what does it provide for applications?
  • Topic 4 - There are existing alternatives to Linkerd in both the platform world (e.g. native Kubernetes services) and the application framework world (e.g. Spring Boot/Cloud). How do you help people sort out when one makes sense vs. another?
  • Topic 5 - Linkerd is now an official project within the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). CNCF now has many projects. Is Buoyant aligning their technology roadmaps to other CNCF projects, or do they tend to operate independently and be driven by customer/community demand?
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May 18, 2017
The ServerlessCast #7 - Go Sparta Framework
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Aaron talks with Matt Weagle (@mweagle, Startup Entrepreneur and creator of the Go Sparta framework for AWS Lambda) about the origins of serverless, the state of the community, why so many developers attend and what he's solving with the Go Sparta framework for AWS Lambda.

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  • Topic 1 - As a "serverless veteran", what are your thoughts on the state of serverless?
  • Topic 2 - Why do you think the serverless events tends to draw so many developers and practitioners vs. the normal crowd of vendors?
  • Topic 3 - How can people better engage with the community beyond this event? Are there Slack channels?
  • Topic 4 - Let's talk about the Go Sparta project, the Go framework for AWS Lambda.
  • Topic 5 - What are the use-cases that you see where serverless makes sense?
  • Topic 6 - What are the challenges that people are still struggling with?
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May 13, 2017
The ServerlessCast #6 - Event-Driven Design Thinking
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Aaron and Brian talk with Paul Johnston (@PaulDJohnston, Serverless Consultant, CTO @Movivo) about running a company entirely on serverless, the on-going benefits of not maintaining servers, new application patterns with events, and what he wants to see from serverless in the future.

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  • Topic 1 - You just gave a talk at ServerlessConf about how CTO's can consider using serverless for their products or services.
  • Topic 2 - Tell us about the origin of the term "Jeff" as it relates to serverless.
  • Topic 3 - Let's talk about the benefits that you're seeing in running Movivo completely on a serverless environment.
  • Topic 4 - How has your thinking changed about 3-tier applications and architectures vs. event-driven architectures?
  • Topic 5 - What is a "bulky function"? How to evolve from procedural thinking to event or asynchronous thinking?
  • Topic 6 - How do you think about optimizing the many functions that make up an application?
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May 11, 2017
The Cloudcast #297 - Bonsai and Enterprise Industrial AI
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Aaron talks with Dave Cahill (@dcahill8, VP Sale and Marketing, Bonsai) about Enterprise/Industrial AI and emerging use cases. Topics include understanding various forms of AI, developer integration, and where and how AI will fit.

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  • Topic 1 - Tell everyone a little bit about Bonsai? What problem are you trying to solve?
  • Topic 2 - Everyone thinks robots when they think AI but this isn’t the case most of the time, correct? It’s more about sensors and data and the ability to make more accurate decisions faster?
  • Topic 3 - In a recent blog post, you mentioned that their is a Use Case Spectrum for AI that ranges from Augmentation to Autonomy. Help everyone wrap their head around that.
  • Topic 4 - Mark Hammond (Founder and CEO) talks about the democratization of AI, what does he mean by this?
  • Topic 5 - Mark has mentioned, AI will become a low level toolkit the way databases have. It took me awhile to wrap my head around what he meant by that. But, as I understand it, no one “builds” a database into their app anymore, is he saying that in order to reach mass adoption, most developers won’t build in AI in the future?
  • Topic 6 - You have three main phases to Bonsai BRAINs: Build, Teach, Use. Explain to folks out there what what that means. There is an example of teaching an AI to play the old Breakout style game on the front page of the website.
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May 07, 2017
The ServerlessCast #5 - ServerlessConf and IBM OpenWhisk
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Aaron talks with Jason McGee (@jrmcgee, VP & CTO IBM Cloud) about IBM OpenWhisk and Bluemix. Topics include event driven vs. FaaS, on-prem solutions, open source, use cases and early adoption. Recorded at ServerlessConf in Austin. (Sorry for the background noise, we had to record outside)

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May 02, 2017
The ServerlessCast #4 - ServerlessConf and Azure Functions
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Aaron and Brian talk with Chris Anderson (@crandycodes, PM for Azure Functions) and Yochay Kiriaty (@yochayk, PM for Azure Functions) about Azure Functions and platform integrations from ServerlessConf in Austin. (Sorry for the background noise, we had to record outside)

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Apr 30, 2017
The Cloudcast #296 - KubeCon, DockerCon, Azure Functions and Bears, Oh My!
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Aaron and Brian review KubeCon 2017 (Berlin), DockerCon 2017 (Austin) and Aaron’s trip to Seattle to learn more about Azure Functions. They also read a bunch of sponsor ads for sponsors they don't have. Use offer code CLOUDCAST to get awesome discounts and free stuff (or not).

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Topic 1 - Let’s talk about CloudNativeCon + KubeCon
  • About 1200-1500 attendees
 
  • Lots of Kubernetes projects (60+)
 
  • Microsoft bought Deis
 
  • IBM now supports Kubernetes
 
  • New focus on making the UI/UX better
Topic 2 - Let’s talk about your visit to Seattle to learn more about Azure Functions Azure Functions 
  • Languages they use 
  • Event Driven and Trigger Based Code 
  • Terminology is very developer friendly, specifically Enterprise Developer friendly 
  • Use cases were very real world, customer references were presented well 
  • I could see the use case and the problem it solves (compared to others it seems abstract at times) 
  • Bindings were a differentiator 
  • I was surprised by the number of external bindings. Of course there were all the MSFT internal ones, but you had JIRA, github, Trello, Asana, etc. It was impressive to see the binding ecosystem App Insights - ability to debug/trace/monitor 
  • Logic Apps is like a visual pipeline to build step functions into a workflow 
  • Came in not knowing really anything and came away with a very clear picture of how they plan to be successful and I give them good odds for sure. Hell, they're Microsoft...
Topic 3 - Let’s talk about what got announced at DockerCon 2017 
  • Docker to Moby (what does that mean??)
 
  • LinuxKit - DIY Linux, UniKernel, Windows
  
  • Enterprise Apps, Oracle, Microsoft
Topic 4 - Let’s talk about what we expect to see/hear at ServerlessConf Austin 
  • Differences between various implementations

  • Users vs. Vendors vs. Consultants
  • Are they all cloud-specific or will we see a cloud-agnostic serverless emerge
 
  • Understand the Serverless Framework 
 
  • Better understand use-cases and application patterns
Apr 21, 2017
The Cloudcast #295 - Integrating Cloud Security and Cost Management
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Aaron and Brian talk with Aaron Newman (@aaronnewman, CEO / Co-Founder of @CloudCheckr) about the need for consolidated operations tools in the cloud, how to manage security across multiple clouds, how cloud costs can correlate to security, and the new challenges of compliance in public clouds.

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  • Topic 1 - Let’s jump right into the company. CloudCheckr seems super interesting to us because it appears to be a consolidation of everything operations. Everything from Security, Cost, Availability, Compliance and Usage. What problems are you trying to solve in the market today?
  • Topic 2 - You have a security background based on your previous startups, what made you take your application level expertise and apply this to cloud?
  • Topic 3 - CloudCheckr supports both AWS and Azure today. From a security standpoint, compare and contrast them for us.
  • Topic 4 - What is CloudCheckr’s strategy when it comes to both identification and resolution of security compliance?
  • Topic 5 - Another big aspect of CloudCheckr is cost awareness. How does cost awareness relate to security?
  • Topic 6 - [from recent press-release] “CloudCheckr currently services over 150 AWS and Azure authorized resellers and provides support to nearly 40% of all AWS Premier Consulting Partners.” Can you talk a little bit about your business model and the interaction between customers and partners?
  • Topic 7 - Last month CloudCheckr announced $50 million in Series A funding. You have expressed mixed feelings in the past about accepting VC money. We have a lot of listeners that follow this space closely. What are your thoughts here on the tradeoffs and what advice would you give to up-and-coming founders out there?


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Apr 12, 2017
The ServerlessCast #3 - From Garage to 200k Users in 4 weeks
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Aaron and Brian talk with Sam Kroonenburg (@samkroon, Founder of A Cloud Guru) and Peter Sbarski (@sbarksi, Founder of A Cloud Guru) about why they built their platform on serverless, the state of the serverless community/market, the trends they have seen evolve at ServerlessConf events, and how different offerings and platforms are quickly evolving.

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  • Topic 1 - Welcome back to the podcast. We last spoke a little over a year ago on the initial topic of public cloud training. Y’all threw in a little blurb at the end that you were doing all of this on a framework you were starting to call “serverless”. Things have exploded from there. Give us an update on A Cloud Guru first of all.
  • Topic 2 - Let’s jump into Serverless and the state of the “industry” since then. You are operating one of the “oldest” serverless frameworks around and have built a very successful business on it. Tell us first of all about the current state of operations at A Cloud Guru. How have things progressed in the face of some pretty incredible growth over the last 2 years.
  • Topic 3 - Serverless Conference is coming up in Austin at the end of the month. A Cloud Guru has been the principal organizer of the conference. How have the events changed and matured? What was your favorite session or moment from past events? What do we have to look forward to in Austin?
  • Topic 4 - For anyone that’s watching the serverless movement from the sidelines, how would you summarize it’s current status today? Is it just AWS Lambda and a fragmentation of everything else?


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Apr 07, 2017
The Cloudcast #294 - DevOps Before It Was Cool
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Aaron talks with Matthew Boeckman (@matthewboeckman, owner dryas.io, ex-VP of DevOps Craftsy) about life in the DevOps trenches at a high growth startup over the course of six years. Lessons learned, and a glimpse into what’s next in the industry.

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  • Topic 1 - We first met at AWS Re:Invent a few years ago while you were still at Craftsy and I was fascinated by your journey to where you are now. You were doing DevOps before it was cool. Tell us a little about your history and your run up to opening your own consulting business?
  • Topic 2 - What were your keys to success running both DevOps and Operations?
  • Topic 3 - As a practitioner, how much do you follow the DevOps community? Are there certain people or trends that you follow? What is interesting to you these days?
  • Topic 4 - Looking back, what would you have done differently?
  • Topic 5 - We have a lot of listeners that are just starting out, how would you recommend they get started?
  • Topic 6 - What made you decide to leave your role at Craftsy and hang out your own signpost?

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Apr 02, 2017
The Cloudcast #293 - Silicon Hollow, From Coal Miners to Coders
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Brian talks with Justin Hall (@jhalljhall, President of @BitSourceKY) and Payton May (Creative Director of @BitSourceKY) about how they are using developer skills to help rebuild a region that has been impacted by the decline in the coal mining industry. We discuss how they training former coal miners, how they are building apps to address serious issues in their community, and recent media highlighting their efforts and projects.

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  • Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Tell us about your background (both in technology and elsewhere) as well as some of the areas where BitSource is focused?
  • Topic 2 - Tell us about Pikeville, Kentucky and why it’s not like Silicon Valley.
  • Topic 3 - BitSource Founder Rusty Justice - “He cofounded Bit Source, a code shop that builds its workforce by retraining coal miners as programmers. Enthusiasm is sky high: Justice got 950 applications for his first 11 positions. Miners, it turns out, are accustomed to deep focus, team play, and working with complex engineering tech. “Coal miners are really technology workers who get dirty,” Justice says.”
  • Topic 3a - Tell us about the process you used to train these former coal miners? What tools or trainings did you use? How did you prioritize the types of projects to take on, that matched the skills you had available?  [Did they have any existing technical skills?]
  • Topic 4 - When we spoke earlier, you mentioned that BitSource was working on an “Uber” like project, but with a much different goal of ride sharing. Tell us more about this project.
  • Topic 5 - You also mentioned that you’re being mentioned/highlighted in an upcoming HBO special. Can you tell us more about this? You've also been recognized for Fortune: "1 of 7 world changing companies to watch" and
    Popular Mechanics: Breakthrough Award
  • Topic 6 - How can we help you tap into a broader technical community?
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Mar 22, 2017
The Cloudcast #292 - VMware, Beyond Virtualization
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Aaron and Keith Townsend (@ctoadvisor) talk to Chris Wolf (@cswolf, VP & CTO, Global Field & Industry at VMware) about emerging trends in the Enterprise and he gives us some insight into where he thinks the industry will go in the next few years.

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  • Topic 1 - It’s been a little over 3 years since you’ve gone over to VMware, leaving the analyst side at Gartner. How has the adjustment been? What’s been the biggest change?
  • Topic 2 - Tell us about how what trends you are seeing in the industry and what is interesting to customers you talk too.
  • Topic 3 - You wrote a blog series at the end of 2016 about the Third Industrial Revolution, tell everyone what you meant by that.
  • Topic 4 - We talk to a lot of CTO’s and VC folks, it is always great to get their personal views as well, what is interesting to you personally these days?
  • Topic 5 - Let’s talk VMware a bit, where do you see VMware’s vision talking the company in both the short and long term?
  • Topic 6 - Something we see a lot of interest in lately is Function Based computing, sometimes referred too as Serverless. Will VMware be pursuing this technology as the next technology horizon post containers? How would other infrastructure products such as NSX or VSAN fit into this picture?
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Mar 17, 2017
The Cloudcast #291 - Thoughts from Google Cloud NEXT 2017
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Aaron and Brian review the Google Cloud NEXT 2017 event.

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  • Topic 1 - What were our overall thoughts on the show vs. our expectations coming into the week?
  • Topic 2 - Let’s talk about the Google Cloud Community event, hosted by Sam Ramji and Sarah Novotny, before the Google Cloud NEXT event.
  • Topic 3 - What is your impression of the 2017 show vs. the 2016 show? Have the changes been good?
  • Topic 4 - What has impressed you about the messaging and technology at Google Cloud NEXT 2017? What were your favorite technologies announced this week?
  • Topic 5 - What has surprised you or been disappointing about the messaging and technology at Google Cloud NEXT 2017?
  • Topic 6 - Where do you now put Google Cloud in relation to other public cloud vendors as well as other technology vendors that companies can choose to work with these days?
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Mar 12, 2017
The Cloudcast #290 - Managing Data Across Multiple Clouds
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Aaron and Brian talk with Joe Arnold (@joearnold, Founder/Chief Product Officer @SwiftStack) about the evolution from OpenStack to today’s public cloud world. They discuss how customers are managing, valuing and protecting data in multiple cloud environments, as well as how they should think about avoid large-scale cloud failures.

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  • Topic 1 - Great to have you back on the show. Let’s talk about the evolution from the OpenStack community to the public cloud communities.
  • Topic 2 - With the growth of public cloud services, are you seeing companies doing new things with data that weren’t common in the private data-center days? New types of applications, or just different usage models?
  • Topic 3 - With all the talk about hybrid-cloud or multi-cloud, how are companies actually getting the data from one cloud into another?
  • Topic 4 - Is there a difference between running software-defined storage in multiple locations and having a platform that can interact with multiple cloud APIs?
  • Topic 5 - What is your guidance to companies that have large amounts of data, but also want to leverage multiple cloud platforms (for various reasons - cost, risk-management, local data services, etc.)
  • Topic 6 - It had been a while since there was a significant public cloud outage. With the recent S3 outage, do companies need to come back and ask new questions about how to think about data and the public cloud?
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Mar 11, 2017
The Cloudcast #289 - Enabling Voice-First Ecosystems
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Aaron talks with Alex Linares (@linaresa, Co-founder & CPO, @VoiceLabsCo) and Terren Peterson (@Terren_in_VA, Alexa Dev Champ, @CapitalOne) about the emerging voice operating system market, driven by products like Amazon Echo/Alexa and Google Assistance, as well as the range of applications and data analysis being built upon these platforms.

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  • Topic 1 - We’ve got two great guests tonight. Adam and Terren, please introduce yourselves and give us some of your backgrounds.
  • Topic 2 - Let’s talk about the “voice-first” market. It’s no longer cool for people to use their telephone for “voice calls”, but talking to computers is an exploding market. Give us the basics.
  • Topic 3 - Terren, you’re an “Alexa Dev Champ”. Give us a sense of what the Alexa skills mean for your work at Capital One? How does this tie into the future of banking or credit cards?
  • Topic 4 - Alex, Voice Labs is focused on the analytics behind these voice services. Can you give us a sense of not only the technology behind your analytics platform, but some of the interesting use-cases companies are able to create with your analytics?
  • Topic 5 - Cloud Computing has completely reshaped the role of IT and how developers interact with resources. How is this voice-first movement going to reshape industries, or open up new industry capabilities?
  • Topic 6 - Many people know the physical devices from Google or Amazon, but these capabilities are being embedded in many other devices. How far will we see the voice-first capabilities expand? (cars, phones, etc.)
  • Topic 7 - What’s the best way for developers to get started with this technology?
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Feb 24, 2017
The ServerlessCast #2 - Kubeless - Serverless Framework for Kubernetes
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Brian talks with Sebastien Goasguen (@sebgoa, Founder @skippbox)about his experience with containers, the focus of Skippbox, market demand for serverless, the architecture of Kubeless, and how the emerging serverless+kubernetes projects need to evolve.

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  • Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Give us some of your background, as well as what you’re doing at Skippbox these days.
  • Topic 2 - Before we jump into “Kubeless”, let’s talk about what you’re hearing around serverless in the market today.
  • Topic 3 - Tell us about the Kubeless architecture.
  • Topic 4 - With different serverless functions, they initially support a limited subset of languages. Since Kubernetes is language agnostic, why does the limitation exist, or how complex is it to add new languages?
  • Topic 5 - You mention on the project’s GitHub page that there are other “serverless on Kubernetes” alternatives out there (Funktions, Fission, OpenWhisk, etc.). Do you expect that one of these projects will emerge, or do you see these starting to merge and just become a job type within Kubernetes?
  • Topic 6 - Let’s come back to Skippbox. You have a focus on Kubernetes and the tooling around making it easier to deploy and run. What are you seeing in the Kubernetes market and when are people engaging with Skippbox?
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Feb 17, 2017
The Cloudcast #288 - Understanding Public Cloud Spending Trends
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Aaron and Brian talk with Mat Ellis (@matellis, Founder/CEO of @cloudability) about the evolution of public cloud spending, the knowledge level of cloud buyers, how AWS is trending vs. Azure and GCP, the market for Reserved Instances and how companies are beginning to think about Serverless computing.

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  • Topic 1 - Great to have you back on the show. First off, how are things going at Cloudability? We see that Cloudability is now managing the costs of nearly 1/3rd of all AWS usage.
  • Topic 2 - The last time we talked, most of the public clouds did not report revenues, but we’re now seeing that broken out. Give us a high-level view of what’s happening with spending in the public clouds? How has it evolved over the last couple years?
  • Topic 3 - Cloudability has always had a strong focus on AWS, but what are you seeing in the market in terms of demand for Azure, GCP or IBM’s cloud?
  • Topic 4 - Cloudability focuses a lot on not just cost awareness, but helping companies be smart about planning purchases via Reserved Instances. How is the learning curve evolving for the market? Are their secondary markets emerging for Reserved Instances?
  • Topic 5 - Do you get asked a lot by companies to help them compare internal costs vs. public cloud costs?
  • Topic 6 - Let’s talk about “serverless”. How much interest do you hear about that, and what sort of costing questions are people asking?
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Feb 10, 2017
The Cloudcast #287 - Venture Capital and the Cloud Native Landscape
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Aaron and Brian talk with RedPoint Ventures (Scott Raney (@sraney) General Partner at RedPoint Venture Capital (@redpointvc)) about the evolving role of Venture Capital, the Cloud Native Landscape, open source business models, how to many rapid change, and competing / partnering with AWS.

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  • Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. We always love to get a Venture Capital perspective on the show from time to time. Tell us about yourself and maybe a little bit about your current areas of focus.
  • Topic 2 - At the recent CNCF event (KubeCon, etc.), Dan Kohn introduced the Cloud Native Landscape, which was built in partnership with RedPoint Ventures. Help us understand the framework and how people are using it today.
  • Topic 3 - Many of the things on that landscape are either open source projects or companies that are commercializing some aspect of those projects. We’ve heard various theories on what those business models look like, but I’m curious about how you advise your companies in this space.
  • Topic 4 - Let’s talk for a second about the pace of change. Things are moving faster than ever. How do you advise companies to build their business, whether it’s long-term or IPO or M&A, or just survival techniques?
  • Topic 5 - Twilio is one of your portfolio companies, and they were highlighted at AWS re:Invent last week. AWS often creates services that overlap companies that run on the platform. How much does someone like Twilio worry that there will be something like “AWS Telephone” being announced in 2017?
  • Topic 6 - We just had an election here in the US and a certain amount of uncertainty and change is inevitable with any new administration. How does RedPoint think about this transition and how it impacts existing portfolio companies and your investment thesis for the future?
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Feb 01, 2017
The ServerlessCast #1 - Project Fission
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Brian talks with Madhura Maskasky (@MadhuraMaskasky; Founder/VP of Product @platform9sys) about managing distributed cloud platforms, the evolution from OpenStack to Kubernetes in the market, the demand for Serverless capabilities, Project Fission and the use-cases for Serverless.

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  • Topic 1 - Platform9 has evolved from a hosted OpenStack platform to hosted Kubernetes and Serverless. What trends are you seeing in the market to bring these new offerings to market?
  • Topic 2 - Both containers and new, cloud-native/microservices applications are getting a lot of attention. Do you find customers tying those two trends together, or is adoption somewhat independent?
  • Topic 3 - Let's talk about the serverless offering, Fission. Can you give us the basics of the technology and your thinking behind making it open source?
  • Topic 4 - What are you hearing the market about serverless adoption/interest, and is there a specific set of use-cases that you're initially targeting?
  • Topic 5 - Are the Fission and Kubernetes offerings linked together? If so, I'm curious about how much of a role you see containers and Kubernetes playing in the future of serverless implementations.
  • Topic 6 - Since Fission is open source, do you primarily see if being run on your platform (or a public cloud platform), or do you see a place for serverless application on-premises for customers?
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Jan 24, 2017
The Cloudcast #286 - Balancing Monolithic Apps and Microservices
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Brian talks with Burr Sutter (@burrsutter, Director of Developer Experience @RedHatNews) about the Java application community, how companies are managing their existing applications, how they can ship updates faster and with better quality, and the evolution of microservices in the Java world.

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  • Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Tell us about your background (developer, technologies) and some of the things you’re focused on these days.
  • Topic 2 - You’re well known in the Java community, and the Java community is going through some changes over the last couple of years. Where is Java in it’s evolution from monolithic applications to microservices?
  • Topic 3 - One of the talks you often give is around this concept of “breaking up the monolith” (BUM). Give us the basics of what this means.
  • Topic 4 - For companies that have existing monolithic Java applications, what are some of the basics that are helping them ship faster or creating better quality code? Is this more about evolving middleware technologies or is it more about evolving culture and process?
  • Topic 5 - Let’s talk about microservices in the Java world. There is the Spring framework and elements of the NetFlix OSS tools. Is that the evolution of Java, or are there additional options for companies?
  • Topic 6 - It’s January and everyone would like to get in better shape for the new year. What’s your Java application equivalent for people to eat better and exercise more? Or does everyone need to join the CrossFit of Java?
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Jan 13, 2017
The Cloudcast #285 - Automation, DevOps & Reddit
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Aaron and Brian talk with Jason Edelman (@jedelman8, Founder @networktocode), and Matt Oswalt (@mierdin, Software Engineer @stackstorm) about the state of automation in the industry, how people are evolving their skills, if any of this DevOps is real, and what’s it’s like to be Internet Famous for a day.

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  • Topic 1 - Welcome back to the show Jason and welcome to the show Matt. Tell about what you’re working on these days.
  • Topic 2 - What are the big trends (around automation) or popular practices that you’re seeing in the market these days?
  • Topic 3 - Both of you guys are essentially “self taught” software/automation engineers. But there’s a bunch demand for people to learn these skills and tools. How are you seeing people learn how to make automation helpful to their jobs?
  • Topic 4 - Matt, you’ve been at both mid-sized companies and web-scale companies and open source companies. Is there anything applicable between those two types of worlds that people can take for their jobs?
  • Topic 5 - You’re both focused on networking. How much of automation needs to be on software elements (e.g. SDN, etc.) and how much has evolved from existing systems?
  • Topic 6 - OK, let’s talk about this Reddit thing. First off, tell people what Tech Field Day is, and then give us the timeline about learning about this Reddit thread.
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Jan 11, 2017
The Cloudcast #284 - 2016 Review & 2017 Predictions
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Aaron and Brian review the state of The Cloudcast, review the biggest stories in 2016, and make predictions about 2017.

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Housekeeping: 

  • Listens up 70% YoY; 50 Shows in 2016

  • 2017 will be the 7th year of the show. 
  • Thank you to 2016 Sponsors: Intel Cloud For All, Service Now
 
  • [DONATIONS] Krispy Kreme Challenge 2017
 
  • Most Popular Shows: Serverless, DevOps, Containers, Microservices) - all time shows all in 2016
 
  • VC Funding + M&A activities: now over $7.6B ($2.65B VC, $4.98B M&A, 25 acquisitions) - last year closed just north of $5B. 
 
  • The Cloudcast listed on several “watch lists” for Blogs/Podcasts
 
  • ServerlessCast (@serverlesscast) shows (red logo) in your pod-catcher
 
  • Weekly | Bi-Weekly “what to watch” shows ~ 10mins - (blue logo) in your pod-catcher
 
  • The Technical MBA” project

Looking Back at 2016:
Tech Acquisitions + M&A + IPO: 

  • Oracle bought NetSuite (SaaS consolidation)
  • Dell finalized acquisition of EMC/VMware/Pivotal (Hardware consolidation)
  • Nutanix IPO (down about 23%)
Software-Eating the World M&A:
  • Unilever acquires Dollar Shave Club (personality, online only)
  • Walmart acquires Jet (like Amazon.com)
  • GE Digital acquires ServiceMax (field services via cloud)
  • Capital One gives away Echo at AWS re:Invent

Prediction Topic 1 - Technology

  • Enterprises and the Public Cloud - how does this evolve? 

  • Containers (ecosystem) 
  • Serverless 

  • AI, Machine Learning, Data Gravity

  • SDN? Remember that?

  • (Hyper) Converged Infrastructure

Prediction Topic 2 - The Economy

  • VC funding has been down. Do we see fire-sale acquisitions?

  • Have VC moved out of the segment that we discuss on The Cloudcast? 

  • Will more legacy vendors go private-equity (eg. Cisco, Juniper, NetApp, etc.)?

  • Most have thrown in the towel on visions of public cloud

  • If the economy goes bad, does that help SaaS or IaaS more (capex vs. open)? 

Prediction Topic 3 - Politics

  • Will Trump pick a fight with Jeff Bezos? 

  • Will regulation impact things like autonomous driverless vehicles?

  • Will there be any efforts to encourage work outside the major tech areas?
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The Cloudcast #283 - The Public Cloud
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Aaron and Brian talk about the state of the public cloud, where each of the big 3 fit in the global IT picture, the big trends happening (mostly) in public cloud and what people should be tracking as we move into 2017.

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  • Topic 1 - At the end of 2016, what is the general state of the Public Cloud, in all areas? (SaaS application, pricing?, Apple?, Facebook?
  • Topic 2 - Where does AWS sit in the global IT landscape?
  • Topic 3 - Where does Azure sit in the global IT landscape?
  • Topic 4 - Where does GCP sit in the global IT landscape?
  • Topic 4a - Does any other cloud matter except those Big 3? (e.g. Baidu, Alibaba, etc.)
  • Topic 5 - What trends, technology, problems, are emerging and should on people’s radar in 2017? (Open Source, SaaS, Serverless, IoT, Machine Learning, AI, Bots, GitHub
  • Topic 6 - What did we lose in 2016 from a Public Cloud perspective? (VMware, Cisco, HPE Helion, Oracle? ,Security, etc.)?
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Dec 27, 2016
The Cloudcast #282 - Managing Multi-Cloud Services
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Brian talks with Joe Kinsella (@joekinsella, Founder and CTO of @CloudHealthTech) about his background at startups, the growth of the AWS ecosystem, how the buying patterns for cloud have shifted at customers, and how the rest of the industry compares to AWS.

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  • Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. CloudHealth is winning awards and growing, but for people that don’t know about you, give us some background on yourself and the company?
  • Topic 2 - The AWS re:Invent show was a couple weeks ago. What’s the vibe of that marketplace? Compare it to the vibe you’re seeing from other cloud marketplaces?
  • Topic 3 - CloudHealth does a lot of interesting things in term of managing cloud resources - performance, cost management, multi-cloud. What are some of the biggest cloud-usage drivers you’re seeing today - who is the buyer, what are the types of applications, etc.?
  • Topic 4 - We’re many years into “cloud”, but it’s still not a completely mainstream thing for many companies. What lessons are people still learning and are those lessons now starting to get embedded into software/services?
  • Topic 5 - How has spending on the cloud evolved over the last couple of years?
  • Topic 6 - How do companies view IT vs. Shadow IT these days? Is it still a problem, or is Shadow IT being embraced more by the business because things are getting done faster?
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Dec 20, 2016
The Cloudcast #281 - Monoliths and Microservices
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Brian talks with Anders Wallgren (@anders_wallgren, CTO of @ElectricCloud) about evolving technology and organizational culture, how to think about monolithic applications in today’s business context, the challenges of microservices, lessons learned from good CI practices, and emerging patterns to evolve existing applications.

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  • Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. We had Sam Fell on about a year ago (Eps. #219) at DevOps Enterprise Summit 2015, but it’s good to reconnect with the folks at Electric Cloud. Give us some of your background and focus at Electric Cloud.
  • Topic 2 - I’ve been reading several of your blogs lately about monoliths and microservices and how companies manage transitions. Let’s dig into that a little bit, especially how you frame the evolution process.
  • Topic 3 - I feel like people can talk about DevOps and transformation and lots of other stuff, but if companies can’t do Continuous Integration (CI) well, then a lot of this stuff won’t ever happen. From a technology standpoint, is that the place for companies to start?
  • Topic 4 - We hear many people talk about using the Strangler Pattern for breaking up monoliths, or re-architecting them. Are there other well-known ways to manage these transitions?
  • Topic 5 - Obviously moving to microservices, or just building microservices makes your company a $Billion dollar unicorn, but what are some of the downsides? Not every company does very well as managing high levels of change and distributed-ness.
  • Topic 6 - Can you give us a few examples of companies that have successfully managed a monolith to microservices migration?
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Dec 13, 2016
The Cloudcast #280 - DevOps from the Enterprise
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Brian talks with Josh Atwell (@Josh_Atwell, Cloudcast's Chief DevOps Correspondent) about the DevOps Enterprise Summit (#DOES16), DevOps success stories, how companies manage the evolution, common DevOps failures and any models that can be reused by other companies.

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  • Topic 1 - Let’s talk about your experiences at DOES in UK vs. DOES in US.
  • Topic 2 - What stories of successful DevOps implementations did you hear about, and were there any commonalities in those stories?
  • Topic 3 - Are you seeing the successful companies focus more on people/process or cultural changes or automation/CI/CD or on application transformation as part of their DevOps journey?
  • Topic 4 - Have any models emerged that are showing companies how to move DevOps from greenfield environments or POCs or Centers of Excellence (COEs) to wider-scale adoption?
  • Topic 5 - How are people managing the distributed nature of “two pizza teams” and the overhead of keeping projects in sync?
  • Topic 6 - What are the common pitfalls or mistakes that companies need to avoid if they are moving down the path towards DevOps?
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Nov 29, 2016
The Cloudcast #279 - Understanding Kubernetes Operators
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Brian talks with Brandon Phillips (@brandonphilips, CTO at @CoreOS) about “Operators” and the evolving capabilities to help companies operate Kubernetes and manage the application around Kubernetes.

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  • Topic 1 - Before we dig into some of the new stuff, I’d like to get your perspective on this past week at KubeCon and the state of the Kubernetes community as a whole.
  • Topic 2 - Let’s talk about this new concept you introduced, called “Operators”. What problem does it intend to solve and how can it help either Developers or Operations teams?
  • Topic 3 - Kubernetes has been adding these more sophisticated concepts that are more application-pattern aware (e.g. ReplicaSets, DaemonSets, StatefulSets, etc.). In reading through the FAQs on your website, it says that Operators can be complementary to things like StatefulSets. Can you give us the basics of what Operators does that the other capabilities don’t?
  • Topic 4 - Is there any reason Operators couldn’t also be used to manage the core Kubernetes elements (e.g. Controllers, etc.), similar to something like Cloud Foundry BOSH? Or is it mostly focused on application-level capabilities?
  • Topic 5 - One of the concerns I heard from several people at KubeCon was around things like backups - both for applications and the overall environment. Can Operators play a role here?
  • Topic 6 - Since each Operator is going to get built for a specific application, it seems like there is an opportunity for reuse by people in the community with similar applications. Does the CNCF (or CoreOS) plan to maintain a centralized repository of Operators, similar to what Chef/Puppet/Ansible have done in the past with their recipes, cookbooks, playbooks, etc?
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Nov 18, 2016
The Cloudcast #278 - Automatic DevOps for the People
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Brian talks with John Troyer (@jtroyer, CEO at @TechReckoning, a community for IT pros) about IT organizations are dealing with DevOps, the pace of change, open source software and communities

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  • Topic 1 - Catch us up - what’s going on in the world of Tech Reckoning?
  • Topic 2 - You and I have been having this on-going conversations about DevOps and trying to figure out how it relates to your “former” community at VMware, and the broader world of IT. (e.g. - need for infrastructure and IT infra skills)
  • Topic 3 - Now a days you are more engaged around open source communities. What are you seeing in terms of users vs. vendors vs. customers vs. a general understanding of these dynamics by the overall marketplace?
  • Topic 4 - You and I were both at KubeCon last week. What were your thoughts on that “community” and the overall set of communities around containers?
  • Topic 5 - Communities have evolved somewhat since you were at VMware. Things like Slack, GitHub, StackOverflow, the rise of Meetups, etc. are very different. What do you see that’s valuable and where do you see issues and complexities?
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Nov 18, 2016
The Cloudcast #277 - DevOps Perspectives from the Front Lines
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Brian and Josh Atwell (@Josh_Atwell) talk with Chris Short (@ChrisShort, DevOps @SolarWinds) about the day-to-day role of a DevOps Engineer, how he chooses his tools and communications models, what he learned from the military that’s applicable to DevOps and how he uses his development skills to augment operations.

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  • Topic 1 - Tell us about yourself and give us some of your background.
  • Topic 2 - So you’re a day-to-day, do it for real DevOps engineer. What does that mean these days?
  • Topic 3 - You recently gave a talk at DevOps Days Detroit about “What the Military Taught Me About DevOps”. Tell us about your talk. What can we learn from the military vs. civilian companies (both good and bad)?
  • Topic 4 - What are you seeing as the differences between the DevOpsDays events and what you’re doing on a day-to-day basis?
  • Topic 5 - Does DevOps only work for companies that have cloud-native applications, or is it applicable to any applications or levels of technical debt?
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Oct 31, 2016
The Cloudcast #276 - 3D Printing & Maker Movement
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Brian and Josh Atwell (@josh_atwell) talk with Harris Kenny (@harriskenny, VP Marketing @ Aleph Objects) about Lulzbot, the state of 3D printing, market segments, experimentation, innovation, new materials usage and how the Maker-Movement is impacting various aspects of the economy.

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  • Topic 1 - Background and what is Lulzbot?
  • Topic 2 - I understand open source software, but what is open source hardware?
  • Topic 3 - Help us understand the scale of 3D printing - when is it desktop vs. “industrial”, and what types of projects fit in either category?
  • Topic 4 - Help us understand the economics of 3D printing? What is it better than today and when does it become better than for other things in the future?
  • Topic 5 - There is this thing called “Maker Movement” and “Maker Faire”. What are these events and how does this align to open source communities?
  • Topic 6 - Big Question - We’re at the end of election season, which means people are talking about jobs. The US has lost a lot of manufacturing jobs over the last couple decades. Is 3D printing something that could help reverse this trend, since it involves more technology?
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Oct 30, 2016
The Cloudcast #275 - Microsoft, Millennials & Open Source
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Brian talks with Heather Shapiro (@microheather, Technical Evangelist @Microsoft) about Microsoft's approach to Big Data, how visualization helps people grasp analytics concepts, helping students learn the basics of big data, and the millennial perspective on the tech industry today.

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  • Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Tell us a little bit about your background and your talk today.
  • Topic 2 - Microsoft big data was Excel and visualization was Powerpoint. So what are you focused on today and what interesting things are you seeing people work on?
  • Topic 3 - What is a “Microsoft Developer” these days? What languages and frameworks are they focused on, or what tools and platforms?
  • Topic 4 - You’re a fairly recent grad, or “millennial”. What’s your outlook on the tech industry these days, and what areas of focus are interesting to you and your friends?
  • Topic 5 - What are the things that surprise you the most (or are most disappointing) about how us old people act in technology?
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Oct 29, 2016
The Cloudcast #274 - Stranger Things with Netflix Containers & OSS
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Brian talks with Andrew Spyker (@aspyker, Manager, Netflix Container Cloud) about his work on Netflix OSS, the evolution of Netflix’s Container Cloud, the Netflix culture and what other companies might be able to learn from their experiences.

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  • Topic 1 - Great to finally have you on the show, we’ve been trying to get you on for several years. What are you working on these days?
  • Topic 2 - What is Netflix OSS these days? Is it a hiring movement, or a “maybe move off AWS movement”, or is it getting non-Netflix adoption?
  • Topic 3 - You used to work at IBM. What have you learned at Netflix (culture, process, etc.) that could be applied to non-Netflix companies?
  • Topic 4 - We’ve see some of the Netflix OSS tools getting embedded into the Container and PaaS platforms (e.g. circuit breaker, chaos monkey, etc.)
  • Topic 5 - You’re also working on containers platforms at Netflix. Containers are a big deal for many companies these days. What has Netflix learned that could be valuable to other companies?
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Oct 28, 2016
The Cloudcast #273 - Open Data for Business
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Brian talks with Melissa Nysewander (@mnysewan - Fidelity, Director of Data Science) about the state of data-science, how companies are using open and proprietary data, how to explain the value of data science within your organization, and how companies are recruiting data science talent.

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  • Topic 1 - Let’s talk about your talk, “Open Data for Business”. What are some of the highlights?
  • Topic 2 - You talk says that you, “Advocate for data-driven decision making and the application of scientific methods to solve business problems”. What is the business conversation around big data?
  • Topic 3 - For the non-analytics person, where are we with big data these days?
  • Topic 4 - You also have a background in teaching and research. “Data” is now part of every aspect of our lives, so what path might kids in school take today to be prepared for this world?
  • Topic 5 - If you don’t have access to university research, what are the best places to learn or engage with communities??
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Oct 28, 2016
The Cloudcast #272 - The Kubernetes State of the Community
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Brian talks with Joseph Jacks (@asynchio; Founder @KubeCon; Kubernetes engineering @Apprenda) about the upcoming KubeCon conference, the evolution of the Kubernetes community, why customers are putting the technology into production, areas of improvement and where SIs and ISVs are looking to expand the technology for various markets.

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  • Topic 1 - It’s Year 2 of KubeCon. Momentum in the Kubernetes community has been growing really quickly. Give us the update on the event. Who are some of the companies that will be speaking about their experiences with Kubernetes?
  • Topic 2 - We first met about a year and a half ago, before Kismatic (your previous company) went public. Back then it was lots of Kubernetes POCs, but now it seems like more and more Kubernetes in production. How are you seeing the market evolve and what’s driving it?
  • Topic 3 - Companies have a lot of choices about how to manage containers these days - Kubernetes, Swarm, Mesos, DIY approaches, etc. What are you hearing about why companies are choosing Kubernetes?
  • Topic 4 - No architecture is without faults or issues. What challenges do you still see for Kubernetes adopters, or the top priorities for the Kubernetes community?
  • Topic 5 - Where are you seeing opportunities to interact with the Kubernetes community (for ISVs, Cloud Providers, Emerging Technology areas, etc.)?
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Oct 24, 2016
The Cloudcast #271 - VMware and the Book Store
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Aaron and Brian talk with Greg Knieriemen (@knieriemen, @SpeakingInTech podcast) and Keith Townsend (@CTOAdvisor, CTOAdvisor podcast) about today’s announcement of VMware vCloud on AWS.

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  • VMware Cloud on AWS
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  • Topic 1 - What happened today? What are the basics that we know about this announcement?
  • Topic 1a - Why didn’t this happen 2, 3 or 4 years ago?
  • Topic 2 - Why do you think each of these companies agreed to this deal/arrangement?
  • Topic 3 - What does this say about VMware? About the Dell/EMC relationship with VMware? About the vCloud Network of SPs? About Dell and Azure?
  • Topic 4 - What does this say about AWS?
  • Topic 5 - Who are the potential winners and potential losers, and where do the ripples in the industry go from here (or do they)?
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Oct 14, 2016
The Cloudcast #270 - Are Container Standards Forking?
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Brian talks about why there are rumors and discussions in the industry about “forking” docker and other potentially emerging container standards.

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[NOTE: Towards the end of the show, I got one element incorrect. I mixed-up the OCI and CNCF. OCI is focused on container standards, and Kubernetes and Prometheus are governed under CNCF. The mistake does not materially impact the area of discussion around Topic 4a. Apologies for the mistake.]
  • Topic 1 - Are there standards for containers today?
  • Topic 2 - What is a “fork”, and why would there be talk of a fork for docker containers? What does it mean to “carry patches”?
  • Topic 3 - Why are all of these discussions happening now? What has changed in the container ecosystem?
  • Topic 3a - Where do the container orchestrators (Kubernetes, Mesos, Swarm, Nomad, etc.) fit into all these discussions?
  • Topic 3b - Should customers/companies care about all this standards-body or vendor hand-waving?
  • Topic 4 - What’s the difference between OCI (Open Container Initiative) and Docker?
  • Topic 4a - What are OCID and CRI-O?
  • Topic 5 - What does all of this mean going forward?
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Oct 07, 2016
The Cloudcast #269 - Putting Docker in Your Brain
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Brian talks with Nigel Poulton (@nigelpoulton, International Man of Tech Knowledge) about the evolution from VMware to Docker communities, teaching ops/sysadmins about Docker, how to keep up with the faster pace of change and where he sees the Docker/docker ecosystem evolving.

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  • Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Tell us who this guy is that keeps popping up in various Docker-related sources of information.
  • Topic 2 - How does a Storage and Virtualization guy get into Docker and containers? We thought Docker was for developers.
  • Topic 3 - Between the book and the training videos, what has been the feedback from people, especially VMware admins (or any I/O Admins) about how they are learning Docker?
  • Topic 3a - How are Ops Admins able to keep up with the pace of change with Docker, especially since they are used to 1yr+ update cycles from VMware, etc.?
  • Topic 4 - Let’s talk about the Docker portfolio and the docker ecosystem. How do you see those two things evolving?
  • Topic 5 - Are you hearing much about Windows and containers?
  • Topic 6 - How do you see the next couple years of this ecosystem, as well as the virtualization ecosystems playing out?
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Sep 23, 2016
The Cloudcast #268 - Multi-Cloud Serverless Platform
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Aaron and Brian talk with Chad Arimura (@chadarimura, Founder/CEO of Iron.io) about the history of Serverless/Event-Driven/FaaS/Jeff computing, the differences in frameworks in the market, common customer use-cases and the need for multi-cloud platforms.

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  • Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Give us some of the background on Iron.io and how we’ve gotten from the start to where this serverless movement is going these days.
  • Topic 2 - As the serverless movement has started to gain momentum, we’ve been seeing Iron.io mentioned in more and more partnership announcements with platform companies (Docker, Red Hat OpenShift, Cloud Foundry, etc.). Gives us the basics of the Iron.io technologies - How does it augment these platforms?
  • Topic 3 - There seem to be lots of events-driven platforms / frameworks emerging. What are the core elements that developers and operators should be considering?
  • Topic 4 - Iron.io has been doing this for quite a while. What are some of the application and design patterns that customers use the Iron.io platform to accomplish?
  • Topic 5 - What are some of the business challenges that are solved with these events-driven architectures? How do you have a business-level conversation around “serverless”?
  • Topic 6 - Where are the open source elements of Iron.io and which parts are commercial?
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Sep 16, 2016
The Cloudcast #267 - Microservices Memoirs
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Brian talks with Lachlan Evenson (@LachlanEvenson, Sr. Solutions Architect @Deis) about their journey from a v1 to v2 hybrid cloud, how they created internal “ambassadors” for the cloud, how they better understood developer needs and started the adoption of containers, and how they thought about monoliths, microservices and the use of Kubernetes in their new v2 platform.

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  • Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Give us some of your background in building cloud environments.
  • Topic 2 - Prior to this microservices journey, you had already gone through building a v1 cloud, that was very IaaS focused. Talk about the goals of that cloud, as well as the feedback you got from the “customers”, which were internal developers.
  • Topic 3 - Eventually you built a v2 cloud. What was the focus of that effort?
  • Topic 4 - [Culture] “Don’t break up the monoliths”. “Have ambassadors”. “Stay in the success zone”.
  • Topic 5 - [Containers] Talk about how you got developers to embrace containers.
  • Topic 5a - [Opinionated Platform] Many people talk about having an opinionated platform, but they focus on the side that runs the applications (e.g. container orchestration). You focused on being opinionated on the developer pipeline. Tell us why that was so important.
  • Topic 6 - [Consistency of Applications] What are some of the basic things you had to think about with microservices as you had to deal with things like network latency, tracing/logging, etc.?
  • Topic 7 - [Kubernetes] You've been involve in the Kubernetes community since the v1 announcement. Where do you see the community today?
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Sep 09, 2016
The Cloudcast #266 - Impressions from VMworld 2016
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Brian talks with Keith Townsend (@CTOAdvisor) about the announcements from VMworld 2016 as well their strategy, customer and technologist feedback, and where this large community is moving forward. They also look at some of the changes and challenges facing legacy vendors vs. cloud vendors.

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  • Topic 1 - Let’s talk about the overall vibe at VMworld 2016. Technologists viewpoint, customers viewpoints, etc.
  • Topic 2 - Were you surprised at how much VMware acknowledged the large public cloud providers (AWS, Azure, Google, IBM) after downplaying them or FUD’ing them for so many years?
  • Topic 3 - Regardless of the re-naming (Cloud Foundation, Cross-Cloud), VMware is still pushing the SDDC. Lots of vendors now have a complete stack story (Cisco, Oracle, Red Hat, Microsoft, VMware, etc.). Do you see the complete story resonating, or is it still pieces and parts depending on buying areas (Apps vs. Infrastructure)?
  • Topic 4 - What is your take on their “Cloud Native” story, between VMware Integrated Containers and Photon Platform?
  • Topic 5 - Michael Dell said that the Dell strategy (going forward) is very focused on Private Cloud, and also included VMware’s revenues streams / cash flows as part of the math to make that huge merger work. So is that VMware’s future - primarily a company selling into private data centers?
  • Topic 6 - The NSX / Cross-Cloud SaaS-delivered services seem to be one of the core innovation areas. Walk me through your thoughts on that, especially the delivery model.
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Sep 04, 2016
The Cloudcast #265 - Designing and Deploying Containers at Scale
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Brian talks with Jeremy Eder (@jeremyeder; Performance Engineering at @RedHatNews) about the CNCF’s 1000 node cluster, designing large scale cloud-native environments, how testing has evolved with containers and sharable lessons from this build-out.

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  • Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Give us a little bit of your background, and some background on how you got involved with the CNCF Cluster testing.
  • Topic 2 - There are tons of details about your project in the blog post (see show notes), but let’s talk about some of the core things you were able to demonstrate with this testing (OpenStack, OpenShift, OOB Management, Application Deployments, etc.)
  • Topic 3 - Creating a POC and architecting a large-scale environment are very different tasks. Let’s discuss some of the major design considerations you needed to work out.
  • Topic 4 - During the build, where were the major time savers or areas where automation was the only way to accomplish your goals?
  • Topic 5 - Tell us about the applications that were running on the cluster? How did you decide what to test? How do you monitor the environment once it was up and running?
  • Topic 5 - What lessons can you pass along to anyone looking to architect or test a larger-scale environment? Any scars and scabs that people can avoid?
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Aug 26, 2016
The Cloudcast #264 - The Evolution of Digital Ocean
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Brian talks with Mitch Wainer (@mitchwainer; Co-Founder of DigitalOcean) and Nick Van Wiggeren (@NickVanWig; Storage Engineering Manager at DigitalOcean) about the overall cloud market, being focused on developers, how to think about geographic coverage and how many features that customers actually ask for.

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  • Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Give us a little bit of your background, and give us a little bit of the story of DigitalOcean - it’s this success story that not that many people know about.
  • Topic 2 - “the cloud” is a funny thing in that it can be focus on IT replacement, shadow IT, developers, platforms, etc. - but DigitalOcean has always been focused on developers. What does that really mean?
  • Topic 3 - A lot of cloud providers are chasing really long lists of “features” or “services”, but the DigitalOcean list is much shorter. Does that tell us more about developers preferring simplicity over features, or does it give us a sense of how ready developers are to use embedded services vs. the DIY mentality?
  • Topic 4 - Recently you announced a block storage offering. Give us some insight into the service/technology, and background on why it’s being announced now - it would seem like compute + storage was needed on Day 1.
  • Topic 5 - The Big 3 (AWS, Azure, Google) tend to get the bulk of the media headlines for cloud. Tell us something about your customer base that would surprise us about how developers use DigitalOcean instead of those bigger offerings
  • Topic 5 - DigitalOcean is a Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) backed company. I know that a number of our listeners read their blogs and listen to their podcasts. What do they bring to DigitalOcean as a VC?
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Aug 19, 2016
The Cloudcast #263 - Monitoring Containers with Prometheus
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Brian talks with Julius Volz (@juliusvolz; Co-Creator of Prometheus) about Project Prometheus, the challenges of monitoring containers, working within the CNCF and where the project will expand.

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  • Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Our first guest from Germany. Give us a little bit of your background and how you got involved in creating Prometheus.
  • Topic 2 - Let’s talk about the basics of Prometheus. What are the core elements and what problems did you intend for it to solve? [From Prometheus homepage: “Prometheus is an open-source systems monitoring and alerting toolkit originally built at SoundCloud.”]
  • Topic 3 - Prometheus is part of the CNCF, which is also where Kubernetes resides, but it can work with lots of different frameworks. Is there a size of deployment where you’ve found that Prometheus starts to make sense?


  • Topic 5 - We’ve traditionally seen (larger) projects come out of a vendor (e.g. Google), into an open source community. Prometheus came out of SoundCloud, which is more of an end-user. How are the projects different in terms of getting community involvement and adoption?
  • Topic 6 - It’s still early in the project’s life, but have you heard of any Cloud projects that want to offer Prometheus-as-a-Service?
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Aug 11, 2016
The Cloudcast #262 - Understanding Dropbox's Infrastructure Transition
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Aaron and Brian talk with James Cowling (@jamesacowling; Storage Team Lead @Dropbox) about the Dropbox migration from AWS, project “Magic Pocket”, building distributed systems, lessons learned and how much better something must be before making a massive change.

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  • Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. You’re a little bit Internet-famous due to the Wired Magazine article this year, but give us your background and how you got involved with Dropbox.
  • Topic 2 - There were obviously business reasons why Dropbox did this, but walk us through your thinking about the challenges of designing “Magic Pocket” (codename of the project).
  • Topic 3 - What does the application and operations team of a large distributed application (or platform) look like? What are the roles? What are the primary concerns and focus areas?
  • Topic 4 - What did you get right on Magic Pocket and what surprised you as it went into production? What lessons could other people learn from your experience?
  • Topic 5 - Are you able to share any “today” measurements about where Dropbox is today vs. 2012? People are obviously interested in big migrations and if it was worth all the time/cost/effort.
  • Topic 6 - What lessons could people learn from this huge migration effort? What was the thought process between business decisions and technical decisions….and how did the process work over the timeframe?
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Aug 02, 2016
The Cloudcast #261 - Docker Image Compatibility
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Brian talks with (@kelseyhightower; Kubernetes Lead @GoogleCloud) about confusion in the marketplace around Docker “compatibility”.

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  • Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. For anyone that doesn’t know you, tell us about your current role with Google
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  • Topic 4 - Help explain some of this in laymen’s terms for us - isn’t the Docker code open source? Are we getting close to a point where people will have to fork this if they want to use other schedulers?
  • Topic 5 - Shifting gears a little bit - Kubernetes for beginners - where to start?
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Jul 29, 2016
The Cloudcast #260 - Securing Container Workloads
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Aaron and Brian talk with Randy Kilmon (VP of Engineering at @black_duck_sw) about the open source vulnerabilities, securing containers and managing the lifecycle of rapidly changing software.

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  • Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Tell us a little bit about your background and your areas of focus at Black Duck Software.
  • Topic 2 - For anyone that’s not familiar with Black Duck, what role does Black Duck play in looking at open source licensing vs. actively helping with security and vulnerabilities?
  • Topic 3 - One of your areas of focus is containers and container security. Obviously containers is top of mind for lots of people. What’s the reality of container security and what are the areas where people should focus their attention?
  • Topic 4 - Let’s talk about “pre-container” (developers) security vs. “post-container” security (operations). What are the “gates” applications should be going through, and where are people making mistakes today?
  • Topic 5 - Can we talk about managing security in the container vs. security in the host?
  • Topic 6 - We have a number of listeners that are going down a journey with containers, either directly (e.g. Docker) or via PaaS platforms (e.g. Cloud Foundry, OpenShift, etc.). What’s your guidance to them?
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Jul 20, 2016
The Cloudcast #259 - Multi-Instance vs. Multi-Tenancy in SaaS
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Brian talks with Allan Leinwand (@leinwand, Chief Technology Officer @ServiceNow) about the key characteristics of an “Enterprise Cloud”, why architecture is important for SaaS applications and how customers can achieve high availability in the cloud.

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  • Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Tell us a little bit about your background (lots of interesting companies and roles) and what you’re focused on at ServiceNow today.  [Maybe talk a little about what excites you about Enterprise apps vs. Consumer apps (e.g. Zynga)
  • Topic 2 - Technologists (mostly IT Ops) tend to be drawn to IaaS services because it looks like their current data center and there are lots of moving parts. SaaS (and to some extent PaaS) gets less attention because SaaS is supposed to hide complexity. What are the basics that many companies miss or don’t understand?
  • Topic 3 - You recently wrote a blog about Enterprise Cloud and Multi-Instance vs. Multi-Tenancy. Don’t things like VMs or Containers provide enough abstraction on compute resources?
  • Topic 4 - What are the realities of Security in a Multi-Instance vs. Multi-Tenancy environment, especially as it relates to audit and compliance and potential hacking?
  • Topic 5 - ServiceNow lives at the intersection of ITIL and DevOps - essentially the transition that many companies are trying to make with their applications and operations. How much of these transitions are the tools/platforms vs. people vs. architectures?
  • Topic 6 - What is your guidance to IT teams and developers as they start using the cloud more, or integrating new applications into their business?
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Jul 14, 2016
The Cloudcast #258 - Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF)
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Brian talks with Dan Kohn (@dankohn1, Executive Director of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation) about the role of foundations, the CNCF, the emergence of containers, co-opetition in the marketplace and how web scale technologies are getting used by Enterprise companies.

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  • Topic 1 - You were recently named Executive Director of the CNCF. You have background with the Linux Foundation and strong entrepreneurial experience. Tell us about yourself.
  • Topic 2 - CNCF got started with Kubernetes, but “Cloud Native Computing” is a very broad domain. What’s the charter of CNCF and how should we think about it in relation to the many other foundations that exist today (Cloud Foundry, OpenStack, Open Networking, etc.)
  • Topic 3 - Foundations are tricky because of the balance between technology advances and competitive markets. How do you view your role in helping to structure that balance?
  • Topic 4 - This past week at DockerCon, Docker announced some changes to their technology which will potentially have an impact on Kubernetes and customer choice. Obviously CNCF can’t influence a specific vendor’s approach to the market, but how does leader of a foundation react when the potential market dynamics change?
  • Topic 5 - How often do you expect to get out and talk to end-customers and how does their feedback get incorporated into foundation activities?
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Jun 25, 2016
The Cloudcast #257 - Surviving in a Software-Eating World
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Brian talks with Matt Colyer (@mcolyer; Product Manager at @github | Founder of Flagr and Easel) about the evolution of “software is eating the world” - how application development is evolving; how companies are changing the organizations and process; how IT organizations are dealing with open source software and how SaaS applications like GitHub have to evolve.

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  • Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Let’s talk about your background, not only at Github, but also as a developer and entrepreneur prior to Github.
  • Topic 2 - We all know the famous “software is eating the world” quote from Marc Andreessen, but this means that more companies must be building their own software. Let talk about what Github sees from that perspective - establishing software development as a core business competency. (“insourcing”)
  • Topic 3 - It’s been interesting to watch more companies, not just vendors, actively participate in open source communities - not just using the software, but actively contributing to existing projects and starting their own projects.
  • Topic 4 - The public cloud has awesome services available, but not every company feels like they can use the public cloud, so we’re seeing more “on-premises” offerings from public cloud companies. Can you talk about the benefits and challenges of these offerings?
  • Topic 5 - What’s a trend that you’re seeing from smaller companies that you don’t think enough larger business follow today, but could be easily adopted to make them better at software development or just more agile as a business?
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Jun 22, 2016
The Cloudcast #256 - Can Open Source Companies Make Money?
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Brian talks with Adrian Cockcroft (@adrianco, Technology Fellow at @BatteryVentures) about the recent Battery Ventures Open Source Summit (#BVOSS), trends in open source business models and how VC are thinking about investing in companies that leverage open source software.

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  • Topic 1 - It’s been awhile since you were on last. What are you focus areas these days?
  • Topic 2 - Related to OSS-centric companies, Aaron and I discuss the “will they make any money” question all the time. BV had an event focused on this recently. What was the event?
  • Topic 3 - There seemed to be a theme that OSS projects need to be delivered as-a-service. I saw a tweet that said, “Uber theme at #bvoss today: we need an OSS license that prevents AWS to make money off of our OSS code.”
  • Topic 4 - There were several large end-customers (e.g. - banks) in attendance, talking about their OSS projects. Are they making any significant contributions to these projects, or is this mostly an effort to help them hire developers?
  • Topic 5 - So what were the major takeaways from the conference?
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Jun 16, 2016
The Cloudcast #255 - Serverless, NoOps and Jeff
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Aaron and Brian talk about the 2016 Mid-Year State of the Cloudcast (and Cloud), what they expect to see in the 2nd half of 2016, why they are interested in the Serverless movement, and why there will be a new serverless-focused podcast soon.

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  • Topic 1 - State of the Cloud - Mid-2016: the dangers of public cloud revenue (lack of) transparency, money still pouring into Cloud-native platforms (too many choices?), the legacy vendors are churning, if crazy valuations crash (Uber, etc.) lead to people eventually falling off the cloud-native bandwagon?
  • Topic 2 - The 2nd-half of 2016 - Expectations:
  • Topic 3 - Why are we curious about Serverless?
  • Topic 4 - What do we know about Serverless? - Go read Sam’s article. He uses the term unit of scale but I also think using the term demarcation point also works. Data Center = server, IaaS = OS, PaaS = Application, Serverless = Application Function - You can not overprovision or underprovision Lambda, it is just there like S3 and is called as needed and autoscales for you.
  • Topic 5 - The JeffCast? Discussing our plans around a Serverless podcast - Serverless + IoT (the next 5-10 years), partnering with others, trying to consolidate some great content
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Jun 08, 2016
The Cloudcast #254 - Container Deployments - Real Usage, Real Data
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Brian talks with Kim Weins (@kimweins, VP of Marketing) and Tim MIller (@Miller_Tim, VP of Engineering) at @Rightscale about market adoption of DevOps and Containers, migrating applications to containers, and the challenges of a container-centric deployment to production.

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Topic 1 - Give us a sense of the scope and scale of the Rightscale platform and how involved it is in companies and applications that are leveraging the fast growing public cloud.
Topic 1a - What were the biggest takeaways that you observed in the data from the 2016 Cloud / DevOps report?
Topic 2 - Why did Rightscale take on “Project Sherpa” in the first place?
Topic 3 - What were the initial big hurdles, red flags or things that told you that maybe this wasn’t a good idea? How did you overcome those challenges?
Topic 4 - What were some of the lessons you learned through the transition? Did you take a bimodal approach, or was this an “everybody” transition, or was there another people/culture/process approach?
Topic 5 - On the dev-side, containers are getting much better understood. How did you manage the ops portion?

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May 27, 2016
The Cloudcast #253 - Jumping Inside Complex CI/CD Systems
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Brian talks with Shlomi Ben Haim (@ShlomiBenHaim; CEO of @JFrog) about social software distribution platforms, the challenges of CI/CD systems, how non-tech-centric companies are embracing software cultures and if there are emerging ways to make new software development easier.

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Tell us a little bit about your journey with JFrog over the last 7 or 8 years.
Topic 1a - For anybody that isn’t familiar with all the things that JFrog brings to market, can you give us the high level overview?
Topic 2 - There’s lots of talk these days about cloud-native apps and microservices and software eating the world. But I feel like there isn’t enough discussion about getting all that software into production, which is the most important part. How well do companies understand that challenge and what tools are available to help them get better at testing and deploying?
Topic 3 - Everybody wants to highlight that software delivery can go faster, but it’s a complicated system with lots of inputs and outputs. Let’s talk a little bit about the key areas where companies need controls in that delivery system - either for managing lots of inputs, or managing security, or making sure that updates don’t break too many things in production.
Topic 4 - There are lots of Silicon Valley customers that discuss and use DevOps because their core business is technology. Can you give us some insights into how this evolution to “every business is a software business” outside of technology-centric companies?
Topic 5 - Building software is difficult. Are you seeing any trends that show you that there are new ways to make it easiest and more accessible to more companies?

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May 24, 2016
The Cloudcast #252 - Understanding IBM OpenWhisk
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Brian talks with Stephen Fink (@sjfink, Distinguished Research Staff Member @IBM) about serverless computing, the architecture of IBM OpenWhisk, the open source community involvement and the use-cases he sees for this emerging technology.

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Give us some of your background in IBM’s Research group.
Topic 2 - “Events-based” and “Serverless” are terms that are starting to become more widely used. What types of challenges (use-cases) did you hear from developers that led you to create OpenWhisk?
Topic 3 - Let’s talk about the OpenWhisk architecture. The OpenWhisk model consists of three concepts:
  • trigger: a class of events that can happen

  • action: an event handler — some code that runs in response to an event
 
  •  rule: an association between a trigger and an action


Topic 3a - What are some of the really important things that people need to know about OpenWhisk? How it is different from other serverless frameworks that are starting to come into the market?
Topic 4 - Let’s walk through some of the early use-cases you’ve seen (or built).
Topic 5 - OpenWhisk has gotten some attention because it’s open-source. It’s still early, but where do you expect to see the most contribution - core OpenWhisk or at the edges around things that are specific to application factors?

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May 19, 2016
The Cloudcast #251 - IT Tricks that SaaS services Forget
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Brian talks with Gina Minks (@gminks, PMM for @SpanningBackup) about the growth of SaaS applications, who pays for SaaS, who manages SaaS and the most frequent mistakes companies make in using SaaS applications.

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  • Topic 1 - Welcome back to the show, it’s been since Eps.68. What are you up to these days?
    • Topic 2 - Let’s talk about the SaaS market in general. It’s about a $75-80B market in 2016, growing at 20% CAGR. What big trends are you seeing in SaaS?
    • Topic 3 - We’ve both been around “traditional IT” for a while. What do you see that’s different about SaaS - who buys it, what’s the process, how do they think about on-going maintenance, etc.?
    • Topic 4 - Let’s get into your world - backing up SaaS applications. Give us the basics. What are the big mistakes most people make? Where does the backed up data go?
    • Topic 5 - The challenge with SaaS is that some applications go away, or they radically change their pricing model. Are there now utilities that will convert data to use other SaaS services?
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    May 12, 2016
    The Cloudcast #250 - A Platform View of Application Migrations
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    Aaron talks with Sinclair Schuller (@sschuller; CEO/Founder of @Apprenda) about news at Apprenda, the Kubernetes community, legacy apps vs. cloud native apps and why architecture is critical in a PaaS platform.

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    • Topic 1 - How are things going at Apprenda? It’s been way too long...l
    • Topic 2 - What is the state of “Platforms” these days? Are they structured vs. unstructured, Docker-capable vs. Non-Docker, or some other dominant architectural characteristics?
    • Topic 3 - Do platforms actually help companies build applications “faster”, or are they mostly there to automate the infrastructure and services under a platform?
    • Topic 4 - We read a whitepaper talking about how Apprenda helped a customer migrate 70+ applications to the platform in a really short period of time. What do these migrations look like?
    • Topic 5 - Apprenda recently added Kubernetes. What are the details around that and what value does it bring to customers?
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    Apr 29, 2016
    The Cloudcast #249 - snap by Intel and Cloud Telemetry
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    We're giving away two OSCON passes! Aaron talks with Matt Brender (@mjbrender, Developer Advocate for Intel Software Defined Infrastructure) about what it is like to be a Developer Advocate and snap by Intel for cloud telemetry.

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    • Topic 1 - Let’s start at the start, you have had an interesting journey to date in your move into your current role. Give everyone a brief intro to your journey and how you ended up at Intel
    • Topic 2 - We’ve had both Jonathan and Nick on a few times now so we won’t rehash the Intel SDI group, but I did want to talk about Nick’s blog post introducing snap by Intel. Specifically this concept of automating around stages of IRO (Intelligent Resource Orchestration) and the phases - Watching, Deciding, Acting, Learning. Is Intel creating SkyNet?
    • Topic 3 - Let’s dig into the snap framework announced in December. This brings to life the stages we previously mentioned through framework plugins for Collecting, Processing, and Publishing
    • Topic 4 - What will be the early use cases? When and where does Intel envision folks using this framework and for what purpose?
    • Topic 5 - How has the community embraced this so far? What challenges do you have as a Developer Advocate? What’s next for both snap and SDI in general?
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    Apr 25, 2016
    The Cloudcast #248 - Trouble Inside Your Containers
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    Aaron and Brian talk with Tim Gerla (@tybstar, VP Product) and Dan Nurmi (@dannurmi, CTO) at @Anchore about their background as entrepreneurs, the challenges of container security, the challenges of CI/CD and security and how to avoid slowly down developers.

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    Topic 1 - Get an understanding of the team and their background

    Topic 2 - What customer challenge is Anchore attempting to solve? What are some of the scary security/container stories out there?

    Topic 2a - Let’s talk about awareness of this security challenge, especially amongst Dev teams vs. Ops teams.

    Topic 3 - Anchore was founded by people from Eucalyptus and Ansible, which were very popular open-source projects. Does Anchore have an open-source model as well?

    Topic 4 - How does Anchore fit into existing "container" systems and PaaS like Docker (or Docker Data Center), Cloud Foundry, Kubernetes, etc.? Don't some of those systems already have security elements built in?

    Topic 5 - How does Anchore fit into some of the CI/CD systems, where developers could be adding random things into containers?

    Topic 6 - Topic 6 - How does the reporting and management framework fit into other existing security systems for the CISO?

    Apr 21, 2016
    The Cloudcast #247 - How Do I Talk To An API?
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    Aaron and Brian talk to Kendrick “Kenny” Coleman (@kendrickcoleman; Developer Advocate @EMCcode) about the basics of interacting with APIs. They also discuss how the millennial generation is changing the media industry and if/how The Cloudcast should change.

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    Topic 1 - What are you up to these days?

    Topic 2 - We need help. Everything is an API these days and we don’t speak API. What are the basics we need to understand and the tools we need?

    Topic 3 - Any good API tips and tricks for beginners?

    Topic 4 - You were recently at a conference that discussed how the millennial generation is changing the media industry. What is changing, what do we need to know and how do we need to change the podcast?

    Apr 16, 2016
    The Cloudcast #246 - The Quest for 1M Containers
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    Aaron and Brian talk to Mitchell Hashimoto (@mitchellh, Founder of @HashiCorp) about the lack of VC funding for an open source Death Star, customer interest in Microsoft Azure, the need for bigger/faster schedulers, developer patterns and Zero-Trust Datacenter.

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    Topic 1 - It’s been a little over a year since you were last on the show. Things are changing really fast in the market. What are you seeing in the market?

    Topic 2 - Hashicorp recently made all of their tools Microsoft Azure compatible. Where are you seeing interest from your customers in Azure?

    Topic 3 - A few months ago, Docker showed that Swarm could support 30,000 containers. Cloud Foundry supposedly supports 25,000 containers. And then Nomad came out with 1M containers. Why does anyone need that many containers?

    Topic 4 - There is a lot of dogma in the market about “platforms”. Are we getting close to a big market shakeout or consolidation, or will the confusion continue for a while?

    Topic 5 - You always give us some perspective on a broader way to view application management. We don’t talk much about security on the show because we’re clueless, so give us some insight.
    Apr 14, 2016
    The Cloudcast #245 - The Chaotic State of IT in 2016
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    Brian talks with Amy Lewis (@CommsNinja, Co-Host of The Geek-Whisperers) about the chaotic state of the IT industry, how much location impacts day-to-day work, and how people are making positive transitions in their work.

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    Topic 1 - Is the IT industry in a more chaotic state than it’s ever been?

    • Public Cloud vs. IT vendors

    • Open Source Software vs. IT vendors

    • People openly looking for new jobs 

    • IT customers being very confused about what to buy/use/trust

    • Are we at the end of a 20yr cycle (Vendor-VAR-Customer-TechSwimLanes)?

    Topic 2 - What’s the pulse of your community? What are the most frequently asked questions (on-the-record and off-the-record)?

    Topic 3 - Let’s talk about location. 10 years ago, teleworking was all the rage. Now, it feels like we’re back to a Silicon-Valley-centric world.

    Topic 4 - What do you feel like a lot of people are focused on, which is actually a bad thing or a false hope? What are the good things that people are focused on?

    Topic 5 - What do you feel like a lot of people are focused on, which is actually a bad thing or a false hope? What are the good things that people are focused on?
    Apr 09, 2016
    The Cloudcast #244 - Engineers, Coffee & AWS Lambda
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    Aaron and Brian talk with Donnie Flood (@floodfx) and Larry Ogrodnek (@ogrodnek) about their podcast @EngineersCoffee, their experience at Bizo, and their fascination with serverless computing (or events-based computing) with “Will it Lambda?”

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    Topic 1 - Officially you are both formerly with a company called Bizo. Can you give us some of your background and the types of things you’ve built?

    Topic 2 - We found your show because of a tweet about AWS Lambda, which we’re both really fascinated about lately. Did you start your show to talk about Lambda, or was that just coincidentally the first topic?

    Topic 3 - What about Lambda is interesting to you guys?

    Topic 4 - Help us understand the basics of Lambda. There’s lots of tutorials and books online, but it would be great to talk through some example that you have dealt with. Maybe you’re “Will it Lambda?” Concept.

    Topic 5 - We’re seeing all the large cloud providers offer an events-based (serverless) offering now - Google Functions, Azure Functions, IBM OpenWhisk. Some are making them open-source. What do you see as the big areas that need additional work? Do you see this taking off of being a niche?

    Topic 6 - We’re seeing all the large cloud providers offer an events-based (serverless) offering now - Google Functions, Azure Functions, IBM has a service in BlueMix. Some are making them open-source. What do you see as the big areas that need additional work? Do you see this taking off of being a niche?

    Topic 7 - On your show, Donnie has mentioned many times his affinity to using more and more AWS services - sort of this “eliminate all the unnecessary lifting, focus on going fast” mentality. How did that come about, and do you think it’s applicable to non-startup companies?

    Topic 8 - We've talked a lot about Lambda, but what other areas are you guys really interested in these days?
    Apr 03, 2016
    The Cloudcast #243 - Understanding Azure Stack
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    Aaron and Brian talk with Corey Sanders (@CoreySandersWA; Director of Program Management @Microsoft) and Ryan O’Hara (Director Private Cloud Solutions @Microsoft) about how Microsoft is attempting to bring the Azure Cloud down into customer’s data centers.

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    Topic 1 - You’ve both been at Microsoft for a good amount of time. Give us a little bit of your background and maybe some insight into how all these changes in Redmond are happening?

    Topic 2 - Give us the basics of Azure Stack and how it differs from previous Windows Server or Cloud Platform System “cloud” offerings.

    Topic 2a- Azure Stack has been in “preview” for a couple months now. What has been the customer feedback? What didn’t you expect?

    Topic 3 - We’ve done this show for 5+ years and one theme is constant - operating a cloud is very difficult. Does Azure Stack just deliver the software, or is there an operational element from the Azure Cloud included?

    Topic 4 - Linux is a thing at Microsoft now. How will Azure Stack handle both Windows and Linux workloads?

    Topic 5 - Azure Cloud has a very large set of services now. How should customers think about how much of that will make it into Azure Stack?
    Mar 18, 2016
    The Cloudcast #242 - Understanding Serverless Applications
    2067
    Aaron and Brian talk with Joe Emison (@JoeEmison; Founder and Chief Technology Officer @ BuildFax) about building a digital business, the challenges of platforms, and why he’s moving more applications to serverless computing.

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    Topic 1 - Let’s talk about your background. We like to have builders on the show, but you actually help real builders.

    Topic 2 - You’re giving a 4hr talk at Interop in May about “Building Serverless Applications”. Let’s start with the basics of Serverless - why does it exist, what problem does it fix? what is it, what does it do?

    Topic 3 - Let’s talk about some of the existing serverless “services” out there and how they work. What works, work needs to evolve, how do they work with other services?

    Topic 4 - Does software exist today to have these serverless capabilities on-premises, or is this just a public cloud capability today?

    Topic 5 - You mentioned in a Twitter thread earlier this week that there are multiple services that are “better than AWS Lambda today”. Can you elaborate on that a little bit?
    Mar 11, 2016
    The Cloudcast #241 - Technology Trends Outside Silicon Valley
    2118
    Aaron and Brian talk with Keith Townsend (@CTOAdvisor) about emerging technology trends, how Enterprises around the world differ from the Bay Area, the organizational challenges of containers, and his CIO/CTO advice for large companies.

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    Topic 1 - Let's talk about your background, community involvement, and in particular your recent move from Consultant to IT practitioner.

    Topic 2 - You stay up to date on most of the modern technologies, but also work in large Enterprise in the Midwest. How different is the Bay Area echo chamber from your view of the world?

    Topic 3 - Let's talk about containers and DevOps. How do you see that fitting into today's IT organizations? What has to change? What won't change?

    Topic 4 - We're seeing more "overlay" technologies in the market, from containers or SDN or aspects of security (we talked to Illumio on Eps.239). How do you see those working in silo'd IT environments? Who pays for them?

    Topic 5 - If you were a CIO, in an industry that's getting more competitive with a digital competitor, how would you start thinking about allocating resources, uplifting (or rehiring) skills, organizational culture, etc.?
    Mar 05, 2016
    The Cloudcast #240 - Learning How to Become an AWS Guru
    1659
    Aaron and Brian talk with Ryan Kroonenburg (@acloudguru and @KroonenburgRyan, AWS Cloud Architect) and Anthony Stanley (@IamStan, AWS Cloud Architect) from A Cloud Guru about their passion for teaching, how they created A Cloud Guru, the framework for achieving AWS certifications and some examples of learners that got a big bump in pay after completing the courses.

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    Some insight into how A Cloud Guru is using AWS Lambda to build their architecture to scale and reduce costs:


    Topic 1 - Before we get into what A Cloud Guru does, let’s talk about your backgrounds. Where have you been and what made you want to start this business?

    Topic 2 - Let’s talk about A Cloud Guru. What does the site offer and what can “learners” expect from the training courses?

    Topic 3 - Ryan mentioned in the introduction video that he trained 30,000 people on AWS last year (or the last couple years) and you expect to reach 100,000 this year. That obviously means a lot of people using this platform to guide them. Tell us about the early feedback and things people want you to add?

    Topic 3a - Every new business has a plan or a set of expectations. What has been the unexpected that you’ve seen and heard from the market?

    Topic 4 - There was a recent survey from Global Knowledge that AWS Certified Solutions Architect is now the #1 Paying Certification. You mentioned that only 2000 people have that certification today, which feels a lot like the Cisco CCIE in 1997. Any ideas how much demand there is for that level of AWS certification?

    Topic 5 - Obviously you’ll see a number of individuals taking the courses, but are you starting to see corporate update as well? Can companies buy bulk licenses from A Cloud Guru?
    Feb 26, 2016
    The Cloudcast #239 - Deploying Security without Borders
    2261
    Aaron and Brian talk with Alan Cohen (@ascohen, Chief Commercial Officer @illumio) about disrupting long-held technology architectures, the challenge of deploying and operating new technologies, and how Illumio security is designed to work around multiple cloud environments.

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    Topic 1 - Give us the 101 on Illumio - Who is the team, What do you build, What's the problem space. Let's talk about your background - Airespace, Nicira, some Advisory companies - you're sort of a "Serial Disrupter".

    Topic 2 - The last few weeks we've been talking about the operation challenges of all these cool new technologies (cloud, cloud-native, . Deployment problems, networking problems. Security is right up there at the top of the list of problems. Let's talk about how Illumio Adaptive Security Platform works.

    Topic 3 - Security is a little bit like a magician's conference. Lots of cool tricks, and then competitors start trying to disprove it. As a company that's only a couple years old, what's been your biggest surprise that customers have tried to de-mystify and just haven't been able to do?

    Topic 4 - This week Illumio made an announcement that seems to take this security model from the application-level to the user-level. What does this mean in the bigger picture of corporate security?

    Topic 5 - RSA is coming up in about a week, which is sort of the Super Bowl of Security. Besides the FBI/iPhone privacy stuff, what are the big issues that people should be paying attention to, especially if they are focused on the evolving parts of their business?
    Feb 19, 2016
    The Cloudcast #238 - Challenges in Operations, Containers and Microservices
    2261
    Brian talks with Rob Hirschfeld (@zehicle, Founder/CEO of RackN) about the evolution of OpenStack, Containers, his company RackN and Digital Rebar, and how Microservices and DevOps go hand-in-hand.

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    Topic 1 - It’s been a long time since you were last on the show (Eps.16), back when you were at Dell in 2011. A lot has changed since then. What have you been up to?

    Topic 2 - You been heavily involved in OpenStack since the earliest days, serving in board roles, contributing role, working on architectures. You’ve also been critical of several areas around operations. What’s the state of OpenStack from your perspective?

    Topic 3 - Let’s talk about Digital Rebar and the challenges involved in using resources in different environments - bare metal, containers, VMs, various clouds.

    Topic 4 - You recently wrote a great article in The New Stack about how you migrated Digital Rebar to a microservices architecture. Give us the lessons learned in that migration process.

    Topic 5 - Given all the tools and frameworks and platforms available to developers and operations today, why is it so important to align application architectures (microservices) with modularity of the tools and frameworks? Can monoliths and microservices exist across DevOps
    Feb 12, 2016
    The Cloudcast #237 - Cloud Native SDN
    2077
    Brian talks with Chris Marino (@chris_marino, Founder/CEO of Pani Networks) about the his new startup, the evolution of networking for Cloud Native applications, and the opportunities to change networking as application models radically change.

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    Topic 1 - We’ve known each other for a while, but give our audience some details about your background and what you’re building with Pani.

    Topic 2 - You highlight that there are 4 types (use-cases) of SDN in the market today: Enterprise, Carrier (NFV), SD-WAN and now Cloud Native. Let’s talk briefly about each one.

    Topic 3 - Let’s talk about the basics of how the Romana Project works - addressing, tenants, IPAM, service discovery

    Topic 4 - There’s an interesting trend happening where more intelligence and awareness is getting pushed up into higher-level systems like OpenStack, Kubernetes, etc. - how does this align to an application team vs. an operations team?

    Topic 5 - How can people learn more about Pani and Romana, and start to play with the technology?
    Feb 01, 2016
    The Cloudcast #236 - Aligning App Performance to Business Success
    2090
    Brian talks with James Urquhart (@jamesurquhart, Senior Vice President of Performance Analytics @SOASTA) about the evolution of the digital economy, performance testing applications, understanding business impact of performance, and how companies are evolving in this new economy.

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    Topic 1 - Welcome back to the show, it’s been a little while. Tell us what you’re doing these days.

    Topic 2 - We now live in a (mostly) digital world, where applications are the face or experience of many businesses. Where does SOASTA fit into this new world?

    Topic 3 - Last summer, I was at VelocityConf and saw this massive display (for SOASTA) and it looked like the control center in movies for a Space Shuttle launch. Turns out it was the launch of the mPulse platform. It was very business centric, which was unique and unusual for a highly technical conference.

    Topic 4 - Lots of talk about microservices and distributed applications. Also, lots of talk about how this becomes orders of magnitude more complex. How are application teams explaining this to their businesses, and how does SOASTA help them manage this?

    Topic 5 - Mobile devices are everything these days, and they have very different usage/access patterns. From a Performance/Analysis perspective, what are some of the most important things companies need to think about?

    Topic 6 - We’re starting to see more and more traditionally “non-technical” companies that will have massive application challenges in the future (e.g. connected vehicles). What’s your advice to them beyond just “be sure you’re testing early and often”?
    Jan 14, 2016
    The Cloudcast #235 - Does Everyone Need Google's Infrastructure?
    1746
    Brian talks with Alex Polvi (@polvi, Founder/CEO of @CoreOSLinux) about how startups measure innovation, the evolution of both Tectonic solution and CoreOS projects, the evolution of Kubernetes and how many companies are building digital presences (web/mobile).


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    Topic 1 - Let's start with product updates. It's been about six months since we talked with Redbeard (Brian Harrington) about CoreOS and security at OSCON. What's new with CoreOS (Tectonic, Kubernetes 1.0, Clair, etc.)

    Topic 2 - Kubernetes get most of the attention, but let's talk about "Clair" since it aligns to CoreOS's goal of securing the Internet. What is it and how does it work?

    Topic 3 - Tectonic was announced as GA in December. How has the shift from project/product based offerings to more solution-centric offerings changed your interaction with the market?

    Topic 4 - As best I can tell, your customers seem to be digital-centric companies (Samsung, Jive Software, etc.) with customer-facing applications. Is that the ideal customer profile for where CoreOS is today?

    Topic 5 - The other day you sent a tweet that mentioned how many releases that CoreOS had done in 2015. And I've seen about 6-10 more companies send a similar tweet. First time I've seen the release metric be the end-of-year measurement at a company level. Why is that happening now?

    Topic 6 - What's the sentiment in Silicon Valley these days about startups? Interest rates moved up a little bit, many unicorns ($1B valuations) were created in 2014-2015. Are the investors saying anything to startups in early 2016 that's different than 2014 or 2015?  
    Jan 07, 2016
    The Cloudcast #234 - 2015 WrapUp + 2016 Predictions
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    Aaron and Brian do their annual 2015 WrapUp show. They look at the most interesting shows, trends and topics from 2015, as well as making predictions for 2016.

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    • Topic 1 - Is Public Cloud making any money?
    • Topic 2 - Is Open Source Software making any money
    • Topic 3 - Everything is becoming an integrated solution.
    • Topic 4 - Bi-Modal vs. Tri-Modal IT
    • Topic 5 - The continued rise of SaaS applications (and who manages them)
    • Topic 6 - The continued rise of non-vendor companies recruiting developers
    Show Stats and Interesting Facts 

    • 60 Shows
 
    • Official Podcast at Cloud Foundry Summit, MesosCon, LinuxCon, DockerCon, VelocityConf, OSCON
 
    • Went over $5B in VC + M&A Funding for Guests
 


    Most Popular Show(s) of 2015:

    • Eps.200 (Future of Connected Cloud; Christian Reilly) 
 
    • Eps.199 (Docker Security; Diogo & Nathan) 
    • Eps.208 (DevOps; Nathan Harvey)
 


    Aaron’s 2015 Predictions - From 2014 show 

    • Container ecosystem is beginning to mature
 
    • Docker needs to go through Trough of Disillusionment
 
    • Skill Sets Changing - Blogging will become a lost art
 
    • GitHub or “GetOut” - people need to learn GitHub - see 30 Days of Commitmas (GitHub learning)
 
    • Existence of Bi-Modal IT - There is no migration path between the two.
 
    • “Infrastructure as a Code” replaces “Software-Defined” terminology
 Infrastructure jobs will become the operations portion of DevOps (automate everything)
 


    Brian’s 2015 Predictions - From 2014 show

    • Containers, Containers, Containers - competition for Docker in containers (VMware, CoreOS, etc.)? Moved from Containers to Systems.

    • Containers/Docker were mentioned everywhere (AWS, Tutum, Microsoft, DigitalOcean)
 
    • VMware pushes that “containers need VMs”
 
    • AWS is finally starting to understand the Enterprise; bundling/integrating services
 
    • Nobody values Cloud Management software
 
    • How do the VCs justify all this investment in companies that drive open-source projects?
 
    • What happens to all the SaaS tools platforms on AWS, can they survive economically?
 


    Our Grades on Various Topics/Companies/Themes

    • OpenStack
 
    • AWS
 
    • Azure
 
    • Google
 
    • Cisco
 
    • Other Public Clouds
 
    • Private Cloud or Hybrid Cloud
 
    • VMware
 
    • Docker
 
    • Cloud Foundry
 
    • Open Source centric companies (CoreOS, Hashicorp, Mesosphere)
  
    • Cluster-Management and Schedulers (Kubernetes, Mesos, Swarm)
 
    • SaaS Applications
 


    Brian’s 2016 Prediction Notes:

    • We’ll continue to see big bets (legacy vendors) and big failures 
    • Very curious to watch the open-source VMware-replacements (Hashicorp, CoreOS, Docker, etc.) monetize their business
 
    • We’ll begin to hear about some IoT success stories
 


    Aaron’s 2016 Prediction Notes: 
    Industry Predictions:


    • Docker Trough of Disillusionment will happen (push from last year) in favor of Open Standards
 
    • We will consolidate down to a handful of large hardware and software vendors in one (Oracle, Cisco, Dell) and pr
    Dec 31, 2015
    The Cloudcast #233 - NATS - Cloud Native Infrastructure
    1838
    Aaron and Brian talk with Larry McQueary - (@McQueary; Product Manager at Apcera for NATS.io Cloud Native Infrastructure) about messaging platforms for microservices and distributed applications, how they differ from Enterprise Service Bus and how IoT applications have new requirements on the backend systems.

    Show Notes: 
    - How NATS, a REST Alternative, Provides Messaging for Distributed Systems
    http://thenewstack.io/nats-rest-alternative-provides-messaging-distributed-systems/

    • Topic 1 - People know Apcera from previous shows and discussions about Platforms. NATS is part of Apcera's platform, but it's also an independent project. Help us understand how the two are connected and separate?

    • Topic 2 - Let's talk about the basics of NATS? What's the difference between a message-bus and an enterprise-service-bus (or caching layers)?

    • Topic 3 - What types of applications use NATS and what are some of the characteristics (or architecture) of NATS that make it so fast and scalable?

    • Topic 4- Everybody is talking about mobile and IoT these days. We know about phones and sensors, but what do the back-end systems look like and how does this interact with NATS?

    • Topic 5 - How would someone deploy NATS? It is something that is best in a private cloud environment because of the performance requirements, or could it also run in multi-tenant, shared public cloud environments?
    Dec 23, 2015
    The Cloudcast #232 - Docker Security Part Deux
    807
    Aaron talks to Cloudcast alum Diogo Monica and Nathan McCauley (@diogomonica and @nathanmccauley; Security Leads @Docker) about the focus on security at DeckerConEU, hardware signing of containers, the evolution and updates to Docker Notary and Trusted Registry, Project Nautilus and the security scanning of containers, and secret data in Docker Control Plane

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    Dec 16, 2015
    The Cloudcast #231 - Docker & Tutum Cloud
    619
    Aaron talks to Tutum Cloud's Borja Burgos (@borja_burgos) and Fernando Mayo (@FernandoMayo) about Docker's recent acquisition of Tutum Cloud, operational benefits of Tutum Cloud, future plans for Tutum, and how it will fit into the Docker ecosystem.

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    Dec 15, 2015
    The Cloudcast #230 - The Docker Ecosystem
    575
    Aaron talks to Nick Stinemates (@nickstinemates, VP Biz Dev @Docker) about Nick's life before business development, building a vibrant community around Docker, and how partners can co-exist within this new ecosystem.

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    Topic 1 - You have a super interesting background. You’ve gone from the techie world to the dark side. Tell us about your journey to where you are today. What’s it like to be the “old guys around Docker” having been here over 2 years.

    Topic 2 - The big announcement today was on Docker Universal Control Plane. It would appear with Trusted Registry Docker has created a place to store containers and then with Universal Control Plane a place to run containers. Is this a correct assessment? How do you see the next 12 months playing out for Docker customers? How does Tutum fit into this?

    Topic 3 - What are the challenges you hear about most today as you work on technical alliances? Are you the one that got Ben on every stage at every keynote last year?
    Dec 15, 2015
    The Cloudcast #229 - Weaveworks and New Stack Architectures
    847

    Aaron talks to Alexis Richardson (@monadic, Co-founder and CEO @Weaveworks) about new container based architecture stacks and models, the state of Docker today and how to decipher this ever changing ecosystem

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    Topic 1 - Alexis, give us some background on yourself (RabbitMQ) as well as Weaveworks.

    Topic 2 - What is your view of the Docker ecosystem today?

    Topic 3 - Tell us about the state of networking in Docker today. This space is evolving quickly and has become a very hot market. What problems are you trying to solve that differentiates you from the others including SocketPlane (which has been absorbed into Docker). Isn’t the whole idea behind Weave is how to maintain your application and it’s networking without doing “unnatural acts” to get containers and networking to work together. How do the Weave products fit into this? Give us the decoder ring…  (more than Weave Net)

    Topic 4 - How do CoreOS or Kubernetes figure into all of this?
    Dec 09, 2015
    The Cloudcast #228 - Using Rancher to Deploy and Orchestrate Containers
    720
    Aaron talks to Darren Shepherd (@ibuildthecloud, Co-founder and Chief Architect @Rancher Labs) about the move from IaaS and orchestration of virtual machines to containers. Topics include the transition from ephemeral to persistence, managing storage systems with Docker plugins and Rancher, managing vm’s inside containers the Google way, and lastly hypeconvergence comes to containers

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    Dec 08, 2015
    The Cloudcast #227 - Docker Networking and Project Calico
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    Aaron talks to Jon Berger (@jonberger0, Evangelist Project Calico, @projectcalico) about their pure Layer 3 approach to virtual networking and containers. We discuss the differences between Docker’s libnetwork overlay and Project Calico, the Docker 1.9 plugin architecture, policy managers, and design considerations for designing highly scalable and secure container based solutions

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    Dec 07, 2015
    The Cloudcast #226 - Launching Spacecrafts with Containers
    820
    Aaron talks with Dan Isla (@danisla, Data Scientist & Systems Engineer, Office of the CTO, Nasa’s JPL) about what it’s like to build spacecraft and use big data and container technologies to gain insight into trends to help make NASA more agile by building next generation systems. Topics include prototyping of new technologies, the advantages of containers, encapsulation of legacy applications in containers, and his insights into the Day 1 General Session announcements at DockerCon.

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    Nov 28, 2015
    The Cloudcast #225 - VMware and Containers
    793
    Aaron talks with Kit Colbert (@kitcolbert, VP & CTO Cloud Native Apps, VMware) at DockerCon EU about growing up in the VMware ecosystem and transferring skills to a cloud native apps world. Topics include VMware Integrated Containers, how the Docker and VMware tools fit together, evolution vs. revolution of operations, and future plans for VMware and containers.

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    Topic 1 - I grew up in VMware virtualization and the associated ecosystem. As you speak to VMware customers about the transition to Cloud Native Apps, how have the discussions been going? It's a very different audience that VMware's usual buyer.

    Topic 2 - Give us the basics of how the VMware Integrated Containers (VIC) elements align with Docker elements (machine, swarm, etc.).

    Topic 3 - The Docker tools tend to be a natural fit for developers and VMware has always made great tools for Ops. Are people understanding where and how they should integrate vs. keeping functions separate?

    Topic 4 - What is VMware’s plan around schedulers like Kubernetes and Mesos?
    Nov 28, 2015
    The Cloudcast #224 - Getting Started with Docker Toolbox
    1020
    Aaron talks to John Willis (@botchagalupe, Director of Ecosystem Development) and Dave Tucker (@dave_tucker, Product Guy) about the Docker decoder ring to the new ecosystem and how to get started with the Docker Toolbox. In addition, we talk about multi-host networking, and immutable infrastructure and delivery with containers

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    Nov 27, 2015
    The Cloudcast #223 - Surprising Facts and Monitoring Docker
    887
    Aaron talks with Ilan Rabinovitch (@irabinovitch, Technical Community & Evangelism @Datadog) at DockerCon EU about his impressions from the Day 1 General Session, 8 Surprising Facts About Real Rocker Adoption, and the practical aspects of actually monitoring Docker at scale and the challenges we face today.

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    Topic 1 - We just left the Day One keynote. Thoughts about the state of Docker and the Docker ecosystem in general?

    Topic 2 - There is a post from Datadog called 8 Surprising Facts About Real Docker Adoption. We’ll have a link in the show notes. It has gotten a lot of attention (was it mentioned in the keynote) and provides some great statistics around Docker. Which facts did you find most surprising as Datadog was developing the post? (For me: Larger Companies are the Early Adopters or the Stickiness of ⅔ that try it, adopt it)

    Topic 3 - Let’s move on to Docker. There is a series of posts Datadog put up about Docker that are worth a read. What are the challenges to monitoring Docker? (short container life, lots of tear up and tear down) You talk about a “Twilight Zone” of monitoring in traditional applicatications that cover the vm and the app but leave the container as a gap. Standard metrics don’t work anymore, What are the new metrics?


    Nov 27, 2015
    The Cloudcast #222 - Microsoft Operations Management Suite
    1924
    Brian talks with Jeremy Winter (Principle Group Program Manager @Microsoft) about the changing culture at Microsoft, the evolution of Hybrid Cloud management, OMS technology support and how Microsoft is listening to customers differently.*



    Topic 1 - Jeremy, you’ve been at Microsoft for a while and the company culture has been through a bunch of changes recently. Tell us about your background and what’s happening at Microsoft.

    Topic 2 - Many people know Microsoft Systems Center, so where does OMS fit into the broader Microsoft management framework? How does this tie into recent announcements from Microsoft + Red Hat?

    Topic 3 - Lots of new capabilities in OMS (Security, Automation, Logging, etc.), let's walk through what a customer's experience is like, especially across both private and public cloud environment

    Topic 4 - Many technologists are struggling with the pace of technology change, especially with some of the advanced stuff that's trying to replicate the web-scale clouds (AWS, Azure, etc.). How does OMS help reduce some of that learning curve, and what are some of the individual tools that someone could remove/reduce by using OMS instead?

    Topic 5 - In the OMS announcement, you talk about working closely with customers to build the experience. Tell us about how that process works and some of the feedback you got that wasn't expected?
    Nov 20, 2015
    The Cloudcast #221 - Self-Improvement as a Service
    2354
    Aaron, Brian and Amy Lewis talk with Srinivas Krishnamurti (@skrishna09; Founder/CEO of Zugata) about the VMware Mafia, being an EIR, the Zugata vision to make work-life better for individuals, the psychology of improving teamwork and the differences between building commercial software and SaaS services.

    Show Notes


    Topic 1 - You’re an alumni of the infamous VMware Mafia. Tell us about your background and why you decided to start Zugata. Also, let’s talk a little about the service.

    Topic 2 - You obviously had a premise about how this might change the work environment, but what have you learned from early adopters of the service?

    Topic 3 - How do you overcome that many people’s initial reaction to a tool like this is “privacy!, social engineering!, big brother! bullying!”

    Topic 4 - Let’s talk about building a SaaS service and mobile experience. Your background is in package software. What are the biggest differences from a development perspective?

    Topic 5 - Help us understand the basics of SaaS economics? Lots of services start for free, then attempt to convert to a freemium or fully-paid model. What are the milestones for new SaaS companies to consider?

    Topic 6 - As a SaaS service, you not only need to think about customers, but also your underlying cloud platform. What’s the landscape from the cloud providers for SaaS companies (advantages, disadvantages, etc)?
    Nov 06, 2015
    The Cloudcast #220 - The World of Many Clouds
    2119
    Aaron and Brian talk with Jonathan Donaldson (@jdonalds; VP/GM, Software Defined Infrastructure at Intel) about old times, how quickly the Cloud Computing market is evolving, the breadth of projects that the Intel SDI groups engages with, how to growth the number of clouds, and how Intel is addressing the IoT market.


    Topic 1 - Aaron and I both have known you for many years, and worked with you in various other organizations, but give our listeners not only your background but the things you’re working on at Intel these days.

    Topic 2 - The market is going pretty crazy these days as it relates to cloud - Dell/EMC merger and subsequent Virtustream announcement; HP getting out of public cloud (again); AWS announcing huge growth and new services; Rackspace becoming a service company for other clouds. Intel has pretty unique perspective. Help us see through all this cloudiness.

    Topic 3 - A lot of us follow Nick Weaver (@lynxbat) and the stuff he’s interested in (container, scheduling frameworks, automation, etc.) and we see some of the investments that Intel makes (or maybe they are just partnerships). As a VP/GM, how do you think about strategy when so many dynamics (economics, technology) are changing so rapidly?

    Topic 4 - The Cloud for All program is talking about “1000s of Clouds”. What do you think are the biggest areas that need to improve for that to happen, and are there some core applications that might accelerate this?

    Topic 5 - We’re starting to see lots of companies announce IoT platforms (Salesforce, AWS, SAP, Dell, Cisco, etc.). IoT is a cloud play and a device play. Where does Intel and SDI see the state of IoT these days?
    Oct 29, 2015
    The Cloudcast #219 - DevOps Enterprise Summit 2015
    1661
    Brian talks with Sam Fell (@samueldfell; Director of Product Marketing @ElectricCloud) about the DevOps Enterprise Summit, how Enterprise customers are different that startups, understanding the people/process side of DevOps and how Electric Cloud is making it easier to help Enterprise companies become more agile in deploying software.

    Show Links:


    Topic 1 - Tell us about your background and a little bit about Electric Cloud.

    Topic 2 - We’re here at DevOps Enterprise Summit in San Francisco. It’s been a great week in terms of learning and real customer stories of transformation. What have been your biggest takeaways or insight from some of the talks?

    Topic 3 - I’ve been doing some side research on the people and process part of companies transformation to DevOps and building/using Cloud Native applications. Certain patterns are beginning to emerge for me, but I’m curious on what you see from your customers.

    Topic 4 - Electric Cloud announced ElectricFlow this week, a framework for automated deployments. Talk a little bit about the product and how it fits into the stories we heard about this week?

    Topic 5 - We heard all week that DevOps is not about technology, but rather it’s about people and culture. But we know that technology plays a role. Are there things within the Electric Cloud platform that helps with those people elements, essentially shortcuts that can help make the people pieces be more successful?
    Oct 24, 2015
    The Cloudcast #218 - Learning from Blameless Post-Mortems
    1533
    Brian talks with Dave Zwieback (@mindweather; Head of Engineering @NextBigSound) about his book “Beyond Blame”, the challenging cultures of web-scale and DevOps, understanding complex and chaotic systems and how to lead through problems.

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    Show Links:
    "Beyond Blame" book
    Dave’s Blog - Simple Thoughts on Complex Systems

    Topic 1 - Tell us about your background and the things you’re doing at NextBigSound.

    Topic 2 - You’re at VelocityConf this week. What topics are you really interested in or focused on?

    Topic 3 - Let’s talk about your book “Beyond Blame”. What was the motivation to write it and why choose the storytelling model (similar to The Phoenix Project)?

    Topic 4 - Is there a “journey to better post-mortems”  or “learning review” model, or is this an all-or-nothing approach?

    Topic 5 - The book talks a lot about accountability, and there is an area where “accountability” is defined very differently than we tend to use it today (“blame”). It’s one thing to discuss empathy, because that’s not really taught in any formal courses or via team/group things (e.g. sports). How to you expand or redefine a well-understood concept?


    Oct 17, 2015
    The Cloudcast #217 - Platforms - Build, Buy or Rent
    1497
    Aaron and Brian talk with Bridget Kromhout (@bridgetkromhout, Principal Technologist @pivotal, Co-Host @arresteddevops, @devopsdays Organizer.) about DevOps in practice, running Docker in production, building (or not) your own platform, AWS tools and where Docker fits with Cloud Native applications.

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    Show Links:
    Bridget's Blog
    DevOps Days
    Arrested DevOps Podcast

    Topic 1 - Let's talk about your background in Operations, DevOps and now at Pivotal.

    Topic 2 - How did you shift from working as a grumpy SysAdmin to developing DevOps skills? What types of things are you doing now in the Pivotal Cloud Foundry team?

    Topic 3 - At OSCON 2015 you spoke about running Docker in production, from your time at DramaFever. Tell us about some of the things you learned and might do differently now?

    Topic 4 - What advice do you have for people considering the build, buy, rent question for a next-gen application platform?

    Topic 5 - What areas have you been focused on with your Arrested DevOps podcast?


    Oct 11, 2015
    The Cloudcast #216 - The Evolution of Cloud Operations
    2102
    Brian talks with Mark Imbriaco (@markimbriaco; Co-founder & CEO at @OperableInc) about the state of Cloud operations, the changes to DevOps, the human challenges of web scale operations and opinionated PaaS platforms.

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    Show Links:
    Operable Homepage

    Topic 1 - The last time we spoke, you were part of the operations team at GitHub. Some things have changed since then. What’s new in your world?

    Topic 2 - What are the biggest changes that you’ve seen over the last 18 months that impact operations? How has DevOps continued to evolve?

    Topic 3 - Topic 3 - How much have things changed that require operations to deal with things in real-time? How much gets automatically remediated?

    Topic 4 - Topic 4 - What is most important to operations teams today?

    Topic 5 - Topic 5 - Lots of new frameworks and new ways to build applications. Any guidance that you have from an operations perspective to development teams?


    Oct 04, 2015
    The Cloudcast #215 - Open Source in Europe
    1555
    Brian talks with Rachel Roumeliotis (@rroumeliotis, Co-Chair of OSCON EU) about open-source in Europe, regional diversity, the evolution of open-source for application development and how to select speakers and topics for large events.

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    Show Links:
    OSCON Europe

    Topic 1 - We’re a month away from OSCON EU, October 26-28 in Amsterdam. Give us the highlights. What’s new and cool?

    Topic 2 - We’ve attended OSCON in Portland several times. It’s going through changes as interests change. What about OSCON in Europe. What is the overall vibe in Europe about Open Source? Does it vary widely by region?

    Topic 3 - While you’re the event chair, your expertise is around Software Architecture. That track has a ton of really interesting topics - Distributed Patterns (Chaos), Microservices, Containers, etc.

    Topic 4 - Lots of talk about software-eating-the-world. How much do you see open-source re-shaping infrastructure vs. re-shaping application development. Any favorite examples you’d like to share?

    Topic 5 - Diversity at events is always a topic. Sometimes it’s gender, sometimes it’s culture. Europe is already fairly diverse, but as an OSCON leader, how are you able to influence this and find the right balance between technical insight and speaker/topic variety?


    Sep 27, 2015
    The Cloudcast #214 - Packaging DevOps Big and Small
    1529
    Aaron and Nick Weaver (@lynxbat) talk to Jeff Dickey(@jeffdickey; Chief Innovation Officer @Redapt) about building Clouds and DevOps environments for both small and large customers and the real world challenges they face. Thank you to the Linux Foundation for hosting us as a media sponsor!

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    • Topic 1 - This will be a quick follow up from our podcast at DockerCon, this has to be the fastest follow up ever on the show. We wanted to thank Rich for his great feedback and questions.
    • Topic 2 - Let’s start at the start. What does a company like Redapt see when it has a customer engagement. What is a typical customer? What market? What application needs? How often do they deploy? What's the developer's environment?
    • Topic 3 - When Redapt is proposing a solution, what is the "usual" target environment that Redapt tries to influence. Where have you seen success? Where have you “learned some lessons”?
    • Topic 4 - What are the typical barriers to adoption and success/failure? How do customers handle cultural shifts? Can it be done?
    • Topic 5 - If you had to label an industry or customer type that is the “poster child” for success, what would they look like? How long does it take most customers to get there?
    Sep 14, 2015
    The Cloudcast #213 - What is Immutable Infrastructure?
    1648
    Brian talks with Subbu Allamaraju (@sallamar, Chief Engineer, Cloud & Platforms @ebay) about Cloud Computing in Seattle, immutable infrastructure, the P-D-M-R cycle, and understanding Durable and Declarative environments.

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    Show Links:

    Topic 1 - Let’s talk about your background. You’ve been part of some very well-known companies and large environments over the past decade

    Topic 2 - Virtualization and cloud have introduced these terms that really we’re around previously - “ephemeral”, “immutable”. Let’s set a baseline for what those terms means.

    Topic 3 - In your blog, you talk about this concept of a closed-loop “P-D-M-R cycle”.  Provision - Deploy - Monitor - Remediate. Then you talk about how this is a broken model; let’s explore that.

    Topic 4 - Let’s talk about these concepts - “durable” and “declarative”. What does that mean and how is the technology around us starting to deliver that?

    Topic 5 - You mention that IaaS isn’t dead, even though it’s currently made up of ephemeral elements (e.g. VMs, etc.). Do you see a distinction between the Durable/Declarative “layer” and the IaaS “layer” - who manages those resources?


    Sep 10, 2015
    The Cloudcast #212 - Big Data and Mesos
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    Description: Aaron and Nick Weaver (@lynxbat) talk with Derrick Harris (@derrickharris, Senior Research Analyst @mesosphere) about the latest in both the big data and cloud native apps using Mesos.

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    Show Links:
    The Data Center Show Podcast
    SCALE Blog

    Topic 1 - Many of us know you for the excellent work you did at GigaOm. How did you end up at Mesosphere and what are you working on these days?

    Topic 2 - You write an excellent publication called “SCALE”, which is focused on large scale data centers and data analytics. What trends or new ideas are really interesting to you these days?

    Topic 3 - Big Data is an area that you’ve covered for a while. The data science skills are really difficult to find. Are you seeing anything that’s making it easier for companies to engage big data technologies?

    Topic 4 - Let’s get back to Mesosphere and Mesos. Is this a technology that we’ll see lots of customers using (large # of customers), or is it a smaller # of customers but with really large usage models?

    Topic 5 - Sometimes we wonder about revenue models for companies that are based on open-source projects. Did you understand this when you were an independent analyst, and how do you view it differently now that you’re at a vendor?


    Sep 04, 2015
    The Cloudcast #211 - Mesosphere DCOS
    1554
    Aaron talks with Ben Hindman (@benh; Co-creator of ApacheMesos, Founder of @mesosphere) about his time at Twitter, building Mesos, understanding problems at scale, how Mesos compares to Kubernetes, Mesosphere DCOS and the recent announcements with Microsoft.


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    Topic 1 -  Give us some of your background and how you went from working on Apache Mesos at Twitter to becoming involved with Mesosphere?

    Topic 2 - It’s been about a year since we talked about Mesos on the show. We’ve talked about Kubernetes a few times. Can you give us the basics of each of those technologies because sometimes people confuse them or think they are interchangeable or overlapping.

    Topic 3 -  Let’s talk about Mesosphere and DCOS (Data Center Operating System). People talk about “durable and declarative” infrastructure for applications. How does DCOS accomplish this?

    Topic 4 - Mesosphere includes not only systems and schedulers for the underlying container infrastructure, but also application-level schedulers. What are the differences, and how does a development team vs. an ops team interact with Mesosphere?

    Topic 5 - What types of applications are you seeing Mesosphere customers running in this new environment? One thing we heard at VelocityConf was that there is work within Apache Mesos to look at adding support for stateful applications or stateful data - what’s the status of that?

    Aug 29, 2015
    The Cloudcast #210 - Open Source Foundations with Jim Zemlin
    808
    Description: Aaron talks with Jim Zemlin (@jzemlin, Executive Director Linux Foundation) about the continued rise of Open Source in our daily lives and necessary role of open source foundations. We also find out he has a favorite project!

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    Announcements from LinuxCon:
    Topic 1 - First question we have to ask about is foundations. What is changing in the market or with communities that we’ve seen so many get created in the last 12-18 months?

    Topic 2 - Some people have said that foundations are becoming the new standards committees, which had a reputation for slowing down innovation. Does technology move so fast these days that we need to introduce some “governors” to pace it a little better, or do you have a different opinion?

    Topic 3 -  We’re seeing more “traditional” companies get engaged with open source software, typically via the foundations. What guidance do you give their leadership, especially if open source isn't part of their core business model today?

    Topic 4 -  The Linux Foundation is involved in so many interesting technologies. Without picking a favorite child, what areas or trends are really grabbing your attention these days?


    Aug 26, 2015
    The Cloudcast #209 - The Evolution of Private Cloud as a Service
    1893
    Brian talks with Madhura Maskasky (@madhuramaskasky, Co-Founder/ VP Product @Platform9) about the evolution of Platform9, offloading the Private Cloud learning curve, SaaS management, and the intersection of VMware and OpenStack for customers.

    Links from the show:

    Topic 1 - We had your Co-Founder, Sirish Raghuram, on the show back in August 2014 when you were just going out of stealth. Tell us about your background and some of the lessons the team learned in getting from Beta to GA and early customers.

    Topic 2 - It’s nice to see the Cloud-Management-as-a-Service trend gain traction. How challenging has it been to get customers to understand the concept of on-premises hardware, but SaaS-based management?

    Topic 3 - We often talk about companies like Uber or AirBnB, that have taken the concept of “asset-less” and make it very disruptive and successful in their specific industries. Platform9 has a similar concept, in that the customer still owns the equipment. How much economic flexibility do that give you as a company?  

    Topic 4 - One of the things you’re announcing this week, as well as a new round of funding, is interoperability with VMware. As you talk to customers, what problems are they trying to solve by co-existing VMware and OpenStack? And what does “interoperability” mean?

    Topic 5 - OpenStack is starting to explore how container technology might fit into that architecture. You’ve written about container standards before, having been through the OVF “standard” at VMware. Should customers care about container standards at this point, or is this mostly a vendor/community issue?

    Aug 19, 2015
    The Cloudcast #208 - Infrastructure as Code
    2234
    Brian talks with Nathen Harvey (@nathenharvey, Community Manager @chef) about how he became a Community Manager, his passion for DevOps, The Food Fight podcast, the future of configuration management and the best first steps to developing the skills to build infrastructure-as-code at your company.

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    Links from the show:
    Topic 1 - Tell us about your background and how you evolved into doing Community Management - and what does community management mean for a mix of open source and commercial “stuff”?

    Topic 2 - We listen to Michael Ducy’s Goat Farm podcast, and hear a number of people from Chef speak at various events. It feels like what Chef is focused on is more about hands-on cultural change than technology. Is that a fair assessment of how it’s evolving?

    Topic 3 - I heard you speak recently at a Triangle DevOps event about Infrastructure-as-Code, which is a big concept, but it’s grounded in actual technology. But that topic always gets wrapped up in DevOps and all these other analogies (Unicorn, Goats, etc..). Does that get old for you, or is it just the nature of working on stuff that’s trying to change 20yrs of previous habits and culture? 

    Topic 4 - Let’s talk about config management. There’s this new believe/buzz that maybe Docker eliminates the needs for previous config-mgmt system. Why are we hearing that discussion, and what are the broader realities of config-mgmt (and Infrastructure as Code)?

    Topic 5 - I feel like we have a big problem brewing, if this Cloud Native apps (Microservices, 12-Factor, etc.) stuff takes off, because a lot of the principles of DevOps are so foreign in today’s Ops teams. What do you recommend to people to get to learning and doing things “the right way” more quickly?

    Aug 13, 2015
    The Cloudcast #200 - Future of Connected Clouds
    2585
    Aaron and Brian talk to Christian Reilly (@reillyusa; CTO @Citrix) about the future. They discuss how far we are from availability and adoption of many of the systems laid out in a futuristic video. They discuss the challenges of modifying long-held social norms and adapting legal environments to adjust to new technology.

    Links from the show:

    Topic 1 - How much of this is entirely public cloud based vs. on-prem?
    - Tesla - Large Screens - Business Stuff in the Cars [TODAY]
    - Self Driving Cars
    - 3D Holograms with Tablets - Displays
    - Seamless Collaboration Handoffs
    - What do we call the workable, flat workspaces?
    - Movable / Interactive Apps within touch screens

    Topic 2 - Seamless blending of business and personal information (eg. calendars) - Embedded Internet in the TV
    - A Useful UI on the TV (touch screen) - or is this just a display?
    - Wearable medical monitoring (“the patch”)
    - Elimination of medical paperwork


    Topic 3 - Google Glasses (wearable)
    - Massively interactive 3D display
    - Micro drones from the watch
    - Collaboration Tables + Collaboration displays

    Jul 28, 2015
    The Cloudcast #207 - Managing Shared Cloud Resources
    2122
    Brian talks to Sumeet Singh (Founder/CEO @AppFormix) his background at Cisco and Microsoft, the challenges of shared infrastructure, how Appformix works across Docker and OpenStack, and what to expect from the start-up moving forward.

    Links from the show:
    Topic 1 - Tell us about yourself and some background on AppFormix.

    Topic 2 - Let’s talk about the core problem that AppFormix is trying to solve. Is this a public cloud problem, or does it also apply to private clouds?

    Topic 3 - Let’s talk about the AppFormix technology. How does it work? How far does it extend across the infrastructure?

    Topic 4 - How will the technology be packaged and go to market? How will customers engage with it?

    Topic 5 - How will AppFormix work with other systems that collect/log/monitor information?
    Jul 18, 2015
    The Cloudcast #206 - Experience Building Large-Scale Clouds
    2042
    Aaron and Brian talk to Jeff Dickey (@jeffdickey; Chief Innovation Officer @Redapt) and John Griffith (@jdg_8, Software Engineer @SolidFire) about the evolution of Redapt, best practices for building large-scale clouds, comparing OpenStack to Docker communities and how the ecosystem is changing from Vendor to SP to VAR.

    Links from the show:

    Topic 1 - Tell us about yourself and some background on Redapt.

    Topic 1a - You both have OpenStack background. Why are you here at DockerCon?

    Topic 2 - Aaron knows Redapt from his day job, but you really got on our radar the past few weeks with a bunch of announcements recently (eg CoreOS Fest + Tectonic). How did Redapt get involved with delivering solutions around these new Cloud Native frameworks?

    Topic 3 - What you do is really a next-step in how companies are able to build or consume these new Cloud Native frameworks. How does Redapt go about pulling these systems together?

    Topic 4 - We talked yesterday about your team. How do you keep the talent levels up to date on your team?

    Topic 5 - Redapt is well-known in the cloud circles. What best practices can you take from your learnings and apply them to all these Enterprise and Mid-Market companies that want to do all the cool stuff we hear about here at DockerCon?
    Jul 14, 2015
    The Cloudcast #205 - AWS CloudMgmt-as-a-Service
    1515
    Brian talks to Joel Davne (@woggenager, CEO of @cloudnexa) and MJ DiBerardino (CTO @cloudnexa) about the evolution of System Integrators, the evolving AWS ecosystem, Cloud Management -as-a-Service, and what types of applications customers are using with AWS.

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      Topic 2 - As public cloud was becoming more mainstream, a lot of people were saying that systems integrators (and maybe hosting providers) would go away. Talk about why you call Cloudnexa a “born in the cloud” company, and why your business models and technology are different than more traditional VAR/SI/Hosting models. 
      Topic 3 - Aaron and I are big fans of Simon Wardley, who often talks about AWS having an advantage because they not only learn from their customers, but also from the AWS ecosystem. What are you learning from the AWS marketplace that the mainstream media isn’t discussing? 
      Topic 4 - Let’s talk about vNOC. I’ve been saying for a while that Management-as-a-Service is hugely important, because too many companies can’t figure out how to operate a cloud - and most really shouldn’t be (costly, slow learning curve, wrong skills). 
      Topic 5 - Whenever I read about Cloudnexa or hear you speak, the words “customer value” constantly come out. That goes from the service you offer to pricing models to migrations. Talk about how you think about that in this on-demand world. 
      Topic 6 - The AWS ecosystem is very powerful and diverse - we’ve had many of the companies on the show. You do some unique things in how you partner with other AWS ecosystem companies. Give us some input about what that means from both a technical perspective and business perspective.

    Jul 11, 2015
    The Cloudcast #204 - NGINX for Docker and Microservices
    966
    Aaron and Brian talk to Sarah Novotny (@sarahnovotny) about her involvement in multiple open source communities, how L4-L7 services interact with containers, how NGINX interacts with multiple aspects of the Docker ecosystem and architectural patterns she is seeing with container deployments.

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    Links from the show:
    • NGINX Community
    • NGINX Plus
    • Thanks to the Docker folks for having us! - DockerCon 2015 on YouTube

      Topic 1 - You are really well-connected and embedded in open source communities. Give us a little background on not only what you do at NGINX, but also OSCON and some other other communities you engage with. 
      Topic 2 - Your talk this week is about “Interconnecting Your Containers at Scale”, and the abstract includes the word “stevedore”. I had to look it up, and it means “the person that loads and unloads cargo on a dock” (appropriate metaphor for DockerCon). Be honest, did you know that word before this talk? 
      Topic 3 - NGINX makes a great load-balancer / proxy. It not only has to deal with dynamic scale and policies associated with apps, but it also maintains some amount of state. Let's dig into what that means with the ephemeral nature of containers. 
      Topic 4 - We had breakfast the other day and you were telling me that many NGINX conversations are often less about the specific features/functionality and instead are more application-architecture. Give us some examples of what that means for Cloud Native applications, or uniqueness for containers? 
      Topic 5 - Where are you seeing the important points of integration for NGINX? Is it at the container level, or higher-level services (eg. Swarm/Kubernetes/Mesos), or do you see more customized integrations with policy services or other application services?


    Jul 08, 2015
    The Cloudcast #203 - Docker Networking
    1828
    Aaron and Brian talk to John Willis (@botchagulpe; VP of Customer Enablement @Docker) and Madhu Venugopal (@MadhuVenugopal, Sr.Director Networking @Docker) about the evolution from Socketplane to Docker Networking, the new plugin architecture in v1.7, who is the new Networking admin/ops and how to learn the container networking model.

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    Links from the show:

    Topic 1 - We spoke with you just a few months ago, when you were working with Socketplane. What happened to those guys?

    Topic 2 - Docker Networking has evolved into this concept/library called “libnetwork”. Help us understand the basic concepts of networking for Docker containers.

     Topic 3 - We sat through the Docker Networking tutorial yesterday. As old-timey networking guys, a lot of the terminology was very different - Sandbox, Endpoint, Network, Namespaces. What’s a good learning resource to help us connect the dots between the old and the new?

    Topic 4 - Let’s talk about the new plugin architecture for Docker. This extends to many area, including Networking and Storage. What does this mean for a networking partner that can to plugin to Docker?

    Topic 5 - Can you talk about the interactions between Docker Networking and of the Service Discovery frameworks (eg. etcd, Swarm, Consul, etc.)?

    Topic 6 - We’ve heard that the container framework is essentially - Developers own inside the containers; Ops own outside the containers. Does that still hold true for how Docker Networking works?

    Jul 06, 2015
    The Cloudcast #202 - DockerCon - Project 6 from Datawise.io
    851
    Aaron and Brian talk to Jeff Chou (CEO/Founder @DatawiseIO) and Luis Robles (CTO/Founder @DatawiseIO) about their system-level experience building Cisco UCS, the challenges of networking and storage for containers, Project 6, and a start-ups view on the Docker ecosystem and plugin architecture.

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    Jul 03, 2015
    The Cloudcast #201 - DockerCon - Secure Hybrid Cloud OS with Apcera
    1570
    Aaron and Brian talk to Josh Ellithorpe (@zquestz), Software Architect for Apcera's Hybrid Cloud Operating System and what it was like to blaze a trail prior to Docker and we dig deep into security and granularity policies in cloud native apps.

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    Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (nin.com)

    Jun 29, 2015
    The Cloudcast #199 - Docker Security
    1036
    Aaron and Brian talk to Diogo Monica and Nathan McCauley (@diogomonica and @nathanmccauley; Security Leads @Docker) about their security background at Square, Docker Notary, how security is evolving around containers, Docker best practices and tools, and how Docker is treating container security with Windows.

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    Links from the show:
    Topic 1 - Being “the Security Guys” at one of the hottest companies on the planet has to be on the more interesting jobs out there. Tell us about your background.

    Topic 2 - A few months ago, there was some concerns about “container security”, and then Docker came out with a bunch of Best Practices. How quickly is security focus ramping up within Docker?

    Topic 3 - Let’s talk about Docker “Notary”. What is it, how does it work?

    Topic 4 - Docker has a focus on developers - Solomon said this morning during the keynote, 
“Reinvent the Developers Toolbox - for Distributed Applications”. We were talking at lunch that Security isn’t top of mind for them.

    Topic 5 - How does the Windows + Docker activities fit into this security framework?

    Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (nin.com)

    Jun 27, 2015
    The Cloudcast #198 - Architecting Cloud Foundry
    1123
    Aaron and Brian talk to Chip Childers (@chipchilders, VP of Technology @CloudFoundryOrg) about the current status of Cloud Foundry projects, how Microsoft .NET will be integrated, IaaS vs. PaaS, and the CF.org thinking about overall interoperability

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    Topic 1 - From an overall project perspective, what grades would you give Cloud Foundry in terms of stability, core functionality, security, operations, etc?

    Topic 2 - You were previously involved (directly/indirectly)with CloudStack. As you talk to people in the marketplace, how is it different discussing IaaS vs. PaaS.

    Topic 3 - How much ability will you have to drive prioritization within sub-projects or new projects? (eg. Security vs. new Languages vs. Interop, etc.)

    Topic 4 - What’s the CF.org way of thinking about interoperability?

    Topic 5 - What guidance are you giving the teams in terms of expandability of Cloud Foundry? Architecturally, are there certain places you recommend over other places?

    Topic 6 - Is there a place for integrating SaaS applications (monitoring, logging, etc.) into Cloud Foundry?

    Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (nin.com)

    Jun 19, 2015
    The Cloudcast #197 - Tectonic Shifts at CoreOS
    1285
    Aaron and talks to Brian ‘Redbeard’ Harrington  (@brianredbeard, Principal Architect, CoreOS) about beardliness, CoreOS Fest, Project “Tectonic” and the latest on the “appc” specification as it relates to container formats.

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    Topic 1 - Besides being the Most Interesting Beard in the Cloud, give us some of your background?

    Topic 2 - Let’s talk about CoreOS Fest - Give us a quick recap and some of the highlights for you

    Topic 3 - Tell us about “Tectonic” - Commercial Kubernetes Platform

    Topic 4 - What’s the latest on Application Container Specification (“appc”) - https://github.com/appc/spec. Do you think we’ll just see multiple container specs going forward (as we’ve seen with lots of technologies in the past), or is it possible that some will converge (or go away)?

    Topic 5 - You’re a systems person. Help us connect the dots in the CoreOS stack - from OS to Container Spec (rkt) to Discovery (etcs) to Networking (flannel) to Schedulers (kubernetes)

    Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (nin.com)

    Jun 17, 2015
    The Cloudcast #196 - Inside Cloud Foundry Operations
    1038
    Aaron and Brian talk to Cornelia Davis (@cdavisafc; Cloud Foundry Platform Engineering at Pivotal) about her experience working on the Pivotal Web Services Operations Team, her experience as both a developer and operator and why she believes that Containers-alone aren't enough to build a PaaS platform.

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    Links from the show:
    Topic 1 - You were a developer first. You write a great blog post on the benefits to operations as well as developers from PaaS. Can you elaborate?

    Topic 2 - You spoke at the EMC {code} event at EMC World, what did you talk about what was your experience at the event?

    Topic 3 - I liked in your presentation you had a slide on smoother effort, less risk. Tell us a little more about that concept and how it relates to running large operations at scale.

    Topic 4 - You also mention containers aren’t enough. Tell us what you mean by that?

    Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (nin.com)

    Jun 16, 2015
    The Cloudcast #195 - Farming Cloud Apps with Rancher
    1338
    Aaron talks to Sheng Liang (@shengliang; Co-Founder/CEO of Rancher.io) & Shannon Williams (@smw355; Co-Founder/VP of Rancher.io) about their history at Cloud.com, building a full-solution stack around Docker, the tiny-OS market, and the tradeoffs between containers vs VMs.

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    Topic 1 - You guys were behind the original Cloud.com and CloudStack technology. How’d you get to this point and what have you learned in the last 3-4 years?

    Topic 2 - Let’s start with “Rancher” (or Rancher.io). It seems like it’s Cloudstack for Docker. How far does it extend - container scheduler? manage availability? plugin for 3rd-parties?

    Topic 3 - Let’s talk about RancherOS. A tiny-OS built specifically for containers. This is suddenly a crowded space (CoreOS, VMware Photon, RedHat Atomic, Canonical/Ubuntu Core). Do we really need another round of Linux OS wars, or fragmentation?

    Topic 4 - You recently announced Rancher VM, which is KVM inside a container. Talk about the differences between running Containers in VMs and VMs in Containers? What are the trade-offs and benefits?

    Topic 5 - Cloudstack has always been known as more complete (“a solution”) than OpenStack. Is that fundamentally the same approach you’re taking to managing containers with Rancher?

    Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (nin.com)

    Jun 13, 2015
    The Cloudcast #194 - DevOps Down to the Rack Level
    1389
    Aaron talks to Cole Crawford (CEO/Founder of Vapor.io, Founding executive director of Open Compute project and Co-founder of OpenStack) about momentum for Open Compute, rethinking how Data Center racks are designed, and the Vapor.io stack - OpenMist OS, Open DCRE and CORE.


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    Topic 1 - Tell us about your background. It’s very extensive in both open source (software) and open hardware.

    Topic 2 - The company is described as “the first hyper converged and truly data defined data center solution”. Please translate that for us :)

    Topic 3 - For a small company, you have some large (conceptual) offerings - common hardware, rack-level provisioning, and this unique new rack model. Just how ambitious are you guys? (hardware with API’s!)

    Topic 4 - OpenMist OS (just launched). Let’s talk about each of the core pieces - Open DCRE (Data Center Runtime Environment). Is this an open BMC (Board Management Controller)?

    Topic 5 - Vapor CORE - This seems like RAID (Storage) meets BGP / HSRP (Networking) and compute scheduling (vCenter) all mashed together, with APIs to higher-level services (eg. Mesosphere or Docker)

    Topic 6 - Vapor Chamber - at first glance, this seems like The Big Green Egg (grill) for data center equipment. Fair analogy?

    Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (nin.com)
    Jun 10, 2015
    The Cloudcast #193 - Andy Weir, Author of "The Martian"
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    Aaron and Brian talk to Andy Weir (@andyweirauthor), author of The Egg and The Martian. We cover the connection between Open Source Software and writing, Aaron gets geeky about the book, the latest on the upcoming movie, tips for new authors, and even talk a little bit about the Ready Player One universe.

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    Topic 1 - For those that aren’t familiar with The Martian, can you tell everyone a little bit about the book?

    Topic 2 - The Martian been turned into a movie. I’ve read that you had a peek at the script. In the book there is a lot on internal dialog (no one to talk to on Mars), any insight into how this will be handled in the movie?

    Topic 3 - Your book started out as a self published book. I read your AMA on Reddit, you recommend self publishing through Amazon as a great avenue for those starting out. What was the process like and any other suggestions for writers looking to break into the field?

    Topic 4 - I’ve heard it took you a few years to write the book due to all the research involved. In your opinion, How close are we to being able to have a colony on Mars? What’s stopping us technology wise and where did you have to “fudge” a bit in the book?

    Topic 5 - Another great book I’ve read recently is Ready Player One. You did a short story called Lacero based in the universe. It is a great short read and adds an amazing twist to the entire story. It’s really cool how such a short piece of work actually adds an amazing amount of depth to the original book. Where did the idea come from?

    Topic 6 - What’s next?

    Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (nin.com)

    Jun 06, 2015
    The Cloudcast #192 - Pets, Cattle & Chickens
    1373
    Aaron and Brian talk to Bernard Golden (@, VP of Strategy, ActiveState) about the latest from ActiveState, Bernard's extensive writing experience, as how containers are changing the pets vs. cattle model.

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    Links from the show:
    Topic 1 - For those that aren’t familiar, give everyone a brief introduction.

    Topic 2 - We spoke to Bart almost two years ago about ActiveState, I’m sure a lot has changed… What about containers? (Pets, Cattle, and Chickens blog)

    Topic 2.5 - You’re latest article on CIO.com was very interesting. It was about why the Enterprise Needs Shadow IT. Can you tell everyone about it?

    Topic 3 - You’ve been very open about your support of public cloud and AWS (you wrote the AWS for Dummies Book). What is your position these days now that you daily work is on the Platform side?

    Topic 4 - Talk of growth on third platform going forward (your blog and IDC report), We’ve said many times on this podcast, starve the old, feed the new. How disruptive is third platform compared to traditional IT going forward?

    Topic 5 - How and where does PaaS (or just platforms) fit into third platform(s) vs. just straight up microservices/12 factor apps/containers/etc. What are the benefits

    Topic 6 - Finally, you worked for George Reese at Enstratus/Enstratius. Is he as grumpy is he is in public on Twitter?

    Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (nin.com)

    May 28, 2015
    The Cloudcast #191 - Cloud Foundry + Netflix OSS
    1192
    Brian talks to The Pivotal Gang - James Watters (@wattersjames, VP of Cloud Platform), Andrew Clay Shafer (@littleidea) and Michael Cote (@cote) about the latest from Pivotal, Enterprise adoption of PCF, and NetFlix OSS.

    Interested in the O'Reilly Velocity Conference? 
    Links from the show:
    Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (nin.com)

    May 24, 2015
    The Cloudcast #190 - Live from Cloud Foundry Summit
    1132
    Aaron and Brian talk to Richard Seroter (@rseroter, VP of Product CenturyLink) and Ed Saipetch (@edsai, CenturyLink Office of the CTO & Speaking in Tech Podcast) about the latest in both public and Private PaaS including Pivotal Cloud Foundry, AppFogV2, Iron Foundry, the evolution of Enterprises, and the differences between containers and PaaS

    Interested in the O'Reilly Velocity Conference? 
    Links from the show:

    May 19, 2015
    The Cloudcast #189 - Containers + Data Persistence
    2294
    Aaron and Brian talk to Clint Kitson (@clintonskitson; Developer Advocate - EMC {code}) about how containers and microservices deal with data persistence, as well as some of the work that he’s doing lately and what other projects are looking at for containers + data.

    Interested in the O'Reilly Velocity Conference? 
    Show Notes:

    Clint’s Projects:


    Topic 1 - Give us a little bit of your background and what some of your focus areas are these days?

    Topic 2 - You live in the Bay Area, but also attend events and talk to companies outside the Bay Area. Give us some perspective on how different those world are.

    Topic 3 - People have heard of 12-Factor Apps and Microservices. Give us the basics of how they are different from “traditional apps”, especially in the context of using/storage/managing data.

    Topic 4 - A while back, I asked you to start digging into the area of “data + containers”, because I wanted to better understand how these new application architectures would deal with persistent data.

    Topic 5 - Tell us about some of the project you’re currently working on

    Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (nin.com)
    May 01, 2015
    The Cloudcast #188 - The ContainerPocalyse Ahead
    2437
    Aaron and Brian announce a new partnership of O'Reilly Media! To kick things off The Cloudcast and O'Reilly have one free pass to O'Reilly Velocity to give away! Other great offers coming soon. Contest details:
    Interested in Cloud Foundry Summit? We have a code for that as well! Use CFSCAST for 25% off!
    Topic 1 - What have you been up to lately?

    Topic 2 - Most interesting feedback you’ve gotten since we pivoted the focus of the show?

    Topic 3 - What’s been the most interesting announcements, acquisitions, VC funding for you so far in 2015?
    • AWS Earnings Announcement 
    • Nebula goes out of business 
    • Commercialized Kubernetes and Mesos (Mesosphere, Kismatic, CoreOS) 
    • Docker’s Round D funding 
    • VMware’s Container Announcement 
    • Infrastructure funding levels vs. Software funding levels 
    • Interesting Moves by Microsoft (Containers, Linux on Azure, etc.) 
    Topic 4 - What’s been the most confusing or surprising announcement or move?

    Topic 5 - We usually do end-of-year predictions, but stuff is moving so fast, maybe we should throw out 1 or 2 for the next 3-6 months?

    Music Credit:Nine Inch Nails (nin.com)
    Apr 25, 2015
    The Cloudcast #187 - API Performance Monitoring
    1508
    Aaron talks to John Sheehan (@johnsheehan; CEO of Runscope - @runscope) about the differences between API and application development, testing, performance, and monitoring. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (nin.com) https://www.runscope.com/ https://www.runscope.com/community https://github.com/Runscope
    Apr 17, 2015
    The Cloudcast #186 - Understanding the Cloud Foundry Foundation
    2618
    Aaron and Brian talk to Sam Ramji (@sramji; President of Cloud Foundry Foundation) about his first 30 days on the job, engaging developer communities, open vs. commercial, branding and awareness of open source projects. - Cloud Foundry Foundation: http://cloudfoundry.org/index.html - Cloud Foundry Summit May 11-12: http://www.cfsummit.com/ - Use promo code CFSCAST for 25% off Cloud Foundry Summit! Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (nin.com)
    Apr 12, 2015
    The Cloudcast #185 - Masters, Minions and Pods - Kubernetes 101
    1839
    Brian talks to Patrick Reilly (@preillyme; CEO @kismatic) about the basics of Kubernetes, deploying and scheduling containers at scale, and how to learn more about distributed applications. Kismatic Website - http://kismatic.io/ Kismatic on GitHub - https://github.com/kismatic
    Apr 05, 2015
    The Cloudcast #184 - Streaming Analytics for Distributed Applications
    1512
    Aaron talks to Karthik Rau (@krrau; Founder/CEO of @SignalFx) about the launch of their advanced monitoring platform, doing streaming analytics for distributed applications, the new role of developers and the mindset of technology-centric business groups. Links: - SignalFx Website - https://signalfx.com/ - SignalFx REST API - https://support.signalfx.com/hc/en-us/articles/201270489 - TheNewStack covers SignalFx launch - http://thenewstack.io/signalfx-a-saas-to-monitor-apps-at-any-scale/ - Ben’s Blog - http://www.bhorowitz.com/the_past_and_future_of_systems_management Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (nin.com)
    Mar 29, 2015
    The Cloudcast #183 - Container-Centric Application Deployments
    2268
    Brian talks to Alexis Richardson (Founder @WeaveWorks) and Khash Sajadi (CEO @Cloud66) about their global DevOps as a Service platform and how they have interconnected it across 76 Data Centers. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (nin.com)
    Mar 21, 2015
    The Cloudcast #182 - Moving DevOps Forward with CI:CD
    1856
    Brian talks to TJ Randall (@TJRandall; VP System Engineering @XebiaLabs) about how customers work through changes to people/skills, process, financial modeling, internal communications and tools, as they migrate to more agile application development and utilize CI/CD methodology. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (nin.com)
    Mar 15, 2015
    The Cloudcast #181 - Investigating the ELK Stack
    2486
    Aaron and Brian talk to Robyn Bergeron (@robynbergeron; Ops Advocate @Elasticsearch) about the various usage models of the ELK stack (ElasticSearch, Logstash, Kibana), as well as the ElasticSearch developer community + Elastic{ON} event. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (www.nin.com)
    Mar 07, 2015
    The Cloudcast #180 - Understanding CoreOS Distributed Architecture
    1837
    Aaron and Brian talk to Alex Polvi (@polvi; CEO of @CoreOSLinux) about the system architecture around CoreOS - containers, appc, etcd, quay.io, flannel, etc. They also talk about the challenges of distributed system applications and how CoreOS architecture aligns to solve those challenges in simple ways. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (www.nin.com)
    Mar 04, 2015
    The Cloudcast - ByteSized - Stateful vs. Stateless Apps
    809
    Brian and Jonas Rosland (@virtualswede) talk about the key architectural and deployment differences between Stateful and Stateless Applications. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (www.nin.com)
    Feb 25, 2015
    The Cloudcast - ByteSized - Monitoring & Logging
    682
    Brian and Jonas Rosland (@virtualswede) discuss Logging and Monitoring systems and how they have evolved with open source projects and SaaS services. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (www.nin.com)
    Feb 25, 2015
    The Cloudcast #179 - Managing Containers w/o a Tupperware Party
    2459
    Aaron and Brian talk with Nick Weaver (@lynxbat; Director of Software Defined Infrastructure @ Intel) about competing container formats and runtimes, managing containers at scale, PaaS + containers, and how applications are adapting to live in a container-centric world. We also dive into the deep dark secrets of being on the Cloud Foundry Foundation board of directors. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (www.nin.com)
    Feb 20, 2015
    The Cloudcast - ByteSized - Containers
    783
    Brian and Jonas Rosland (@virtualswede) talk about the basics of Containers, including LXD, CoreOS Rocket, Docker and Docker Hub. They also discuss the differences between Containers and VMs. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (www.nin.com)
    Feb 05, 2015
    The Cloudcast - ByteSized - CI/CD
    717
    Brian and Jonas Rosland (@virtualswede) talk about the basic of Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CI/CD), as well as Jenkins and Travis.
    Feb 05, 2015
    The Cloudcast - ByteSized - Config Management
    801
    Brian and Jonas Rosland (@virtualswede) talk about the basics of Configuration Management, including Puppet, Chef, Ansible, SaltStack, CFEngine, in this short podcast about DevOps 101. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (www.nin.com)
    Feb 05, 2015
    The Cloudcast - ByteSized - Git & GitHub
    597
    Brian and Jonas Rosland (@virtualswede) talk about the basics of Git and GitHub in this series of short DevOps 101 podcasts. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (www.nin.com)
    Feb 05, 2015
    The Cloudcast #178 - DevOps Defined Networking with Socketplane
    2248
    Aaron and Brian talk with John Willis (@botchagalupe, Founder/VP Customer Enablement @Socketplane) about DevOps, the Docker Ecosystem and what Socketplane is doing about SDN for Docker/Containers. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (www.nin.com)
    Jan 30, 2015
    The Cloudcast #177 - Operationalized OpenStack and NFV
    1444
    Brian talks with Henrik Rosendahl (@hrosendahl, CEO of Akanda) about how Akanda spun out of Dreamhost, the NFV market, open-source and networking communities, and how much customers value OpenStack operational experience when looking at software. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (www.nin.com)
    Jan 22, 2015
    The Cloudcast #176 - Dev, Ops & VC Perspective on Modern Apps
    2636
    Aaron and Brian talk to former Netflix Cloud Architect and current VC Adrian Cockcroft about how to properly position products/tools/services to Devs vs Ops, the role of open-source in accelerating adoption, how open-source companies can make money, and some tips and use-cases for getting DevOps adopted within the Enterprise. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (nin.com)
    Jan 15, 2015
    The Cloudcast #175 - Machine Data & DevOps
    2520
    Aaron and Josh Atwell (@Josh_Atwell) talk with Hal Rottenberg (@halr9000, Developer Evangelist @Splunk) about how Machine Data is impacting IT operations, and integrating with modern DevOps teams. They also talk about how to empower developers with greater application knowledge from operational insight. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (www.nin.com)
    Jan 05, 2015
    The Cloudcast #174 - 2014 Year in Review and 2015 Predictions
    2731
    Aaron & Brian look back at their predictions for 2014, review the biggest trends, and look ahead at their forecasts for 2015. Containers, DevOps, SaaS, Public Cloud and what happens to all that open-source VC money?
    Dec 31, 2014
    The Cloudcast #173 - "Atlas" - Framework for DevOps Automation
    1642
    Aaron and Brian talk to Mitchell Hashimoto (@mitchellh, Founder of @HashiCorp) about their new DevOps framework Atlas, commercial product support, a new round of funding, and the “Hashicorp” way of thinking about DevOps and automation. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (www.nin.com)
    Dec 11, 2014
    The Cloudcast #172 - The State of Containers
    2443
    Brian talks with Nick Weaver (@lynxbat, Director of SDI Labs @Intel) about living/working in Portland, trends in public clouds, the latest on containers, DockerCon EU, CoreOS Rocket, and cool Linux technology he’s learning about. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (www.nin.com)
    Dec 03, 2014
    The Cloudcast #171 - Evolving API Economy & Hackathons
    1370
    Brian talks with Steven Willmott (@njyx; Founder/CEO of 3Scale) with the APItools Middleware Contest and how competitive events drive innovation and make APIs better. Music Credit: NIN (www.nin.com)
    Nov 13, 2014
    The Cloudcast #170 - Reigniting of the Cloud Wars
    2147
    Aaron and Brian are actually in the same town, at the same time, so they catch up on Google Cloud Platform, OpenStack Summit , upcoming AWS re:Invent and of course Docker news. They also kickoff the fundraising campaign for the 2015 Krispy Kreme Challenge. Music Credit Nine Inch Nails (nin.com)
    Nov 08, 2014
    The Cloudcast #169 - DevOps Incident Management with BigPanda
    1607
    Aaron talks with Assaf Resnick (CEO of @BigPanda) about the evolving world of Operations and the new challenges of Incident Response with Continuous Integration/Delivery. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (nin.com)
    Oct 29, 2014
    The Cloudcast #168 - Containerized Continuous Delivery
    1370
    Aaron talks with Avi Cavale (CEO of @BeShippable), about utilizing Docker containers for Continuous Integration/Delivery. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (nin.com)
    Oct 29, 2014
    The Cloudcast #167 - Bringing Advanced Analytics to DevOps
    1853
    Brian talks with Dave Hayes (Lead Product Management at @pagerduty) about how analytics and embedded intelligence are helping ease the pain of Operations teams trying to keep up with errors, alerts, troubleshooting and outages. They also discuss operations best practices, how to manage post-mortems, and their internal culture of improvements through "Failure Friday". Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (www.nin.com)
    Oct 24, 2014
    The Cloudcast #166 - Creating a Docker Cloud with Clocker
    1600
    Brian talks with Andrew Kennedy (@grkvlt) Senior Software Engineer at Cloudsoft about the creation of Apache Brooklyn, "Clocker", and a modern approach to building applications on clouds that span Docker containers, VMs, Bare Metal and multiple cloud environments (AWS, OpenStack, Softlayer, etc.). Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (www.nin.com)
    Oct 22, 2014
    The Cloudcast #165 - DevOps Automation as a Service
    1705
    Aaron talks with Evan Powell(@epowell101, CEO of @stack_storm), about Automation as a Service, Infrastructure.next as Code, and increasing the efficiency of DevOps tools and workflows. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (nin.com)
    Oct 15, 2014
    The Cloudcast #164 - Full-Stack Real-Time Monitoring from the Cloud
    1700
    Description: Brian talks with Alexis Le-Quoc (@alq; CTO/Co-Founder at DataDog) about managing and monitoring modern infrastructure and applications, in real-time, from the Cloud. They also talk about using tagging and timelines for team collaboration, and why Go and Docker are trends that modern IT professionals need to get onboard with now. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (www.nin.com)
    Oct 03, 2014
    The Cloudcast #163 - Evolution of CoreOS
    1618
    Brian talks with Alex Polvi (@polvi, CEO of @CoreOSLinux) about the evolution of CoreOS over the past year, and the breadth of products and services (etcd, systemd, fleet, Docker, Flannel) that have been built to integrate and augment CoreOS. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (www.nin.com)
    Sep 26, 2014
    The Cloudcast #162 - Building and Managing Scalable SaaS Services
    1716
    Aaron & Brian talk with Manoj Chaudhary (CTO & VP of Engineering @loggly) about building and managing massively scalable SaaS applications. Music credit: Nine Inch Nails (nin.com)
    Sep 25, 2014
    The Cloudcast #161 - Transitioning from CTO to VC
    1690
    Aaron & Brian talk with Dr. Steve Herrod (@herrod, Managing Partner at General Catalyst) about the transition from CTO to VC, his views on the evolution of the Enterprise, how he thinks about mobile-only, and why he's building iOS apps in his spare time. We also talk about how our podcast is like a VC firm, except without all the money. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (www.nin.com)
    Sep 12, 2014
    The Cloudcast #160 - The State of The Cloud - MidYear 2014
    2818
    Aaron & Brian talk about the industry in 2014 (so far), the transition of the show, some recent events and announcements. They discuss Bi-Modal IT, the state of Private Cloud, Public Cloud, how VC's are investing in Open-Source, and how everyone is evolving their software skills. They also make 2015 predictions sure to be wrong. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (www.nin.com)
    Sep 05, 2014
    The Cloudcast #159 - Panamax - Docker Simplified
    2289
    Aaron & Brian talk with Lucas Carlson (@cardmagic, Chief Innovation Officer at CenturyLink Labs) and Jonas Rosland (@virtualswede, OCTO at EMC) about the recently released Panamax system to manage Apps, Docker, Fleet and CoreOS. They discuss application templates and how Panamax is working with Mesos, Kubernetes and the Docker ecosystem. Music Credits: Nine Inch Nails (www.nin.com)
    Aug 22, 2014
    The Cloudcast #158 - Private Cloud Management as a Service
    1718
    Aaron & Brian talk with Sirish Raghuram (Founder/CEO of Platform9. @Platform9Sys) about their Private Cloud Management offering, delivered via SaaS. They discuss the complexities of managing cloud infrastructure, the challenge of skills evolution, and how SaaS delivery can potentially change the economics of Private Cloud. Music Credits: Nine Inch Nails (www.nin.com)
    Aug 14, 2014
    The Cloudcast #157 - Automating DataCenter-Scale Infrastructure
    1560
    Brian talks to Mitchell Hashimoto (@mitchellh, Founder of @HashiCorp. Creator of Vagrant, Packer, Serf, Consul, and Terraform) about their new tool Terraform and the evolution of DevOps. They discuss how their tools compliment each other and existing tools such as Chef, Puppet, Ansible. They highlight how Hashicorp hides complexity for DevOps teams. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (www.nin.com)
    Aug 12, 2014
    The Cloudcast #156 - Making Complex Apps Look Simple
    1694
    Aaron and Kenny Coleman talk to Tom Rossi (Founder of Molehill - @molehill, @buzzsprout) about running web-scale applications, interacting with 3rd-party services via APIs, and how to make complex back-end applications appear simple to end-users. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (nin.com)
    Aug 07, 2014
    The Cloudcast #155 - Scaling Twitter's Distributed Infrastructure with Mesos
    1902
    Aaron and Brian talk with Dave Lester (@davelester, Open Source Advocate at Twitter. Friend of @ApacheMesos, @ApacheAurora) about how Twitter manages large-scale infrastructure, an introduction to Apache Mesos and how projects like Kubernetes, Docker, Aurora are helping to define the next-generation of web-scale infrastructure management. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (www.nin.com)
    Jul 31, 2014
    The Cloudcast #154 - AppStore APIs and Data to Help Build Better Apps
    1336
    Brian talks with Ariel Michaeli (@arielmichaeli, Founder/CEO at appFigures) about how appFigures was born out of FileItUp Media’s necessity, API access to all AppStore data, how mobile AppStores have evolved, how they help developers better monetize apps, and the trends that are emerging across multiple App stores. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (www.nin.com)
    Jul 16, 2014
    The Cloudcast #153 - Building Better APIs for Business Success
    1985
    Aaron and Brian talk with James Higginbotham (@launchany; Founder, Author, Developer) building better APIs, helping companies understand the need for public and private APIs, how to enable SaaS applications and why companies might consider an Interim CTO. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (www.nin.com)
    Jul 10, 2014
    The Cloudcast #152 - How Large Does Mirantis Loom over OpenStack?
    1402
    Brian talks with Adrian Ionel (@adrianionel, CEO of @MirantisIT) about how Mirantis has evolved in the OpenStack community, demand for OpenStack Hybrid Cloud, challenges companies have in deployment and management, and how the European market for OpenStack might be larger and more dynamic than US and Asia market. They also talk about how carriers are embracing OpenStack + NFV for next-generation services and revenues. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (www.nin.com)
    Jul 02, 2014
    The Cloudcast #151 - Continuous Security Responsibilities with AWS
    1930
    Brian talks with Tim Prendergast (@Auxome, Founder/CEO of Evident.io) about recent security problems for AWS customers, the evolution of Continuous Security Monitoring and the best practices that companies need to understand as they leverage public cloud for more business applications. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (www.nin.com)
    Jun 27, 2014
    The Cloudcast #150 - Evolving From Plumbers to Coders
    1700
    Aaron and Brian talk with Jason Edelman (@jedelman8) about his continued evolution from plumber to coder. They discuss his latest projects focused on SDN, Docker, Ansible and Python. They discuss the learning curve from CLI to writing code and lessons learned in creating labs to build these new environments. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (www.nin.com)
    Jun 26, 2014
    The Cloudcast #149 - Perspective from Cloud Foundry Summit
    1510
    Aaron and Brian talk with Kenny Coleman (@kendrickcoleman, Cloud Architect) about his experience and perspective at Cloud Foundry Summit. They discuss how different the customer stories were from traditional IT, the evolution of the technology, how software is changing industries and how this impacts today’s IT professional. They also discuss why smart infrastructure professionals are moving towards development. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (www.nin.com)
    Jun 18, 2014
    The Cloudcast #148 - DevOps, WebScale & BigData at Gilt
    1959
    Brian talks with Eric Bowman (@ebowman, VP of Architecture at Gilt, @gilttech) about the evolution from monolithic apps to scaleable micro-services. They discuss how to manage scale, how they manage deployments across internal, managed and public clouds. They discuss when to open-source a project and how to engage with open-source communities. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (www.nin.com)
    Jun 06, 2014
    The Cloudcast #147 - Scalable OpenStack in Europe & Globally
    2064
    Aaron and Eric Wright (@discoposse) talk with Carl Perry (@edolnx, Cloud Architect at @eNovance) talks about deploying large scale OpenStack environments, European community design summits, being a significant contributor to OpenStack, NFV capabilities for SPs, and working upstream vs. delivering a distribution. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (www.nin.com)
    May 24, 2014
    The Cloudcast #146 - Red Hat's Big Cloud Vision
    1696
    Aaron and Eric Wright (@discoposse) talk to Brian Stevens (@addvin, CTO/EVP at Red Hat) about being a CTO, customer expectationd of OpenStack from RedHat, how he see Private and Public Cloud evolving and how Red Hat is pulling together all the "full stack" pieces they have developed and acquired for the Cloud. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (www.nin.com)
    May 22, 2014
    The Cloudcast #145 - OpenStack at VMware
    1457
    Eric Wright (@discoposse) and Kenneth Hui (@kenneth_hui) talk to Dan Wendlandt (@danwendlandt), OpenStack lead at VMware, about Vmware's involvement within the OpenStack community, his experience as Quantum PTL, the integration of ESX/vCenter and NSX into OpenStack projects, and his experience with customers looking at both VMware and OpenStack. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (www.nin.com)
    May 17, 2014
    The Cloudcast #144 - The OpenStack Rebel Alliance
    2196
    Brian and Kenneth Hui (@kenneth_hui) talk to Troy Toman (@troytoman), Rackspace Public Cloud Architect, about the evolution of OpenStack at Rackspace, scaling OpenStack in production environments, his OpenStack keynote, what is "Core" within OpenStack and the thinking behind adding new projects to OpenStack. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (www.nin.com)
    May 17, 2014
    The Cloudcast #143 - Containerize All the Things
    1045
    Brian and Eric Wright (@discoposse) talk with Ben Golub (@golubbe), CEO of Docker, about the growth of the Docker community, when it will GA, how to monetize an open-source centric business, and some of the popular and unusual use-cases that the community has created around Docker. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (www.nin.com)
    May 17, 2014
    The Cloudcast #142 - OpenDaylight meets OpenStack
    1435
    Brian and Amy Lewis (@commsninja) talk with Neela Jacques (@NeelaJacques), Executive Director of the OpenDaylight Project about the evolution of SDN, how code gets developed between competiting (and cooperating) companies, how customers view SDN and ODL and the connection points between OpenDaylight and OpenStack. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (www.nin.com)
    May 17, 2014
    The Cloudcast #141 - Cloud Portability Without Leaving the Nest
    1492
    Aaron talks with Navin Thadani (@navinthadani, SVP of Products at Ravello Systems) about nested virtualization and common use cases spanning public clouds. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (nin.com)
    Apr 28, 2014
    The Cloudcast #140 – More DevOps, Less Snowflakes
    2248
    Brian talks with Michael Ducy (Global Partner Evangelist at Chef, @mfdii) about ChefConf, Chef Development Kit, the evolution from AgileOps to DevOps, Enterprise adoption rates, OpenStack vs. CloudStack vs AWS, and a day in the life of a DevOps team. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (www.nin.com)
    Apr 25, 2014
    The Cloudcast #139 - Docker, Project Atomic & OpenShift
    1043
    Live from Red Hat Summit, Aaron talks with Mike McGrath (@Michael_McGrath) and Diane Mueller (@pythondj) about Docker, Red Hat's new lightwieght OS for containers (Project Atomic), and the latest on OpenShift PaaS. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (nin.com)
    Apr 17, 2014
    The Cloudcast #138 - Blocking on OpenStack's Storage Door
    2030
    Aaron and returning co-host Ken Hui (@hui_kenneth) talk with John Griffith (@jdg_8, SolidFire) about the role of an OpenStack PTL, the evolution of Storage from Icehouse to Juno, Cinder architecture and where block storage fits into OpenStack deployments. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (www.nin.com)
    Apr 12, 2014
    The Cloudcast #137 - APIs and Sharing Files
    1217
    Aaron talks with Keith Lindsay (@ShareFile) about API’s and the challenges of content sharing, new ways to think about BYOD, and the evolution and security of applications and data in the Enterprise. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (www.nin.com)
    Apr 02, 2014
    The Cloudcast #136 - 3D Printing & The Future of Manufacturing
    1723
    Aaron and Brian talk with Rich Stump (@RichStump), Founder/Principle of FATHOM, about the evolution of 3D printing; how companies are using rapid prototyping to introduce new products; how the materials and process are improving to allow almost every industry to participate and how new ideas (eg. KickStarter campaigns) can be improved and accelerated. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (www.nin.com)
    Mar 26, 2014
    The Cloudcast #135 - Scaling and DevOps at GitHub
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    Aaron and Brian talk with Mark Imbriaco (@markimbriaco), Technical Ops at GitHub, about the evolution of web-scale, enabling software developers to be successful, automating systems and how the culture of DevOps is applicable to every company. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (www.nin.com)
    Mar 13, 2014
    The Cloudcast #134 - The Real Costs of Cloud Computing
    1736
    Aaron and Brian talk with Mat Ellis (@matellis), CEO/Founder of Cloudability (@cloudability) about the trends with AWS vs. GCE vs Azure and vCHS. They explore how cloud buyers are getting more intelligent and the types of industries that are now using the public cloud. They also explore some aspects of public cloud that aren't frequently discussed in the media. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (www.nin.com)
    Mar 12, 2014
    The Cloudcast #133 - Cloud Foundry Foundation
    2079
    Aaron and Brian talk with Andy Piper (@andypiper), Developer Advocate for Cloud Foundry. We discuss the role of developer advocates vs. evangelists, the changes across Cloud Foundry, the new Cloud Foundry Foundation, and why build-pack architectures are critical to successful PaaS implementations. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (www.nin.com)
    Mar 06, 2014
    The Cloudcast #132 - Cloud Apps need Borderless Security
    1847
    Aaron and Brian talk with Rehan Jalil (CEO of @ElasticaInc; @R_Jalil) about trends at the RSA conference, how to monitor & secure application in the cloud, why companies no longer have borders and why new approaches to Security and Cloud SOC are needed with the changing patterns of applications and users. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (www.nin.com)
    Feb 28, 2014
    The Mobilecast #22 - Acompli redefines BYOA & Email
    3505
    Brian Katz talks with Javier Soltero (@jsoltero) about his company Acompli, who have just come out of stealth with their new email app that is currently in Beta. Acompli is looking to capitalize on the BYOA model through building a great User Experience around email with the ability to have enterprise administration.
    Feb 27, 2014
    The Cloudcast #131 - Distributed Chaos, Security's New Normal
    1849
    Brian talks with John Barco (VP of Products @ ForgeRock) and Engin Kirda (Co-Founder @ Lastline) about Identity Management, Advanced Persistent Threats, Open-Source, Advanced Malware, State-Sponsored Attacks, Internet of Things and other security trends prior to the RSA Conference. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (www.nin.com)
    Feb 20, 2014
    The Mobilecast #21 - Bluebox Security & Redefining BYOD
    2540
    Brian Katz talks with Caleb Sima (@csima) and Adam Ely (@adamely), Co-Founders of start-up Bluebox Security (@blueboxsec), about mobile security for the enterprise and the unique MIM technology and market approach they are offering.
    Feb 19, 2014
    The Cloudcast #130 - Hyper-Converged & Software-Defined Collide
    1797
    Brian talks with Gregg Holzrichter (@gholzrichter), VP Marketing at Atlantis Computing, about the evolution of Flash acceleration, hyper-converged systems and software-defined storage. They explore how the technolgy can be used for both desktop and server workloads and how these converged systems are changing how IT organizations are organized and deploy systems. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (www.nin.com)
    Feb 11, 2014
    The Mobilecast #20 - VMware acquires AirWatch
    2202
    Brian Katz talks with Sanjay Poonen (@spoonen) and John Marshall (AirWatch CEO) about VMware’s acquisition of AirWatch which was announced last week.
    Jan 31, 2014
    The Cloudcast #129 - Cloud Chaos, HyperConvergence & Commoditization
    2704
    Brian talks with Greg Knieriemen (@knieriemen) and Stu Miniman (@stu) about the Open Compute Project, Cisco's future in storage, the future of software-defined and object storage, Microsoft's new CEO and how many public clouds will be optimal in the future. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (www.nin.com)
    Jan 31, 2014
    The Mobilecast #19 - Beer, Twinkies and Box
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    Brian Katz talks with Ben Haines (@bhaines0), former CIO of Pabst and current CIO of Box.net about all SaaS IT, real-life BYOD success, managing MDM and Mobile Devices and how Ben saved the Twinkie from extinction.
    Jan 28, 2014
    The Cloudcast #128 - Does Open Source Redefine the Cloud Supply Chain
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    Aaron talks with Ian Rae (@ianrae) and Giles Sirett (@shapeblue) about Open Source Software and the disruption to traditional vendors and supply chain models. We also discuss who really has the power to influence cloud architectures. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (nin.com)
    Jan 16, 2014
    The Cloudcast #127 - Got CloudOps Skills?
    2073
    Brian talks with Angelo Luciani (@AngeloLuciani) and Eric Wright (@discoposse) about their Virtual Design Masters contest (Season 2), how VMUGs are changing, how Home Labs are evolving and the choices IT professionals are making about next-gen technologies for 2014 and 2015. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (nin.com)
    Jan 09, 2014
    The Cloudcast #126 - 2013 in Review & 2014 Predictions
    2563
    Aaron and Brian wrap up 2013 with thoughts on the year in Cloud Computing and make a few predictions for 2014. Topics include AWS, OpenStack, PaaS, DevOps, SDN and any other buzz word we can think of. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (nin.com)
    Dec 31, 2013
    The Cloudcast #125 - Building Advanced Cloud Services
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    Aaron speaks with Chip Childers (@chipchilders) for a quick update on Apache CloudStack as well as what's next in IaaS and how to provide services (DBaaS, Message Bus, LBaaS, etc.) above IaaS and what the future may hold.
    Dec 12, 2013
    The Cloudcast #124 - Cloud Operations
    2227
    Aaron talks with Shmuel Kliger, Founder & President of VMTurbo (@VMTurbo). Topics include cloud operations, common problems and root cause, implications of Open Source Software on the market, and predictions for the future
    Dec 09, 2013
    The Cloudcast - Donuts, Donations and Dummies
    552
    Aaron and Brian discuss the planning and training leading up to the 2014 Krispy Kreme Challenge (@k2challenge) and NC Children's Hospital (ncchildrens) fundraising. They discuss "rewards" for donations, goals for the race and multiple ways that listeners can get involved.
    Nov 27, 2013
    The Cloudcast #123 - Monitoring the Clouds from the Cloud
    1753
    Brian talks with Mohit Lad (@mohitlad, CEO/Co-Founder of Thousand Eyes) about cloud applications, monitoring-as-a-service, the evolution of cloud tools and important considerations for developers and IT to consider when using SaaS-based management.
    Nov 26, 2013
    The Cloudcast #122 - The Clash of the Cloudcasts
    930
    Aaron sits down with Richard Morrell (@EMEACloudGuy) and Mark Hinkle (@mrhinkle) at the CloudStack Collaboration Conference in Amsterdam. This was actually Richard interviewing Aaron and Mark. Check out Richard's podcast in iTunes or at cloudevangelist.org. Music credit: Nine Inch Nails (nin.com)
    Nov 25, 2013
    The Cloudcast #121 – Does SaaS need better Security?
    2306
    Brian talks with Tal Klein (@VirtualTal, VP of Marketing at Adallom) about the growth of mobile workforces, mobile devices and SaaS application usage. They explore ways to secure a muli-SaaS Enterprise in a borderless environment and if it’s possible to be secure in a modern world.
    Nov 12, 2013
    The Cloudcast #120 - OpenStack DBaaS
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    In our final podcast from the OpenStack Summit Aaron and Kenneth Hui speak to Edward Archibald about data bases in OpenStack and the ability to turn this into DBaaS.
    Nov 09, 2013
    The Cloudcast #119 - OpenStack Neutron and Nuage Networks
    1750
    Aaron and returning guest co-host Kenneth Hui (@hui_kenneth) talk to Scott Sneddon (@ssneddon) about the state of OpenStack Neutron as well Nuage Networks and upcoming proposed changes to Neutron.
    Nov 09, 2013
    The Cloudcast #118 - OpenStack VMware Interop and Nicira SDN
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    Aaron talks with Kenneth Hui (@hui_kenneth) and Scott Lowe (@scott_lowe) about their OpenStack Summit session on OpenStack/VMware integration as well as get the latest on Nicira NSX from Scott.
    Nov 09, 2013
    The Cloudcast #117 - OpenStack API Deep Dive
    1538
    Aaron and Kenneth Hui (@hui_kenneth) talk to George Reese (@GeorgeReese) about what it's like to own a Tesla in Minnesota, digging deep into the state of OpenStack API's, and his view on Enterprise Clouds
    Nov 06, 2013
    The Cloudcast #116 - Managed OpenStack and Cloud Foundry
    1212
    Aaron and Kenneth Hui (@hui_kenneth) speak with Blue Box Founder/CEO Jesse Proudman (@blueboxjesse) about OpenStack deployment issues, managed OpenStack offerings, and Cloud Foundry on top of OpenStack
    Nov 05, 2013
    The Cloudcast #115 - Real World OpenStack
    1331
    Aaron and Kenneth Hui (@hui_kenneth) speak to Ken Pepple (@ken_pepple), CTO/Founder of Solinea about his experience as an OpenStack systems integrator. Music credit: Nine Inch Nails (www.nin.com)
    Nov 05, 2013
    The Cloudcast #114 - Evolving to SDN DevOps
    1876
    Brian talks with Jason Edelman (@jedelman8, SDN Evangelist, Principal Solutions Architect - Presidio) about his evolution from traditional networking skills to his focus on SDN and the programmability of networks. They discuss various SDN architectures, learning to write code, the challenge of silo’d organizations and where he sees networking evolving over time.
    Oct 21, 2013
    The Mobilecast #18 - BYOD for Everybody
    2680
    Brian Katz chats with Brett Belding (@bbelding), Senior Manager - Cisco IT, all about how Cisco does BYOD and about the journey to get there. They start with what the landscape of Cisco looked like in 2002 and quickly bring it up to present day. They discuss some of the challenges of going BYOD along with many of the successes.
    Oct 13, 2013
    The Cloudcast #113 – Is Data Center Management a House of Cards?
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    Brian talks with John Blumenthal (Co-Founder/CEO) of CloudPhysics about the origins of the company, the evolution of SaaS for IT Management, performance and planning challenges in VMware environments and how to best engage the community to co-create products and get input on how to solve large data center problems. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (www.nin.com)
    Oct 04, 2013
    The Cloudcast #112 - The Journey From VMware to OpenStack Part 2
    1605
    Aaron and Brian speak to Kenneth Hui about his Journey from VMware to OpenStack and how he is bridging the gap between VMware expectations in the Enterprise and OpenStack as an OSS alternative. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails (nin.com)
    Sep 18, 2013
    The Cloudcast #111 - Real World Puppet Manifest Development
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    Aaron and Brian speak with James Shubin about Puppet from a user perspective and his journey from learning Puppet to creating and publishing an integration manifest with GlusterFS. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails, www.nin.com
    Sep 18, 2013
    The Cloudcast #110 - Overcoming PaaS Deployment Barriers
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    Aaron and Brian talk to Diane Mueller (The PaaS Queen) about common barriers to PaaS adoption, the blurring lines between IaaS and Paas, why no cloud should be without a PaaS, and some updates to RedHat OpenShift Origin. Music Credit: Nine Itch Nails, www.nin.com
    Sep 18, 2013
    The Cloudcast #109 - Canonical's Plan to Rule the World and Bacon
    1019
    Aaron and Brian talk to Jono Bacon (@jonobacon, Community Manager at Canonical) about Canonical Cloud, Juju, Canonical Phone and how to effectively build communities to transform and impact technology. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails, www.nin.com
    Sep 18, 2013
    The Cloudcast #108 - OpenStack Neutron and SDN
    1290
    Aaron and Brian talk to Kyle Mestery, Ian Wells, and Mark McClain about OpenStack Neutron, L4-L7 services, ML2 modular plugins and how OpenStack could integrate with OpenDaylight for SDN environments. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails, www.nin.com
    Sep 18, 2013
    The Cloudcast #107 - CoreOS and Linux Containers
    878
    Aaron and Brian speak with Brandon Philips (@brandonphilips), CTO for CoreOS on the concept of a new purpose built operating system for massive scale out applications. We also talk about the conept of booting without a kernel and why Namespaces, Containers and Cgroups are more important in this configuration. Music credit: Nine Inch Nails (nin.com)
    Sep 17, 2013
    The Cloudcast #106 - Xen Project Update
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    Aaron and Brian talk with Lars Kurth about Xen Project updates, Xen on ARM, and the differences between Xen and Xen Server. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails, www.nin.com
    Sep 17, 2013
    The Cloudcast #105 - OpenDaylight and SDN Evolution
    1397
    Aaron and Brian talk with Kyle Mestery (@mestery), Chris Wright & Brent Salisbury (@networkstatic) about Project OpenDaylight, SDN architectures and integration with applications and OpenStack. Please check the Cloudcast YouTube channel for a video of OpenStack/OpenDaylight architecture. Music credit: Nine Inch Nails (nin.com)
    Sep 17, 2013
    The Cloudcast #104 - DevOps and SaltStack
    1355
    Aaron and Brian talk with Thomas Hatch, creator of SaltStack about DevOps, Continuous Integration, Jenkins and SaltStack architecture. Also check out The CloudCast YouTube channel for a video of Thomas diagramming SaltStack architecture in depth Music credit: Nine Inch Nails (nin.com)
    Sep 17, 2013
    The Cloudcast #103 - OpenStack Summit Training User Feedback
    1194
    Aaron & Brian talk with Jonathan Bryce, Lauren Sell, and Alan Clark about the latest news in Open Stack Summit, Training & the User Feedback Survey. Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails - www.nin.com
    Sep 16, 2013
    The Cloudcast #102 - OpenStack Foundation and Piston Cloud
    1677
    Aaron and Brian talk with Joshua McKenty (Founder/CTO, Piston Cloud, @jmckenty) about the origins of OpenStack, the OpenStack Foundation, RefStack, Interoperability, AWS APIs and how the Piston Cloud architecture manages legacy and web-scale applications. -Music Credit: Nine Inch Nails, www.nin.com
    Sep 16, 2013
    The Cloudcast #101 - Software-Defined Storage
    1718
    Aaron and Brian talk with Theron Conrey (@theronconrey) and John Mark Walker (RedHat) about Converged Infrastructure, Software-Defined Storage, and the evolution of the Gluster FS Community with other communities, such as OpenStack, Hadoop and others. Music Credits: Nine Inch Nails - www.nin.com
    Sep 16, 2013
    The Mobilecast #17 - Blackberry, What's Next?
    2662
    Brian Katz chats with Nick McQuire, CEO of GEMA, about a variety of topics. They spend two thrids of the podcasts talking about Blackberry and what may happen to them and then move onto how GEMA works in enabling multnationals to move into mobile. They end with the topic of the rumored AT&T/Vodaphone tieup.
    Sep 15, 2013
    The Mobilecast #16 - Enterprise Mobility Mgm't Space
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    Brian chats with John Marshall, CEO of AirWatch while at the AirWatch Connect Users Conference. They talk about MDM and how it's turning into Enterprise Mobility Management. They touch on some of the general things that enterprises are asking for and looking in these all encompassing products. They hit on some of the new features announced and shown for AirWatch's new release and then talk about the future landscape of EMM.
    Sep 12, 2013
    The Mobilecast #15 - The Apple Announcements
    2305
    Brian chats with Chris Hazelton (@Chris451mobile) of 451 Research and Ray Wang (@rwang0) of Constellation Research a few minutes after the Apple Announcement is over. They discuss the announcements and how they think they will effect both the consumer and the enterprise. They delve into some of the new features that are available in the 5s and whether innovation is dead in the phone slab market as well as the colors of the 5c and how the announcement of iWork going free may effect Microsoft and consumers.
    Sep 10, 2013
    The Cloudcast #100 - Constipated Unicorns and Cloud Bollocks
    2573
    Aaron and Brian celebrate Episode #100 with a roundtable of their favorite guests & co-hosts - Christian Reilly (@reillyusa), Joe Onisick (@jonisick), Peder Ulander (@ulander), Amy Lewis (@CommsNinja), and Nick Weaver (@lynxbat). They discuss why Cloud sucks, how to save OpenStack companies, how many clouds does the world really need, and is the future of all tradeshows in Portland.
    Sep 05, 2013
    The Mobilecast #14 - The Microsoft + Nokia Deal
    4157
    Brian chats with Ben Bajarin (@benbajarin), Bob Egan (@bobegan) and Matt Rosoff (@mattrosoff) as a panel and they discuss the Microsoft buyout of Nokia Devices and Services announced early this morning. They have a wide-ranging and fun discussion that starts with whether the buyout was needed, whether it was worth how much Microsoft is offering to pay for it and goes through to what we might see next from Microsoft and in the industry.
    Sep 03, 2013
    The Cloudcast #99 - Exploring Network Virtualization
    1765
    Aaron and Brian talk with Brad Hedlund (VMware, @bradhedlund) and Chris Wahl (Wahl Network, @ChrisWahl) about the evolution of SDN and NFV, how Network Virtualization aligns to Server Virtualization, and how IT professionals are evolving their skills to leverage these new technologies. They discuss the announcement of VMware NSX. They also explore how operational concepts from Server Virtualization (cloning, snapshots, backup, etc.) can be applied to the network.
    Aug 31, 2013
    The Mobilecast #13 - Mobile Security
    2686
    Brian Katz chats with Rich Mogull, CEO of Securosis, about topics on mobile security. They start with how Rich’s background in physical security led to his natural progression into IT Security and then move onto mobile topics. They discuss how modern mobile OS’s tackle security in this day and age which leads to biometrics and how security needs to take usability into account.
    Aug 30, 2013
    The Mobilecast (.net) #12 - Data Ingestion
    2107
    Brian spends time talking with Dave Stafford about the Data Ingestion problem that comes with mobile. While people are still fighting about BYOD and who should own/pay for devices, there’s a problem of how you get data off of devices, especially if people use their own apps to get their work done
    Aug 15, 2013
    The Cloudcast #98 - Real-life AWS Apps and DevOps
    2215
    Aaron and Brian talk with Brian McCallion (@BrianMcCallion) about real-life usage of AWS, the AWS services model, the new application development model and how Enterprises are leveraging public cloud for competitive advantages.
    Aug 15, 2013
    The Cloudcast (.net) #97 - Docker.io and PaaS Containers
    1640
    Aaron talks with Solomon Hykes (Founder & CTO) and Ben Golub (CEO) at dotCloud about containers as the next big thing in a post virtual machine world. We dive into dotCloud’s new product, Docker, and talk about feedback to the project and product at OSCON.
    Aug 09, 2013
    The Cloudcast (.net) #96 - Swift - More than OpenStack
    2131
    Aaron talks with Joe Arnold (@joearnold) - Founder & CEO at SwiftStack about Swift as a project and as a product. Joe tells us how to get started with Swift and we deep dive into use cases and architecture. We also talk about Swift in non-OpenStack environments like Apache CloudStack (*gasp*)
    Aug 05, 2013
    The Mobilecast (.net) #11 - An Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) Primer
    2224
    Brian spends time talking with Jack Madden (@jackmadden) about his new Book, “Enterprise Mobility Management: Everything you need to know about MDM, MAM, and BYOD”. They walk through the main themes of the book and how it is a great primer for anyone just getting involved with mobility today.
    Aug 05, 2013
    The Mobilecast (.net) #10 - VMware End User Computing
    1875
    Brian speaks with Scott Davis (@shd_9 ; http://cto.vmware.com/author/scottdavis/), CTO of End User Computing at VMware. They talk about the Horizon mobile offering from VMware. From there they talk about how iOS 7 may effect some of these types of solutions for EMM. That takes a turn in to Mobile Information Management (MIM) and where the industry probably should go moving forward. Lastly, Scott addresses how he and VMware see the relationship between IT and customers effecting EMM and enablement.
    Jul 31, 2013
    The Cloudcast (.net) #95 - Ansible - Next Generation DevOps Tools
    1688
    Aaron talks with Michael DeHaan (@laserllama) - CTO at AnsibleWorks and Mark Hinkle (@mrhinkle) - Sr. Director of Open Source Communities at Citrix, about Ansible and the evolution of orchestration and automation tools. We discuss the need for tools to do more than just configuration management while simultaneously reducing complexity of the products
    Jul 31, 2013
    The Cloudcast (.net) #94 - OpenStack Turns Three
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    Live from OSCON! Aaron talks with Mark Collier (@sparkycollier) - OpenStack Foundation COO & Wayne Walls (@waynewalls) - Cloud Strategist at Rackspace, about OpenStack as a Foundation and the evolution of the project over the years. We also talk about the Unlocked road show product Wayne is currently working on
    Jul 27, 2013
    The Cloudcast (.net) #93 - The Journey from VMware to OpenStack
    1729
    Aaron and Brian talk with Cody Bunch (@cody_bunch) - Principal Architect at Rackspace - about the vBrownBag podcast series and his transition from VMware Expert to leading a community focused on OpenStack. They also discuss his recently released OpenStack book, and his take on OpenStack from architect/users perspective.
    Jul 16, 2013
    The Cloudcast (.net) #92 - Captain Morgan and the Real-Time Web
    2512
    Aaron and Brian talk with Chris Matthieu (@chrismatthieu) about the real-time web, Node.js, UC-enabling Twitter with Twelephone, the evolution of Anything-as-a-Service, mobile apps and how we’re addicted to instant responsiveness on the Internet.
    Jul 10, 2013
    The Cloudcast (.net) #91 - CloudStack Collab - Users Helping Users
    2208
    Aaron talks with Chip Childers (@chipchilders) and David Nalley (@ke4qqq) about why the CloudStack Collab Conference is different from most conferences, the state of Apache CloudStack, user driven communities & what it is like to work in an Apache project
    Jul 01, 2013
    The Cloudcast (.net) #90 - Six Weeks to a Cloud
    1618
    Aaron talks with Kirk Jantzer about creating a cloud in six weeks and why he doesn’t have time to order physical servers anymore. We talk about matching his operations to the speed of the business and learning to “get the hell out of the way” vs. “scripting yourself out of a job” and how he created a Win-Win-Win situation in his environment.
    Jun 28, 2013
    The Cloudcast (.net) #89 - Is Linux the Future of Cloud Networking
    1368
    Brian talks with JR Rivers (@JRCumulus, CEO - Cumulus Networks) about the launch of the company and Cumulus Linux. They explore hardware-acceleration of Linux, integration with Chef/Puppet/Ansible, and the evolution of network operatiing systems and hardware supply chains.
    Jun 19, 2013
    The Cloudcast (.net) #88 - SDN, Overlays, NFV, VXLAN, ODF and ...WTF??
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    Brian talks with Ivan Pepelnjak (@ioshints) about the state of networking - SDN, Overlay Networks, Network Virtualization, NFV, VXLAN, OpenFlow, OVS, Quantum, OpenStack - and how to cut through the confusion.
    Jun 13, 2013
    The Mobilecast (.net) #9 - Apple WWDC Keynote Observations
    2495
    Brian Katz talks with Ben Bajarin (@benbajarin) and John Kirk (@johnkirk) hours after all three attended Apple's World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote. The three of them have an open discussion on what they saw in the keynote. They talk about what the highlights for each of them were, what they thought Apple didn't talk about it and how it may position Apple in the future. The discussion ranges from new Macs and Mac OS X to iOS 7 and many of the new features present in the new mobile OS.
    Jun 11, 2013
    The Mobilecast (.net) #8 - CISO and the Art of Mobility
    2357
    Brian Katz talks with Eric Cowperthwaite (@e_cowperthwaite), the CISO of Providence Health & Systems about how they approach mobility and some of the lessons he learnt as mobility was brought into the company.
    Jun 10, 2013
    The Cloudcast (.net) #87 - Manage the Workload not the Machine
    1670
    Aaron and returning co-host Amy Lewis (@commsninja) talk with Matt Conover (CTO) and Raj (CEO) at Cloud Volumes (@cloudvolumes) about workload and application management in the cloud. Why do we manage physical and virtual machines anymore?
    May 25, 2013
    The Mobilecast (.net) #7 - Mobile Etiquette to Management
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    Brian spends time talking with Bzur Haun and Mani Zarrehparvar from Visage Mobile and even pronounces Mani’s name correctly. They spend time talking about mobile etiquette both personally and when doing work. This leads them to talking about codifying some of these rules in mobile policy and then how you need to manage that policy. This leads to talking about some of the legal things businesses need to look out for.
    May 23, 2013
    The Cloudcast (.net) #86 - From DevOps to Private PaaS
    2510
    Aaron talks with Bart Copeland (@Bart_Copeland, CEO - ActiveState) and John Wetherall (@bcferrycoder, Developer Evangelist - ActiveState) about how developers are adopting DevOps models and how polyglot PaaS technologies are getting deployed in the Enterprise
    May 09, 2013
    The Cloudcast (.net) #85 - Nested Clouds and Application Portability
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    Aaron and Brian talk with Navin Thadani (@navinthadani), SVP Products at start-up Ravello Systems, about past start-up success, Hybrid Clouds, Application Portability, and how to leverage Public Cloud for infinitie IT resources.
    May 02, 2013
    The Mobilecast (.net) #6 - WiFi, Small Cells and Mobile
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    Brian talks with Art King (@artkingg) from Spidercloud about small cell wireless and how it helps enterprises meet their mobile needs. Small cell wireless is a way for enterprises to solve the issue of their buildings being faraday cages and allow their employees to be productive and online at the same time.
    Apr 28, 2013
    The Cloudcast (.net) #83 - Accelerating the Hybrid Cloud Options
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    Brian talks with Rajeev Chawla (CEO @ CloudVelocity) about the evolution and challenges of Hybrid Cloud, working across multiple clouds, and how start-ups are innovating in a highly competitive cloud market.
    Apr 19, 2013
    The Cloudcast (.net) #84 - Red Hat OpenShift - Are We There Yet?
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    Aaron talks with Diane Mueller (@pythondj, Cloud Evangelist), Ryan Jarvinen (@ryanj) and Krishna Raman (@k__raman, Product Manager) from RedHat about the evolution of the OpenShift PaaS platform, the progress of PaaS with the industry, and where Red Hat fits into the OpenStack community.
    Apr 18, 2013
    The Mobilecast (.net) #5 - App Development & Lessons Learned at Festo
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    Brian and Steve Damadeo (@sdamadeo, IT Ops Manager @ Festo) have a lively conversation about doing mobile app development. They talk through the steps that Steve’s team have taken in the last few years to develop solutions at Festo and come up with a set of lessons to be used when going through the process.
    Apr 17, 2013
    The Mobilecast (.net) #4 - Data Categoritization and Security.mp3
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    Brian and Bill Pelletier (@awpiii, http://infosectoday.blogspot.com/) spend some time talking about data categorization, security and how it relates to mobile. This stems from a series of blog posts that Brian wrote in response to Alessandro Festa’s blog posts. It’s a conversation about how you handle data within an enterprise and how it’s sometimes better to start simply rather than trying to climb the whole mountain of data access and security at once.
    Apr 15, 2013
    The Mobilecast (.net) #3 - Identity and Access Management
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    Brian Katz talks with Paul Madsen (@paulmadsen, Office of CTO at Ping Identity) about the challenges of identity management, accesss management, and securing mobile applications, and the associated data. They explore SSO, SAML, JSON, OAuth and other security and identity technologies that are driving mobility solutions. They also explore the challenges of application placement and how IT organizations are managing services across multiple SaaS providers.
    Apr 09, 2013
    The Cloudcast (.net) #82 - SDN, Big Data, Internet of Things and What's Next?
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    Amy Lewis (@CommsNinja) talks with Lew Tucker (@lewtucker, SVP/CTO @ Cisco) and Dave McCrory (@mccrory, SVP @ Warner Music) about the latest keynotes at CloudConnect, the intersection between SDN / Big Data / Sensor Data, and how Cloud Computing and Networking are evolving as a result.
    Apr 07, 2013
    The Cloudcast (.net) #81 - Data Gravity meets Lean Analytics
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    Amy Lewis (@CommsNinja) talks with Dave McCrory (@mccrory, SVP Architecture at Warner Music) and Alistair Croll (@acroll, Analyst/Writer/Start-Up Accellerator) about their keynote talks at DeployCon & CloudConnect, Data Gravity, Lean Analytics and the massive trends that Big Data and Advanced Analytics are having on large and small companies.
    Apr 07, 2013
    The Mobilecast (.net) #2 - Health, Fitness and Wearable Computing
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