Cloud Computing Weekly Podcast
 
 
We discuss trends in so far in 2017 in cloud computing, DevOps, IoT, and Machine Learning. Enterprises constantly hear about the latest trends. Sometimes the industry moves too fast for them to keep up with. They still worry about moving from one system to another and starting basic cloud practices. Cloud is not core to their businesses yet. At some point, these large enterprises need to optimize the changes they have already made instead of always worrying about the next trend. They need to get better at scale to ensure their business will grow.

One interesting trend has been the changing landscape of service-oriented architecture (SOA) and the more modern microservices. Lori wrote a blogpost in 2008 on the exaggerated death of SOA. In revisiting the post recently, she concludes that SOA is alive. The industry now focuses on microservices, which are action-oriented. Actions like logging out, logging in, checking statuses, purchasing, checking carts are now standard. These services link together to make experiences for users. Perhaps a better descriptor of SOA today is event-driven service architecture. Revisiting thought leadership from 2008 has shown how far the industry has come and how far it will go in the next 10 years.

Direct download: Lori_MacVittie3.mp3
Category:Technology News -- posted at: 10:30am EST

Our guest on the podcast this week is Tatiana Lavrentieva, Cloud Solutions Architect at Cloud Technology Partners.

We discuss how Microsoft Azure is catching up with AWS. It seems to become more compelling each year with new services like Azure Stack and Azure Container Service. In 2016, AWS grew at the same pace as the market, but Microsoft Azure grew much faster. Microsoft launched Azure 5-6 years after AWS, so AWS has an enormous lead. Now, Microsoft Azure is at least competitive with AWS in every area. This allows the two to compete over pricing. Enterprises do not automatically choose AWS anymore. They now research what the right cloud is for the organization. Many organizations are also embracing multi-cloud strategies. This means using feature capabilities of multiple public clouds for different pieces of the enterprise. For instance, it saves money to run Microsoft services on Azure, so that is often a feature that gets separated in cloud strategy.

Direct download: Tatiana_Lavrentieva.mp3
Category:Technology News -- posted at: 7:03am EST

Our guest on the podcast this week is Mike Bainbridge, digital technologist, speaker, and cloud expert. We discuss digital innovation and the disruptive business models that rely on it. Digital disruption comes up a lot today when thinking about the startups that challenge the way things have always been done. AirBnB and Uber are technology companies at their core, not transportation and hospitality companies. We look at AI and how it will affect jobs of the future. Last, we discuss vendor lock-in and when it can be a good idea to go all in on one vendor. 

Direct download: Mike_Bainbridge.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00pm EST

We discuss the foundational traits of serverless computing, including scaling and provisioning, cost precision, high availabilty and more. We also look at what Mike considers to be the main benefits of serverless, from costs based upon specific usage to faster time to market. Enterprises can now build entirely new products in hours or days because so much of the inherent complexity has now been commoditized by the vendors.

We also look at how large enterprises can get started down the serverless path. Once your organization is consuming some amount of public cloud, it’s easy to get your feet wet slowly. It’s low commitment and low cost to try the technology out in areas of your ecosystem that aren’t mission critical. Enterprises that want to leverage serverless technology should embrace visibility and monitoring, autonomy and automation.

Direct download: MikeRoberts.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 11:35am EST

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