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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.
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Yesterday
18 mins
Cloudcast Demos
We’re looking for some listener feedback on a new idea to help make it easier to learn about new technologies, and bring more new ideas into The Cloudcast community.  SHOW: 585CLOUD NEWS OF THE WEEK - http://bit.ly/cloudcast-cnotwCHECK OUT OUR NEW PODCAST - "CLOUDCAST BASICS"SHOW SPONSORS:CloudZero - Cloud Cost Intelligence for Engineering TeamsMergify - the ultimate automation tool that makes your engineering team save time. Start saving time with the most powerful merge queue for GitHub, offering speculative checks, batch merges, and multiple queueing options. Visit mergify.com to get started or request a demo!Datadog Application Monitoring: Modern Application Performance MonitoringGet started monitoring service dependencies to eliminate latency and errors and enhance your users experience with a free 14 day Datadog trial. Listeners of The Cloudcast will also receive a free Datadog T-shirt. SHOW NOTES:The Cloudcast - YouTube ChannelCloudcast Basics (podcast) CAN WE MAKE IT EASIER TO SHOW MORE TECHNOLOGYWe get 100s of requests to come on the podcast, but we struggle to find the best way to both highlight new technologies and fit them into 52 week in a year. So we'd like to try something new. #CloudcastDemosSUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO PRIORITIZE THE PEOPLE AROUND YOUIt's often difficult to understand new companies and new technologies. Demos are often times too much marketing, or don't answer the questions you have. How can we make it easier to find the right technology for your business needs?How can we find ways to expose more new technologies to our community, but also continue to be respectful of the valuable time of our audience?Give us your feedback using #CloudcastDemos to @thecloudcastnet or show@thecloudcast.netFEEDBACK?Email: show at the cloudcast dot netTwitter: @thecloudcastnet
Yesterday
18 mins
2022 Look Ahead to web3
Chris Castiglione (@castig, Co-Founder One Month, Adjunct Professor @Columbia_Biz) talks about the fundamental concepts behind web3 (crypto, blockchain, decentralized applications and identity of resources), as well as smart contracts and how to get started with web3 apps. SHOW: 584CLOUD NEWS OF THE WEEK - http://bit.ly/cloudcast-cnotwCHECK OUT OUR NEW PODCAST - "CLOUDCAST BASICS"SHOW SPONSORS:Mergify - the ultimate automation tool that makes your engineering team save time. Start saving time with the most powerful merge queue for GitHub, offering speculative checks, batch merges, and multiple queueing options. Visit mergify.com to get started or request a demo!CloudZero - Cloud Cost Intelligence for Engineering TeamsDatadog Security Solution: Modern Monitoring and SecurityStart investigating security threats before it affects your customers with a free 14 day Datadog trial. Listeners of The Cloudcast will also receive a free Datadog T-shirt. SHOW NOTES:One Month (homepage)Stacks.btc (homepage)Columbia Business School"WEB 3 vs  WEB 2" Reading Lists (Eps.578)Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. You’re a man of many skills. Tell us a little bit about your background, as an entrepreneur, an educator and as a developer. Topic 2 - Web3 is potentially a big concept. As someone who both builds web3, but also explains web3, how do you begin explaining the main concepts to newbies? Topic 3 - Many of the web3 discussions center around “distributed systems”. Can you help us understand what is distributed vs. these more centralized on-ramps like Coinbase or Openseas or a virtual world? Topic 4 - Is everything associated with web3 tied to cryptocurrencies? Is that the starting point for everything web3? Topic 5 - What are some ways to understand not only the broad set of crypto coins/tokens, but also the differences between currencies and smart contracts? Topic 6 - Is there a way to build a Hello World app for web3? Or how would you structure a One Month (to Code) for web3? FEEDBACK?Email: show at the cloudcast dot netTwitter: @thecloudcastnet
5d ago
47 mins
If Remote Becomes the New Normal
Ever since the pandemic started, remote work is trending up. Whether or not this becomes the new normal or just a more common option, let’s look at some ways to succeed in distributed environments.SHOW: 583CLOUD NEWS OF THE WEEK - http://bit.ly/cloudcast-cnotwCHECK OUT OUR NEW PODCAST - "CLOUDCAST BASICS"SHOW SPONSORS:CloudZero - Cloud Cost Intelligence for Engineering TeamsDatadog Kubernetes Solution : Modern Monitoring and AnalyticsGet started monitoring your container environment with a free 14 day Datadog trial. Listeners of The Cloudcast will also receive a free Datadog T-shirt.SHOW NOTES:The Great Switch: distributed work first (Redmonk article)The Great Switch: distributed work first (Twitter thread)Software Defined Talk - Slack Channel (come discuss The Cloudcast) COVID HAS REDEFINED WHERE AND HOW PEOPLE WORKJames Governor at Redmonk makes a great case for how remote work reshaped Silicon Valley and many companies around the world. His article has spurred much debate about whether or not the trend will last. WHAT LESSONS CAN BE LEARNED TO BE MORE EFFECTIVE AS A REMOTE WORKERSpend timing understanding how time zones AND cultural norms will affect your communications. Expect that different people will work different hours (length of day).Establish some team norms (standards) about how you will communicate, track goals, share information, and notifications. Figure out ways to have complex or difficult conversations. Just using Green / Yellow / Red status updates often lead to problems down the road. Managers will need to spend time doing “quality control” between groups in different locations. It’s very easy to let the separation create gaps. Create mentorship or big-brother / big-sister programs, where people are paired together to help each other. Just like we design cloud failure domains, it might be useful to organize around failure domains that incorporate locations. Budget for f2f get togethers (quarterly, every 6 months)  FEEDBACK?Email: show at the cloudcast dot netTwitter: @thecloudcastnet
Jan 16 2022
26 mins
2022 Look Ahead, Developer Careers
Shawn Wang (@swyx, Head of Developer Experience @Temporalio) talks about the breadth of developer skills needed, how developers learn new technologies, and insights into important future trends for a broad set of developers. SHOW: 582CLOUD NEWS OF THE WEEK - http://bit.ly/cloudcast-cnotwCHECK OUT OUR NEW PODCAST - "CLOUDCAST BASICS"SHOW SPONSORS:JumpCloud (homepage) At the intersection of devices, identities, and access, JumpCloud’s cloud directory platform unifies the IT resources in any company’s infrastructure – anywhere work happens. Fully evaluate JumpCloud for free today CloudZero - Cloud Cost Intelligence for Engineering TeamsDatadog Kubernetes Solution : Modern Monitoring and AnalyticsGet started monitoring your container environment with a free 14 day Datadog trial. Listeners of The Cloudcast will also receive a free Datadog T-shirt.SHOW NOTES:Shawn’s homepageTemporal.io (homepage) - open source microservice orchestrationLearning in Public - The Coding Career HandbookThe Coding Career (community)Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. You seem to be at the center of (or around) so many developer-centric conversations. Tell us a little bit about your background, and some of the areas you’ve been focused on. Topic 2 - You’re well known for The Coding Career Handbook. With so many options out there for developers, how do you frame conversations about where people should focus? Topic 3 - At some point, developers (like many engineers) get bored of working on the same things. Right now it seems like we’re in the middle of big changes. What should they think about the transition process? Cloud distros https://www.swyx.io/cloud-distros/Self provisioning runtimes https://www.swyx.io/self-provisioning-runtime/ Video in DevRel https://sacra.com/research/lenny-bogdanoff-milk-video-infrastructure/?highlight=ecommerce Topic 4 - As a developer, what are some of the best ways to get visibility of your projects? How do you find the right balance of public projects, side projects, and whatever you’re currently getting paid for (main company job)?Topic 5 - Any tips or tricks that you’ve learned to accelerate your learning process? Topic 6 - How is WFH changing the developer work-life-balance?FEEDBACK?Email: show at the cloudcast dot netTwitter: @thecloudcastnet
Jan 12 2022
49 mins
The People Episode
As we kick off 2022, it’s important to remember that behind all the interesting technology is people. And those people have been living under extraordinary circumstances going into their 3rd year. SHOW: 581CLOUD NEWS OF THE WEEK - http://bit.ly/cloudcast-cnotwCHECK OUT OUR NEW PODCAST - "CLOUDCAST BASICS"SHOW SPONSORS:CloudZero - Cloud Cost Intelligence for Engineering TeamsJumpCloud (homepage) At the intersection of devices, identities, and access, JumpCloud’s cloud directory platform unifies the IT resources in any company’s infrastructure – anywhere work happens. Fully evaluate JumpCloud for free today SHOW NOTES:Software Defined Talk - Slack Channel  LOTS OF THINGS HAVE CHANGED, AND PEOPLE DON’T LOVE CHANGE No matter where you are in life (or job), the New Year tends to make you self-reflect and re-prioritize the things that are important to you. And when this dynamic happens within teams, those two priorities don’t always align.  SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO PRIORITIZE THE PEOPLE AROUND YOUIf you’re a team leader, remember to over communicate. Hallways don’t exist anymore, and Slack/Email threads often get ignored. Take stock of where people are with regard to their priorities, their goals, and their frustrations. Everything feels crazy these days in terms of recruiters and job offers and salary levels, but find a way to balance or evaluate “new, big!!” and what aligns to your goals.Find ways to socially interact with people in fun ways.  FEEDBACK?Email: show at the cloudcast dot netTwitter: @thecloudcastnet
Jan 9 2022
22 mins
2022 Look Ahead, VC Funding
Aneel Lakhani (@aneel, Venture Partner @crane_vc) talks about the modern state of Tech VC investing, the changing pace of investment horizons, portfolio thesis, and helping founders.SHOW: 580CLOUD NEWS OF THE WEEK - http://bit.ly/cloudcast-cnotwCHECK OUT OUR NEW PODCAST - "CLOUDCAST BASICS"SHOW SPONSORS:CloudZero - Cloud Cost Intelligence for Engineering TeamsJumpCloud (homepage) At the intersection of devices, identities, and access, JumpCloud’s cloud directory platform unifies the IT resources in any company’s infrastructure – anywhere work happens. Fully evaluate JumpCloud for free today Datadog Database Monitoring: Modern Monitoring and AnalyticsGet started monitoring performance analytics from any database with a free 14 day Datadog trial. Listeners of The Cloudcast will also receive a free Datadog T-shirt.SHOW NOTES:Crane VC (homepage)Aneel’s homepageTopic 1 - Welcome back to the show. You’ve changed roles. Tell us about what you’re working on these days.Topic 2 - You’ve worked at startups, been an advisor to startups, and an angel investor in the past. In 2022, what does a Venture Capitalist do? How has that evolved over the last 5 years? Topic 3 - It not only seems like there is a lot more money flowing into startups, but a lot more early. Is there sort of a “homerun” mentality happening across the VC world, or is that just one of the headlines?Topic 4 - How do you go about creating your investment thesis? Do you have a future horizon that you’re thinking about, or is it more about technology sectors, or founder personalities, etc.?Topic 5 - How do you balance between investing in something completely new, and seeing something that is just a much better version of a current mousetrap? Topic 6 - How involved do you get with the companies? How involved do you want to be? How much do the founders guide you vs. you guiding them?Topic 7 - At the macro-level, what areas are you most interested in (investing) vs. just areas where you’re doing a lot of research (personal interests)?FEEDBACK?Email: show at the cloudcast dot netTwitter: @thecloudcastnet
Jan 5 2022
39 mins
2021 Year-End Reading Lists2021 in Review, 2022 Predictions
Aaron (@aarondelp) and Brian (@bgracely) discuss the biggest trends from 2021, and make bold cloud computing predictions in 2022.SHOW: 577CLOUD NEWS OF THE WEEK - http://bit.ly/cloudcast-cnotwCHECK OUT OUR NEW PODCAST - "CLOUDCAST BASICS"SHOW SPONSORS:CBT Nuggets: Expert IT Training for individuals and teamsSign up for a CBT Nuggets Free Learner accountMegaport - Network as a Service PlatformTry Megaport - Cloud Connectivity SimplifiedSHOW NOTES:PODCAST BUSINESS:Crossed out 11yr anniversary We crossed 500 shows (March ’21)Most listens in history, up about 20% from last yearWe launched Cloudcast Basics (4 seasons)We launched the Sunday Perspectives showsWe got named #1 Cloud podcastWe got named top 20 security podcastsListeners in 130 countries | 4200 CitiesIPOs from our guests - $2.678BVC Funding for our guest - $2.516BTRENDS and MAJOR STORIES from 2021:COVID pandemic continued, although some parts of many businesses opened up as vaccines became available. Working from Home seems to be a very real, long-term possibility for many in Tech. 25% of workers changed jobs (via LinkedIn)AWS - $60B, Azure - $68B, GCP - $15BAWS has new leadership. re:Invent felt very different.ARM is making a big push in the cloud (and Mac M1)This idea of “supercloud” or “overlay cloud services” is gaining traction - companies like Red Hat, Snowflake, MongoDB, Confluent, CockroachDB, etc. are growing quickly as SaaS services, even when the cloud has a native service.Cloudflare is making a move to chip away at AWS’ profits (egress networking)Digital Ocean is making a bigger push around SMB cloud and developersVMware become independent again (from Dell)Cloud providers still haven’t acquired legacy software companies to get into the on-premises data centers. They keep adjusting their offerings (Outposts, Arc, Anthos)Kubernetes keeps growing, but the hype has slowed down and moved to other areas adjacent to Kubernetes (Service Mesh, eBPF, etc.)Software-Supply-Chains and DevSecOps “shift left security” are now heavily funded industry segments. The metaverse, Web3, Crypto, NFTs are all starting to get a lots of hype (and confusion)2022 PREDICTIONS: Our 2020 Predictions from last yearOur 2021 Predictions from last yearAARON’s PREDICTIONSZero Trust Models (again…) - Also security has been/will be the hardest part of cloud and hot job market will continueMicrosoft will become top public cloud worldwide, AWS will fall to #2Google will settle into 3rd, 4th, even 5th spot… BRIAN’s PREDICTIONS Alphabet/Google decides if they still believe they can get to #2 by 2023We’ll start seeing the first generation of ex-AWS people starting new companiesFEEDBACK?Email: show at the cloudcast dot netTwitter: @thecloudcastnet
Dec 22 2021
59 mins
Dealing with Technology Failure
Computers break. Software has bugs. Cloud services fail. And yet we don’t deal with failures very well. Why don’t we have better Plan B’s, for both personal and business uses of cloud?  SHOW: 576CLOUD NEWS OF THE WEEK - http://bit.ly/cloudcast-cnotwCHECK OUT OUR NEW PODCAST - "CLOUDCAST BASICS"SHOW SPONSORS:JumpCloud (homepage)At the intersection of devices, identities, and access, JumpCloud’s cloud directory platform unifies the IT resources in any company’s infrastructure – anywhere work happens. Fully evaluate JumpCloud for free today Datadog Security Solution:  Modern Monitoring and Security - Datadog Application Monitoring: Modern Application Performance Monitoring. Get started monitoring service dependencies to eliminate latency and errors and enhance your users experience with a free 14 day Datadog trial. Listeners of The Cloudcast will also receive a free Datadog T-shirt.SHOW NOTES:AWS US-East-1 Outage (Dec.10,  2021) - Post Mortem (AWS Blog)AWS US-West outage (Dec.5, 2021)AWS is Too Big to Fail (The Information - Corey Quinn)YouTubeTV loses ESPN and other Disney channels (Dec.18, 2021)The Tech Industry after a Year of Burnout (The New Stack) WHY DO WE EXPECT SO MUCH FROM COMPUTERS? While we have automated testing, test coverage, SLAs, redundancy best practices, etc - We still really don’t know when computers and software will break. So why do we get so frustrated when it happens, instead of having backup plans? SHOULD WE LOOK AT TECHNOLOGY FAILURES AS THE WORLD TRYING TO TELLING US SOMETHING?Cloud service failures happen, and tend to last less than a full work day. Most are only a couple hours.We tend to believe that we’re very dependent on technology and cloud services, until they go away. And then we figure out that we can all adapt. We could all use some time reading a book, getting outside to do some exercise (go for a walk), or spending some time away from computers or being online.We could all use a break in our extended hours work days.  FEEDBACK?Email: show at the cloudcast dot netTwitter: @thecloudcastnet
Dec 19 2021
14 mins
Tools for the Business Engineer
Gil Hoffer (@gilhoffer, Co-Founder / CTO @salto_io) talks about the challenges of managing and integrating SaaS applications, the blurring line between business and technical engineer, and software supply-chain for SaaS integrations. SHOW: 575CLOUD NEWS OF THE WEEK - http://bit.ly/cloudcast-cnotwCHECK OUT OUR NEW PODCAST - "CLOUDCAST BASICS"SHOW SPONSORS:Megaport - Network as a Service PlatformTry Megaport - Cloud Connectivity SimplifiedCBT Nuggets: Expert IT Training for individuals and teamsSign up for a CBT Nuggets Free Learner accountSHOW NOTES:Salto (homepage)Companies today have, on average, 800 SaaS applicationsSalto (OSS code) - manage business applications by codeTopic 1 - Welcome to the show. You have a broad background in engineering and entrepreneurship. Let’s talk about your background and what led you to create Salto. Topic 2 - There is a big trend happening, where companies are using more and more technology outside of the “central IT” groups. This includes quite a bit of SaaS usage. But it also requires more than just vanilla SaaS. Let’s talk about this concept of a “business engineer”.Topic 3 - How often do SaaS applications need customizations? How often does a business application require integrations across multiple SaaS services? Topic 4 - Walk us through a day in the life of a business engineer, and what’s involved in some of the integrations? How much is being able to code, and how much Topic 5 - Integrations can be complicated, not only to build, but also to maintain. How does Salto simplify the creation and life cycle of these integrations?Topic 6 - Salto is available as OSS, software and SaaS. What seems to be the best usage model for certain use-cases or types of businesses?FEEDBACK?Email: show at the cloudcast dot netTwitter: @thecloudcastnet
Dec 15 2021
36 mins
Thoughts on Cloud Outages
AWS had an outage in a region and many people responded. What did we learn about outages, responses, and dealing with cloud services going forward? SHOW: 574CLOUD NEWS OF THE WEEK - http://bit.ly/cloudcast-cnotwCHECK OUT OUR NEW PODCAST - "CLOUDCAST BASICS"SHOW SPONSORS:Datadog Security Solution: Modern Monitoring and SecurityStart investigating security threats before it affects your customers with a free 14 day Datadog trial. Listeners of The Cloudcast will also receive a free Datadog T-shirt.JumpCloud (homepage)At the intersection of devices, identities, and access, JumpCloud’s cloud directory platform unifies the IT resources in any company’s infrastructure – anywhere work happens. Fully evaluate JumpCloud for free today SHOW NOTES:AWS US-East-1 Outage (Dec.10,  2021) - Post Mortem (AWS Blog)Your Response to AWS Going Down Shouldn’t Be Multicloud (Tech Republic)Larry Ellison brags about Oracle Cloud after AWS outage CLOUD OUTAGES ARE A PART OF USING A SHARED SERVICEThis week another major cloud service had an outage. They happen frequently enough, for some period of time (usually measured in hours), that we really notice them and then move on. Their impact is felt across many sites and dependent services, SOME THOUGHTS ON RESPONSES TO CLOUD OUTAGES5 levels of grief - denial and isolation, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.The cloud providers (typically) don’t snipe at either other - they’ve all been there.The post-mortems are becoming more consistent - any highly anticipatedWe continue to learn about differences in cloud architectures, and where failures points (and failure actions) occur.We still don’t understand the internal cloud architectural dependencies of each cloud.How many companies actually follow multi-region best practices? How much does multi-region cost? Multi-cloud is often a knee-jerk reaction, but it’s never that simple - cost, complexity, skills FEEDBACK?Email: show at the cloudcast dot netTwitter: @thecloudcastnet
Dec 12 2021
22 mins
Reviewing AWS re:Invent 2021Lessons learned from Dell-VMware
In 2015, Dell acquired EMC and VMware for a record-setting $67B. In 2021, Dell spun out VMware as an independent company. What lessons were learned? SHOW: 572CLOUD NEWS OF THE WEEK - http://bit.ly/cloudcast-cnotwCHECK OUT OUR NEW PODCAST - "CLOUDCAST BASICS"SHOW SPONSORS:Megaport - Network as a Service PlatformTry Megaport - Cloud Connectivity SimplifiedCBT Nuggets: Expert IT Training for individuals and teamsSign up for a CBT Nuggets Free Learner account SHOW NOTES:Dell offers $67B for EMC - 2015Dell finalizes acquisition of EMC (and VMware) - 20163 Years Later, Was it Worth the Debt? (TechCrunch)Dell’s Public Journey from Private Equity to VMware Share Swap (2018)Dell spins out VMware - Dell (2021)A New Day for VMware - VMware (2021)EMC Revenues (2015-16)Dell Revenues (2015-2021)VMware Revenues (2015-2021) WHAT WERE THE GOALS OF THE DELL ACQUISITION OF EMC?Dell was trying to recover from having to go private in 2013. Wanted to consolidate the Enterprise infrastructure market. Wanted to have a one-stop-shop from desktop to enterprise infrastructure to security to applications to hybrid cloud. WHAT VALUE DID DELL BRING TO VMWARE?VMware - 26 acquisitions (2016-2021)VMware grew revenues 66% (2016-2021), 11% annuallyVMW shares grew from $70 to $118 (+68%)Dell grew revenues from $50B to $94B (EMC revenues $25B)VMware on AWS launched in 2016 - grown to around $3B business (26% revenues)Michael Dell gets an A+ for financial engineeringDell/EMC/VMware missed an opportunity to create an alternative to the Big3 cloud providers.  FEEDBACK?Email: show at the cloudcast dot netTwitter: @thecloudcastnet
Dec 5 2021
21 mins
See How Your Code Works
Shanea Leven (@ShaneaLeven, Founder/CEO @CodeSeeio) talks about enabling development teams to better understand the complexities and interdependencies of their code throughout the lifecycle.SHOW: 571CLOUD NEWS OF THE WEEK - http://bit.ly/cloudcast-cnotwCHECK OUT OUR NEW PODCAST - "CLOUDCAST BASICS"SHOW SPONSORS:Megaport - Network as a Service PlatformTry Megaport - Cloud Connectivity SimplifiedCBT Nuggets: Expert IT Training for individuals and teamsSign up for a CBT Nuggets Free Learner accountSHOW NOTES:CodeSee (homepage)OSS Port (homepage)Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. You’ve had an interesting background prior to CodeSee. Tell us a little bit about your journey, and what led you to create CodeSee.Topic 2 - Let’s start by talking about developer productivity and the types of things that create bottlenecks for teams. Help us understand where CodeSee fits into the flow of how applications are built and lifecycled. Topic 3 - Teams change, teams grow, projects evolve over time. How does CodeSee help teams improve the learning curve of what’s in code and how to understand what came before them?Topic 4 - Walk us through a day, or week, in the life of application teams that are working with CodeSee and without CodeSee. I’ve seen you use the term “Continuous Understanding” - what does that mean to you?Topic 5 - Development teams have all sorts of tools in front of them. What are some of the interesting ways that CodeSee integrates with the other tools that are commonly put in front of them? GitHub recently called out a nice integration.Topic 6 - We talk alot about developer productivity. How do you find companies measuring improvement when using CodeSee?FEEDBACK?Email: show at the cloudcast dot netTwitter: @thecloudcastnet
Dec 1 2021
36 mins
Old Man Yells at the Metaverse
You’ve been hearing about Web3 and metaverse and crypto, and everything is changing. But is that a good thing or a bad thing? Let’s yell at the metaverse and see what echoes back.SHOW: 570CLOUD NEWS OF THE WEEK - http://bit.ly/cloudcast-cnotwCHECK OUT OUR NEW PODCAST - "CLOUDCAST BASICS"SHOW SPONSORS:Juniper Networks – Experience-First NetworkingLearn more about Juniper’s cloud-native solutionsDatadog Monitoring: Modern Monitoring and AnalyticsStart monitoring your infrastructure, applications, logs and security in one place with a free 14 day Datadog trial. Listeners of The Cloudcast will also receive a free Datadog T-shirt.SHOW NOTES:What is web3? (CB Insights)Notes on Web3 (Robin Sloan)An Engineer’s Hype-Free Observations on web3 (PSL)Why Microsoft might beat Zuckerberg to the metaverse (Venture Beat)It’s a web3 world now, how does the hype compare to Web 2.0? (The NewStack)The Facebook Company is now Meta WHY IS EVERYONE TRYING TO CHANGE THE EXISTING INTERNET?The metaverse is part of a bigger evolution called “Web3”, which is looking at new interaction models, new payment models, and new ways to represent life in a fully digital world. How did we get here? What lessons from the past can we learn? HOW MIGHT THE METAVERSE CHANGE THE INTERNET, FOR GOOD OR BAD?Like Web 1.0 and 2.0, Web3 is initially being positioned as “for the youth”, but there’s already a subculture of people trying to make it “for the Enterprise, as well”.Metaverse and Web3 have all-digital versions of things (identity, goods, payments, etc.) that seem complicated and confusing to anyone that doesn’t start there. There will (likely) be many metaverses, and this will be OK, and people will ask for standards and things to interoperate. There will be consumer metaverses and Enterprise (“work”) metaverses. People will wish the work one was more like the consumer one - but not always. Metaverse assumes that we want to blur the lines between what had been a distraction (e.g. gaming) and what we want in the rest of our lives. A lot has changed since we first tried this 15 years ago (e.g. Second Life). There is a lot more psychology involved in these virtual worlds than you initially think, especially outside of the “native” community.Be cautious around the people that talk very fast when you ask questions, and always tell you that you don’t understand it and need to be authentic. Experiment. Ask questions. To research with problems in mind.  FEEDBACK?Email: show at the cloudcast dot netTwitter: @thecloudcastnet
Nov 28 2021
37 mins
The Evolution of Serverless Databases
Jim Walker (@jaymce, Principal Product Evangelist at @CockroachDB) talks about how serverless has moved from compute to backing data services, and focuses on improving application developer productivity. SHOW: 569CLOUD NEWS OF THE WEEK - http://bit.ly/cloudcast-cnotwCHECK OUT OUR NEW PODCAST - "CLOUDCAST BASICS"SHOW SPONSORS:Megaport - Network as a Service PlatformTry Megaport - Cloud Connectivity SimplifiedCBT Nuggets: Expert IT Training for individuals and teamsSign up for a CBT Nuggets Free Learner accountSHOW NOTES:Cockroach LabsCockroachDB Serverless(Eps.438) Scalable Databases on KubernetesTopic 1 - Welcome to the show. Let’s start by talking a little bit about your background, and where you focus your attention at Cockroach Labs. Give us a quick overview of CockroachDB.Topic 2 - We’ve covered “Serverless” quite a bit on the show, mostly focused around compute services, but there seems to be a growing trend around serverless as it relates to data services. Can you give us some background on what’s driving these new capabilities?Topic 3 - Implementations of Database-as-a-Service have been around for quite a while now. What’s new or different around service database offerings? Topic 4 - CockroachDB is fairly unique in its ability to span locations (e.g. in essence be multi-cloud). Help us connect the dots between the core elements of CockroachDB, and where the new serverless capabilities enhance that (for an application, for a DB team, for an Operations team, etc.)Topic 5 - What are some of the new use-cases that can potentially be unlocked with the new serverless offering? Topic 6 - How do you expect the new serverless offering to change the way that application teams and operations teams interact with systems going forward? FEEDBACK?Email: show at the cloudcast dot netTwitter: @thecloudcastnet
Nov 24 2021
33 mins
Being a Technical Product Marketer
Many people ask us about technical product marketing - the skills needed, the challenges, the career rewards - and how to work in those jobs. This week we explore what’s needed to be a successful technical product marketer.SHOW: 568CLOUD NEWS OF THE WEEK - http://bit.ly/cloudcast-cnotwCHECK OUT OUR NEW PODCAST - "CLOUDCAST BASICS"SHOW SPONSORS:Datadog Monitoring: Modern Monitoring and AnalyticsStart monitoring your infrastructure, applications, logs and security in one place with a free 14 day Datadog trial. Listeners of The Cloudcast will also receive a free Datadog T-shirt.Juniper Networks – Experience-First NetworkingLearn more about Juniper’s cloud-native solutionsSHOW NOTES:HOW DOES SOMEONE BECOME A TECHNICAL PRODUCT MARKETERIs marketing just lies and double-speak? If a product or technology is great, does it even need marketing? These are the questions that people often ask themselves before exploring roles that have some aspect of “marketing” in their name. WHAT SKILLS ARE NEEDED TO BECOME A SUCCESSFUL TECHNICAL PRODUCT MARKETERThere are lots of different types of marketers - product-specific, go-to-market, regional, technical marketing, evangelist/advocate, etc.There is value in lots of different skills around marketing - technical, speaking, writing, critical listeningThe timeline of a marketer is somewhat different than a product manager. Both have to manage short and long-term. But marketing tends to be more focused on today’s problems/challenges/opportunities.Marketers have to understand the technology, but also how to translate it to business problems and business value. Marketers need to understand the difference between drills and holes. The role of marketing has significantly changed in the last few years. We’ve moved from more directed marketing to more automated and data-driven marketing.  FEEDBACK?Email: show at the cloudcast dot netTwitter: @thecloudcastnet
Nov 21 2021
27 mins
Reviewing Microsoft Insight & GitHub UniverseLessons from Hashicorp S1
Hashicorp has been on The Cloudcast more than any other company. As they prepare for their upcoming IPO, we look back at what makes them successful vs. other OSS-centric companies. SHOW: 566CLOUD NEWS OF THE WEEK - http://bit.ly/cloudcast-cnotwCHECK OUT OUR NEW PODCAST - "CLOUDCAST BASICS"SHOW SPONSORS:Juniper Networks – Experience-First NetworkingLearn more about Juniper’s cloud-native solutionsBMC Wants to Know if your business is on it's A-GameBMC Autonomous Digital EnterpriseDatadog Security Solution: Modern Monitoring and SecurityStart investigating security threats before it affects your customers with a free 14 day Datadog trial. Listeners of The Cloudcast will also receive a free Datadog T-shirt.SHOW NOTES:Hashicorp (Eps.157) - Automating Data Center Scale InfrastructureHashicorp (Eps.173) - AtlasHashicorp (Eps.246) - Quest for 1M containersHashicorp (Eps.309) - Secrets ManagementHashicorp (Eps.387) - Service Mesh ArchitecturesHashicorp - Benchmarking the S1 Data (Clouded Judgement) WHAT MADE HASHICORP UNIQUE IN THE INFRASTRUCTURE SPACE?Hashicorp was not alone in the Infra-as-Code space, or the Security space, but they have been successful in building a commercial business based on OSS projects. Let’s look at what made them unique and successful. HOW DID HASHICORP GET HERE?Hashicorp Revenue - $295M | Gross Margin 82% | Revenue Growth (LTM) 55%Funding - $350M | NRR 124%  | Operating Margin 22%Funding - $350M GitLab - $179M | Gross Margin 88%  | Revenue Growth (LTM) 72% | Funding $414M | NRR 152% | Operating Margin 50% Pivotal - $509M | Gross Margin 55%  | Revenue Growth (LTM) 22% | $1.7BPivotal (Subscription/ARR) $300M  Always a pragmatic approach, from the perspective of usersAbandoned an early approach to building a “stack” (Hashicorp Atlas)Aligned to the public cloud Didn’t try to change the worldDidn’t actively fight with their community; weren’t unpleasantHad a single revenue producing product (Vault), and maybe TerraformGood timing (hot market)FEEDBACK?Email: show at the cloudcast dot netTwitter: @thecloudcastnet
Nov 14 2021
27 mins
SD-WAN, SASE and the new Virtual Edge
Mike Rockwell (Global Head of Solutions @Megaport) talks about the evolution of Cloud connectivity, SD-WAN, SASE, and how Megaport is helping companies adapt to more needs for virtual edge networking. SHOW: 565SHOW SPONSORS:BMC Wants to Know if your business is on it's A-GameBMC Autonomous Digital EnterpriseCBT Nuggets: Expert IT Training for individuals and teamsSign up for a CBT Nuggets Free Learner account Datadog Synthetic Monitoring: Frontend and Backend Modern MonitoringStart detecting user-facing issues with API and browser tests with a free 14 day Datadog trial. Listeners of The Cloudcast will also receive a free Datadog T-shirt.SHOW NOTES:Megaport (homepage)Megaport (resources)Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Tell us about your background.Topic 2 - Let’s begin by talking about the breadth of ways Megaport helps businesses connect to the cloud. Topic 3 - Can you walk us through some of the various ways that businesses use to connect to the cloud and why they choose to use Megaport? Topic 4 - Megaport recently launched a product named Megaport Virtual Edge (MVE), which helps businesses connect branches to clouds within their SD-WAN and SASE (Secure Access Service Edge) solutions. You’ve announced some major partnerships with Cisco, Fortinet, and Versa. Tell us a little bit about MVE and these partnerships and how they’ll help customers.Topic 5 - From a bigger picture perspective, how do companies think about modernizing their enterprise WAN - do they use MPLS, do they use SD-WAN, and what role does the cloud play in their network - what considerations do they need to make?Topic 6 - Why do you think it’s so important for businesses to enable their SD-WAN or SASE solutions for multicloud? Tell us about a sample use case.FEEDBACK?Email: show at the cloudcast dot netTwitter: @thecloudcastnet
Nov 10 2021
39 mins

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