Cloud Computing Weekly Podcast

Our guest on the podcast this week is JP Morgenthal, CTO Application Services at DXC Technology.

We discuss the links and channels between microservices and DevOps. What happens to architecture in a Scrum world? Many think you need to just start with Scrum and fix problems as they come. This is a primarily dev perspective, and formal architects will need to have a say early in the process to set projects up for success. It is recommended to add architecture design as a part of a sprint. We also look at SOA versus microservices and how we are now able to manage the volume of SOA.

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Category:Technology News -- posted at: 12:29am EST

We discuss the historical cycles of computing and storage technologies over the last 40 years, and how Blockchain could be the start of the next industry-changing cycle.

Blockchain may be one of the most hyped technologies today, but it’s practical use cases make it more then the next shiny object. We discuss what the technology actually is, real use cases and what current adoption rates of the technology say about the future of Blockchain for industries like Financial Services.

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Category:Technology News -- posted at: 3:05pm EST

Our guest on the podcast this week is James Staten, Global Head of Market Development at Equinix.

We discuss digital edge computing and why it is important for enterprises to embrace. It even saves them money in the long run. Every new product today needs sensors to gather information and send it back to the manufacturer for feedback and safety information. This applies to everything from autonomous cars and fitness gear, to elevators and the military. The tricky part of all these sensors is that you do not want to have the data traveling back to your headquarters so that machine-learning can happen on-site in your own data warehouse. That will take too long. The insights need to be happening at the device. That means enterprises need a digital edge strategy.

Will this reach a saturation point with all this information coming in through sensors? Will IoT clients end up with too much information? One problem is that people are gathering every datapoint, but not necessarily understanding what the information means. It is important for organizations to decide what data to keep and why. A great place to find cloud-neutral, carrier-neutral best practices for moving to a digital edge model is at the Interconnection Oriented Architecture Knowledge Base

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Category:Technology News -- posted at: 9:50pm EST

Our guest on the podcast this week is Derrick Harris, Founder at ARCHITECHT.

We discuss AI in the modern enterprise and why robots stealing jobs may not quite be a problem yet. We look at what enterprises should be thinking about to grow their AI practices in the future. The truth is, AI engines rely on an enterprise already having a strong data practice under control. It relies on big data capabilities, a culture that can accept it, and data infrastructures to be in place. Most companies are not there yet. This is a case where the market hype gets ahead of itself and AI is still a few years down the road for most enterprises.

We also discuss the open-source versus cloud debate with regard to Kubernetes, containers, and more.  It’s hard to say what the industry will look like in the next ten years, but clearly a whole new ecosystem of technology is emerging.

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Category:Technology News -- posted at: 12:27am EST

Our guest on the podcast this week is Bernard Golden, CEO at Navica.

We discuss the similarities and differences between VMs, containers, and serverless computing.  A lot of organizations have optimized around VMs because they have a long history of virtualization and it’s what they understand. They’ve built a lot of processes around that. Then containers came around, and that was the hottest thing in cloud. Now serverless is here. VMs and serverless are still not highly standardized. Containers are more standardized and the orchestration is also moving towards standardization. Containers and serverless are development paradigms that the industry is starting to embrace. VM is not like a container. You can run containers within VMs but can’t run VM inside a container.

We also look at the skills gap in cloud computing today. There is a talent shortfall even in places like Amazon, Microsoft, and Google who are looking for tactical skills in devops, cloud ops, security, and more. Head hunters are befuddled because they cannot find people with the expertise and specific skills they are looking for in cloud computing and the technologies are changing so fast that the problem gets worse every day. 81% of IT leaders report to be concerned about missing out on cloud advances, and talent is a major part of staying ahead. This is a unique time in IT where the pace of change is visibly accelerated. Innovations are compressed into much shorter timeframes. The next few years will be challenging because of the skills shortage.

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Category:Technology News -- posted at: 1:01am EST