Cloud Computing Weekly Podcast

Our guest on the podcast this week is Lori MacVittie, Principal Technical Evangelist at F5 Networks. 

We discuss upcoming enterprise cloud trends for 2017. We look at how collaboration is advancing with platforms like Slack and determine whether this trend is here to stay. Deep learning is another important 2017 focus, especially because the economics have become favorable and analytics no longer cost as much. This means we can now create things like neural networks and advanced predictive algorithms at a much lower cost. We also look at the return of SQL, and discuss whether it ever left at all. It seems SQL will be important in 2016, from MongoDB and beyond. We see how containers are here to stay and to manage clusters, Kubernetes will be the top player in 2017. We see how serverless computing makes development easier, especially looking at AWS Lambda. Instead of deploying apps and microservices, we now deploy functions that do only one thing with serverless computing. This is a lot more to manage for large enterprises because of how granular functional programming can become. We also look at custom cloud processors as an alternative to using major chip manufacturers and processors. IoT will continue to forge ahead in 2017 and the keyword will be interoperability. With so many new devices, standards on security and governance will be crucial next year. IT spending as we know it may change in 2017 as more and more enterprises look into PC-as-a-service models instead of purchasing expensive equipment. Last, we discuss the rise of Python programming language and where it will go in 2017 from data science to teaching it to kids. 

News Covered

InfoWorld: 9 enterprise tech trends for 2017 and beyond

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Category:Technology News -- posted at: 11:08pm EST

Our guest on the podcast this week is JP Morgenthal, CTO, Digital Applications, Americas at CSC. We discuss new product releases, improvements, and announcements from AWS re:Invent 2016. It is clear Amazon still is the leading cloud provider and this year proved that they still know how to innovate and their lead has not made them sit still. This year they extended many services already in play from Amazon EC2 to AWS Lambda and announced new services like Amazon Athena, Lightsail, and AWS Snowmobile and Glue. For the first time, Amazon began to release services directly for business use-cases instead of features targeted only to IT. We also look at next wave proficiencies and what will be important for those seeking careers in cloud computing. These proficiencies used to be defined by certifications (CISCO, CCIE, NetApp). With the rise of cloud computing we saw some general cloud certifications emerge, but none caught on. Now the most sought after skill is AWS Certification, and it’s likely Azure and Google will follow soon with their own certifications.

News Covered

AWS: re:Invent 2016 Product Announcements

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Category:Technology News -- posted at: 2:16pm EST

Our guest on the podcast this week is Mat Keep, Director of Product & Market Analysis at MongoDB. We discuss the differences between open-source database systems like MongoDB and relational databases that use SQL.  In the early days of open-source, it used to be built to replicate what proprietary software did well. Today, open-source is the innovator because that is what developers expect and need to be successful. In many ways MongoDB builds on the success of relational databases and replicates their best features while allowing for more rapid innovation and time to market. Modern applications deal with data that is both structured and unstructured, which means the database needs to be able to evolve rapidly. At its core, MongoDB is built for developers to improve productivity. It allows them to develop applications much faster and to build what had previously not been possible on relational databases. 

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Category:Technology News -- posted at: 9:22am EST

Our guest on the podcast this week is Michael Crandell, CEO and Founder at RightScale. We discuss the early years of cloud computing before it had a name and when it was often referred to as “elastic compute cloud” or “utility computing”. In this time there was a need for a universal cloud management platform, which resulted in Michael creating RightScale. RightScale started as an Infrastructure-as-a-Service model for AWS that provided compile, storage, and networking services. Today, they have expanded to work with all providers including containers. With multiple tools for clients to customize, cloud instances are becoming more and more complex. We look at the State of the Cloud for 2017 and see that for many years people found cloud security to be the single biggest challenge of the cloud, but in 2016 people changed their minds. Today, the biggest cloud challenge is the skills and expertise gap for enterprises implementing a cloud strategy.  

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Category:Technology News -- posted at: 4:26pm EST

Our guest on the podcast this week is John Treadway, SVP at Cloud Technology Partners. We discuss best practices to leverage the cloud for innovative digital solutions. We look at Blockchain as a powerful new reality that helps reduce transaction costs for the financial industry on everything from mortgages, record-keeping, stock allocation, and even car records. Blockchain is disrupting the 15th century double-ledger accounting system still in use today, and it relies on the cloud for its future. The cloud acts as the backbone for many other innovative solutions of the future from AI to Machine Learning and Big Data insights. These include algorithms to improve the reliability of autonomous driving, and even to accurately build financial portfolios more effectively than a stock broker. The Cloud Technology Partners Digital Innovation initiative was launched on October 25 and will lead many of these innovative cloud-based solutions and more. 


News Covered

Wall Street Journal: How Blockchain Will Change Your Life

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Category:Technology News -- posted at: 5:51pm EST

Our guest on the podcast this week is Robert Christiansen, Vice President, Cloud Adoption Practice Lead at Cloud Technology Partners. We discuss a basic framework for cloud adoption in large enterprises based on learnings from over 400 client engagements at Cloud Technology Partners. Through these experiences, patterns have emerged that can be used to make strategies for engaging large enterprises in cloud adoption despite early fear and uncertainty.  A key step is to put together an internal cloud team or Cloud Business Office (CBO) with buy-in from all departments including legal so that adoption can move forward with full support. The beginning of enterprise cloud migration can sometimes be more about changing psychology over changing technology. 

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Category:Technology News -- posted at: 2:28pm EST

David Linthicum sat down with Rackspace CTO John Engates and Navica CEO Bernard Golden to discuss private cloud's value in today's quickly growing public cloud market. 

In 2013, we saw many CTP clients using OpenStack based tools for their private cloud initiatives. Fast forward to 2016 and public cloud is 3.5x the size of private cloud adoption, according to a Wikibon report. As more features and functions are released by the public cloud providers, enterprises are rightfully asking where the private cloud business case exists anymore.

Despite the increasing popularity of public cloud’s on-demand, pay-per-use model, private cloud still has a place in the enterprise, and its adoption continues to grow across platforms. There remains legitimate reasons to own and manage your own technology infrastructure, and private clouds bring some of the benefits of cloud principles to such data center deployments.

For Episode 100 of The Doppler podcast, David Linthicum sat down with private cloud proponent John Engates, and private cloud skeptic Bernard Golden to moderate a discussion around the future of private cloud and its business value in IT’s dynamic landscape.

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Category:Technology News -- posted at: 9:21am EST

Our guest on the podcast this week is Chris Wolf, VP & CTO, Americas at VMware. We discuss how the VMware-AWS deal came from listening directly who customers who wanted to leverage the public cloud while continuing to leverage the best private cloud they were already using. The partnership will allow customers more flexibility and agility in their cloud strategies. So, what’s in it for AWS? A level of intimacy with enterprise IT they have not previously had access to. The world will continue to rely on hybrid cloud infrastructure for years to come because large enterprises cannot move as quickly, and may not have the finances or skills to jump into public cloud. With Microsoft Azure Stack being released soon, this partnership is strategically timed to allow customers to try out this new flexibility first.

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Category:Technology News -- posted at: 10:26pm EST

Our guest on the podcast this week is Alex Williams, Founder at The New Stack. We discuss the transformation from container-based environments to orchestration-based environments. Docker’s entry into the cloud provided a lot of free options for companies, but many companies don’t know how to leverage these open-source ecosystems. Docker and other container-management systems allow us an alternative to virtualization, and it seems safer for enterprises to leapfrog VMware or VMware on AWS and move directly to containers. This provides advanced security and governance immediately though most enterprises feel Docker is out of reach because they already have VMware currently running at their data centers. Serverless Architecture systems like AWS Lambda and IBM OpenWhisk provide a comparatively low-cost solution but an added level of complexity of implementation that excludes many enterprises. Last, we discuss how Microsoft may not need Windows anymore. The battle of the Operating Systems may be over soon because most people now run services online instead of on their operating system.

News Covered

InfoWorld: VMware on AWS: A one-way ticket to the cloud

InfoWorld: Why Microsoft doesn’t need Windows anymore


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Category:Technology News -- posted at: 9:11am EST

Our guest on the podcast this week is Dana Gardner, President and Principal Analyst at Interarbor Solutions. We discuss the VMware-AWS deal that has the potential to bring many more companies with private servers into the cloud. We look at how the strategy for AWS is not to lock-in customers to their platform alone, but to work with vendors like VMware to support customers implementing hybrid cloud strategies to further grow the Amazon customer base. With many more vendor partnerships in the cloud industry, there is now a shift to enterprises aligning themselves around a cloud ecosystem, not just a platform anymore. We look at AWS and Microsoft Azure as the leaders in public cloud who may soon enter a price war that will commoditize public cloud. With the commoditization of public cloud, specialized high-margin services and applications that add value to the cloud will carry the industry forward from artificial intelligence to big data insights to predictive analytics and more. 

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Category:Technology News -- posted at: 9:48am EST