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The Cloudcast is the industry's leading, independent Cloud Computing podcast. Since 2011, co-hosts Aaron Delp & Brian Gracely have interviewed technology and business leaders that are shaping the future of computing. Topics will include Cloud Computing | Open Source | AWS | Azure | GCP | Serverless | DevOps | Big Data | ML | AI | Security | Kubernetes | AppDev | SaaS | PaaS | CaaS | IoT. Also available, the "Cloudcast Basics" podcast (@cloudcastbasics), for anyone new to Cloud Computing.

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A 2022 Mid-Year Cloud Update
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Aaron, Brian and Brandon Whichard (@bwhichard, Co-Host of @SoftwareDefTalk) talk about all the big stories, trends and transactions in the cloud in the first half of 2022. 

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Topic 1 - VMware WTF!?

  • Would VMware be a different company if it was never acquired by EMC/Dell?
  • Nearly every successful Enterprise Software company becomes legacy at some point, was this always VMware’s destiny?
  • If VMware was an independent company, would the rise of Containers (Docker) have been any different?
  • Should some other company buy VMware and if so, who?

Topic 2 - I really liked the recent analysis on Clouded Judgement Substack about subscription vs. consumption in an economic downturn. (link) If SaaS is the future, does the consumption model really matter as long as value is there?

Topic 3 - Is there any aspect of the crypto industry that hasn’t been proven to be a sham this year? Decentralized (no). DAOs for governance (no). Controlled by the community (no). Secure (no). Not linked to fiat currencies (no). Good technology (no). A16z propaganda (no).

Topic 4 - Are passwords finally dying? Companies like strongDM/Teleport are pushing certificate based authentication and FIDO is gaining adoption in Windows and macOS. Will there be a time when we don’t need passwords?

Topic 5 - We always talk about skills and keeping up with the industry waves on the show. SaaS is less about building skills and more about operating. How does you get/keep up to speed about SaaS and what’s the future? Is the Cloud Architect going the way of the Infrastructure Admin?

Topic 6 - Did the big 3 cloud providers all fire their marketing teams? I feel like there hasn’t been one big announcement from any of them this year. 

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Jun 29, 2022
What VMware might look like under Broadcom
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Dave Vellante (@dvellante, CEO/Co-Host of @theCube) talks about the VMware acquisition by Broadcom and the potential future of the combined organization. 

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Topic 1 - Welcome back to the show. Lets jump right into it - did you expect VMware to get sold this quickly after finally being “free” of a parent company?

Topic 2 - “Accretive acquisition bringing $8.5B of EBITDA by Year 3” - this seems to be the statement (headline) that really has people talking. What does it mean, and what does it say about the future plans that Broadcom might have for VMware?

Topic 3 - Let’s walk through their slide “Multiple Levers to Increase VMware’s Profitability

Topic 4 - We all know that vSphere/ESX is the cash cow and

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Jun 26, 2022
2022 State of Cloud
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Kent Bennett (Venture Capitalist @bessemervp) talks about the 2022 State of Cloud report, the evolution of the SaaS business model, new monetization models, and the Great Resignation.

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Let’s talk a little bit about your background, and where you focus your attention these days at Bessemer.

Topic 2 - The media headlines for Cloud aren’t great these days. What are the headlines from your State of Cloud 2022? 

Topic 3 - Help us understand how much money has come into the VC systems over the last couple years and where it’s being targeted. 

Topic 4 - Let’s talk about the $1 to $18 model in SaaS. How does that happen, and what separates the good companies ($18) from the good/mediocre companies ($7).

Topic 5 - You talk about “First Act” and indirect models, focused on all their companies that deliver pieces of a monetization model. How long do we expect that approach to last, because we see a wave of consolidation? 

Topic 6 - A lot has been discussed about the “Great Resignation”. This has impacted both tech workers and non-tech. How do you see technology companies having an impact or influence on the global workforce?

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Jun 22, 2022
How Things will Change in a Tech Downturn
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It’s been 13 years since the last economic downturn impacted the tech industry. Many people don’t remember those days, or we’re part of it. Here’s what to expect. 

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FOR THE YOUNGER PEOPLE, THAT WEREN’T AROUND FOR 2008

  • We’re had 10+ years of public cloud adoption
  • We’ve had 5+ years of microservices adoption (containers, Kubernetes, etc.)
  • We’ve seen Digital Transformation dominate the headlines

HOW WILL THE CONVERSATION AROUND TECH CHANGE?

  • We're seeing stories about moving back to Private Cloud
  • We're seeing stories that microservices are bad
  • We're seeing stories that Automation and Security spending will increase
  • We'll hear less and less about Digital Transformation
  • We'll hear about hiring slow downs, and some rationalization of salaries

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Jun 19, 2022
Observability for Machine Learning
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Alessya Visnjic (CEO, WhyLabs) talks about MLOps, the concept of ML Observability and why AI models can fail. Alyessa talks about the differences between data health and model health and why post production analysis of ML is so important.

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Topic 1 - Welcome Alessya! You are what is known in the AI/ML spaces as a veteran. For those who aren’t familiar with your previous work, how about a quick introduction and background.

Topic 2 - Give everyone a background in MLOps as it is still an emerging market.  We are seeing an emerging trend of trust in data to train models. How did we get to this problem? Is this a transparency and observability problem once in production?

Topic 3 -  How is model health different from data health? Post deployment of models can actually be a factor, things like data drift over time…

Topic 4 - What does a typical tool chain look like? Under the covers is this a logging platform to provide visibility into the model behavior to ensure accuracy over time? I would think every model is different, how do you “standardize/rationalize” the data to detect anomalies and incorrect results?

Topic 5 - Every new category of tools has leading use cases. Where are you seeing the most traction today and how can you best help practitioners? 

Topic 6 - How can folks get started if they are interested?

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Jun 15, 2022
Visualizing the Cloud
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Priyanka Vergadia (@pvergadia, Staff Developer Advocate @GoogleCloud) talks about how to use creative visualization to convey complex cloud topics.

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. You’re one of our favorite follows on Twitter. Tell us a little bit about your background, and what you focus on these days at Google?

Topic 2 - As someone who likes to whiteboard things, I’m drawn (no pun intended) to your style of communicating complex ideas. Where did this skill and style come from?

Topic 3 - How was your style looked at by Google, and what types of feedback do you get from the broader community? 

Topic 4 - In the book, you cover A LOT of topics. How deep do you need to get into a topic before you start drawing it? How do you go about learning all the different technologies?  

Topic 5 - What tools do you use to create all the drawings, and more so, you turn a lot of these into videos. Are these tools that other people could easily use?

Topic 6 - Any tips you’ve learned about how to communicate complex ideas, either to technical or business people? 

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Jun 12, 2022
Shared Responsibilities for Cloud Providers
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Miles Ward (@milesward, CTO @SADA) talks about managing the transition to public cloud, customer vs. provider responsibilities, and how to best leverage cloud provider innovations. 

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Dude, you’ve done some things. Tell us a little bit about your background at a few of these clouds that people have heard of. 

Topic 2 - Let’s talk about SADA. We’re really curious about the perspective of Google Cloud vs. AWS. 

Topic 3 - Based on the revenue numbers, companies are using public cloud services a lot these days. The clouds seem great, because they take a lot of people’s plates. Do you think they realize who is actually responsible for their cloud deployments? 

Topic 4 - Having build a number of best practices | well-architected designs, how do the cloud providers think about responsibility (let’s take security as an example) and how do they expect customers to take responsibility?   

Topic 5 - What are the most common mistakes companies make in this shared responsibility model? What are the biggest gray areas? 

Topic 6 - Let’s come back to Google Cloud. What are some of the cool things you’re able to uniquely do in Google Cloud that really add business value for your clients?

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Jun 08, 2022
Finding or Becoming a Mentor
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During uncertain times, many people seek the help of a mentor. On today’s show, we look at how to find a mentor, and how to consider being a mentor. 

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HOW DOES THE MENTOR-MENTEE PROCESS WORK?

How to determine if you’re trying to find a job, or trying to find a mentor. And what does a good mentor-mentee relationship look like? 

HOW TO FIND A MENTOR, HOW TO BE A MENTOR

  • Know if you’re job hunting or trying to find a mentor
  • Be visible in the community. 
  • Define a scope of what you’re asking of the mentor
  • Come with ideas and potential solutions
  • Understand the time commitment needed for success


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Jun 05, 2022
CyberSecurity, Economics and Policy in 2022
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Andy Grotto (@grottoandrew, Researcher @StanfordCyber) and Steve Weber (Professor Cal Berkeley I-School) talk about the big picture intersection of Cybersecurity, Global Economy and Government policy. 


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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Tell us a bit about both of your backgrounds. 

Topic 2 - You both focus on the intersections between Technology, Gov’t Policy and Economics. We tend to focus on technology, but obviously they are all interconnected.  Where would you start in a 101 Technology-centric class to branch out from Security threats to how it impacts those other areas? 

Topic 3 - Sometimes individuals feel like they can’t impact macro-level issues. So how do you frame your areas of focus when speaking with Government or Business leaders to get them to understand the scope, the breadth, and what actions could be taken? 

Topic 4 - We talk a lot on this show about new security technologies, and we talk about companies having trouble keeping up to be able to manage their security. Do you think there are other factors involved that are preventing companies from remaining secure?

Topic 5 - What are some of the security (technology) areas where you see opportunities to improve business and government security? Are these areas that need more implementations, or more funding, or more research? 

Topic 6 - We’re coming (mostly) out of COVID-19, there’s various levels of economic uncertainty around the world (supply chain, inflation). What are the headlines you’re writing today and what are some of the scenarios you see playing out over the next 12-18 months?

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Jun 01, 2022
Enabling the Enterprise Financial Data Cloud
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Cory Albert (Global Head of Cloud Strategy, Bloomberg Enterprise Data) talks about delivering cloud services to the financial services industry, new cloud delivery models, and innovations on the horizon. 

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Bloomberg is one of the most recognized companies in the world. Let’s talk a little bit about your background and where your focus is today.

Topic 2 - Help us understand the scope of Bloomberg’s role in the overall financial markets, in terms of delivering data to clients and partners. 

Topic 3 - The demands of financial markets (latency, data volume, security, etc.) have previously mandated that resources be local (on-prem, specialized co-lo facilities, etc.), but we’re hearing more and more about how financial services are leveraging the public cloud. Can you talk about how this hybrid cloud model might be impacting data management? 

Topic 4 - As we look out a few years, how do you see shifts in cloud delivery models potentially reshaping how financial services data is used, delivered, protected, etc? What are some of the future trends that you’re keeping your eyes on? 

Topic 5 - There is a ton of innovation happening around the financial services markets, from how services are delivered to who is using the services. How do these changes shape the way that Bloomberg has to partner with other companies to remain innovative and competitive? 

Topic 6 - You’re a veteran of the financial services industry. What are some of the interesting areas that you’re seeing for new people coming into the industry where they might have an opportunity to pot

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May 29, 2022
Scalable, Serverless Database Platforms
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Sam Lambert (@isamlambert, CEO @PlanetScaledata) talks about building a cloud-native SQL database from first principles, and how to eliminate the things people hate about database operations. This is cool stuff! 

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. In less than 10 years, you’ve had quite a career rise from “MySQL DBA” to some very high-profile roles. Tell us a little bit about your background, and where you focus now as CEO of PlanetScale. 

Topic 2 - There have been an explosion of “Internet-scale” databases over the last 5 years. Where is the market today for these technologies?  

Topic 3 - Scaling databases is difficult. Scaling them while still allowing compatibility with known skills is even harder. PlanetScale builds upon a project called Vitess.  Walk us through the journey of how Vitress got started to where it is today. 

Topic 4 - What do developers want to know about databases? What do they wish they could ignore or not worry about?  

Topic 5 -  In today’s world, what’s the right balance between what developers want and what’s needed under the covers (e.g. Ops, scaling, security, etc.) to make sure the data is always available? What are some of the quantum leaps that PlanetScale has taken to eliminate previous problems? 

Topic 6 - What are some (customer) examples of things that PlanetScale does now that you wish you had in your previous DBA roles? 

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May 25, 2022
Managing Thru Economic Donwturns
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As we wade into global economic uncertainty, let's look at what we can learn from previous (2001, 2008) economic downturns and how they impacted the tech industry.

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WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM PAST ECONOMIC DOWNTURNS AND HOW THEY IMPACT THE TECH INDUSTRY

LESSONS FROM PREVIOUS ECONOMIC DOWNTURNS

  • Get your finances in order
  • Make sure you're aligned to near-term business needs
  • Invest in yourself (health, family, learning, etc.)
  • Align with communities and mentors


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May 22, 2022
Running a Large-Scale SaaS Platform
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Danny Fields (CTO/EVP @Avalara) talks about operating large SaaS environments, customizations for customer demands, and transitioning from traditional software. 

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. You’ve got a very broad background in engineering and leadership roles. Can you share with us a little bit of your evolution, and where you focus your time at Avalara?

Topic 2 - Give us a little bit of background on Avalara (SaaS for Tax Compliance), and a little bit of details on what it means to run a SaaS platform for such a complex product offering? 

Topic 3 - You’ve been involved in a number of different SaaS platforms over the years. What are some of the biggest changes and challenges you face in running modern SaaS platforms today?

Topic 4 - Taxes are a very complex ecosystem, especially with all the variants around the world. How does a product team think about balancing the desire to deliver a consistent experience (SaaS operations) and customer demands for uniqueness?

Topic 5 - How do you think about balancing optimizations around Operations and taking advantage of all the new innovations happening in open-source, or from the cloud-providers, or just internal capabilities from your team? 

Topic 6 - Any tips for anyone looking to get into SaaS operations, or transitions from traditional data center software delivery? 

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May 18, 2022
Logging Governance and Sensitive Data
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Pranay Kamat (Prod Mgmt @datadoghq) talks about the challenges is protecting sensitive data, internal vs. external attacks, evolution of DLP, the role of Governance in DevSecOps. 

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Let’s talk about your background and the areas where you focus at Datadog. 

Topic 2 - We continuing to see headlines about critical data being stolen, which is a trend that doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Give us a picture of where we are with the problems that are still causing this, and what new things companies can do to prevent it.

Topic 3 - Where are some of the differences between traditional Data Loss Prevent (DLP) strategies and strategies that proactively look at logs to identify data access and breaches? 

Topic 4 - We often think about attacks coming from the outside, but oftentimes attacks happen from inside the house (directly or indirectly). How important is it to be able to control access to logs and what is visible within logs to prevent internal attacks and vulnerabilities?  

Topic 5 - What are some of the more dynamic, modern ways to identify sensitive traffic and tag it properly so systems can act on it? 

Topic 6 - It’s often said that security is everyone’s issue. In modern teams (DevOps, DevSecOps, etc.), where are you seeing as the owner of this Governance and Sensitive data?



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May 15, 2022
Simplifying Cloud for Developers
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Raman Sharma (@rasharm_, VP Product & Programs Marketing @DigitalOcean) talks about the evolution of Digital Ocean, the right tools for developers, and managing simplicity and scale.


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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Your career has followed a parallel path to the evolution of the cloud. Let’s talk a little bit about your background, and especially your involvement with developers. 

Topic 2 - It’s been a while since we last had DigitalOcean on the show. Before we dive into the technology stack, let’s talk about how DigitalOcean thinks about developer needs. 

Topic 3 - Compute, Storage, Networking, Databases, Kubernetes, PaaS, Marketplace. Walk us through where DigitalOcean helps developers make it simple to use these primitives. 

Topic 4 - What do developers ask you for next? Is it more capabilities, or different pricing, or something else to make their lives easier? 

Topic 5 - What do your customer’s teams look like? Do they align to the primitives (e.g. cloud infrastructure teams), or is it more “you build it you run it”, or something else?

Topic 6 - Where are some of the areas where DigitalOcean is focused or sees new opportunities in 2022 and beyond?

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May 11, 2022
Explaining Technical Topics - Service Mesh
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In this new series, we’ll look at ways to explain complex technical topics. This week we’re looking at Service Mesh. 

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HOW DOES A SERVICE MESH WORK? WHEN SHOULD YOU CONSIDER ONE?

A service mesh is a dedicated infrastructure layer for facilitating service-to-service communications between services or microservices, using a proxy.   

LET’S EXPLAIN HOW SERVICE MESH WORKS.

We explain service mesh using a family household analogy, and how it changes over time. We relate this back to how an application evolves from a monolith to microservices. 

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May 08, 2022
Cloud Marketplaces
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John Jahnke (CEO of @Tackleio) talks about the rise of Cloud Marketplaces, the evolution of B2B purchasing for cloud products, and the relationship between software vendors and cloud providers. 

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Tell us a little bit about your background. And please give us a quick overview of Tackle.

Topic 2 - Everybody knows about the 100s of services that get announced by the major hyperscalers each year, but not as many people are aware that there’s more to the cloud than native services. Where do cloud marketplaces fit into the cloud ecosystem, and how have they evolved over the years?  

Topic 3 - If we wanted to explain the value of a cloud marketplace to someone, what value does it provide to the various parties involved - the cloud, the marketplace owner, the software company using a marketplace, the customers using a marketplace?

Topic 4 - Can you walk us through the process of how a software company engages with a marketplace? Are they working to get their software into 3rd-party marketplaces, or building their own marketplaces, or something else?

Topic 5 - How do the Tackle marketplaces different from the AWS, Azure or GCP marketplaces? 

Topic 6 - What are the best ways for companies to create a plan to leverage cloud marketplaces to better reach customers and specific markets? 

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May 04, 2022
SLOs for Everyone
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No Brian (Gracely) for a Sunday Perspective this week. We have Brian Singer (@brian_singer, CPO @nobl9inc) talking about Service Level Objectives (SLO), what they are, why they matter, and how to use SLOs to focus on innovation vs. technical debt.

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Topic 1 - Brian, welcome to the show! We had Alex on the podcast last year and look forward to continuing the SLO conversation. Give everyone a brief introduction.

Topic 2 - If someone isn’t familiar with SLO’s (Service Level Objectives), how do you define them? Why do they matter? What problem do they solve? How are they different from SLA’s?

Topic 3 - Is this a transition from max reliability to instead look at errors as a “budget”? How can you manage a certain window of unreliability and keep customers happy? 

Topic 4 - How do you create SLOs? Who creates them? Is this an SRE connecting up to existing systems or new tooling and plumbing? Does it fit into an existing GitOps workflow for instance - SLOs-as-Code? Is there automation triggers that happen when conditions are met?

Topic 5 - How does an SRE know which metrics matter? I would imagine not all downtime is equal? How does this correlate with business KPIs? Do you fine tune over time?

Topic 6 - The big question is always the focus on technical debt vs. innovation. Does this help and if so how?

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May 01, 2022
CI/CD Monitoring and Flaky Testing
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Borja Burgos (@borja_burgos, Director of Product @datadoghq) talks about monitoring and measuring CI/CD environments, “shift left” for security and test coverage, and understanding test coverage patterns.

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. You’ve got quite an impressive track-record as an entrepreneur and founder. Tell us a little bit about your background, and some of the things you’re now focused on at Datadog.

Topic 2 - You wrote that “Master is the new Prod, and Devs are the new Ops”. Can you help us unpack the concepts that you were trying to convey?

Topic 3 -.How widespread is the understanding that it’s important to monitor CI/CD environments, vs. the more traditional focus of monitoring production environments?

Topic 4 - What are some of the areas where CI visibility or synthetic CI/CD testing helps improve application quality and overall availability in production?  

Topic 5 -  All of these efforts to test earlier, integrate earlier and have visibility earlier sound like the “shift left” movement. Are those things difficult to do, since many companies have siloed teams?  

Topic 6 - What are some of the ways that your team has been able to take the technology from Undefined Labs and bring it into the broader scope of capabilities that are available through Datadog? 

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Apr 27, 2022
Explaining Twitter to a 5yr old
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Could you explain Twitter to a 5yr old? Some things are just difficult to explain, and this week we look at the challenges of trying to explain complex technical concepts to everyday people. 

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I GET HOW IT WORKS, BUT WHAT DOES IT ACTUALLY DO?

Many of us use Twitter on a daily basis, but if you had to explain it to someone, could you explain what it is and what value it provides? Many of us are tasked with a similar challenge in trying to explain our day-to-day work.  

EXPLAINING COMPLEX THINGS IS HARD. MAYBE THAT’S A SIGN THAT IT’S TOO TECHNICAL OR SHOULD BE BROKEN APART

  • What problem does something solve? 
  • Who has that problem? 
  • Does the problem need to be solved by a product or a platform?
  • Does the product align to one or many people’s jobs?
  • Does the platform align to one of many people’s jobs?
  • If it’s a platform, do the people with the problem want all of it?
  • Does the platform approach limit your ability to monetize it (e.g. too restrictive)?
  • Could you platform be valuable if it was broken up? 


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Apr 24, 2022
DataCenter-as-a-Service
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Ian McClarty (President @PhoenixNAP) talks about the evolution of the CoLocation and DataCenter-as-a-Service market, cloud repatriation, how software has changed the economics and working closely with hyperscalers.

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. You’ve run PhoenixNAP for more than a decade. Give us some sense of the evolution of the CoLocation | Managed Services market over that time.

Topic 2 - Lots of people focus on the cloud hyperscalers, but there are a ton of business needs that they can’t satisfy - whether it’s location, or dedicated resources, or offloading skills, etc. What are the biggest challenges that your customers are facing these days?

Topic 3 - The breadth of capabilities that you offer has really evolved - from locations, to capabilities, to flexibility you can offer customers. How much has the industry shift to software-defined-services enabled that to accelerate? 

Topic 4 - What is a typical relationship that your customers have between you and the hyperscalers? It seems like there are a lot of potential synergies that benefit everybody.  

Topic 5 - What differentiates the CoLocation | Managed Cloud providers these days? And where do you see that evolving? 

Topic 6 - What are some of the most common ways that your customers take advantage of the value you provide them - whether it’s technology, or people skills, or capacity planning or locations? 


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Apr 20, 2022
Transitioning from Engineering to Product
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Transitioning from a technical role to a “less” technical role can be scary. Let’s look at how you might evaluate a change, and some tips to succeed in the transition.  

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I DON’T WANT TO LOSE MY TECHNICAL SKILLS OR REPUTATION

It’s completely normal to be concerned about losing your technical skills, the thing that has established your current value to your employer, if you transition to a more product or business-focused role. 

HOW TO SUCCEED (OR AVOID FAILING) IN A TRANSITION

  • Your technical knowledge will still be extremely valuable.
  • Not all technical decisions are based on technology. Understanding economics, and business context, and flexibility options, and personalities involved are equally as important. 
  • Understand what you’ll be building vs. managing. Is it stand-alone or part of something larger? What are the things you can influence and change? 
  • Your people skills will be challenged, and rewarded. 
  • Understand that you’re part of a large ecosystem of people that will determine your perceived success. 
  • The choices of jobs expands when you’re closer to the people that use your technology.


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Apr 17, 2022
Database Caching as a Service
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Ben Hagan (@ben_hagan, Founder/CEO @polyScaleAI) talks about the challenges of database performance, distributed data and applications, and how caching-as-a-service can improve performance.

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. You’re very much a data-centric person. Tell us a little bit about your background and what led you to found Polyscale?

Topic 2 - Before we dive into what Polyscale does, let’s talk about the problem that it solves for companies. 

Topic 3 - Let’s talk about how Polyscale makes data-access faster, without having to rewrite a bunch of applications or databases. Help us understand things like placement, scaling, resiliency, etc.

Topic 4 - How much different will the experience be for an application-developer or DBA? How much visibility will be available to troubleshoot or make adjustments?  

Topic 5 - How is Polyscale different from a CDN platform?   

Topic 6 - What are some of the initial use-cases or problem areas where companies can take advantage of Polyscale capabilities? 

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Apr 13, 2022
The Unexpected Pace of Technology Adoption
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Every week we talk about new technologies and new trends. But studies show us that new technology adoption tends to be very slow, especially at high levels. What’s behind the inability of new tech to displace legacy tech?  

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IF IT AIN’T BROKE, DON’T FIX IT

For existing companies, most of the budget (typically 70-80%) is spent maintaining existing systems. New technologies are rarely used to replace existing technologies, but are usually additive. New teams and new processes are created, and those teams are often expensive (rare skills).

OUTSIDE OF CLOUD, THE COSTS OF CHANGE ARE DIFFICULT TO MANAGE

  • The learning curve can be long, so companies often hire new talent. 
  • For new technologies, talent is difficult to find, so often very expensive. 
  • And new technology takes a while to mature, so the number of available use-cases is initially limited. 
  • It’s not unusual for wide-spread adoption to take 3-5 years (if it succeeds).  
  • Oftentimes, existing technologies will see a market disruption coming and add similar capabilities. 
  • Many technology spaces have too many alternative options, so it can take a while before a “winner” emerges in the market. 


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Apr 10, 2022
Multi-Cloud Networking
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William Collins (@@WCollins502, Principal Cloud Architect @AlkiraNet) talks about how to seamlessly build multi-cloud networks for any applications.

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Tell us a little bit about your background.

Topic 2 - Every survey that comes out says customers are going to be using multiple clouds for quite a while. Interconnecting all these services, either simply or in complex ways is now a reality. Walk us through how this challenge is typically approached?

Topic 3 - Walk us through the different options, from VPNs to SD-WAN to Cloud Interconnects. What are the pros/cons and trade-offs for companies?

Topic 4 - Has the COVID pandemic and all the remote work changed how companies network with the clouds? Are these expected to be temporary changes, or likely to remain long-term

Topic 5 - How does Alkira fit into the cloud networking picture? Does their approach to simplifying things help when companies are adopting things like DevSecOps, where networking might not be the primary focus?

Topic 6 - What are some ways that companies on their multi-cloud journey can benefit from simplified ways to enable security and inter-connections to the cloud?

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Apr 06, 2022
How DevOps is like Microsoft Excel
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DevOps mashes together two things, Dev and Ops. But in reality, it includes much more than that. But who owns DevOps? Does anyone use all of DevOps? And is DevOps a people, process or technology?

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WHEN DOES A TOOL STOP, AND A PROCESS BEGINS?

How would you define DevOps? Who owns DevOps? 

MOST PEOPLE ONLY USE 30% OF THE FEATURES OF ANY TOOL

  • What happens if a company doesn’t go full DevOps?
  • What happens if a team, within a company, doesn’t go full DevOps?
  • Can there be more than one definition of DevOps within a company?
  • Is velocity the best measurement for DevOps?


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Apr 03, 2022
Automating Decisions, Processes and ML without Code
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Loren Goodman (CTO @InRule) talks about the intersection of AI/ML, DevOps, and Low Code/NoCode and making complex decisions using automation.

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Topic 1 - Loren, welcome to the show. How about a brief introduction and background. 

Topic 2 - Our audience shows an interest in AI/ML but at least as us as the hosts, we aren’t deep on the AI/ML side. So, let’s start at the start, what is a decision platform? How is AI/ML involved? And most importantly, why do companies need one?

Topic 3 - As I understand this, this is about an intersection of AI/ML with DevOps and then providing access to non-technical SME’s as well? Is this the correct way to think about this? How does this relate to automating complex decisions and how does this help the business? Does this stray into the topic of LowCode/NoCode?

Topic 4 - Anytime I think about automation, especially highly automated CI/CD pipelines, I worry about a ripple effect. Is it true to say the more complex the decisions, the higher the risk that something will not go as planned? Any recommendations or best practices/lessons learned you would like to share?

Topic 5 - This has me thinking about another trend, we keep hearing anything with Ops tacked on the back. Of course DevOps, then DevSecOps, AIOps, etc. Is this DecisionOps? What industries are typically drawn to these types of platforms? I can see this benefiting highly regulated industries. 

Topic 6 - As this may be a new topic for some, if folks want to learn more, how would you suggest they get started in this space?


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Mar 30, 2022
Did DevOps Ruin Everything?
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Making changes to applications has always been difficult. DevOps and Microservices introduced new techniques to simplify that, but also introduced new challenges that can be difficult to manage. Should things be easier for Devs or Ops?  

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DEVELOPERS WANT MORE FREEDOM TO CHOOSE AND MAKE CHANGES

Since the earliest days of PaaS, developers have wanted more freedom to choose how they build applications, and wanted less to distract them. But those trade-offs move the challenges of managing applications to different areas. 

HAS DEVOPS FIGURED OUT HOW TO BALANCE THOSE TRADEOFFS PROPERLY?

  • PaaS platforms have challenges when the use-cases drift outside the guard-rails.
  • We can give developers freedom, but that often leads to silos or snowflakes.
  • We don’t need containers or immutable systems, but the alternatives can be prohibitively expensive or add security risks. 
  • DevOps assumes that Devs and Ops can work together, but that assumes that individuals within teams all have the same goals, motivations and timelines. 
  • Some technologies have emerged to fit into these new working models (e.g. Kubernetes, Service Mesh, etc.)
  • “If it’s 2pm on a Wednesday, and your team wants to roll out a new set of application features into production, how confident are you that the business won’t skip a beat?” 

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Mar 27, 2022
Developing Multi-Cloud Skills
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Forrest Brazeal (@forrestbrazeal, Head of Content @GoogleCloud) talks about the realities of multi-cloud (intended and accidental), how to adapt skills to new cloud environments, and best vs. worst practices.

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. We first learned about your skills at A Cloud Guru, but you work on a bunch of really interesting projects. Tell us a little bit about your background, and what you now focus on at Google Cloud.

Topic 2 - For a while you were very AWS-centric in your focus. What were your thoughts on multi-cloud a few years ago, and how has that evolved over the last few years?

Topic 3 - Hashicorp’s recent State of Cloud Strategy Survey found 76% of employers are already using multiple clouds in some fashion, with more than 50% flagging lack of skills among their employees as a top challenge to survival in the cloud. What do these survey results tell you about actual company usage of clouds?

Topic 4 - You spend a lot of time talking to people about cloud jobs and transitioning to cloud skills. In the context of multi-cloud, who do you find should be focusing on multi-cloud? Is it more infrastructure-centric or application-centric or something else?

Topic 5 -  Technical people obviously can’t be experts in everything (all clouds). Do you have any suggestions for companies that have to manage applications across multiple clouds? Best practices, worst practices, etc.

Topic 6 - We have to ask about the songs. How did it begin, what’s the process, and do your co-workers respond to them?

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Mar 23, 2022
Doing What Didn't Seem Possible
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There are transitional moments, often many, in your career when you just don’t think you can make the change. This week we look at the thought process of how to address those “don’t think I can” moments. 

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 SOMETIMES HARD DECISIONS ARE HARD

There will be times in your life when you’d like to make a change, or take on a new skill or opportunity, but you tell yourself that you’ll never be able to do that. 

THE JOURNEY IS OFTEN MORE INTERESTING THAN THE DESTINATION

At times it can seem like the new thing will take forever to learn, or that it’s too far out of reach. We talk about some examples of when changes happen, the thought process involved, and how to measure the next stage.  

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Mar 20, 2022
Automating Crypto for Everyone
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Jesse Proudman (Makara, Co-Founder & CEO) talks about how he moved from infrastructure into the world of crypto. He gives advice on learning and his plans to make investing in this space more approachable for everyone. 

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Topic 1 - Welcome back Jesse! We’ve chatted multiple times over the years but most recently back in 2018 with your first crypto startup, Strix Leviathan. For those who haven’t heard from you before, how about a quick introduction and background. 

Topic 2 - By now, everyone has heard of crypto and it seems these days, everyone has an opinion on crypto. What got you started in the space and what prompted you to spin off a second company from Strix Leviathan, the new company is Makara. 

Topic 3 - What are the most common misconceptions and objections you run across these days in the crypto space?

Topic 4 - Before we dig into Makara and what is different there. What are your thoughts on differences between tokens? There are many different spaces and types. Layer 0, Layer 1, Layer 2… Does this matter to the average person or is Bitcoin the same as Ethereum?

Topic 5 - Tell everyone a little bit about Makara and why it is different?

Topic 6 - To bring this back around to the previous question on types of crypto and categories. Tell everyone about Makara’s concept of baskets for categories and how do you decide on groupings and when do you introduce new baskets?

Topic 7 - Because of the interest in this space, there are lots of people out there giving bad advice and trying to make a quick buck. Most of the dedicated podcasts covering this space are horrible I’ve found. If someone was new and wanted to get started, where would you go? 

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Mar 16, 2022
Technology and Teams Going in Different Directions
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We’re at an interesting crossroads. Technology is becoming more distributed, and yet the teams managing it are having to become more integrated. For successful companies, this is creating a different way to think about “platform” services. 

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LOCATIONS, INFRASTRUCTURE AND APPLICATIONS ARE BECOMING MORE DISTRIBUTED

Data Center to Cloud. Zero-Trust Networks. Users (internal and external) are everywhere. Application Services are managed, or reached via an API.  

WHAT DOES THE LAYER ABOVE INFRASTRUCTURE LOOK LIKE NOW? 

We know that infrastructure is now “Cloud” and often managed by someone else, but what do we call the stuff about it? Some of it is Applications, some of it is Application-Services, and then there is a bunch of stuff that crosses boundaries between networking, security, API governance, application acceleration, etc.. 


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Mar 13, 2022
Managing the Business Impact of Data Quality
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Elliot Shmukler (@eshmu, Co-Founder/CEO @anomalo_hq) and Jeremy Stanley (@jeremystan, Co-Founder/CTO) talk about how data integrity and changes can impact both technology and business decisions. 

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Let’s start with brief introductions and backgrounds. Elliot & Jeremy please introduce yourselves.

Topic 2 - As mentioned you both met and worked together at Instacart. Let’s introduce the concept of data quality and integrity to those who may not be familiar. What patterns and problems did you see. Any possible horror stories you can share?

Topic 3 - Up until now, I’ve seen big data often more about finding the needle in the haystack. It’s in there somewhere, you just have to find it. But, what if it is the wrong needle?

Topic 4 - Are we also talking about data drift over time as the amount of data grows? As data is added to the pool, we may come to different conclusions. How do we know if the new conclusions are based on good data or bad data?

Topic 5 - You recently announced a partnership with Snowflake. This makes sense, why build another data lake and that of course may be a barrier of entry to some, correct? Are we reaching a point with big data and data lakes that we can have one single source of truth? I know we are in early days but how do most customers approach big data today and how do they keep the data sets up to date.

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Mar 09, 2022
A Perspective on Fast Change and Slow Change
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Sometimes change happens fast, and sometimes change happens over a long period of time. Today’s show tries to put a few things in perspective around tech and non-tech change. 

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WE WISH WE KNEW MORE ABOUT OUR AUDIENCE, AT A PERSONAL LEVEL

We have listeners from 130+ countries. Unfortunately podcast tools don’t give us individualized information about our audience. Over the last 5 weeks, we had 19 listeners from Ukraine. This past week, we had 0. We hope that they are all safe. 

YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN A JOB WILL BE A GREAT JOB, GOOD JOB, OR BAD JOB

Over the years, Aaron and I have changed jobs within the tech industry several times. Sometimes we stayed for a little while and sometimes much longer. You never know how a specific job will be going into it, and sometimes it’s hard to have perspective on it while you’re in the job. The best you can hope for is a few great teams, or great projects, or working with great people, to offset that lots of things in tech don’t pan out like they are expected.  


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Mar 06, 2022
Security Access as Code
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Tim Prendergast (@auxome, CEO strongDM) talks about security access as code, the latest security trends including Zero Trust and taking a modern approach to security.

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Topic 1 - Welcome back to the show! For those that don’t know, you were on the Cloudcast show #151 way back in the day and one of our first security guests. Hard to believe it has been almost 8 years since we’ve had you on the show. For those that don’t know, give everyone a brief introduction and what you’ve been up to since your evident.io days.

Topic 2 - You introduced our listeners to the concepts of Continuous Security Monitoring and Shared Responsibility in the public cloud. Bring folks up to date, how have security models and concepts evolved?

Topic 3 - Leading question for you Tim… as we know strongDM recently published some great reports on this, go check out the Infographic and Year of Access Reports linked in the show notes. Where do developers and more specifically where does DevOps or even DevSecOps fit into all of this? How do we “air gap” developers in public cloud while maintaining access to the tools and workflows they need. (i.e. ssh keys, AWS IAM keys, RDP logins, and database credentials)

Topic 4 - Security to me has always been a tradeoff of convenience. But, we also have the rise of automation, which I would expect to be a big convenience vs. risk trade off, especially at scale.  Is this still true? Where does Zero Trust fit in?

Topic 5 - Lets talk about strongDM specifically quickly. I’ve heard the term “access as code” thrown around. Is this a proxy, a VPN, tell us a bit about the tech and the implementation and use case and what changes.

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Mar 02, 2022
The Kubernetes Developer Experience?
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Kubernetes won the container wars and continues to grow in use across many industries. But how did something that was about Cloud-native Applications gain traction without a developer experience?

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HOW DID KUBERNETES WIN WHEN IT STARTED FROM BEHIND?

Listening to this week's SDT show, and remembering listening to SDT years ago, @cote comments about why Kubernetes "won" were always interesting. In essence it was late to market, was lacking in features vs. competitors (Mesos, Swarm, CF), and had a terrible user-experience...so how did it "win"? It all seems ass-backwards. 

HOW HAS KUBERNETES CONTINUED TO WIN, WITHOUT A DEVELOPER EXPERIENCE?

  1. Mesos, CF and Swarm were all single-vendor dominated projects, and many companies had concerns about another generation of vendor lock-in. This point is reasonably valid, but the companies that were using Mesos, CF and Swarm did all seem to love that technology.
  2. Mesos was primarily focused on big data workloads. For each new application-type, you needed to write (or use) another application-specific framework. So it was good at its niche, but couldn't easily be used for other types of apps. [Kubernetes eventually copied this model with CRDs].
  3. Swarm was the easiest to use, but it wasn't very good technology and didn't scale. So it got pigeon-holed for smaller projects.
  4. CF focused on Java/SpringBoot, which is a big Enterprise opportunity. but CF was super complicated to set up. And CF never really embraced containers, so companies were weary of if they were missing this big trend (Docker).
  5. Kubernetes comes along and  becomes the good-enough platform. It's not dominated by a single vendor. It natively supports Docker, it has some built-in usage patterns so it's easier than Mesos to add apps, it scales better than Swarm, and it can support Java/Spring or even legacy Java (lift-and-shift). And as Joe Beda says, you could use it natively or you could build some PaaS-y like features on top of it.

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Feb 27, 2022
Data Observability
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Kevin Hu (@kevinzenghu, Co-Founder | CEO at @Metaplane) talks about the concepts behind Data Observability and the unique challenges for Data Engineers.

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Let’s talk about your background and what led you to start Metaplane.

Topic 2 - Let’s start by talking about the concept of what is a modern data engineer. What is this person doing, what are they responsible for, and who are their typical “customers” within a business. 

Topic 3 - Beyond just huge volumes of data and trying to make the data usable (formatting, ETL, storage access, etc.), what sort of problems do data engineers encounter? How much is typically “first-party data” and how much comes from external systems? 

Topic 4 - Let’s talk about Data Observability. First off, what is it?. And second, how is it different from the Observability that we’ve seen from Datadog or Honeycomb or Observe or many others? 

Topic 5 - What are the types of Data Observability problems that Metaplane is focused on solving for Data engineers? Are these usually done independently, or in collaboration with the application or business analyst teams?

Topic 6 - What are some of the immediate results (improvements) that companies see when adding Data Observability to their environments?


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Feb 23, 2022
DevOps, what's in a name?
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DevOps is defined as, “Everything you do to overcome the friction created by silos … All the rest is plain engineering” Why is it so difficult to implement, but so easy to make up so many job titles surrounding it?

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IF EVERYTHING IS DEVOPS, THEN WHAT IS DEVOPS?

Patrick Dubois, one of the original creators of the DevOps concept, recently published a framework to think about all the job titles that have emerged out of the original DevOps concept. Is this a good progression, or is it just hiding the cultural and organizational complexities that DevOps is trying to address?

THE CHALLENGES OF TRYING TO ELIMINATE SILOED TECHNOLOGY FUNCTIONS

  1. It seems like it all began when AWS’ CTO Werner Vogels said, “You build it, you run it.” That was such a foreign concept in the IT world, and ever since, we’ve been trying to invent ways to apply existing organization paradigms to the byproduct of that concept. 
  2. Previous applications were rarely changed. Now applications (microservices, etc.) are designed from Day 1 to frequently change. Once again, the existing organization paradigms have to change. 
  3. And the public cloud introduces a level of financial transparency and complexity (e.g. here’s a bill every month) that is creating new roles (or newer concepts) that are trying to optimize that information. 
  4. Lots of companies say that they can’t support multiple operational models (hence why they try to retrofit old models into new names), but the reality is that they are always supporting multiple process or platform models. 
  5. Resume-driven-development has become a real thing, so it’s not unusual to see title-washing happen at various companies. It can also be valuable for recruiting as well, at least in the short-term. 
  6. I wish there was some better measurement model for progress along these DevOps paths, instead of just the tiering of the State of DevOps report. It’s too easy to get frustrated, when many companies are just striving to get to a mid-level of DevOps efficiency.

 

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Feb 20, 2022
Cloud Cost Intelligence
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Erik Peterson (@silvexis, Founder/CTO/CISO @CloudZeroInc) talks about how Cloud Cost Mgmt has matured, the importance of business context for cloud costs, and best practices for managing SaaS costs. 

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. You have a very interesting background. Tell us a little bit how you’ve gone from Nuclear watchdog to Banking to Product guy to Security guy and now focus on Cloud costs.

Topic 2 - Let’s start by talking about maturity levels of companies using the cloud. Engineering teams are fairly mature, but how mature are product teams, finance teams, marketing teams, etc, especially when it comes to understanding cloud costs in their world?

Topic 3 - Cloud Cost Mgmt used to be all about when to use on-demand vs. Reserved Instances. Have the systems evolved to be more contextual - (example) so marketing teams can run experiments and product teams can make smarter feature priority decisions?

Topic 4 - We’re seeing a lot of companies moving from selling software to delivering their capabilities as a SaaS offering. This is a big change in the economics of that business. How can those types of teams think about cloud costs?

Topic 5 -
How much of Cost Mgmt is systems vs. people that understand the contexts of costs? What is your perspective on how much should be automated systems vs. human expertise to augment automated systems?

Topic 6 - What are some of the most common mistakes you see companies make around Cost Mgmt, or some tips you give to immediately help companies better spend on Cloud

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Feb 16, 2022
Lessons Learned from Shadow IT
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Shadow IT and start-ups were the original users of public cloud, over a decade ago. But as public cloud has become a multi-billion dollar business, let’s explore how the role of Shadow IT has evolved. 

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DOES SHADOW IT STILL EXIST IF PUBLIC CLOUD IS MAINSTREAM?

Shadow IT began as a way to be more productive in the office (server under the desk, WiFi in a conference room, etc.) and then it went to the cloud (SaaS, the IaaS/PaaS). But how did it evolve and what situations has it created now? 

WHAT DOES THE NEW DISTRIBUTED IT LOOK LIKE NOW?

  1. Everybody has the ability to get access to (almost) any technology, via open-source or public cloud, or freemium services.
  2. Everybody has the ability to learn something new (YouTube, ACloudGuru, Developer Evangelists, etc.
  3. IT organizations have less influence over company-wide architectures and strategies.
  4. IT still is often tasked with maintaining applications/security/compliance, even after another group deployed it. 
  5. IT leaders are asked to lead digital transformation projects, and typically aren’t staying in the same place for more than 2-3 years. How much of that time is spent coordinating, communicating, re-organizing around DevOps, DevSecOps, FinOps, AIOps, etc..
  6. There are hybrid applications, but they aren’t hybrid in the sense of consistently being deployed everywhere to manage vendor lock-in.
  7. There are many multi-cloud companies because IT no longer has a boundary. And the economics of cloud means that most applications won’t move once deployed (easier to turn off than to move).
  8. There are many, many pains-of-glass. 

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Feb 13, 2022
Understanding & Managing Committed Cloud Spend
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Tim Banks (@elchefe, Principal Cloud Economist @duckbillgroup) talks about how public cloud providers are offering committed spend programs, and ways to best use their programs to manage cloud spending. 

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. You’ve got a very interesting background of hands-on technical and being on the business side of things. Tell us a little bit about your background and what you focus on at Duckbill Group. 

Topic 2 - Let’s start by talking about this trend of long-term cloud contracts. Why are we seeing more and more announced, and who does it seem to benefit more (cloud provider or customer)?

Topic 2a - How do companies typically size these deals? Is it some percentage of current spend forecasted forward, or some aspirational goal, or something else? 

Topic 3 - When a company signs up for one of these long-term committed spend contracts, what are the mechanics of the contract? Is it just “all-you-can-eat” technology, or do they tend to include additional capabilities/services, etc?

Topic 4 - What have you found to be the behavior of companies that sign these contracts? Does it lead to more projects getting created, or more experimentation, or any other unintended consequences?

Topic 5 - At what point do companies start re-evaluating the contracts? What happens if they find themselves way below expected spending expectations?  

Topic 6 - Have you seen any new behaviors from the cloud providers once they sign a contract, whereas one group (or service) is pushing hard to capture a bigger portion of the contract? 

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Feb 09, 2022
The Parallel Lives of Kubernetes and Serverless
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Our industry is fascinated with the origin stories of founders and the end of technology trends. In between, we seem fine with learning curves and technical debt.  

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WHEN ONE TECHNOLOGY ENDS, DOES ANOTHER TAKE ITS PLACE?

During a recent interview, I was asked “How close to complete is Kubernetes?”. We also saw a survey saying that less people are interested in Serverless (knowledge/training). Kubernetes is far from complete, and Serverless was supposed to be the next thing.   

WHY DO WE WORRY MORE ABOUT THE END OF A TECHNOLOGY AND LESS ABOUT TECHNICAL DEBT?

  1. Is the technology media only interested in origin stories and ending stories?
  2. Kubernetes is far from being complete, both as a project and the adjacencies around it. Why are we more interested in the end than in the middle (e.g. developer experience)?
  3. Serverless was supposed to replace Kubernetes - why have we lost interest in Serverless?
  4. Serverless didn’t have any “wars”, and it didn’t have any major startups or acquisitions (at least not yet)

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Feb 06, 2022
Building Cloud Services from Software
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Preeti Somal (@psomal, EVP Engineering @Hashicorp) talks about the evolution of Hashicorp Cloud Platform, creating cloud services from software projects, and the evolution of cloud SREs and SLAs.

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. We’re always excited to have women leaders on the show. Tell us a little bit about your background and your focus areas at Hashicorp. Congrats on the UGA National Championship.

Topic 2 - Let’s talk about the Hashicorp Cloud Platform. We’ve covered Hashicorp software for years. How did HCP come about, and how has it changed how Hashicorp thinks about what you’re building (software vs. cloud services)?

Topic 3 - To create a cloud service out of an existing Hashicorp product (e.g. Terraform or Vault), does it just require creating an SRE team to run it, or do you have to rethink how the technologies are built and operated?

Topic 4 - How have Hashicorp customers adapted to consuming cloud services vs. running the software themselves? Sometimes the cloud services have to be more restrictive to deliver SLAs.

Topic 5 - Are you able to do anything unique in the cloud(s) that you couldn’t do as software products? Does multi-cloud provide any unique opportunities?

Topic 6 - Are you finding any new ways to interact with your communities now that Hashicorp is offering cloud services? 

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Feb 02, 2022
After the Great Resignation
1378

As the “Great Resignation” rolls along, many people are facing the prospect of a new role or a new company. What are some tips to be successful in the near-term in this new role?  

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20-25% OF PEOPLE IN TECHNOLOGY HAVE CHANGED JOBS IN THE LAST 18 MONTHS

Lots of people are taking new jobs, and right now the industry is paying a premium for talent. So how can you stand out in your new role or company? How can you make an immediate difference?   

HOW CAN YOU STAND OUT IN YOUR NEW ROLE OR NEW COMPANY

  1. Keep in mind that most managers don’t expect you to make big contributions for 3-6 months (sometimes longer) as they realize there is always a learning curve.
  2. But everyone is watching what you do to make a judgment of “are they a good fit?”.
  3. Find out what’s important to your boss. Understand the things that they are measured on.
  4. Identify an area that is either broken or needs improvement. And try to fix it. 
  5. Read as much as you can (read the docs!), and try to be valuable in your group and somewhere else in the company. 

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Jan 30, 2022
2022 Look Ahead to SuperClouds
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Dave Vellante (@dvellante, Cofounder & Co-CEO SiliconANGLE Media, co-host of @theCUBE) talks about the emerging trends of powerful application services built for multiple public clouds. 

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. We’ve known each other for a while, but tell folks about your background. 

Topic 2 - Let’s talk about this term that you’ve been using at SiliconAngle, “SuperCloud”. You introduced it at AWS re:Invent 2021. Give us some context about what you think is new and what has changed? 

Topic 3 - The three major cloud providers (AWS, Azure, GCP) now have 100s of services, but we’re seeing success from these companies built on top of them. Do you think the cloud providers have misjudged the importance of innovation vs. integration?  

Topic 4 - We now have a decade of knowledge in how to build technology on top of the public cloud (architectures, economics, partnership models, etc.). Do you think we’ll see an acceleration of these Supercloud services, and maybe even some unique new capabilities? 

Topic 5 - You highlighted that this isn’t just IT-centric services, but also industry-vertical services. We’ve seen SaaS services try and disrupt some vertical industries (FinSvcs, Health, Streaming Media, etc.). How do you see the industry-verticals accelerating with supercloud architectures?

Topic 6 - Do you think that supercloud becomes the new normal for cloud providers, or do you think they double-down on trying to build their application portfolios?

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Jan 26, 2022
Cloudcast Demos
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We’re looking for some listener feedback on a new idea to help make it easier to learn about new technologies, and bring more new ideas into The Cloudcast community.  

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CAN WE MAKE IT EASIER TO SHOW MORE TECHNOLOGY

We get 100s of requests to come on the podcast, but we struggle to find the best way to both highlight new technologies and fit them into 52 week in a year. So we'd like to try something new. #CloudcastDemos

SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO PRIORITIZE THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU

  1. It's often difficult to understand new companies and new technologies. 
  2. Demos are often times too much marketing, or don't answer the questions you have. 
  3. How can we make it easier to find the right technology for your business needs?
  4. How can we find ways to expose more new technologies to our community, but also continue to be respectful of the valuable time of our audience?
  5. Give us your feedback using #CloudcastDemos to @thecloudcastnet or show@thecloudcast.net


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Jan 23, 2022
2022 Look Ahead to web3
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Chris Castiglione (@castig, Co-Founder One Month, Adjunct Professor @Columbia_Biz) talks about the fundamental concepts behind web3 (crypto, blockchain, decentralized applications and identity of resources), as well as smart contracts and how to get started with web3 apps. 

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. You’re a man of many skills. Tell us a little bit about your background, as an entrepreneur, an educator and as a developer. 

Topic 2 - Web3 is potentially a big concept. As someone who both builds web3, but also explains web3, how do you begin explaining the main concepts to newbies? 

Topic 3 - Many of the web3 discussions center around “distributed systems”. Can you help us understand what is distributed vs. these more centralized on-ramps like Coinbase or Openseas or a virtual world? 

Topic 4 - Is everything associated with web3 tied to cryptocurrencies? Is that the starting point for everything web3? 

Topic 5 - What are some ways to understand not only the broad set of crypto coins/tokens, but also the differences between currencies and smart contracts? 

Topic 6 - Is there a way to build a Hello World app for web3? Or how would you structure a One Month (to Code) for web3? 

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Jan 19, 2022
If Remote Becomes the New Normal
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Ever since the pandemic started, remote work is trending up. Whether or not this becomes the new normal or just a more common option, let’s look at some ways to succeed in distributed environments.

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COVID HAS REDEFINED WHERE AND HOW PEOPLE WORK

James Governor at Redmonk makes a great case for how remote work reshaped Silicon Valley and many companies around the world. His article has spurred much debate about whether or not the trend will last. 

WHAT LESSONS CAN BE LEARNED TO BE MORE EFFECTIVE AS A REMOTE WORKER

  1. Spend timing understanding how time zones AND cultural norms will affect your communications. 
  2. Expect that different people will work different hours (length of day).
  3. Establish some team norms (standards) about how you will communicate, track goals, share information, and notifications. 
  4. Figure out ways to have complex or difficult conversations. Just using Green / Yellow / Red status updates often lead to problems down the road. 
  5. Managers will need to spend time doing “quality control” between groups in different locations. It’s very easy to let the separation create gaps. 
  6. Create mentorship or big-brother / big-sister programs, where people are paired together to help each other. 
  7. Just like we design cloud failure domains, it might be useful to organize around failure domains that incorporate locations. 
  8. Budget for f2f get togethers (quarterly, every 6 months)

  

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Jan 16, 2022
2022 Look Ahead, Developer Careers
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Shawn Wang (@swyx, Head of Developer Experience @Temporalio) talks about the breadth of developer skills needed, how developers learn new technologies, and insights into important future trends for a broad set of developers. 

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. You seem to be at the center of (or around) so many developer-centric conversations. Tell us a little bit about your background, and some of the areas you’ve been focused on. 

Topic 2 - You’re well known for The Coding Career Handbook. With so many options out there for developers, how do you frame conversations about where people should focus? 

Topic 3 - At some point, developers (like many engineers) get bored of working on the same things. Right now it seems like we’re in the middle of big changes. What should they think about the transition process? 

Topic 4 - As a developer, what are some of the best ways to get visibility of your projects? How do you find the right balance of public projects, side projects, and whatever you’re currently getting paid for (main company job)?

Topic 5 - Any tips or tricks that you’ve learned to accelerate your learning process? 

Topic 6 - How is WFH changing the developer work-life-balance?

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Jan 12, 2022
The People Episode
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As we kick off 2022, it’s important to remember that behind all the interesting technology is people. And those people have been living under extraordinary circumstances going into their 3rd year. 

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LOTS OF THINGS HAVE CHANGED, AND PEOPLE DON’T LOVE CHANGE 

No matter where you are in life (or job), the New Year tends to make you self-reflect and re-prioritize the things that are important to you. And when this dynamic happens within teams, those two priorities don’t always align.  

SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO PRIORITIZE THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU

  1. If you’re a team leader, remember to over communicate. Hallways don’t exist anymore, and Slack/Email threads often get ignored. 
  2. Take stock of where people are with regard to their priorities, their goals, and their frustrations. 
  3. Everything feels crazy these days in terms of recruiters and job offers and salary levels, but find a way to balance or evaluate “new, big!!” and what aligns to your goals.
  4. Find ways to socially interact with people in fun ways. 

 

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Jan 09, 2022
2022 Look Ahead, VC Funding
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Aneel Lakhani (@aneel, Venture Partner @crane_vc) talks about the modern state of Tech VC investing, the changing pace of investment horizons, portfolio thesis, and helping founders.

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Topic 1 - Welcome back to the show. You’ve changed roles. Tell us about what you’re working on these days.

Topic 2 - You’ve worked at startups, been an advisor to startups, and an angel investor in the past. In 2022, what does a Venture Capitalist do? How has that evolved over the last 5 years? 

Topic 3 - It not only seems like there is a lot more money flowing into startups, but a lot more early. Is there sort of a “homerun” mentality happening across the VC world, or is that just one of the headlines?

Topic 4 - How do you go about creating your investment thesis? Do you have a future horizon that you’re thinking about, or is it more about technology sectors, or founder personalities, etc.?

Topic 5 - How do you balance between investing in something completely new, and seeing something that is just a much better version of a current mousetrap? 

Topic 6 - How involved do you get with the companies? How involved do you want to be? How much do the founders guide you vs. you guiding them?

Topic 7 - At the macro-level, what areas are you most interested in (investing) vs. just areas where you’re doing a lot of research (personal interests)?

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Jan 05, 2022
2021 Year-End Reading Lists
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As we wrap up 2021 and have some down time, here’s a list of things we’re reading to try and make sense of the big changes happening in cloud computing and around the web. 

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SHOW NOTES - "FUTURE OF CLOUD COMPUTING" and "WEB 3 vs  WEB2"
READING LISTS -
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gjIUAnEhuudVm4t1MJ4dka7AqOPSng0pnUR4fOY25AQ/edit?usp=sharing

Other interesting Twitter Threads

 

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Dec 26, 2021
2021 in Review, 2022 Predictions
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Aaron (@aarondelp) and Brian (@bgracely) discuss the biggest trends from 2021, and make bold cloud computing predictions in 2022.

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PODCAST BUSINESS:

  • Crossed out 11yr anniversary 
  • We crossed 500 shows (March ’21)
  • Most listens in history, up about 20% from last year
  • We launched Cloudcast Basics (4 seasons)
  • We launched the Sunday Perspectives shows
  • We got named #1 Cloud podcast
  • We got named top 20 security podcasts
  • Listeners in 130 countries | 4200 Cities
  • IPOs from our guests - $2.678B
  • VC Funding for our guest - $2.516B

TRENDS and MAJOR STORIES from 2021:

  • COVID pandemic continued, although some parts of many businesses opened up as vaccines became available. 
  • Working from Home seems to be a very real, long-term possibility for many in Tech. 25% of workers changed jobs (via LinkedIn)
  • AWS - $60B, Azure - $68B, GCP - $15B
  • AWS has new leadership. re:Invent felt very different.
  • ARM is making a big push in the cloud (and Mac M1)
  • This idea of “supercloud” or “overlay cloud services” is gaining traction - companies like Red Hat, Snowflake, MongoDB, Confluent, CockroachDB, etc. are growing quickly as SaaS services, even when the cloud has a native service.
  • Cloudflare is making a move to chip away at AWS’ profits (egress networking)
  • Digital Ocean is making a bigger push around SMB cloud and developers
  • VMware become independent again (from Dell)
  • Cloud providers still haven’t acquired legacy software companies to get into the on-premises data centers. They keep adjusting their offerings (Outposts, Arc, Anthos)
  • Kubernetes keeps growing, but the hype has slowed down and moved to other areas adjacent to Kubernetes (Service Mesh, eBPF, etc.)
  • Software-Supply-Chains and DevSecOps “shift left security” are now heavily funded industry segments. 
  • The metaverse, Web3, Crypto, NFTs are all starting to get a lots of hype (and confusion)

2022 PREDICTIONS: 

AARON’s PREDICTIONS

  • Zero Trust Models (again…) - Also security has been/will be the hardest part of cloud and hot job market will continue
  • Microsoft will become top public cloud worldwide, AWS will fall to #2
  • Google will settle into 3rd, 4th, even 5th spot… 

BRIAN’s PREDICTIONS 

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Dec 22, 2021
Dealing with Technology Failure
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Computers break. Software has bugs. Cloud services fail. And yet we don’t deal with failures very well. Why don’t we have better Plan B’s, for both personal and business uses of cloud? 

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WHY DO WE EXPECT SO MUCH FROM COMPUTERS? 

While we have automated testing, test coverage, SLAs, redundancy best practices, etc - We still really don’t know when computers and software will break. So why do we get so frustrated when it happens, instead of having backup plans? 

SHOULD WE LOOK AT TECHNOLOGY FAILURES AS THE WORLD TRYING TO TELLING US SOMETHING?

  1. Cloud service failures happen, and tend to last less than a full work day. Most are only a couple hours.
  2. We tend to believe that we’re very dependent on technology and cloud services, until they go away. And then we figure out that we can all adapt. 
  3. We could all use some time reading a book, getting outside to do some exercise (go for a walk), or spending some time away from computers or being online.
  4. We could all use a break in our extended hours work days. 

 

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Dec 19, 2021
Tools for the Business Engineer
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Gil Hoffer (@gilhoffer, Co-Founder / CTO @salto_io) talks about the challenges of managing and integrating SaaS applications, the blurring line between business and technical engineer, and software supply-chain for SaaS integrations.

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. You have a broad background in engineering and entrepreneurship. Let’s talk about your background and what led you to create Salto. 

Topic 2 - There is a big trend happening, where companies are using more and more technology outside of the “central IT” groups. This includes quite a bit of SaaS usage. But it also requires more than just vanilla SaaS. Let’s talk about this concept of a “business engineer”.

Topic 3 - How often do SaaS applications need customizations? How often does a business application require integrations across multiple SaaS services? 

Topic 4 - Walk us through a day in the life of a business engineer, and what’s involved in some of the integrations? How much is being able to code, and how much 

Topic 5 - Integrations can be complicated, not only to build, but also to maintain. How does Salto simplify the creation and life cycle of these integrations?

Topic 6 - Salto is available as OSS, software and SaaS. What seems to be the best usage model for certain use-cases or types of businesses?

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Dec 15, 2021
Thoughts on Cloud Outages
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AWS had an outage in a region and many people responded. What did we learn about outages, responses, and dealing with cloud services going forward? 

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CLOUD OUTAGES ARE A PART OF USING A SHARED SERVICE

This week another major cloud service had an outage. They happen frequently enough, for some period of time (usually measured in hours), that we really notice them and then move on. Their impact is felt across many sites and dependent services, 


SOME THOUGHTS ON RESPONSES TO CLOUD OUTAGES

  1. 5 levels of grief - denial and isolation, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.
  2. The cloud providers (typically) don’t snipe at either other - they’ve all been there.
  3. The post-mortems are becoming more consistent - any highly anticipated
  4. We continue to learn about differences in cloud architectures, and where failures points (and failure actions) occur.
  5. We still don’t understand the internal cloud architectural dependencies of each cloud.
  6. How many companies actually follow multi-region best practices? How much does multi-region cost? 
  7. Multi-cloud is often a knee-jerk reaction, but it’s never that simple - cost, complexity, skills

 

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Dec 12, 2021
Reviewing AWS re:Invent 2021
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We review the new strategic directions of AWS under CEO Adam Selipsky, as well as major announcements from AWS re:Invent 2021. 

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BIG ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • Private 5G 
  • Managed WAN
  • Serverless Data Services
  • New Low-Code Development platform
  • Graviton v3
  • Mainframe Migration
  • IoT TwinMaker (digital twins)


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Dec 08, 2021
Lessons learned from Dell-VMware
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In 2015, Dell acquired EMC and VMware for a record-setting $67B. In 2021, Dell spun out VMware as an independent company. What lessons were learned? 

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WHAT WERE THE GOALS OF THE DELL ACQUISITION OF EMC?

Dell was trying to recover from having to go private in 2013. Wanted to consolidate the Enterprise infrastructure market. Wanted to have a one-stop-shop from desktop to enterprise infrastructure to security to applications to hybrid cloud. 

WHAT VALUE DID DELL BRING TO VMWARE?

  1. VMware - 26 acquisitions (2016-2021)
  2. VMware grew revenues 66% (2016-2021), 11% annually
  3. VMW shares grew from $70 to $118 (+68%)
  4. Dell grew revenues from $50B to $94B (EMC revenues $25B)
  5. VMware on AWS launched in 2016 - grown to around $3B business (26% revenues)
  6. Michael Dell gets an A+ for financial engineering
  7. Dell/EMC/VMware missed an opportunity to create an alternative to the Big3 cloud providers. 

 

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Dec 05, 2021
See How Your Code Works
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Shanea Leven (@ShaneaLeven, Founder/CEO @CodeSeeio) talks about enabling development teams to better understand the complexities and interdependencies of their code throughout the lifecycle.

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. You’ve had an interesting background prior to CodeSee. Tell us a little bit about your journey, and what led you to create CodeSee.

Topic 2 - Let’s start by talking about developer productivity and the types of things that create bottlenecks for teams. Help us understand where CodeSee fits into the flow of how applications are built and lifecycled.

Topic 3 - Teams change, teams grow, projects evolve over time. How does CodeSee help teams improve the learning curve of what’s in code and how to understand what came before them?

Topic 4 - Walk us through a day, or week, in the life of application teams that are working with CodeSee and without CodeSee. I’ve seen you use the term “Continuous Understanding” - what does that mean to you?

Topic 5 - Development teams have all sorts of tools in front of them. What are some of the interesting ways that CodeSee integrates with the other tools that are commonly put in front of them? GitHub recently called out a nice integration.

Topic 6 -
We talk alot about developer productivity. How do you find companies measuring improvement when using CodeSee?

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Dec 01, 2021
Old Man Yells at the Metaverse
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You’ve been hearing about Web3 and metaverse and crypto, and everything is changing. But is that a good thing or a bad thing? Let’s yell at the metaverse and see what echoes back.

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WHY IS EVERYONE TRYING TO CHANGE THE EXISTING INTERNET?

The metaverse is part of a bigger evolution called “Web3”, which is looking at new interaction models, new payment models, and new ways to represent life in a fully digital world. How did we get here? What lessons from the past can we learn? 

HOW MIGHT THE METAVERSE CHANGE THE INTERNET, FOR GOOD OR BAD?

  1. Like Web 1.0 and 2.0, Web3 is initially being positioned as “for the youth”, but there’s already a subculture of people trying to make it “for the Enterprise, as well”.
  2. Metaverse and Web3 have all-digital versions of things (identity, goods, payments, etc.) that seem complicated and confusing to anyone that doesn’t start there. 
  3. There will (likely) be many metaverses, and this will be OK, and people will ask for standards and things to interoperate. 
  4. There will be consumer metaverses and Enterprise (“work”) metaverses. People will wish the work one was more like the consumer one - but not always. 
  5. Metaverse assumes that we want to blur the lines between what had been a distraction (e.g. gaming) and what we want in the rest of our lives. 
  6. A lot has changed since we first tried this 15 years ago (e.g. Second Life). 
  7. There is a lot more psychology involved in these virtual worlds than you initially think, especially outside of the “native” community.
  8. Be cautious around the people that talk very fast when you ask questions, and always tell you that you don’t understand it and need to be authentic. 
  9. Experiment. Ask questions. To research with problems in mind. 

 

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Nov 28, 2021
The Evolution of Serverless Databases
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Jim Walker (@jaymce, Principal Product Evangelist at @CockroachDB) talks about how serverless has moved from compute to backing data services, and focuses on improving application developer productivity.

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Let’s start by talking a little bit about your background, and where you focus your attention at Cockroach Labs. Give us a quick overview of CockroachDB.

Topic 2 - We’ve covered “Serverless” quite a bit on the show, mostly focused around compute services, but there seems to be a growing trend around serverless as it relates to data services. Can you give us some background on what’s driving these new capabilities?

Topic 3 - Implementations of Database-as-a-Service have been around for quite a while now. What’s new or different around service database offerings? 

Topic 4 - CockroachDB is fairly unique in its ability to span locations (e.g. in essence be multi-cloud). Help us connect the dots between the core elements of CockroachDB, and where the new serverless capabilities enhance that (for an application, for a DB team, for an Operations team, etc.)

Topic 5 - What are some of the new use-cases that can potentially be unlocked with the new serverless offering? 

Topic 6 - How do you expect the new serverless offering to change the way that application teams and operations teams interact with systems going forward? 

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Nov 24, 2021
Being a Technical Product Marketer
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Many people ask us about technical product marketing - the skills needed, the challenges, the career rewards - and how to work in those jobs. This week we explore what’s needed to be a successful technical product marketer.

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HOW DOES SOMEONE BECOME A TECHNICAL PRODUCT MARKETER

Is marketing just lies and double-speak? If a product or technology is great, does it even need marketing? These are the questions that people often ask themselves before exploring roles that have some aspect of “marketing” in their name. 

WHAT SKILLS ARE NEEDED TO BECOME A SUCCESSFUL TECHNICAL PRODUCT MARKETER

  1. There are lots of different types of marketers - product-specific, go-to-market, regional, technical marketing, evangelist/advocate, etc.
  2. There is value in lots of different skills around marketing - technical, speaking, writing, critical listening
  3. The timeline of a marketer is somewhat different than a product manager. Both have to manage short and long-term. But marketing tends to be more focused on today’s problems/challenges/opportunities.
  4. Marketers have to understand the technology, but also how to translate it to business problems and business value. 
  5. Marketers need to understand the difference between drills and holes. 
  6. The role of marketing has significantly changed in the last few years. We’ve moved from more directed marketing to more automated and data-driven marketing. 

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Nov 21, 2021
Reviewing Microsoft Insight & GitHub Universe
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In October and November, Microsoft hosted the GitHub Universe and Ignite 2021 conferences, focused on Developers and Cloud Computing. We review the important announcements and analyze the future directions for Azure, GitHub, etc

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Azure - Bigger Announcements 

  • Azure OpenAI Service - access to GPT-3 
  • Azure Cognitive Service for Language
  • Azure Cosmos DB 
  • Azure Managed Instance of Apache Cassandra
  • Azure Synapse Analytics 
  • Azure Container Apps (preview) 
  • Open Service Mesh for Kubernetes
  • (Java EE) Oracle Weblogic  on Azure Kubernetes Service. 
  • (Java EE) Websphere Liberty on Kubernetes/OpenShift
  • Enhancements to Azure DevOps (see GitHub)

GitHub - Bigger Announcements

  • Improved CI/CD workflows with GitHub Actions
  • Improvements to GitHub Codespaces
  • Custom repository roles (security)
  • Improved “Issues” and “Discussions”

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Nov 17, 2021
Lessons from Hashicorp S1
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Hashicorp has been on The Cloudcast more than any other company. As they prepare for their upcoming IPO, we look back at what makes them successful vs. other OSS-centric companies. 

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WHAT MADE HASHICORP UNIQUE IN THE INFRASTRUCTURE SPACE?

Hashicorp was not alone in the Infra-as-Code space, or the Security space, but they have been successful in building a commercial business based on OSS projects. Let’s look at what made them unique and successful. 

HOW DID HASHICORP GET HERE?

  1. Hashicorp Revenue - $295M | Gross Margin 82% | Revenue Growth (LTM) 55%

Funding - $350M | NRR 124%  | Operating Margin 22%

Funding - $350M

 

GitLab - $179M | Gross Margin 88%  | Revenue Growth (LTM) 72% | 

Funding $414M | NRR 152% | Operating Margin 50%

 

Pivotal - $509M | Gross Margin 55%  | Revenue Growth (LTM) 22% | $1.7B

Pivotal (Subscription/ARR) $300M 

 

  1. Always a pragmatic approach, from the perspective of users
  2. Abandoned an early approach to building a “stack” (Hashicorp Atlas)
  3. Aligned to the public cloud 
  4. Didn’t try to change the world
  5. Didn’t actively fight with their community; weren’t unpleasant
  6. Had a single revenue producing product (Vault), and maybe Terraform
  7. Good timing (hot market)


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Nov 14, 2021
SD-WAN, SASE and the new Virtual Edge
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Mike Rockwell (Global Head of Solutions @Megaport) talks about the evolution of Cloud connectivity, SD-WAN, SASE, and how Megaport is helping companies adapt to more needs for virtual edge networking.

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Tell us about your background.

Topic 2 - Let’s begin by talking about the breadth of ways Megaport helps businesses connect to the cloud. 

Topic 3 - Can you walk us through some of the various ways that businesses use to connect to the cloud and why they choose to use Megaport? 

Topic 4 - Megaport recently launched a product named Megaport Virtual Edge (MVE), which helps businesses connect branches to clouds within their SD-WAN and SASE (Secure Access Service Edge) solutions. You’ve announced some major partnerships with Cisco, Fortinet, and Versa. Tell us a little bit about MVE and these partnerships and how they’ll help customers.

Topic 5 - From a bigger picture perspective, how do companies think about modernizing their enterprise WAN - do they use MPLS, do they use SD-WAN, and what role does the cloud play in their network - what considerations do they need to make?

Topic 6 - Why do you think it’s so important for businesses to enable their SD-WAN or SASE solutions for multicloud? Tell us about a sample use case.



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Nov 10, 2021
How to Become a Product Manager
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Many people ask us about technical product management - the skills needed, the challenges, the career rewards - and how to work in those jobs. This week we explore what’s needed to be a successful product manager.

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HOW DOES SOMEONE BECOME A PRODUCT MANAGER

Many people in the tech industry believe that they know how to build a better mousetrap. But what does it really take to be a product manager? How is the job challenging, how is it difficult, and what does it take to be successful?

WHAT SKILLS ARE NEEDED TO BECOME A SUCCESSFUL PRODUCT MANAGER

  1. Being a product manager means that you’re a crystal ball reader (predict the future), a technology expert, a business analyst, a salesperson, a great communicator, and an expert priorities manager.
  2. Not all product managers are alike. It’s important to understand what part of the product (or all of the product) that you’re responsible for. 
  3. Cheap, feature-rich, or delivered quickly - pick any two.
  4. You’re solving today’s problems and guessing about future problems, not always in that order. 
  5. You have to be a great communicator, even if you’re an introvert. 
  6. Are you going to work in an area where the company will be able to make your product successful? 
  7. You’ll make a lot of mistakes.
  8. There is no end-game…..the game is always in motion. 

 

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Nov 07, 2021
Networking the Hybrid Cloud
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Nick Davey (Sr. Product Manager, Cloud & SDN @JuniperNetworks) talks about the evolution of SDN networking for Kubernetes, cross-cluster and cross-cloud networking, and Tungsten Fabric.  

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Tell us a little bit about your background, and where you focus at Juniper?

Topic 2 - There’s lots of talk about Hybrid Cloud and Multi-Cloud, but it’s often in the context of Kubernetes or an application running in multiple places. Let’s talk about how we interconnect clouds.

Topic 3 - How should we think about the networking interconnections between end-users, the service providers, and the public cloud providers? 

Topic 4 - Help us understand the similarities and differences between the orchestration of workloads (e.g. containers and Kubernetes) and orchestration of networks (e.g. SDN, Contrail, etc.). Who needs to know about each system?

Topic 5 - How does this all evolve as things like Kubernetes, KubeVirt (VMs) extend out to the edge? 

Topic 6 - What are some of the newer use-cases or application-types that are starting to push the need for new cloud networking technologies? 


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Nov 03, 2021
Developer Platforms aren't Repeatable
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While developers are the new kingmakers, it’s rare that any two companies will use the same systems, the same platforms, or the same models to enable developers to be successful. Let’s explore why.   

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DEVELOPERS HAVE NEVER HAD MORE ACCESS TO TOOLS

Between open source tools, improved local hardware (laptops), online tutorials, free tiers, cloud-based tools, SaaS-based platforms and public repositories, there has never been a better time to be an application developer. Yet we still hear complaints about developer productivity, and developers feeling like too many things are in their path to success. 

AND DEVELOPERS HAVE NEVER HAD MORE ACCESS TO PLATFORMS

  1. In a perfect world, there would be a platform that would align to all of a developers needs and patterns, and make everything else “invisible”. 
  2. But platforms (by definition) have opinions, and limitations and have to eventually be maintained by someone (or groups).
  3. Developers don’t like their tools to be dictated to them.
  4. Developers don’t mind having access to too many tools, if they can somehow solve a problem, or a piece of a problem.
  5. People aren’t staying in jobs long enough to really care about long-term technical debt, or the ramifications about their platform decisions. 

 

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Oct 31, 2021
Real-life Digital Transformation in Banking
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Ken Meyer (EVP & CIO Consumer Technology at Truist Bank) talks about the 2yr transformation of Truist Bank (SunTrust and BB&T), managing multiple tech stacks, enabling a multi-cloud strategy, and internal communications and learnings. 

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Let’s start by talking about your background, and the scope of the transformation you’ve been driving at Truist Bank. 

Topic 2 - Beyond the merger of two large banks, how did you think about the business challenges that you were trying to solve? 

Topic 3 - Walk us through how you tried to rationalize two technology stacks, and how you’ve been planning for a more cloud-centric future? 

Topic 4 - Every transformation has to balance existing (“old”) and new. How did you work through priorities, leveraging new technologies, maintaining existing systems, learning curves, etc? 

Topic 5 - Have you been able to create any unique ways to manage through the transition of so many technology stacks?

Topic 6 - How are you measuring progress, success, alignment to business goals, etc? 

Topic 7 - How are you communicating the evolution to the teams, as well as management and stakeholders? Any lessons learned?


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Oct 27, 2021
Embrace Your Inner Maker
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Many tech workers are struggling with the repetitive effects of the COVID pandemic (work from home, constant video calls, longer hours, etc.). But there’s never been a better time to explore new ways to be a “maker”. 

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CREATIVITY GETS THE BRAIN ENGAGED

We (The Cloudcast)  frequently discuss the need to have a “learning mindset” in the IT industry, since the only constant is changing technologies. But learning requires a specific time commitment and a specific type of mind engagement. It’s important, but at times can feel very mentally draining. Finding a way to be creative, to be a “maker”, can be a good balance to learning. 

MAKERS FIND, ENGAGE and EXPAND via COMMUNITIES

  1. One of the reasons we keep doing The Cloudcast is that it gives us a creative outlet to directly make something. Making something gives you a chance to get feedback. It gives you a chance to succeed or fail. 
  2. Makers tend to seek out other makes, to share experiences, to bond, to create new ideas. These communities tend to be more positive than online forums (e.g. Reddit, HN, etc.) which tend to trend towards negativity and complaints. 
  3. The tools to be a digital creator are more available and more powerful than ever. Our friend Rodrigo Flores had a good Twitter thread this week about the new Apple Mac M1 Pro and how it’s tailored for the (digital) creator economy. 
  4. I’ve been reading a book, The Making of Bandon Dunes, about the history behind the creation of that resort in Oregon. Part of that reading is history, part of it is learning, and part of it is seeing how other creators think about their dreams, their opportunities and their ambitions. And how they overcame challenges.  

 

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Oct 24, 2021
WebAssembly and wasmCloud
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Kevin Hoffman (@KevinHoffman, CTO at @Cosmonic_com, wasmCloud creator) talks about WebAssembly and wasmCloud, and how this new development paradigm can simplify application development.

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Let’s start by talking a little bit about your background, and what led you to create wasmCloud. 

Topic 2 - Let’s begin by talking about Webassembly. What is it (a language, a framework??), and what problems does it solve for developers?

Topic 3 - Let’s talk about wasmCloud. Once you’ve built something leveraging Webassembly, how does it interact with wasmCloud?

Topic 4 - Everything in application development tends to be a progression from something prior. How did Webassembly evolve? Docker’s Solomon Hykes said that if wasm+wasi existed 7yrs ago, he never would have created Docker. 

Topic 5 - Yesterday was WASM Day at Cloud Native Con. What were some of the highlights and focus areas?

Topic 6 - What are some of the early uses and usage patterns of Webassembly?

Topic 7 - What are some of the ways to get started with Webassembly and wasmCloud?

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Oct 20, 2021
Technical Debt isn't Free
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While many computing systems mirror systems in nature, one aspect that doesn’t is technical debt. The majority of spending is maintaining the existing systems, and yet very little attention is paid to how to reduce the on-going costs. 

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IN NATURE, THE FALL BEGINS THE PROCESS OF RESETTING

In many parts of the world, Fall (or Autumn) gives us a last glimpse of the beauty of nature, but then it resets for another cycle of recuperation and regeneration. This is one of the aspects of nature that the tech industry doesn’t seem to emulate in their systems. 

WE ACCEPT RESETS AND CHANGES ALL AROUND US, EXCEPT IN IT

  1. Why don’t we create “life cycles” on commonly deployed systems? 
  2. Why don’t we prepare people for resets and “leap forwards” better?
  3. Why isn’t there a part of our industry that attempts to innovate in this space, rather than just shift it to another party as “someone else’s problem”?
  4. Why do we assume the same needs (support, uptime, etc.) of the technical debt as we do the new things we build to replace it?


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Oct 17, 2021
A New Distributed Cloud Architecture
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Jonathan Seelig (@j_seelig, Co-Founder/CEO of Ridge) talks about building the distributed cloud, remotely managing cloud resources, and the evolution of the edge. 

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Let’s start by talking a little bit about your background, and what led you to trying to create a new vision of “the cloud”. 

Topic 2 - What types of problems exist with the current (mostly centralized) cloud architectures today? Or where are there new opportunities to rethink and introduce a new architecture?

Topic 3 - Let’s talk about the main concepts behind the Ridge architecture. How much does it borrow from your experience at Akamai, and how much of it is your team looking at the world differently?

Topic 4 - What are the core primitives of Ridge? How do companies engage with it? 

Topic 5 - What are some of the near-term and long-term impacts that you expect companies would see in using the Ridge architecture vs. more centralized cloud architectures? 

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Oct 13, 2021
Innovator's Dilemma Part 2
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Part 2 (of 2) looking at a recent example of how The Innovator’s Dilemma is playing out between the biggest clouds and the challenging upstarts.  

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MAKING A MAJOR CHANGE IS ALWAYS DIFFICULT

Understanding the transition to cloud means understanding that almost everything about your technology stack and business stack will likely have to change, get re-invented, or built from scratch.

A BLUEPRINT FOR SUCCESS OR FAILURE THROUGH THE TRANSITION

  1. To build or to buy? Do you understand the scope of the problem, the velocity of change this creates,and how well you can actually execute?  
  2. How do you acquire, and how do you manage internal conflict?
  3. What will the new technology stack look like? Are you using the same design principles? Are you using the same architects?  
  4. How does this impact your business? What backstops (“cash cows”) does your business have to prop up the new business? 

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Oct 10, 2021
Evolutions in Security Monitoring
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Huxlee Barbee (@huxley_barbee, Head Security Prod Mktg @DataDogHQ) talks about the challenging odds of preventing security attacks, managing configuration mistakes, scaling security through monitoring, and security feedback loops in production.  

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Let’s start by talking a little bit about your background, and where you focus your attention these days.

Topic 2 -According to many reports, configuration mistakes tend to lead to the most security breaches. Who is typically making the mistakes? 

Topic 3 - Can you dig deeper on the dynamics between security on the one hand and developers and SRE engineers on the other hand?

Topic 4 - So what are some of the strategies and tactics for achieving optimum balance between these opposing interests?

Topic 5 - Should we think about platform (infra) security apart from workload (application) security?

Topic 6 - Can you talk to us about the differences between applying security to things that happen pre-production (e.g. CI/CD, software-supply chains) and things that happen in production?


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Oct 06, 2021
Innovator's Dilemma Part 1
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Part 1 (of 2) looking at a recent example of how The Innovator’s Dilemma is playing out between the biggest clouds and the challenging upstarts.  

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ONE COMPANY’S PROFIT IS ANOTHER COMPANY’S OPPORTUNITY

As AWS transitions from long-time leaders to a new leadership team, many industry upstarts are looking for ways to pick away at their most profitable (and customer-problematic) services, with new capabilities that may unlock completely new business models for companies.

CHEAPER NETWORKING, AGILE COMPUTING, and NEW COMPANY MODELS

  1. Disruption rarely happens because of better technology, but more often because of changing economics. (Gracely’s Theorem) 
  2. AWS has long had very expensive networking costs, but it’s an area that really hasn’t faced competition. 
  3. AWS offered enough services that their customers made the choice to deal with the network costs vs. having to build things themselves.
  4. Being the “everything” thing in computing always has its pros and cons. Computing has historically (last 40yrs) been moving to more distributed, modular architectures.
  5. We’ve seen a number of companies begin to offer edge or serverless types of offerings (GitHub, Netlify, Google Run, various CDN offerings, 
  6. New ideas always emerge from difficult times (e.g. COVID pandemic) that we didn’t expect.
  7. Will this create a new round of acquisitions? Will it trigger price wars? 


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Oct 03, 2021
The State of Cloud Security
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Josh Stella (@joshstella, Founder/CEO of @FugueHQ) talks about the differences between cloud security and data center security, the value businesses place on security implementations, and enabling governance in the cloud.

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Topic 1 - Welcome back to the show. It’s been a complicated world for security the last 12-18 months. Tell us a little bit about your background and the State of Cloud Security 2021 report.

Topic 2 - Between the SolarWinds hack, Microsoft database hack and daily breaches of 100M users, where are we with security these days? It seems as messy as ever, and yet it also seems like people aren’t that concerned anymore. 

Topic 3 - Misconfiguration still seems to be a major issue. Isn’t Automation and Infra-as-Code and GitOps catching on? Policy-as-Code.

Topic 4 - We now have DevSecOps, which combines all these functions together. Who is ultimately responsible for Security?

Topic 5 - When companies move to the public cloud, they still have regulatory requirements. The cloud providers have “certifications” (e.g. SOC 2, NIST 800-53, GDPR, and HIPAA, so are they responsible now?

Topic 6 - How do we start matching the level of motivation the bad guys (hackers) have with the level of concern companies should have?

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Sep 29, 2021
Developing New Habits in COVID
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COVID has changed the world over the past two years. But how many of the technology changes we’ve made will remain, and which ones may revert back to pre-COVID standards? 

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CLOUD GROWTH THROUGH GLOBAL PANDEMIC

This week I had a discussion about the amount of change that happened over the past 18-24 months and whether or not that's normal (across industries)?

WHAT STAYS, WHAT CHANGES, and WHY?

  1. Not every company or industry reacted the same. 
  2. Companies established new norms around remote work. This will impact future hiring.
  3. Companies adopted more remote-friendly technologies.
  4. Many customers began using more public cloud services (out of necessity) and it worked fine. They likely won’t abandon these technology choices.
  5. Companies are focused on how to adjust to these new normals, so they’ll prioritize things that work (in the short-term) 
  6. Will this be a boom for people getting new cloud certifications?
  7. Will companies eventually do cost-cutting on cloud spending, since it was “just do it!” last year?
  8. Will this create the new “bi-modal” IT? 

 

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Sep 26, 2021
Managing Tech Burnout
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Michael Cucchi  (VP of Product @PagerDuty) talks about the challenges of increased hours, more frequent incident responses and overall tech burnout as a result of the 2020-21 pandemic.

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Tell us a little bit about your background.

Topic 2 - PagerDuty recently published the 2021 State of Digital Operations report. What were some of the high-level takeaways?

Topic 3 - Obviously the pandemic has disrupted where people work for the last 18 months. But what are some of the other factors that are causing so much disruption for Operations teams?

Topic 4 - We’re seeing the number of critical incidents per month increase (average 105/month). Do you think that’s more a factor of companies having to change so much so quickly, or technical debts just continue to accumulate and the overall foundation is less stable?

Topic 5 - There are tools (ChatOps) that are augmenting how we collaborate, but do you think the lack of face-to-face interactions between teams is causing some of the increased challenges we’ve seen this past year? 

Topic 6 - Any tips or tricks that you can give to Operations teams that are trying to manage this increased workload and may be struggling to keep up, or find the right balance between life and work?

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Sep 22, 2021
The Evolution of MongoDB
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The transition of @MongoDB from an open source project to commercially successful public company to cloud provider has been an interesting transition. One that many other software companies are looking to emulate. 

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FROM OPEN TO COMMERCIAL TO IPO TO CLOUD

Many software companies are trying to make the evolution from customer-operated to cloud-operated business models. MongoDB is an early lighthouse is showing the blueprint for success. 

CHANGING (OR GROWING NEW) MARKETS IS VERY DIFFICULT

  1. Solve a technical problem
  2. Create a unique value proposition (simplicity)
  3. [Marketing] Create (and lead) a growing community of users - via open source
  4. [Monetization] Create open-core features to differentiate and solve unique problems 
  5. [New GTM, New Markets] Evolve the product to new delivery models
  6. Grow into new markets, through different customer engagement models 

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Sep 19, 2021
Remotely Managing All The Things
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Ev Kontsevoy (@kontsevoy, Cofounder/CEO @GoTeleport) talks about the state of the art in remote management, especially for Kubernetes environments, and how Teleport simplifies security for remote access.

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Tell us a little bit about your background and what led you to create Teleport.

Topic 2 - Today we’re going to dive into Teleport, but we’d like to learn a little bit about the evolution of the company, as it didn’t begin as Teleport.

Topic 3 - For better or for worse, we now work in a very distributed world. Between workers being everywhere, and applications being both on-premises and in the public cloud, what sort of remote management challenges does this create?

Topic 4 - From a technology perspective, how does Teleport work?

Topic 5 - Teleport is made up of access to Servers, Kubernetes, Applications and Databases. How much does remote access change based on the target, or the team/person accessing it?

Topic 6 -
What are some of the ways that Teleport makes things easier to manage remotely?

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Sep 15, 2021
Cloud Jobs - Stay, Leave or Quit
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There’s been quite a bit of debate recently on whether or not to stay in a role, look around for something new, or just quit tech all together. What’s the right choice? Let’s explore some options and strategies. 

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THE COVID PANDEMIC HAS CHANGED A LOT OF PEOPLE’S PERSPECTIVE

Remote work; lots of job prospects, and some new perspective on life has many people considering alternatives to their current situation. 

SO SHOULD YOU STAY, LOOK FOR SOMETHING NEW, OR QUIT ALTOGETHER?

When to Stay

  • You enjoy the work, the team, the manager, the culture
  • You’re learning and you see a path for growth or upward mobility
  • You or your family need the work (healthcare, location, stability, etc.)

When to Look Around

  • You’re underpaid or don’t have an upward mobility path
  • You want to make a change, and can’t do it within your company
  • You no longer enjoy the work, the team, the manager, the culture
  • A great (outside) opportunity is presented to you

When to consider quitting (usually as a last resort)

  • You’re in a dangerous or harmful situation
  • You just can’t find any passion in it
  • You have an alternative way to support yourself (and your family)

 

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Sep 12, 2021
Backing Up into the Cloud
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David Hill (@davidhill_co, Product Strategy, Office CTO) and Sam Nicholls (Public Cloud Principle) @Veeam talk about the evolution of managing data in the cloud, and backup and security strategies. 

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Tell us a little bit about your backgrounds. 

Topic 2 - We live in a world of software, and clouds, and ransomware attacks and security threats and frequent changes to applications. Let’s start by talking about the big picture of what backup looks like these days. 

Topic 3 - In a world that’s becoming increasingly more DevOps-centric, who now owns all of the elements around backups (testing plans, compliance, retention and cost-mgmt, etc.)

Topic 3a - What are some of the unique things Veeam does to make things simpler for those teams? 

Topic 4 - We used to live in a world of redundant, cold hardware in a remote facility, and truck rolls to Iron Mountain, and manual steps. What has public cloud and automation done to the backup landscape?

Topic 5 - How does the economics change now that public cloud is such a critical piece of backup strategies? (saving data, faster recovery times, agility, etc.)

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Sep 08, 2021
Clouds, Chaos and Change
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The next 12-18 months are going to be all about changes, chaos and a three-ring circus between the major cloud providers. The status quo is likely going to change, as plenty of new names and faces, and big money, try to steer these giant ships.

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ARE THE BIG CLOUDS TOO BIG TO DISRUPT?

It’s very difficult to sustain success in business, especially in highly competitive markets. And the market dynamics of today are ripe for change. 

HOW DOES CHANGE HAPPEN FOR THE MARKET LEADERS

  • Leadership changes at the top.
  • Growth expectations exceed the company’s ability to scale growth.
  • The people that lead the original growth leave the company.
  • The people that backfill don’t have the same skills or mindset to succeed at the same level. 
  • Competitors start to find new pressure points. 
  • Companies move from products to solutions as the market evolves from early-adopters to mainstream and laggards.
  • Big money makes people make big decisions (outside your company) - going to “change the world”

 

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Sep 05, 2021
We’ve All Become The Cloudcast
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Aaron and Brian discuss how the on-going pandemic is creating a permanent habit of working remotely, and the challenges of trying to learn technology with less free time. 

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Topic 1 - Origin story of The Cloudcast (brief)

Topic 2 - It’s now been 529 days since the world shut down (in the US). How many Zoom calls have you attended in that time?  

Topic 3 - “It can take anywhere from 18 to 254 days for a person to form a new habit and an average of 66 days for a new behavior to become automatic.” What new, work-related habits have you formed?

Topic 4 - How do you expect people to keep up with new technologies? 

Topic 5 - We’re at a weird stage, where lots of people say that they want to work-from-home (full or part-time), for various reasons (e.g. avoid commutes, cube-mates chews too loud, etc.), but also claim to be more burned out. Do you think people will take the time to learn new stuff?

Topic 6 - Has the pandemic changed anything about how you’re effective? Do you think it’ll be permanent, or do you still have the “we’ll get back to normal” mindset?

Topic 7 - Any tips or tricks to be an effective remote worker and tech leader?

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Sep 01, 2021
What does Security even mean anymore
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Security has been in the news quite a bit lately, both for failures and funding. But does security even matter anymore?  Nobody knows. 

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DOES ANYONE ACTUALLY CARE ABOUT SECURITY?

“This is the worst cloud vulnerability you can imagine.”     

WHAT IS THE PENALTY FOR BEING BAD AT SECURITY?

The State of Cloud Security 2021 Report highlights several alarming facts, including:

  • 36% of companies suffered a serious cloud data leak or breach in the past 12 months
  • 8 out of 10 are worried that they’re vulnerable to a major misconfiguration breach 
  • 64% say the problem will get worse or stay the same 

Every company makes security a massive part of every purchasing decision. And yet the market doesn’t seem to do anything when a massive breach happens. How is this still the state of security? 

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Aug 29, 2021
Hiring a VP of Engineering
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Jason Warner (@jasoncwarner, MD @redpointvc), a veteran of GitHub, Heroku and Canonical, talks about the process and challenges of hiring a VP of Engineering. 

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Tell us a little bit about your background prior to Redpoint VC and what you’re now focused on in the VC world. 

Topic 2 - Let’s start with “Why do you need to hire a VP of Engineering?” When does it matter as an early-stage startup, and why does it matter when a company is larger? {high leverage}

Topic 3 - What are you looking for in that hire? What is your process for creating a potential list of candidates? What criteria are most important for you to evaluate? {curve bender}

Topic 4 - We hear a lot about “engineering interviews” (technical). How much of that is involved in your hiring process, and how are you measuring the other disciplines that are needed for this role? 

Topic 5 - If you’re hiring from the outside, how much do you involve the engineering and product teams, and how do you think about the value of internal-knowledge vs. external-knowledge? 

Topic 6 - Once you identify the candidate, what steps do you take to encourage early success? How do you measure on-going activities?

Topic 7 - What advice do you have for people that are interviewing for these roles?


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Aug 25, 2021
The End of the Cloud Honeymoon
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Cloud Computing has been around for more than a decade. It has generated tremendous growth and reshaped the tech industry. But is the “Cloud Honeymoon“ about to be over? 

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WHAT HAPPENS IF THE HONEYMOON IS ACTUALLY OVER?

A recent article claimed that (public) Cloud Computing is moving into the next phase of maturity, and it will cause challenges for “the big three” cloud computing companies (AWS, Azure, GCP).    

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT, AS CLOUD COMPUTING MOVES INTO THE NEXT PHASE?

MARKET DYNAMICS

  • The market is much more competitive than 10years ago, but they don’t have to convince customers that public cloud is viable anymore. 
  •  Legacy Applications move to SaaS; Cloud-native Apps move to Public Cloud
  • Migrations? Lift & Shift? Something simpler?
  • Competitive consolidation has already happened (AWS, Azure, GCP). 
  • Cloud vendors have eaten parts of their ecosystem (see: Open Source)
  • Price wars haven’t really happened yet. 
  • Cloud providers are trying to train the next generation of customers
  • We haven’t seen the cloud businesses leverage the other parts of the business (much) yet. 
  • Hybrid Cloud | Multi-Cloud 2.0 is coming, on purpose or accidentally

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Aug 22, 2021
Making Front-End Development Simpler
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Guillermo Rauch (@rauchg, CEO at @vercel) talks about simplifying life for front-end developers, the Next.js JavaScript framework, and the balance between great developers, great teams and great collaboration. 

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Tell us a little bit about your background as a developer and entrepreneur. How did you eventually get to be leading Vercel?

Topic 2 - Vercel is a platform that’s designed to make life better for front-end developers. As a developer, how do you get in the head of what other developers want and need? 

Topic 3 - With so many choices of languages, frameworks, clouds, etc., what do you find are the most important things about your platform to focus on? 

Topic 4 - Is the goal to create great developers, or great collaborative environments, or do you primarily focus on the end result (e.g. great websites) and work backwards? 

Topic 5 - Let’s talk about Next.js and why it’s grown in popularity with developers. 

Topic 6 - What are some of the areas that are evolving or exciting for front-end developers over the next couple years? 


Aug 18, 2021
Looking for a new Cloud job
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This time of year, many people in the tech industry look to change jobs. What are some tips and tricks if you’re looking for roles in Cloud Computing?

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 LEARNING CLOUD COMPUTING:

Here are some great places to begin your cloud journey, if you're interested in getting hands-on experience with the technology, or you'd like to build your skills towards a certification. 

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WHY DO PEOPLE CHANGE JOBS THIS TIME OF YEAR?

Many companies are in Q3/Q4. Oftentimes they are re-adjusting for the year, or planning for the next year. The fall trade shows (VMworld, re:Invent, etc.) are happening.  

TECHNICAL SKILLS, PEOPLE SKILLS, and PICKING PRIORITIES

  • People are staying in their jobs shorter
  • More companies are being flexible about where you work - but stay tuned! 
  • Certifications are always valuable, and easier to get than ever
  • Explore different roles, based on the skills you have and the skills you’d like to evolve
  • Understand the tradeoffs between Salary, Location, Travel, Hours, Flexibility, etc.
  • It’s useful to have a broad set of skills, but eventually it’s useful to narrow the list of expertises.
  • Evaluate the individual team as much as the company. 

 
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Aug 15, 2021
The Opportunity for Data at the Edge
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Simon Crosby (@simoncrosby, CTO @Swim) talks about how to understand the new business models and application uses of data capture and analytics at the edge. 

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Topic 1 - Welcome back to the show. Former founder of XenSource and Bromium, now the CTO at Swim. You’ve always been at the forefront of solving complex challenges, so where is your focus these days?

Topic 2 - We’ve been covering “real-time” with a number of guests this year, but we don’t always connect the technology to the business outcomes. Where are we today, as an industry, of connecting this more fast-moving data with our ability to understand it in the context of business? 

Topic 3 - As you’re seeing real-time data and persistent data mixed together, how are those teams organized for success (or failure)? 

Topic 4 - What are some of the common misperceptions that you see about how to best handle either data at the edge, or streaming data?

Topic 5 - Swim is helping companies create real-time representations of their environments. What are some of the unique capabilities that you’ve seen this enable for companies? 

Topic 6 - How are some of the most important things that companies can do to enable the opportunity with real-time data? 

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Aug 11, 2021
The Cost of App Modernization
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There’s lots of talk about application migration and modernization, often in the context of digital transformation. But what all is involved in an application transformation, and how do you measure success? 

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WHY DO COMPANIES MODERNIZE OR MIGRATE APPLICATIONS

When we look at Application Modernization or Migrations, it’s too easy to look at the technologies involved. But what is the business motivation for the change?  


HARD COSTS AND SOFT COST CONSIDERATIONS OF MODERNIZATION

  • Why make the change? Technology EoL. Industry standards are changing. Systems not able to keep up (performance). Unable to maintain the current system (people/skills). Crippling technical debt (economic).
  • Own the change or outsource the change? 
  • Own the change - Have the code? Have the free resources? Have the ability to run parallel systems?
  • Outsource the change - More expensive. Must be well scoped and managed. Must have the right financial incentives.
  • Own the future or outsource the future? 
  • Own the future - staffed for DevOps, DevSecOps, embracing new technologies, etc.
  • Outsource the future - SaaS options. Sell off the application to a 3rd-party and buy it back. On-going outsourcing contracts. 


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Aug 08, 2021
Application Modernization and Migration
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James Labocki (@jameslabocki, Sr. Dir. Product Mgmt @RedHat) talks about Application Modernization and Migrations, the Konveyor OSS community, and moving apps towards cloud-native. 

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Tell us a little bit about your background and how you got focused on Application Modernization?

Topic 2 - Let’s begin by talking about the basics of Application Modernization and Migration. How do companies think about it, rationalize it, and ultimately act on it? 

Topic 3 - There are many ways to modernize applications. Let’s talk about the Konveyor community and the associated projects. 

Topic 4 - Walk us through some of the experiences you’ve seen or heard from companies going through these migrations. 

Topic 5 - What are some of the lessons learned over the past year of focusing on this?

Topic 6 - How can people get engaged with the Konveyor community? 



Aug 04, 2021
The Surge in Tech VC Funding
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VC investment has been skyrocketing lately, but why? Let’s discuss some of the trends that are driving bigger investments in today’s startups.  

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WHEN AN A-ROUND IS THE NEW C-ROUND

Why is so much money being invested by VCs over the last 12 months, and what trends are pushing them to make bigger bets?  

LET’S FOLLOW THE MONEY AND THE NUMBERS

  • Global interest rates are very low, since 2017, accelerated by the COVID pandemic
  • Tons of government money was pumped into the global economy
  • Tech is consolidating around 3-5 major cloud providers, with massive tech amounts of capital and engineering.
  • There is really no longer a middle ground in the tech industry. There are startups and there are the big clouds. 
  • Cloud providers make some acquisitions, but they need big numbers to move the needle. 
  • Today’s technology challenges are large in scale - AI/ML, Self-Driving Vehicles, Genetic Testing (Vaccines, Pharmaceuticals) 5G, Energy Discovery and Optimization, Everything Delivery, etc.
  • The stock markets are continuing to reward tech profits, and markets are overly weighted in tech.
  • Cloud and SaaS has changed the sales and marketing model, as well as the CAPEX/OPEX model, so new companies can be modeled more consistently


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Aug 01, 2021
Digging into GitOps
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Christian Hernandez (Sr.Principal Tech Mktg Mgr @RedHat) talks about how GitOps works, it's relationship with DevOps, how it's implemented, and applying it to Infra and Apps.

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Tell us a little bit about your background and how you got focused on GitOps?

Topic 2 - Let’s begin by talking about the basics of GitOps. What is it, and what problems is it trying to solve?

Topic 3 - Let’s walk through a day in the life of how GitOps is actually used? Is it infrastructure specific, or can it also be used for applications, security, etc.?

Topic 4 - What are some of the common ways that companies get started using GitOps? Do they typically have to create a GitOps team, or is it an extension of existing groups/skills?

Topic 5 - Is GitOps specific to a certain technology (e.g. Kubernetes) or a specific type of application (e.g. 12-factor), or can it be applied to a wider set of technologies?

Topic 6 - What are some of the best resources you’ve found for getting started or being successful with GitOps?

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Jul 28, 2021
The Boss Says We're an Innovation Company Now
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Your leadership states that you’re no longer in an <xyz> company, but instead you’re now an innovation company. How will that transition play out over the next few years?

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SO THE BOSS DECIDES THAT YOU’RE AN INNOVATION COMPANY 

For large companies, how do you manage a major transformation, which extends across both technology and culture?  

WHAT WORKS, WHAT BREAKS, WHO STAYS and WHO LEAVES?

  • Airlines are fearful of video conferencing
  • Streaming companies are fearful of gaming companies
  • Automotive companies are about technology more than horsepower
  • When farm equipment companies become farmer data companies?

Gracely’s Theorem #2 - Digital Transformation is drawing a straight line between your company and your customers, via the Internet. 

  • Who and What gets left out? 
  • What gets prioritized? 
  • Who is your competition?

 

  1. What timelines have been communicated to the market, partners, stakeholders, customers?
  2. What are the initial focus areas? 
  3. How do you plan to measure success? 
  4. What will be the wins in the first 3 months, 6 months and 12 months? 
    1. Do you understand the importance of communicating these wins?
  5. How willing are you to ask for help, accept help, and pay for help?

 

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Jul 25, 2021
Identity Management for Developers
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John Pritchard (@indiapeloale, VP of Product  & DevEcosystem @Okta) talks developer concerns with authentication and identity, and how to manage 3rd-party integrations and cloud services. 

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Tell us about your background.

Topic 2 - Let’s begin by talking about the breadth of ways that Okta can now secure things for companies, applications, and developers. How do the pieces from Okta and (previously Auth0) fit together? 

Topic 3 - As an application developer, where and when do I need to think about identity and authentication, and when is it a function of the infrastructure? 

Topic 4 - Can you walk us through some common access and application patterns, so we have a better understanding of how many places that authentication, identity, access-mgmt come into play?  

Topic 5 - From a bigger picture perspective, how do companies think about ownership and operations of these functional areas - do they own it, do they offload it to the cloud - what considerations do they need to make?

Topic 6 - How do developers typically engage with your teams and products/services? Do they need to be security experts first, or do you guide them through what to own and how Okta can offload core elements?


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Jul 21, 2021
Comparing Public and Private Cloud Costs
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Comparing cloud costs between different environments can be complicated. Let’s look at the different factors that should be considered when comparing costs between clouds.   

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IS IT POSSIBLE TO COMPARE COSTS ACROSS CLOUDS?

A listener was asking for some guidance on how to build some tools to help them compare costs across clouds.  

COMPARING COSTS IS VERY COMPLICATED, BECAUSE THE USE-CASES VARY SO MUCH.

  1. Not going to provide a definitive price/amount
  2. Not going to focus on cloud migration costs

Things to Consider:

  • How long will a project use the resources? (short-term vs. long-term)
  • How much will the project scale/grow, up or down? How frequently will it change? 
  • How complex is your project/application? How many components are involved? 
  • Are these centralized, shared resources or will they be used on a per-project basis?
  • How do you currently account for costs? What’s included? What’s not (typically) accounted for? (e.g. centralized services)
  • Do you have the ability to do various types of accounting for costs? (time, capacity, longer contracts, all-you-can-eat, etc.)?
  • How is networking accounted for? (traffic, traffic flows, speed, ports, volume, etc.)
  • How is the data center accounted for? 
  • Is a free-tier part of the expectation? Is a POC or Trial part of the expectation?
  • Can your project be connected to the public internet? Can you provide usage metrics to external groups? 

 

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Jul 18, 2021
State of Containers in the Public Cloud
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Michael Gerstenhaber (@mikezvi, Sr.Director Prod Mgmt @Datadog) talks about the public cloud container usage, the evolution of Kubernetes adoption, application usage patterns and what's next.

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Tell us a little bit about your background and your transition from engineer to product manager.

Topic 2 - Let’s talk out container usage in the public cloud. Beyond the rapid pace of growth/usage, what trends are you following the most closely?

Topic 3 - What are some of the unique things that you have to do to monitor container usage, or provide unique data insights to containerized applications?

Topic 4 - We were surprised that only 50% of container usage is associated with Kubernetes. It’s been the de facto standard for the past several years. What else is orchestrating containers, or is it lots of one-off containers? 

Topic 5 - Large clusters are dominated by large nodes. That seems somewhat counter-intuitive. What do you think drives this pattern? 

Topic 6 - Lots of users are running older versions of Kubernetes. The CNCF has moved back to 3 releases a year. Do you expect that we’ll see longer life cycles supported in the future?

Topic 7 - Since the report was released, are you beginning to see any new trends that people should be keeping an eye on? 


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Jul 14, 2021
The Transformation of Microsoft
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Since Satya Nadella became CEO in 2014, the transformation of Microsoft has been incredible. Let’s explore how he evolved the company from many previously missed opportunities.  

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  1. Microsoft Acquisitions
  2. History of Microsoft Xbox
  3. History of Microsoft Azure
  4. 10 Charts that will change your perspective on Microsoft


AREAS OF STRUGGLE FOR MICROSOFT pre-2014

  • Social Networking
  • Search
  • Mobile
  • Streaming Video
  • Mac vs. Windows

AREAS OF TRANSFORMATION UNDER SATYA NADELLA (since 2014)

  • Windows to OS Agnostic
  • Software company to Cloud computing company
  • Embrace Open Source Software
  • Gaming
  • Refocus on modern developers (VSCode, GitHub, OSS, etc.)
  • Microsoft Xbox and Surface (hardware)
  • Cybersecurity for the Internet
  • Not competing with customers and ecosystem
  • Collaboration systems

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Jul 11, 2021
Teach the Geeks to Speak
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Neil Thompson (@teachthegeek, Teach the Geek) talks about educating geeks and engineers in all fields of STEM about how to become a better communicator, storyteller and influencer.

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Today we’re going to teach our audience some valuable skills. Tell us a little bit about your background. 

Topic 2 - Let’s begin by talking about the intersection of geeks and how they communicate. In what ways do they feel comfortable communicating vs. uncomfortable communicating?

Topic 3 - We find that oftentimes geeks will focus more on their technical skills early in their career, and only later in their career do they recognize the importance of a broad set of communication skills. Do you find this to be a common pattern?

Topic 4 - What are some tips, tricks and ways to get better at communication? Which modes of communication (written, oral, story-telling, influence) are the most important?

Topic 5 - What are some ways that geeks can get the practice or experience needed to improve their communications? 


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Jul 07, 2021
GitHub CoPilot, AWS Infinidash and the New Hotness
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Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Let’s explore if our audience can tell the difference. 

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SOMETIMES SOMETHING COMPLETELY NEW COMES ALONG...

It might be 5yrs, 10yrs or 100yrs, but eventually (sometimes) things change and they might be awesome! 

CAN WE EVER FIGURE OUT IF THE NEW STUFF IS REALLY NEW AND AWESOME?

GitHub CoPilot suggests lines of code or entire functions, within the context of your GitHub Codespace. It’s built on OpenAI Codex.

  • Real issues: Does it align licenses? Are the code suggestions secure? Do the suggestions write tests or docs? 
  • Maybe issues: Do we need good coders anymore? 
  • Maybe opportunities: Can you bootstrap an entire company on top of this? Enabling more people to code more easily is a good thing, right? 

AWS Infinidash is designed to address the one major issue that AWS hasn’t addressed yet - using their network is really expensive and it never gets cheaper. [NOTE: Pure Speculation, might not be 100% (or 1%) correct]

  •  Hybrid Cloud is a real thing, and IT networking is free, because you never see a bill for it.
  • AWS now loves Hybrid Cloud, and they also love the environment (it’s in the new Amazon Leadership Principles), so AWS Snowmobile isn’t a realistic options because it’s not 100% electric and self-driving, and because Amazon can now package your USB drives in the same packages they use with Amazon Prime, so they’ll be back daily to pick up data - Infinidash Prime.
  • Within AWS, all networking across AZs and Regions is now free, because people can’t follow the AWS best practices, and AWS doesn’t like people complaining when there is an outage that would be avoided by using Multi-AZ or Multi-Region. 
  • But how will AWS make money? Well, they invented Lambda with microsecond billing, so they really don’t even want you to use EC2 anymore. This has all been a long-game to get more people using Amazon Prime. 

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Jul 04, 2021
Low Code meets Professional Developers
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Sanjiva Weerawarana (@sanjiva, CEO of @wso2) talks about the intersection of low-code and business applications, the Ballerina language, and the WSO2 iPaaS platform Choreo

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Tell us a little bit about your background as an inventor, prior to founding WSO2.

Topic 2 - We are at a stage where every business opportunity requires new applications, and every application requires integration with multiple systems. Let’s begin by talking about your philosophy behind the Choreo iPaaS platform. 

Topic 3 - How do you view the intersection between low-code visual coding and the needs to get under the hood of the code for professional developers? 

Topic 4 - What are some of the common application-types or usage-patterns you’re seeing with early users of Choreo? What are some of the patterns that have surprised you? 

Topic 5 - Organizationally, do you see the iPaaS platform as being operated by an integrated team, or did you design it to be flexible about which teams/groups are engaged with or around the platform?

Topic 6 - There is quite a bit of intelligence and self-service built into the platform. Where do AI-driven guidance and self-service marketplaces fit into the way developers do their day-to-day jobs? 

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Jun 30, 2021
Listener Mailbag Questions
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We get a lot of questions from our audience each week, so we thought that it would be useful to answer some listener questions that aren’t easily answered during one of the podcasts. 

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CLOUDCAST LISTENER QUESTIONS

Thank you for all the questions. Send them to show@thecloudcast.net


CLOUD GROWTH, PEOPLE MOVEMENT, OPEN SOURCE TRENDS

Question 1 - Do you expect to see any significant changes to the top public clouds over the next few years?  - Sam A.

  • New AWS leadership; AWS profit center needed to keep driving the stock price
  • Microsoft capturing more of developers “native tools”; more willing to acquire
  • GCP coming up on the 2023 “1st or 2nd place” goal
  • “Edge” computing is just starting to take shape.
  • Will be interesting to watch how aggressive they get with acquisitions given the antitrust concerns from the US Congress

Question 2 - How is the open source world keeping up with the public cloud? - Melissa L.

  • Cloudera was recently acquired by private equity
  • IBM acquired Red Hat, and IBM is doubling down on Red Hat technologies
  • MongoDB continues to grow their Atlas business
  • Confluent is scheduled to IPO soon
  • Snowflake is trying to focus more on open APIs and ecosystems
  • Several companies (Solo, Hashicorp, Buoyant) recently launched cloud versions of their software
  • The public cloud providers continue to ride both sides of the fence regarding open source

Question 3 - Any opinions on the better way to reduce technical debt - lift and shift apps to the cloud, or modernize existing apps? - Sanjay R.

Question 4 - Is the recent consolidation in the IT training market a good thing or a bad thing? - Thomas A.

Question 5 - Are you seeing any post-COVID trends accelerating or gaining more traction?  - Michelle T.

Question 6 - Does it seem like less people are making big money after working for a tech startup than in the past? - Nadir M.


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Jun 27, 2021
Mid-Year Cloud Hot Takes
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Brandon Whichard (@@bwhichard) joins us to talk about the @awscloud leadership transition, the future of @VMware, developer preferences, the return of live events, and OSS licensing strategies.

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Topic 1 - Welcome back to the show. How are things going over at Software Defined Talk? 

Topic 2 - Following a legendary leader has historically been very difficult. Do you foresee any issues with the transition from Besos to Jassy, and Jassy to Selipsky at Amazon/AWS? 

Topic 3 - Has any tech company been more influential, and yet not completely controlled their own destiny than VMware?  

Topic 3a - How do we bring gambling to the tech industry? The stock market moves too slow and too many interesting companies are private. For example, can we bet on the next ransomware target, or the next acquisition, or the next company to claim to be Observability?

Topic 4 - Is there a market segment more fragmented than “tools for developers”? There’s the “everyone is recreating Heroku” crowd; the “Serverless or die!” crowd, the “VSCode + GitHub” crowd, the Jamstack crowd, the iOS vs. Android crowd, Data Scientists crowd, etc...

Topic 5 - Between Clubhouse collapsing and all virtual events being snoozefests, has the last year essentially killed our desire in tech to get together in anything resembling “in person”? 

Topic 5a - What are the lasting and fading changes from the pandemic?

Topic 6 - Does it make complete tech-karma sense that the only two uses of Blockchain have turned out to be cryptocurrencies and NFTs? 

Topic 7 - We’ve seen a number of “OSS companies” try and change their licensing model to deal with competitive challenges from the public cloud. What do you predict will be their next move? Did that previous move do anything? 

Topic 8 - How disappointed are you that (seemingly) no big tech company took advantage of their growing stock price to take over their market via acquisitions?

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Jun 23, 2021
Improving the Adoption Rate of New Tech
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A common question we often hear is, “How to improve our adoption rate of new technology?” 

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WHY DO WE HAVE ALL THESE IN-THE-MIDDLE JOBS?

DevRel, Advocates, Evangelists, Strategists. We’ve all heard about these job titles, but what do people in those roles actually do? And are they necessary?  

WHAT DO DEVREL, ADVOCATES, EVANGELISTS, TECHNICAL MARKETERS, STRATEGISTS DO, AND DO WE ACTUALLY NEED THEM?

  1. Every project, every market, every new technology has both short-term and long-term goals. Companies need to find a way to balance both goals.
  2. Successful teams, in every industry, have excellent in-between people. 
  3. In-between roles are a great way to learn the business, and build varied career paths. They usually aren’t career paths on their own. Many people don’t understand this. 
  4. DevRel / Advocate / Evangelist
  5. Technical Marketing
  6. Strategy

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Jun 20, 2021
Automated Data Labeling for AI Apps
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Alex Ratner (@ajratner, Co-Founder/CEO @SnorkelAI) talks about Snorkel’s evolution from Stanford AI Labs, the challenges of labeling data for AI modeling, and simplifying how AI applications can be built. 

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Tell us about your background, the origins of the company, and a little bit about the founding team. 

Topic 2 - Let’s start by framing the day in the life of a data scientist. There’s raw data, there’s a data sorting/organizing process, there’s model building, there’s results and analysis, and the cycle continues, etc. What parts are solved problems, what parts are commoditized, and where is there still room for improvement?

Topic 3 - Now that we understand today’s AI/ML/DataScience landscape, let’s talk about how Snorkel Flow and automated data labeling is able to evolve those environments

Topic 4 - Application Studio seems like the intersection of Low-Code and Industry-specific templates and the Python toolkit that data scientists understand. Walk us through the mindset of today’s data scientists in how they think about the “developer” part of their jobs.

Topic 5 - What are some of the frequent use-cases or business problem areas that you’ve seen drive early adoption of the Snorkel platform? 

Topic 6 - Where do you see Snorkel fitting into the broader ecosystem of AI capabilities that companies may already have in place? 

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Jun 16, 2021
Tips for Identifying Tech Trends
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For more than 10 years we’re interviewed the people that changed the tech world. What are some tips and tricks to identify which trends emerge, survive and fail? 

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IDENTIFYING TRENDS TO HIGHLIGHT ON THE PODCAST

  1. 522 shows, 57 companies acquired, $4.9B in VC funding, $58B in Acquisitions/IPOs
  2. Track Record of Founding Team, Macro Trends, Societal Trends

VC TRENDS vs. TECHNOLOGY TRENDS vs. CUSTOMER BUYING TRENDS

  1. There is a very long lifecycle between university research vs. early VC investments vs. early technology trends vs. customer buying trends. Often 10-20 years.
  2. Gracely’s Theorem: “There are very few truly new ideas, rather there are mostly advancements because of improved CPUs and Networking speeds.”
  3. The Platform vs. Feature test: A baseline platform or higher-level platform? 
  4. The Bed, Bath & Beyond test: Is it more than 50% cheaper than previous generations?
  5. The Friction test: Does it remove significant barriers to previous generations?
  6. The Don’t Fight a Land War in Asia test: Is it trying to be too many things to too many people?
  7. The Follow-the-Money test: How do companies around this technology make money? Does the ecosystem make money? Are there adjacent paths to monetization?
  8. The Culture Change test: People don’t like change, especially for change’s sake. Changing culture is one of the hardest things to do at most companies. 
  9. The Re-Education test: How much of a learning curve is required to make this technology successful? 

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Jun 13, 2021
Building Private 5G Networks
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Rob Parsons (Practice Director, Network and Integrated Security, Insight Enterprises) talks about advances in edge computing, connections to edge using 5G, and CBRS (Citizens Broadband Radio Service) as an emerging use case.

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Before we dive into today’s focus, tell us about your background and how you’ve come to focus on CBRS. 

Topic 2 - Let’s talk about the basics of CBRS. What are the underlying technologies, how does it work? 

Topic 3 - What are some of the most common use-cases for CBRS technologies? What are some of the problems it solves that can’t be solved with 5G/LTE or WiFi? 

Topic 4 - What are some of the design considerations that companies need to make in deploying and maintaining CBRS systems? 

Topic 5 - Is there an ecosystem of applications that are specifically built to run on CBRS systems, or are they more specific to the use-case (e.g. municipalities, manufacturing, etc.)?

Topic 6 - How much of a learning curve does CBRS present to teams that have networking and security background? 

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Jun 09, 2021
Repatriation and Cloud Cost Management
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While there are scenarios where public cloud is much less expensive than data centers, there are times when it’s much more expensive. Is repatriation a viable way to manage cloud costs? 

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ARTICLE QUOTES: 

Repatriation results in one-third to one-half the cost of running equivalent workloads in the cloud

You’re crazy if you don’t start in the cloud; you’re crazy if you stay on it.

infrastructure spend should be a first-class metric

THE CASE FOR REPATRIATION

  1. Cloud costs are a large % of Cost of Sales (often times 50-80%)
  2. Cloud providers operate on large margins (e.g. AWS at 30%)
  3. Repatriation could reduce costs 30-50% of existing cloud spend

THE REALITIES OF REPATRIATION

  1. The case in the article is primarily based on 25-40x valuation multiples for software companies. While every companies believes they are a software company today, not every company is getting 25-40x revenue multiple from the market.  
  2. All repatriation calculations begin with, “if you run a highly efficient data center”
  3. All repatriation calculations next involve, “assuming you have the talent to run a cloud”
  4. Repatriation is technical debt. How does your company typically handle that?
  5. Less than 100% repatriation creates multiple operational models (ops, billing, security, etc.)
  6. Most companies use a subset of the features in any given cloud.
  7. Can you create a financial situation in your data center that’s similar to the cloud?

 

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Jun 06, 2021
No Code vs. Low Code
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Gary Hoberman (@GaryHoberman, Founder / CEO of @Unqork) talks about No Code vs. Low Code, Bringing No Code into the Enterprise, and evolving industry experience. 

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Before we dive into today’s topic, let’s talk about your background and what motivated you to found Unqork. 

Topic 2 - There are a ton of ways that some technologies get positioned as silver bullets or catch-all. First of all, how do you think about this space from the perspective of a business user? 

Topic 3 - Let’s talk about the distinction between “low-code” and “no-code” and how the tradeoffs or differences actually impact users of the system.

Topic 4 - With systems like these, there is an expectation that the system has quite a bit of knowledge, which creates these “highly opinionated” workflows. You’ve worked at large companies, which also have opinions based on existing culture or experience. How do you work groups through adopting these newer concepts?

Topic 5 - This segment of the market is extremely “hyped” at this stage, with lots of companies. Help us understand how to put a frame around understanding the various options that are available in the market. 

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Jun 02, 2021
The State of Serverless
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Stephen Pinkerton (@spnktn, Product Manager @datadoghq) talks about the latest trends that Datadog has observed from monitoring serverless applications in the public cloud, adoption rates, as well as how serverless is deployed along with containers

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Topic 1 - Welcome back to the show. Before we dive into the latest serverless trends, let’s talk a little bit about your background and focus at Datadog.

Topic 1a - This is the 2nd year of the State of Serverless report. Tell us about the scope and the methodology used.

Topic 2 - Let’s begin by talking about the growth (by breadth) of the overall Serverless market. Who is using serverless, and where are they consuming it from? 

Topic 3 - Your data shows that AWS Lambda is evolving in a couple different ways - both shorter lived usage (average) and involved in a broader set of use-cases (via Step Functions). It sounds like Serverless is becoming more mainstream as it branches out.

Topic 4 - Language popularity is always an area of interest - what are the most popular languages for building serverless apps? 

Topic 5 - Given how granular Lambda billing has become, and how frameworks like Serverless and Step Functions are being used, were you surprised at the low rate of automation around serverless functions? 

Topic 6 - This year it seems like Edge use-cases for Serverless have really grown. I’d expect this to continue as we’re seeing both CloudFlare and AWS recently expanding their Serverless edge capabilities within their CDN offerings.

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May 26, 2021
Build More Features or More Services
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The tradeoff between building more features on existing platforms vs. building more new individual services is always a complex decision. Let’s look at the pros and cons of each.

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PLATFORMS vs. SERVICES vs. INCREMENTAL CHANGE

  1. Platforms deliver a broad set of horizontal or vertical services
  2. Services tend to be focused on individual capabilities
  3. Features can be added to either, but where to add the feature?
  4. Services could be built on top of each other, but then is it a feature or a service?

DO YOU REALLY HAVE TO MAINTAIN A SERVICE FOREVER?

  1. Should you ever deprecate a service (e.g. turn it off, not be backwards compatible)?
  2. Can you leave the service “on” if nobody is using it?
  3. When do you decide to build a new service instead of just extending or improving another one? 
  4. Do you have to create tools to migrate from one service to another?
  5. Do you have to create interoperability from one service to another?
  6. At what point have you added too many features to a platform (or service) to where the market (or internal customers) think that it’s too heavy - even when features don’t have to be used?

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May 23, 2021
Serverless Trends within AWS
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Julian Wood (@julian_wood, Sr. Developer Advocate @AWSCloud) talks about the evolution of serverless from niche to mainstream applications, and how the technology stack has evolved to a broad set of use-cases.

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Before we dive into the work you’re doing with Serverless, let’s talk about your background. 

Topic 2 - Let’s begin with “What is Serverless at AWS in 2021?” Sometimes it’s Lambda, sometimes it's a database, sometimes it's a CDN edge service. When is it App-Centric and when is it NoOps-centric?

Topic 3 - AWS Lambda has expanded in functionality quite a bit over the years. Walk us through how it’s evolved across languages, event-sources, functions vs. containers, etc. 

Topic 4 - How do you think about Serverless use-cases? What are common usage patterns? 

Topic 5 - For a while, Lambda was mostly focused within the AWS ecosystem. Is it expanding to include 3rd-party services, or custom-built tools from customers/companies? 

Topic 6 - We’ve done a couple recent shows about event-driven applications. I tend to think about Serverless (or FaaS) as mostly event-driven apps. How is that space evolving?

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May 19, 2021
Technology never has an off-season
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Technology never stops evolving. But people needs breaks to recharge, re-evaluate and re-establish goals. So how can we balance the two? 

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WHY DOESN’T THE TECH-INDUSTRY HAVE AN OFF-SEASON?

  1. It’s a business, and businesses tend to stay open
  2. It’s an industry that expects growth, and growth requires new things (usually)

HOW TO MANAGE THE LACK OF AN OFF-SEASON

  1. Nobody can go 24x7x365 year after year. Take care of your health.
  2. Allow yourself to ignore some aspects of the tech industry. You don’t need to know everything. 
  3. Creating a framework for determining if something new is worth your time exploring. 
  4. Always have a side project where you are learning something. This could be adjacent to your work, or something completely different.
  5. Begin to measure something that you’ve ignored, or never measured before. Find a way to improve it.
  6. Find a way to take back some time in your life. You can automate something, drop something, change something, etc.
  7. Find time to reconnect with people - mentors, groups, 

 

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May 16, 2021
ksqlDB Database for Streaming Events
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Michael Drogalis (@MichaelDrogalis, Product Manager @Confluentinc) talks about the evolution of Kafka, the challenges of data management with event-driven systems, and the ksqlDB Database.

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Before we dive into this new database, let’s talk a little bit about your background. 

Topic 2 - Let’s first talk about Kafka. What is it,. what does it do, and what are common use-cases that use Kafka?

Topic 3 - Kafka handles all these streams of data / events, but there are a bunch of other pieces needed to connect the data to the applications. What are those pieces, and where are their often challenges?

Topic 4 - Let’s talk about this new project - ksqlDB. It’s real-time, it’s Kafka and it’s SQL. Walk us through how it was created and the types of challenges it solves for. 

Topic 5 - How is ksqlDB different from using other SQL databases? 

Topic 6 - What are some of the initial ways that you’re seeing ksqlDB being used? Is it beginning to allow new use-cases to emerge?


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May 12, 2021
Lessons learned...Mother's Day Edition
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In honor of International Mother's Day, we focus today's show on the lessons learned from moms, and how they can impact and influence your life in tech (and beyond). Don't forget to call you mom.

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LESSONS LEARNED FROM MOMS

  1. Moms want to get you started on the right path
  2. Moms want you to look presentable
  3. Be able to explain things to your mom
  4. Sometimes moms just want to help
  5. Don’t forget to call your mom


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May 09, 2021
Running Databases on Kubernetes
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Anil Kumar (@anilkumar1129, Director of Product Mgmt @Couchbase) talks about how Kubernetes has evolved to support stateful applications, enabling Couchbase to run on Kubernetes, the advantages of Operators, and NoSQL adoption models. 

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Before we dive into the work you’re doing with Kubernetes, let’s talk about your background. 

Topic 2 - Kubernetes started with a focus on “cloud-native apps”, then it became a blurring of infrastructure. How does Couchbase see the market evolving around Kubernetes, especially as a stateful service? 

Topic 3 - There is frequently a debate about whether or not to run data services on Kubernetes, or run them off-cluster. How does Couchbase view this, and what are some things that Kubernetes does to improve how Couchbase runs?

Topic 4 - Let’s talk about some of the common use-cases you’re seeing for Couchbase, whether it’s on Kubernetes, or in the cloud, or out at the Edge

Topic 5 - Do you see any multi-cloud or hybrid-cloud use-cases where Couchbase is a good fit, or is it too difficult to span databases across clouds? 

Topic 6 - What areas around Kubernetes do you see evolving to help use-cases for Couchbase (i.e. other CNCF projects, etc.)? 


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May 05, 2021
Is the Public Cloud growing fast enough?
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Public cloud is expected to grow 23% (overall) in 2021. Is that a fast enough pace of growth, or are there still significant barriers to adoption and faster growth?

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IS THE PUBLIC CLOUD GROWING QUICKLY? 

  1. Q1 2021 vs. Q4 2020: AWS (+30%), Azure (+23%), GCP (+46%)
  2. Growing faster than On-Premise, Existing IT (8.4%)

WHY ISN"T THE PUBLIC CLOUD GROWING FASTER?

  1. Data Gravity - Moving data into the cloud is expensive and slow
  2. Data Centers are long-term depreciation activities (10-20 years)
  3. “App Modernization” budgets are small - as a % of IT budgets
  4. SaaS is growing at 20% YoY
  5. Cloud Costs are expensive and complicated to understand
  6. Tech VC is still investing in Tech Startups
  7. Security is always a Top 3 priority, and Cloud Security is different
  8. A large portion of Enterprise and Gov’t isn’t connected to the Internet - and Mainframes aren’t in the cloud. 
  9. Retraining Cloud Skills takes time (Gladwell 10,000 hour rule)


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May 02, 2021
Expanding Open Source in the Cloud
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Heikki Nousiaine (@hnousiainen, Founder/CTO at @aiven_io) talks about how Aiven delivers a broad set of open source data and messaging services via the public cloud, as a managed service. 

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Before we dive into the work you’re doing to expand open source innovation, let’s talk about your background. 

Topic 2 - Let’s talk about Aiven and the services it provides - all the most popular open source “data-centric” projects (Kafka, Cassandra, Elasticsearch, PostgreSQL, MySQL, Redis, InfluxDB, Grafana), on top of AWS, Azure, GCP, DigitalOcean and UpCloud - plus a bunch of popular integrations (logging, monitoring, authentication, etc.)

  • SRE / Support Models
  • Pricing Models
  • Integrating with the underlying cloud

Topic 3 - How do you typically engage with customers / developers? How much work is typically needed to get those teams initially successful with a given service?

Topic 4 - How does Aiven think about the cloud “shared responsibility model”, in terms of where Aiven’s service stops and the customer's engagement starts? Who is responsible for the data?

Topic 5 - What open source projects are on your radar for adding new services?

Topic 6 - As more technology companies are migrating applications to the cloud, or creating SaaS offerings, are there opportunities for companies to partner with Aiven on the breadth of services you offer? 


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Apr 28, 2021
If Kubernetes is Boring, What's Next
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As Kubernetes evolves beyond 5yrs of adoption, many say that it is becoming “boring”.  So where does the popular open source project and community go next? 

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If Kubernetes is boring, what’s next for Kubernetes?

  1. Kubernetes has now shipped 21 releases, which is nearly as many as OpenStack (24 releases), and more than VMware vSphere (12-15 releases).
  2. Kubernetes is shifting from 4 releases a year to 3 releases a year. 
  3. On average, 170-180 companies are contributing monthly. 
  4. It’s widely available both in private cloud and public clouds
  5. Large percentage of larger companies have projects running on Kubernetes
So what might be next? 

  1. To some extent, the projects surrounding and adjacent to Kubernetes are gaining attention and momentum - Serverless, Service Mesh, Multi-Cluster Management Tools, Security Tools, Operators, Helm Charts
  2. Kubernetes is being used across Private Clouds, Public Clouds, a variety of Edge use-cases, and is gaining adoption by Telcos for 5G/Edge use-cases.
  3. Beginning to see some thinking and frameworks around how to use Kubernetes as a Hybrid/Multi-Cloud control plane, not just for Cluster deployment. 
  4. Edge use-cases are interesting, since Edge has so many varied deployment models   - Does Kubernetes need to be miniaturized? Does Kubernetes ship too often?
  5. AI/ML/Analytics use-cases are exploding as most frameworks are making Kubernetes the default orchestration framework.
  6. Gitops is starting to gain some momentum as an automated, single-source-of-truth management model for Kubernetes clusters and application deployment.
  7. The new way of companies using the public cloud are now trying to figure out how to manage Cloud costs, especially as Kubernetes drives more self-service engagement with platforms.

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Apr 25, 2021
Why Silicon Matters in the Cloud
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Garry Binder (@garrybinder, Chief Security Architect @Intel) talks about the challenges of public cloud scale, performance and security.

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Before we get into today’s discussion, give us a little bit on your background and some of the areas you focus on.  

Topic 2 - We’ve done quite a few shows with Intel over the years. This is where we were first introduced to how much work Intel does directly for the largest public cloud providers. Can you give us a sense of how much Intel has evolved to help the cloud providers deliver the scale and performance they do today? 

Topic 3 - A few months ago we spoke about Confidential Computing. We all know that security is a challenge best solved with defense-in-depth. Can we talk a little bit about the intersection of embedded security in silicon, and being able to keep up with new performance challenges with the new Ice Lake architecture? 

Topic 4 - How do we raise awareness that these native capabilities are available across all the cloud providers - AWS, Azure, Google, Oracle, etc., when software features tend to dominate the headlines? 

Topic 5 - What do you see as some of the next-generation security challenges that the cloud is well-positioned to (maybe) better handle that we could in data centers?

Topic 6 - Sometimes people see Intel as being one-step removed from the technology companies they directly engage with. What are some of the ways that people can more directly engage in all the programs (developer tools, reference architectures, etc.) that Intel creates?


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Apr 21, 2021
10 Lessons for Surviving the Tech Industry
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Over the course of a career, you'll have to make critical decisions about jobs, managers, salaries, technical vs. business focus, and career paths. These 10 tips can help to make better decisions. 

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10 Lessons for Surviving the Tech Industry

  1. Early in your career, get a certification, and work on something mainstream. Give yourself some foundations to build upon. 
  2. Early in your career, it’s OK to take risks on companies, if you are able to get a lot of experience (either breadth or depth).
  3. Most people in tech don’t have a huge cash-out (IPO, Acquisition, etc.), but if you do, bank it to give yourself options (future savings, job hopping, change of career, etc.)
  4. Have a side hustle. Have a mix of business and technical skills.
  5. Always be learning something new. Being able to learn new stuff is the skill. 
  6. Find a community of people (online or live) that can be mentors, sounding boards, or just “trusted” people. 
  7. Find managers that support you, encourage you, and promote you. Sometimes ride with them on the next journey.
  8. Title, salary, job scope or location…..you can only pick 2 (maybe 3Most people leave bad managers, not the company. 
  9. Work/Life balance is really hard to find. There’s no right answer, it’ll come and go in waves. Ride waves when they come, because they don’t always come back. 
  10. Work on your communication skills. 


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Apr 18, 2021
Managing Unstructured Data in the Cloud
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Paige Hinckley, (Sr. Director Global Alliances & GTM @Qumulo) talks about the evolution of scalable file and unstructured data in the public cloud. 

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Before we jump into discussing data in the cloud, let’s talk a little bit about your background, as you’ve been at the center of several recent technology transitions? 

Topic 2 - Let’s start by understanding how the use of file data has changed over the years. So many applications involve video, or huge data lakes for analytics, or massive content repositories for research. How has the scale evolved over the years? 

Topic 3 - Qumulo does some very unique things around scalability and performance that are very critical for industries like media/entertainment, healthcare, research. What are some of the use cases that best take advantage of Qumulo Q Cloud? 

Topic 4 - As you work with companies moving file data to the cloud, what are some of the tips and lessons you’ve seen that lead to faster success? 

Topic 5 - How does Qumulo work with partners in the tech industry to bring your innovation to customers?


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Apr 14, 2021
Lessons Learned from docker
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The docker project evolved out of the PaaS movement, unlocking polyglot cloud-native applications. But it was only a piece of the puzzle to enable platforms, applications and a broader ecosystem. What lessons can be learned from the docker ecosystem?

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HOW DID docker/DOCKER EVOLVE?

Between 2008 and 2013, dozens of PaaS platforms emerged. Within the platform, they all had a model for allocating compute resources, mostly through the use of Linux LXC and cGroups -- what would become containers. dotCloud was the PaaS company started by Solomon Hykes that eventually became Docker. 

LESSONS LEARNED FOR THE FUTURE

  • Containers were a fundamental building block for next-gen applications and platforms.
  • Docker/docker created a massive community of users, but frustrated the ecosystem of partners. 
  • Project / Company naming conflicts are very hard to resolve (“docker” vs. “Docker”)
  • Successful ecosystems allow a broad set of participants to monetize different elements of the technology. Not having a monetization model is not a good plan. 
  • Docker was the last software company to not monetize through offering a managed/SaaS cloud service. 

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Apr 11, 2021
DevOps Efficiency through Integration
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Brendan O’Leary (@olearycrew, Sr. Dev Evangelist @GitLab, CNCF Board) talks about Developer Productivity, how to improve flow, integrated tool chains, and tips to improve organizational dynamics.  

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Software supply-chains have been in the news quite a bit lately. Before we get into that, tell us about your background and what gets you passionate about developer productivity? 

Topic 2 - Let’s talk about “the State of Developer Productivity” in 2021. What are developers able to do well, and where are their big bottlenecks today? 

Topic 3 - I constantly get questions of “do we fix this with better tools, or better organizations. I’m pretty sure the answer is a combination of both, but do you see one side or the other having a bigger impact? 

Topic 4 - GitLab does a very good job bringing together the tools developers need across the software-supply chain. When do you see an integrated “platform” gain more adoption, and when does the developer desire for “pick our tools” tend to stay in place?   

Topic 5 - Is the Solarwinds hack making a lot of companies rethink how they build software? 

Topic 6 - What are some of the best tips you have to help developer teams get more efficient, more productive? 


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Apr 07, 2021
Simpler Clouds on the Horizon
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Cloud was supposed to make computing easier, but it’s now as complicated or more complicated than legacy data centers and apps. Is there any future in a simpler cloud?

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SIMPLIFYING CLOUD

APPLICATIONS - SaaS, RPA, Low-Code and PaaS v2

  • Small Business as-a-Service
  • Multinational Business-as-a-Service
  • DemandGen-as-a-Service

PRICING - Cost Management has its own complex ecosystem

  • The cloud bill is always an unknown

INTERCONNECTING SERVICES - Are the APIs easy enough to integrate

  • Mulesoft, Red Hat Integration, Apigee, etc. for the older stuff
  • Is cross-SaaS integration easy enough? 


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Apr 04, 2021
Reliability as a Service
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Alex Hidalgo (@ahidalgosre, Director of SRE at @nobl9inc) talks about the evolution of SRE teams, implementing SLOs, and enabling AppDev and Ops teams to better manage reliability.

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Congratulations on the launch of Nobl9. Before we get into that, let’s talk about your background and what got you focused on SREs and SLOs.

Topic 2 - We’ve spoken about the role of SRE quite a bit the last few years, but not as much about SLOs - and how to achieve them. Paint us some broad brush strokes about the world of SLOs today, and how they are different from SLAs or other commonly used measurements and metrics. 

Topic 3 - So how do we start taking the SLO concepts and start making them actionable?

Topic 4 - How does a move to a SLO-centric model change the AppDev or the Ops teams?   

Topic 5 - Is there a “low-hanging fruit” in an adoption of SLO-centric capabilities, or does it take quite a bit of top-down and bottom-up change? 

Topic 6 - What’s a good way to get started with the Nobl9 platform?


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Mar 31, 2021
Three Types of Technology Leaders
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Technology leaders have many different focus areas and motivations. On today’s show, we’ll discuss three common types of leaders - Visionaries, Maintainers and Resume-Builders.

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THREE TYPES OF TECHNOLOGY LEADERS

VISIONARIES | TRANSFORMERS

  • Speak in stories, painting big pictures.
  • Truly understand the overall business, the broader markets, and the potentially changing landscapes ahead over both the near-term and long-term
  • Understand the timing of the markets and when change is needed vs. nice-to-have
  • Understand the breadth of competitive threats to the business
  • Understand both opportunities and opportunity costs 

MAINTAINERS | PROTECTORS 

  • Would like to be a visionary, but always default back to focusing on re-optimizing legacy investments
  • Tend to believe that all decisions are build vs. buy. Aren’t focused on creating longer-term partnerships
  • Run long RFI processes vs. creating a mindset of incremental experimental scenarios.
  • Have a protectionist mindset (“avoid vendor lock-in”) with new opportunities, but don’t release that with sunk costs. 

RESUME BUILDERS

  • Recognize that the world is moving fast (lots of new technologies, business models), but aren’t in an optimal starting position.
  • Establish a big, audacious goal that portrays a visionary mindset. 
  • Establish an “everything” or “all-inclusive” policy, even when it doesn’t make economic sense. 
  • The old 5yrs of building an ERP system is now the 2yrs of transforming to the cloud. Springboard to build the resume without finishing the project. 


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Mar 28, 2021
From Engineer to Technology Leadership
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Nick Weaver (@lynxbat, VP Architecture, Innovation, Data/Analytics at @Dicks) talks about the journey from engineer to technology leader within large corporations, the challenges of leading teams during COVID, and the realities of digital transformation.  

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Topic 1 - Welcome back to the show. It’s been almost two years. What are you up to these days?

Topic 2 - The last 5-6 years, you’ve really embraced moving from being a hard-core, hands-on engineer to being a leader of very large technology teams, projects and initiatives. Walk us through some of the new muscles developed, some of the unexpected, and some of the stuff you still need to figure out.

Topic 3 - When you were at Nike, you lived through a legitimate “digital transformation”, both in how the company engaged with the market, but also how you dealt with suppliers/vendors. Help us understand some of the dynamics in going through those changes.

Topic 4 - We all know lots of people on the vendor side of things, and how those dynamics work as people compete, collaborate or change companies. How does that work amongst “customers”, either in the same industry or cross-industry?

Topic 5 - You’re still a technologist at heart. What technologies are interesting to you these days? 

Topic 6 - From where you are today, how would you mentor a young Nick Weaver that just did a 5 minute demo during an EMCworld keynote in 2008-2009? 


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Mar 24, 2021
Did COVID transform Tech?
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The COVID-19 pandemic will last ~18 months, but how long will the impact to the technology industry last? 

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HOW WILL COVID CHANGE THE TECH INDUSTRY?

REMOTE WORK and COLLABORATION

  • The foundational tools are in place (GitHub, Zoom, Slack, Jira, Public Cloud) but are they really designed for large # of remote workers collaborating? 
  • Event sign-ups were up 5-10x, but have people actually been consuming the content? 
  • Will companies continue to encourage and support remote workers, or do we see a boomerang in late 2021 and 2022? 

MORE RAPID ADOPTION OF THE PUBLIC CLOUD

  • Less people in the office, so more adoption of public clouds?
  • Public clouds grew, but not at faster rates than before - 2021/2022 might be better indicators, as 2020 had “budget concerns” for many companies (uncertainty)
  • More adoption of SaaS-like offerings (be near the clouds, align buying models, more flexible)
  • Acceleration of more agile approaches, as the world becomes more polarized - hence stability may be shorter intervals? 

WHY DIDN’T THE CLOUD PROVIDERS DO MORE?

  • Cloud providers have massive cash reserves (Microsoft, $137B, Google $112B, Amazon $50B), but no major acquisitions.
  • Nobody has initiate price-wars, but we are seeing more long-range ELAs announced

WHERE IS THE “NEXT BIG THING”?

  • 2006/2007 - iPhone, AWS launch ; 2008 Financial Crash
  • 2020 - ???


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Mar 21, 2021
Understanding SaaS Financial Models
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Ben Murray (@br_murray, Founder of SaaS CFO and SaaS Academy) talks about how to understand the financial models behind successful SaaS companies, the tradeoffs on profit vs. growth, and how to spot the health of SaaS businesses.

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. We don’t usually get CFOs on the show. Tell us a little bit about your background and what brought you into the SaaS world. 

Topic 2 - The more we study SaaS companies, the more it seems like everyone needs to understand the financial model and associated metrics (executives, product managers, marketing, customer service, etc.). How do you go about teaching best practices to SaaS companies?

Topic 3 - Let’s talk about the core financial concepts that SaaS companies need to think about (CAC, MRR, ACV, LCV, Churn, Gross Margin, etc.)

Topic 4 - Are there some common financial patterns (metrics, ratios, etc,) to tell how a SaaS company is doing (good or bad)? If so, are there established best-practices to get them out of bad situations?  

Topic 5 - Can you help us better understand why some people get excited when a SaaS company has revenue growth and loses money, and others freak out? Help us understand that in growth stages vs. stable stages. (SaaS Rule of 40?)

Topic 6 - Have you found that SaaS businesses are unique in their financial modeling, or can some of these best practices be applied to non-SaaS software businesses?

Topic 7 - You just started SaaS CFO and SaaS Academy. Give us an overview of what people will learn. 

 

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Mar 17, 2021
The Complexities of Edge Computing
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It’s smaller computers, doing limited tasks. So why is Edge Computing so complicated, and why are there so many definitions?

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THE COMPLEXITIES OF EDGE COMPUTING

No single definition of edge, because of so many use-cases

  • Branch office
  • Near-Edge 
  • Far-Edge
  • Disconnected

Hardware can dictate quite a bit about edge characteristics

  • Custom-OS or COTS OS
  • General purpose HW or Specialized HW (GPU, NVMe, DPUs)
  • #of computing devices; volume of local storage

Networking can dictate quite a bit about edge characteristics

  • Are the devices always connected to the Internet?
  • How are disconnected environments handled?
  • How much bandwidth is available? Is it symmetric or asymmetric? 
  • What are the traffic patterns of the applications? Local vs. Backhaul. 

Security can dictate quite a bit about edge characteristics

  • How does Security happen on Day 0?
  • What are the security vs. usability tradeoffs? (direct user interaction) 
  • How is security maintained? (CVE, Local Security services, etc.)

Maintenance can dictate quite a bit about edge characteristics

  • How much does it cost to deploy new edges?
  • How often are the edges expected to be upgraded? 
  • How will maintenance happen? (Local tech, remote download, etc.)
  • How sophisticated is the Day 2 Ops? (Telemetry, Environmentals, Benchmarks, etc.) 

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Mar 14, 2021
The Value of Value-Stream Mapping
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Steve Pereira (@SteveElsewhere, Value-Stream Whisperer @ Visible) talks about measuring, understanding business and technology process through Value-Stream Mapping.

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Tell us a little bit about your background and how you eventually became focused on helping companies improve their Value-Streams.

Topic 2 - Let’s start by talking about Value-Streams and Mapping. What are they, why do we need them, what do they provide? 

Topic 3 - Walk us through a Value-Stream-Mapping exercise with a company. What is their pre-homework? What questions do you ask? How do you keep it focused on their language? 

Topic 4 - Do you need to fix everything at once, or can it be done in phases? How much of the improvement has to do with the application, and how much is adjusting existing processes?  

Topic 5 - Lots of people like to compare this to Lean Manufacturing (Toyota Production System, Six Sigma, etc.). Optimize the system, design for efficient flows, empower the workers to make changes and give feedback, etc. But does this break with software, where there isn’t really an end to a production line? 

Topic 6 - Once people understand it, what tends to work well and what tends to lead to on-going failures? 

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Mar 10, 2021
Lessons Learned from Cloud Foundry
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Cloud Foundry was going to create an open source alternative to Heroku, as well as replace how Enterprise companies built software. But change is never easy. Looking back, what can we learn from the lessons of Cloud Foundry?

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HOW DID CLOUD FOUNDRY EVOLVE?

An open source, programmable cloud application platform (PaaS). Heroku (2007), Google AppEngine (2008) existed before Cloud Foundry (April 2011). OpenShift launched in May 2011. Apcera was launched in 2012 by Derek Collison 

  • Open Source, Multi-cloud
  • Multiple languages, frameworks
  • Automation for the infrastructure (BOSH)
  • Integrated Logging, Tracing, Routing, GUI
  • Data Services live off the platform, via Service Broker
  • Very heavy platform footprint (up to 50 VMs)
  • Diego container scheduler 
  • Warden container runtime 

Many large vendors got involved once it became a foundation. 

  • IBM, SAP, Intel, Cisco, EMC/VMware
  • Many end-user customers joined (great for recruiting)
  • None of the Cloud providers, other than an infrastructure stem-cell

By 2016-17, most large Cloud Foundry vendors were shifting their focus to Kubernetes

LESSONS LEARNED FOR THE FUTURE

  • Single-vendor led communities are difficult, especially if a foundation is created.
  • Technology transitions are hard, oftentimes impossible. Cloud Foundry chose to downplay Docker and Kubernetes as “just for infrastructure”, even within their own community. 
  • Make it simple to get environments/clusters (Managed Kubernetes services, Cluster API, laptop-level environments (minikube). Needs to be a managed cloud service on good clouds. 
  • Platform-aware, Infrastructure automation is important (e.g. like BOSH, except that it works)
  • Industry is mixed on if stateful / data services should run on-platform or off-platform. Having to also manage the off-platform is difficult. 

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Mar 07, 2021
Solving Developers Security Challenges
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Shira Shamban (@ShambanIT, CEO @SolvoCloud) talks about easily bringing security to CI/CD pipelines and software development, the rise of DevSecOps and "Shifting Left.

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Tell us a little bit about your background, you have a very interesting journey starting in cybersecurity for the Isreal Defense Force all the way to CEO of a newly funded startup. 

Topic 2 - The rise of CI/CD created some great benefits to software development, it also created some security challenges. Let’s start there, why do developers seem to have so many challenges with security, especially in production?

Topic 3 - Increasingly we hear about the concept of DevSecOps, you introduced the term “Shifting Left”. What does that mean and how does this relate to the larger concept of DevSecOps?

Topic 4 - When a developer pushes code, where is the friction from a security perspective? How does Solvo solve this problem as code is pushed and how do you integrate with the cloud providers to make sure a least-privilege model is used? You recently released a security tool for health checks of your cloud accounts? (link in the show notes)

Topic 5 - We recently raised your first round of funding completely remotely. Tell us about the experience and challenges you faced. 

Topic 6 - You are passionate about empowering women and under-represented communities in our industry. Tell us about your ongoing partnerships with SheCodes, Cyber Ladies and other mentoring programs you are involved with.

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Mar 03, 2021
How the Cloud is Changing OSS Licensing
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Brian looks at the recent changes in open source licensing, as it relates to managed cloud offerings, and how the perception of end-users towards free software vs. cloud services is changing.

#SundayPerspectives

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THINGS WE KNOW

  • Open Source has become a mainstream source for innovation - with most of the Internet being built on OSS technologies (in some way or form)
  • Open Source is more widely used in the Enterprise (than in the past), beyond just Linux
  • Open Source is often the de facto choice for much of the public cloud (OS, VMs, DBs, etc.)
  • The need for a “free” experience is expected for anything new in software or cloud, whether that’s for any/all usage, or a fixed period of time. 
  • “Open core”, or other variations on free OSS + non OSS (non-free) features has been a concept for quite a while. 
  • Community driven development does bring a broad set of perspectives, and it distributes the workload across engineers, companies, etc.
  • Plenty of successful projects have been both Open Source and primarily driven by a single company (especially in the data-centric projects)

THINGS THAT WILL EVOLVE

  • Where does the value of software come from? Does it come from the features, from the distribution, from the creator(s), or from how it is run?
  • Do customers value ‘free”, or “stability” or “customizability” (features) or “operationalization”? 
  • How much of an advantage or disadvantage (or neutral) is the OSS companies offering cloud services across clouds? 

UNKNOWNS AND UNCERTAINTIES

  • How will the VC community view the changes in competitive landscape and licensing? How does it impact their future funding models?


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Feb 28, 2021
Evolution of Commercial OSS
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Joseph “JJ” Jacks (@asynchio, Founder/General Partner OSS Capital) talks about how Commercial OSS has evolved, coopetition with cloud providers, and what's next for Commercial OSS business models and communities. 

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. For those that don’t already know you, tell us a little bit about your background, and some of the things you’re focused on today. 

Topic 2 - You’ve been tracking the commercialization of open-source projects for quite a while now. What big trends have you seen evolve over the last two decades (from Red Hat to MongoDB) 

Topic 3 - Even in the face of new OSS-centric offerings from the cloud providers, we still continue to see companies getting funded. What is the sentiment in the VC-communities about what the new competitive landscape looks like? Are there new rules in the game? 

Topic 4 - We’ve recently seen MongoDB and Elastic changing their licensing model to SSPL. The stock of both companies continues to rise. Is what they are doing a short-term “fix” to a competitive threat, or a critical mistake? Does licensing need to evolve as a company matures? 

Topic 5 - Are there fundamental shifts in how OSS companies are created and eventually operationalized happening now? 

Topic 6 - Where do you see commercial OSS trending over the next 5 years, and what big changes need to happen to make those realities happen?


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Feb 24, 2021
Public Cloud Look Ahead for the 2020s
1356

Looking forward at the biggest public clouds, what are the things we are sure of, the trends we expect to evolve, and the uncertainties that will shape the next 5+ years in cloud computing?

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THINGS WE KNOW - OVERALL GROWTH OF THE INDUSTRY

  • More adoption of SaaS applications (which run on Big 3)
  • More migrations of apps from data center to cloud
  • Huge CAPEX spending (low-interest rates) for Cloud + Other Businesses (Healthcare, Driving, Gaming, AR/VR, FinSvcs, etc.)
  • More rapid adoption of ARM in the cloud than data centers (40% lower costs)
  • Edge still has alot of evolution to go through (footprint, mgmt/updates, security, etc.)

TRENDS THAT WILL EVOLVE

  • Beginning to see a wave of Telco’s partnering with Big 3 (edge computing)
  • 2nd/3rd-generation of being built as cloud-native first
  • Vendors partnering with Big 3 to be “native-services”
  • The data-centric OSS projects in the cloud

UNKNOWNS AND UNCERTAINTIES

  • Acquisitions
  • Changes in Leadership 
  • Pricing Wars
  • Are there emerging players (Alibaba, Apple, etc.)?


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Feb 21, 2021
Asynchronous Development for Remote Teams
2053

Dan Lines, (@linknfg182, COO @LinearB_Inc) talks about asynchronous development for remote teams, managing business-level discussions,  bringing greater transparency and accountability to projects, and identifying early signs of developer burnout.  

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Tell us a little bit about your background, and what brought you to be so focused on developer productivity and team agility? 

Topic 2 - We want to talk about remote teams today, but before we get started, let’s talk about how much this past year has changed the day-to-day life of application development teams.

Topic 3 - You’ve spoken about Asynchronous Development (for Remote Teams) and how the pandemic sort of created the environment that has been evolving for years. Tell us about the concept and some of the things companies can do to embrace it?  

Topic 4 - LinearB is a tool/platform that gives teams visibility into what’s happening with projects (status/velocity), backlogs, bottlenecks, etc. How do you think about transparency and accountability for teams, since software projects can get fairly complex? 

Topic 5 - How much does it help in conversations with business leaders, who might not have as much understanding of how development teams work, to have the data trends right in front of them?

Topic 6 - You make a point that you can see “burnout” happening within teams or around individuals. What are some tips to reduce that, or address it in ways that it can lead to better long-term conditions within teams?


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Feb 17, 2021
Lessons Learned from OpenStack
1138

OpenStack was going to create an open source alternative to AWS, as well as displace VMware in the Enterprise. But change is never easy, and some things didn't go as planned. Looking back, what can we learn from the lessons of OpenStack?

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HOW DID OPENSTACK EVOLVE?

An open source, programmable cloud infrastructure. Eucalyptus and CloudStack existed prior to OpenStack. Created as a partnership between NASA (Nova) and Rackspace (Swift). 

API-driven, software-defined infrastructure

Every vendor (HW and SW) was on-board: the anti-VMware project

OpenStack Foundation was created - control was maintained by Rackspace (initially). 

Focus was split on building an AWS-alternative &/or a VMware-alternative

Was it an integrated platform, or independent projects, or a combination? 

What defined something as “OpenStack”? How do you upgrade OpenStack? 

The scope eventually got too big - way behind an IaaS (PaaS, DBaaS, Hadoop, etc.)

  • Cloud Foundry, OpenShift launched in 2011
  • Threats from Hadoop companies

VMware admins didn’t know how to use python. AWS admins wanted AWS APIs
Where were the customers? 


LESSONS LEARNED FOR THE FUTURE

  • Independent governance body; leverage the Linux foundation (events, infrastructure, etc,)
  • Focus on enabling something new (cloud-native apps, more flexible than PaaS), not replacing something existing
  • Enable early customers, and remain customer focused. 


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Feb 14, 2021
The New Economics of Cloud Infrastructure
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Kevin Deierling (@TechSeerKD, SVP Marketing @NVIDIA) talks about the evolution of cloud and datacenter infrastructure, the new economics of computing, and how DPUs are redefining how data gets inspected and offloaded.   

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Tell us a little bit about your background, and what brought you to this place where NVIDIA is now the center of cloud and the data center? 

Topic 2 - Before we dive into your specific area of focus, I want to see if we can get a big picture view of where we are in 2021 with cloud & the datacenter? 

Topic 3 - Everybody knows NVIDIA for GPUs (for gaming, or AI/ML/Analytics) and now ARM is part of the NVIDIA family. Your focus is on something called “DPUs”. Help us understand what a DPU is, and the core technical challenges it solves. 

Topic 4 - As we see DPUs start to come into use, design/architecture-wise or SmartNICs, what are the key things that architects need to think about? And who is thinking about DPUs - infra architects, AI teams, etc? 

Topic 5 - Where are the most common places where we’ll see DPUs / SmartNICs deployed today (how are they offered)? Can common applications take advantage of them, or do they need to be written to be DPU-aware? “Putting a computer in front of the computer”

Topic 6 - Give us some perspective on what the next couple of years might look like as this amount of processing and throughput becomes available, affordable and distributed to different platforms and clouds. 


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Feb 10, 2021
Andy Jassy's Legacy at AWS
1157

As Amazon transitions to a new CEO, we look back at Andy Jassy's leadership at AWS from 2006 to 2021.

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HOW AWS SHAPED AND RESHAPED CLOUD COMPUTING (Andy's Influence)

  1. Brought on-demand computing to IT infrastructure (and beyond)
  2. Established that AWS was "the cloud"
  3. Brought the Amazon psychology of "low-cost" to IT
  4. Focused on "price reductions" and the new economics of cloud (vs. IT)
  5. Focused on highlighting big name customers early (e.g. Netflix) 
  6. Refused to acknowledge competitors (in the early years)
  7. Used data to see customer-usage patterns, to inform the next services.
  8. Announced new capabilities all the time, not big releases.
  9. And many more....

WHAT COMES NEXT FOR AWS?

  • Who takes over at the leader of AWS?
  • How does AWS manage slowing growth rates?
  • Taking over from a legend is never easy? What personality does the next leader bring?
  • Does Hybrid Cloud change how they go-to-market? How they partner?


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Feb 07, 2021
Automating Analytics Teams
2091

Derek Knudsen (@dsknudsen, CTO at @Alteryx) talks about the differences between analytics and data science teams, critical analytics workflows, aligning culture and technologies, and best practices in presenting data. 

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Tell us a little bit about your background, and what makes you passionate about helping analytics teams improve their businesses? 

Topic 2 - Can we start by talking about how you think about Analytics teams vs. Data Science teams vs. AI/ML teams? Are these different only in name, or are their functional/skill differences, or places where one group is more appropriate than others? 

Topic 3 - Let’s talk about Analytics in the context of workflows. Are you seeing it still be mostly a business analyst “offline” function, or are more workflows and applications introducing more “real-time” analytics capabilities? 

Topic 4 - We talk a lot on this show about DevOps and Developer Productivity, in the context of more frequently changing applications. How does that apply to Analytics groups? Where do they have bottlenecks today? How do they get around those bottlenecks?

Topic 5 - How do platforms like the Alteryx Analytics Platform help teams improve their analytics velocity and productivity? And how much do you find that the right tools help improve how teams organize, or do they need to be well organized to best take advantage of the right tools? 

Topic 6 - Can you give us some examples of the types of results that companies often achieve when they better align their analytics teams to self-service and automated environments?


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Feb 03, 2021
A Transformation Look Ahead for 2021
2751

Andrew Clay Shafer (@litteidea, VP Transformation @RedHat ) & John Willis (@botchagalupe, Sr.Dir. Transformation) talk about the importance of "learning organizations",   aligning change to business value, and the evolution of self-service and automated governance.

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. You’re both really well known in the DevOps communities, but give us the TL;DR of your backgrounds for anyone not familiar with your work. 

Topic 2 - Whether people are tired of the term “Digital Transformation” or not, change is a huge part of our industry, especially as it relates to corporate culture and organization. What’s the framing for that type of discussion in 2021? 

Topic 3 - I’ve heard you both say “technology is easy, people are hard”. How do you think about these conflicts of transformation, whether people’s individual motivations aren’t always aligned to a business goal? 

Topic 4 - One of the biggest differences between existing companies and start-ups is the level of self-service that they build around their systems. The self-service systems allow experimentation, allow automated deployments, etc. But is there a way to bring a concept of automated governance to these end-to-end models? 

Topic 5 - Oftentimes transformations are aligned with cloud-native technologies, cloud-native apps. The model of Ops in a cloud-native world is different. What are some of the areas you both focus on to make cloud-native Ops successful, or better aligned to the technology part of transformations? 

Topic 6 - What are some of the best and worst “getting started” steps that you see various groups (or companies) take in their transformation journeys? 


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Jan 27, 2021
A Cloud-First Look Ahead for 2021
2191

Jeremy Burton (@jburton, CEO @Observe_Inc; board member @SnowflakeDB ) talks about the differences between traditional IT companies and Cloud-First companies, from product planning and roadmaps, to customer engagements and marketing messaging. 

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. We’ve known each other for a while. You’ve had tremendous success in Leadership, Product and Marketing roles in the past. Tell our audience a little bit of your background and what ultimately brought you to your role at CEO of Observe. 

Topic 1a - For people that aren’t familiar, what does Observe bring to the market? 

Topic 2 - We wanted to do a little “before-and-after”, and focus on what it means to be a “Cloud-First” company. What are the most obvious differences between a company like Observe and a company like Dell or EMC?    

Topic 3 - From a product perspective, how do you think about roadmaps and the ways in which you enable new features for customers? Since Observe runs only in the public cloud, how much do you need to think about integrating with the native cloud services? 

Topic 4 - You have deep expertise in creating marketing messaging, but so much of how customers learn about your products is no longer the company website. How do you think about reaching potential customers, or generally getting your message into the market?

Topic 5 - Traditional IT was often aligned to centralized buying and architecture groups. How much does Cloud-First change the consumption models for companies - experimentation, on-demand usage, dealing with scaling issues, etc.

Topic 6 - Overall, what are some of the biggest lessons you’ve learned about the Cloud-First approach as you’ve transitioned over the last 3+ years. 

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Jan 20, 2021
An Event-Driven Apps Look Ahead for 2021
2552

James Urquhart (@jamesurquhart, Global Field CTO @VMware, O’Reilly Author) talks about event-driven application architectures, how it's changing real-time business models, and technology stack driven the evolution. 

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Topic 1 - Welcome back to the show. We’ve known you for quite a while, going back to working together on very early Cloud stuff. You’ve always enjoyed being focused on complex, distributed systems. Tell us what you’re focused on these days. 

Topic 2 - Let’s talk about this concept of “event-driven” and flow. Where did it come from, what does it do, why is it valuable to application designers?   

Topic 2a - What is a “flow” and how is it related to event-driven?

Topic 3 - Events are data. We’ve had relational databases for data, and then we had NoSQL or eventually-consistent databases for data. Are events a new type of data, or a new way to deal with data in a different context?  (channels, replays, etc.)

Topic 4 - Can we talk through an example of an event-driven application, or an event-driven integration between multiple organizations? How is it new/different? What unique capabilities does it bring now?  (Kafka, IoT, API Gateways, etc.)

Topic 5 - Cloud made IT self-service. Serverless made Ops become on-demand. If I’m a business leader, what does event-driven give us?  

Topic 6 - Where are we in the maturity of event-driven architectures? What might be some of the next stages coming in 2021 or 2022?  


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Jan 13, 2021
A Hybrid Cloud Look Ahead for 2021
2001

Brandon Whichard (@bwhichard, Offer Manager @DXC + Co-Host of @SoftwareDefTalk) talks about the evolution of Hybrid Cloud, common deployment misperceptions and challenges, and major areas for improvement in 2021.

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Topic 1 - Welcome back to the show. Tell the audience a little bit about what you do in the day job, and then a little bit about Software Defined Talk. 

Topic 2 - 10yrs ago, the software and hardware vendors created the concept of hybrid cloud, partially as a defense against public cloud, and partially as a reality check for existing usage. Now we have the public cloud rolling out both hybrid and multi-cloud offerings. How did we get here? 

Topic 3 - As you talk to different companies, what’s the reality of Hybrid Cloud today? What is it, what do companies expect it to be, etc?

Topic 4 - What’s the biggest misperception about Hybrid Cloud that you’ve seen over the years and that you seen now (could be different things)?

Topic 5 - What parts of Hybrid Cloud do you expect to gain traction over the next couple of years? 

Topic 6 - What areas do you see missing from a Hybrid Cloud architecture/approach today that need to be addressed?  

  

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Jan 06, 2021
Introduction to Cloudcast Basics
357

SHOW: Season 0, Show 1 - Introduction

OVERVIEW: From the creators of the Internet's #1 Cloud Computing podcast, Aaron Delp (@aarondelp) and Brian Gracely (@bgracely) introduce the new podcast,  Cloudcast Basics.  This podcast is designed to help anyone new to Cloud Computing get up to speed quickly. Each season will cover a specific topic, from the basics to more intermediate levels of depth.

Please subscribe anywhere you get podcasts (Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Amazon Music, Pandora, etc.). NOTE: Cloudcast Basics will be in a NEW podcast channel, separate from The Cloudcast channel that you currently subscribe to.

SHOW SUMMARY: This shows introduces the new podcast, Cloudcast Basics, and it also introduces Season 0 - "Introduction to Cloud Computing". Each month a new season will be released, focusing on a different technical or business aspect of cloud computing. It season is designed to allow the listener to progress from the most basic concepts to more intermediate levels of knowledge. 

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LEARNING CLOUD COMPUTING:
Here are some great places to begin your cloud journey, if you're interested in getting hands-on experience with the technology, or you'd like to build your skills towards a certification. 

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Jan 04, 2021
2020 in Review, 2021 Predictions
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Aaron and Brian discuss the biggest trends from 2020, and make bold cloud computing predictions in 2021

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SHOW NOTES:

PODCAST BUSINESS:

  • Over 1.5M listens in 2020
  • Thank you to all our 2020 sponsors: Datadog, MongoDB, UpCloud, DivvyCloud, strongDM, Logz.io, Taos, Studio3T, CloudAcademy, BMC, Fauna, Okta
  • 2020 Cloudcast Alum Acquisitions: 8 - Thousand Eyes (Cisco), Cumulus (NVIDIA), SwiftStack (NVIDIA), SaltStack (VMware), DivvyCloud (Rapid7), Big Switch (Arista), Rancher (SUSE), Kasten (Veeam)
  • The (live) Krispy Kreme Challenge is postponed in 2021 due to COVID-19. Need to figure out a fundraising initiative.

FORMAT CHANGES in 2021

  • “Look Ahead in 2021” shows in January
  • Still doing the normal, weekly technical shows, starting in February
  • Will be doing a shorter (15mins) technical show on Sundays, preview the Wed show
  • Will be launching the Cloudcast Basics podcast series in 2021 (@cloudcastbasics). 

TRENDS and MAJOR STORIES from 2020:

  • COVID sent everybody home. 2020 was the year of VDI and Desktop-as-a-Service.
  • Conferences went all virtual. Did anybody miss them? Did anybody do them well? 
  • More companies adopted the public cloud, since they couldn’t get into their data centers.
  • But we also found out the public cloud isn’t infinite resources (e.g. Azure had to prioritize existing customers, healthcare customers). Long-term investments matter. 
  • Did you have a favorite video conference service in 2020?
  • AWS: $46B, Azure: $30B-ish , GCP: $12-13B, Alibaba: $6-8B - Azure still doesn’t break out their revenues.
  • OSS-companies are growing their Cloud/Managed business (MongoDB, Confluent, RedisLabs, Red Hat, etc. - as well as others like VMware, Nutanix)
  • More companies are going cloud-only in their offerings (Snowflake, Tecton, Observ, etc.). Atlassian is moving away from the on-prem offerings (over next couple years)
  • ARM chips made their name in mobile phones, and now they are poised to take over desktops and public cloud (cheaper, faster) - NVIDIA bought ARM
  • AWS had an outage just before Thanksgiving - nobody is actually sure how AWS works behind the scenes. 
  • Hybrid Cloud is now officially a thing - AWS, Azure and GCP all have offerings, as well as every traditional vendor. 

2021 PREDICTIONS: Our 2020 Predictions from last year

Aaron’s Predictions

  • GitLab gets gobbled up
  • Event Driven Architecture (FaaS/Serverless) hits early majority status
  • (agreeing with Brian) 2021 will be the
Dec 23, 2020
AzureStack for Hybrid Cloud
2090

Carmen Crincoli (@carmencrincoli, Sr. ProgMgr @Microsoft) + Todd Christ (@toadster, Ent. Solutions Architect, @IntelBusiness) talk about the evolution of AzureStack, how HCI is being extended as a cloud service, and how COVID is creating new use-cases for on-premises and public cloud.

SHOW: 480

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Todd has been a guest before, but Carmen is new. Tell us a little bit about both of your backgrounds.

Topic 2 - Let start by talking about AzureStack, in a broader context. The “brand” has been in the market for quite a while, but it really went through an evolution about a year ago - different services add, different buying options, etc. Help understand the broader AzureStack story.

Topic 3 - When most people think of HCI, they think about Compute, Storage, and VMs - simplifying the complexity of those systems. Now the world is moving more to the cloud, but on-premises still remains. Let’s talk about the concept of HCI becoming an extended cloud service and how that’s evolving.

Topic 4 - VMs, Containers, Backup/Recovery, Auto-Updates are now all built-in to AzureStackHCI. Which group (or groups) is managing AzureStackHCI in a typical company? 

Topic 5 - How important is it to support disconnected (from the cloud) AzureStack HCI instances? Can there be scenarios that are partially-disconnected? 

Topic 6 - Are you seeing any new or unexpected use-cases because of COVID-19, or now that HCI can be viewed as an extension of the public cloud?

  

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Dec 16, 2020
Reviewing AWS re:Invent 2020
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Brian provides some commentary on the state of AWS in 2020, and then reviews the highlights and announcements from AWS re:Invent 2020.

SHOW: 479

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Dec 09, 2020
The State of Kubernetes
2059

Nigel Poulton (@nigelpoulton, Docker & Kubernetes training) talks about the current and future state of Kubernetes, who is using it and why, implementation and operational challenges, and how get started and what tools he recommends

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SHOW NOTES:

Topic 1 - Welcome back to the show. Tell us about some of your most recent projects, and all the places where people can find your training? 

Topic 2 - Let’s talk about the State of Kubernetes, level of maturity of users/usage. Where do you think we are at the end of 2020? 

Topic 3 - Who do you find are trying to learn and use Kubernetes, more Infra/Ops, or AppDev, or somewhere in between (DevOps, DevSecOps, SRE, etc.)?

Topic 3a - Where do you see people succeeding, and where are they still struggling to adjust to the requirements of Kubernetes? 

Topic 4 - The ecosystem of projects around Kubernetes (immutable Linux, Operators, Service Mesh, Prometheus, OPA, Serverless/Knative, etc.) has gotten very broad. How do you find people are dealing with all these moving pieces? 

Topic 5 - There are a lot of ways to engage with Kubernetes these days - DIY (OSS), vendor distributions, Kubernetes on your laptop, web IDEs, Hosted Services (simple & complex). What do you recommend to people, or do you see trends about how people best engage with Kubernetes? 

Topic 6 - Do you think it’s OK that Kubernetes doesn’t have a “developer model”, but rather many different options? Do you think this evolves in 2021?  

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Dec 02, 2020
Great Data Models Need Great Features
2107

Mike Del Balso (@mikedelbalso, CEO at @TectonAI) talks about lessons learned from Uber’s Michelangelo ML platform, enabling DevOps for ML data, and how Tecton enables features for data models.  

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. It’s always exciting to talk to new companies. You were doing some pretty interesting things at Uber prior to starting Tecton, so tell us a little bit about that experience and then what motivated you to start Tecton? 

Topic 2 - There are lots of Data/AI/ML tools and platforms out there. Tecton talks about “great models need great features”. Give us a high-level overview of the Tecton platform and the perspective you bring to solving complex business problems.

Topic 3 - After reading the papers on the Uber Michelangelo platform, it’s clear that today’s interactions aren’t a bunch of individual “decisions”, but layers of decisions made on ever-changing data (the UberEATS example). Why does business need a new approach to how they interact with data? 

Topic 4 - When I think about earlier approaches for companies to “harness data for analytics”, there was always the problem of data silos. Do you find that companies need to organize themselves different, not just organize their data, to be able to overcome those silo challenges? Does it take a much more product-centric approach vs. the traditional “analyst” approach?

Topic 5 - Every new company and platform needs to find product-market fit. What do you see as early “fits” for the Tecton platform? 

Topic 6 - How much data-science expertise does a company need today to be able to leverage Tecton, and how much does the platform lower the barrier to entry? 

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Nov 25, 2020
eBPF & Cilium Cloud-native Networking
2175

Dan Wendlandt (@danwendlandt, CEO/Co-Founder @Isovalent talks about the evolution of cloud networking, eBPF and Cilium for programmable infrastructure, and blurring the lines between networking, security and service-mesh. 

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. We’ve been following your work for a while (Nicira, OpenShift networking, etc), but tell our audience a little bit about your background.

Topic 2 - A few years ago I wrote an article that said, “if you’re in networking, the #1 skill you should learn is Linux”. Why has there been so much shift from “traditional networking” to so many new capabilities being implemented in software, and specifically Linux?

Topic 3 - Help us understand these two new concepts - eBPF and Cilium. It’s new packet filtering, it’s container networking, it’s multi-cluster networking, it can help with observability - lots going on here. 

Topic 4 - What are some of the gaps in today’s networking/filtering/observability stacks that can improve with eBPF/Cilium?   

Topic 5 - We’ve seen quite a few companies evolve from expertise in an open-source project to commercial offerings. What lessons have you learned from other companies that shape how Isovalent will both go-to-market and also engage with ecosystem partners? 

Topic 6 - What are some of the common use-cases or applications you see that highlight the value of the Isovalent stack? 

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Nov 18, 2020
Managing SAP in the Cloud
2386

Eamonn O'Neill (@eamser, Founder/EVP @LemongrassCloud) talks about the five paths of SAP cloud migrations, how SAP is evolving beyond ERP, and the responsibility models for SAP in the cloud. 

SHOW: 475

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. The world of SAP has evolved quite a bit over the last decade. Tell us about your background and what led you to focus on bringing SAP to the cloud.

Topic 2 - A decade ago, SAP was very focused on this new HANA database and most people still thought of them as an ERP company. Since then, they have bought a lot of companies, especially in the SaaS space (SuccessFactors, Concur, Hipmonk, Qualtrics, etc.). Can you give us a high-level overview of what relationship SAP has with their customers these days?

Topic 3 - Lemongrass is focused on helping customers move SAP to the AWS Cloud. What types of applications are being moved, and why are customers moving them?

Topic 4 -  Lemongrass talks about 5 Waves of Innovations to get SAP into AWS (Migrate, FinOps/SysOps/DevOps, 4/HANA, Big Data, AI). Where are most customers on that journey today? Does it tend to be consistent across industries? 

Topic 5 - AWS often talks about a “shared responsibility model” for application-availability or security. How does that model apply to SAP applications, and what role does Lemongrass play for customers on an on-going basis?

Topic 6 - Have you seen the pandemic change how companies are looking at their SAP environments and whether or not it makes them do more in the cloud? 

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Nov 11, 2020
Serverless Data APIs
2195

Evan Weaver (Co-Founder/CTO @Fauna) talks about FaunaDB,  and enabling serverless, NoOps databases as new applications architectures emerge around APIs, Jamstack and other distributed systems. 

SHOW: 474

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. You’ve been at the forefront of really interesting tech in the past. Can you tell us a little bit about your background?

Topic 2 - Over the last few months, we’ve been digging into newer distributed architecture elements (Jamstack, GraphQL, Serverless, etc.). But we haven’t dug into the role of data in these architectures. Help us understand this 4th generation architecture, or client-serverless, and the role of data.

Topic 3 - Data is still stored somewhere, but its usage is now made up of a bunch of data coming together in various contexts. How does Fauna fit into this new world when clients and APIs play as much of a role as “the database”?

Topic 4 - As you talk to people that come from a SQL / Relational-DB background, how does the discussion go in terms of how things change and some of the common bottlenecks/problems that Fauna can solve for them?  

Topic 5 - Databases have traditionally been difficult to scale, protect, maintain, etc. How does you enable the data layer or API access to now follow a NoOps model? 

Topic 6 - Where are the best places for people to engage to learn more about how to not only use the Jamstack architecture, but apply the principles around Fauna for Data/API management? 

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Nov 04, 2020
Continuous Application Profiling
2142

Hugo Kaczmarek (Product Manager) and Markus Hirt (Director Engineering) @Datadoghq talk about continuous application profiling in production, having better visibility in application environments, and managing performance budgets. 

SHOW: 473

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show and welcome back to the show. Before we dig into today’s topic, can you give us a little bit of your background and how you became focused in this area? 

Topic 2 - Production used to be a pretty sacred and untouched environment. Now we’re seeing the need to create chaos in production, test in production, and know more about how things actually work in production. Let’s talk about this concept of “profiling”.  

Topic 3 - People often talk about having to “instrument their code” to be able to get feedback. How does that differ from profiling, and what unique things does an application need to be profiled in production? 

Topic 4 - On the surface, this seems like it would add quite a bit of overhead to the applications. How do you manage to find the right balance of performance and visibility? 

Topic 5 - Help us understand how profiling fits into the bigger picture of all the tools needs - Logging, APM, Observability, etc? 

Topic 6 - Is there a profile of who needs profiling? Is this every application team, or just for specific applications (e.g. event-streaming, etc.)? 


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Oct 28, 2020
Confidential Computing
2383

Vikas Bhatia (@vikascb, Head of Product, Azure Confidential Computing) and Ron Perez (@ronprz, Intel Fellow, Security Architecture) talk about the technologies and architecture behind Azure Confidential Computing

SHOW: 472

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Before we dig into today’s discussion, can you give us a little bit about your background?

Topic 2 - Defense in Depth is a strategy that has long been in place in Enterprise computing. We’ve seen previous approaches that connected the OS or Application with the Hardware (e.g. Intel TXT). How has this space evolved over the last few years, and what are some of the reasons why we need another level of depth?

Topic 3 - Let’s talk about the technology basics of Confidential Computing. What are the software elements (Application, OS, SDK) and what are the hardware elements? 

Topic 4 -  What is the normal migration path for a company to move workloads into Confidential Computing environments? Is this primarily for new workloads, or does it apply to existing applications too? 

Topic 5 - Azure has the ability to deliver either Confidential VMs, or recently added Confidential containers along with AKS. When does it make sense to be confidential in one part of the stack vs. other? 

Topic 6 - What are some areas where you’re seeing the broader ecosystem (e.g. technology partners or end-user customers) beginning to expand out the functionality of Confidential Computing?


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Oct 21, 2020
Understanding the Jamstack
2337

Matt Biilmann (@biilmann, CEO/Co-Founder @Netlify) talks about the evolution of websites, the architecture of the Jamstack, the evolution of mobile + CDNs, and interacting with 3rd-party APIs. 

SHOW: 471

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. You’ve been trying to make websites easier for quite a while. Tell us a little bit about your background and what motivates you about Netlify.

Topic 2 - Let’s start by talking about how the web is consumed these days; what’s broken, and how are you trying to make it better?

Topic 3 -  What is Jamstack? How much is language, how much is frameworks, how much is architecture, and how much is a different way to think about Websites/Content/CMS?

Topic 4 - So we have this website content distributed out to the CDN, how to 3rd-party APIs interact with the system (e.g. Stripe, Agolia, Twilio, AWS Lambda, etc.)?

Topic 5 - CDN’s just used to serve content, and now they are running code at the edge. How do those interactions work? 

Topic 6 - You recently wrote that we might be hitting an inflection point for Websites/CMS’. Is that just a natural evolution of the distributed internet, or has anything in 2020 accelerated that?

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Oct 14, 2020
Women of Color in Tech
2597

Susanne Tedrick (@SusanneTedrick, Author “Women of Color in Tech”, @IBM Technical Specialist) talks about the importance of STEM for young girls. the need for mentors and sponsors, and how to better create opportunities for women of color in tech. 

SHOW: 470

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Before we get into our discussion today, tell us about your background and some of the areas that you’re passionate about.

Topic 2 - For a lot of people, we’re trying to do more listening and learning these days. Let’s talk about women of color in tech. 

Topic 3 - As you now have this platform, what are some of the most common and most surprising conversations you’re having these days?  

Topic 4 - The book provides a number of examples of women in a variety of technical positions (leaders, engineers, pioneers, etc.). Tell us how important it is to see somebody that looks like you in positions you aspire to be in some day.  

Topic 5 - You do an excellent job of talking about women’s journey from early life to careers in tech. Every journey has hills and valleys and roadblocks. What are some of the roadblocks that other people could help women overcome and be more successful? 

Topic 6 - What are your favorite resources for people at different stages of their journeys - events, communities, mentors/sponsors, etc.? 

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Oct 07, 2020
Learn Streaming from the Experts
2044

Chris Short (@chrisshort, Technical Marketing @RedHat, @CNCF Ambassador) talks about how to deliver compelling technical learning via streaming services, how to engage audiences and communities, and how to improve virtual events. 

SHOW: 469

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. It’s good to have you back on the show (Oct.2016). You’re very well-known in the CNCF community, but give folks some details on your background and what you’re working on these days.

Topic 2 - We’re all adapting to a COVID-19 world. You’ve been creating a ton of learning content for OpenShift.tv. Let’s talk about the basics of what streaming content looks like (where to watch, demos vs. discussions, etc.)

Topic 3 -  What have you learned about this new way people are learning and engaging? 

Topic 4 - What are some of the technical tips and tricks to keep viewers engaged? Is streaming mostly a 1-way medium, or is there 2-way / multi-way communications happening? 

Topic 5 - What do people need to get started, if they want to use streaming for a project, or teach their teams (or their customers)? 

Topic 6 - With so many events going virtual, what are some emerging things about streaming that could help make virtual events (or any events) better in 2021? 

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Sep 30, 2020
Security Management & SIEM
1859

Ariel Assaraf (@ArielAssaraf, CEO at @Coralogix) talks about the evolution of SIEM technologies, today's common use-cases, how SaaS migrations impact SIEM, and how AI/ML is improving functionality. 

SHOW: 468

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Topic 1 - Ariel, welcome to the show, tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got involved in the SIEM space?

Topic 2 - Let's start with some basics. SIEM (pronounced SIM with a silent E) or Security Information and Event Management isn’t new but it is the combination of a few different security trends. Explain to everyone your thoughts on the evolution of this industry and how we got here.

Topic 3 - How does it work and why is it important and what benefits? What are the primary use cases you see at Coralogix today?

Topic 4 - I have to ask the flip side, where are the rough edges and limitations typically?

Topic 5 - How does the trend towards migration of “as a service” offerings affect SIEM? What’s left to monitor?

Topic 6 - This sounds like an area where AI/ML could play a role as well, what advancements and trends do you see here?

Topic 7 - For listeners new to the topic, how can they get started and learn more?

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Sep 23, 2020
Identity Across Multiple Clouds
1893

Brian Johnson (SVP Cloud Security Practice @rapid7) talks about the evolution of the Managed Security Provider market, manage security without borders, and the complexities of multiple identity and trust models. 

SHOW: 467

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. You were the CEO/co-founder of DivvyCloud, which was recently purchased by Rapid7. Give us an overview of the Managed Security Provider market and some of the ways it’s evolved since the pandemic started.

Topic 2 - In today’s world, there no longer is a security perimeter for companies in the way they’ve known for years. What is replacing how companies define perimeters - is identity the new perimeter? 

Topic 3 - Can you talk about what kind of Identity management companies need today, and maybe talk through some of the nuances across the disciplines like Identity and Access Management (IAM),  Privileged Access Management (PAM), and Identity Governance and Administration (IGA). 

Topic 4 - Where does MFA (multi-factor authentication) sit within a strong IAM strategy? For example enforcing policies across cloud user accounts?

Topic 5 - We’ve  seen some data suggesting over 80%+ of organizations are using a multi-cloud strategy, can you talk about some of the challenges around trying to manage IAM acros clouds? For example (Different policies, tools and terminologies across clouds) 

Topic 6 - The security world is beginning to talk about “unified zero trust security models”. Can you talk about what that means and maybe give us a background about DIvvycloud/Rapid7 and how they are working to solve a lot of these topics around IAM. 

 

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Sep 16, 2020
How Tensorflow is Evolving
2187

Andres Rodriguez (Sr. Principal Engineer @Intel) talks about how Tensorflow v2 has evolved, use-cases and applications, frequent usage patterns, and the best ways to begin using Tensorflow.  

SHOW: 466

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. You’ve had a really interesting mix of industry, government and academic work around Deep Learning. Tell us a little bit about the areas you focus on. 

Topic 2 - Tensorflow is one of the most popular OSS projects on Github. Help us understand the types of data problems where Tensorflow is the best tool/framework (e.g. neural networks). What are some of the most popular capabilities? 

Topic 3 - Tensorflow is focused on looking at how data flows through graphs. Are there common types of ML problems that are more appropriate for using Tensorflow than other ML models? 

Topic 4 - Tensorflow is able to run on a broad set of hardware, but obviously there is a point where specialized hardware is needed for certain performance or scaling. What are some of the things that Intel is doing to help improve the experience with Tensorflow? 

Topic 5 - Tensorflow works primarily with the Python programming language. Beyond having some background with Python, what are some of the skills that are needed to get started and be successful with Tensorflow? 

Topic 6 - Having worked with Tensorflow for a while now, what are some of the learning paths that you’ve found successful (problems areas, communities of interest, tools, new skills, etc.)? 


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Sep 09, 2020
Migrating to the Cloud
2002

Jeremy Winter (Partner Director of Azure Management at Microsoft) talks about what trends are driving migrations, how companies plan for success, useful tools & frameworks, and leading successful transitions. 

SHOW: 465

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. You’ve had the opportunity to work on a number of things at Microsoft. Tell us about your current role, as well as how it’s been to see the transition at Microsoft from software company to cloud company?

Topic 2 - Lets start with the concept of migration. Is there a framework that companies use to think about what to migrate to the public cloud?

Topic 3 - Transitions and Testing feel like they are critical for any migration to be successful. How do companies manage to get through an application being in one location vs. being in the cloud? 

Topic 4 - As companies think about the economics &/or ROI of migration, how do they think about all the elements involved (e.g. cost to change an application, cost savings of not owning a data center, cost to re-skill existing staff or hire new, etc..)? 

Topic 5 - COVID-19 has changed everything these past 6 months. Have you seen the profile of a migration change significantly since the pandemic started, or have well-known migration profiles already in place? (e.g. different applications to migration, different pace of migration, etc.)

Topic 6 - Do you find that migrations are being driven top-down at companies, or are they decentralized by groups? How are they being organized these days? 


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Sep 02, 2020
Multi Cloud with Google Anthos
1716

Todd Christ (Sr. Solutions Architect @Intel) talks about Google Anthos, core elements, design considerations, mulitcloud, application modernization, and the latest services available.

SHOW: 464

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. You’ve had a broad set of experiences in your career, how did you come into being focused on Cloud and Multi Cloud technologies and solutions? 

Topic 2 - Today we’re talking about the Anthos offering from Google Cloud. A few years ago, the cloud providers were all-in on just public cloud. What have you seen shift in the market that has now created their hybrid or multi-cloud offerings that have broader reach? 

Topic 3 - Lets talk about Google Anthos. What are the core elements, what types of services does it deliver, and what is the overall customer experience? 

Topic 4 - What are some of the newer Anthos capabilities that have been announced and how do they help with hybrid or multi-cloud? (Anthos Migrate, Anthos on AWS/Azure, is there an Anthos “appliance” available for on-premises)?

Topic 5 - Running applications in cloud vs. on-premises is always going to be somewhat different. What are some of the things that Intel does with Google to help improve the overall experience? 

Topic 6 - What are some of the use-cases that you’ve found are early successes for Anthos, or some of the early lessons that companies are finding when using Anthos? 


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Aug 26, 2020
Robotic and Intelligent Process Automation
2412

Mike Kalinowski (@mxkalinowski, Senior Manager of Product at @Infor) talks about the basics of RPA, the challenges of automating diverse heritage systems, the emerging role of AI/ML in RPA, and the evolution of business analysts.

SHOW: 463

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Tell us a little bit about your background and what attracted you to the interaction of business processes and technology automation.

Topic 2 - For anyone that isn’t familiar with the concept of RPA (Robotic Process Automation), can you give us a brief overview of the business problem it attempts to solve and the basic technology behind it? 

Topic 3 - We often hear about systems with APIs and how they can be automated and interacted with. But many back-end systems could be older, so how does RPA interact with these types of systems?  

Topic 4 - Oftentimes these automated workflows can involve inputs and outputs from various systems (applications). Who tends to be the owner of an RPA system, or does it blur the lines between groups? 

Topic 5 - As I look at what Infor OS provides around Intelligent Process Automation, very graphical, it seems like it overlaps with this “Low Code / No Code” trend/buzzword. Is there any reality to that, or are they very different things?  

Topic 6 - When I look at case-studies for RPA, the ROIs are usually incredible. How do companies often get started, and are there any gotchas you’d suggest people avoid?  



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Aug 19, 2020
Introduction to GraphQL
2440

Tanmai Gopal (@tanmaigo, CEO Hasura) and Rajoshi Ghosh (@rajoshighosh, COO Hasura) talk about the evolution of GraphQL as an efficient way to engage with APIs and data models, and how Hasura Cloud helps simplify GraphQL for developers.

SHOW: 462

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. You both have an entrepreneurial background. Tell us a little bit about yourself and then what drove you to start Hasura? 

Topic 2 - GraphQL is a technology that’s been around for a little while, but it might be new to our audience. Can you give us the basics of what it does, and what sort of problems it solves for application teams?

Topic 3 - Many people are familiar with REST or RESTful APIs. Can you help us understand some of the reasons why we’re seeing a shift towards GraphQL for API interaction, or away from REST APIs?

Topic 4 - What are some of the business trends that are driving the need for more data-modeled API queries? 

Topic 5 - Hasura Cloud is focused on helping companies query data across any cloud or any source. What are some of the unique things that Hasura does to help customers manage these hybrid/multi-cloud environments?

Topic 6 - What are some of the easiest ways for companies to get started with GraphQL and positively impact their applications?  




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Aug 12, 2020
Delegated Identity in the Cloud
2334

Christos Matskas (@ChristosMatskas, PPM Identity & Security) and John Patrick Dandison (@AzureAndChill, Principal PM Identity) at Microsoft talk about Identity in today's cloud, managing borderless environments, and how to best enforce identity. 

SHOW: 461

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. You’ve both been at Microsoft for a little while, but give us a little bit of your background and the things you focus on today. 

Topic 2 - Let’s start with some basics - in the world of Cloud, what is Identity?

Topic 3 - Things get more complicated as we incorporate more things associated with people or accounts (e.g. multiple devices, VPNs) or distributed applications or 3rd-parties (e.g. contractors, etc..) How does that shift the Identity conversation? 

Topic 4 - How does a business attempt to not only keep track of all of this, but enforce it in various ways? (connected, disconnected, people leave, applications change, etc.)

Topic 5 - What are some of the ways that Microsoft addresses all these complex Identity challenges? 

Topic 6 - Looking forward, what are some areas that are going to be the new frontier for Identity challenges, or some technologies that will make things easier?


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Aug 05, 2020
How to Secure DevOps
2069

Dan “Pop” Papandrea (@danpopnyc, Field CTO @Sysdig Host @PopcastPop) talks about securing DevOps, how to secure containers and runtimes, and the cultural challenges of security in an agile world. 

SHOW: 460

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. I first got to know you through your podcast The POPcast, but you’re been around this evolution of the cloud for quite a while. Tell us a bit about your background. 

Topic 2 - There’s a concept that’s now been around a couple years called “DevSecOps”. Originally it was “Sec” being jammed in there because it had been excluded from the early days of DevOps (at least in practice). Where are we with DevSecOps today? 

Topic 3 - Let’s talk about DevSecOps in the context of containers. We now have things like Container Scanning, Container Signing, and Immutable Infrastructure and yet security still concerns people. Isn’t the “software supply chain” supposed to weed out the vulnerabilities before they get into the production systems?

Topic 4 - One of the challenges that companies have in adopting containers is that they were used to having root access to hosts, and containers live in the user space. How can security tools fit into a container world? 

Topic 5 - As you talk to lots of companies, how are they dealing with the cultural challenges that go along with implementing DevSecOps? 

Topic 6 - Any tips or suggestions you can share to help people avoid common DevSecOps mistakes, or accelerate best practices and wider adoption?


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Jul 29, 2020
Introduction to Data Mesh
2654

Zhamak Dehghani (@zhamakd, Portfolio Tech Director @ThoughtWorks) talks about the concepts behind Data Mesh, the challenges and problems of Data Lakes / Data Warehouses, and how Cloud-native principles can be applied to Data. 

SHOW: 459

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. We were introduced to you through the O’Reilly events, but you’ve been involved in software development and architecture for quite a while. Tell us a little bit about your background and your focus areas at ThoughtWorks.

Topic 2 - About a year ago, you introduced this new concept called “Data Mesh”. Before we get into that, give us a little bit of background on the problems that previous generations of Data Warehouses or Data Lakes created. 

Topic 3 - Lets begin to walk through how Data Mesh is different from Data Lake. We’re not talking about just dumping all the various data sources into one “pool”, there’s a concept of “domains” within this big pool of data. What are the new concepts of source and consumption?

Topic 4 - Explain the concept of how pipelines are tied into Data Mesh and how this allows the creation of new products/features from the Data Mesh.

Topic 5 - You talk about the data being truthful, and then you bring an SRE concept of SLO into the truthfulness of the data. Explain how that might work? 

Topic 6 - Once a Data Mesh is in place, what are the “roles” (or teams) that have specific tasks, and who are the typical consumers of the Data Mesh platform?


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Jul 22, 2020
Natural Language Understanding with AI for IT Support
1679

Vaibhav Nivargi (CTO & Founder @Moveworks) talks about Natural Language Understanding (NLU), interacting with users using chatbots, and augmenting customer service with AI. 

SHOW: 458

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SHOW NOTES:

Topic 1 - Vaibhav, welcome to the show. Tell everyone a little about yourself and what got you started in the AI space?

Topic 2 - We’ve done a number of AI/ML shows over the years, but we haven’t talked much about Natural Language Understanding or NLU. Let’s start there, can you give everyone an introduction?

Topic 3 - Based on that, is the primary interaction with the end user through a chatbot or something similar? What are the primary use cases and tools you are seeing in the industry? Is this a Slack and/or Microsoft Teams integration? Unsolicited plug, I’m a customer in my day job… 

Topic 4 - We’ve been talking a lot on the show recently about the migration to SaaS based products. What is the model here? Is the AI central (cloud hosted) or private and in-house?  Do you have the concept of a template AI and then each customer AI is an instance or is this a central AI that is called? How does it get customized and updated over time? What training is typically required and is this training on-going?

Topic 5 - How do you prevent user frustration from “loops” or unanswered questions? I think of the voice automated telephone systems I’m not a fan of as an example. How would you handle language that isn’t built into the AI?

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Jul 16, 2020
2020 in Review - Midyear Edition
2705

Aaron and Brian review the first half of 2020, which feels like it’s lasted 6 years. 

SHOW: 457

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Topic 1 - Back on March 18th, Aaron and Ken Hui did a show about “Working from Home Tips and Tricks”. Can you even remember your mindset back in March?  

  • Zoom becomes a verb

Topic 1a - Is 2020 the Year of Virtual Desktops? Have you seen any last shifts happening about people being remote? [are companies going to allow people to work remote?]

Topic 2 - We’re starting to see the major clouds start to carve out some unique personalities:

  • AWS - Goes over $10B for the quarter, not a lot of big announcements
  • Azure - Lots of interesting growth around GitHub; pushing Teams hard with COVID; but had some scaling issues with COVID - also has made several acquisitions
  • Google - Getting very sales focused (CEO Kurian); pushing Anthos into other clouds (AWS now, Azure soon)
  • Oracle - Are they becoming the low-cost bandwidth cloud?

Topic 3 - Should anybody be running their own software anymore? 

  • MongoDB, Confluent, Datastax, Hashicorp, Red Hat, VMware (and many more) now have managed cloud-based versions of their core software.

Topic 4 - 2001 Internet Crash drove a ton of new innovation. 2008 Financial Crash led to the public cloud, but also lots of “cost savings” innovation. What does 2020 potentially bring? 

Topic 5 - We have to talk about conferences and tradeshows. Do they return in 2021? What have we learned from the virtual ones in 2020?

Topic 6 - Any insights / predictions about the rest of 2020? 


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Jul 08, 2020
Building a Next-Generation of Serverless
1898

Tim Zonca (@timzonca, CEO at @stackeryio) talks about the next evolution of the serverless developer experience, the maturity of customer adoption, how much customer appreciate not having to manage infrastructure, and how to manage the journey to serverless.

SHOW: 456

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SHOW NOTES:

Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. You’ve had a pretty diverse career in terms of elements of making developers successful. Tell about your background and how you became CEO at Stackery almost a year ago.

Topic 2 - It’s hard to believe that AWS Lambda launched about 5.5 years ago. Obviously the serverless ecosystem has grown and expanded quite a bit since then. Where do you see serverless in terms of both maturity of the technologies, and maturity of customer adoption?

Topic 3 - Lets talk about what the Stackery platform brings to the serverless ecosystem. 

Topic 4 - As you talk to prospective customers, how much different is it to discuss not have to be burdened by underlying resources vs. previous conversations you’ve had about applications? How long does it usually take them to grasp the magnitude of the changes in development?

Topic 5 - How much of a “traditional” developer experience still exists with serverless (write code, write tests, pipelines, etc.) and what are some immediate things they will see that’s different?

Topic 6 - Having been at Puppet you obviously saw many DevOps transformations. What are some of the steps on a typical Serverless transformation for companies?


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Jun 24, 2020
MLOps, GPUs and AI Developers
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Dillon Erb (@dlnrb, CEO @HelloPaperSpace) talks about what exactly is MLOps, Serverless AI platforms, and how developers can utilize GPUs for AI/ML.

SHOW: 455

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Topic 1 - Dillon, welcome to the show, tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got involved in this space?

Topic 2 - I’ve had a running joke on the show that a market doesn’t exist until you attach Ops to it. Today we’ll talk about MLOps. Give everyone an introduction for those not familiar.

Topic 3 - What exactly is a Serverless AI Platform? How does this differ from traditional CI/CD platforms that our listeners would be used too? Is this abstracting away the infrastructure layer for MLOps teams?

Topic 3a - Switching gears from Ops to Developers, what do you mean when you say that you make it easy for developers to use GPUs? What do developers need to know about hardware-level stuff like GPUs that they didn’t need to know with CPUs?

Topic 4 - As with all things emerging tech, the use cases are constantly evolving. What are the early initial use cases that you are seeing? Are there unique things that emerge for gaming or media applications?

Topic 5 - How does access to data models fit into all of this?

Topic 6 - I noticed your company did some articles on Covid-19, can you explain what is going on there?

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Jun 17, 2020
Security Visibility from Observability Data
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Marc Tremsal (@mtremsal, Director Product Management @datadoghq) talks about the intersection of observability and security, if SRE needs a DevSecOps transition, using security data for modeling, and tips to make immediate impacts on overall security.

SHOW: 454

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SHOW NOTES:

Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. You’ve played a role in helping to design systems that secure some of the most critical environments in the world. Tell us a little bit about your background.

Topic 2 - We’ve talked about monitoring, observability and in various ways “security”, but how do you see all those things beginning to come together more these days? 

Topic 3 - As we get into more distributed environments, especially for security (authentication, encryption, key-management, proxies, etc.), how should people think about a framework to have visibility and be able to take action across these distributed systems? 

Topic 4 - Is this visibility of security-related activities (or potentially security-associated) mostly useful for real-time security threats (e.g. “we’re being attacked”), or can it also be used for more long-term types of activities (planning, threat modeling, chaos engineering, etc.)?

Topic 5 - Can you share with us any customer-centric stories of how this is helping companies deliver better services, or more uptime for their services?

Topic 6 - What are some tips you can share with the audience today that would help them make immediate impacts to how them monitor for security? 

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Jun 10, 2020
AI for the Mainstream
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Venkat Rangan (Co-Founder & CTO @ Clari) talks about AI and application into more mainstream areas and revenue generation.

SHOW: 453

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SHOW NOTES:

Topic 1 - Venkat, you have a very interesting background as a technologist in our industry. Give everyone a brief introduction and if you don’t mind also tell everyone a bit about being a member of the Forbes Technology Council. I believe you are our first guest from there.

Topic 2 - Today we’re going to dig back into AI as a topic. Let’s start at the start. In your current role you have been involved in technology over the years and Clari has been around for awhile. What compelled you to focus on this space?

Topic 3 - AI has suffered from a perception issue. It often is seen as unapproachable with a pretty high barrier to entry. We’ve spoken to companies in the past about specific industry or vertical applications (manufacturing for instance). Many architects and our listeners are practitioners vs. data scientists. How do we solve this problem and “bring AI to mainstream”

Topic 4 - In order for that to happen, what does our industry need? Is it SaaS based, services from public clouds, etc?

Topic 5 - Having been in field sales for years, it’s always been somewhere between complete and utter guesswork all the way to precision, rocket science level analysis. - What are your thoughts here and how can AI improve this situation?

Topic 6 - What’s next for industry? What are the use cases both today and in the future?

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Jun 03, 2020
Continuous Reliability
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Tal Weiss (@weisstal, Co-Founder/CTO of @OverOpsHQ) talks about the challenges of frequently deploying applications, understanding cloud-native patterns, and helping developers debug problems in production.

SHOW: 452

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SHOW NOTES:

Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. You’ve been a software developer, an entrepreneur and worked on some pretty challenging technical areas - tell us a little bit about your background. What motivated you to start OverOps?

Topic 2 - We are quickly moving to a world where software is no longer a “big bang” planning activity, but lots of continuous activities, loosely coordinated. What sort of challenges does that create for production applications? 

Topic 3 - OverOps talks about this concept of Continuous Reliability. What does this mean in a world where cloud-native patterns are teaching people that they should build systems that are designed around unreliable infrastructure?

Topic 4 - How does OverOps begin to make it easier for developers to debug production problems, especially when there are many tools collecting lots and other information about systems? 

Topic 5 - Where do you see the most progress for companies that have these highly variable, fast-moving application environments improving the most? Is it the evolution of SRE teams, or visibility tools, or something else?  

Topics 6 - Any tips you can pass along to our audience for reaching continuous reliability?

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May 27, 2020
Network Security with Adaptive DDI
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Andrew Wertkin (Chief Strategy Officer @ BlueCat) talks about Enterprise DNS, DDI (DNS, DHCP, IPAM), and the differences between Adaptive network security and public cloud security.

SHOW: 451

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SHOW NOTES:

Topic 1 - Andrew, tell everyone a little about yourself.

Topic 2 - Our topic today is all about network security and foundations. Over the years, our networks have become complex and we have multiple infrastructure systems to maintain such as on-prem DHCP, VPC connections to public cloud, public facing, etc. Tell everyone a little bit about the challenge and your findings with customers in the industry.

Topic 3 - I’ve heard Enterprise DNS and DDI (DNS, DHCP, IPAM), what’s the difference? Doesn’t everyone just use a spreadsheet still? :)  What’s changed?

Topic 4 - How has an era of new devices (VOIP, IoT, Edge, etc.) affected management and security approaches?

Topic 5 - What are the tradeoffs and design considerations when it comes to all of the above (multiple clouds, multiple types of devices, multiple vendors with management tools). Are we talking about an overlay, a replacement tool? How does this unification happen? Aren’t there differences for instance in DNS implementations between vendors?

Topic 6 - What’s next for industry? What are the use cases both today and in the future?

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May 20, 2020
Cloud BI for Everyone
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Pedro Arellano (@DSSPedro, Head of Product Marketing, Looker) talks about the evolution of Business Intelligence (BI), how BI is used by more than data scientists, the importance of visualization, and creating new ways to correlate data sources.

SHOW: 450

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SHOW NOTES:

Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. You’ve been around the data industry for a while, and were part of the Looker team that was acquired by Google Cloud in 2019. Tell us a little bit about your background, and what excites you about the Business Intelligence space. 

Topic 2 - We live in a world where we are presented with large amounts of data on a daily basis, but most of us aren’t data scientists. How does Looker’s approach to Business Intelligence appeal to the masses? 

Topic 3 - Usually BI requires a significant investment in ETL technologies to be able to bring together many different data sources. How does Looker overcome that, or apply “data models” across a variety of data sources. 

Topic 4 - Looker has always emphasized the visualization elements of data. Some data scientists live in spreadsheets or Jupyter notebooks. How important do you find it is to be able to visualize complex data, especially as it needs to be used to communicate across groups within a company? 

Topic 5 - Given that Looker allows many different types of data sources to be part of the analysis, do you do anything in working with customers to help them think about “new” data sources that could provide new correlations or viewpoints to their business? 

Topics 6 - What are some of the examples of new ways that you’re seeing companies use Cloud BI, either to enable new teams to have business insights, or collaborate better across teams?

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May 13, 2020
Making Microservices Work at Scale
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Sarah Wells (@sarahjwells, Technical Director for Operations & Reliability at @FT) talks about how she's evolved her career with the changes at FT, how they chose to use microservices, how their internal culture has evolved and how they think about funding and maintaining service ownership.

SHOW: 449

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SHOW NOTES:

Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. We often speak with experts working on the technology-vendor side of the industry, but you’re building in a much different way. Tell us about your background, and introduce us to the work you’re doing today at the Financial Times.  

Topic 2 - For the last 4 years, you’ve been talking a lot (publicly) about building and using microservices. Give us some background on your journey, and some of the reasons why your teams have chosen this architecture. (experimentation, A/B testing)

Topic 3 - You work in a world that reports on the financial success (or failures) of other companies, but how do you measure your own success? How do you put them in perspective/

Topic 4 - Lets talk about service ownership. Who owns a service, how long do they own a service, do they ever go away? 

Topic 5 - Any tips or tricks that you’d be willing to share with our audience about driving successful culture within your team or across other teams? 


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May 06, 2020
Managing App Sprawl with SaaSOps
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Aaron talks to Jim Brennan (CPO @ BetterCloud) about SaaSOps and the challenges of managing SaaS applications in a world when IT is becoming decentralized.

SHOW: 448

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SHOW NOTES:

Topic 1 - Jim, welcome to the show. tell everyone a little about yourself and what has you so passionate about making SaaS better?

Topic 2 - Over the years on the podcast we have watched the growth of the SaaS market. It seems a market isn’t truly it’s own until you attach Ops to it… We’ve seen DevOps, SecOps, NoOps, and many others. So, today we are going to talk about SaaSOps. What is SaaSOps?

Topic 3 - At the core of SaaSOps is the ability to discover all the SaaS capabilities that are being used across a company. There is no longer a central place in IT to discover things, and no longer a fixed perimeter for input and output. So how do you discover things in SaaSOps?

Topic 3a - On the flip side of that, how do you manage data discovery, because if things didn’t go through a known exit point, how do you connect what data left the company (or might be insecurely stored somewhere?)

Topic 4 - Every industry has growing pains. What are some in the SaaS industry? Security seems to always be a pain for everyone...

Topic 5 - How is this space different from straight up identity management and the classical dashboard of SaaS and other apps that may be provided to me as an employee of a company?

Topic 6 - Your background is non-Silicon Valley and the company locations reflect that. How has it been building a company outside the bubble?

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Apr 29, 2020
Cloud Observability with ELK and Grafana
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Tomer Levy (@TomerLevy, Co-Founder/CEO of @Logzio) talks about how open source communities have evolved to enable Observability, how teams embed Security into their DevOps processes, and tips for managing better collaborations and communications in distributed teams. 

SHOW: 447

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SHOW NOTES:


Topic 1 - Let's talk about your background as both a technologist and entrepreneur, and what excites you about the open-source ecosystem (what motivated you to found Logz.io)?

Topic 2 - Observability is a hot topic these days, how are we seeing the open source community and open source tools evolve in this space?

Topic 3 - We've seen an explosion of application traffic and data over the last few years. What are some of the things that tools like the ELK stack and Grafana have done to help with this scale, as well as making life easier for DevOps teams

Topic 4 - You have a background in security. Is it possible to have a DevOps team these days without it being DevSecOps? What are some of the things you’ve seen that are making security more manageable in these fast-changing environments? 

Topic 5 - None of us know when these work-from-home conditions are going to change, or how long the impact might be on a “new normal’. Any tips or suggestions for newly remote teams to be successful around operations? How important is it for engineers to better manage complexity and costs during this time? 

Topics 6 - What are some of the ways that Logz is using your experience in data collection and data visualization to give back to help during these trying times? 

Topics 7 - Can you tell us about your upcoming online event -- OpenObservability -- and how the agenda and speakers will cover some of these items in more detail with their unique insights? 

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Apr 22, 2020
SRE Lessons from the Trenches
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Emil Stolarsky (@emilstolarsky) and Jaime Woo (@jaimewoo), co-founders of @IncidentLabsInc talk about experiences running web applications at scale, evolving into SRE roles, communicating SRE concepts across teams, and tips for initial success. 

SHOW: 446

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SHOW NOTES:

Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Tell us a little bit about your backgrounds, and some of your experiences that lead you to focus on SRE.  

Topic 2 - SRE is still an evolving concept, and people are still learning about it. How do you frame a conversation with people about how SRE works? How much is technology-centric and how much is culture/process-centric?

Topic 3 - We’re all living in an unusual time, given the current COVID-19 pandemic. How do you see SRE changing as work environments change (e.g. WFH) or volume or change-rate is dramatically impacted? 

Topic 4 - What have you found are successful communication and collaboration models for SREs engineers with their associated teams (or other stakeholders)?

Topic 5 - How well do you find different groups understand the concepts around error budgets and SLOs? 

Topic 6 - If people are just now getting started with SRE, what are some early tips (or tools) that you recommend for them to have initial success (or avoid failures)?

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Apr 15, 2020
A Practical Approach to Cloud-native Patterns
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Ian Crosby (@IanDCrosby, Managing Director @ContainerSoluti) talks about how Cloud-native applications are as much about new technology patterns as they are about new organization patterns, collaboration patterns and risk-management patterns. 

SHOW: 445

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SHOW NOTES:

Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Tell us a little bit about your background, as you’ve been around software development and this move to cloud-native for a little while now. 

Topic 2 - Lets begin by talking about patterns. What are some common application patterns, and how do they begin to change when we’re talking about cloud-native patterns?

Topic 3 - What are some of the more commonly used cloud-native patterns? Are they more focused on the underlying technology (e.g. containers, Kubernetes, etc.) or more focused on the actual application (e.g. 12-factor, etc)?

Topic 4 - Have you found that some patterns are easier for groups (or companies) to adopt than others? 

Topic 4a - “Why are patterns useful in Cloud Native?” or “How do you get started using patterns?” are two topics/questions which may be interesting.

Topic 5 - Have you found that some patterns are easier or more difficult to maintain over time?

Topic 6 - What are some common tips that you share with communities or your clients to help them find early success to build confidence?

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Apr 08, 2020
SecOps in the Cloud
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Nati Hazut (Co-Founder & CEO, Polyrize) talks about security in the cloud, ZeroTrust, SecOps, Non-Human Entities and why the old perimeter model no longer works.

SHOW: 444

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SHOW NOTES:

Topic 1 - You have an interesting background in both the Israel military and cyber-security. Can you give a quick introduction for everyone please?

Topic 2 - Brian and I both do not come from security backgrounds and I’m sure we have some listeners out there just learning. Let’s start at the start. SecOps, what is your definition and why is it important today?

Topic 3 - You recently published an article in Security Boulevard (link in show notes) on Non-Human Entities in the Cloud. I found it very fascinating. Can you tell everyone what that expression means and why it is so important in a cloud and SaaS world?

Topic 4 - What are the top challenges with security in the cloud today? I come from the days of the old secure perimeter model. What has changed and why? I would imagine automation and API driven systems have changed this perspective a lot.

Topic 5
- Tell us a bit about your company Polyrize. What problems are you trying to solve? What are the most common use cases? What are the challenges to securing multiple platforms (SaaS, IaaS, etc.)

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Apr 01, 2020
GitHub Actions and the DevOps Lifecycle
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Chris Patterson (@chrisrpatterson, Product Manager for GitHub Actions @GitHub) talks about the evolution of GitHub from a collaboration-centric platform to a DevOps-centric platform, as well as discussing the expanding role of GitHub Actions for developers, DevOps and SREs. 

SHOW: 443

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SHOW NOTES:

Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Tell us a little bit about your background, as you’ve been working on developer productivity for quite a while?

Topic 2 - We’ve been watching this trend of GitHub moving from a place where developers put code, to a place where they collaborate around code, and now it’s expanding out to a full lifecycle around both the code and running applications. Let’s talk about that evolution. 

Topic 3 - Help us understand the basics of GitHub Actions and GitHub Packages.

Topic 4 - What sort of feedback was coming in from developers that pushed GitHub to get more involved in the complete DevOps lifecycle?

Topic 5 - Can you talk about the growth of Actions/Packages since they launched in early 2019? What are some of the interesting use-cases you’ve seen? 

Topic 6 - If you’re able to give us a glimpse into the future, what are some of the other areas where GitHub can expand Actions, or you’re starting to see users push it’s capabilities?

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Mar 25, 2020
Tips for Working from Home
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Aaron talks to Ken Hui (@kenhuiny - Solutions Architect, AWS) about advice on working from home. We've been working remotely for over 20 years and this may we offer some tips and tricks to stay productive. Stay safe everyone 

SHOW: 442

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SHOW NOTES:

  • Wash your hands
  • Don't touch your face
  • Practice Social Distancing

Topic 1 - No tech topic this week. We’re going to talk a bit today about working remotely. This may be new and unexpected to some of you. To talk about this I invited past guest and occasional co-host, Ken Hui.  Between Ken and I, we have worked together at a few different places in the past and probably have 20+ years working from anywhere. Welcome back Ken! For those that live under a rock and don’t know you, tell everyone a little about yourself and what you’re up to these days.

Topic 2 - Let’s start with some basics. What are the first steps to both keep your sanity and be productive? (Making sure your calendar is public, your company has a standard for chat/video/etc, don’t they? You are available during business hours, etc.) Set up a dedicated work space, etc. Don’t use Slack to replace email….

Topic 3 - At our last company together, Ken pushed hard for certain work from home inclusion rules, what were they? Video camera on, video camera off? People will always assume the worst.

Topic 4 - Weekly report on work to a distributed team: this week, next week, GYR status, upcoming PTO, etc.

Topic 5
- Have a start and stop time (that is friendly to your HQ)

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Mar 18, 2020
Next-Generation Developer Collaboration
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Aaron Upright (@IAmAaronUpright, Co-founder of @ZenHubHQ) talks about the challenge of developer collaboration and project prioritization, integrating tools within GitHub, best practices for teams, and the importance of making tools that technical and non-technical team members can understand.

SHOW: 441

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SHOW NOTES:

Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Tell us a little bit about your background, and ultimately what led you to co-found ZenHub?

Topic 2 - Let’s start by talking about what ZenHub delivers. We’re very interested in the potential of GitHub and the things it’s doing directy, but we’re also interested in this ecosystem that’s enhancing GitHub. 

Topic 3 - What are some best-practices around road mapping and prioritizing activities that could be shared?

Topic 4 - What are some best-practices around allowing greater transparency of roadmaps with multiple teams? (what are the pros and cons)?

Topic 5 - ZenHub is an example of a toolset that's built entirely around GitHub capabilities. Do you think we'll begin to see more companies just built around GitHub and move away from externally-connected toolsets? 

Topic 6 - Are most of your interactions with software companies, or are you also interacting with businesses whose primary focus is something other than being a software company?

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Mar 11, 2020
API Driven Edge Networking and 5G
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Sunay Tripathi (@SunayTripathi, Founder and CTO, @MobiledgeX) talk about Edge Networking, why 5G will be a huge leap forward, evolving use cases beyond AR/VR, and creating a clean developer experience by abstracting away the mobile transport layer

SHOW: 440

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SHOW NOTES:

Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Tell everyone a little about yourself, you have been at the intersection of Network Virtualization, Cloud, and now Edge for quite some time.

Topic 2 - Let’s start at the start. What is your definition of Edge and what are some of the historical problems you see there? In this instance we are talking about network edge devices and not edge computing, correct?

Topic 3 - Tell us a little bit about device/identity security at the edge.

Topic 4 - When I think about device based AR/VR, I think about gaming as the primary use case that I’m exposed to as a consumer but we are talking about much more than that. What are some of the prominent use cases you are seeing and are trying to solve for?

Topic 5 - How does the increase in bandwidth at the transport layer, in particular worldwide 5G come in to play? Is this just a “bigger, faster pipe” or does it require a heavy implementation lift to adopt? How does world geography play into this? Some areas of the world are dominated with edge/handheld devices for almost all daily life now...

Topic 6 - We don’t talk about PaaS as much on the podcast lately but would it be safe to characterize MobiledgeX’s technology as a development PaaS for edge devices?

Topic 7 - Tells us about MobiledgeX’s upcoming initiative, Seamster. As I understand it this will bring vendors and developers together, correct?

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Mar 04, 2020
DevOps and Incident Response Evolution
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Chris Riley (@hoardinginfo, DevOps Advocate, @Splunk) talks about the state of DevOps, the evolution of Incident Response with Machine Learning, Service vs. Site Reliability, and using Incident Response to increase quality of development

SHOW: 439

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SHOW NOTES:

Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Tell everyone a little about yourself, you’ve been active in the DevOps space for quite some time.

Topic 2 - About a year ago we had your peer and good friend of the show, Josh Atwell, on to talk about the State of DevOps in 2019. What are your thoughts on changes over the last 12 months and where we headed in 2020?

Topic 3 - One item in particular that has drawn my attention is your discussions on Incident Response and Machine Learning. Can you tell everyone a little bit about that and why you believe it will be valuable going forward?

Topic 4 - This in a way feels almost like a transition into the next evolution of our model. First we had separate dev and ops and no one talked, then we put them together, then we had every device and app start spitting out logs and alerts and next thing you knew, we were drowning in data… The complexity of the systems has grown exponentially. Fair?

Topic 5 - You recently did a post over on the Victor Ops blog about SRE and the meaning of the “S” in that blog. You propose more and more it should stand for Service Reliability Engineer vs. the more traditional Site Reliability Engineer, especially as we move into a subscription based model world. Can you explain to everyone your thoughts there?

Topic 6 -
When I think Incident Response, I think production environments. As part of VictorOps I’m sure you see a lot of use cases and have solved some pretty unique customer problems. How can this be applied outside of production, say for application testing or quality before hitting production? Is that a valid approach?

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Feb 26, 2020
Scalable Databases on Kubernetes
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Peter Mattis (@PeterMattis, Co-founder/CTO of @CockroachDB) talks about the evolution of scalable SQL databases, the challenges of globally scalable data management, how Kubernetes has evolved to manage stateful applications, and lessons learned running Kubernetes and CockroachDB. 

SHOW: 438

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SHOW NOTES:

Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Before we dive into our discussion, tell us a little bit about your background in working on scalable technologies. 

Topic 2 - Today we’re going to mash together a couple of popular (and complex) topics - the growing use-cases on Kubernetes, and the growing need to synchronize data for anywhere access. Let’s start with the data side of the equation - tell us about the basics of your creation, CockroachDB, and the challenges it solves.

Topic 3 - What are some of the use-cases that are driving more scalable SQL usage vs. more traditional SQL database models?

Topic 4 - When Kubernetes first got started, the focus was on scalable stateless (cloud-native) applications. How are you beginning to see the trend towards companies becoming more comfortable with stateful applications (e.g. databases) on Kubernetes?

Topic 5 - One of the new technologies that’s making it easier to get databases onto Kubernetes is “Operators”. CockroachLabs has been one of the leading platforms supporting this technology. Can you talk a little bit about your experience with Operators and how it images the way Kubernetes teams (developers or platform teams) about databases on Kubernetes.

Topic 6 - What are some of the lessons learned from deploying CockroachDB onto Kubernetes?

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Feb 19, 2020
A "AI & ML" Look Ahead for 2020
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Sam Charrington (@samcharrington, Host of TWIML & AI Podcast) talks about AI & ML trends in 2020, frameworks to understand usage patterns, hot new technology to explore, how long projects take to succeed, and the inherent bias built into every AI & ML model.

SHOW: 437

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SHOW NOTES:

Topic 1 - Welcome back to the show. Let’s start with the broad set of TWIML activities that you’re working on these days. 

Topic 2 - You focus on AI & ML every week, across a lot of different domains and usages. It’s a broad scope. If you had to focus it on Enterprise/Business leaders, how do you structure a conversation around how to align business opportunity and technology choices?  

Topic 3 - What are some of the most commonly used technologies being deployed around AI/ML systems? Any big shifts over the last couple of years? 

Topic 4 - You’ve been around Cloud Computing and DevOps communities, which required companies to go through some people/process change to achieve success. What are the people/process changes that you typically see with AI/ML environments?

Topic 5 - If somebody asked you how they can put a timeline on when they’ll see value around their AI/ML, is that a realistic ask? What are the factors that go into achieving success in AI/ML projects?

Topic 6 - What are some of the interesting usages of AI/ML that you’ve seen in use recently?

Topic 7 - There has been quite a bit of discussion recently about bias in AI/ML algorithms. Can you explain what this means and how it could impact the system’s decision making?

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Feb 14, 2020
New Trends in Serverless
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SHOW: 436

DESCRIPTION: Stephen Pinkerton (@spnktn, Product Manager @datadoghq) talks about the latest trends that Datadog has observed from monitoring serverless applications in the public cloud, adoption rates, as well as how serverless is deployed along with containers. 

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SHOW NOTES:

Topic 1 - Welcome to the show; Tell us about your background, as you’ve worked for a number of interesting companies prior to Datadog. 

Topic 2 - Datadog recently released a report about trends in serverless usage. Before we dive into some of the highlights and insights, tell us about the scope of the report. 

  • Are you able to tell anything about the types of companies being monitored? (industries, size of company, etc.)

Topic 3 - Highlights from the State of Serverless report

  • The majority of functions are still fairly small, and don’t run very long (small memory footprint). 
  • Node.js and Python are the leading languages/frameworks being used (almost 90%)
  • Nearly half of EC2 users have adopted Lambda
  • Early adopters of Containers (ECS) have adopted Lambda - 80%+
  • Discuss which event-driven data sources are the most frequently used

Topic 4 - As you’re analyzing this usage data, what are some of the things you’re thinking about as a Product Manager for functionality that you can provide to help better monitor these rapidly changing environments?

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Feb 05, 2020
A “API” Look Ahead for 2020
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SHOW: 435

DESCRIPTION: James Higginbotham (@launchany; Founder, Author, API Architect) talks about frameworks for evaluating API usage, developer perspectives on APIs, versioning APIs and some thoughts on new trends in API usage. 

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Topic 1 - Welcome back to the show; It’s been a while, let’s reintroduce you to our audience. Tell us about the types of things you work on.

Topic 2 - There are so many things going on with APIs these days, sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. Do you have a framework that you use to help companies think about APIs?  

Topic 3 - Are there different perspectives that developers have if they are dealing with APIs for monolithic applications vs. microservices applications vs. external APIs? 

Topic 4 - What is some of thinking around dynamically changing environments (e.g. DevOps, Agile) and APIs (versioning, testing changes, etc.)?

Topic 5 - What are some of the more critical things that you’re always reinforcing and educating people about APIs? 

Topic 6 - We’re seeing more companies emerge that just deliver APIs as part of an ecosystem of services. How has this changed application development?

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Jan 29, 2020
A “Service Mesh” Look Ahead for 2020
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SHOW: 434

DESCRIPTION: Christian Posta (@christianposta, Field CTO @soloio_inc) talks about the trends that are shaping the Service Mesh space, including emerging standards, application patterns, and interactions with API gateways. 

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Topic 1 - Welcome to the show; you’ve been on PodCTL in the past. Tell us about your background, as you’ve been very active with application developers and distributed systems for quite a while.  

Topic 2 - A few years ago, Service Mesh came onto the scene as a big deal (Istio, Linkerd, etc.) and people were trying to figure out what it was, what it did, etc. The technology has evolved quite a bit, but people are still oftentimes confused. How should we think about what a Service Mesh does (or doesn’t do)? 

Topic 3 - What are the most common use-cases when Service Mesh is being used? What are some of the places where Service Mesh is discussed, but probably shouldn’t be used? (API-Gateway, code in an application, etc.)

Topic 4 - Sometimes we have a technology space that has lots of implementations (e.g. Kubernetes, Swarm, Mesos, etc.) that eventually converge into a single industry choice. But Service Mesh still has lots of implementations. Are they all really different? Will we see industry convergence around a standard? Do we need a standard?

Topic 5 - What are some of the areas where you expect that we’ll see advancements in Service Mesh in 2020?

Topic 6 -  What are some of the best ways for people to start either learning more about Service Mesh, or trying out the technology to see if it makes sense for them?

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Jan 22, 2020
The Unicorn Project with Gene Kim
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