Cloud Computing Weekly Podcast

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

Our guest on the podcast this week is Brian Gracely, Director of Product Strategy at Red Hat. We discuss transition from Red Hat being known for Linux to their current status as leaders in the cloud computing industry. We are emerging into a space now where efficiency is the objective. Reinventing technology is not as crucial as building highly elastic, highly scalable cloud environments to bring companies forward. We look at the future of Microsoft and whether or not Windows will continue to be a focus as they adapt to the changing technology scene. One of the places where Microsoft beats AWS is in their sales force and ability to form long-term relationships with customers who appreciate the in-person assistance they provide. This key element puts them in a great position to grow with Azure in the future.

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Category:Technology News -- posted at: 6:39pm EDT

Our guest on the podcast this week is Reuven Cohen, VP of Growth at Aporeto. We discuss the future of machine learning. Almost anyone can access the power of machine learning today to build their own applications without needing to worry about the underlying infrastructure. Taking the complexity out of cloud management makes it accessible to the mainstream and easier to focus on minute improvements. The ultimate value of machine learning comes from being able to put data into context to make key business decisions. We discuss new improvements to AWS for machine learning speed and what the best path forward is for Google to compete in the space.

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Category:Technology News -- posted at: 8:55am EDT

Our guest on the podcast this week is Chirag Mehta, Silicon Valley Product Executive and Adjunct Faculty at Santa Clara University. We discuss careers in cloud computing, emphasizing the importance of quality Data Scientists and Product Managers. There is currently a lack in Data Science talent, and the road to more is through training both at the university level and by current employers. It is hard to cultivate a data mindset, because it requires a level of creativity and willingness to experiment. Each data set tells a story, and talented Data Scientists either know the right questions to ask or can find the right questions by observing trends in the data.

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Category:Technology News -- posted at: 3:17pm EDT