Cloud Computing Weekly Podcast

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.

Direct download: Brian_Gracely.mp3
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.

Direct download: Reuven_Cohen.mp3
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.

Direct download: Chirag_Mehta.mp3
Category:Technology News -- posted at: 3:17pm EDT

Our guest on the podcast this week is Bernard Lin, VP, Principal Architect at Cloud Technology Partners. We discuss Blockchain, the underlying technology that makes Bitcoin possible by allowing all transactions to be shared on a single ledger for increased transparency. Use of Blockchain means that transactions no longer need to include any trust-based organizations and leads to a more efficient transaction that can be processed immediately, a lower cost transaction because no external parties are involved, and a more secure transaction. We also look at whether or not there is still a need for private clouds with the current focus on hybrid and public clouds

Direct download: Bernard_Lin2.mp3
Category:Technology News -- posted at: 10:01pm EDT

Our guest on the podcast this week is Stephen Foskett, Organizer in Chief at Tech Field Day. We discuss the balance between defining industry-wide cloud standards and having the freedom to move quickly for a company like Docker. As they grow, they must navigate the democratic open-source process at their foundation. We also look at Intel’s new Cloud Integrated Advanced Orchestrator (CIAO) project that may be too late to the game to compete with OpenStack.

Direct download: Steve_Foskett.mp3
Category:Technology News -- posted at: 5:09pm EDT

Our guest on the podcast this week is Tarun Thakur, Co-Founder & CEO at Datos IO. We discuss the importance of making recovery scenarios a priority with any enterprise cloud strategy. In the recent Delta outage, we saw the negative outcomes that occurred when several critical systems failed to switch to backups automatically. Though every enterprise is now on the cloud in some way, it seems we are only at the tip of the iceberg of moving systems to the cloud, with financial services and healthcare just joining the migration. The time is now to create better contingency plans to anticipate issues.

Direct download: Tarun_Thakur.mp3
Category:Technology News -- posted at: 5:48pm EDT

Our guest on the podcast this week is Marten Mickos, CEO at HackerOne. We discuss how going all in on one vendor can create potential issues for the future as the industry changes rapidly. There are ways to mitigate this risk through architecture and to allow the most critical aspects of your infrastructure to remain portable through abstraction layers and other tricks. We also look at the top cloud skills required for job seekers today in the industry starting with being a self-learner.

Direct download: Marten_Mickos.mp3
Category:Technology News -- posted at: 9:38pm EDT

Our guest on the podcast this week is James Urquhart, Senior Vice President of Performance Analytics at SOASTA, Inc. We discuss the effective use of data for the improvement of user-performance. There are a lot of companies who rely on online behavior that receive mass amounts of data they do not understand, and tools are now being released to automatically correlate this data and present it back in meaningful ways. Enterprises who choose not to innovate in the cloud early on are at risk of being overtaken by new entrants with better digital approaches to their industry.

Direct download: James__Urquhart.mp3
Category:Technology News -- posted at: 6:53am EDT

Our guest on the podcast this week is JP Morgenthal, Global Solutions Executive and Distinguished Engineer at CSC. We discuss an unfortunate shift in the meaning of DevOps. The industry has brought its definition to mean the technical specialization and ability to build software modules instead of the underlying business services and organizational strategy DevOps set out to change. We also look at the impact of Brexit on data protection rules across EU borders.

Direct download: JP_Morgenthal.mp3
Category:Technology News -- posted at: 10:06am EDT

Our guest on the podcast this week is Kevin Jackson, Founder at GovCloud Network. We discuss the interaction between the US Federal Government and the cloud computing industry. The FedRAMP program helped to define the cloud and became a starting point for organizations transitioning to cloud. In Kevin Jackson’s new book, “Practical Cloud Security: A Cross-Industry View” he shows how each industry has a unique business model, and must implement the cloud accordingly. We also look at cloud washing and how the Oracle lawsuit is just the beginning.

Direct download: Kevin_Jackson.mp3
Category:Technology News -- posted at: 6:35pm EDT