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The Cloudcast is the industry's leading, independent Cloud Computing podcast. Since 2011, co-hosts Aaron Delp & Brian Gracely have interviewed technology and business leaders that are shaping the future of computing. Topics will include Cloud Computing | Open Source | AWS | Azure | GCP | Serverless | DevOps | Big Data | ML | AI | Security | Kubernetes | AppDev | SaaS | PaaS | CaaS | IoT. Also available, the "Cloudcast Basics" podcast (@cloudcastbasics), for anyone new to Cloud Computing.
June 16, 2021
Automated Data Labeling for AI Apps
Alex Ratner (SHOW: 523SHOW SPONSOR LINKS: Expert IT Training for individuals and teams Modern Monitoring and AnalyticsGet started monitoring your serverless environment with a . Listeners of The Cloudcast will also receive a free Datadog T-shirt.CLOUD NEWS OF THE WEEK - SHOW NOTES: (homepage)Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Tell us about your background, the origins of the company, and a little bit about the founding team. Topic 2 - Let’s start by framing the day in the life of a data scientist. There’s raw data, there’s a data sorting/organizing process, there’s model building, there’s results and analysis, and the cycle continues, etc. What parts are solved problems, what parts are commoditized, and where is there still room for improvement?Topic 3 - Now that we understand today’s AI/ML/DataScience landscape, let’s talk about how Snorkel Flow and automated data labeling is able to evolve those environmentsTopic 4 - Application Studio seems like the intersection of Low-Code and Industry-specific templates and the Python toolkit that data scientists understand. Walk us through the mindset of today’s data scientists in how they think about the “developer” part of their jobs.Topic 5 - What are some of the frequent use-cases or business problem areas that you’ve seen drive early adoption of the Snorkel platform? Topic 6 - Where do you see Snorkel fitting into the broader ecosystem of AI capabilities that companies may already have in place? FEEDBACK?Email: show at thecloudcast dot netTwitter: <a href='
June 13, 2021
Tips for Identifying Tech Trends
For more than 10 years we’re interviewed the people that changed the tech world. What are some tips and tricks to identify which trends emerge, survive and fail? SHOW: 522SHOW SPONSORS: Expert IT Training for individuals and teams SHOW NOTES:IDENTIFYING TRENDS TO HIGHLIGHT ON THE PODCAST522 shows, 57 companies acquired, $4.9B in VC funding, $58B in Acquisitions/IPOsTrack Record of Founding Team, Macro Trends, Societal TrendsVC TRENDS vs. TECHNOLOGY TRENDS vs. CUSTOMER BUYING TRENDSThere is a very long lifecycle between university research vs. early VC investments vs. early technology trends vs. customer buying trends. Often 10-20 years.Gracely’s Theorem: “There are very few truly new ideas, rather there are mostly advancements because of improved CPUs and Networking speeds.”The Platform vs. Feature test: A baseline platform or higher-level platform? The Bed, Bath & Beyond test: Is it more than 50% cheaper than previous generations?The Friction test: Does it remove significant barriers to previous generations?The Don’t Fight a Land War in Asia test: Is it trying to be too many things to too many people?The Follow-the-Money test: How do companies around this technology make money? Does the ecosystem make money? Are there adjacent paths to monetization?The Culture Change test: People don’t like change, especially for change’s sake. Changing culture is one of the hardest things to do at most companies. The Re-Education test: How much of a learning curve is required to make this technology successful? FEEDBACK?Email: show at thecloudcast dot netTwitter: <a href='
June 9, 2021
Building Private 5G Networks
(Practice Director, Network and Integrated Security, Insight Enterprises) talks about advances in edge computing, connections to edge using 5G, and CBRS (Citizens Broadband Radio Service) as an emerging use case.SHOW: 521SHOW SPONSOR LINKS: Expert IT Training for individuals and teams Modern Monitoring and AnalyticsGet started monitoring your serverless environment with a . Listeners of The Cloudcast will also receive a free Datadog T-shirt.CLOUD NEWS OF THE WEEK - SHOW NOTES: (CBRS) Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Before we dive into today’s focus, tell us about your background and how you’ve come to focus on CBRS. Topic 2 - Let’s talk about the basics of CBRS. What are the underlying technologies, how does it work? Topic 3 - What are some of the most common use-cases for CBRS technologies? What are some of the problems it solves that can’t be solved with 5G/LTE or WiFi? Topic 4 - What are some of the design considerations that companies need to make in deploying and maintaining CBRS systems? Topic 5 - Is there an ecosystem of applications that are specifically built to run on CBRS systems, or are they more specific to the use-case (e.g. municipalities, manufacturing, etc.)?Topic 6 - How much of a learning curve does CBRS present to teams that have networking and security background? FEEDBACK?Email: show at thecloudcast dot netTwitter: <a href='
June 6, 2021
Let's Talk about Repatriation
While there are scenarios where public cloud is much less expensive than data centers, there are times when it’s much more expensive. Is repatriation a viable way to manage cloud costs? SHOW: 520SHOW SPONSORS: Modern Monitoring and AnalyticsGet started monitoring your serverless environment with a . Listeners of The Cloudcast will also receive a free Datadog T-shirt.SHOW NOTES:ARTICLE QUOTES: Repatriation results in one-third to one-half the cost of running equivalent workloads in the cloudYou’re crazy if you don’t start in the cloud; you’re crazy if you stay on it.infrastructure spend should be a first-class metricTHE CASE FOR REPATRIATIONCloud costs are a large % of Cost of Sales (often times 50-80%)Cloud providers operate on large margins (e.g. AWS at 30%)Repatriation could reduce costs 30-50% of existing cloud spendTHE REALITIES OF REPATRIATIONThe case in the article is primarily based on 25-40x valuation multiples for software companies. , not every company is getting 25-40x revenue multiple from the market. All repatriation calculations begin with, “if you run a highly efficient data center”All repatriation calculations next involve, “assuming you have the talent to run a cloud”Repatriation is technical debt. How does your company typically handle that?Less than 100% repatriation creates multiple operational models (ops, billing, security, etc.)Most companies use a subset of the features in any given cloud.Can you create a financial situation in your data center that’s similar to the cloud? FEEDBACK?Email: show at thecloudcast dot netTwitter: <a href='
June 2, 2021
No Code vs. Low Code
Gary Hoberman (SHOW: 519SHOW SPONSOR LINKS: Expert IT Training for individuals and teams Modern Monitoring and AnalyticsGet started monitoring your serverless environment with a . Listeners of The Cloudcast will also receive a free Datadog T-shirt.CLOUD NEWS OF THE WEEK - SHOW NOTES:Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Before we dive into today’s topic, let’s talk about your background and what motivated you to found Unqork. Topic 2 - There are a ton of ways that some technologies get positioned as silver bullets or catch-all. First of all, how do you think about this space from the perspective of a business user? Topic 3 - Let’s talk about the distinction between “low-code” and “no-code” and how the tradeoffs or differences actually impact users of the system.Topic 4 - With systems like these, there is an expectation that the system has quite a bit of knowledge, which creates these “highly opinionated” workflows. You’ve worked at large companies, which also have opinions based on existing culture or experience. How do you work groups through adopting these newer concepts?Topic 5 - This segment of the market is extremely “hyped” at this stage, with lots of companies. Help us understand how to put a frame around understanding the various options that are available in the market. FEEDBACK?Email: show at thecloudcast dot netTwitter: <a href='
May 26, 2021
The State of Serverless
Stephen Pinkerton (SHOW: 518SHOW SPONSOR LINKS: Expert IT Training for individuals and teams Modern Monitoring and Analytics. Listeners of this podcast will also receive a free Datadog T-shirt.CLOUD NEWS OF THE WEEK - SHOW NOTES:Topic 1 - Welcome back to the show. Before we dive into the latest serverless trends, let’s talk a little bit about your background and focus at Datadog.Topic 1a - This is the 2nd year of the State of Serverless report. Tell us about the scope and the methodology used.Topic 2 - Let’s begin by talking about the growth (by breadth) of the overall Serverless market. Who is using serverless, and where are they consuming it from? Topic 3 - Your data shows that AWS Lambda is evolving in a couple different ways - both shorter lived usage (average) and involved in a broader set of use-cases (via Step Functions). It sounds like Serverless is becoming more mainstream as it branches out.Topic 4 - Language popularity is always an area of interest - what are the most popular languages for building serverless apps? Topic 5 - Given how granular Lambda billing has become, and how frameworks like Serverless and Step Functions are being used, were you surprised at the low rate of automation around serverless functions? Topic 6 - This year it seems like Edge use-cases for Serverless have really grown. I’d expect this to continue as we’re seeing both CloudFlare and AWS recently expanding their Serverless edge capabilities within their CDN offerings.FEEDBACK?Email: show at thecloudcast dot netTwitter: <a href='
May 23, 2021
Build More Features or More Services
The tradeoff between building more features on existing platforms vs. building more new individual services is always a complex decision. Let’s look at the pros and cons of each.SHOW: 517SHOW SPONSORS:SHOW NOTES:PLATFORMS vs. SERVICES vs. INCREMENTAL CHANGEPlatforms deliver a broad set of horizontal or vertical servicesServices tend to be focused on individual capabilitiesFeatures can be added to either, but where to add the feature?Services could be built on top of each other, but then is it a feature or a service?DO YOU REALLY HAVE TO MAINTAIN A SERVICE FOREVER?Should you ever deprecate a service (e.g. turn it off, not be backwards compatible)?Can you leave the service “on” if nobody is using it?When do you decide to build a new service instead of just extending or improving another one? Do you have to create tools to migrate from one service to another?Do you have to create interoperability from one service to another?At what point have you added too many features to a platform (or service) to where the market (or internal customers) think that it’s too heavy - even when features don’t have to be used?FEEDBACK?Email: show at thecloudcast dot netTwitter: <a href='
May 19, 2021
Serverless Trends within AWS
Julian Wood (SHOW: 516SHOW SPONSOR LINKS: Expert IT Training for individuals and teams Modern Monitoring and Analytics. Listeners of this podcast will also receive a free Datadog T-shirt.CLOUD NEWS OF THE WEEK - SHOW NOTES:Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Before we dive into the work you’re doing with Serverless, let’s talk about your background. Topic 2 - Let’s begin with “What is Serverless at AWS in 2021?” Sometimes it’s Lambda, sometimes it's a database, sometimes it's a CDN edge service. When is it App-Centric and when is it NoOps-centric?Topic 3 - AWS Lambda has expanded in functionality quite a bit over the years. Walk us through how it’s evolved across languages, event-sources, functions vs. containers, etc. Topic 4 - How do you think about Serverless use-cases? What are common usage patterns? Topic 5 - For a while, Lambda was mostly focused within the AWS ecosystem. Is it expanding to include 3rd-party services, or custom-built tools from customers/companies? Topic 6 - We’ve done a couple recent shows about event-driven applications. I tend to think about Serverless (or FaaS) as mostly event-driven apps. How is that space evolving?FEEDBACK?Email: show at thecloudcast dot netTwitter: <a href='
May 16, 2021
Technology never has an off-season
Kubernetes is more than 5 years old and growing in popularity. Some people say that it’s becoming “boring”. So what’s next for the popular cloud-native project? SHOW: 515SHOW SPONSORS:SHOW NOTES:WHY DOESN’T THE TECH-INDUSTRY HAVE AN OFF-SEASON?It’s a business, and businesses tend to stay openIt’s an industry that expects growth, and growth requires new things (usually)HOW TO MANAGE THE LACK OF AN OFF-SEASONNobody can go 24x7x365 year after year. Take care of your health.Allow yourself to ignore some aspects of the tech industry. You don’t need to know everything. Creating a framework for determining if something new is worth your time exploring. Always have a side project where you are learning something. This could be adjacent to your work, or something completely different.Begin to measure something that you’ve ignored, or never measured before. Find a way to improve it.Find a way to take back some time in your life. You can automate something, drop something, change something, etc.Find time to reconnect with people - mentors, groups, FEEDBACK?Email: show at thecloudcast dot netTwitter: <a href='
May 12, 2021
kslDB Database for Streaming Events
Michael Drogalis (SHOW: 514SHOW SPONSOR LINKS: Modern Monitoring and Analytics. Listeners of this podcast will also receive a free Datadog T-shirt. Expert IT Training for individuals and teams CLOUD NEWS OF THE WEEK - SHOW NOTES:Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Before we dive into this new database, let’s talk a little bit about your background. Topic 2 - Let’s first talk about Kafka. What is it,. what does it do, and what are common use-cases that use Kafka?Topic 3 - Kafka handles all these streams of data / events, but there are a bunch of other pieces needed to connect the data to the applications. What are those pieces, and where are their often challenges?Topic 4 - Let’s talk about this new project - ksqlDB. It’s real-time, it’s Kafka and it’s SQL. Walk us through how it was created and the types of challenges it solves for. Topic 5 - How is kslDB different from using other SQL databases? Topic 6 - What are some of the initial ways that you’re seeing ksqlDB being used? Is it beginning to allow new use-cases to emerge?FEEDBACK?Email: show at thecloudcast dot netTwitter: <a href='
May 9, 2021
Lessons learned...Mother's Day Edition
In honor of International Mother's Day, we focus today's show on the lessons learned from moms, and how they can impact and influence your life in tech (and beyond). Don't forget to call you mom. SHOW: 513SHOW SPONSORS:CLOUD NEWS OF THE WEEK - SHOW NOTES:LESSONS LEARNED FROM MOMSMoms want to get you started on the right pathMoms want you to look presentableBe able to explain things to your momSometimes moms just want to helpDon’t forget to call your momFEEDBACK?Email: show at thecloudcast dot netTwitter: <a href='
May 5, 2021
Running Databases on Kubernetes
Anil Kumar (@anilkumar1129, Director of Product Mgmt @Couchbase) talks about how Kubernetes has evolved to support stateful applications, enabling Couchbase to run on Kubernetes, the advantages of Operators, and NoSQL adoption models. SHOW: 512SHOW SPONSOR LINKS: Expert IT Training for individuals and teams and enter to win a 6-month Premium subscription. Modern Monitoring and Analytics. Listeners of this podcast will also receive a free Datadog T-shirt.CLOUD NEWS OF THE WEEK - SHOW NOTES:Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Before we dive into the work you’re doing with Kubernetes, let’s talk about your background. Topic 2 - Kubernetes started with a focus on “cloud-native apps”, then it became a blurring of infrastructure. How does Couchbase see the market evolving around Kubernetes, especially as a stateful service? Topic 3 - There is frequently a debate about whether or not to run data services on Kubernetes, or run them off-cluster. How does Couchbase view this, and what are some things that Kubernetes does to improve how Couchbase runs?Topic 4 - Let’s talk about some of the common use-cases you’re seeing for Couchbase, whether it’s on Kubernetes, or in the cloud, or out at the Edge. Topic 5 - Do you see any multi-cloud or hybrid-cloud use-cases where Couchbase is a good fit, or is it too difficult to span databases across clouds? Topic 6 - What areas around Kubernetes do you see evolving to help use-cases for Couchbase (i.e. other CNCF projects, etc.)? FEEDBACK?Email: show at thecloudcast dot netTwitter: <a href='
May 2, 2021
Is the Public Cloud growing quickly?
Public cloud is expected to grow 23% (overall) in 2021. Is that a fast enough pace of growth, or are there still significant barriers to adoption and faster growth?SHOW: 511SHOW SPONSORS:CLOUD NEWS OF THE WEEK - SHOW NOTES:IS THE PUBLIC CLOUD GROWING QUICKLY? Q1 2021 vs. Q4 2020: AWS (+30%), Azure (+23%), GCP (+46%)Growing faster than On-Premise, Existing IT (8.4%)WHY ISN"T THE PUBLIC CLOUD GROWING FASTER?Data Gravity - Moving data into the cloud is expensive and slowData Centers are long-term depreciation activities (10-20 years)“App Modernization” budgets are small - as a % of IT budgetsSaaS is growing at 20% YoYCloud Costs are expensive and complicated to understandTech VC is still investing in Tech StartupsSecurity is always a Top 3 priority, and Cloud Security is differentA large portion of Enterprise and Gov’t isn’t connected to the Internet - and Mainframes aren’t in the cloud. Retraining Cloud Skills takes time (Gladwell 10,000 hour rule)FEEDBACK?Email: show at thecloudcast dot netTwitter: <a href='
April 28, 2021
Expanding Open Source in the Cloud
Heikki Nousiaine (@hnousiainen, Founder/CTO at @aiven_io) talks about how Aiven delivers a broad set of open source data and messaging services via the public cloud, as a managed service. SHOW: 510SHOW SPONSOR LINKS:Datadog Security Monitoring Homepage:...
April 14, 2021
Managing Unstructured Data in the Cloud
Paige Hinckley, (Sr. Director Global Alliances & GTM @Qumulo) talks about the evolution of scalable file and unstructured data in the public cloud. SHOW: 506SHOW SPONSOR LINKS:CBT Nuggets: Expert IT Training for individuals and teamsSign up for a...
April 7, 2021
DevOps Efficiency through Integration
Brendan O’Leary (@olearycrew, Sr. Dev Evangelist @GitLab, CNCF Board) talks about Developer Productivity, how to improve flow, integrated tool chains, and tips to improve organizational dynamics. SHOW: 504SHOW SPONSOR LINKS:Okta HomepageTry Okta for...