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How AWS Supports Open Source Work in the Kubernetes Universe
At KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2022, Amazon Web Services (AWS) revealed plans to mirror Kubernetes assets hosted on Google Cloud, addressing Cloud Native Computing Foundation's (CNCF) egress costs. A year later, the project, led by AWS's Davanum Srinivas, redirects image requests to the nearest cloud provider, reducing egress costs for users.AWS's Todd Neal and Jonathan Innis discussed this on The New Stack Makers podcast recorded at KubeCon North America 2023. Neal explained the registry's functionality, allowing users to pull images directly from the respective cloud provider, avoiding egress costs.The discussion also highlighted AWS's recent open source contributions, including beta features in Kubectl, prerelease of Containerd 2.0, and Microsoft's support for Karpenter on Azure. Karpenter, an AWS-developed Kubernetes cluster autoscaler, simplifies node group configuration, dynamically selecting instance types and availability zones based on running pods.
07/12/2023 • 17 minutes 45 seconds
2024 Forecast: What Can Developers Expect in the New Year?
In the past year, developers have faced both promise and uncertainty, particularly in the realm of generative AI. Heath Newburn, global field CTO for PagerDuty, joins TNS host Heather Joslyn to talk about the impact AI and other topics will have on developers in 2024.Newburn anticipates a growing emphasis on DevSecOps in response to high-profile cyber incidents, noting a shift in executive attitudes toward security spending. The rise of automation-centric tools like Backstage signals a changing landscape in the link between development and operations tools. Notably, there's a move from focusing on efficiency gains to achieving new outcomes, with organizations seeking innovative products rather than marginal coding speed improvements.Newburn highlights the importance of experimentation, encouraging organizations to identify areas for trial and error, learning swiftly from failures. The upcoming year is predicted to favor organizations capable of rapid experimentation an
06/12/2023 • 22 minutes 16 seconds
How to Know If You’re Building the Right Internal Tools
In this episode of The New Stack Makers, Rob Skillington, co-founder and CTO of Chronosphere, discusses the challenges engineers face in building tools for their organizations. Skillington emphasizes that the "build or buy" decision oversimplifies the issue of tooling and suggests that understanding the abstractions of a project is crucial. Engineers should consider where to build and where to buy, creating solutions that address the entire problem. Skillington advises against short-term thinking, urging innovators to consider the long-term landscape.Drawing from his experience at Uber, Skillington highlights the importance of knowing the audience and customer base, even when they are colleagues. He shares a lesson learned when building a visualization platform for engineers at Uber, where understanding user adoption as a key performance indicator upfront could have improved the project's outcome.Skillington also addresses the "not invented here syndrome," noting its p
05/12/2023 • 20 minutes 7 seconds
Hey Programming Language Developer -- Get Over Yourself
Jean Yang, founder of API observability company Akita Software, emphasizes that programming languages should be shaped by software development needs and data, rather than philosophical ideals. Yang, a former assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University, believes that programming tools and processes should be influenced by actual use and data, prioritizing the developer experience over the language creator's beliefs. With a background in programming languages, Yang advocates for a shift away from the outdated notion that language developers are building solely for themselves.In this discussion on The New Stack Makers, Yang underscores the importance of understanding the reality of developers' needs, especially as developer tools have evolved into a full-time industry. She argues for a focus on UX design and product fundamentals in developing tools, moving beyond the traditional mindset where developer tools were considered side projects.Yang founded Akita to addres
30/11/2023 • 26 minutes 10 seconds
Docker CTO Explains How Docker Can Support AI Efforts
Docker CTO Justin Cormack reveals that Docker has been a go-to tool for data scientists in AI and machine learning for years, primarily in specialized areas like image processing and prediction models. However, the release of OpenAI's ChatGPT last year sparked a significant surge in Docker's popularity within the AI community.The focus shifted to large language models (LLMs), with a growing interest in the retrieval-augmented generation (RAG) stack. Docker's collaboration with Ollama enables developers to run Llama 2 and Code Llama locally, simplifying the process of starting and experimenting with AI applications. Additionally, partnerships with Neo4j and LangChain allow for enhanced support in storing and retrieving data for LLMs.Cormack emphasizes the simplicity of getting started locally, addressing challenges related to GPU shortages in the cloud. Docker's efforts also include building an AI solution using its data, aiming to assist users in Dockerizing applicatio
28/11/2023 • 12 minutes 28 seconds
What Does Open Mean in AI?
In this episode, Stefano Maffulli, Executive Director of the Open Source Initiative, discusses the need for a new definition as AI differs significantly from open source software. The complexity arises from the unique nature of AI, particularly large language models and transformers, which challenge traditional copyright frameworks. Maffulli emphasizes the urgency of establishing a definition for open source AI and discusses an ongoing effort to release a set of principles by the year's end.The concept of "open" in the context of AI is undergoing a significant transformation, reminiscent of the early days of open source. The recent upheaval at OpenAI, resulting in the removal of CEO Sam Altman, reflects a profound shift in the technology community, prompting a reconsideration of the definition of "open" in the realm of AI.The conversation highlights the parallels between the current AI debate and the early days of software development, emphasizing the necessity for a c
22/11/2023 • 22 minutes 39 seconds
Debugging Containers in Kubernetes
DockerCon showcased a commitment to enhancing the developer experience, with a particular focus on addressing the challenge of debugging containers in Kubernetes. The newly launched Docker Debug offers a language-independent toolbox for debugging both local and remote containerized applications.By abstracting Kubernetes concepts like pods and namespaces, Docker aims to simplify debugging processes and shift the focus from container layers to the application itself. Our guest, Docker Principal Engineer Ivan Pedrazas, emphasized the need to eliminate unnecessary complexities in debugging, especially in the context of Kubernetes, where developers grapple with unfamiliar concerns exposed by the API.Another Docker project, Tape, simplifies deployment by consolidating Kubernetes artifacts into a single package, streamlining the process for developers. The ultimate goal is to facilitate debugging of slim containers with minimal dependencies, optimizing security and user exper
21/11/2023 • 15 minutes 49 seconds
Integrating a Data Warehouse and a Data Lake
TNS host Alex Williams is joined by Florian Valeye, a data engineer at Back Market, to shed light on the evolving landscape of data engineering, particularly focusing on Delta Lake and his contributions to open source communities. As a member of the Delta Lake community, Valeye discusses the intersection of data warehouses and data lakes, emphasizing the need for a unified platform that breaks down traditional barriers.Delta Lake, initially created by Databricks and now under the Linux Foundation, aims to enhance reliability, performance, and quality in data lakes. Valeye explains how Delta Lake addresses the challenges posed by the separation of data warehouses and data lakes, emphasizing the importance of providing asset transactions, real-time processing, and scalable metadata.Valeye's involvement in Delta Lake began as a response to the challenges faced at Back Market, a global marketplace for refurbished devices. The platform manages large datasets, and Delta Lake
16/11/2023 • 20 minutes 59 seconds
WebAssembly's Status in Computing
Liam Crilly, Senior Director of Product Management at NGINX, discussed the potential of WebAssembly (Wasm) during this recording at the Open Source Summit in Bilbao, Spain. With over three decades of experience, Crilly highlighted WebAssembly's promise of universal portability, allowing developers to build once and run anywhere across a network of devices.While Wasm is more mature on the client side in browsers, its deployment on the server side is less developed, lacking sufficient runtimes and toolchains. Crilly noted that WebAssembly acts as a powerful compiler target, enabling the generation of well-optimized instruction set code. Despite the need for a virtual machine, WebAssembly's abstraction layer eliminates hardware-specific concerns, providing near-native compute performance through additional layers of optimization.Learn more from The New Stack about WebAssembly and NGINX:WebAssembly Overview, News and Tre
14/11/2023 • 23 minutes 40 seconds
PostgreSQL Takes a New Turn
Jonathan Katz, a principal product manager at Amazon Web Services, discusses the evolution of PostgreSQL in an episode of The New Stack Makers. He notes that PostgreSQL's uses have expanded significantly since its inception and now cover a wide range of applications and workloads. Initially considered niche, it faced competition from both open-source and commercial relational database systems. Katz's involvement in the PostgreSQL community began as an app developer, and he later contributed by organizing events.PostgreSQL originated from academic research at the University of California at Berkeley in the mid-1980s, becoming an open-source project in 1994. In the mid-1990s, proprietary databases like Oracle, IBM DB2, and Microsoft SQL dominated the market, while open-source alternatives like MySQL, MariaDB, and SQLite emerged.PostgreSQL 16 introduces logical replication from standby servers, enhancing scalability by offloading work from the primary server. The meticulo
08/11/2023 • 21 minutes 7 seconds
The Limits of Shift-Left: What’s Next for Developer Security
The practice of "shift left," which involves moving security concerns to the code level and increasing developers' responsibility for security, is facing a backlash, with both developers and security professionals expressing concerns. Peter Klimek, director of technology at Imperva, discusses the reasons behind this backlash in this episode.Some organizations may have exhausted the benefits of shift left, while the main challenge for many isn't finding vulnerabilities but finding time to address them. Security attacks are now targeting business logic vulnerabilities rather than dependencies, which shift left tools are better at identifying. These business logic vulnerabilities are often tied to authorization decisions, making them harder to address through code-level tools. Additionally, attacks increasingly focus on the frontend, such as API development and cart attacks.Klimek emphasizes the need for development and security teams to collaborate and advocates for usin
07/11/2023 • 22 minutes 41 seconds
How AI and Automation Can Improve Operational Resiliency
Operational resiliency, as explained by Dormain Drewitz of PagerDuty, involves the ability to bounce back and recover from setbacks, not only technically but also in terms of organizational recovery. True resiliency means maintaining the willingness to take risks even after facing challenges. In a conversation with Heather Joslyn on the New Stack Makers podcast, Drewitz discussed the role of AI and automation in achieving operational resiliency, especially in a context where teams are under pressure to be more productive.Automation, including generative AI code completion tools, is increasingly used to boost developer productivity. However, this may lead to shifting bottlenecks from developers to operations, creating new challenges. Drewitz emphasized the importance of considering the entire value chain and identifying areas where AI and automation can assist. For instance, automating repetitive tasks in incident response, such as checking APIs, closing ports, or database che
03/11/2023 • 20 minutes 52 seconds
Will GenAI Take Developer Jobs? Docker CEO Weighs In
In this episode, Scott Johnston, CEO of Docker, highlights the evolving role of developers, emphasizing their increasing importance in architectural decision-making and tool development for applications. This shift in prioritizing a great developer experience and rapid tool development has led to substantial spending in the industry.Johnston expressed confidence that integrating generative AI into the developer experience will drive business growth and expand the customer base. He downplayed concerns about AI taking jobs, explaining that it would alleviate repetitive tasks, enabling developers to focus on more complex problem-solving. Johnston likened this evolution to expanding bike lanes in a city, leading to increased bike traffic, equating it to the development of more apps due to increased speed and efficiency.In his talk with TNS host, Alex Williams, Johnston emphasized that each advancement in programming languages and tools has expanded the developer market and
02/11/2023 • 21 minutes 27 seconds
How Powertools for AWS Lambda Grew via 40% Volunteers
This episode of The New Stack Makers was recorded on the road at the Linux Foundation’s Open Source Summit Europe in Bilbao, Spain. A pair of technologists from Amazon Web Services (AWS) join us to discuss the development of Powertools for AWS Lambda. Andrea Amorosi, a senior solutions architect at AWS, and Leandro Damascena, a specialist solutions architect, share insights into how Powertools evolved from an observability tool to support more advanced use cases like ensuring workload safety, batch processing, streaming data, and idempotency.Powertools primarily supports Python, TypeScript, Java, and .NET. The latest feature, idempotency for TypeScript, was introduced to help customers achieve best practices for developing resilient and fault-tolerant workloads. By integrating these best practices during the development phase, Powertools reduces the need for costly re-architecting and rewriting of code.The success of Powertools can be attributed to its strong open sour
01/11/2023 • 17 minutes 43 seconds
What Will Be Hot at KubeCon in Chicago?
KubeCon 2023 is set to feature three hot topics, according to Taylor Dolezal from the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. Firstly, GenAI and Large Language Models (LLMs) are taking the spotlight, particularly regarding their security and integration with legacy infrastructure. Platform engineering is also on the rise, with over 25 sessions at KubeCon Chicago focusing on its definition and how it benefits internal product teams by fostering a culture of product proliferation. Lastly, WebAssembly is emerging as a significant topic, with a dedicated day during the conference week. It is maturing and finding its place, potentially complementing containers, especially in edge computing scenarios. Wasm allows for efficient data processing before data reaches the cloud, adding depth to architectural possibilities.Overall, these three trends are expected to dominate discussions and presentations at KubeCon NA 2023, offering insights into the future of cloud-native technology.Se
31/10/2023 • 22 minutes 1 second
How Will AI Enhance Platform Engineering and DevEx?
Digital.ai, an AI-powered DevSecOps platform, serves large enterprises such as financial institutions, insurance companies, and gaming firms. The primary challenge faced by these clients is scaling their DevOps practices across vast organizations. They aim to combine modern development methodologies like agile DevOps with the need for speed and intimacy with end-users on a large scale.This episode features a discussion between Wing To of Digital.ai and TNS host Heather Joslyn about platform engineering and the role of AI in enhancing automation. It delves into the dilemma of whether increased code production and release frequency driven by DevOps practices are inherently beneficial. Additionally, it explores the emerging challenge of AI-assisted development and how large enterprises are striving to realize productivity gains across their organizations.Digital.ai is focused on incorporating AI into automation to assist developers in creating and delivering code while he
27/10/2023 • 20 minutes 10 seconds
Why the Cloud Makes Forecasts Difficult and How FinOps Helps
Moving workloads to the cloud presents cost prediction challenges. Traditional setups with on-premises hardware offer predictability, but cloud costs are usage-based and granular. In this podcast episode, Matt Stellpflug, a senior FinOps specialist at ProsperOps, discusses the complexities of forecasting cloud expenses with TNS host Heather Joslyn.Cloud users face fluctuating costs due to continuous deployments and changing workloads. There are additional expenses for data access and transfer. Stellpflug emphasizes the importance of establishing reference workloads and benchmarks for accurate forecasting.Engineers play a vital role in FinOps initiatives since they ensure application availability and system integrity. Stellpflug suggests collaborating with engineering teams to identify essential metrics. He co-authored an "Engineer's Guide to Cloud Cost Optimization," highlighting the distinction between resource and rate optimization. Best practices involve addressing
26/10/2023 • 13 minutes 32 seconds
How to Be a Better Ally in Open Source Communities
In her keynote address at the Linux Foundation's Open Source Summit Europe, Fatima Sarah Khalid emphasized that being an ally is more than just superficial gestures like wearing pronouns on badges or correctly pronouncing coworkers' names. True allyship involves taking meaningful actions to support and uplift individuals from underrepresented or marginalized backgrounds. This support is essential, not only in obvious ways but also in everyday interactions, which collectively create a more inclusive community.Open source communities typically lack diversity, with only a small percentage of women, non-binary contributors, and individuals from underrepresented backgrounds. Khalid stressed the importance of improving diversity and inclusion through various means, including using inclusive language, facilitating asynchronous communication to accommodate global contributors, and welcoming non-technical contributions such as documentation.Khalid also provided insights on maki
25/10/2023 • 16 minutes 37 seconds
Open Source Development Threatened in Europe
In a recent conversation at the Open Source Summit in Bilbao, Spain, Gabriel Colombo, the General Manager of the Linux Foundation Europe and the Executive Director of the Fintech Open Source Foundation, discussed the potential impact of the Cyber Resilience Act (CRA) on the open source community. The conversation shed light on the challenges and opportunities that the CRA presents to open source and how individuals and organizations can respond.The conversation began by addressing the Cyber Resilience Act and its significance. Gabriel Colombo explained that while the Act is being touted as a measure to bolster cybersecurity and national security, it could have unintended consequences for the open source ecosystem, particularly in Europe. The Act, currently in the legislative process, aims to address cybersecurity concerns but could inadvertently hinder open source development and collaboration.Jim Zemlin, the Executive Director of the Linux Foundation, had previously m
19/10/2023 • 20 minutes 18 seconds
How to Get Your Organization Started with FinOps
In this episode of The New Stack Makers podcast, Uma Daniel, a product manager at UST, discusses the current complexities in the global economy, marked by low unemployment except in the tech industry, high inflation, high interest rates, a volatile stock market, and the looming threat of recession. Amid these challenges, organizations are seeking ways to enhance their operational efficiency.Daniel introduces the concept of FinOps, which goes beyond just managing cloud costs. Instead, it focuses on leveraging the cloud to generate revenue. This represents a cultural shift in many organizations, emphasizing the need for a mindset change across different departments, including business, finance, and procurement.She dispels misconceptions, such as the belief that only certain teams should be involved in the FinOps process. Daniel stresses that it's a collaborative effort involving various teams, and it's best to adopt FinOps at the beginning of a cloud journey. Once an org
18/10/2023 • 23 minutes 13 seconds
What’s Next in Building Better Generative AI Applications?
Since the release of OpenAI's ChatGPT-3 in late 2022, various industries have been actively exploring its applications. Madhukar Kumar, CMO of SingleStore, discussed his experiments with large language models (LLMs) in this podcast episode with TNS host Heather Joslyn. He mentioned a specific LLM called Gorilla, which is trained on APIs and can generate APIs based on specific tasks. Kumar also talked about SingleStore Now, an AI conference, where they plan to teach attendees how to build generative AI applications from scratch, focusing on enterprise applications.Kumar highlighted a limitation with current LLMs - they are "frozen in time" and cannot provide real-time information. To address this, a method called "retrieval augmented generation" (RAG) has emerged. SingleStore is using RAG to keep LLMs updated. In this approach, a user query is first matched with up-to-date enterprise data to provide context, and then the LLM is tasked with generating answers based on this cont
Observability in multi-cloud environments is becoming increasingly complex, as highlighted by Martin Mao, CEO and co-founder of Chronosphere. This challenge has two main components: a rise in customer-facing incidents, which demand significant engineering time for debugging, and the ineffectiveness and high cost of existing tools. These issues are creating a problematic return on investment for the industry.Mao discussed these observability challenges on The New Stack Makers podcast with host Heather Joslyn, emphasizing the need to help teams prioritize alerts and encouraging a shift left approach for security responsibility among developers. With the adoption of distributed cloud architectures, organizations are not only dealing with a surge in data but also facing a cultural shift towards DevOps, where developers are expected to be more accountable for their software in production.Historically, operations teams handled software in production, but in the cloud-native
11/10/2023 • 22 minutes 4 seconds
At Run Time: Driving Outcomes with a Platform Engineering Team
Platform engineering is gaining prominence due to the need for faster application deployment, which directly impacts business velocity. Valentina Alaria, Senior Director of Product at VMware, emphasizes that not all organizations pursuing platform engineering have the same goals, context, or pain points. They tailor solutions to each organization's specific needs. Some focus on rapid onboarding for junior developers, while others aim to reduce complexity, friction, and support larger development teams with fewer operational staff.Platform engineering aims to streamline collaboration between developers and operations engineers. Developers want portable code and the ability to focus on coding without worrying about production requirements. Operations engineers and platform teams seek a seamless environment for deploying applications in different contexts.Successful platform engineering initiatives involve strong collaboration models, fostering a cooperative approach rath
05/10/2023 • 30 minutes 8 seconds
How One Open Source Project Derived from Another’s Limits
ByConity is an open source project that emerged from ByteDance's use of Clickhouse, an open-source database system, to address their growing data volume. ByConity focuses on enhancing the separation of compute and storage, improving multitenancy support, and optimizing query performance in cloud-native environments.ByteDance's Vini Jaiswal, a principle developer advocate at the parent company of TikTok, highlights the power of open source in fostering innovation and collaboration. She shares her personal experience of leveraging open source to solve problems quickly and efficiently. She emphasizes the importance of getting involved in open source, even for those who might be hesitant, and suggests starting by identifying a pain point and making small contributions.ByConity's architecture, which separates compute and storage, offers benefits like preventing data lake corruption, read and write separation, elasticity, and scalability. Jaiswal also mentions her previous e
04/10/2023 • 28 minutes 49 seconds
The Golden Path to Platform Engineering
Along with discussing the emergence and ascension of platform engineering in this episode, we also discuss the role that Humanitec plays in helping organizations establish platforms for developers, as well as Backstage, a popular open source internal developer platform that was developed by Spotify for its own developers.An IDP, our guest Kaspar Von Grünberg explained, is a standardized interface for developers to build applications using a golden path of vetted tools and libraries, allowing for a high degree of efficiency for both the developers themselves as well as the engineers who are supporting the developers. They can include an integration and delivery plane, a continuous integration registry, a platform orchestrator, observability tools and a resource plane."How you're consuming this is a little bit up to the individual preference of the user, and what the platform team has configured for you. So we're seeing some teams like to use a user interface and some t
27/09/2023 • 15 minutes 9 seconds
Don't Listen to a Vendor About AI, Do the DevOps Redo
In this episode of The New Stack Makers, technologist and author John Willis emphasized caution when considering AI solutions from vendors. He advised against blindly following vendor recommendations for "one-size-fits-all" AI products, likening it to discouraging learning Java in the past in favor of purchasing a product.Willis stressed that DevOps serves as an example of how human expertise, not just products, solves problems. He urged C-level executives to first understand AI's intricacies and then make informed purchasing decisions, suggesting a "DevOps redo" to encourage experimentation and collaboration, similar to the early days of the DevOps movement.Willis highlighted that early adopters of DevOps, like successful banks, heavily invested in developing their human capital. He cautioned against hasty product purchases, as the AI landscape is rife with startups that may quickly disappear or be acquired by larger companies.Instead, Willis advocated for educ
21/09/2023 • 33 minutes 17 seconds
How Apache Flink Delivers for Deliveroo
Deliveroo, a prominent food delivery company, relies on Apache Flink, a distributed processing engine, to enhance its three-sided marketplace, connecting delivery drivers, restaurants, and customers. Seeking to improve real-time data streaming and gain insights into customer behavior, Deliveroo transitioned to Flink, comparing it to alternatives like Apache Spark and Kafka Streams. Flink, with feature parity to their previous platform, offered stability and scalability. They initially experimented with Flink on Kubernetes but turned to the Amazon Managed Service for Flink (MSF) for enhanced support and maintenance.Engineers from Deliveroo, Felix Angell and Duc Anh Khu, emphasized the need for flexibility in data modeling to accommodate their fast-paced product development. However, flexibility can be complex, often requiring data model adjustments. They expressed the desire for a self-serve configuration feature in MSF, allowing easy customization of low-level settings and au
20/09/2023 • 20 minutes 38 seconds
A Microservices Outcome: Testing Boomed
Over the past five to ten years, the testing of microservices has seen significant growth. This surge in testing can be attributed to the increasing adoption of microservices and Kubernetes, which signify a shift away from monolithic application architectures. Bruno Lopes, a leader at Kubernetes company incubator Kubeshop, noted this trend. Kubeshop has initiated six Kubernetes projects, including TestKube, a Kubernetes native testing framework led by Lopes.This rise in testing is making it more accessible to a wider audience and is enhancing the developer experience through automation. Developers now have more time to focus on innovation rather than manual testing. However, there is often a disconnect between development and testing, as developers move quickly, outpacing organizational adaptation to modern testing methods.Lopes emphasized the importance of testing before production deployment and advocated for creating production-resembling testing environments that a
15/09/2023 • 21 minutes 45 seconds
Kinesis, Kafka and Amazon Managed Service for Apache Flink
Apache Flink is an open-source framework and distributed processing engine designed for data analytics. It excels at handling tasks such as data joins, aggregations, and ETL (Extract, Transform, Load) operations. Moreover, it supports advanced real-time techniques like complex event processing.In this episode, Deepthi Mohan and Nagesh Honnalii from AWS discussed Apache Flink and the Amazon Managed Service for Apache Flink (MSF) with our host, Alex Williams. MSF is a service that caters to customers with varying infrastructure preferences. Some prefer complete control, while others want AWS to handle all infrastructure-related aspects.Use cases for MSF can be grouped into three categories. First, there's streaming ETL, which involves tasks like log aggregation for later auditing. Second, it supports real-time analytics, enabling customers to create dashboards for tasks like fraud detection. Third, it handles complex event processing, where data from multiple sources is
12/09/2023 • 27 minutes 7 seconds
What You Can Expect from a Developer Conference These Days
Modern developer conferences like the upcoming Infobip Shift Conference in Croatia are centered around themes. At this particular event for developers, you can expect a lot of focus to be on the developer experience and artificial intelligence (AI).Ivan Burazin, Chief Development Experience Officer at InfoBip, joined us on the show and emphasizes that developers spend a substantial portion of their time not coding, often losing 50 to 70% of their productive hours to non-coding activities, such as setting up environments, running tests, and building code. This highlights the importance of improving the developer experience to enhance productivity.The developer experience has both internal and external dimensions. Externally, it impacts customer experience, while internally, it influences development velocity. A better developer experience translates to faster and more efficient coding.The Shift Conference will feature talk
06/09/2023 • 24 minutes 41 seconds
Apache Flink for Real Time Data Analysis
This episode delves into Apache Flink, a versatile platform for executing both batch and real-time streaming data analysis tasks. This session marks the beginning of a three-part series unveiling Amazon Web Services' (AWS) new managed service built on Flink. Future episodes will explore this service in detail and examine customer experiences.The podcast features insights from Danny Cranmer, a principal engineer at AWS and an Apache Flink PMC and Committer, along with Hong Teoh, a software development engineer at AWS.Flink stands out as a high-level framework for defining data analytics jobs, accommodating both batch and streaming data sets. It offers APIs for building analysis jobs in various languages, including Java, Python, and SQL. Flink also provides a distributed job execution engine with fault tolerance and horizontal scaling capabilities.One prominent use case is Extract-Transform-Load (ETL), where raw data is swiftly processed for specific workloads. Fl
05/09/2023 • 23 minutes 52 seconds
The First Thing to Tell an LLM
In an interview with The New Stack, renowned technologist Adrian Cockcroft discussed the process of fine-tuning Large Language Models (LLMs) through prompt engineering. Cockcroft, known for his roles at Netflix and Amazon Web Services, explained how to obtain tailored programming advice from an LLM. By crafting specific prompts like asking the model to provide code in the style of a certain expert programmer, such as Java's James Gosling, users can guide the AI's output.Prompt engineering involves setting up conversations to bias the AI's responses. These prompts are becoming more advanced with plugins and loaded information that shape the model's behavior before use. Cockcroft highlighted the concept of fine-tuning, where models are adapted beyond what a prompt can contain. Companies are incorporating vast amounts of their internal data, like wiki pages and corporate documents, to train the model to understand their specific domain and processes.Cockcroft pointed out
30/08/2023 • 28 minutes 49 seconds
So You Want to Learn DevOps
TechWorld with Nana is one of the most popular resources for people looking to get into or progress a DevOps career. Nana Janashia, the creator of TechWorld with Nana, is a DevOps trainer and consultant who joined us to discuss why DevOps is needed now more than ever and how this is the perfect time to begin a career in DevOps.Host Alex Williams and Nana go over the key concepts of DevOps. Then they talk about how the complexity of tools can sidetrack and complicate the learning process for those new to DevOps and why focusing on concepts rather than tools the way to go. Before wrapping up the conversation, they even talk about the best ways for people to get involved who are new to DevOps.Nana's journey into DevOps commenced during her time as an engineer in Austria, where she began exploring Kubernetes. As inquiries from colleagues poured in, she recognized her knack for demystifying complex topics, catalyzing her passion for teaching. Viewers attest to switching to
24/08/2023 • 29 minutes 36 seconds
Open Source AI and The Llama 2 Kerfuffle
Explore the complex intersection of AI and open source with insights from experts in this illuminating discussion. Amanda Brock, CEO of OpenUK, reveals the challenges in labeling AI as open source amidst legal ambiguities. The dialogue, led by TNS host Alex Williams, delves into the evolution of open source licensing, its departure from traditional models, and the complications arising from applying open source principles to AI, which encompasses sensitive data governed by privacy laws.The focus turns to "Llama 2," a contentious example where Meta labeled their language model as open source, sparking confusion. Notable guests Erica Brescia, Managing Director at Redpoint Ventures, and Steven Vaughan-Nichols, founder of Open Source Watch, weigh in on this topic. Brock emphasizes that AI's complexity prevents it from aligning with the Open Source Definition, necessitating a clear distinction between open innovation and open source.Amidst these debates, the Open Source Ini
18/08/2023 • 35 minutes 19 seconds
PromptOps: How Generative AI Can Help DevOps
Discover how large language models and generative AI are revolutionizing DevOps with PromptOps. The company, initially known as CtrlStack, introduces its unique process engine that comprehends human requests, reads knowledge bases, and generates code on the fly to accomplish tasks. Dev Nag, the CEO, explains how PromptOps saves users time and money by automating routine operations in this podcast episode with The New Stack.Dev Nag is joined by GK Brar, PromptOps' founding engineer, and our host Joab Jackson as they delve into the concept of generative AI and its potential benefits for DevOps. Traditionally, DevOps tasks often involve repetitive troubleshooting and reporting, making automation essential. PromptOps specializes in intent matching, understanding nuanced requests and providing the right solutions.Notably, PromptOps employs generative AI offline to prepare for automating common actions and enhancing the user experience. Unlike others, PromptOps aims beyond
11/08/2023 • 12 minutes 57 seconds
Where Does WebAssembly Fit in the Cloud Native World?
In this episode, Matt Butcher, CEO of Fermyon Technologies, discusses the potential impact of the component model on WebAssembly (Wasm) and its integration into the cloud-native landscape. WebAssembly is a binary instruction format enabling code to run anywhere, written in developers' preferred languages. The component model aims to provide a common way for WebAssembly libraries to express their needs and connect with other modules, reducing the barriers and maintenance of existing libraries. Butcher believes this model could be a game changer, allowing new languages to compile WebAssembly and utilize existing libraries seamlessly.WebAssembly also shows promise in delivering on the long-awaited potential of serverless computing. Unlike traditional virtual machines and containers, WebAssembly boasts a rapid startup time and addresses various developer challenges. Butcher states that developers have been eagerly waiting for a platform with these characteristics, hinting at a po
03/08/2023 • 27 minutes 24 seconds
The Cloud Is Under Attack. How Do You Secure It?
Building and deploying applications in the cloud offers significant advantages, primarily driven by the scalability it provides. Developers appreciate the speed and ease with which cloud-based infrastructure can be set up, allowing them to scale rapidly as long as they have the necessary resources. However, the very scale that makes cloud computing attractive also poses serious risks.The risk lies in the potential for developers to make mistakes in application building, which can lead to widespread consequences when deployed at scale. Cloud-focused attacks have seen a significant increase, tripling from 2021 to 2022, as reported in the Cloud Risk Report by Crowdstrike.The challenges in securing the cloud are exacerbated by its relative novelty, with organizations still learning about its intricacies. The newer generation of adversaries is adept at exploiting cloud weaknesses and finding ways to attack multiple systems simultaneously. Cultural issues within organization
28/07/2023 • 25 minutes 27 seconds
Platform Engineering Not Working Out? You're Doing It Wrong.
In this episode of The New Stack Makers, Purnima Padmanabhan, a senior vice president at VMware, discusses three common mistakes organizations make when trying to move faster in meeting customer needs. The first mistake is equating application modernization with solely moving to the cloud, often resulting in a mere lift and shift of applications, without reaping the full benefits. The second mistake is a lack of automation, particularly in operations, which hinders the development process's speed. The third mistake involves adding unnecessary complexity by adopting new technologies or procedures, which slows down developers.As a solution, Padmanabhan introduces the concept of platform engineering, which not only accelerates development but also reduces toil for operations engineers and architects. However, many organizations struggle with implementing it effectively, as they often approach platform engineering in fragmented ways, investing in separate components without fully
27/07/2023 • 25 minutes 30 seconds
What Developers Need to Know About Business Logic Attacks
In this episode of The New Stack Makers, Peter Klimek, director of technology in the Office of the CTO at Imperva, discusses the vulnerability of business logic in a distributed, cloud-native environment. Business logic refers to the rules and processes that govern how applications function and how users interact with them and other systems. Klimek highlights the increasing attacks on APIs that exploit business logic vulnerabilities, with 17% of attacks on APIs in 2022 coming from malicious bots abusing business logic.The attacks on business logic take various forms, including credential stuffing attacks, carding (testing stolen credit cards), and newer forms like influence fraud, where algorithms are manipulated to deceive platforms and users. Klimek emphasizes that protecting business logic requires a cross-functional approach involving developers, operations engineers, security, and fraud teams.To enhance business logic security, Klimek recommends conducting a threa
26/07/2023 • 20 minutes 36 seconds
Why Developers Need Vector Search
In this episode of The New Stack Makers podcast, the focus is on the challenges of handling unstructured data in today's data-rich world and the potential solutions offered by vector databases and vector searches. The use of relational databases is limited when dealing with text, images, and voice data, which makes it difficult to uncover meaningful relationships between different data points.Vector databases, which facilitate vector searches, have become increasingly popular for addressing this issue. They allow organizations to store, search, and index data that would be challenging to manage in traditional databases. Semantic search and Large Language Models have sparked interest in vector databases, providing developers with new possibilities.Beyond standard applications like information search and recommendation bots, vector searches have also proven useful in combating copyright infringement. Social media companies like Facebook have pioneered this approach by us
18/07/2023 • 27 minutes 34 seconds
How Byteboard’s CEO Decided to Fix the Broken Tech Interview
Sargun Kaur, co-founder of Byteboard, aims to revolutionize the tech interview process, which she believes is flawed and ineffective. In an interview with The New Stack for our Tech Founder Odyssey podcast series, Kaur compared assessing technical skills during interviews to evaluating the abilities of basketball star Steph Curry by asking him to draw plays on a whiteboard instead of watching him perform on the court. Kaur, a former employee of Symantec and Google, became motivated to change the interview process after a talented engineer she had coached failed a Google interview due to its impractical format.Kaur believes that traditional tech interviews overly emphasize theoretical questions that do not reflect real-world software engineering tasks. This not only limits the talent pool but also leads to mis-hires, where approximately one in four new employees is unsuitable for their roles or teams. To address these issues, Kaur co-founded Byteboard in 2018 with Nicole Hards
13/07/2023 • 37 minutes 14 seconds
A Lifelong ‘Maker’ Tackles a Developer Onboarding Problem
Shanea Leven, co-founder and CEO of CodeSee, shared her journey as a tech founder in an episode of the Tech Founder Odyssey podcast series. Despite coming to programming later than many of her peers, Leven always had a creative spark and a passion for making things. She initially pursued fashion design but taught herself programming in college and co-founded a company building custom websites for book authors. This experience eventually led her to a job at Google, where she worked in product development.While at Google, Leven realized the challenge of deciphering legacy code and onboarding developers to it. Inspired by a presentation by Bret Victor, she came up with the idea for CodeSee—a developer platform that helps teams understand and review code bases more effectively. She started working on CodeSee in 2019 as a side project, but it soon received venture capital funding, allowing her to quit her job and focus on the startup full-time.Leven candidly discussed the c
07/07/2023 • 29 minutes 25 seconds
5 Steps to Deploy Efficient Cloud Native Foundation AI Models
In deploying cloud-native sustainable foundation AI models, there are five key steps outlined by Huamin Chen, an R&D professional at Red Hat's Office of the CTO. The first two steps involve using containers and Kubernetes to manage workloads and deploy them across a distributed infrastructure. Chen suggests employing PyTorch for programming and Jupyter Notebooks for debugging and evaluation, with Docker community files proving effective for containerizing workloads.The third step focuses on measurement and highlights the use of Prometheus, an open-source tool for event monitoring and alerting. Prometheus enables developers to gather metrics and analyze the correlation between foundation models and runtime environments.Analytics, the fourth step, involves leveraging existing analytics while establishing guidelines and benchmarks to assess energy usage and performance metrics. Chen emphasizes the need to challenge assumptions regarding energy consumption and model perfor
29/06/2023 • 16 minutes 27 seconds
A Good SBOM is Hard to Find
The concept of a software bill of materials (SBOM) aims to provide consumers with information about the components inside a software, enabling better assessment of potential security issues. Justin Hutchings, Senior Director of Product Management at GitHub, emphasizes the importance of SBOMs and their potential to facilitate patching without relying solely on the vendor. He spoke with Alex Williams in this episode of The New Stack Makers.Creating a comprehensive SBOM poses challenges. Each software package is unique, such as an Android application that combines the developer's code with numerous open-source dependencies obtained through Maven packages. The SBOM should ideally serve as a machine-readable inventory of all these dependencies, enabling developers to evaluate their security.Hutchings notes that many SBOMs fall short in being fully machine-readable, and the vulnerability landscape is even more problematic. To achieve the standards Hutchings envisions, severa
22/06/2023 • 25 minutes 40 seconds
The Developer's Career Path: Discover's Approach
Angel Diaz, Vice President of Technology, Capabilities, and Innovation at Discover Financial Services, spoke with TNS Host Alex Williams at the Open Source Summit in Vancouver, BC. Diaz emphasizes the importance of learning and collaboration among software engineers. He leads The Discover Technology Academy, a community of 15,000 engineers, which he describes as a place where craftsmen come together rather than an ivory tower institution.Developers and engineers at Discover define and develop processes for software development. They start their journey by contributing atomic elements of knowledge, such as articles, blogs, videos, and tutorials, and then democratize that knowledge. Open source principles, communities, guilds, and established practices play a vital role in their work and discovery process.Discover's developer experience revolves around the concept of the golden path, which goes beyond consuming content and includes aspects like code, automation, and sett
21/06/2023 • 14 minutes 26 seconds
The Risks of Decomposing Software Components
The Linux Foundation's Open Source Security Foundation (OSSF) is addressing the challenge of timely software component updates to prevent security vulnerabilities like Log4J. In an interview with Alex Williams of The New Stack at the Open Source Summit in Vancouver, Omkhar Arasaratnam, the new general manager of OSSF, and Brian Behlendorf, CTO of OSSF, discuss the importance of making software secure from the start and the need for rapid response when vulnerabilities occur. In this conversation, they highlight the significance of Software Bill of Materials (SBOMs), which provide a complete list of software components and supply chain relationships. SBOMs offer data that can aid decision-making and enable reputation tracking of repositories. The interview also touches on the issues with package managers and the quantification of software vulnerability risks. Overall, the goal is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of software component updates and leverage data to enha
14/06/2023 • 19 minutes 20 seconds
How Apache Airflow Better Manages ML Pipelines
Apache Airflow is an open-source platform for building machine learning pipelines. It allows users to author, schedule, and monitor workflows, making it well-suited for tasks such as data management, model training, and deployment. In a discussion on The New Stack Makers, three technologists from Amazon Web Services (AWS) highlighted the improvements and ease of use in Apache Airflow.Dennis Ferruzzi, a software developer at AWS, is working on updating Airflow's logging and metrics backend to the OpenTelemetry standard. This update will provide more granular metrics and better visibility into Airflow environments. Niko Oliveria, a senior software development engineer at AWS, focuses on reviewing and merging pull requests as a committer/maintainer for Apache Airflow. He has worked on making Airflow a more pluggable architecture through the implementation of AIP-51.Raphaël Vandon, also a senior software engineer at AWS, is contributing to performance improvements and leve
08/06/2023 • 17 minutes 3 seconds
Generative AI: What's Ahead for Enterprises?
In this episode featuring Nima Negahban, CEO of Kinetica, the potential impact of generative AI tools like ChatGPT on businesses and organizations is discussed. Negahban highlights the transformative potential of generative AI when combined with data analytics. One use case he mentions is an "Alexa for all your data," where real-time queries can be made about store performance or product underperformance in specific weather conditions. This could provide organizations with a new level of visibility into their operations.Negahban identifies two major challenges in the generative AI space. The first is security, especially when using internal data to train AI models. The second challenge is ensuring accuracy in AI outputs to avoid misleading information. However, he emphasizes that generative AI tools, such as GitHub Copilot, can bring a new expectation of efficiency and innovation for developers.The future of gener
07/06/2023 • 19 minutes 27 seconds
Don't Force Containers and Disrupt Workflows
In this episode of The New Stack Makers from KubeCon EU 2023, Rob Barnes, a senior developer advocate at HashiCorp, discusses how their networking service, Consul, allows users to incorporate containers or virtual machines into their workflows without imposing container usage. Consul, an early implementation of service mesh technology, offers a full-featured control plane with service discovery, configuration, and segmentation functionalities. It supports various environments, including traditional applications, VMs, containers, and orchestration engines like Nomad and Kubernetes.Barnes explains that Consul can dictate which services can communicate with each other based on rules. By leveraging these capabilities, HashiCorp aims to make users' lives easier and software more secure.Barnes emphasizes that there are misconceptions about service mesh, with some assuming it is exclusively tied to container usage. He clarifies that service mesh adoption should be flexible an
25/05/2023 • 12 minutes 37 seconds
AI Talk at KubeCon
What did software engineers at KubeCon say about how AI is coming up in their work? That's a question we posed Taylor Dolezal, head of ecosystem for the Cloud Native Computing Foundation at KubeCon in Amsterdam. Dolezal said AI did come up in conversation."I think that when it's come to this, typically with KubeCons, and other CNCF and LF events, there's always been one or two topics that have bubbled to the top," Dolezal said.At its core, AI surfaces a data issue for users that correlates to data sharing issues, said Dolezal in this latest episode of The New Stack Makers.Read more about AI and Kubernetes on The New Stack:3 Important AI/ML Tools You Can Deploy on KubernetesFlyte: An Open Source Orchestrator for ML/AI Workflows
24/05/2023 • 16 minutes 49 seconds
A Boring Kubernetes Release
Kubernetes release 1.27 is boring, says Xander Grzywinski, a senior product manager at Microsoft.It's a stable release, Grzywinski said on this episode of The New Stack Makers from KubeCon Europe in Amsterdam."It's reached a level of stability at this point," said Grzywinski. "The core feature set has become more fleshed out and fully realized.The release has 60 total features, Grzywinski said. The features in 1.27 are solid refinements of features that have been around for a while. It's helping Kubernetes be as stable as it can be.Examples?It has a better developer experience, Grzywinski said. Storage primitives and APIs are more stable.
22/05/2023 • 15 minutes 3 seconds
How Teleport’s Leader Transitioned from Engineer to CEO
The mystery and miracle of flight sparked Ev Kontsevoy’s interest in engineering as a child growing up in the Soviet Union.“When I was a kid, when I saw like airplane flying over, I was having a really hard time not stopping and staring at it until it's gone,” said Kontsevoy, co-founder and CEO of Teleport, said in this episode of the Tech Founders Odyssey podcast series. “I really wanted to figure out how to make it fly.”Inevitably, he said, the engineering path led him to computers, where he was thrilled by the power he could wield through programming. “You're a teenager, no one really listens to you yet, but you tell a computer to go print number 10 ... and then you say, do it a million times. And the stupid computer just prints 10 million. You feel like a magician that just bends like machines to your will.”In this episode of the series, part of The New Stack Makers podcast, Kontsevoy discussed his journey
04/05/2023 • 33 minutes 35 seconds
Developer Tool Integrations with AI -- The AWS Approach
Developer tool integration and AI differentiate workflows to achieve that "fluid" state developers strive for in their work.Amazon CodeCatalyst and Amazon CodeWhisperer exemplify how developer workflows are accelerating and helping to create these fluid states. That's a big part of the story we hear from Harry Mower, director AWS DevOps Services, and Doug Seven, director, Software Development, AWS CodeWhisperer, from our recording in Seattle earlier in April for this week's AWS Developer Innovation Day.CodeCatalyst serves as an end-to-end integrated DevOps toolchain that provides developers with everything they need to go from planning through to deployment, Mower said. CodeWhisperer is an
27/04/2023 • 21 minutes 20 seconds
CircleCI CTO on How to Quickly Recover From a Malicious Hack
Just as everyone was heading out to the New Year's holidays last year, CTO Rob Zuber got a surprise of a most unwelcome sort. A customer alerted CircleCI to suspicious GitHub OAuth activity. Although the scope of the attack appeared limited, there was still no telling if other customers of the DevOps-friendly continuous integration and continuous delivery platform were impacted.This notification kicked off a deeper review by CircleCI’s security team with GitHub, and they rotated all GitHub OAuth tokens on behalf of their customers. On January 4, the company also made the difficult but necessary decision to alert customers of this “security instance,” asking them to immediately rotate any and all stored secrets and review internal logs for any unauthorized access.In this latest episode of The New Stack Makers podcast, we discuss with Zuber the attac
20/04/2023 • 23 minutes 43 seconds
What Are the Next Steps for Feature Flags?
Feature flags, the toggles in software development that allow you to turn certain features on or off for certain customers or audiences, offer release management at scale, according to Karishma Irani, head of product at LaunchDarkly.But they also help unleash innovation, as she told host Heather Joslyn of The New Stack in this episode of The New Stack Makers podcast. And that points the way to a future where the potential for easy testing can inspire new features and products, Irani said.“We've observed that when the risk of releasing something is lowered, when the risk of introducing bugs in production or breaking, something is reduced, is lowered, our customers feel organically motivated to be more innovative and think about new ideas and take risks,” she said.</
12/04/2023 • 27 minutes 45 seconds
KubeCon + CloudNativeCon EU 2023: Hello Amsterdam
Hoi Europe and beyond!Once again it is time for cloud native enthusiasts and professionals to converge and discuss cloud native computing in all its efficiency and complexity. The Cloud Native Computing Foundation's KubeCon+CloudNativeCon 2023 is being held later this month in Amsterdam, April 18 - 21, at the Rai Convention Centre.In this latest edition of The New Stack podcast, we spoke with two of the event's co-chairs who helped define this year's themes for the show, which is expected to draw over 9,000 attendees: Aparna Subramanian, Shopify's Director of Production Engineering for Infrastructure; and Cloud Native Infra and Security Enterprise Architect <a href="https://www.link
05/04/2023 • 25 minutes 9 seconds
The End of Programming is Nigh
s the end of programming nigh?If you ask Matt Welsh, he'd say yes. As Richard McManus wrote on The New Stack, Welsh is a former professor of computer science at Harvard who spoke at a virtual meetup of the Chicago Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), explaining his thesis that ChatGPT and GitHub Copilot represent the beginning of the end of programming.Welsh joined us on The New Stack Makers to discuss his perspectives about the end of programming and answer questions about the future of computer science, distributed computing, and more.Welsh is now the founder of fixie.ai, a platform they are building to let companies develop applications on top of large language models to extend with different capabilities.For 40 to 50 years, programming language
29/03/2023 • 31 minutes 42 seconds
How 2 Founders Sold Their Startup to Aqua Security in a Year
Speed is a recurring theme in this episode of The Tech Founder Odyssey. Also, timing.Eilon Elhadad and Eylam Milner, who met while serving in the Israeli military, discovered that source code leak was a hazardous side effect of businesses’ need to move fast and break things in order to stay competitive.“Every new business challenge leads to a new technological solution,” said Elhadad in this episode of The New Stack's podcast series. “The business challenge was to deliver product faster to the business; the solution was to build off the supply chain. And then it leads to a new security attack surface.”Discovering this problem, and finding a solution to it, put Milner and Elhadad in the right place at the right time — just as the tech industry was beginning to rally
22/03/2023 • 23 minutes 13 seconds
Why Your APIs Aren’t Safe — and What to Do About It
Given the vulnerability of so many systems, it’s not surprising that cyberattacks on applications and APIs increased 82% in 2022 compared to the previous year, according to a report released this year by Imperva’s global threat researchers.What might rattle even the most experienced technologists is the sheer scale of those attacks. Digging into the data, Imperva, an application and data security company, found that the largest layer seven, distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack it mitigated during 2022 involved — you might want to sit down for this — more than 3.9 million API requests per second.“Most developers, when they think about their APIs, they’re usually dealing with tr
21/03/2023 • 24 minutes 33 seconds
Unix Creator Ken Thompson to Keynote Scale Conference
The 20th Annual Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE) runs Thursday through Sunday at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, Ca., featuring keynotes from notables such as Ken Thompson, the creator of Unix, said Ilan Rabinovich, one of the co-founders and conference chair for the conference on this week's edition of The New Stack Makers. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/htHY0bhb7FI" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-shar
08/03/2023 • 19 minutes 34 seconds
How Solvo’s Co-Founder Got the ‘Guts’ to Be an Entrepreneur
When she was a student in her native Israel, Shira Shamban was a self-proclaimed “geek.” But, unusually for a tech company founder and CEO, not a computer geek. Shamban was a science nerd, with her sights set on becoming a doctor. But first, she had to do her state-mandated military service. And that’s where her path diverged. In the military, she was not only immersed in computers but spent years working in intelligence; she stayed in the service for more than a decade, eventually rising to become head of an intelligence sector for the Israeli Defense Forces. At home, she began building her own projects to experiment with ideas that could help her team. “So that kind of helped me not to be intimidated by technology, to learn that I can learn anything I want by myself,” said Shamban, co-founder of Solvo, a company focused on data and cloud infrastructure security. “And the
01/03/2023 • 28 minutes 20 seconds
Ambient Mesh: No Sidecar Required
At Cloud Native Security Con, we sat down with Solo.io's Marino Wijay and Jim Barton, who discussed how service mesh technologies have matured, especially now with the removal of sidecars in Ambient Mesh that it developed with Google. Ambient Mesh is "a new proxy architecture that, according to the Solo.io site, "moves the proxy to the node level for mTLS and identity. It also allows a policy-enforcement policy to manage Layer 7 security filters and policies. A sidecar is a mini-proxy, a mini-firewall, like an all-in-one router, said Wijay, who does developer relations and ad
22/02/2023 • 14 minutes 22 seconds
2023 Hotness: Cloud IDEs, Web Assembly, and SBOMs
Here's a breakdown of what we cover: Cloud IDEs will mature as GitHub's Codespaces platform gains acceptance through its integration into the GitHub service. Other factors include new startups in the space, such as GitPod, which offers a secure, cloud-based IDE, and Uptycs, which uses telemetry data to lock-down developer environments. "So I think you'll, you're just gonna see more people exposed to it, and they're gonna be like, 'holy c
16/02/2023 • 19 minutes 4 seconds
Generative AI: Don't Fire Your Copywriters Just Yet
Everyone in the community was surprised by ChatGPT last year, which a web service responded to any and all user questions with a surprising fluidity. ChatGPT is a variant of the powerful GPT-3 large language model created by OpenAI, a company owned by Microsoft. It is still a demo though it is pretty clear that this type of generative AI will be rapidly commercialized. Indeed Microsoft is embedding the generative AI in its Bing Search service, and Google is building a rival offering</
09/02/2023 • 23 minutes 29 seconds
Feature Flags are not Just for Devs
The story goes something like this: There's this marketing manager who is trying to time a launch. She asks the developer team when the service will be ready. The dev team says maybe a few months. Let's say three months from now in April. The marketing manager begins prepping for the release. The dev team releases the services the following week. It's not an uncommon occurrence. Edith Harbaugh is the co-founder and CEO of LaunchDarkly, a company she launched in 2014 with John Kodumal to solve these problems with software releases that affect organizations worldwide. Today, LaunchDarkly has 4,000 customers and an annual return revenue rate of $100 million. We interviewed Harbaugh for ou
02/02/2023 • 26 minutes 45 seconds
Port: Platform Engineering Needs a Holistic Approach
By now, almost everyone agreed platform engineering is probably a good idea, in which an organizations builds an internal development platform to empower coders and speed application releases. So, for this latest edition of The New Stack podcast, we spoke with one of the pioneers in this space, Zohar Einy, CEO of Port, to see how platform engineering would work in your organization. TNS Editor Joab Jackson hosted this conversation. Port offers what it claims is the world's first low code platform for develope
25/01/2023 • 21 minutes 27 seconds
Platform Engineering Benefits Developers, and Companies Too
In this latest episode of The New Stack Makers podcast, we delve more deeply into the emerging practice of platform engineering. The guests for this show are Aeris Stewart, community manager at platform orchestration provider Humanitec and Michael Galloway, an engineering leader for infrastructure software provider HashiCorp. TNS Features Editor Heather Joslyn hosted this conversation. Although the term has been around for several years, platform engineering caught the industry's attention in a big way last September, when Humanitec <a href="https://thenewstack.io/platform-engineering-is-devops-evolved-new-r
18/01/2023 • 24 minutes 31 seconds
What’s Platform Engineering? And How Does It Support DevOps?
Platform engineering “is the art of designing and binding all of the different tech and tools that you have inside of an organization into a golden path that enables self service for developers and reduces cognitive load,” said Kaspar Von Grünberg, founder and CEO of Humanitec, in this episode of The New Stack Makers podcast. This is structure is important for individual contributors, Grünberg said, as well as backend engineers: “if you look at the operation teams, it reduces their burden to do repetitive things. And so platform engineers build and design in
11/01/2023 • 23 minutes 24 seconds
What LaunchDarkly Learned from 'Eating Its Own Dog Food'
Feature flags — the on/off toggles, written in conditional statements, that allow organizations greater control over the user experience once code has been deployed — are proliferating and growing more complex, and demand robust feature management, said Karishma Irani, head of product at LaunchDarkly, in this episode of The New Stack Makers. In a November survey by LaunchDarkly, which queried more than 1,000 DevOps professionals, 69% of participants said that feature flags are “must-have, mission-critical and/or high priority” for their organizations. “Feature management, we believe, is a modern practice that's becoming more and more common with companies that want to deploy more frequently, innovate faster, and just keep a
04/01/2023 • 28 minutes 37 seconds
Hazelcast and the Benefits of Real Time Data
In this latest podcast from The New Stack, we interview Manish Devgan, chief product officer for Hazelcast, which offers a real time stream processing engine. This interview was recorded at KubeCon+CloudNativeCon, held last October in Detroit. "'Real time' means different things to different people, but it's really a business term," Devgan explained. In the business world, time is money, and the more quickly you can make a decision, using the right data, the more quickly one can take action. Although we have many "batch-processing" systems, the data itself rarely comes in batches, Devgan said. "A lot of times I hear from customers that are using a batch system, because those are the things which are available at that time. But data is created in real time sensors, your machines, espionage data, or even c
28/12/2022 • 14 minutes 31 seconds
Hachyderm.io, from Side Project to 38,000+ Users and Counting
Back in April, Kris Nóva, now principal engineer at GitHub, started creating a server on Mastodon as a side project in her basement lab. Then in late October, Elon Musk bought Twitter for an eye-watering $44 billion, and began cutting thousands of jobs at the social media giant and making changes that alienated longtime users. And over the next few weeks, usage of Nóva’s hobby site, Hachyderm.io, exploded. “The server started very small,” she said on this episode of The New Stack Makers podcast. “And I think like, one of my friends turned into two of my friends turned into 10 of my friends turned into 20 colleagues, and it just so happens, a lot of them were big names in the tech industry. And now all of a sudden, I have 30,000 people I have to babysit.” Though the rate at which n
22/12/2022 • 26 minutes 32 seconds
Automation for Cloud Optimization
During the pandemic, many organizations sped up their move to the cloud — without fully understanding the costs, both human and financial, they would pay for the convenience and scalability of a digital transformation. “They really didn’t have a baseline,” said Mekka Williams, principal engineer, at Spot by NetApp, in this episode of The New Stack Makers podcast. “And so the those first cloud bills, I'm sure were shocking, because you don't get a cloud bill, when you run on your on-premises environment, or even your private cloud, where you've already paid the cost for the infrastructure that you're using. What’s especially worrisome is that many of those costs are simply wasted, Williams said. “Most of the containerized applicat
20/12/2022 • 22 minutes 47 seconds
Redis Looks Beyond Cache Toward Everything Data
Redis, best known as a data cache or real-time data platform, is evolving into much more, Tim Hall, chief of product at the company told The New Stack in a recent TNS Makers podcast. Redis is an in-memory database or memory-first database, which means the data lands there and people are using us for both caching and persistence. However, these days, the company has a number of flexible data models, but one of the brand promises of Redis is developers can store the data as they're working with it. So as opposed to a SQL database where you might have to turn your data structures into columns and tables, you can actually store the data structures that you're working with directly into Redis, Hall said. Primary Database? “About 40% of our customers today are using us as a primary database te
14/12/2022 • 40 minutes 40 seconds
Couchbase’s Managed Database Services: Computing at the Edge
Let’s say you’re a passenger on a cruise ship. Floating in the middle of the ocean, far from reliable Wi-Fi, you wear a device that lets you into your room, that discreetly tracks your move from the bar to the dinner table to the pool and delivers your drink order wherever you are. You can buy sunscreen or toothpaste or souvenirs in the ship’s stores without touching anything. If you’re a Carnival Cruise Lines passenger, this is reality right now, in part because of the company’s partnership with Couchbase, according to Mark Gamble, product and solutions marketing director, Couchbase. Couchbase provides a cloud native, no SQL database technology that's used to power applications for customers including Carnival but also Amadeus,
07/12/2022 • 25 minutes 46 seconds
Open Source Underpins A Home Furnishings Provider’s Global Ambitions
Wayfair describes itself as the “the destination for all things home: helping everyone, anywhere create their feeling of home.” It provides an online platform to acquire home furniture, outdoor decor and other furnishings. It also supports its suppliers so they can use the platform to sell their home goods, explained Natali Vlatko, global lead, open source program office (OSPO) and senior software engineering manager, for Wayfair as the featured guest in Detroit during KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2022. “It takes a lot of technical, technical work behind the scenes to kind of get that going,” Vlatko said. This is especially true as Wayfair scales its operations worldwide. The infrastructure must be highly distributed, relying on containerizat
01/12/2022 • 16 minutes 3 seconds
ML Can Prevent Getting Burned For Kubernetes Provisioning
In the rush to create, provision and manage Kubernetes, often left out is proper resource provisioning. According to StormForge, a company paying, for example, a million dollars a month on cloud computing resources is likely wasting $6 million a year of resources on the cloud on Kubernetes that are left unused. The reasons for this are manifold and can vary. They include how DevOps teams can tend to estimate too conservatively or aggressively or overspend on resource provisioning. In this podcast with StormForge’s Yasmin Rajabi, vice president of product management, and Patrick Bergstrom CTO, we look at how to properly provision Kubernetes resources and the associated challenges. The po
30/11/2022 • 15 minutes 49 seconds
What’s the Future of Feature Management?
Feature management isn’t a new idea but lately it’s a trend that’s picked up speed. Analysts like Forrester and Gartner have cited adoption of the practice as being, respectively, “hot” and “the dominant approach to experimentation in software engineering.” A study released in November found that 60% of 1,000 software and IT professionals surveyed started using feature flags only in the past year, according to the report sponsored by LaunchDarkly, the feature management platform and conducted by Wakefield Research. At the heart of feature management are <a href="h
DETROIT — Rob Skillington’s grandfather was a civil engineer, working in an industry that, in over a century, developed processes and know-how that enabled the creation of buildings, bridges and road. “A lot of those processes matured to a point where they could reliably build these things,” said Skillington, co-founder and chief technology officer at Chronosphere, an observability platform. “And I think about observability as that same maturity of engineering practice. When it comes to building software that actually is useful in the world, it is this process that helps you actually achieve the deployment and operation of these large scale systems that we use every day.” Skillington spoke about the evolution of observability, and his company’s recent donation of an open source project to Prometheus, in this episode of The New Stack Makers podcast. <a href="htt
23/11/2022 • 15 minutes 31 seconds
How Boeing Uses Cloud Native
In this latest podcast from The New Stack, we spoke with Ricardo Torres, who is the chief engineer of open source and cloud native for aerospace giant Boeing. Torres also joined the Cloud Native Computing Foundation in May to serve as a board member. In this interview, recorded at KubeCon+CloudNativeCon last month, Torres speaks about Boeing's use of open source software, as well as its adoption of cloud native technologies. While we may think of Boeing as an airplane manufacturer, it would be more accurate to think of the company as a large-scale system integrator, one that uses a lot of software. So, like other large-scale companies, Boeing sees a distinct advantage in maintaining good relations with the open source community. "Being able to leverage the best technologists out there in the rest of the world is of great value to us strategically," Torres said. This strategy allows Boeing to "differentiate on what we do as our core business rather than ha
23/11/2022 • 12 minutes 4 seconds
Case Study: How Dell Technologies Is Building a DevRel Team
DETROIT — Developer relations, or DevRel to its friends, is not only a coveted career path but also essential to helping developers learn and adopt new technologies. That guidance is a matter of survival for many organizations. The cloud native era demands new skills and new ways of thinking about developers and engineers’ day-to-day jobs. At Dell Technologies, it meant responding to the challenges faced by its existing customer base, which is “very Ops centric — server admins, system admins,” according to Brad Maltz, of Dell. With the rise of the DevOps movement, “what we realized is our end users have been trying to figure out how to become infrastructure developers,” said Maltz, the company’s senior director of DevO
22/11/2022 • 13 minutes 32 seconds
Kubernetes and Amazon Web Services
Cloud giant Amazon Web Services manages the largest number of Kubernetes clusters in the world, according to the company. In this podcast recording, AWS Senior Engineer Jay Pipes discusses AWS' use of Kubernetes, as well as the company's contribution to the Kubernetes code base. The interview was recorded at KubeCon North America last month.The Difference Between Kubernetes and AWSKubernetes is an open source container orchestration platform. AWS is one of the largest providers of cloud services. In 2021, the company generated $61.1 billion in revenue, worldwide. AWS provides a commercial Kubernetes service, called the Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS). It simplifies the Kubernetes experience by adding a control plane and worker nodes. In addition to providing a commercial Kubernetes service, AWS supports the development of Kubernetes, by dedicati
17/11/2022 • 30 minutes 42 seconds
Case Study: How SeatGeek Adopted HashiCorp’s Nomad
LOS ANGELES — Kubernetes, the open source container orchestrator, may have a big footprint in the cloud native world, but some organizations are doing just fine without it. Take, for example, SeatGeek, which runs a mobile application that serves as a primary and secondary market for event tickets. For cloud infrastructure, the 12-year-old company’s workloads — which include non-containerized applications — have largely run on Amazon Web Services. A few years ago, it turned to HashiCorp’s Nomad, a scheduler built for running for apps whether they’re containerized or not. “In the beginning, we had a platform that an engineer would deploy something to but it was very constrained. We could only give them certain number of options that they could use, as very static experience,” said Jose Diaz-Gonzalez, a staff engineer at SeatGeek, in this episode of The New Stack Makers podcast. “If the
16/11/2022 • 13 minutes 19 seconds
OpenTelemetry Properly Explained and Demoed
OpenTelemetry project offers vendor-neutral integration points that help organizations obtain the raw materials — the "telemetry" — that fuel modern observability tools, and with minimal effort at integration time. But what does OpenTelemetry mean for those who use their favorite observability tools but don’t exactly understand how it can help them? How might OpenTelemetry be relevant to the folks who are new to Kuberentes (the majority of KubeCon attendees during the past years) and those who are just getting started with observability? Austin Parker, head of developer relations, Lightstep and Morgan McLean, director of product management, Splunk, discuss during this podcast at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon 2022 how the OpenTelemetry project has create
15/11/2022 • 18 minutes 16 seconds
The Latest Milestones on WebAssembly's Road to Maturity
DETROIT — Even in the midst of hand-wringing at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America about how the global economy will make it tough for startups to gain support in the near future, the news about a couple of young WebAssembly-centric companies was bright. Cosmonic announced that it had raised $8.5 million in a seed round led by Vertex Ventures. And Fermyon Technologies unveiled both funding and product news: a $20 million A Series led by Insight Partners (which also owns The New Stack) and the launch of Fermyon Cloud, a hosted platform for running WebAssembly (Wasm) microservices. Both Cosmonic and Fermyon were founded in 2021. “A lot of people think that Wasm is this maybe up and coming thing, or it's just totally new thing that's out there in
10/11/2022 • 16 minutes 9 seconds
Zero Trust Security and the HashiCorp Cloud Platform
Organizations are now, almost by default, now becoming multi-cloud operations. No cloud service offers the full breadth of what an enterprise may need, and enterprises themselves find themselves using more than one service, often inadvertently. HashiCorp is one company preparing enterprises for the challenges with managing more than a single cloud, through the use of a coherent set of software tools. To learn more, we spoke with Megan Laflamme, HashiCorp director of product marketing, at the HashiConf user conference, for this latest episode of The New Stack Makers podcast. We talked about zero trust computing, the importance identity and the general availability of HashiCorp Boundary single sign-on tool. "In the cloud operating mode
09/11/2022 • 13 minutes 55 seconds
How Do We Protect the Software Supply Chain?
DETROIT — Modern software projects’ emphasis on agility and building community has caused a lot of security best practices, developed in the early days of the Linux kernel, to fall by the wayside, according to Aeva Black, an open source veteran of 25 years. “And now we're playing catch up,“ said Black, an open source hacker in Microsoft Azure’s Office of the CTO “A lot of less than ideal practices have taken root in the past five years. We're trying to help educate everybody now.” Chris Short, senior developer advocate with Amazon Web Services (AWS), challenged the notion of “shifting left” and giving developers greater responsibility for security. “If security is everybody's job, it's nobody's job,” said Short, founder of the DevOps-ish newsletter. “We've gone through this evolution: just develop secure code, and you'll be fine,” he
08/11/2022 • 21 minutes 14 seconds
Ukraine Has a Bright Future
Ukraine has a bright future. It will soon be time to rebuild. But rebuilding requires more than the resources needed to construct a hydroelectric plant or a hospital. It involves software and an understanding of how to use it. Ihor Dvoretskyi, developer advocate at the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), and Dima Zakhalyavko, board member at Razom for Ukraine, came to KubeCon in Detroit to discuss the push to provide training materials for Ukraine as they rebuild from the destruction caused by Russia's invasion. Razom, a nonprofit, amplifies the voices of Ukrainians in the United States and helps with humanitarian efforts and IT training. Razom formed before Russia's 2014 invasion of the Crimean peninsula of Ukraine, Zakhalyavko said. Since the
04/11/2022 • 15 minutes 40 seconds
Redis is not just a Cache
Redis is not just a cache. It is used in the broader cloud native ecosystem, fits into many service-oriented architectures, and simplifies the deployment and development of modern applications, according to Madelyn Olson, a principal engineer at AWS, during an interview on the New Stack Makers at KubeCon North America in Detroit. Olson said that people have a primary backend database or some other workflow that takes a long time to run. They store the intermediate results in Redis, which provides lower latency and higher throughput. "But there are plenty of other ways you can use Redis," Olson said. "One common way is what I like to call it a data projection API. So you basically take a bunch of different sources of data, maybe a P
03/11/2022 • 15 minutes 37 seconds
Case Study: How BOK Financial Managed Its Cloud Migration
LOS ANGELES — When you’re deploying a business-critical application to the cloud, it’s nice to not need the “war room” you’ve assembled to troubleshoot Day 1 problems. When BOK Financial, a financial services company that’s been moving apps to the cloud over the last three years, was launching its largest application on the cloud, its engineers supported it with a “war room type situation, monitoring everything” according to BOK’s Andrew Rau. “After the first day, the system just scaled like it was supposed to … and they're like, ‘OK, I guess we don't need this anymore.’” In this On the Road episode of The New Stack’s Makers podcast, Rau, BOK’s vice president and manager, cloud services, offered a case study about his organization’s cloud journey over the past four years, and the role HashiCorp’s Vault and Cloud Platform played in it. Rau spoke to <a href="https://thenewstack
02/11/2022 • 13 minutes 34 seconds
Devs and Ops: Can This Marriage Be Saved?
DETROIT — Are we still shifting left? Is it realistic to expect developers to take on the burdens of security and infrastructure provisioning, as well as writing their applications? Is platform engineering the answer to saving the DevOps dream? Bottom line: Do Devs and Ops really talk to each other — or just passive-aggressively swap Jira tickets? These are some of the topics explored by a panel, “Devs and Ops People: It’s Time for Some Kubernetes Couples Therapy,” convened by The New Stack at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America, here in the Motor City, on Thursday. Panelists included Saad Malik, chief technology officer and co-founder of Spectro Cloud; Viktor Farcic, developer advocate at Upbound; Liz Rice, chief open source officer at Isolalent, and <a href="https://www.linkedi
01/11/2022 • 42 minutes 9 seconds
Latest Enhancements to HashiCorp Terraform and Terraform Cloud
What is Terraform?Terraform is HashiCorp’s flagship software. The open source tool provides a way to define IT resources — such as monitoring software or cloud services — in human-readable configuration files. These files, which serve as blueprints, can then be used to automatically provision the systems themselves. Kubernetes deployments, for instance, can be streamlined through Terraform. "Terraform basically translates what your configuration was codified in by your configuration, and provisions it to that desired end state," explained Meghan Liese, [sponsor_inline_mention slug="hashicorp" ]HashiCorp[/sponsor_inline_mention] vice president of product and partner marketing in this podcast and video recording, recorded at the company's user conference, HashiConf 2022, held this month in Los Angeles. For this interview, Liese discusses the latest enhancements to Terraf
26/10/2022 • 17 minutes 52 seconds
How ScyllaDB Helped an AdTech Company Focus on Core Business
GumGum is a company whose platform serves up online ads related to the context in which potential customers are already shopping or searching. (For instance: it will send ads for Zurich restaurants to someone who’s booked travel to Switzerland.) To handle that granular targeting, it relies on its proprietary machine learning platform, Verity. “For all of our publishers, we send a list of URLs to Verity,” according to Keith Sader, GumGum’s director of engineering. “Verity goes in and basically categorizes those URLs as different [internal bus] categories. So the IB has tons of taxonomies, based on autos, based upon clothing based upon entertainment. And then that's how we do our targeting.” Verity’s targeting data is stored in DynamoDB, but the rest of GumGum’s data is stored in managed MySQL and its daily tracking data is stored in ScyllaDB, a database designed for data-intensive applications. Scylla, Sade
20/10/2022 • 26 minutes 51 seconds
Terraform's Best Practices and Pitfalls
Wix is a cloud-based development site for making HTML 5 websites and mobile sites with drag and drop tools. It is suited for the beginning user or the advanced developer, said Hila Fish, senior DevOps engineer for Wix, in an interview for The New Stack Makers at HashiCorp’s HashiConf Global conference in Los Angeles earlier this month. Our questions for Fish focused on Terraform, the open source infrastructure-as-code software tool: How has Terraform evolved in uses since Fish started using it in 2018?How does Wix make the most of Terraform to scale its infrastructure?Wha
19/10/2022 • 14 minutes 14 seconds
How Can Open Source Help Fight Climate Change?
DUBLIN — The mission of Linux Foundation Energy — a collaborative, international effort by power companies to help move the world away from fossil fuels — has never seemed more urgent. In addition to the increased frequency and ferocity of extreme weather events like hurricanes and heat waves, the war between Russia and Ukraine has oil-dependent countries looking ahead to a winter of likely energy shortages. “I think we need to go faster,” said Benoît Jeanson, an enterprise architect at RTE, the French electricity transmission system operator. He aded, “What we are doing with the Linux Foundation Energy is really something that will help for the future, and we need to go faster and faster. For this On the Road episode of The New Stack’s Makers podcast, recorded at Open Source Summit Europe here, we were joined by two guests who work in the powe
18/10/2022 • 12 minutes 49 seconds
KubeCon+CloudNativeCon 2022 Rolls into Detroit
It's that time of the year again, when cloud native enthusiasts and professionals assemble to discuss all things Kubernetes. KubeCon+CloudNativeCon 2023 is being held later this month in Detroit, October 24-28. In this latest edition of The New Stack Makers podcast, we spoke with Priyanka Sharma, general manager of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation — which organizes KubeCon —and CERN computer engineer and KubeCon co-chair Ricardo Rocha. For this show, we discussed what we can expect from the upcoming event. This year, there will be a focus on Kubernetes in the enterprise, Sharma said. "We are reaching a point where Kubernetes is becoming the de facto standard when it comes to container orchestration. And there's a reason for it. It's not just about Kubernetes. Kubernetes spawned the cloud native ecosystem and the
13/10/2022 • 27 minutes 1 second
Armon Dadgar on HashiCorp's Practitioner Approach
Armon Dadgar and Mitchell Hashimoto are long-time open source practitioners. It's that practitioner focus they established as core to their approach when they started HashiCorp about ten years ago. Today, HashiCorp is a publicly traded company. Before they started HashiCorp, Dadgar and Hashimoto were students at the University of Washington. Through college and afterward, they cut their teeth on open source and learning how to build software in open source. HashiCorp's business is an outgrowth of the two as practitioners in open source communities, said Dadgar, co-founder and CTO of HashiCorp, in an interview at the HashiConf conference in Los Angeles earlier this month. Both of them wanted to recreate the asynchronous collaboration that they loved so much about the open source projects they wo
12/10/2022 • 17 minutes 8 seconds
Making Europe’s ‘Romantic’ Open Source World More Practical
DUBLIN — Europe's open source contributors, according to The Linux Foundation's first-ever survey of them released in September, are driven more by idealism than their American counterparts. The data showed that social reasons for contributing to open source projects were more often cited by Europeans than by Americans, who were more likely to say they participate in open source for professional advancement. A big part of Gabriele (Gab) Columbro's mission as the general manager of the new Linux Foundation Europe, will be to marry Europe's "romantic" view of open source to greater commercial opportunities, Columbro told The New Stack's Makers podcast. The On the Road episode of Makers, recorded in Dublin at Open Source Summit Europe, was hosted by Heather Joslyn, TNS's features editor. Columbro, a nat
11/10/2022 • 17 minutes 18 seconds
After GitHub, Brian Douglas Builds a ‘Saucy’ Startup
Brian Douglas was “the Beyoncé of GitHub.” He jokingly crowned himself with that title during his years at that company, where he advocated for open source and a more inclusive community supporting it. His work there eventually led to his new startup, Open Sauced. Like the Queen Bey, Douglas’ mission is to empower a community. In his case, he’s seeking to support the open source community. With his former employer, GitHub, serving 4 million developers worldwide, the potential size of that audience is huge. In this episode of The Tech Founder Odyssey podcast, he shared why empowerment and breaking down barriers to make anyone “awesome” in open source was the motivation behind his startup journey. Beyoncé “has a superfan group, the Beyhive, that will go to b
07/10/2022 • 33 minutes 49 seconds
The AWS Open Source Strategy
Amazon Web Services would not be what it is today without open source. "I think it starts with sustainability," said David Nalley, head of open source and marketing at AWS in an interview at the Open Source Summit in Dublin for The New Stack Makers. "And this really goes back to the origin of Amazon Web Services. AWS would not be what it is today without open source." Long-term support for open source is one of three pillars of the organization's open source strategy. AWS builds and innovates on top of open source and will maintain that approach for its innovation, customers, and the larger digital economy. "And that means that there's a long history of us benefiting from open source and investing in open source," Nalley said. "But ultimately, we're here for
05/10/2022 • 14 minutes 24 seconds
Paul Vixie: Story of an Internet Hero
Paul Vixie grew up in San Francisco. He dropped out of high school in 1980. He worked on the first Internet gateways at DEC and, from there, started the Internet Software Consortium (ISC), establishing Internet protocols, particularly the Domain Name System (DNS). Today, Vixie is one of the few dozen in the technology world with the title "distinguished engineer," working at Amazon Web Services as vice president of security, where he believes he can make the Internet a more safe place. As safe as before the Internet emerged. "I am worried about how much less safe we all are in the Internet era than we were before," Vixie said in an interview at the <a href="https://thenewstack.io/how-can-open-source-sustain-itself-without-creatin
28/09/2022 • 28 minutes 39 seconds
Deno's Ryan Dahl is an Asynchronous Guy
27/09/2022 • 20 minutes 37 seconds
How Can Open Source Sustain Itself Without Creating Burnout?
The whole world uses open source, but as we’ve learned from the Log4j debacle, “free” software isn’t really free. Organizations and their customers pay for it when projects aren’t frequently updated and maintained. How can we support open source project maintainers — and how can we decide which projects are worth the time and effort to maintain? “A lot of people pick up open source projects, and use them in their products and in their companies without really thinking about whether or not that project is likely to be successful over the long term,” Dawn Foster, director of open source community strategy at VMware’s open source program office (OSPO), told The New Stack’s audience during this On the Road edition of The New Stack’s Make
22/09/2022 • 17 minutes 36 seconds
Charity Majors: Taking an Outsider's Approach to a Startup
In the early 2000s, Charity Majors was a homeschooled kid who’d gotten a scholarship to study classical piano performance at the University of Idaho. “I realized, over the course of that first year, that music majors tended to still be hanging around the music department in their 30s and 40s,” she said. “And nobody really had very much money, and they were all doing it for the love of the game. And I was just like, I don't want to be poor for the rest of my life.” Fortunately, she said, it was pretty easy at that time to jump into the much more lucrative tech world. “It was buzzing, they were willing to take anyone who knew what Unix was,” she said of her first tech job, running computer systems for the university. Eventually, she dropped out of college, she said, “made my way to Silicon Valley, and I’ve been here ever since.” Majors, co-founder and chief technology offi
21/09/2022 • 34 minutes 17 seconds
How Idit Levine’s Athletic Past Fueled Solo.io‘s Startup
Idit Levine’s tech journey originated in an unexpected place: a basketball court. As a seventh grader in Israel, playing in hoops tournaments definitely sparked her competitive side. “I was basically going to compete with all my international friends for two minutes without parents, without anything,” Levine said. “I think it made me who I am today. It’s really giving you a lot of confidence to teach you how to handle situations … stay calm and still focus.” Developing that calm and focus proved an asset during Levine’s subsequent career in professional basketball in Israel, and when she later started her own company. In this episode of The Tech Founder Odyssey podcast series, Levine, founder and CEO of Solo.io, an app
16/09/2022 • 34 minutes 22 seconds
From DB2 to Real-Time with Aerospike Founder Srini Srinivasan
Aerospike Founder Srini Srinivasan had just finished his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin when he joined IBM and worked under Don Haderle, the creator of DB2, the first commercial relational database management system. Haderle became a major influencer on Srinivasan when he started Aerospike, a real-time data platform. To this day, Haderle is an advisor to Aerospike. "He was the first one I went back to for advice as to how to succeed," Srinivasan said in the most recent episode of The New Stack Maker series, "The Tech Founder Odyssey." A young, ambitious engineer, Srinivasan left IBM to join a startup. Impatient with the pace he considered slow, Srinivasan met with Haderle, who told him to go, challenge himself, and try new things that might be uncomfortable. Today, Srinivasan
08/09/2022 • 28 minutes 25 seconds
The Stone Ages of Open Source Security
Ask a developer about how they got into programming, and you learn so much about them. In this week's episode of The New Stack Makers, Chainguard founder Dan Lorenc said he got into programming halfway through college while studying mechanical engineering. "I got into programming because we had to do simulations and stuff in MATLAB," Lorenc said. And then I switched over to Python because it was similar. And we didn't need those licenses or whatever that we needed. And then I was like, Oh, this is much faster than you know, ordering parts and going to the machine shop and reserving time, so I got into it that way." It was three or four years ago that Lorenc got into the field of open source security. "Open source security and supply chain security weren't buzzwords back then," Lorenc said. "Nobody was talking about it. And I kind of got paranoid about it." Lorenc worked on the Minikube open source project at Googl
30/08/2022 • 26 minutes 23 seconds
Curating for the SRE Through Lessons Learned at Google News
In the early 1990s, many kids got into programming video games. Tina Huang enjoyed developing her GeoCities site but not making games. Huang loved automating her website. "It is not a lie to say that what got me excited about coding was automation," said Huang, co-founder of Transposit, in this week's episode of The New Stack Makers as part of our Tech Founder Series. "Now, you're probably going to think to yourself: 'what middle school kid likes automation?' " Huang loved the idea of automating mundane tasks with a bit of code, so she did not have to hand type – just like the Jetsons and Rosie the Robot -- the robot people want. There to fold your laundry but not take the joy away from what people like to do. Huang is like many of the founders we interview. Her job can be what she wants it to be. But Huang also has to take care of everything that needs to get done. All the work comes down to what th
24/08/2022 • 30 minutes 27 seconds
A Technical Founder's Story: Jake Warner on Cycle.io
Welcome to the first in our series on The New Stack Makers about technical founders, those engineers who have moved from engineering jobs to running a company of their own. What we want to know is what that's like for the founder. How is it to be an engineer turned entrepreneur? We like to ask technologists about their first computer or when they started programming. We always find a connection to what the engineer does today. It's these kinds of questions you will hear us ask in the series to get more insight into everything that happens when the engineer is responsible for the entire organization. We've listened to feedback about what people want from this series. Here are a few of the replies we received to my tweet asking for feedback about the new series.If they have kids, how much work is taken on by their SO? Lots of technical founders are only able to do what they do because their partner
17/08/2022 • 26 minutes 59 seconds
Rethinking Web Application Firewalls
Web Application Firewalls (WAF) first emerged in the late 1990s as Web server attacks became more common. Today, in the context of cloud native technologies, there’s an ongoing rethinking of how a WAF should be applied. No longer is it solely static applications sitting behind a WAF, said Tigera CEO Ratan Tipirneni, President & CEO of Tigera in this episode of The New Stack Makers. “With cloud native applications and a microservices distributed architecture, you have to assume that something inside your cluster has been compromised,” Tipirneni said. “So just sitting behind a WAF doesn't give you adequate protection; you have to assume that every single microservice container is almost open to the Internet, metaphorically speaking. So then the question is how do you apply WAF controls? Today’s WAF has to be workload-centric, Tiperneni said. In his view, every workload has to have its own WAF. When a container launches, the WAF c
09/08/2022 • 27 minutes 19 seconds
Passage: A Passwordless Service with Biometrics
Passage adds device native biometric authorization to web sites to allow passwordless security on devices with or without Touch ID. In this episode of The New Stack Makers, Passage Co-Founders Cole Hecht and Anna Pobletts talk about how the service works for developers to offer users its biometric service. Hecht and Pobletts have worked in product security for many years and the recurring problem is always password-based security. But there really is no great solution, Pobletts said. Multi-factor authentication adds security but the user experience is lacking. Magic links, adaptive MFA, and other techniques add a bit of improvement but are not a great balance of user experience and security. “Whereas biometrics is the onl
02/08/2022 • 11 minutes 21 seconds
What Does Kubernetes Cost You?
In this episode of The New Stack’s On the Road show at Open Source Summit in Austin, Webb Brown, CEO and co-founder of KubeCost, talked with The New Stack about opening up the black box on how much Kubernetes is really costing. Whether we’re talking about cloud costs in general or the costs specifically associated with Kubernetes, the problem teams complain about is lack of visibility. This is a cliche complaint about AWS, but it gets even more complicated once Kubernetes enters the picture. “Now everything’s distributed, everything’s shared,” Brown said. “It becomes much harder to understand and break down these costs. And things just tend to be way more dynamic.” The ability of pods to spin up and down is a key advantage of Kubernetes and brings resilience, but it also makes it harder to understand how much it costs to run a specific feature. And costs aren’t just abo
27/07/2022 • 12 minutes 27 seconds
Open Technology, Financial Sustainability and the Importance of Community
In this episode of The New Stack’s On the Road show at Open Source Summit in Austin, Amanda Brock, CEO and founder of OpenUK, talked with The New Stack about revenue models for open source and how those fit into building a sustainable project.Funding an open source project has to be part of the sustainability question — open source requires humans to contribute, and those humans have bills to pay and risk burnout if the open source project is a side gig after their full time job. That’s not the only expenses a project might accrue, either — there might be cloud costs, for example. Brock says there are essentially eight categories of funding models for open source, of which really two or three have been proven successful. They are support, subscription and open core.So how do we define open core, exactly? “You get different kinds of open core businesses, one that is driven very mu
19/07/2022 • 12 minutes 33 seconds
What Can the Tech Community Do to Protect Its Trans Members?
AUSTIN, TEX. — In one of the most compelling keynote addresses at The Linux Foundation’s Open Source Summit North America, held here in June, Aeva Black, a veteran of the open source community, said that a friend of theirs recently commented that, “I feel like all the trans women I know on Twitter, are software developers.” There’s a reason for that, Black said. It’s called “survivor bias”: The transgender software developers the friend knows on Twitter are only a small sample of the trans kids who survived into adulthood, or didn’t get pushed out of mainstream society. “It's a pretty common trope, at least on the internet: transwomen are all software developers, we all have high-paying jobs, we're TikTok or on Twitter. And that's really a sampling bias, the transgender people who have the privilege to be loud,” said Black, in this On the Road episode of The New Stack Makers podcast. Blac
13/07/2022 • 10 minutes 9 seconds
What’s Next in WebAssembly?
AUSTIN, TEX. —What’s the future of WebAssembly — Wasm, to its friends — the binary instruction format for a stack-based virtual machine that allows developers to build in their favorite programming language and run their code anywhere?For Matt Butcher, CEO and founder of Fermyon Technologies, the future of Wasm lies in running it outside of the browser and running it inside of everything, from proxy servers to video games.”And, he added, “the really exciting part is being able to run it in the cloud, as well as a cloud service alongside like virtual machines and containers.”For this On the Road episode of The New Stack Makers podcast, Butcher was interviewed by Heather Joslyn, features editor of TNS.With key programming languages like
12/07/2022 • 13 minutes 32 seconds
What Makes Wasm Different
VALENCIA, Spain — WebAssembly (Wasm) is among the more hot topics under the CNCF project umbrella. In this episode of The New Stack Makers podcast, recorded on the show floor of KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe 2022, Liam Randall, CEO and co-founder, Cosmonic, and Colin Murphy, senior software engineer, Adobe, discuss why Wasm’s future looks bright. A quintessential feature of Wasm is that it functions on a CPU level, not unlike Java or Flash. This means, Randall said, that Wasm “can run anywhere.” “Everybody can start using Wasm, which functionally works like a tiny CPU. You can even put WebAssembly inside other applications.”The fact that Wasm has a binary format (with .wasm file format) and can be used to run on a CPU level like C or C++
07/07/2022 • 16 minutes 23 seconds
The Social Model of Open Source
In this episode of The New Stack’s On the Road show at Open Source Summit in Austin, Julia Ferraioli, open source technical leader at Cisco’s open source programs office, spoke with The New Stack about some alternative ways to define what is and is not ‘open source.’ When someone says, well, that’s ‘technically’ open source, it’s usually to be snarky about a project that meets the legal criteria to be open source, but doesn’t follow the spirit of open source. Ferraioli doesn’t think that the ‘classic’ open source project, like a Kubernetes or Linux, are the only valid models for open source. She gives the sample of a research project — the code might be open sourced specifically so that others can see the code and reproduce the results themselves. However, for the research to remain valid, they it can’t accept any contributions.“It’s no less open source than other
06/07/2022 • 11 minutes 45 seconds
What’s the State of Open Source Security? Don’t Ask.
AUSTIN, TEX. — How safe is the open source software that virtually every organization uses? You might not want to know, according to the results of a survey released by The Linux Foundation and Snyk, a cloud native cybersecurity company, at the foundation’s annual Open Source Summit North America, held here in June. Forty-one percent of the more than 500 organizations surveyed don’t have high confidence in the security of the open source software they use, according to the research. Only half of participating companies said they have a security policy that addresses open source. Furthermore, it takes more than double the number of days — 98
05/07/2022 • 15 minutes 48 seconds
A Boom in Open Source Jobs Is Here. But Who Will Fill Them?
AUSTIN, TEX. —Forty-one percent of organizations in a new survey said they expect to increase hiring for open source roles this year. But the study, released in June by the Linux Foundation and online learning platform edX during the foundation’s Open Source Summit North America, also found that 93% of employers surveyed said they struggle to find the talent to fill those roles.At the Austin summit, The New Stack’s Makers podcast sat down with Hilary Carter, vice president for research at the Linux Foundation, who oversaw the study. She was interviewed for this On the Road edition of Makers by Heather Joslyn, features editor at The New Stack.“I think it's a very good time to be an ope
01/07/2022 • 12 minutes 51 seconds
Economic Uncertainty and the Open Source Ecosystem
In this episode of The New Stack’s On the Road show at Open Source Summit in Austin, Matt Yonkovit, Head of Open Source at Percona, shared his thoughts on how economic uncertainty could affect the open source ecosystem. Open source, of course, is free. So what role does the economic play in whether or not open source software is contributed to, downloaded and used in production? “Generally, open source is considered a bit recession proof,” Yonkovit said. But that doesn’t mean that things won’t change. Over the past several years, the number of open source companies has increased dramatically, and the amount of funding sloshing around in the ecosystem has been huge. That might change. And if the funding situation does change? “I think the big differentiator for a lot of people in the open source space is going to be the communities,” Yonkovit said. When we talk about havi
30/06/2022 • 14 minutes 22 seconds
Inside a $150 Million Plan for Open Source Software Security
AUSTIN, TEX. —Everyone uses open source software — and it’s become increasingly apparent that not nearly enough attention has been paid to the security of that software. In a survey released by The Linux Foundation and Synk at the foundation’s Open Source Summit in Austin, Tex., this month, 41% of organizations said they aren’t confident in the security of the open source software they use.At the Austin event, The New Stack’s Makers podcast sat down with Brian Behlendorf, general manager of Open Source Security Foundation (OpenSSF), to talk about a new plan to attack the problem from multiple angles. He was interviewed for this On the Road edition of Makers by Heather Joslyn, features editor at The New Stack.Behlendorf, who has led OpenSSF since October and serves on the bo
28/06/2022 • 12 minutes 59 seconds
Counting on Developers to Lead Vodafone’s Transformation Journey
British telecommunications provider, Vodafone, which owns and operates networks in over 20 countries and is on a journey to become a tech company focused around digital services, has plans to hire thousands of software engineers and developers that can help put the company on the cloud-native track and utilize their network through API’s.In this episode of The New Stack Makers podcast at MongoDB World 2022 in New York City, Lloyd Woodroffe, Global Product Manager at Vodafone, shares how the company is working with MongoDB on the development of a Telco as a Service (TaaS) platform to help their engineers increase their software development velocity, and drive adoption of best-practice automation within DevSecOps pipelines. Alex Williams, Founder of The New Stack hosted this podcast.Vodaf
21/06/2022 • 13 minutes 27 seconds
Pulumi Pursues Polyglotism to Expand Impact of DevOps
VALENCIA – The goal of DevOps was to break down silos between software development and operations. The side effect has become the blurring of lines between dev and ops. For better or for worse. Because the role of software developer is just continuously expanding causing cognitive overload and burnout. This is why the developer tooling market has exploded to automate and assist developers right when and where they need to build, in whatever language they already know. In this episode of The New Stack Makers podcast, recorded on the floor of KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe 2022, Matty Stratton, staff developer advocate at Pulumi, talks about this recently universal Infrastructure-as-Code and that impact on both dev and ops teams. Earlier this May, <a href="https://thenew
21/06/2022 • 17 minutes 5 seconds
Unlocking the Developer
Proper tooling is perhaps the primary key to unlocking developer productivity. With the right tools and frameworks, developers can be productive in minutes versus having to toil over boilerplate code. And as data-hungry use cases such as AI and machine learning emerge, data tooling is becoming paramount. This was evident at the recent MongoDB World conference in New York City where TNS Founder and Publisher Alex Williams recorded this episode of The New Stack Makers podcast featuring Peggy Rayzis, senior director of developer experience at Apollo GraphQL; Lee Robinson, vice president of developer experience at Vercel; Ian Massingham, vice president of developer relations and community at MongoDB; and Søren
"Developers aren't cryptographers. We can only do so much security training, and frankly, they shouldn't have to make hard choices about this encryption mode or that encryption mode. It should just, like, work," said Kenneth White, a security principal at MongoDB, explaining the need for MongoDB's new Queryable Encryption feature. In this latest edition of The New Stack Makers podcast, we discuss [sponsor_inline_mention slug="mongodb" ]MongoDB[/sponsor_inline_mention]'s new end-to-end client-side encryption, which allows an application to query an encrypted database and keep the queries in transit encrypted, an industry first, according to the company. White discussed this technology in depth to TNS publisher Alex Williams, in a conversation recorded at MongoDB World, held last week in New York. </
16/06/2022 • 17 minutes 23 seconds
Simplifying Cloud Native Application Development with Ballerina
For the past six years, WSO2 has been developing Ballerina, an open-source programming language that streamlines the writing of new services and APIs. It aims to simplify the process of being able to use, combine, and create network services and get highly distributed applications to work together toward a determined outcome.In this episode of The New Stack Makers podcast Eric Newcomer, Chief Technology Officer of WSO2 discusses how the company created a new programming language from the ground up, and the plans for it to become a predominant cloud native language. Darryl Taft, news editor of The New Stack hosted this podcast.Founded on the idea that it was too hard to do development with integration, Ballerina was created to program in highly distributed environments
07/06/2022 • 32 minutes 17 seconds
The Future of Open Source Contributions from KubeCon Europe
VALENCIA – Open source code is part of at least 70% of enterprise stacks. Yet, a lot of open source contributors are still unpaid volunteers. Even more than tech as a whole, the future of open source relies on the community. Unless you're among the top tier funded open source projects, your sustainability replies on building a community – whether you want to or not – and cultivating project leadership to help recruit new maintainers – whether you want to hand over the reins or not. That's where the Tech Advisory Group or TAG on Contributor Strategy comes in, acting as maintainer relations for the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. In this episode of The New Stack Makers podcast, recorded on the floor of KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe 2022, we talk to <a href="https://twitter.com/geekygirl
01/06/2022 • 18 minutes 30 seconds
Simplifying Kubernetes through Automation
VALENCIA, SPAIN —Managing the cloud virtual machines (VMs) your containers run on. Running data-intensive workloads. Scaling services in response to spikes in traffic — but doing so in a way that doesn’t jack up your organization’s cloud spend. Kubernetes (K8s) seems so easy at the beginning, but it brings challenges that rachet up complexity as you go. The cloud native ecosystem is filling up with tools aimed at making these challenges easier on developers, data scientists and Ops engineers. Increasingly, automation is the secret sauce helping teams and their companies work faster, safer and more productively. In this special On the Road edition of The New Stack Makers podcast recorded at [sponsor_inline_mention slug="kubecon-cloudnativecon" ]KubeCon + CloudNativeCon EU[/sponsor_inline_mention], we unpacked some of the ways automation helps simplify Ku
01/06/2022 • 14 minutes 32 seconds
One of Europe’s Largest Telcos’ Cloud Native Journey
Telecoms are not necessarily associated with adopting new-generation technologies. However, Deutsche Telekom has made considerable investments cloud in native environments, by creating and supporting Kubernetes clusters to supports its operations infrastructure. In this episode of The New Stack Makers podcast, recorded on the floor of KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe 2022, DevOps engineers Christopher Dziomba and <a href="
01/06/2022 • 16 minutes 41 seconds
OpenTelemetry Gets Better Metrics
OpenTelemetry is defined by its creators as a collection of APIs used to instrument, generate, collect and export telemetry data for observability. This data is in the form of metrics, logs and traces and has emerged as a popular CNCF project. For this interview, we're delving deeper into OpenTelemetry and its metrics support which has just become generally available. The specifications provided for the metrics protocol are designed to connect metrics to other signals and to provide a path to OpenCensus, which enables customers to migrate to OpenTelemetry and to work with existing metrics-instrumentation protocols and standards, including, of course, Prometheus. In this episode of The New Stack Makers podcast, recorded on the show floor of KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe 2022 in Valencia, Spain, Morga
25/05/2022 • 20 minutes 11 seconds
Living with Kubernetes After the 'Honeymoon' Ends
Nearly seven years after Google released Kubernetes, the open source container orchestrator, into an unsuspecting world, 5.6 million developers worldwide use it.But that number, from the latest Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) annual survey, masks a lot of frustration. Kubernetes (K8s) can make life easier for the organization that adopts it — after it makes it a lot harder. And as it scales, it can create an unending cadence of triumph and challenge.In other words: It’s complicated.At KubeCon + CloudNativeCon EU in Valencia, Spain last week, a trio of experts — Saad Malik, chief technology officer and co-founder of Spectro Cloud; Bailey Hayes<
25/05/2022 • 49 minutes 30 seconds
Kubernetes and the Cloud Native Community
The pandemic has significantly accelerated the adoption of Kubernetes and cloud native environments as a way to accommodate the surge in remote workers and other infrastructure constraints. Following the beginning of the pandemic, however, organizations are retaining their investments for those organizations with cloud native infrastructure already in place. They have realized that cloud native is well worth maintaining their investments. Meanwhile, Kubernetes adoption continues to remain on an upward curve. And yet, challenges remain, needless to say. In this context, we look at the status of cloud native adoption, and in particular, Kubernetes at this time, compared to a year ago. In this episode of The New Stack Makers podcast, recorded on the floor of KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe 2022, we discussed these themes along with the state of Kubernetes and t
25/05/2022 • 15 minutes 42 seconds
Go Language Fuels Cloud Native Development
Go was created at Google in 2007 to improve programming productivity in an era of multi-core networked machines and large codebases. Since then, engineering teams across Google, as well as across the industry, have adopted Go to build products and services at massive scale, including the Cloud Native Computing Foundation which has over 75% of the projects written in the language.In this episode of The New Stack Makers podcast, Steve Francia, Head of Product: Go Language, Google and alumni of MongoDB, Docker and Drupal board member discusses the programming language, the new features in Go 1.18 and why Go is continuing on a path of accelerated adoption with developers. Darryl Taft, News Editor of The New Stack hosted this podcast.In the State of Developer Ecosystem 2021, Go ranked in the top f
17/05/2022 • 30 minutes 48 seconds
Svelte and the Future of Front-end Development
First released in 2016, the Svelte Web framework has steadily gained popularity as an alternative approach to building Web applications, one that prides itself on being more intuitive (and less verbose) than the current framework du jour, Facebook's React. You can say that it reaches back to the era before the web app — when desktop and server applications were compiled — to make the web app easier to develop and more enjoyable to user. In this latest episode of The New Stack Makers podcast, we interview the creator of Svelte himself, Rich Harris. Harris started out not as a web developer, but as a journalist who created the framework to do immersive web journalism. So we were interested in that. In addition to delving into history, we also discussed the current landscape of Web frameworks, the Web
10/05/2022 • 28 minutes 11 seconds
Is Java Ready for Cloud Native Computing?
First released in 1995, Java’s programming language has been a leading developer platform that has become a workhorse for hundreds of enterprise applications. With each new technology evolution, Java has successfully adapted to change. But even while a recent Java ecosystem study found that more than 70% of Java applications in production environments are running inside a container, there continues to be hurdles the language must overcome to adapt to the cloud-native world.In this episode of The New Stack Makers podcast, Simon Ritter, deputy CTO of Azul Systems and Dalia Abo Sheasha, Java developer advocate of JetBrains discuss some of the challenges the language is working to overcome, and share some insight into the new features that developers are requesting. <a href="https://the
03/05/2022 • 35 minutes 36 seconds
KubeCon + CloudNativeCon 2022 Europe, in Valencia: Bring a Mask
Last week, the country of Spain dropped its mandate for residents and visitors to wear masks, to ward off further infections of the Coronavirus. So, for this year's KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe conference, to be held May 16 - 20th of May in Valencia, Spain, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation dropped its own original mandate that attendees wear masks, a rule that had been in place for its other recent conferences.This turned out to be the wrong decision, CNCF admitted a week later. A lot of people who already bought tickets were upset at this laxing of the rules for the conference, which could put them in greater danger of contacting the disease.So the CNCF put the mandate back in pla
26/04/2022 • 29 minutes 20 seconds
Microsoft Accelerates the Journey to Low-Code
Low-code and no-code is becoming increasingly popular in software development, particularly in enterprises that are looking to expand the number of people who can create applications for digital transformation efforts. While in 2020, less than 25% of new apps were developed using no code/low code, Gartner predicts that by 2025, 70% will utilize this means. Microsoft is one vendor who has been paving the way in this shift by reducing the burden on those in the lines of business and developers in exchange for speed. But what are the potential and best practices for low code/no code software development? In this episode of The New Stack Makers podcast, Charles Lamanna, Corporate Vice President, Business Apps and Platform at Micro
19/04/2022 • 36 minutes 11 seconds
Meet Cadence: The Open-Source Orchestration Workflow Engine
Developers are often faced with complexity when building and operating long-running processes that involve multiple service calls and require continuous coordination. To solve this challenge, Uber built and introduced Cadence, the open-source solution for workflow orchestration in 2016 that enables developers to directly express complex, long-running business logic as simple code. Since its debut, it continues to find increased traction with developers operating large-scale, microservices-based architectures. More recently, Instaclustr announced support for a hosted version of Cadence.In this episode of The New Stack Makers podcast, Ben Slater, Chief Product Officer at Instaclustr and Emrah Seker, Staff Software Engineer at Uber discuss Cadence, and how it is used by developers to solve various business probl
12/04/2022 • 28 minutes 5 seconds
Removing the Complexity to Securely Access the Infrastructure
As the tech stack grows, the list of technologies that must be configured in cloud computing environments has grown exponentially and increased the complexity in the IT infrastructure. While every layer of the stack comes with its own implementation of encrypted connectivity, client authentication, authorization and audit, the challenge for developers and DevOps teams to properly set up secure access to hardware, software throughout the organization will continue to grow, making IT environments increasingly vulnerable. In this episode of The New Stack Makers podcast, Ben Arent, Developer Relations Manager, Teleport discusses how to address the hardware, software and peopleware complexity that comes from the cloud by using tools like Teleport 9.0 and the company’s first release of Teleport Machine ID.
05/04/2022 • 16 minutes 10 seconds
Rethinking Trust in Cloud Security
From cloud security providers to open source, trust has become a staple from which an organization's security is built. But with the rise of cloud-native technologies, the new ways of building applications are challenging the traditional approaches to security. The changing cloud-native landscape is requiring broader security coverage across the technology stack and more contextual awareness of the environment. So how should DevOps and InfoSec teams across commercial businesses and governments rethink their security approach? In this episode of The New Stack Makers podcast, Tom Bossert, president of Trinity Cyber (and former Homeland Security Advisor to two Presidents); Patrick Hylant, client executive of VMware; and Chenxi Wang, managing general partner, Rain Capital discuss how businesses and
29/03/2022 • 54 minutes 40 seconds
The Work-War Balance of Open Source Developers in Ukraine
"Many Ukrainians continue working. A very good opportunity is to continue working with them, to buy Ukrainian software products, to engage with people who are working [via] UpWork. Help Ukrainians by giving them the ability to work, to do some paid work," whether still in the country or as refugees abroad. If you take something from this conversation, Anastasiia Voitova's words may be the ones that should stick. After all, Ukraine has a renowned IT workforce, with IT outsourcing among its most important exports.Voitova, the head of customer solutions and security software engineer at Cossack Labs, just grabbed her laptop and some essentials when she suddenly fled to the mountains last month to "a small village that doesn't even have a name." She doesn't have much with her, but she has more work to do than ever — to meet her clients' incre
23/03/2022 • 36 minutes 44 seconds
Securing the Modern Enterprise with Trust: A Look at the Upcoming Code to Cloud Summit
From cloud security providers to open source, trust has become the foundation from which an organization's security is built. But with the rise of cloud-native technologies such as containers and infrastructure as code (IaC), it has ushered in new ways to build applications and requirements that are challenging the traditional approaches to security. The changing nature of the cloud-native landscape is requiring broader security coverage across the technology stack and more contextual awareness of the environment. But how should teams like Infosec, DevOps rethink their approach to security?In this episode of The New Stack Makers podcast, Guy Eisenkot, co-founder and vice president of product at Bridgecrew, Barak Schoster Goihman, senior director, chief architect at <a href="https://www.paloaltonetworks
15/03/2022 • 29 minutes 17 seconds
Optimizing Resource Management Using Machine Learning to Scale Kubernetes
Kubernetes is great at large-scale systems, but its complexity and transparency has caused higher cloud costs, delays in deployment and developer frustration. As Kubernetes has taken off and workloads continue to move to a containerized environment, optimizing resources is becoming increasingly important. In fact, the recent 2021 Cloud Native Survey revealed that Kubernetes has already crossed the chasm to mainstream with 96 percent of organizations using or evaluating the technology.In this episode of The New Stack Makers podcast, Matt Provo, founder and CEO of StormForge, discusses new ways to think about Kubernetes, including resource optimization which can be achieved by empowering developers through automation. He also shared the company’s latest new machine learning-powered multi-dimensional optimization solution, Optimize Live.<a href="https://the
08/03/2022 • 27 minutes 42 seconds
Java Adapts to Cloud Native Computing
While Java continues to be the most widely used programming language in the enterprise, how is it faring the emerging cloud native ecosystem? Quite well, observed a panel of Oracle engineers who work the language. In fact, they estimate that they there are more than 50 million Java virtual machines running concurrently in the cloud at present.In this latest edition of The New Stack Makers podcast, we discussed the current state of Java with Georges Saab, who is Oracle's vice president of software development, for the Java Platform Group; Donald Smith, Oracle senior director of product management; and Sharat Chander, Oracle senior director of product management. TNS editors Darryl Taft and Joab Jacks
01/03/2022 • 28 minutes 43 seconds
Mitigating Risks in Cloud Native Applications
Two decades ago, security was an afterthought; it was often ‘bolted on’ to existing applications that left businesses with a reactive approach to threat visibility and enforcement. But with the proliferation of cloud native applications and businesses employing a work from anywhere model, the traditional approach to security is being reimagined to play an integral role from development through operations. From identifying, assessing, prioritizing, and adapting to risk across the applications, organizations are moving to a full view of their risk posture by employing security across the entire lifecycle.In this episode of The New Stack Makers podcast, Ratan Tipirneni, President and & CEO, Tigera discusses how organizations can take an active approach to security by bringing zero-trust principles to reduce the application’s attack surface, harness machine learning to combat runtime se
22/02/2022 • 28 minutes 8 seconds
Engineering the Reliability of Chaotic Cloud Native Environments
Cloud-native applications provide an advantage in terms of their scalability and velocity. Yet, despite their resiliency, the complexity of these systems has grown as the number of application components continue to increase. Understanding how these components fit together has stretched beyond what can be easily digested, further challenging the ability for organizations to prepare for technical issues that may arise from the system complexities.Last month, ChaosNative hosted its second annual engineering event, Chaos Carnival where we discussed the principles of chaos engineering and using them to optimize cloud applications in today’s complex IT systems.The panelists for this discussion:Karthik Satchitanand, Co-founder and Open-Source Lead, ChaosNative<a href="https://www.linkedin.
15/02/2022 • 53 minutes 29 seconds
TypeScript and the Power of a Statically-Typed Language
08/02/2022 • 30 minutes 10 seconds
When to Use Kubernetes, and When to Use Cloud Foundry
While Kubernetes brings a great deal of flexibility to application management, the Cloud Foundry platform-as-a-service (PaaS) software offers the best level of standardization, observed Julian Fischer, CEO, of cloud native services provider anynines.We chatted with Fischer for this latest episode of The New Stack Makers podcast, to learn about the company's experience in managing large-scale deployments of both Kubernetes and Cloud Foundry."A lot of the conversation today is about Kubernetes. But the Cloud Foundry ecosystem has been very strong," especially for enterprises, noted Fischer.
01/02/2022 • 24 minutes 17 seconds
Makings of a Web3 Stack: Agoric, IPFS, Cosmos Network
Want an easy way to get started in Web3? Download a desktop copy of IPFS (Interplanetary File System) and install it on your computer, advises Dietrich Ayala, IPFS Ecosystem Growth Engineer, Protocol Labs, in our most recent edition of The New Stack Makers podcast.We've been hearing a lot of hype about the Web3 and its promise of decentralization — how it will bring the power of the web back to the people, through the use of a blockchain. So what's up with that? How do you build a Web3 stack? What can you build with a Web3 stack? How far along is the community with tooling and ease-of-use?This virtual panel podcast sets out to answer all these questions.In addition to speaking t
25/01/2022 • 32 minutes 42 seconds
Managing Cloud Security Risk Posture Through a Full Stack Approach
Kubernetes, containers, and cloud-native technologies offer organizations the benefits of portability, flexibility and increased developer productivity but the security risks associated with adopting them continue to be a top concern for companies. In the recent State of Kubernetes Security report, 94% of respondents experienced at least one security incident in their Kubernetes environment in the last 12 months. In this episode of The New Stack Makers podcast, Avi Shua, CEO and Co-Founder of Orca Security talks about how organizations can enhance the security of their cloud environment by acting on the critical risks such as vulnerabilities, malware and misconfigurations by taking a snapshot of Kubernetes clusters and analyzing them, without the need for an agent.
19/01/2022 • 9 minutes 28 seconds
Deploying Scalable Machine Learning Models for Long-Term Sustainability
As machine learning models proliferate and become sophisticated, deploying them to the cloud becomes increasingly expensive. This challenge of optimizing the model also impacts the scale and requires the flexibility to move the models to different hardware like Graphic Processing Units (GPUs) or Central Processing Units (CPUs) to gain more advantage. The ability to accelerate the deployment of machine learning models to the cloud or edge at scale is shifting the way organizations build next-generation AI models and applications. And being able to optimize these models quickly to save costs and sustain them over time is moving to the forefront for many developers.In this episode of The New Stack Makers podcast recorded at AWS re:Invent, Luis Ceze, co-founder and CEO of OctoML talks about how to optimize and deploy machine learning models o
11/01/2022 • 15 minutes 48 seconds
Laying The Groundwork: How to Position an Open-Source Project
The most attractive characteristic of open-source projects is the potential to tap into the total addressable market of collaborators. But when looking for users to your project and building a community around it requires the project to stand out from the millions of others, how do you build a plan to monetize it?In this podcast, Emily Omier, a positioning consultant who works with startups to stake out the right position in the cloud native / Kubernetes ecosystem, discusses how to grow your project by finding the right market category for your open-source startup.Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack hosted this podcast.
04/01/2022 • 31 minutes 15 seconds
How to Hire (and Keep) Software Devs for Complex Systems
There’s no doubt that the cognitive load developers are facing is seemingly endlessly increasing. Microservices and open source have aggravated the situation, where it’s nearly impossible for one developer to get up to speed with any codebase. This makes onboarding extra challenging, and contributes to about two-thirds of tech workers experiencing burnout. CodeSee looks to help developers get up to speed faster by visualizing a codebase in just a few clicks.Shanea Leven, CEO and founder of CodeSee, sat down with TNS writer, Jennifer Riggins, on this episode of The New Stack Makers podcast to discuss workload complexity, work-life balance, and hiring/retaining best practices within the DevOps community.
28/12/2021 • 28 minutes 34 seconds
Why AI-Controlled Robots Need to Be Smarter for IT
Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) have seen a surge in adoption and advances for IT applications, especially for database management, CI/CD support and other functionalities. Robotics, meanwhile, is largely relegated to factory-floor automation. In this The New Stack Makers podcast, Pieter Abbeel, co-founder, president, chief scientist at covariant.ai, a supplier of “universal AI” for robotics, discusses why and how the potential of robotics can evolve beyond just serving as pre-programmed devices thanks to advances in IT. Abbeel also draws on his background to offer his perspective, as a professor at the University of California, Berkeley and a podcast host at The Robot Brains Podcast.Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack, hosted this podcast.
21/12/2021 • 21 minutes 18 seconds
Why CI/CD Continues to Evolve
Continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD) has seen some radical changes during the past few years, especially for continuous delivery. While not so long ago, application development and delivery was exclusively for monolithic stacks but delivering software for microservices and container environments is a very different animal.In this The New Stack Maker podcast, recorded at KubeCon+CloudNativeCon in October, guest Rob Zuber, chief technology officer at CircleCI, discusses the evolution of CI/CD from the perspective of CircleCI’s experience for over a decade.Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack, hosted this podcast.
14/12/2021 • 11 minutes 10 seconds
A Paradigm Shift in App Delivery
Improving the cadences for application delivery and updates and maintaining their availability over Internet infrastructure remain quintessential challenges for organizations delivering distributed digital experiences. Today, especially palpable among DevOps teams are the challenges associated with optimizing application delivery and security infrastructure in today’s increasingly cloud-centric world.In this The New Stack Maker podcast, Pankaj Gupta, senior director, product marketing, Citrix, discusses why a radical change for application delivery is in order.Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack, hosted this podcast.
09/12/2021 • 29 minutes 31 seconds
Most DevOps Plans Fail, but Things Are Getting Better
There is much discussion about boosting application release cadences, but the fact is that most organizations have not figured out how to deploy applications more quickly. According to data from analyst firm Gartner, 90% of DevOps initiatives will fail to fully meet expectations through 2023. In this breakfast episode of The New Stack Makers podcast, streamed live during LaunchDarkly’s annual Trajectory user’s conference, we discussed today’s DevOps struggles and challenges. Potential solutions were also covered, such as how DevOps teams are turning to self-service developer platforms to meet their cloud-deployment goals. Cody De Arkland, principal technical marketing engineer, LaunchDarkly; <a href="https://t
30/11/2021 • 46 minutes 2 seconds
What It Takes to Go from CNCF Sandbox to Incubation
The number of Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) projects has exploded since Kubernetes came onboard, setting the stage for hundreds of tools and platforms that have achieved the various CNCF project maturity milestones of Sandbox, Incubated or Graduated.With the profound influence the adoption of the projects have had on cloud native notwithstanding, it can be easy to sometimes overlook the monumental effort involved in every project by their contributors. In this The New Stack Makers podcast, we look at two CNCF projects that have gone from sandbox to incubation: Crossplane, a Kubernetes add-on for infrastructure assembly and OpenTelemetry, which supports a collection of tools, APIs, and SDKs for observability.The podcast featured guests involved with the projects including <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/d
23/11/2021 • 12 minutes 34 seconds
Why Cloud Native Is About Community
Cloud native is really only as good as the support and input the community provides. It is in this spirit that the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) continues to invest heavily in the community to support new and existing projects, including Kubernetes, Prometheus and Envoy that are among the cornerstones of cloud native today.During this latest episode of The New Stack Makers podcast, held live at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon last month, CNCF Marketing Manager Bill Mulligan and CNCF Developer Advocate Ihor Dvoretskyi spoke of the CNCF's Cloud Native Credits and Kubernetes Community Day program, as well as why these and other initiatives are vital to building cloud native tools and infrastructure of today and in the future.Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack, hosted this podcast.
16/11/2021 • 16 minutes 31 seconds
How Pokemon Go Creator Builds on Kubernetes for Developers
Kubernetes played a key role in maintaining Pokemon Go, Niantic’s wildly popular augmented-reality development. Kubernetes, and the efficiencies it offers DevOps teams, continue to play a role at Niantic, as the company builds on the game’s architecture to third-party developers.In this latest episode of The New Stack Makers podcast, Ria Bhatia, senior product manager of Niantic, discusses why the Pokemon Go platform remains relevant and why Kubernetes will remain an integral part of the platform as the company hopes to bring in more “developer customers.”
09/11/2021 • 13 minutes 21 seconds
Google’s Long-Time Open Source Director Speaks of the Future
Google’s open source program certainly has come a long way since 2003. That was when the search engine giant could still arguably be called a startup, Android had not yet been acquired and open source projects Kubernetes, Go and Chromium were years away in the making.It was also then that Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin asked their favorite recruiter to go and find an “open source person,” recounted Chris DiBona, the company’s director for open source. Already an open source pioneer before joining Google, DiBona continues to oversee the tech giant’s open source program, which continues to have major implications for the IT industry and the open source community.In this New Stack Makers podcast, DiBona discusses Google’s open source policy, as well as the search engine giant’s plans for its open source future.
08/11/2021 • 42 minutes 2 seconds
Open Source and the Cloud Native Data Center
The number of open source components inside services and applications continues to increase exponentially, and this adoption is creating a lot of change in how software is created, deployed and managed. in 2016, applications on average had 86 open source software components. Today, the average number of components is 528, according to “The 2021 Open Source Security and Risk Analysis (OSSRA) report.” In this latest edition of The New Stack Makers podcast, we discuss the implications of the explosion of open source’s adoption and its effect on data center operations. The guests were Mark Hinkle, co-founder and CEO, TriggerMesh, Shaun O’Meara, field CTO, Mirantis; Jeremy Tanner, developer relations, Equinix and Sophia Vargas, research analyst, open source programs office, Google. TNS’ Founder and Publisher Alex Williams and TNS Editor Joab Jackson hosted this podcast.
04/11/2021 • 40 minutes 6 seconds
Siloscape: Windows Container Malware That Breaks Kubernetes
In March, Daniel Prizmant, senior security researcher for Palo Alto Networks, uncovered the malware targeting Windows containers, calling the exploit “Siloscape.” In a blog post, he wrote the emergence of such an attack was not “not surprising given the massive surge in cloud adoption over the past few years.”In this edition of The New Stack Makers podcast, Prizmant, as the guest, described what makes Siloscape a threat for Kubernetes clusters — both for Linux and Windows containers.The New Stack’s publisher and founder, Alex Williams, hosted this episode.
03/11/2021 • 29 minutes 18 seconds
What the Future of Cloud Native is About to Bring
Since its creation almost six years ago and 120 projects later, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) has played a key role in the ongoing adoption of Kubernetes and associated tools and platforms for organizations making the shift to cloud native environments. In this The New Stack Makers podcast, Chris Aniszczyk, CTO, CNCF, discusses with The New Stack’s publisher and founder, Alex Williams, what’s hot in cloud native land and offers a glimpse of what is emerging.
02/11/2021 • 21 minutes 22 seconds
How Kubernetes Stateful Data Management Can Work
How Kubernetes environments might be able to offer hooks for storage, databases and other sources of persistent data still is a question in the minds of many potential users. To that end, a new consortium called the Data on Kubernetes Community (DoKC) was formed to help organizations find the best ways of working with stateful data on Kubernetes.In this latest episode of The New Stack Maker podcast, two members of the group discuss the challenges associated with running stateful workloads on Kubernetes and how DoKC can help.Participants for this conversation were Melissa Logan, principal, of Constantia.io, an open source and enterprise tech marketing firm, and director of DoKC; Patrick McFadin, vice president, developer relations and chief evangelist for the <a href="https:/
28/10/2021 • 30 minutes 48 seconds
Chainguard, a 'Zero Trust' Supply Chain Security Company
Five former Googlers recently started Chainguard, a newly minted supply chain security company focusing on Zero Trust principles. Their mission is to help support DevOps teams with their monumental struggles of securing application code across the development, deployment and management cycle.“Supply chain security by default is our mission and making it really easy for developers to do the right thing,” Kim Lewandowski, founder and product, for Chainguard, said during a The New Stack Makers podcast recorded live at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon in October.Alex Williams, founder and publishe
27/10/2021 • 14 minutes 30 seconds
How GitOps Benefits from Security-as-Code
Security-as-code is the practice of “building security into DevOps tools and workflows by mapping out how changes to code and infrastructure are made and finding places to add security checks, tests, and gates without introducing unnecessary costs or delays,” according to tech publisher O’Reilly. In this latest “pancakes and podcast” special episode —recorded during a pancake breakfast during KubeCon + CloudNativeCon in October — we discuss how security-as-code can benefit emerging GitOps practices.The guests were Sean O’Dell, director of developer advocacy, Accurics, <a h
26/10/2021 • 33 minutes 37 seconds
What It Takes to Become a Senior Engineer
It takes more than just years of experience to become a senior software engineer — among the prerequisites are having a good marketing sense, interviewing skills and other personal qualities required to become one.In this The New Stack Makers podcast, guests Swizec Teller, a senior software engineer, Tia — a healthcare company— and author, and Shawn Wang, head of developer experience for microservices orchestration platform provider Temporal.io, describe the mindset and other attributes required to become a senior engineer.Darryl Taft, TNS news editor, hosted the podcast.
21/10/2021 • 34 minutes 4 seconds
Business Innovation Across Multiclouds
Software deployments increasingly involve highly distributed and decentralized application development processes for deployments across any combination of data centers, public cloud and to the edge. All the while, reliability, security or performance cannot be compromised.In this The New Stack Makers podcast, a panel of technology executives discussed the best ways to speed up business innovation in today’s multicloud and multi-infrastructure world. They also discussed how to deliver apps and services faster to improve the customer experience — over a pancake breakfast during VMworld, VMware’s annual user’s conference.The guests were Dormain Drewitz, senior director of product marketing for VMware Tanzu, Mandy Storbakken,
20/10/2021 • 58 minutes 54 seconds
Mist.io and the Challenge of Multicloud Management
Sometimes, multicloud just happens. Some organizations might have, for example, applications running on Amazon Web Services in one department, while at the same time, while another may come to rely on Google Cloud or other cloud provider services.How do you make them work under one unified architecture? The difficulties of multicloud management is the main topic of this latest episode of the New Stack Makers podcast, where we interview the CEO and co-founder of mulitcloud management platform provider Mist.io, Chris Psaltis. Here we discussed the inherent difficulties and possible solutions for running operations across multiple cloud services, as well as how Mist.io can help. TNS Editor Joab Jackson was the host.
12/10/2021 • 25 minutes 11 seconds
Policy and Infrastructure as Code Go Together Like Syrup and Pancakes
Many organizations need better and tighter infrastructure policy for their distributed systems. This need has been underscored by an increasing number of misconfigurations, especially in distributed microservices and Kubernetes environments.How policy as code extends infrastructure as code was discussed in this latest episode of The New Stack Makers podcast, another one of our “pancakes and podcast” special episodes. The guests were Deepak Giridharagopal, chief technology officer of Puppet; Tiffany Jachja, data engineering manager for Vox Media; James Turnbull, vice president of engineering of the internationally known luxury and art auctioneer Sotheby’s; and <a href="https://ca.linked
07/10/2021 • 43 minutes 33 seconds
The Advantages and Challenges of Going ‘Edge Native’
As the internet fills every nook and cranny of our lives, it runs into greater complexity for developers, operations engineers, and the organizations that employ them. How do you reduce latency? How do you comply with the regulations of each region or country where you have a virtual presence? How do you keep data near where it’s actually used?For a growing number of organizations, the answer is to use the edge.In this episode of Makers, the New Stack podcast, Ron Lev, general manager of Cox Edge, and Sheraline Barthelmy, head of product, marketing and customer success for Cox Edge, were joined by Chetan Venkatesh, founder and CEO of Macrometa. The trio discussed the best use cases for edge computing, the advantages
06/10/2021 • 28 minutes 49 seconds
Databases and Kubernetes: Adopting a Distributed Mindset
Cloud native systems are, by definition, distributed —but to run databases securely and effectively on them, what’s needed is not only purpose-fit technology, but a change of mindset, according to this podcast episode’s guests.In this episode of Makers, the New Stack podcast, Jim Walker, principal product evangelist and Michelle Gienow, senior technical content manager, of Cockroach Labs (and a former New Stack reporter), discussed how distributed systems create new challenges for databases, the paradigm shift that’s needed to run databases effectively on Kubernetes, and the results of a new survey of Kubernetes users.The podcast was hosted by Heather Joslyn, features editor of The
04/10/2021 • 25 minutes 42 seconds
What to Expect at KubeCon+CloudNativeCon
It’s that time of the year again, when we gather to discuss all matters related to Kubernetes and the other assorted tooling necessary to make cloud native computing happen.KubeCon+CloudNativeCon will be held in Los Angeles next month, October 11 -15.A key difference at this year’s event — the first onsite event from the Cloud Native Computing Foundation since the beginning of the pandemic — is that the flagship cloud native conference will offer a much more significant virtual experience for those unable to travel to the venue in L.A..The virtual aspect of this year’s KubeCon+CloudNativeCon “is expected to continue indefinitely,” Priyanka Sharma, general manager, <a href="https://cncf.io/?utm_content=sponsor-disclosure" target="_bl
27/09/2021 • 26 minutes 24 seconds
Fiberplane's Collaborative Notebooks for Incident Management
Database giant Oracle added a container native CI/CD platform to its cloud portfolio when it purchased Wercker in 2017. Since the acquisition, Wercker founder, Micha Hernandez van Leuffen, started Fiberplane, for which he is the CEO. In this latest episode of The New Stack Makers podcast, van Leuffen discusses the different aspects of the development of the Wercker and how that has parlayed into his work at Fiberplane, which offers collaborative notebooks for resolving incidents. Alana Anderson, founder and managing partner, base case capital, offered input from an investment capital firm perspective as well.Alex Williams, founder and publisher, and <a href="https:/
21/09/2021 • 32 minutes 24 seconds
Puppet's New Mission: Automating Cloud Native Infrastructure
An organization that has any ambitions or hopes to scale application deployments across cloud native environments is not going to get very far without automation.From CI/CD support, increasing application deployment speed — often across different environments — and maintaining compliance and security, operations teams manually managing these processes is just not humanly possible after a certain point.In this latest episode of The New Stack Makers podcast, Abby Kearns, Chief Technology Officer and head of R&D, and Chip Childers, Puppet Chief Architect, discussed what automation for infrastructure management for cloud native deployments means for Puppet and for the IT industry. Alex Williams, founder and publisher of TNS, hosted this interview.
15/09/2021 • 32 minutes 34 seconds
Why Cloud Native Open Source is Critical for Twitter and Spotify
At last count, social media giant Twitter enjoys around 353 million active users, and streaming music service Spotify has 356 million active listeners. In both cases, open source tools and platforms for cloud native environments have served as the cornerstones for their tremendous growth.In this latest episode of The New Stack Makers podcast, Spotify Senior Staff Engineer Dave Zolotusky, and Twitter Developer Experience Lead and Manager for Engineering Effectiveness Jasmine James discussed the role of open source software in their respective organizations. Katie Gamanj, ecosystem manager of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation and <a href="https://thenewst
01/09/2021 • 31 minutes 24 seconds
Meet the DevSecOps Skillset Challenge For Cloud Deployments
There is much discussion about technology and tool gaps when organizations make the shift to cloud environments. However, a major — and often less-discussed — challenge is how to ensure that the DevOps team has the necessary skillsets to see the project through. Making sure that the right in-house talent and DevSecOps culture is in place to make the shift without exposing the organization's data and applications to security risks is especially critical.In this The New Stack Makers podcast hosted by Alex Williams, founder and publisher of TNS, guest Ashley Ward, technical director, office of the CTO, Palo Alto Networks, discussed the associated DevSecOps skillsets challenges for cloud deployments.
31/08/2021 • 28 minutes 4 seconds
What User Empathy Means at Google Today
It's said we can all stand to make improvements when it comes to empathy. In software engineering, empathy is required to create something that the end user can easily figure out; it's unacceptable to build something you think is great but expect customers to figure it out on their own, just because you think they should. Search engine giant, cloud services leader and Kubernetes creator, Google, realizes this.In this latest episode of The New Stack Makers podcast, The New Stack Founder and Publisher Alex Williams and TNS News Editor Darryl Taft sit down with Google’s Kim Bannerman, program manager for Empathetic Engineering, and Kelsey Hightower, principal developer advocate, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), to discuss Google's Customer Empathy Program and end-user satisfaction.
24/08/2021 • 36 minutes 17 seconds
Low-code, No-code Can Work for Cloud Native
The definition of “low-code, no-code” remains a subject of debate. For some, it is the ability for a so-called “citizen developer” who lacks the training and skills to develop software — to be able to rely on a platform to deploy code with the same level of competence as that of a professional software engineer. Others describe low-code, no-code as a way to rely on a platform that facilitates software development — while automating many of the tasks in a build — to both simplify the process for inexperienced developers and to save time and resources for experienced developers. In both cases in this increasingly crowded space, low-code, no-code makes the coding and software development process simpler and more automated as a result.In the case of low-code, no-code platform provider gopaddle, the idea is to to “unleash the power of a no-code platform for modern applications.” How low-code, no-code can be applied to Go-centric applications runn
19/08/2021 • 29 minutes 43 seconds
CloudBees Preps for DevOps World and a New Phase of Growth
As continuous integration and delivery provider CloudBees prepares for its annual DevOps World conferences, the company also is gearing up for a new phase of growth with a greater focus on security, AI and making DevOps easier.DevOps World will run September 28-30. Last year, the event drew around 30,000 virtual attendees. This year the event is again virtual and is also free. With a tagline of “building the future of software delivery together,” the focus of DevOps World will be to reach out to the entire DevOps ecosystem to share knowledge on the tools, techniques and best practices currently in use and those anticipated for the future.In this latest episode of The New Stack Makers podcast we interview <a href="https://
17/08/2021 • 37 minutes 30 seconds
What It Requires to Secure APIs for Microservices
Both APIs and microservices play a key role in cloud native environments. Microservices serve as the cornerstone of distributed and shared computing resources. At the same time, APIs serve as a very efficient way to streamline many operations and development tasks from DevOps teams.However, both microservices and APIs carry with them their own security risks. All it takes is for one compromised Kubernetes node to allow for an intruder to gain root access through an API to an organization’s entire container infrastructure across multiple clusters (a worst-case scenario).In this episode of The New Stack Makers podcast, we look at how to both secure microservices with APIs and how to rely on APIs to delegate certain security tasks to a trusted third party. Our guest is Viktor Gamov, principal developer advocate for Kong, an API-connectivity company. The episode is hosted by <a href="http
12/08/2021 • 28 minutes 18 seconds
Ransomware Is More Real Than You Think
You have a teddy bear you want to love and protect. A big brother or sister takes the teddy bear and threatens to hold it for ransom until you pay up. What do you do?The teddy bear analogy is certainly simplistic, but it also reflects the reality of the ransomware attacks that organizations increasingly face. Attackers block access to critical data in exchange for increasingly outlandish ransoms. According to a Palo Alto Networks’ Unit 42 report, the highest ransom in 2020 was $30 million, up from $15 million in 2019.In this latest episode of The New Stack Makers podcast, we spoke with Jason Williams, product marketing manager for Prisma Cloud at Palo Alto Networks, about what organizations should do to protect themselves from ransomware attacks. Alex Williams, founder and pu
06/08/2021 • 25 minutes 54 seconds
Cloud Native Deployments Bring New Complexities to the Developer
Many organizations are finding that shifting to cloud native environments has become easier than it was in the past. However, the complexities and ensuing challenges can still surmount once at-scale deployments begin.In this episode of The New Stack Makers podcast, hosted by TNS’ Alex Williams, founder and publisher, and Joab Jackson, TNS managing editor, application-deployment standards are the discussion of the day. The featured guests are Bruno Andrade, founder, Shipa, a provider of frameworks for Kubernetes; and Bassam Tabbara, founder and CEO, Upbound, which offers a universal control plane for multi-cluster management.
28/07/2021 • 25 minutes 2 seconds
Kelsey Hightower, Mark Shuttleworth: Kubernetes Relies on Linux
Canonical's wildly popular Ubuntu Linux distribution continues to quietly play a role in the continued widespread adoption of Kubernetes. And that quiet support is as it should be, concluded Kelsey Hightower, Google Cloud Platform principal developer advocate, and Mark Shuttleworth, CEO of Canonical, in this latest episode of The New Stack Makers podcast. Alex Williams, founder and publisher of TNS hosted this episode.Taking a step back, Ubuntu, as well as Linux in general, has become much easier to use, expanding beyond what many once considered to be a server operating system and an esoteric alternative to Windows.“There was this kind of inflection point where Linux has gone from like this command line server-si
21/07/2021 • 37 minutes 14 seconds
Infoblox: How DDI Can Help Solve Network Security and Management Ills
Network connections can be likened to attending an amusement park, where Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), serves as the ticket to enter the park and the domain name system (DNS) is the map around the park. Network management and security provider Infoblox made a name for itself by collapsing those two core pieces into a single platform for enterprises to be able to control where IP addresses are assigned and how they manage network creation and movement."They control their own DNS so that they can have better control over their traffic,” explained Anthony James, Infoblox vice president of product marketing, in this latest episode of The New Stack Makers podcast, hosted by Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack.
20/07/2021 • 29 minutes 12 seconds
Continuous Delivery and Release Automation (CDRA) Picks Up Where CI/CD Ends
When it comes to at-scale software development, is continuous delivery and release automation (CDRA) the next step in the evolution of continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD)?Forrester Research thinks so. The analysis firm describes CDRA as a way for organizations to deliver better-quality software faster and more securely, by automating digital pipelines and improving end-to-end management and visibility.In this edition of The New Stack Makers podcast, Anders Wallgren, CloudBees vice president of technology strategy, discusses CDRA, supporting tools and the goals and challenges DevOps teams have when delivering software today. CI/CD systems provider CloudBees was named a leading CDRA vendor in the report "The Forrester Wave: Continuous Delivery And Release
15/07/2021 • 25 minutes 58 seconds
When Is Decentralized Storage the Right Choice?
The amount of data created has doubled every year, presenting a host of challenges for organizations: security and privacy issues for starters, but also storage costs. What situations call for that data move to decentralized cloud storage rather than on-prem or even a single public cloud storage setup? What are the advantages and challenges of a decentralized cloud storage solution for data, and how can those be navigated?On this episode of Makers, the New Stack podcast, Ben Golub, CEO of Storj, and Krista Spriggs, software engineering manager at the company, were joined by Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack, along with Heather Joslyn, TNS’ features editor. Golub and Spriggs talked about how decentralized stora
14/07/2021 • 26 minutes 9 seconds
CNCF Assesses the Tools for Kubernetes Multicluster Management
Once they have piloted Kubernetes, many organizations then want to scale up their K8s deployments, and run workloads across many clusters. But managing multiple clusters requires a new set of tools, ones that automate many routine and manual tasks. So, for its fifth Tech Radar report, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation surveyed the tools available for multicluster management, based on the input from its end-user community.In this edition of The New Stack Analysts podcast, we talk with two people who helped assemble the report, Federico Hernandez, principal engineer social media analysis provider Meltwater, and Simone Sciarrati, Meltwater engineering team lead. We chatted about the report's findin
13/07/2021 • 28 minutes 30 seconds
Video Game Security Should Be Simple for Developers
Video games continue to explode in popularity, while the number of potential attack vectors increase as well. In this The New Stack Makers podcast host Alex Williams, publisher and founder of TNS and co-host Bharat Bhat, marketing lead, developer relations, for Okta, cover why and how video game platforms and connections should be more secure with guest Okta Senior Developer Advocate Nick Gamb.The gaming industry has often served as a showcase for some of industry’s greatest programming talents. As a case in point, John Carmack’s C++ code underpinning “Doom” is considered one of historical greats of programming not just for gaming but for software in general. For Gamb, while growing up, playing “Quake” and “Doom” before studyin
08/07/2021 • 25 minutes 12 seconds
Decentralization Returns the Internet to its Roots
The internet's fabled history includes such milestones as the Advanced Research Projects Agency's (ARPA) development of packet switching (ARPANET), paving the way for today's modern infrastructure, or Tim Berners-Lee’s research that culminated in the explosive adoption of the World Wide Web (WEB) in the 1990s. Today, as microservices, Kubernetes and distributed environments and connections become more prevalent, the use of the Internet is becoming more decentralized as well.In this episode of The New Stack Makers podcast hosted by Alex Williams, founder and publisher of TNS, Storj Labs' Ben Golub, chairman and interim CEO, and Katherine Johnson, head of compliance, discuss how the Internet today centers around decentralization — and more importantly — how de
07/07/2021 • 25 minutes 12 seconds
Reckoning With the Human Factor in Observability
Observability is widely misunderstood, but in an age of increased security breaches and more business being conducted online, it’s never been more important. How should organizations be thinking about their resources in multicloud environments? What strategies should they adopt to catch gaps in their security before hackers do? And also, what cultural changes might DevOps teams adopt to strengthen their observability?In this episode of The New Stack Makers podcast, Maya Levine, technical marketing engineer and cloud native and cyber security evangelist for Check Point, joined co-hosts Alex Williams, The New Stack’s publisher, and Heather Joslyn, TNS’s features editor, for a discussion of what observability means now.
06/07/2021 • 26 minutes 43 seconds
Why One Storage Provider Adopted Go as Its Programming Language
30/06/2021 • 25 minutes 54 seconds
Cloud Native Security Shifts the Focus Back to Securing the Application
Cloud native computing is bringing about such a sea change in how applications are developed, deployed and run, that, not surprisingly, it is changing the rules for information security as well. Case in point: serverless computing.In this latest edition of The New Stack makers podcast, we speak with Check Point's Cloud Security Strategist Hillel Solow, who has been at the cutting edge of these changes. Solow co-founded Protego Labs, a pioneer in serverless security. Security vendor Check Point saw the writing on the security wall early on and gobbled up Protego in 2019. The New Stack Publisher Alex Williams and TNS Editor <a href="https://thenewstack.io/
29/06/2021 • 27 minutes 33 seconds
How to Secure Microservices in Ways Developers Like
The number of services cloud providers alone have begun to offer over the past couple of years has exploded, potentially exposing an exponentially larger number of microservices to vulnerabilities that support these services across multiple cloud and on-premises environments.In this The New Stack Makers podcast hosted by Jack Wallen, a correspondent for The New Stack, TJ (Tsion) Gonen, head of Cloud Security, Check Point, puts microservices security in context and describes the critical role security tools play and the support that artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) offer.
23/06/2021 • 32 minutes 26 seconds
Progressive Delivery Past, Present and Future
The definitions of progressive delivery can vary, while many, if not most, would agree it represents an evolution of CI/CD. In this The New Stack Makers podcast The New Stack’s Alex Williams, publisher and founder, and B. Cameron Gain, correspondent, of The New Stack, cover why progressive delivery will play a large role in the future of DevOps. Nick Rendall, senior product marketing manager, CloudBees, is the featured guest.While progressive delivery is universally accepted as important for DevOps and software development, delivery and post-deployment management, how best to implement it remains a challenge for many organizations. “Everyone understands that progressive delivery is a good thing, and now it's like, ‘okay, great, but how do we really do it and let's take this concept and let's really build it out into our big enterprise organizations,” said Rendall.
22/06/2021 • 24 minutes 40 seconds
How to Recognize, Recover from, and Prevent Burnout
The tech industry is broken. We deify overworking, and think burnout comes with bragging rights. But how do we break this exhausting cycle? In this episode of The New Stack Makers, we talk with LaunchDarkly's Manager of Developer Marketing Dawn Parzych about how to identify burnout in others and in yourself, how to treat it, and how to build a psychologically safe working environment that allows folks to say no.With a masters in psychology and a DevRel role that certainly straddles people and tech, Parzych's work often sits on the people side of wh
15/06/2021 • 23 minutes 45 seconds
Why Cloud Native Data Management Day Is About Stateful Data
No longer considered an ephemeral concept as it originally was, data management has become a huge issue and challenge, especially for managing stateless data in Kubernetes environments. Cloud Native Data Management Day at the recently held KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe 2021 event in May and the state of data management were the subject of discussion in this edition of The New Stack Makers podcast, hosted by Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack. The guests were Michael Cade, senior global technologist, Veeam Software and Nigel Poulton, owner of nigelpoulton.com, which offers Kubernetes and Docker training and other services. Both Cade and Poulton were also involved in the organization of Cloud Native Data Management Day.
10/06/2021 • 33 minutes 37 seconds
The New Stack Makers: Staying in "the Zone" with the Right Dev Tools
08/06/2021 • 28 minutes 21 seconds
A Different Perspective on Software Planning and Deployment
No matter how much we prepare, deployments don’t always go as planned. In this edition of The New Stack Makers podcast, hosted by Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack, Isabelle Miller, software engineer, LaunchDarkly, describes how DevOps teams can build processes to help remove unwanted surprises during release cycles — and why they do not need to be stressful.One of the main things Miller said she has discovered since joining LaunchDarkly at the beginning of 2020 is the importance of having procedures in place for when things do go wrong, “because things are going to go wrong,” she said.“You need to be able to manage that problem as quickly as possible, and minimize any harm before things get out o
01/06/2021 • 28 minutes 28 seconds
How Adidas Manages for Scale
How Adidas manages for scale gives a sense for how a sportswear company is also in part similar to a software house just in terms of measuring how much code they run.In this episode of The New Stack Makers podcast, Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack, speaks with Adidas’ Iñaki Alzorriz, senior director platform engineering, and Rastko Vukasinovic, director solution architecture, on how Adidas scales DevOps and resiliency on Kubernetes. They also discuss how Adidas views managing at scale in three ways: technically, culturally and strategically.
26/05/2021 • 31 minutes 15 seconds
What Observability Should Do for Your Organization
Debate continues in the industry about what observability is, and more specifically, what it should offer DevOps, especially those working in operations who are often responsible for detecting those “unknown unknowns.” In this The New Stack Makers podcast hosted by Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack, Bartek Plotka, a principal engineer at Red Hat, a SIG observability tech Lead for Thanos and a Prometheus maintainer; and Richard Hartmann, community director at Grafana, a Prometheus maintainer, OpenMetrics founder and a CNCF SIG observability chair member, discuss how observability should be easier to use and how it can be cost effective.
25/05/2021 • 37 minutes 9 seconds
Data Persistence and Storage over Pancakes at KubeCon EU 2021
At this year’s KubeCon EU 2021, some things were the same — it was still virtual which meant it attracted a huge turnout of a more broadly international audience — and some things were different — like that almost everyone’s bought into Kubernetes and cloud native architecture, it’s now just how they use it. Another KubeCon tradition, The New Stack hosted a live pancake breakfast to reflect on the maturity of Kubernetes particularly around data persistence and storage.Our Publisher Alex Williams hosted this year’s very early discussion (at least for him) with Itzik Reich, VP of technologists, and Nivas Iyer, senior principal product manager, both at Dell Technologies, along with pancakes regular Cheryl Hung, VP of ecosystem at the Cloud Native Computing Foundation.
19/05/2021 • 26 minutes 20 seconds
GitOps, WebAssembly, Smarter APIs: The Developer Experience Is Just Getting Started
The adoption of GitOps, improvements to APIs and the increasing reach of virtual machine language WebAssembly (Wasm) are influencing the developer experience, and ultimately, how DevOps teams reach their application-deployment and -management goals. These were among the more talked-about themes at Cloud Native Computing Foundation KubeCon + CloudNativeCon EUPutting it all into context, Alex Williams, founder and publisher, and Joab Jackson, managing editor, of The New Stack, are the hosts of this The New Stack Makers podcast. The featured guests are Bryan Liles, principal engineer, VMware and Cheryl Hung, vice president of ecosystem, CNCF.
18/05/2021 • 45 minutes 22 seconds
How to Improve Kubernetes Observability for Developer Velocity
A major part of improving developer velocity is about getting the most out of an observability platform. While that is a commonly held assumption, this best practice is also a far-reaching goal for many DevOps teams.Hosted by Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack, this The New Stack Makers — podcast recorded during a virtual pancake breakfast — features a discussion on improving observability for developers. The featured guests were Zain Asgar, general manager, Pixie and New Relic open source and CEO and co-founder of Pixie Labs, Roopak Venkatakrishnan, engineering manager, Bolt (an e-commerce retailer tool), Ihor Dvoretskyi, developer advocate, Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) and
17/05/2021 • 32 minutes 44 seconds
GitOps Modern Practices for Reaching a Desired State and Decreasing Exposure
As GitOps moves beyond improving how code repositories are managed for continuous integration/continuous integration (CI/CD), the security component of GitOps has become more of a pressing issue as the use of Git, and GitOps, becomes more widely adopted. The open source community should also play a critical role in improving GitOps.Hosted by Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack, this recording features Om Moolchandani, co-founder and CISO/CTO, for Accurics, Cindy Blake, senior security evangelist, GitLab, Frank Kim, fellow, SANS Institute; Sanjeev Sharma, head of platform engineering, Truist Financial and Katie Gamanji, ecosystem advocate, Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF).
12/05/2021 • 28 minutes 23 seconds
Developers Just Want To Know if They Have a Problem
Developers just want to know if they have a vulnerability before putting code into production. But often, the answer back is not what the developer wants to hear.More analysis is needed, the software security group will often reply, said Meera Rao, senior director of product management at Synopsys, in this latest episode of The New Stack Makers, hosted by Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack,Rao is the creator of a new intelligent orchestration technology that helps developers get their issues resolved without a long wait. That long wait is remedied by relying on Synopsys’ system to let developers know what’s wrong and whether specific security holes require immediate fixing or not.
10/05/2021 • 28 minutes 43 seconds
What to Build First: Istio or Kubernetes?
What we do know about Kubernetes? It’s a raw, gaping maw. It’s not meant for most of us. What is needed? Access to the grinding, digital gears that make what we know of as distributed architectures.
Istio is an example of a management layer for Kubernetes, said Zack Butcher, part of the founding engineering team at Tetrate, a service mesh company. He joins Varun Talwar, co-founder at Tetrate for a discussion about the service mesh Istio and its role in the management of highly distributed networks, including, of course, Kubernetes in this The New Stack Makers podcast. Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack, hosted this episode.
22/04/2021 • 30 minutes 44 seconds
The Insider’s Guide to KubeCon+CloudNativeCon EU 2021
In this episode of The New Stack Makers podcast, hosted by Joab Jackson, managing editor for The New Stack, we speak two of the fabled conference’s key organizers about what to expect and what the organizers’ goals are: Priyanka Sharma, general manager for CNCF and Stephen Augustus, engineering director and head of open source at Cisco.
This is no business-as-usual KubeCon conference, of course. Last year’s KubeCon EU was cancelled just a few weeks before the event was scheduled to take place. Then, many question marks remained during the early days of the pandemic about not only the future of conferences but how workers in the IT industry would continue to live and work. As it turns out, this year’s event is virtual, of course, and at the very least, there is no shortage of talks and events.
All told, for KubeCon, experts from organizations including Adobe, Apple, CERN, Nvidia and OVHcloud will deliver more than 100 sessions, keynotes, lightning talks, and breakout se
20/04/2021 • 34 minutes 22 seconds
How Kasten’s Ongoing Contribution to Open Source Bears Fruit for Stateful Storage
This The New Stack Makers podcast explores the state of open source software today and features a case example of what is possible: Kasten by Veeam has created Kubestr to identify, validate and evaluate storage systems running in cloud native environments. As Michael Cade, a senior global technologist for Veeam, describes Kubestr, the open source tool provides information about what storage solutions are available for particular Kubernetes clusters and how well they are performing. The software project is also intended to offer DevOps teams an “easy button” to automate these processes.
Hosted by Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack, Cade and fellow guest Sirish Bathina, a software engineer, for Kasten, describe Kasten’s long-standing collaboration with the open source community and how Kubestr serves as case study example of both an ambitious open source project and what is possible today for stateful storage in Kubernetes environments.
15/04/2021 • 26 minutes 52 seconds
How eBay Is Working for Developer Speed
The New Stack Makers’ recent “eBay Baby! How eBay Is Working for Developer Speed” livestream podcast covered a lot of ground about eBay’s five successive reengineers of its IT architecture. Recorded on April 1 and hosted by Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack, eBay’s challenges and achievements were certainly no joke. The eBay guests Randy Shoup, vice president, engineering and chief architect, Mark Weinberg, vice president, core product engineering and Lakshimi Duraivenkatesh, vice president, buyer experience engineering offered their insight and lessons learned over pancakes.
12/04/2021 • 34 minutes 23 seconds
How Your Network Impacts User Experience in a COVID-19 World
In this The New Stack Makers podcast, hosted by Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack, Lad discusses ThousandEyes’ work as a network monitoring provider to meet the challenges of the day. Lad discussed his background in networking, the evolution of networking and software in general and the parallel growth of the Internet as it relates to ThousandEyes.
Needless to say, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a profound impact on remote work in a number of ways. Mohit Lad, general manager, co-founder and former CEO of ThousandEyes, has been at the front lines. He and his team at ThousandEyes have helped a number of customers meet the networking- and infrastructure-management challenges associated with tremendous surges in remote data connections during the past year.
08/04/2021 • 30 minutes 54 seconds
K3s Gets its Due and its Own Day at KubeCon EU
In 2018, Kubernetes had become too big to run on Raspberry Pi. For a while, it meant that kubeadmin could not run on the micro-device. K3s changed that and represents a new take on Kubernetes: stripped of code, K3s is a lightweight version of Kubernetes meant to run on edge devices.
Today, K3s is seeing a rise in popularity as are a host of other new services that focus on the edge for Kubernetes architectures.
It’s now at the point that the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) is planning Kubernetes on Edge Day at KubeCon, said Bill Mulligan, marketing manager for CNCF in a podcast recording with Alex Ellis, founder at OpenFaaS and the author of a new course on K3s that will be available for KubeCon, scheduled for May 4-7.
05/04/2021 • 30 minutes 53 seconds
Advanced Threats in the Orchestrated Cloud
In this, The New Stack Makers Livestream podcast, hosted by Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack, the security challenges associated with moving to a public cloud is the central theme. Issues such as what are the different ways that attackers can attack an enterprise that is using public cloud infrastructure and how the enterprises can defend themselves from such attacks are discussed.
The guests are Ankur Shah, vice president of products, Prisma Cloud, Alok Tongaonkar, director, data science, Palo Alto Networks and Gaspar Modelo-Howard, principal data scientist at Palo Alto Networks.
30/03/2021 • 38 minutes 52 seconds
OKTA Series - The Road to As-Needed Infrastructure Security
In this episode, co-hosts Alex Williams, founder, and publisher of The New Stack, and Randall Degges, head of developer advocacy at security services provider Okta, speak with guest Ev Kontsevoy, co-founder and CEO of Teleport, which offers organizations instant access to computing resources.
An organization’s cloud security processes often cover several different cloud providers, while oftentimes hundred, if not thousands, of developers all have multiple cloud accounts. Since each account typically adheres to different security systems and policies, managing it all represents yet another security challenge DevOps teams face.
Web security is the theme of the latest episode in our new series “Security @ Scale” on The New Stack Makers with Okta. The series explores security in modern environments with stories from the trenches including security horror stories and fantastic failures.
24/03/2021 • 35 minutes 32 seconds
Okta Series - How a Security-Minded Culture Can Change Bad Habits
In this episode, co-hosts Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack, and Randall Degges, head of developer advocacy at security services provider Okta, discuss the challenges associated with building a security-minded culture and what works and what does not work.
Culture is a cornerstone of sound security policy. However, at many — if not most — organizations, cultural changes are warranted in a number of ways, not least of which for security and policy.
How to build a security-minded culture is the theme of the latest episode in our new series “Security @ Scale” on The New Stack Makers with Okta. The series explores security in modern environments with stories from the trenches including security horror stories and fantastic failures.
17/03/2021 • 32 minutes 56 seconds
When Application Management Across the Net Requires ‘Google Maps’ Visibility
In this, The New Stack Makers podcast, hosted by Alex Williams, founder, and publisher of The New Stack, Joe Vaccaro, head of products, ThousandEyes, discussed today’s digital supply chain for the modern app experience and managing backend interdependencies.
The days are long gone when users accessed data mainly through local area network (LAN) connections and ran applications stored on centralized servers in the data center. Conversely, in today’s highly distributed network experience, the user’s access to applications is through a vast contingent of network connections, supported by microservices and in multicloud environments. Application performance is also highly dependent on DNS and other network connections for which organizations often lack visibility into the complete digital supply chain. In many cases, for example, it is thus difficult to determine whether sub-par application performance is due to network connectivity or bad code in the stack.
11/03/2021 • 28 minutes 46 seconds
Okta Series - Mobile Security Dev, a Database and Authentication POV
This episode of The New Stack Makers series with Okta, on all topics related to development and security at scale, features the development requirements for securing mobile apps. They are explored from two points of view: the database and authentication.
Guests Ian Ward, senior product manager, mobile, for MongoDB discusses synchronizing mobile data with backend databases and his related work on Realm, a mobile database, and Aaron Parecki, senior security architect, for Okta, describes authentication, and OAuth, for which he is the spec editor and member of the OAuth working group. Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack hosts with co-host Randall Degges, head of developer advocacy at API security firm at Okta.
10/03/2021 • 34 minutes 13 seconds
Kim Crayton: Anti-Racist Economist and Future Nobel Prize for Economics
“Black women are the moral compass of this country,” Kim Crayton said, referring to the United States in this episode of The New Stack Makers. But it’s exhausting work. And repetitive, to continue to offer the same basics to white people of what’s wrong with a country, an economy, and a tech industry that’s systemically built on anti-Blackness.
“Tech always thinks in binaries, which gets on my nerves. People of color, people from marginalized communities, we survive living in the gray. There is no right, wrong, good, bad because it changes situationally. So you have people who want to flip the tables. And then folks act like the only alternative is to prepare marginalized communities to go into spaces and work in places where they’re going to be harmed,” Crayton said.
08/03/2021 • 47 minutes 41 seconds
HashiCorp Vault Gets Top Honors in Latest CNCF Tech Radar
In this edition of The New Stack Analysts podcast, host Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack and co-host Cheryl Hung, vice president of ecosystem at CNCF Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), discuss why secrets management is essential for DevOps teams, what the tool landscape is like and why Vault was selected as the top alternative. CNCF Tech Radar contributors and featured guests were Steve Nolen, site reliability engineer, RStudio — which creates open source software for data science, scientific research and technical communication — and Andrea Galbusera, engineering and co-founder, AuthKeys, a SaaS platform provider for managing and auditing servers authorizations and logins.
04/03/2021 • 34 minutes
Okta Series - How to Secure Web Applications in a Static and Dynamic World w/ Dustin Rogers
In this episode, co-hosts Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack, and Randall Degges, head of developer advocacy at security services provider Okta, speak with guest Dustin Rogers, staff application security engineer, Netlify, about all things related to static Web security management.
Netlify is a popular static website hosting platform for Jamstack used by over a million web developers. But while Netlify is popular, thanks to its simplicity for uploading code to the platform from GitHub and managing Web applications once uploaded, the security it offers for the static environments is of interest as well.
Using Netlify as a case example, static websites’ security layers and related security practices are the themes of the latest episode in our new series “Security @ Scale” on The New Stack Makers with Okta. The series explores security in modern environments with stories from the trenches including security horror stories and fantastic failures.
03/03/2021 • 33 minutes 35 seconds
Vaibhav Kamra CTO of Kasten on Cloud Native Lessons Learned During these Pandemic Days
In this The New Stack Makers podcast, hosted by Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack, Vaibhav Kamra, chief technology officer, Kasten by Veeam, discussed the changes he has observed, and ultimately, the lessons learned during the past year. During this time, Kasten has provided the necessary platforms for application and data management that organizations rely on to scale across Kubernetes applications.
02/03/2021 • 31 minutes 7 seconds
Okta Series - APIs’ Evolution, Future and Vulnerabilities
Okta sponsored this podcast.
This episode of The New Stack Makers series with Okta on all topics related to development and security at scale features guest Anant Jhingran, CEO, StepZen. Jhingran’s deep well of experience, including long stints at IBM, Apigee, Google, and, currently, CEO of StepZen certainly qualifies him as a leading expert on APIs and their role in today’s DevOps environments. Co-hosted by Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack, and Randall Degges, head of developer advocacy at Okta, Jhingran offers his take on how APIs have evolved, their potential for the developer community and how their success accounts, in part, for their exposure to vulnerabilities.
24/02/2021 • 40 minutes 20 seconds
Varun Badhwar - How to Tighten Security Across Complex and Cloud Native Environments
In this The New Stack Makers podcast, Varun Badhwar, senior vice president, product, Palo Alto Networks, puts today’s multicloud security challenges into perspective. He also describes how Prisma Cloud 2.0 offers a single and comprehensive security alternative for cloud native applications across different cloud platforms.
23/02/2021 • 15 minutes 10 seconds
Security Horror Stories: Why Hackers are Influencers by Okta
Welcome to our new series ‘Security @ Scale’ on The New Stack Makers with Okta exploring security in modern environments with stories from the trenches including security horror stories and fantastic failures.
In this episode, co-hosts Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack, and Randall Degges, head of developer advocacy at Okta, speak with guest Marc Rogers, vice president, cybersecurity, Okta, and co-founder of the CTI League, to discuss the anatomy of what will likely be considered to be one of the most disruptive hacks in the history of Wall Street. It could also change how institutional and individual investors buy, sell — and short — stocks in the future that are traded on U.S. exchanges.
17/02/2021 • 36 minutes 59 seconds
Palo Alto Networks Virtual Event: Customers Share Their War Stories
This The New Stack Makers podcast series features a number of guests who speak during Palo Alto Networks’ Cloud Native Security Virtual Event. In this segment, Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack, hosts a roundtable with Palo Alto Networks customers who share their experiences and insights about cloud native security and other related topics. The guests are Brian Cababe, director of cyber security, architecture and governance, Cognizant; Tyler Warren, director of IoT security, Prologis and Alex Jones, infosec manager, Cobalt.io.
A key talking point is how legacy on-premises practices and processes cannot be directly transferred to work for cloud native security and management. Jones noted, for example, that when moving to the cloud, the first question for threat modeling is “what are we doing?”
16/02/2021 • 30 minutes 59 seconds
How Seth Meyers and Guests Learn Cloud Native Security Is No Joke
This edition of The New Stack Makers podcast features a number of guests who speak during Palo Alto Networks’ Cloud Native Security Virtual Event. It kicks off with none other than Seth Meyers, an Emmy Award-winning comedian of “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and “Saturday Night Live (SNL)” fame. Meyers’ interview with Palo Alto Networks founder and CTO Nir Zuk is followed by a customer roundtable hosted by Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack, with guests Brian Cababe, director of cyber security, architecture and governance, Cognizant; Tyler Warren, director of IoT security, Prologis and Alex Jones, infosec manager, Cobalt.io. Meanwhile, the event concludes with a talk on Prisma Cloud 2.0, given by Varun Bradhwar, senior vice president, product, Palo Alto Networks.
Meyers began the session by declaring that “much like Nir Zuk, I am a cyber security luminary.” He also said he didn’t want to “brag too much” about his accomplishments, but said using your mother’
15/02/2021 • 25 minutes
Why Security Teams Need a Higher Appetite for Risk
Prisma Cloud from Palo Alto Networks sponsored this podcast.
Security teams need a higher appetite for risk. While accepting, and even embracing risk is widely accepted outside the sphere of IT, risk also often plays a role in DevOps operations, developer and SRE team culture. However, security teams typically have yet to accept and manage risk in this way.
In this edition of The New Stack Makers podcast, hosted by Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack, how and why security teams need to rethink risk, with the aim of improving resiliency and achieving other benefits that thus far have remained elusive for many organizations, is discussed.
The guests were Matt Chiodi, chief security officer of Public Cloud at Palo Alto Networks, Meera Rao, senior director of product management, Synopsys and Tal Klein, chief marketing officer, Rezilion.
12/02/2021 • 40 minutes 24 seconds
John Morello, Palo Alto Networks - API Security Basics are One Thing but What is the Greater Need?
Prisma Cloud by Palo Alto Networks sponsored this podcast.
Palo Alto Networks John Morello, vice president of product, has for a long time talked about the basics that come with cloud native security. In this edition of The New Stack Makers, hosted by Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack, Morello discusses how APIs are less the weakest link and are more so better known due to the widespread use of APIs, especially in the past five years. There are more people developing APIs, there are more people consuming APIS and there are more attackers who are exploiting APIs — and that makes the basics more important than ever both now and as more applications go online.
08/02/2021 • 32 minutes 54 seconds
Ravi Lachhman and Frank Moley - How to Fight the Kubernetes Complexity-Fatigue Monster
Harness sponsored this podcast.
The growing pains continue: As organizations push ahead, shifting to Kubernetes and cloud native environments at scale, the complexities of managing Kubernetes clusters increase as well. The associated challenges of adoption, and then managing these highly distributed containerized environments, remain daunting. For many DevOps teams, the advent of “Kubernetes complexity fatigue” has become a concern.
In this episode of The New Stack Makers podcast, hosted by TNS founder and Publisher Alex Williams, Kubernetes complexity fatigue, and more importantly, what can be done about it, are discussed. The guests were Ravi Lachhman, evangelist at Harness, and Frank Moley, senior technical engineering manager at DataStax.
03/02/2021 • 39 minutes 28 seconds
Ory Segal - A New Approach to the Firewall for Protecting Cloud-Native Services
Prisma Cloud by Palo Alto Networks sponsored this podcast.
This edition of The New Stack Makers podcast featured a news announcement: Palo Alto Networks is providing a new approach to protecting APIs with the release of its WAAS (web application and API security). As BotNets become more sophisticated, Palo Alto’s WAAS bot-defense platform offers API security, runtime protection, and other security features for today’s cloud native environments.
Hosted by Alex Williams, founder, and publisher of The New Stack, guest Ory Segal, senior distinguished research engineer, Palo Alto Networks, discussed how the company’s WAAS offers apps end-to-end protection for loosely coupled services in declarative environments and a range of other capabilities.
02/02/2021 • 40 minutes 20 seconds
Nanda Vijaydev of HPE - How to Adapt Data-Centric Applications to a Kubernetes Architecture
In this, The New Stack Makers podcast hosted by TNS founder and publisher Alex Williams; guest Nanda Vijaydev, distinguished technologist and lead data scientist, HPE, discusses how the concepts of loosely coupled architectures are now playing a part in data-centric applications on Kubernetes. It’s an evolution that has been taking shape, preceded by the use of Kubernetes for microservices development — as opposed to data-centric approaches that have historically been developed on tightly coupled, monolithic architectures.
27/01/2021 • 34 minutes 41 seconds
Frontend Development Challenges for 2021 w/ David Cramer - Sentry
25/01/2021 • 25 minutes 54 seconds
A New Relic Tale About Migrating to AWS w/ Wendy Shepperd
New Relic sponsored this podcast.
In this The New Stack Makers podcast, Wendy Shepperd, general vice president of engineering, New Relic, describes the challenges of migrating New Relic’s telemetry platform to a cloud native environment on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Hosted by TNS founder and publisher Alex Williams, Shepperd discussed key lessons learned about New Relic’s shift to AWS, as well as implications for observability following the move.
21/01/2021 • 27 minutes 29 seconds
What is Data Management in the Kubernetes Age?
In this episode of The New Stack Analysts podcast, TNS founder and publisher Alex Williams virtually shared pancakes and syrup with guests to discuss how Apache Cassandra, gRPC and, other tools and platforms play a role in managing data on Kubernetes.
Mya Pitzeruse, software engineer and OSS contributor from effx; Sam Ramji, chief strategy officer at Datastax; and Tom Offermann, a lead software engineer at New Relic were the guests. They offered deep perspectives about the evolution of data management on Kubernetes and the work that remains to be done.
19/01/2021 • 48 minutes 22 seconds
Infrastructure as Code is a Movement Ready to Boom
Prisma Cloud from Palo Alto Networks sponsored this podcast.
Infrastructure as code is a movement ready to boom. It’s also emerging as one of the three pillars in cloud security that are bringing DevOps and security together in the evolving DevSecOps market, said Varun Badhwar, senior vice president, Prisma Cloud at Palo Alto Networks, in this episode of The New Stack Makers hosted by TNS Founder and Publisher Alex Williams.
Infrastructure as code is also a major component of the DevOps’ trend to shift left. “Shift left security now means application security, it means software composition analysis and it means infrastructure as code scanning — and all of that now is available for DevOps teams to do in the pipeline,” Badhwar explained.
“And in an ideal situation,” he continued, “you want to tie all of that to the tools that your infosec teams want to use in runtime in production, such that you have one set of policies globally recognized in your enterprise. And
13/01/2021 • 29 minutes 20 seconds
Scaling New Heights EP #8 - Making a Difference at Airbnb, the Story of a Reliability Engineer
Welcome to The New Stack Makers: Scaling New Heights, a series of interviews, conducted by Scalyr CEO Christine Heckart, that cover the challenges engineering managers have faced when scaling architectures to support the demands of the business.
Uber. Recall the company in 2017, the management, the scale, and the post by Susan Fowler, who detailed experiences that speak to the hopes and terrible realities at the company. That’s the scenario that faced Donald Sumbry, who now heads reliability engineering at Airbnb in this interview with Heckart. He was not aware of the issues internally at Uber due, he says, to the work and all the technical problems that needed resolving.
"In early 2017, we had the Susan Fowler blog post, and one of the things I remember the most was that some of what was what had happened was actually a surprise to me," Sumbry said, "And I realized that I was so knee-deep in the work that I was doing, that there were so many problems to
05/01/2021 • 14 minutes 4 seconds
Is Hindsight Still 2020? Reviewing the Year in Tech
On the last The New Stack Analysts of the year, the gang got together — remotely, obviously — to reflect on this year. And oh what a year! But for a year in tech, 2020 still had a lot of hits — and some misses.
Publisher Alex Williams was joined by Libby Clark, Joab Jackson, Bruce Gain, Steven Vaughan-Nichols, and Jennifer Riggins. We looked back on the year that saw millions die, no one fly, and a lot of jobs in turmoil. It was also a year that, while many things screeched to a halt, much of the tech industry had to keep going more than ever.
28/12/2020 • 47 minutes 45 seconds
The AWS Viewpoint on Open Source and Kubernetes
KubeCon+CloudNativeCon sponsored this podcast.
Kubernetes is certainly evolving, but it will be some time before organizations deploy and run applications seamlessly in cloud native environments without today’s associated challenges of its adoption and maintenance. Amazon Web Services (AWS), of course, is both an early proponent of Kubernetes and a leading provider of cloud native services and support, and has thus been implicitly involved with its changes over the past few years.
In this The New Stack Makers podcast, AWS’ Bob Wise, general manager of Kubernetes, and Peder Ulander, head of product marketing for enterprise, developer and open source initiatives, described AWS’ role in Kubernetes and how cloud native plays into the company’s open source strategy. They also discussed how Kubernetes is evolving in the market, including in terms of how customer needs are changing, and why open source technologies are critical to fill in gaps in order for cloud native to rea
22/12/2020 • 49 minutes 36 seconds
New Relic’s OpenTelemetry and Open Source Commitment
New Relic sponsored this podcast.
The Cloud Native Computing Foundation’s (CNCF) OpenTelemetry project was created to help foster the adoption of observability by helping to improve interoperability among the different observability toolsets through a vendor-neutral framework. In this way, OpenTelemetry should help to provide a single set of APIs, libraries, agents and collector services to capture distributed traces, metrics and other information from an application for improved observability.
In this The New Stack Makers podcast, hosted by TNS Founder and Publisher Alex Williams, Ben Evans, principal engineer and JVM technologies architect, New Relic, discussed OpenTelemetry and New Relic’s contributions to OpenTelemetry and other open source projects.
The genesis of OpenTelemtry was not to create a technology for its own sake in anticipation of what observability users might need, but to serve as a common framework to meet palpable challenges organizations al
21/12/2020 • 40 minutes 27 seconds
Why IAM is a Pain Point in Kubernetes
Prisma Cloud from Palo Alto Networks sponsored this podcast.
Identity and access management (IAM) was previously relatively straightforward. Often delegated as a low-level management task to the local area network (LAN) or wide area network (WAN) admin, the process of setting permissions for tiered data access was definitely not one of the more challenging security-related duties. However, in today’s highly distributed and relatively complex computing environments, network and associated IAM are exponentially more complex. As application creation and deployment become more distributed, often among multicloud containerized environments, the resulting dependencies, as well as vulnerabilities, continue to proliferate as well, thus widening the scope of potential attack surfaces.
How to manage IAM in this context was the main topic of this episode of The New Stack Analysts podcast, as KubeCon + CloudNativeCon attendees joined TNS Founder and Publisher Alex Williams and gue
18/12/2020 • 43 minutes 45 seconds
On the Tech Radar: Database Storage
KubeCon+CloudNativeCon sponsored this podcast.
How to manage database storage in cloud native environments continues to be a major challenge for many organizations. Database storage also came to the fore as the issue to explore in the latest Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) Tech Radar report.
In this edition of The New Stack Analysts podcast, host Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack and co-hosts Cheryl Hung, vice president of ecosystem at Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) and Dave Zolotusky, senior staff engineer at Spotify discuss stateless database storage, recent results of the report findings and perspectives from the user community.
The podcast guests — who both contributed to the CNCF Tech Radar report and hail from the database storage user community — were Jackie Fong, engineering leader, Kubernetes and developer experience for Ticketmaster, and Mya Pitzeruse, software engineer, OSS contributor, effx.
16/12/2020 • 51 minutes 28 seconds
Why K8 Cluster Management Is Not Expected to Become Boring Anytime Soon
In this The New Stack Makers podcast featured during KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America, Eric Sorenson, technical product manager for Relay at Puppet and Dave Lindquist, general manager and vice president engineering, hybrid cloud management, Red Hat, discuss the state of Kubernetes cluster configuration management, associated DevOps challenges and how problems can be solved in the future. TNS correspondent B. Cameron Gain hosted the episode.
15/12/2020 • 41 minutes 47 seconds
Scaling New Heights EP #7 - Glassdoor: Performance Matters
Welcome to The New Stack Makers: Scaling New Heights, a series of interviews with engineering managers who talk about the problems they have faced and the resolutions they sought, conducted by guest host Scalyr CEO Christine Heckart.
Bhawna Singh had two mandates at Glassdoor when she started as senior vice president of engineering and CTO: open an office in San Francisco to access the region’s talent pool, and rebuild the search vertical for job results. Glassdoor is a job and recruiting site that offers services that allow people to see information such as company reviews, salary reviews, and benefits that a potential employer offers.
To improve the quality of search, the team had to set metrics that the team trusted. Performance challenges surfaced when the team focused its efforts on the tactical aspects of architecting the platform. The Glassdoor team had tuned the system for quality; building out the deployment infrastructure and adding machine learning models. T
14/12/2020 • 12 minutes 34 seconds
Teleport, a Unified Access Plane, Built on Google’s Crypto
In this The New Stack Makers podcast, Alex Williams, publisher and founder of The New Stack, spoke with Ev Kontsevoy, co-founder and CEO of Teleport, about what the shift to a widely distributed architecture means for engineers and developers and how Teleport accommodates their needs in this new dynamic.
Teleport was formerly known as Gravitational until just recently when it rebranded itself after the name of its flagship unified access plane platform. Built with Go on Google’s cryptography, Teleport allows engineers, among other things, to bypass layers of legacy architecture in order to securely take advantage of cloud resources from any location worldwide with an Internet connection.
09/12/2020 • 39 minutes 36 seconds
Why Kubernetes and Kafka are the Combo for DataOps Success
What is DataOps? Why is a real-time data platform essential to the use cases driving it? How can you build data pipelines with open source complexity?
In this episode of The New Stack Makers live — yet from our respective sofas — from KubeCon North America, we talk to Andrew Stevenson, chief technical officer and co-founder of Lenses, about how Apache Kafka and Kubernetes can together dramatically increase the agility, efficiency and security of building real-time data applications.
08/12/2020 • 41 minutes 31 seconds
What Happens to SaltStack Now Under VMware
VMware sponsored this podcast.
SaltStack’s Salt is a leading automation and security platform for configuration management for on premises and cloud native environments. Created with Python, Salt is in use among Juniper, Cisco, Cloudflare, Nutanix, SUSE and Tieto, as well as a number of other Fortune 500 technology companies, as well as banks. Saltstack also offers a suite of tools, including SaltStack Enterprise for Salt, Plugin Oriented Programming (POP) and Tiamat,
SaltStack’s portfolio has also been merged with VMware’s suite of offerings, following VMware’s purchase of SaltStack earlier this year.
In this The New Stack Makers podcast, SaltStack’s Thomas Hatch, founder and CTO and Salt’s creator, and Janae Andrus, community manager for Salt, discuss SaltStack’s roots, evolution and integration with VMware’ platforms and technologies. The future of SaltStack’s open source projects were also discussed.
Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Sta
30/11/2020 • 45 minutes 40 seconds
Pancakes Are Hot and So is Immutable Security
Accurics sponsored this podcast.
Who doesn’t love hotcakes? And to make them right, you need to wait until the batter starts to bubble up before you flip them. Immutable infrastructure management and related security challenges are also “bubbling up” these days, as many organizations make the shift to cloud native environments, with containerized, serverless and other layers.
In this The New Stack Analysts podcast, TNS founder and publisher Alex Williams asked served up pancakes with KubeCon attendees who joined him for a “stack” at the “Virtual Pancake Breakfast and Podcast” while they offered their deep perspectives on what is at stake as immutable infrastructure security and other related concerns take hold.
The guests joining the virtual breakfast were Om Moolchandani, co-founder and CTO for Accurics, Rosemary Wang, developer advocate for HashiCorp, Krishna Bhagavathula, CTO, for the NBA (who also brought his own L.A. Lakers-branded spatula), Chenxi Wang, P
24/11/2020 • 44 minutes 7 seconds
Scaling New Heights Ep # 6 - From Rack and Stack to SaaS
Welcome to The New Stack Makers: Scaling New Heights, a series of interviews, conducted by Scalyr CEO Christine Heckart, that cover the challenges engineering managers have faced when scaling architectures to support the demands of the business.
Rack and stack memories often come up when enterprise engineers talk about building an SaaS. There is respect there when people recall the work that others did.
It’s something that is oftentimes lost, circa 2011-12, when startups rushed into the enterprise space. Social tech was hip. Cloud was fascinating. APIs, webhooks, the evolution of RSS into social technologies — it was like this sudden excitement, the intoxicating rush of services — loosely coupled technologies changing the world!
Nicolas Fischbach, CTO of Forcepoint, provides a view that is often heard from enterprise managers at technology companies. The legacy technologies are there to stay but there is an excitement that comes from building a new SaaS.
16/11/2020 • 15 minutes 57 seconds
How CERN Accelerates with Kubernetes, Helm, Prometheus and CoreDNS
KubeCon+CloudNativeCon sponsored this podcast.
CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is known for its particle accelerator and experiments and analysis of the properties of subatomic particles, anti-matter and other particle physics-related research. CERN is also considered to be where the World Wide Web (WWW) was created.
Research and experiments conducted at the largest particle physics research center consisting of a 27-km long tunnel generate massive amounts of data to manage and store. All told, CERN now manages over 500 petabytes — over half of one exabyte — which, in a decade's time, is expected to total 5,000 petabytes, said Ricardo Rocha, a staff researcher at CERN.
In this episode of The New Stack Analysts, we learn from Rocha how CERN is adapting as a new accelerator goes online in the next few years with the ability to manage 10x the data it manages now.
11/11/2020 • 37 minutes 13 seconds
Scaling New Heights Ep # 5 - Platform Resilience, a New Driver for a Roadside Assistance Company
Welcome to The New Stack Makers: Scaling New Heights, a series of interviews, conducted by Scalyr CEO Christine Heckart, that cover the challenges engineering managers have faced when scaling architectures to support the demands of the business.
Roadside service. The car breaks down, the driver makes a call, an agent answers and help is on the way.
Turn to the past few years and the agent is no longer central to the experience. The app is the roadside assistant. The change in the market has turned a company like Agero from a B2B company into one that deals directly with the consumer.
Bernie Gracy is chief digital officer for Agero, a white label roadside assistance platform that provides support for 12 million roadside events per year through its digital assistance platform.
Agero built its business on empathy as a foundation for its service. Its empathetic agents were tasked with getting travelers through often stressful experiences. Moving to a digital
09/11/2020 • 16 minutes 59 seconds
The Status of Cloud Native and Kubernetes Today
In this The New Stack Makers livestream podcast recorded ahead of KubeCon + CloudNativeCon, Founder and Publisher Alex Williams and Managing Editor Joab Jackson hosted a roundtable discussion covering the status of cloud native adoption and its near- and long-term outlook. The guests were Rachel Stephens, an analyst for RedMonk, Steven Vaughan-Nichols, a long-time journalist for ZDNet and well-recognized Linux professional and Katie Gamanji, a cloud platform engineer for American Express and member of the CNCF Technical Oversight Committee.
06/11/2020 • 41 minutes 4 seconds
One Bank's Path for Moving Deep Legacy Infrastructure into Cloud Native Operations
Some legacy infrastructures are certainly more difficult to manage than others when organizations make the shift to cloud native. In the case of the heavily regulated financial services industry and the deep legacy infrastructure involved when banks transition to the cloud, challenges inherent in the sector abound. Regulatory and compliance and data-management challenges are also usually amplified when the bank has an especially large international presence.
In this edition of The New Stack Analysts podcast, as part of The New Stack’s recent coverage of end-use Kubernetes, Michael Lieberman, senior innovation engineer, vice president, of Tokyo-based MUFG, discusses his company’s journey to scale out architectures in a microservice and Kubernetes environment in the world of financial services. Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack hosted the podcast with co-hosts Cheryl Hung, vice president of ecosystem at Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) and Dave Zolot
04/11/2020 • 31 minutes 27 seconds
Scaling New Heights Episode #4 - Maybe Building a DIY Logging Tool is Not the Best Idea
Welcome to The New Stack Makers: Scaling New Heights, a series of interviews, conducted by Scalyr CEO Christine Heckart, who discusses the problems engineering managers have faced when scaling architectures to support the demands of the business.
The idea behind building a logging analysis tool is fairly simple. That is until it’s time to scale across multiple teams and manage it beyond day two. Then things become a bit more complicated. There comes the temptation to build a logging platform because, well, how complicated could it be?
02/11/2020 • 20 minutes 32 seconds
Scaling New Heights Episode #3: Nextdoor: Test Challenges Two Weeks Before Launch
Welcome to The New Stack Makers: Scaling New Heights, a series of interviews, conducted by Scalyr CEO Christine Heckart, who discusses the problems engineering managers have faced when scaling architectures to support the demands of the business.
Mai Le is Nextdoor’s head of engineering. She and her team knew they had to do something for small businesses suffering in the pandemic. They needed to develop ways to connect them with their local customers and this was especially important for Nextdoor. Social networks have served as hubs for small businesses with Nextdoor standing out more than most.
After her team’s considerable effort, it should have been smooth sailing. But, with only two weeks until launch, Le couldn’t get the new service to work.
26/10/2020 • 12 minutes 22 seconds
The Future of Data in Serverless Will Be API-Driven
In the serverless paradigm, the idea is to abstract away the backend so that developers don’t need to deal with it. That’s all well and good when it comes to servers and complex infrastructure like Kubernetes. But up till now, database systems haven’t typically been a part of the serverless playbook. The assumption has been that developers will build their serverless app and choose a separate database system to connect to it — be it a traditional relational database, a NoSQL system, or even a Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) solution.
But the popularity of serverless has prompted further innovation in the data market. In this episode of The New Stack Analysts podcast, we talked about the latest developments in regards to managing data in a serverless system.
My two guests were Evan Weaver, co-founder and chief technology officer of Fauna, and Greg McKeon, a product manager at Cloudflare. Fauna is building a “data API” for serverless apps so that developers don’t even need
21/10/2020 • 25 minutes 28 seconds
The Hero in Four Acts: We’ve Got This, WTF, Oh Shift, We Did It
Welcome to The New Stack Makers: Scaling New Heights, a series of interviews, conducted by Scalyr CEO Christine Heckart, with engineers who talk about the problems they have faced and the resolutions they sought.
These are the stories about engineering management and how technology decisions are made for scaling architectures to support the demands of the business.
Pooja Brown is vice president of engineering at Stitch Fix and also one of the founding members of ENG, a peer network of VPs and CTOs from leading SaaS companies. Brown spends most of the discussion talking about the work in developing a modern infrastructure prior to her work at StitchFix.
Brown tells her story in four acts, discussing her work on monoliths and the move to a modern architecture that came with hiring. The developers were hired for their Node.js skills. And, they were quite different than the .Net devs they had once known so well.
19/10/2020 • 13 minutes 21 seconds
Robinhood’s Kubernetes Journey: A Path More Treacherous Than it Appears
Welcome to The New Stack Makers: Scaling New Heights, a series of interviews conducted by our guest host Scalyr CEO Christine Heckart with engineering managers who talk about the problems they have faced and the resolutions they sought.
The challenges engineering leaders face define how technology decisions are made for scaling architectures to support the demands of rapid-growth businesses.
Heckart's first interview is with Adam Wolff, Robinhood’s former vice president of engineering who recalls two years ago when Kubernetes looked so right — and then the difficulties that followed when Wolff mandated the platform's adoption.
12/10/2020 • 18 minutes 25 seconds
Data Center and Cloud Environments for Next-Generation Data Stacks
Next-generation data stacks and data centers will continue to meet the demands of software developer-led business models. But as new tools and platforms emerge to meet the deployment needs of today and tomorrow to run at scale, the data centers and cloud infrastructures will need to evolve as well.
In this edition of The New Stack Makers podcast, Shrey Parekh, senior manager of product marketing, and Whitney Satin, director of product marketing, of Cisco’s AppDynamics discuss how data center and cloud environments are changing to accommodate next-generation applications and data stacks. Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack, hosted this episode.
08/10/2020 • 34 minutes 43 seconds
Supplanting Scripting with Engineering Management and Machine Learning
Scripting behaviors and habits are hard to break as engineers are often accustomed to their own ways and processes. Meanwhile, the processes team leaders need to take when adopting new CI/CD processes and technologies, include engineering management from the bottom up and mapping people's skill sets and other processes. An example of a CI/CD process used to make the shift includes Harness’ platform that uses machine learning and other technologies to help DevOps engineer teams further their goals.
In this edition of The New Stack Makers podcast, Tiffany Jachja, evangelist, Harness and Rajsi Rana, senior product manager, Oracle Cloud, discuss scripting, its background and how machine learning, CI/CD and other processes can help guide a shift in engineering culture to make the most of time and resources. Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack, hosted this episode.
05/10/2020 • 30 minutes 45 seconds
Episode 136: Lightbend’s Cloudstate Builds on Akka to Offer Stateful Serverless
In this episode of The New Stack Context podcast, we speak with Jonas Bonér, Akka creator and founder/chief technology officer of Lightbend, about the challenges of bringing state to serverless, reactive microservices frameworks, and Cloudstate itself. TNS Editorial and Marketing Director Libby Clark hosts this episode, with the help of TNS Managing Editor Joab Jackson.
02/10/2020 • 33 minutes 8 seconds
A Next-Gen World Does Not Mean Putting a Server in a Container
In this edition of The New Stack Makers podcast, Charlotte Mach and Ian Crosby, CTO for Container Solutions, discuss a number of topics about next-generation computing. They include edge computing, hybrid and multicloud adoption, environmentally sustainable cloud computing and culture. Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack, hosted this episode.
01/10/2020 • 33 minutes 8 seconds
DataOps: The Basics and Why It Matters
For this latest episode of The New Stack Makers podcast, Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack hosts guest speakers Dina Graves Portman, developer relations engineer for Google, Emilie Schario, internal strategy consultant, data, for GitLab, and Nicole Schultz, assistant director of engineering for Northwestern Mutual to discuss how DataOps is defined and why its application in the context of DevOps is particularly relevant in today’s highly complex and increasingly distributed environments.
Like DevOps, Schario describes DataOps as workflow-related, but it extends much further to help resolve data-management challenges.
30/09/2020 • 43 minutes 2 seconds
Kubernetes Has Evolved, So Should Your Security
Prisma Cloud by Palo Alto Networks sponsored this podcast.
In this edition of The New Stack Makers podcast, Robert Haynes, cloud security evangelist, Palo Alto Networks, discusses Kubernetes security above and beyond what Kubernetes has natively and the evolution of the Kubernetes vulnerability landscapes since the first API attacks. Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack, hosted this episode.
28/09/2020 • 36 minutes 35 seconds
Episode 135 : WebAssembly Could Be The Key For Cloud Native Extensibility
For this week’s episode of The New Stack Context podcast, we ask Levine about the excitement around WebAssembly, its use in the Envoy proxy, and Solo.io’s new proposal for packaging WASM modules in the Open Container Initiative format. TNS editorial and marketing director Libby Clark hosts this episode, with the help of TNS senior editor Richard MacManus, and TNS managing editor Joab Jackson.
Although WebAssembly was created for bringing advanced programming to the browser, Solo.io’s founder/CEO Idit Levine has been a vocal proponent of using the portable fast open source runtime to extend service meshes — citing Solo.io’s own work in offering tools and services to support commercial service mesh operations. In fact, WASM, as its also known, could be used to bring extensibility across a wide variety of cloud native projects, she argues.
25/09/2020 • 37 minutes 44 seconds
Kolton Andrus, CEO and co-founder, Gremlin on Chaos Engineering
For Kolton Andrus, CEO and co-founder, Gremlin, describing what chaos engineering is “is one of my favorite topics for debate,” and “is what makes chaos engineering sound fun and exciting."
In this edition of The New Stack Makers podcast, Andrus, in addition to defining chaos engineering, describes how organizations can make it work for them. Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack, hosted this episode.
The very idea of chaos — and an IT organization’s embrace of it — can conjure up fear in many. “[Chaos engineering] scares the pants off of some old school folks that aren’t comfortable with that kind of chaos in their environments. And so most people think chaos engineering is randomly breaking things and seeing what happens,” said Andrus. “I think that chaos engineering is thoughtful, planned experiments that teach us about our system and one of the key concepts that goes with that is this idea of the ‘blast radius.’ When we run this experiment, who
23/09/2020 • 42 minutes 43 seconds
2020 GitLab Commit - The Opportunity of Open Source to Create Opportunities for Others
In this episode of The New Stack Makers, we sit down with Christina Hupy, GitLab’s senior education program manager, and Nuritzi Sanchez, GitLab’s senior open source program manager, in the lead-up to GitLab Commit later this summer. We talk about the ups and downs of inclusion in the open source world, how you can best leverage the career opportunities of open source, and most importantly, how open source communities can open themselves up more to better foster those opportunities. We discuss this all not only within the context of traditional enterprise settings, but at universities and in prisons.
Much of both Hupy and Sanchez’s time is spent with the broader community of GitLab users. And it’s part of their job to bring external feedback inside the company. So they may be more prepared than most to answer the essential question: What does a better open source community look like?
21/09/2020 • 46 minutes 48 seconds
The Flux Factor: GitOps for Continuous Delivery
In this episode of The New Stack Makers, Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack, talks to three members of the WeaveWorks team: Alexis Richardson, founder and CEO, Cornelia Davis, chief technology officer, and Stefan Prodan, developer experience engineer and the architect of Flux2 and Flagger. They reflect on the next generation tooling in the cloud native tech community. The quartet discusses how that tooling fits into the GitOps toolkit and, particularly, the next evolution of the Flux continuous delivery for GitOps projects.
21/09/2020 • 44 minutes 8 seconds
Context 134 : The CNCF Technology Radar Evaluates Observability Tools
Application and system observability was the focus of the latest Cloud Native Computing Foundation Technology Radar end user survey, posted last week. So for this week’s TNS Context podcast episode, we invited Cheryl Hung, CNCF vice president of ecosystem, to discuss these latest findings. To get an additional industry perspective on observability, we’ve also invited Buddy Brewer, vice president of full stack observability for New Relic.
Java remains one of the most popular and trusted programming languages, but it is not necessarily well-suited for everything, including cloud native and containerized applications.
While Java’s elegance and versatility is reflected in how it can be written once and run practically anywhere, the language was geared mainly for creating application stacks decades ago when it was first created. Cloud native and Kubernetes, of course, are different animals compared to the stacks of decades past.
In other words, Java is not Golang for Kubernetes. And yet…
Frameworks will likely serve as the solution to Java’s Kubernetes dilemma. In this edition of The New Stack Makers podcast, DataStax’s Alice Lottini, Vanguard architect, and Christopher Splinter, senior product manager, open source, discuss how frameworks can allow Java to still work for creating applications that run better in cloud native environments and how they represent a new identity for the 25-year-old progra
15/09/2020 • 26 minutes 42 seconds
Sid Sijbrandij - GitLab Co-Founder and CEO on Iteration and Open Source
The iterative software development model can help organizations improve agility and the efficiencies of production pipelines as DevOps teams continue to seek ways to create applications and updates at ever-faster cadences. GitLab serves as an example of an enterprise that is successfully taking advantage of iteration and applying lessons it has learned to contributing to and supporting its open source projects, as well as to the open source community.
For this latest episode of The New Stack Makers podcast, Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack, speaks with Sid Sijbrandij, co-founder and CEO at GitLab, about iteration, open source projects — including Meltano and Kubernetes— and how SpaceX’s iterative development processes in the hardware industry can teach the software sector.
14/09/2020 • 40 minutes 43 seconds
Episode 133: Crossplane - A Kubernetes Control Plane to Roll Your Own PaaS
The ideal state of a cloud native shop is to run a development and deployment pipeline that can seamlessly move applications from the developer’s laptop to the data center (or the edge) without any manual intervention. And while there are many tools available to facilitate such automation — Helm, Operators, CI/CD toolchains, GitOps architectures, Infrastructure-as-Code tools such as Terraform — all too often edge cases and exceptions still require personal attention, bringing DevOps pipelines to a halt.
The missing pieces of the puzzles are a control plane and a unified application model for the control plane to run upon, asserted Phil Prasek, a principal product manager at Upbound, in this latest episode of The New Stack Context podcast. Prasek envisions a time when organizations can build their own customized set of platform services, where developers can draw from a self-serve portal the building blocks they need — be they containerized applications or third party cloud se
11/09/2020 • 31 minutes 47 seconds
‘From Zero to Dopamine’: Testing Helm’s Developer Experience
Michelle Norrali, a senior software engineer for Microsoft, wrote a statement on a whiteboard during Helm’s first days when she worked with Matt Butcher at Deis, which Microsoft acquired in 2017. “From zero to dopamine in five minutes,” is still the phrase Butcher, a principal software development engineer for Microsoft, and his team use to measure how they are building a developer experience for the popular package manager used to get Kubernetes up and going.
In this edition of The New Stack Makers podcast, host Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack, speaks with Butcher and Matt Farina, a senior staff engineer for Samsung, about how updates to Helm help improve the overall Kubernetes experience and balance usability in such a large community to provide the best developer experience.
10/09/2020 • 49 minutes 7 seconds
Struggles of the Cloud — Survival Tactics From Two GitLab Experts
GitLab sponsored this podcast.
The struggle is real. The Cloud Native Computing Foundation landscape map has over 1,400 cloud native projects listed on it, over a variety of categories. The total market cap of the cloud native ecosystem is $18.66T, which gives you an idea of the scale of cloud business now. So as companies continue their inevitable migration from legacy IT systems to the new cloud native world, they have a mind-boggling number of choices to make. And it’s not just choices about cloud infrastructure and tools, but also how they run IT projects in the cloud era, and how operators and developers are increasingly working together using the DevOps approach.
In this episode of The New Stack Makers, we discuss these and other struggles of the cloud with two GitLab executives: Brandon Jung, vice president of alliances at GitLab, and Pete Goldberg, director of partnerships at GitLab. Both have extensive experience working in the cloud ecosystem, so they were ab
08/09/2020 • 39 minutes 53 seconds
Episode 132: Darren Shepard of Rancher - Who Needs Kubernetes Operators Anyway?
Late last month, Rancher Labs donated its popular K3s Kubernetes distribution to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. This stripped down version of Kubernetes has been a quiet hit among cloud native users — many who are deploying to edge environs.
So for this week’s episode of The New Stack Context podcast, we invited Rancher Co-Founder Darren Shepherd to discuss what Rancher is seeing in the cloud native ecosystem. Rancher is in the process of being acquired by SUSE and, because the deal is still pending, Darren could not comment but he did chat about K3s, as well as Kubernetes.
The New Stack Editorial and Marketing Director Libby Clark hosted this episode, alongside TNS Senior Editor Richard MacManus, and TNS Managing Editor Joab Jackson.
04/09/2020 • 30 minutes 22 seconds
Open Source Project Momentum: What it Takes
Many projects are initiated to solve a problem that an organization or a user is experiencing. Thanks to the magic of open source, the community can serve to help solve the problem and, ideally, offer solutions better than the creators had originally hoped for. The maintainers’ main mission is largely about helping to make sure the software platform or tool continues to improve and to ensure the contributions are properly maintained and managed.
In this edition of The New Stack Makers podcast, host Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack and guests Michael Michael, director of products, VMware, Travis Nielsen, senior principal software engineer, Red Hat, Annette Clewett, principal architect, Red Hat and Rob Szumski, senior manager, product management, OpenShift at Red Hat discuss how an open source project develops, changes and becomes sustainable.
03/09/2020 • 58 minutes 28 seconds
2020 GitLab Commit - Communication Drives Diversity and Inclusion
Tech is building the future, so it should set the example, right? While it could always do better, the tech industry does do better than some more traditional sectors at attempting diversity and inclusion. And D&I all comes down to the words we choose and the people we call out to make it happen.
In this episode of The New Stack Makers, our Founder & Publisher Alex Williams talks to two women who’ve taken non-traditional paths to the tech industry. This episode features Kate Milligan, who went from selling mobile phones to global ISV alliance manager for DevOps at Red Hat, and Sara E. Davila, who journeyed from the oil and gas industry to senior manager of partner marketing at GitLab.
They dive into how they’ve witnessed an embracing — and lack — of inclusive language and actions and how GitLab and Red Hat are proactively contributing to a more inclusive future. After all, the core values of open source collaboration should be core to any future.
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For this week’s episode, we spoke with Mike Yawn, a senior solution architect at Hazelcast, about the potential of in-memory computing to supercharge microservices and cloud native workloads.
Yawn recently contributed a post to TNS explaining how an in-memory technologies could make microservices run more smoothly. Hazelcast offers an in-memory data grid, Hazelcast IMDG, along with stream processing software Hazelcast Jet. We wanted to know more about how in-memory could be used with microservices. While in-memory offers caching just like key-value database such as Redis, it also offers additional computing capacity, which can help process that data on the fly, Yawn explained.
28/08/2020 • 32 minutes 45 seconds
Why Kubernetes Needs to Be Dumbed Down for DevOps
An organization’s shift to a cloud native environment will invariably involve the adoption of control, data planes, and a number of other Kubernetes and microservices-specific platforms and tools to help manage the Kubernetes “parallel universe.” Additionally, many DevOps team members, including developers, will need to adopt new skill sets to make the shift.
In this edition of The New Stack Makers podcast, Alex Williams, TNS founder and publisher, speaks with analyst Janakiram MSV about the context of the Kubernetes parallel universes. They also discuss the developer experience, how GitOps is helping to plug in some of the gaps and the idea of cluster sprawl and how it relates to multicloud environments.
The New Stack recently published its latest edition of “The State of the Kubernetes Ecosystem” ebook, which MSV authored that can also serve as a guide. The second chapter of the ebook offers a detailed overview of the cloud-ready and cloud native worlds. The chapter
27/08/2020 • 38 minutes 53 seconds
The Evolution of Stateful Applications on Kubernetes
Kubernetes and containers are obviously much talked about in the IT world today, but how to manage the stateful applications and data that run on top of cloud native platforms is also — especially for operations — important. The process includes managing the data from legacy stateful applications as organizations make the shift to highly distributed containerized environments.
In this edition of The New Stack Makers podcast, Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack, discusses the concepts of big data, storage and stateful applications on Kubernetes. Guests Tom Phelan, fellow, big data and storage organization, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE); and Joel Baxter, distinguished engineer, HPE, draw from their deep experience managing stateful applications and data in containerized environments. They also discuss KubeDirector, an open source platform for running non-cloud native stateful applications on Kubernetes.
26/08/2020 • 42 minutes 24 seconds
KCCNC 2020 EU Virtual Pancake Breakfast: Why Your K8s ‘Stack’ Should Be Boring
Kubernetes is becoming boring and that’s a good thing — it’s what’s on top of Kubernetes that counts.
In this The New Stack Analysts podcast, TNS Founder & Publisher Alex Williams asked KubeCon attendees to join him for a short “stack” at our Virtual Pancake & Podcast to discuss “What’s on your stack?” The podcast featured guest speakers Janakiram MSV, principal analyst, Janakiram & Associates, Priyanka Sharma, general manager, CNCF, Patrick McFadin, chief evangelist for Apache Cassandra and vice president, developer relations, DataStax and Bill Zajac, regional director of solution engineering, Dynatrace. The group passed the virtual syrup and talked Kubernetes, which may be stateless, but also means there’s plenty of room for sides.
24/08/2020 • 39 minutes 36 seconds
Episode 130: KubeCon EU and the Zombie Workloads
Welcome to The New Stack Context, a podcast where we discuss the latest news and perspectives in the world of cloud native computing. For this week’s episode, we spoke with Pratik Wadher, vice president of product development at Intuit, to discuss the company’s experience as a Kubernetes end user, as well as its involvement in the Argo Flux project — a single toolchain for continuous deployment and automated workflows using GitOps. We also share our experiences of attending KubeCon + CloudNativeCon EU 2020, held this week “virtually.”
The New Stack editorial and marketing director Libby Clark hosted this episode, alongside TNS Publisher Alex Williams, TNS senior editor Richard MacManus, and TNS managing editor Joab Jackson.
21/08/2020 • 38 minutes 6 seconds
How to Sell Your Infrastructure to the Colleagues That Don’t Have to Buy It w/ Simone Sciarrati
A lot of the time, it’s harder to convince your friends and family than a stranger. The first group is usually more decisive and direct with you. The same goes for your work family. When you’re building an internal infrastructure for autonomous teams, it becomes your job to not only provide that technical backbone, but to act as sales and customer support.
Nobody said internal developer advocacy would be easier.
The sixth episode of The New Stack Analysts End User Series brings together again our Publisher Alex Williams with co-hosts Cheryl Hung from the Cloud Native Computing Foundation and Ken Owens of Mastercard. In this episode they talk with Simone Sciarrati, the engineering team lead at Meltwater media intelligence platform about the autonomous engineering culture, molding developer experience, and those tough technological decisions.
19/08/2020 • 31 minutes 56 seconds
How the Right Load Balancer Supports a Video SaaS Provider’s Ambitious Plans for Kubernetes
Citrix sponsored this podcast.
It would be an understatement to say 8×8’s ability to offer its Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) requires high bandwidth to provide its voice, video and other enterprise-class API solutions. While the company has always sought ways to boost its throughput capabilities, the Coronavirus pandemic has placed huge pressures on the company’s bandwidth needs to both maintain and improve its users’ network experience. Earlier this year, for example, traffic surged by 50-fold in less than one month.
Ultimately, 8×8’s DevOps largely relied on Kubernetes infrastructure and a load balancer and other support that Citrix, an application-delivery solution provider, offered to help manage the unprecedented traffic.
In this The New Stack Makers podcast, Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack, spoke with Pankaj Gupta, senior director of product marketing, cloud native, DevOps, security, analytics and network, for Citrix and Lance Johnson
18/08/2020 • 44 minutes 35 seconds
Episode 129 : Kubernetes 2020, by the Numbers
The New Stack has just released an updated eBook on Kubernetes, “The State of the Kubernetes Ecosystem,” and so this week on The New Stack Context podcast, we’ve invited TNS analyst Lawrence Hecht to discuss some of the analysis he did for this volume. We covered Kubernetes adoption in the cloud, storage and networking concerns and the changing DevOps culture around cloud native computing. At the end of the podcast, we also discuss what to expect from next week’s KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe virtual conference.
The New Stack Senior Editor Richard MacManus hosted this episode, with the help of Joab Jackson, TNS managing editor, and Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack.
14/08/2020 • 38 minutes 48 seconds
Why Spotify’s Golden Path to Kubernetes Adoption Has Many Twist and Turns
Spotify is well known worldwide for its music service. Not so well known, is its path to Kubernetes Oz has been a road with many twists and turns.
What also may be a surprise to many is that Spotify is a veteran user of Kubernetes and how it owes much of its product-delivery capabilities to its agile DevOps. Indeed, Spotify continues to increasingly rely on a container and microservices infrastructure and cloud native deployments to offer a number of advantages. This allows its DevOps teams to continually improve the overall streaming experience for millions of subscribers.
In this edition of The New Stack Analysts podcast, as part of The New Stack’s recent coverage of end use Kubernetes, Jim Haughwout, head of infrastructure and operations, shares Spotify’s cloud native adoption war stories and discusses its past and present Kubernetes challenges. Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack; Cheryl Hung, vice president of ecosystem at Cloud Native Computing
13/08/2020 • 37 minutes 2 seconds
How a Service Mesh Amplifies Business Value
Aspen Mesh sponsored this podcast.
A key function of what service meshes should increasingly offer is to help DevOps teams have better observability into what events are causing application deployment and management problems. They should also help to determine which team can take appropriate action.
In this final episode of The New Stack Makers three-part podcast series featuring Aspen Mesh, Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack, and correspondent B. Cameron Gain, discuss with invitees how service meshes help DevOps stave off the pain of managing complex cloud native as well as legacy environments and how they can be translated into cost savings. With featured guests Shawn Wormke, vice president and general manager, Aspen Mesh and Tracy Miranda, director of open source community, CloudBees, they also cover what service meshes can — and cannot — do to help meet business goals and what to expect in the future.
12/08/2020 • 40 minutes 14 seconds
The Developer’s Struggle for Control
GitLab sponsored this podcast.
The developer experience today certainly offers software engineers the freedom to create applications at scale across often highly distributed microservices environments. But with this degree of freedom to create and update deployments at scale, developers are under pressure to deliver faster cadences. They also face security concerns as well as unknowns about the frontend user experience, even once the security and QA teams have properly vetted the code.
In this The New Stack Makers podcast, correspondent B. Cameron Gain, speaks with Christopher Lefelhocz, vice president of development at GitLab and Ben Sigelman, CEO and co-founder of Lightstep, about how developers can leverage elasticity and other processes and tools to ensure software remains resilient and secure from the time the code is uploaded to GitLab’s repository and throughout the entire deployment and usage cycle.
10/08/2020 • 45 minutes 4 seconds
From One Server to Kubernetes, A Startup’s Story
KubeCon+CloudNativeCon sponsored this podcast as part of a series of interviews with Kubernetes end users. Listen to the previous stories about the ups and downs of Box’s Kubernetes journey and what Wikipedia’s infrastructure is like behind the firewall.
It started simply enough but soon the site needed more than a server to keep things managed. Today, EquityZen runs on Kubernetes and is considering its next moves, in particular exploring how container as a service may serve them.
In this edition of The New Stack Analysts podcast, Andy Snowden, engineering manager, DevOps, for EquityZen, discusses how he helped the company begin its cloud native journey and the challenges associated with the move. Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack; Cheryl Hung, vice president of ecosystem at Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) and Ken Owens, vice president, cloud native engineering, Mastercard hosted the podcast.
When Snowden joined EquityZen, he immedia
06/08/2020 • 28 minutes 40 seconds
Sebastien Goasguen, TriggerMesh: Event-Driven Architectures and Kubernetes
TriggerMesh sponsored this podcast.
Cloud native environments and the breadth of tools and platforms developers have at their disposal has made the developers’ experience, and especially, the scale and breadth of applications organizations can deploy today, that much richer. However, today’s cloud native and highly distributed environments typically involve much complexity, while the developer’s role increasingly involves managing applications deployments and integrating the applications they create. A number of tools and processes have emerged to help improve the developer experience, such as serverless environments that help developers concentrate more on their task of creating applications.
In this The New Stack Makers podcast, Alex Williams, TNS founder and publisher, speaks with Sebastien Goasguen, co-founder, TriggerMesh, about developers’ challenges and the tools and processes of event-driven architectures, including TriggerMesh for AWS EventBridge.
03/08/2020 • 26 minutes 53 seconds
Episode 128: Operators Can Be a Security Hazard
A few years back, Kubernetes was in full development and many of its basic concepts were still evolving, so security was not a huge priority. But as K8s deployments have moved into production, more attention is being focused in securing Kubernetes and its workloads. Gadi Naor has been following Kubernetes security from the start. Alcide, the company Naor founded and now serves as CTO, offers an end-to-end Kubernetes security platform.
For this week’s episode of The New Stack Context podcast, we speak with Naor about a variety of Kubernetes security-related topics. Last week, Naor hosted a Kubernetes security Webinar for the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, which in addition to offering many helpful hints, discussed in detail the spate of recent vulnerabilities found in Kubernetes. And for The New Stack, he wrote about the problem about configuration drift in Kubernetes, and why it can’t be solved simply through continuous integration tools.
TNS Editorial and Marketin
31/07/2020 • 35 minutes 44 seconds
“What really happened is what people thought was going
29/07/2020 • 20 minutes 33 seconds
The Ups and Downs of One Cloud Management Provider's Kubernetes Journey w/ Kunal Parmar of Box
KubeCon + CloudNativeCon sponsored this post.
Box was one of the first companies to build on Kubernetes. Initially building its platform on PHP, Box’s architecture still uses some parts of the PHP architecture. Today, Box serves as a case study of a software platform’s cloud native journey that began a few years ago. The company also continues to rely on its legacy infrastructure dating back to the days when PHP ran on Box’s bare metal servers in its data centers.
In this edition of The New Stack Analysts podcast, Kunal Parmar, director of engineering, Box, discusses the evolution of the cloud content management provider’s cloud native journey with hosts Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack, Cheryl Hung, vice president of ecosystem at Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) and Ken Owens, vice president, cloud native engineering, Mastercard.
Prior to Box’s adoption of Kubernetes, the company sought ways to “create more services outside of the m
28/07/2020 • 34 minutes 47 seconds
Bots, Emojis and Open Source Maintainers Oh My!
Open source maintainers have a different set of challenges today. To name just a few, bots help manage overload and emojis are as predominant in open source groups as they are in twenty somethings’ social circles. Meanwhile, maintainers are deeply involved in governance issues like never before.
In this The New Stack Makers podcast, Alex Williams, TNS founder and publisher, and VMware guests Dawn Foster, director of open source community strategy, Nikhita Raghunath, senior member of technical staff, and Michael Klishin, senior principal software engineer discuss what it is like to be an open source maintainer, to build a community and to be a leader.
27/07/2020 • 51 minutes 45 seconds
Episode 127: Serverless Web Content Delivery with JAMstack
There is a new architecture for front-end web development: JAMStack rethinks the current server-browser architecture, freeing the developer from worrying about fiddling with Apache, Linux or other aspects of backend support.
For this week’s episode of the The New Stack Context podcast, we speak with Guillermo Rauch, founder and CEO of Vercel, which offers a JAMstack-based service that allows developers to simply push their code to git in order to update their web site or application. Key to this platform is an open source user interface framework created by Rauch, called Next.js, based on Facebook’s React, but tweaked to make it easier to build user interfaces not only for the developer but even for the designer.
TNS Editorial and Marketing Director Libby Clark hosted this episode, alongside TNS Senior Editor Richard MacManus, and TNS Managing Editor Joab Jackson.
On the benefit of using a managed JAMstack such as Vercel’s (over a traditional LAMP stack), Rauch n
24/07/2020 • 41 minutes 41 seconds
When You Need (Or Don’t Need) Service Mesh w/ B. Cameron Gain
Aspen Mesh sponsored this post.
The adoption of a service mesh is increasingly seen as an essential building block for any organization that has opted to make the shift to a Kubernetes platform. As a service mesh offers observability, connectivity and security checks for microservices management, the underlying capabilities — and development — of Istio is a critical component in its operation, and eventually, standardization.
In the second of The New Stack Makers three-part podcast series featuring Aspen Mesh, correspondent B. Cameron Gain opens the discussion about what service mesh really does and how it is a technology pattern for use with Kubernetes. Joining in the conversation were Zack Butcher, founding engineer, Tetrate and Andrew Jenkins, co-founder and CTO, Aspen Mesh, who also covered how service mesh, and especially Istio, help teams get more out of containers and Kubernetes across the whole application life cycle.
Service mesh helps organizations m
22/07/2020 • 48 minutes 20 seconds
Dynatrace: Andreas Grabner - How AI Observability Cuts Down K8s Complexity
Dynatrace sponsored this podcast.
The Kubernetes era has made scaled-out applications on multiple cloud environments a reality. But it has also introduced a tremendous amount of complexity into IT departments.
My guest on this episode of The New Stack Makers podcast is Andreas Grabner from software intelligence platform Dynatrace, who recently noted that “in the enterprise Kubernetes environments I’ve seen, there are billions of interdependencies to account for.” Yes, billions.
Grabner, who describes himself as a “DevOps Activist,” argues that AI technology can tame this otherwise overwhelming Kubernetes complexity. As he put it in a contributed post, “AI-powered observability provides enterprises with a host of new capabilities to better deploy and manage their Kubernetes environments.”
During the podcast, we dig into how AI – and automation in general – is impacting observability in Kubernetes environments. To kick the show off, I asked Grabner to clari
21/07/2020 • 31 minutes 3 seconds
Self-Serve Architectures, The K8S Operator for Cassandra on DataStax
DataStax sponsored this podcast.
About 10 years ago the tech industry rejected the single relational database, and demanded a way to scale — at scale — with distributed systems. This movement saw the birth of React, Cassandra, MongoDB, and Tokyo Cabinet, all to better manage distributed databases.
“All those databases that grew from: ‘Hey, we have a scaled data problem and this single relational database is not solving it.’ And I think that was the first time we really had to solve scale problems and use distributed technology to make it work,” said Patrick McFadin, chief evangelist for Apache Cassandra and vice president of developer relations at DataStax.
McFadin joined colleague Kathryn Erickson, head of strategy and product at DataStax, for this episode of The New Stack Makers. They sat down with founder and Publisher of The New Stack, Alex Williams, to reflect on how the industry has seen a sudden explosion of scale and how that’s now guiding the next steps
20/07/2020 • 40 minutes 52 seconds
Episode 126: Denise Gosnell, DataStax - How Many Database Joins Are Too Many?
Welcome to The New Stack Context, a podcast where we discuss the latest news and perspectives in the world of cloud native computing. For this week’s episode, we spoke with Denise Gosnell, chief data officer at Datastax, who is a co-author of the O’Reilly book “A Practitioner’s Guide to Graph Data.” She also graciously wrote a post for us explaining why graph databases are gaining traction in the enterprise.
TNS editorial and marketing director Libby Clark hosted this episode, alongside TNS senior editor Richard MacManus, and TNS managing editor Joab Jackson.
Graph database systems differ from the standard relational (SQL) kind in that they are engineered to more easily capture the relations across different entities. “When you’re looking at your databases, graph databases allow you to model your data more efficiently by using relationships,” Gosnell said.
You could capture that relationship information through a series of database joins of separate tables, but
17/07/2020 • 33 minutes 42 seconds
Kelsey Hightower on His Very Personal Kubernetes Journey
KubeCon + CloudNativeCon sponsored this podcast.
The New Stack will shortly launch its latest edition of “The State of the Kubernetes Ecosystem” after the first edition of the ebook was published in 2017. Ahead of its publication, The New Stack was able to speak with Kelsey Hightower, principal developer advocate at Google Cloud, who is likely one of the most recognized voices in the Kubernetes space.
In this edition of The New Stack Makers podcast hosted by Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack, Hightower spoke about his role in Kubernetes since the beginning, his thoughts on the project’s leadership today and the challenges that lay ahead.
During the early days of Kubernetes, there “were no ebooks available” on the subject, Hightower said. The main goal was to help “raise the profile of the people with the job of trying to manage applications."
“I think the whole point was when I was showing Kubernetes off [as] a contributor [and] b
16/07/2020 • 41 minutes 19 seconds
Why a Financial Data Firm Bet Security on Palo Alto Networks
Prisma Cloud from Palo Alto Networks sponsored this podcast.
Both data and governed access to it play an integral part in our lives. With the freedom to access vast amounts of pervasive data comes the responsibility of ensuring protection is in place. For an organization, data protection is required for a range of access points, including apps, the hosts, the containers and serverless architectures.
In this edition of The New Stack Makers podcast hosted by Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack, speaks with Darian Jenik, risk product security lead architect for public cloud migration at Refinitiv.
Refinitiv offers financial-related information, data and analysis to 40,000 institutions worldwide. Jenik discusses how Refinitiv uses Prisma Cloud as a foundation for its custom cloud security reporting app. Among the themes covered, he shares his initial security challenges that drove Refinitiv to consider a third-party solution like Prisma Cloud, as w
14/07/2020 • 20 minutes 38 seconds
Chip Zoller, Boskey Savla - How to Find the Less Painful Path For Kubernetes Infrastructure
Dell Technologies sponsored this podcast.
In this The New Stack Makers podcast, Savla and Chip Zoller, senior principal engineer for Dell Technologies, discuss infrastructure challenges associated with cloud native and Kubernetes and how the right tool choice can help to make the shift that much less painful.
Kubernetes’ arrangement of container clusters and pods is one of the more amazing computing structures this writer has observed. Its relatively simplicity as a container orchestrator, in many ways, begs the question why such a straightforward system was so hard to invent in the first place. Regardless, in addition to the resource-savings capabilities Kubernetes offers, the hype about its versatility and scaling capabilities is also well-deserved.
But then your organization decides to make the cloud native shift to Kubernetes — suddenly, DevOps sees the very steep learning curve ahead as they face the often immense challenges of managing a Kubernetes infrast
13/07/2020 • 50 minutes 16 seconds
Episode 125: Chris DiBona - Google Launches a Trademark Office for Open Source
Welcome to The New Stack Context, a podcast where we discuss the latest news and perspectives in the world of cloud native computing. For this week’s episode, we spoke with Chris DiBona, director of open source at Google, about Google’s launch of the Open Usage Commons, an independent company to help open source projects better manage their trademarks.
In a blog post, DiBona notes that trademarks sit at the juncture of the rule-of-law and the philosophy of open source. So for this episode, we wanted to find out more about how they interact and how Google is attempting to improve the management of trademarks in an open source way. We also wanted to address the rumors that this organization was created to manage Google’s Istio open source service mesh in lieu of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (DiBona’s answer: no).
TNS editorial and marketing director Libby Clark hosted this episode, alongside TNS senior editor Richard MacManus, and TNS managing editor Joab Jackso
10/07/2020 • 32 minutes 12 seconds
Cheryl Hung - How The CNCF’s Radar ‘Shows Reality’
KubeCon + CloudNativeCon sponsored this podcast.
In this edition of The New Stack Makers podcast hosted by Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack, Cheryl Hung, vice president of ecosystem, CNCF, discusses CNCF’s the Technology Radar’s role in software development today.
In many ways, the Technology Radar can “show reality,” Hung said. And in doing that, the purpose is to show and distinguish between what is important and what is just hype.
“We are obviously all really interested in new projects, new tools and the new products that are coming out, but the question has always been is anyone actually using this?,” Hung said. “Is it real or is it hype that’s going to fade away in a few months or a few years? So, that was really my motivation behind this new report.”
08/07/2020 • 45 minutes 21 seconds
Shift as Far Left as You Can to Protect Cloud Native Applications
Prisma Cloud from Palo Alto Networks sponsored this podcast.
In this edition of The New Stack Makers recorded for The State of Cloud Native Security virtual summit held on June 24, thought leaders from Palo Alto Networks discuss why the shift left for security in the software production process is essential for DevOps today. The topics discussed include how the trend to shift left has its roots in DevOps, its integration with continuous delivery (CD), security’s role not only in software development processes but for the enterprise as well and, ultimately, how the shift left helps to ensure software is safe and secure.
Many, if not most, DevOps team leaders and CTOs are well aware of the importance of embedding security processes at the very beginning of the production pipeline.
The guests from Palo Alto Networks are:
Aqsa Taylor, a product manager for Prisma Cloud.
Ashley Ward, solutions architect.
Keith Mokris, head of product marketing, Pri
07/07/2020 • 41 minutes 14 seconds
Panel Discussion: The State of Cloud Native Security Report 2020
Prisma Cloud from Palo Alto Networks sponsored this podcast.
Palo Alto Networks, Amazon Web Services, and Accenture, in March 2020, began to survey over 3,000 cloud architecture, InfoSec and DevOps professionals, on a quest to uncover the practices, tools and technologies companies are using to meet and deal with challenges of securing cloud native architectures and methodologies — and to gain the benefits of moving to the cloud.
This edition of The New Stack Makers features the keynote panel discussion with thought leaders from Palo Alto Networks, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Accenture who shared their own experiences and anecdotes within their organizations as they related to the findings. Moderated by Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack, the panel discussion was recorded for the The State of Cloud Native Security virtual summit held on June 24.
The panelists guests were:
John Morello, vice president of product, Prisma Cloud.
07/07/2020 • 40 minutes 17 seconds
How Infrastructure as Code Democratizes Scale
Dell Technologies sponsored this podcast.
The tools and technologies DevOps teams rely on for infrastructure as code certainly has changed, especially as it has begun to scale for storage. At the same time, the tools, technologies, and platforms that started in the hyper-scale, cloud native applications and their DevOps environments have actually democratized “scale”. The concepts of configuration management and state-based declarative paradigms are actually reinforcing the fact that “Cloud is not a place” and instead it’s how you manage the operations to achieve objectives like self-service, elastic scale, and agile application development.
During this The New Stack Makers podcast as part of the Dell Technologies Virtual Day of Podcast series, we discuss a number of topics relating to infrastructure as code and how it applies to storage — and what that implies in today’s increasingly cloud native-centric world.
The guest are:
Catherine Paganini, head of
06/07/2020 • 44 minutes 16 seconds
Episode 124: Tanzu, VMware’s Kubernetes Distro for Developers
Welcome to The New Stack Context, a podcast where we discuss the latest news and perspectives in the world of cloud native computing. For this week’s episode, we spoke with Craig McLuckie, who is the VMware chief of Tanzu development, as well as one of the creators of Kubernetes. We asked him about the importance of the developer for modern business, the value that Kubernetes brings to developers and how VMware’s Tanzu portfolio enables that.
TNS Editorial and Marketing Director Libby Clark hosted this episode, alongside TNS Senior Editor Richard MacManus, and TNS Managing Editor Joab Jackson.
03/07/2020 • 32 minutes 31 seconds
HoneyComb's Charity Majors - Observability Helps You See What Looks Weird
In this conversation for The New Stack Makers, Majors discusses a number of themes relating to observability and monitoring, as well as how she continues to make herself a better developer. The topics include how:
Test-driven development and how it has evolved.
Monitoring as a practice — much like test-driven development — was built for on-premises architectures.
Observability is the successor to monitoring by allowing for the discovery of the “unknown, unknowns,” which Majors previously wrote is like “following breadcrumbs to find what you don’t even know what is there.”
A robust architecture is required for observability.
While observability has been referred to as a “missing link” in DevOps, Majors said, instead, “it’s not such a missing link as it is a necessary first step.”
02/07/2020 • 32 minutes 33 seconds
How the Financial Sector is a Barometer for Cloud Native
Prisma Cloud from Palo Alto Networks sponsored this podcast.
BankUnited N.A. falls under the mid-sized bank category. Based in Miami Lakes, Florida, it has about $32.9 billion in total assets and serves both the consumer and commercial sectors. Not one of the largest banks or one of the smallest banks in the U.S., BankUnited N.A., a subsidiary of BankUnited, reflects what it is like for an organization in the financial sector, seen as a barometer for cloud native adoption, to make the switch to cloud native.
In this edition of The New Stack Makers podcast hosted by Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack, Felipe Medina, vice president, IT security operations, InfoSec engineering, and Michael Lehmbeck, cloud architecture and operations manager, for BankUnited N.A. spoke about their DevOps’ cloud native journey in the financial sector. The podcast was recorded for The State of Cloud Native Security Virtual summit that took place on June 24.
30/06/2020 • 17 minutes 36 seconds
“How the Worlds of Cloud Native and the Coronavirus Pandemic Collide in Sweden”
Dell Technologies sponsored this podcast.
Enterprises worldwide are often revamping their IT organizations amid the great shift to cloud native infrastructures and the ongoing effects of the Coronavirus pandemic. In the New Stack Makers podcast, Jonas Emilsson, concept manager for hybrid platforms for Atea, discusses the impact on his firm’s delivery of IT infrastructure solutions services for its main customer base in Europe and the Baltics.
One macro trend Emilsson has observed is how the role of the developer has changed as DevOps adopts software-defined datacenters and Kubernetes. “We’ve seen a greater change in the market in terms of how customers and users, in general, are using the technologies,” Emilsson said. “A lot of it lies within the software-defined data center, of course. We thus do a lot of business with self-service portals and automation.”
29/06/2020 • 29 minutes 57 seconds
Episode 123: What ‘Open Source’ Means for the GitHub Generation
Welcome to The New Stack Context, a podcast where we discuss the latest news and perspectives in the world of cloud native computing. For this week’s episode, we spoke with Matt Asay, principal from the open source office at Amazon Web Services about his new series of posts on The New Stack that documents the contributors and originators behind many of the most popular open source programs we use every day.
TNS Editorial and Marketing Director Libby Clark hosted this episode, alongside TNS Senior Editor Richard MacManus, and TNS Managing Editor Joab Jackson.
Over the past few weeks, AWS’ Asay has been traveling the open source world — virtually — to write a set of fascinating series on The New Stack that documents the contributors and originators behind many of the most popular open source programs we use every day.
In this series, we’ve met the developers behind more than a dozen projects, including Wireshark, Matplotlab, Curl and many other widely-used tools.
26/06/2020 • 36 minutes 15 seconds
ASPEN MESH: How Istio is Built to Boost Engineering Efficiency
One of the bright points to emerge in Kubernetes management is how the core capabilities of the Istio service mesh can help make engineering teams more efficient in running multicluster applications. In this edition of The New Stack Makers podcast, we spoke with Dan Berg, distinguished engineer, IBM Cloud Kubernetes Services and Istio, and Neeraj Poddar, co-founder and chief architect, Aspen Mesh, F5 Networks. They discussed Istio’s wide reach for Kubernetes management and what we can look out for in the future. Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack, hosted this episode.
23/06/2020 • 39 minutes 45 seconds
Data Protection for Today’s Highly Complex Cloud Native World
In this The New Stack Makers podcast, technology thought leaders from Dell EMC and VMware discuss the dynamics of data protection and other DevOps-related themes for today’s highly complex cloud native environments.
22/06/2020 • 55 minutes 35 seconds
Episode 122: Splunk on Removing Exclusionary Language from its IT Systems
Welcome to The New Stack Context, a podcast where we discuss the latest news and perspectives in the world of cloud native computing. For this week’s episode, we spoke with Eric Sammer, Splunk distinguished engineer, about the IT system monitoring company’s ongoing effort to rename its “white list / black list” and “master/slave” terminology to remove language that perpetuates systemic racism and unconscious bias in tech. Splunk brought together a working group of people from across the organization to develop additional recommendations, guidelines, and procedures to identify and replace biased language and to prevent other instances from happening in the future. We also chatted with Sammer about what has happened since the company he co-founded, event-driven services monitoring provider Rocana, was acquired by Splunk in 2017.
19/06/2020 • 31 minutes 22 seconds
Chase Pettet - What Wikipedia's Infrastructure Is Like Behind The Firewall
The Wikimedia Foundation‘s impact on culture and media sharing has had immeasurable benefits on a worldwide scale. As the foundation that manages the fabled Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons, Wikisource and a number of outlets, Wikimedia’s mission is to “to bring free educational content to the world”
All told, Wikipedia alone is available in about 300 different languages with more than 50 million articles on 1.5 billion unique devices a month with 6,000 views a second — with 250,000 engaged editors, Chase Pettet, senior security architect, Wikimedia Foundation, said.
“Editors are sort of the lifeblood of the movement,” he said.
In this, The New Stack Analyst podcast, hosted by Alex Williams, founder, and editor-in-chief of The New Stack, and Ken Owens, vice president, cloud native engineering for Mastercard, Pettet discussed Wikimedia’s infrastructure-management challenges, both past and present, and what makes one of the world’s foremost providers of free informat
17/06/2020 • 1 hour 16 minutes 13 seconds
Dell Technologies Virtual Day of Podcasts Sneak Peek: Free Your Apps, Simplify Your Operations
It sounds pretty basic, but getting your infrastructure ready for modern apps, and centrally managing your clouds and cluster requires a modernized app platform.
And that’s exactly what we explored with Dell Technologies in our series of five recordings scheduled to start tomorrow. Dell Technologies and VMware are making continued investment in the cloud native market. It’s perhaps most apparent with the acquisition of companies such as Heptio, Wavefront, Bitnami, and most recently Pivotal. It’s now transformed into initiatives using Dell Technologies’ and VMware’s Tanzu solution portfolio. VMware Tanzu is built upon the company’s infrastructure products and technologies that Pivotal, Heptio, Bitnami, Wavefront, and other VMware teams bring to this new portfolio of products and services.
15/06/2020 • 9 minutes 4 seconds
Dormain Drewitz and Bob Ganley: Infrastructure Pillars for Application Success
In this The New Stack Makers podcast, we discuss the infrastructure requirements for organizations making the shift to modern-day application development, deployment and management — and how Dell Technologies’ expertise can help to make that possible. Our guests are Bob Ganley, cloud senior consultant, product marketing for Dell Technologies and Dormain Drewitz, director, product marketing and content strategy, at VMware.
Before tasking DevOps with technology adoption to take advantage of the immense opportunities application development can offer with the right mix of tools, platforms and usually cloud environments, it is essential to both determine what users really want. Once that is established, making sure that the infrastructure can support the adoption of the technologies to deliver is also essential.
15/06/2020 • 1 hour 1 minute 4 seconds
Episode 121: CTO, Ben Hindman D2IQ - How Mesosphere Helps Kubernetes Grow
This week in TNS, D2IQ co-founder Tobi Knaup wrote about the growing problem of container sprawl, a by product of more companies running containers in production, and as a result, there is a loss of efficiency on the part of the DevOps teams managing them. https://thenewstack.io/container-sprawl-is-the-new-vm-sprawl/
In this episode, we will speak with Ben Hindman, D2IQ co-founder, and CTO, about this issue of container sprawl, and how it hampers “Day 2 Operations” as D2IQ (formerly Mesosphere) calls it.
We also will discuss the company’s recent Cloud Native Virtual Summit, its recently released KUDO tool https://thenewstack.io/kudo-automates-kubernetes-operators/ , the 6th Anniversary of Kubernetes, and the latest on Mesosphere and the DCOS.
TNS editorial and marketing director Libby Clark hosted this episode, alongside TNS Senior Editor Richard MacManus, and TNS Managing Editor Joab Jackson.
12/06/2020 • 38 minutes 32 seconds
Chenxi Wang, Ph.D. Why Third-Party Security Adoption Has to Get Better
In this edition of The New Stack Makers podcast hosted by Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack, Wang spoke about these and other third-party security trends. The podcast was recorded in anticipation of the The State of Cloud Native Security virtual summit to take place on June 24.
Major exploits such as the Target and Equifax hacks made headlines a few years ago. But these infamous attacks have not necessarily served as a wakeup call for many, if not most, organizations. They lack the security tools, processes and culture required to properly protect their data, Chenxi Wang, Ph.D., managing general partner, Rain Capital, said.
“Everybody read about those headlines but translating that into the work [organizations] do day to day, I think there’s still a gap,” Wang said. “As security industry professionals — myself included — we need to reach out more to the adjacent community and especially with Dev these days. I mean software is eating the world and De
10/06/2020 • 43 minutes 17 seconds
Episode 120: Priyanka Sharma - The New Boss of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation
For this week’s episode, we spoke with Priyanka Sharma, the new general manager for the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, about her rich work history and her visions and strategies for moving CNCF forward. Also joining the convo is Chris Aniszczyk, CNCF chief technology officer.
This week, the CNCF announced that Sharma will now lead the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, taking over the role filled by former Executive Director Dan Kohn.
05/06/2020 • 43 minutes 3 seconds
How Kubernetes, Open Source Underpin Condé Nast Operations
In this, The New Stack Analyst podcast hosted by Alex Williams, founder, and editor-in-chief of The New Stack, and Ken Owens, vice president, cloud native engineering, Mastercard, Jennifer Strejevitch, site reliability engineer for Condé Nast speaks about her experiences and observations at the front lines of the publishing company infrastructure-related challenges and successes.
Condé Nast is one of the most well recognized media brands in the world, with a range of stand-out titles that include “Wired,” “The New Yorker” and “Vanity Fair.” The publishing giant also represents a case study of how a large multinational company was able to shift its entire international web and data operations to a homogenous Kubernetes infrastructure it built and now manages with open source tools.
Indeed, during the past five years, Condé Nast has been able, build a single underlying platform consisting of several dozen websites spread out around the world, including Russia and China i
03/06/2020 • 34 minutes 40 seconds
Observability, Distributed Tracing and Kubernetes Management w/ Raj Dutt of Grafana
In this episode of The New Stack Makers, our Publisher Alex Williams sits down with Raj Dutt, CEO and co-founder Grafana Labs, provider of the open source observability platform Grafana. They’re talking about creating a more seamless transition among observability, tracing, metrics and logs, across different data types and open source projects.
Observability and distributed tracing are intrinsically linked to reliability of increasingly distributed systems. Observability-driven development uses data and tooling to observe the state and behavior of a system to learn more about its patterns for weaknesses. Distributed tracing provides the metrics and logs that allow for diving into individual requests and to get closer to the problem. In this powerful pairing, observability happens at the event level, which drives your questions, and tracing happens at the request level, which helps answer them.
01/06/2020 • 41 minutes 19 seconds
Episode 119: Observability in the Time of Covid
Welcome to The New Stack Context, a podcast where we discuss the latest news and perspectives in the world of cloud native computing. For this week’s episode, we spoke with Christine Yen, CEO of Honeycomb.io, the observability platform vendor, about the company’s pricing changes brought on by COVID-19 and more broadly how observability practices and tools are changing as more companies make the move to the cloud.
TNS editorial and marketing director Libby Clark hosted this episode, alongside TNS senior editor Richard MacManus, and TNS managing editor Joab Jackson.
Honeycomb this week changed its pricing structure to reflect the cost realities for businesses and the long term effect of COVID-19. The company also recently released the results of a survey that shows half of the developers surveyed aren’t using observability currently, but 75% plan to do so in the next two years. And in April the company released an open source collector for OpenTracing that allows teams t
29/05/2020 • 32 minutes 16 seconds
What Cloud Native Security Means for You and Your Peers Today by Palo Alto Networks and Prisma Cloud
In this edition of The New Stack Makers podcast hosted by Alex Williams, founder, and editor-in-chief of The New Stack, Keith Mokris, head of product marketing, Prisma Cloud, Palo Alto Networks, and Mark Rauchwarter, cloud and infrastructure security for Accenture Security, discuss the key talking points of the Prisma Cloud Native Security Summit and what the results of the survey mean for the DevOps community.
Join Prisma Cloud by Palo Alto Networks June 24 at 9:00 AM PDT at The State of Cloud Native Security virtual summit for a full discussion of the “The State of Cloud Native Security” report and other topics relevant to your organization’s digital journey. The summit will feature a panel session hosted by The New Stack’s Founder and Editor-in-Chief Alex Williams, with security thought leaders from AWS, Accenture, and Prisma Cloud by Palo Alto Networks.
27/05/2020 • 31 minutes 15 seconds
Why Bloomberg’s OpenAPI Participation Is Important for the Financial Industry
Bloomberg’s involvement as a financial information leader with the OpenAPI Initiative and the open source community is built on wider aspirations than it is about choosing the right tools to grow its business. The stakes are especially high in these turbulent times as the ravages of COVID-19 continue to take its toll, already wiping out large swaths of the economy .
In this The New Stack Makers podcast, we speak with two open source leaders from Bloomberg:
Richard Norton, head of the data license engineering group.
Kevin Fleming, head of open source community engagement and member of Bloomber’s CTO office.
Bloomberg’s collaboration and backing of OpenAPI as well, its involvement with open source and what this means for the financial sector are discussed.
From the outset, APIs are seen as a core underpinning of what Bloomberg offers with, of course, its famous Bloomberg terminals. The data and analytics Bloomberg provides its financial institution a
25/05/2020 • 37 minutes 17 seconds
Episode 118: SQL Databases in a Cloud Native World
Welcome to The New Stack Context, a podcast where we discuss the latest news and perspectives in the world of cloud native computing. For this week’s episode, we spoke with Peter Zaitsev, CEO of the open source database software and services company Percona,. This week, Percona held its own virtual 24 hour virtual conference, Percona Live Online, where open source, databases and cloud native computing were all discussed. So we grilled Zaitsev about how traditional SQL databases operate in a cloud native world, as well as about Percona’s newly announced performance and optimization package for MongoDB.
TNS editorial and marketing director Libby Clark hosted this episode, alongside TNS senior editor Richard MacManus, and TNS managing editor Joab Jackson.
24/05/2020 • 37 minutes 11 seconds
Virtual Pancake Breakfast
Thanks to the COVID-19 global pandemic, many IT systems are facing unprecedented workloads, reaching levels of usage on a daily basis that usually only happen on the busiest days of the year. The good news is that the cloud native approach has been rapidly gaining popularity with businesses large and small to help meet these sudden demands. And proper security precautions must be built into these emerging cloud native systems.
Applying principles of cloud native security to the enterprise was the chief topic of discussion for our panel of experts in this virtual panel. Panelists were:
Cheryl Hung, Director of Ecosystem, Cloud Native Computing Foundation.
Carla Arend, Senior Program Director, Infrastructure Software, IDC.
John Morello, Palo Alto Networks Vice President of Product, Prisma Cloud.
Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack hosted the discussion.
Certainly, operations have changed for most of us due to the outbreak of the
20/05/2020 • 58 minutes 22 seconds
The Internet is Awesome! w/ Diane Mueller and Paris Pittman
There’s no doubt we are in weird times. There are a lot of stressors, but the majority of the tech community has more opportunities than ever to do what we do working from home. Just last week Google and Twitter announced that employees can work from home for the rest of the year or even indefinitely. For The New Stack Publisher Alex Williams, there’s one resounding reason why — the internet is awesome. And what’s driving much of that awesomeness right now is no doubt Kubernetes and its highly distributed community.
In this episode of The New Stack Makers, Williams sits down, over Zoom, with two grounded frequent fliers — Diane Mueller, director of community development at Red Hat and co-chair of OKD, Red Hat’s distribution of Kubernetes, and Paris Pittman, developer relations program manager at Google and a leader in CNCF’s Kubernetes contributor strategy. They spoke fresh off of running a particularly successful, inclusive — and very big — Red Hat Summit.
18/05/2020 • 40 minutes 40 seconds
Episode 117: Is Kubernetes the New App Server?
Welcome to The New Stack Context, a podcast where we discuss the latest news and perspectives in the world of cloud native computing. For this week’s episode, we spoke with Tina Nolte, vice president of product, for Kubernetes management service Spectro Cloud, about why we shouldn’t think of containers/Kubernetes as just another form of virtualization.
TNS editorial and marketing director Libby Clark hosted this episode, alongside TNS managing editor Joab Jackson.
Nolte recently wrote a popular post for us on why we shouldn’t think of containers and Kubernetes as just another form of virtualization — that it opens up a whole new way to think about application development and deployment. So we wanted to find out more about this concept.
“Kubernetes is really about that middle area between infrastructure and application. So the applications themselves are enabled to be differently architected because of that operational PaaS layer if you will,” she explained. “It’
15/05/2020 • 28 minutes 21 seconds
SaltStack - On How to Fix the Gaps in Kubernetes Infrastructure Management
The hype around Kubernetes has created many repercussions in the IT industry — while not all of the effects have been net positive for many organizations and DevOps teams. Infrastructure management is a prime example. Missing too often are security management tools for Kubernetes deployments and infrastructure management. Ultimately, these tools should have the capacity to replace security and IT skills gaps and talent shortages by automating vulnerability detections and fixes, for example.
“Kubernetes is something powerful and impactful, but has too many components and moving pieces,” Moe Abdula, vice president of engineering, SaltStack, said. “How do you ensure that you can build an architecture and a system around something like a Kubernetes that is easy to maintain, easy to support, easy to extend?”
In this The New Stack Makers podcast, we speak with Abdula and Gareth Greenaway, vice president of engineering, SaltStack, about how and why the infrastructure- and se
13/05/2020 • 49 minutes 23 seconds
Why Error Monitoring Must Be Close To Your Code Path w/ Ben Vinegar from Sentry
Rare is the DevOps team that has the bandwidth to manually parse through and prioritize what needs to be fixed among what can number millions of application-error alerts. This includes distinguishing between minor glitches and those errors that can bring to a screeching halt an organization’s capacity to meet its customers’ needs and expectations.
A viable error-monitoring system should, ideally, automate the communication of error data in a way that indicates what must be done to make a fix.
A system might be able to signal every single error, perhaps totaling millions of alerts.
The error alerts users receive must be “actionable,” Ben Vinegar, vice president of engineering, for Sentry, said. “That’s a really hard problem,” Vinegar said.
11/05/2020 • 31 minutes 37 seconds
Episode 116: AWS Bottlerocket and the Age of the Linux Cloud Distributions
Welcome to The New Stack Context, a podcast where we discuss the latest news and perspectives in the world of cloud native computing. For this week’s episode, we spoke with Deepak Singh, Amazon Web Services’ vice president for containers and open source, and Peder Ulander, AWS general manager for open source, about the company’s recently released Bottlerocket Linux distribution for the cloud.
TNS editorial and marketing director Libby Clark hosted this episode, alongside founder and TNS publisher Alex Williams, TNS senior editor Richard MacManus, and TNS managing editor Joab Jackson.
08/05/2020 • 37 minutes 10 seconds
Dries Buytaert - Why Open Source Is Recession-Proof
Twenty years ago, Dries Buytaert founded Drupal right at the dot-com bust. Then in 2008, at the start of the so-called Great Recession, he started Acquia, a digital experience platform for Drupal sites. Some would say those are unlucky times to start businesses. Not Buytaert. He’s convinced well-loved free and open source software or FOSS is recession-proof. And that’s what this episode of The New Stack Makers dives into.
04/05/2020 • 19 minutes 19 seconds
Episode: 115 Serverless Application Flows in the Cloud
Welcome to The New Stack Context, a podcast where we discuss the latest news and perspectives in the world of cloud native computing. For this week’s episode, we spoke with Sebastien Goasguen, co-founder and chief product officer, TriggerMesh, about how to build applications from serverless functions that span multiple clouds, using the company’s software.
TNS editorial and marketing director Libby Clark hosted this episode, alongside founder and TNS publisher Alex Williams, TNS senior editor Richard MacManus, and TNS managing editor Joab Jackson.
We spoke with Goasguen about the role that TriggerMesh plays for GitLab and enterprise customers. Last month, TriggerMesh released the Cloud Native Integration Platform as well as the AWS Event Sources for OpenShift, timing the release with the virtual Red Hat Summit. With the latter offering, TriggerMesh brings Amazon EventBridge-like functionality to the OpenShift ecosystem allowing developers to trigger functions across cl
01/05/2020 • 42 minutes 32 seconds
Building a Remote-First World the Right Way w/ Lisette Sutherland
What is remote-first? In normal times, it’s an organization that is built in such a way that anyone can go remote if necessary.
“Whether or not you want to allow your employees to go remote, you should have the processes in place to be able to just-in-case because you see transportation problems loom all over the world, weather problems all over the world, sick children at home. There were all kinds of reasons why a business should be putting remote processes into place,” said Lisette Sutherland on this episode of The New Stack Makers.
For Sutherland, founder of Collaboration Superpowers remote team workshops, longtime remote work podcast host, and author of A Handbook on Working Remotely — Successfully — for Individuals, Teams, and Managers, we’ve been technologically ready for a remote-first world for about five years now. And she says there’s always been logic in factoring a remote-first mindset into your business continuity planning. Plus, giving the option of remo
29/04/2020 • 37 minutes 59 seconds
Emily Webber on Inclusion at Remote Scale
How do we promote diversity and inclusion from the comfort of our homes? How do we recreate those important hallway moments within a virtual environment? How do we continue to consider the consequences of what we’re building? We begin to answer these questions and more in this episode of The New Stack Makers, where we interview Emily Webber, independent agile delivery and digital transformation consultant, coach and trainer, and author of the book Building Successful Communities of Practice.
Webber, like everyone The New Stack is interviewing as of late, was calling in via Zoom from her home office. Usually, she’d be working between her clients’ offices in London and in India. Even for someone who has built part of her brand on remote meet-ups, nothing about this is business as usual.
Webber is based in London, where, in normal times, it’s completely common to see people eating lunch at their desks or even while walking back to work from the takeaway shop. But at her cl
28/04/2020 • 28 minutes 2 seconds
Episode 114: Program the Infrastructure with an Actual Programming Language
Welcome to The New Stack Context, a podcast where we discuss the latest news and perspectives in the world of cloud native computing. For this week’s episode, we spoke with Joe Duffy, Founder and CEO of Pulumi, and Sophia Parafina, Pulumi’s technical marketing manager. In this convo, we delve into the recent Pulumi 2.0 release, which allows teams to reuse code, apply policies and do integration testing of infrastructure the same way they do for application development, a concept known as “architecture as code.”
TNS Editorial and Marketing Director Libby Clark hosted this episode, alongside founder and TNS publisher Alex Williams and TNS managing editor Joab Jackson.
24/04/2020 • 42 minutes 38 seconds
Pancake Podcast: Cassandra and the Need for a Kubernetes Data Plane
What is the role that the data plane plays in a Kubernetes ecosystem? This was the theme for our latest (virtual) pancake breakfast and panel discussion, sponsored by DataStax, the keeper of the open source Cassandra database.
Last month, Datastax released a Kubernetes operator, so that the NoSQL database can be more easily installed, managed, and updated in Kubernetes container-based infrastructure.
The Panelists for this discussion:
Kathryn Erickson, DataStax senior director of partnerships.
Janakiram MSV, principal analyst of Janakiram & Associates.
Aaron Ploetz, Target NoSQL lead engineer.
Sam Ramji, DataStax chief strategy officer.
Alex Williams, publisher for The New Stack served as moderator for this panel, with the help of TNS Managing Editor Joab Jackson.
in 2015, Ramji worked at Google and oversaw the business development around its then-newly open source project, Kubernetes, which was based on its internal container
22/04/2020 • 51 minutes 49 seconds
Anil Dash and James Turnbull - How Glitch Might Remove the Stress of Accessing Full Stack Code
In this The New Stack Makers podcast, we speak with Glitch’s CEO Anil Dash and James Turnbull, vice president of engineering, about how Glitch could help developers remove much of the pain associated with installing and accessing application code and how it serves as an extension of GitHub.
Glitch, which was originally called Gomix created under the Fog Creek Software umbrella — along with Stack Overflow and Trello — has served as the platform for over five million apps, according to Dash.
Glitch can potentially take some of the pain out of application development since developers can begin working directly on abstraction layers while “taking away the the kind of boring, repeatable part of being a developer,” Dash said, who estimates about 80% of all code written is identical elsewhere. “Glitch provides people with a platform they can build on top of it without having to worry about installing this dependency or worrying about how this thing works,” Dash said. “That’s
21/04/2020 • 46 minutes 18 seconds
Episode 113: Stress, Resilience and the Network Effects of COVID-19
Welcome to The New Stack Context, a podcast where we discuss the latest news and perspectives in the world of cloud native computing. For this week’s episode, we spoke with The New Stack correspondent Jennifer Riggins about all of the excellent reporting she and others on the TNS team have been doing recently on the effects that COVID-19 is having on the tech industry.
TNS editorial and marketing director Libby Clark hosted this episode, alongside founder and TNS publisher Alex Williams and TNS managing editor Joab Jackson.
For this episode, we wanted to look not only discuss the changing patterns in network traffic that the global COVID-19 pandemic has wrought, due to factors such people staying at home and working from home, and the sudden acceleration of e-learning. As Riggins writes in a recent post:
For a lot of tech and infrastructure teams, they not only are going through the stress of the collective trauma we’re sharing in, but they are struggling to kee
17/04/2020 • 26 minutes 51 seconds
Polystream's Cheryl Razzell - How to Work Your Way to the Top of the Tech Heap
Today, we speak with Cheryl Razzell, director of platform and Live Ops, at Polystream who has a particularly interesting narrative to share in what remains nevertheless a renaissance era in computing. Indeed, the assumption we can make is open source tools, platforms and, especially, talent will underpin how data is processed and managed as we win this war against the pandemic.
As the ravages of COVID-19 continue to take their toll in London, where she is based, and worldwide, Razzell speaks of women in tech, and her career path from tech support to working at Apple, Microsoft, HBSC, DevOps and continuing her high-level IT career tech at Polystream, a 3D content platform provider.
As mentioned above, regardless of whatever happens during the next few weeks and months, open-source development and tools will continue to serve as the foundation for what is yet to come. And during what will be a recovery eventually, organizations that thrive in the future will only do so
15/04/2020 • 40 minutes 5 seconds
Automating Infrastructure That Dates Back 100 Years - w/ Bill Mulligan of Loodse
In this, The New Stack Makers podcast, Bill Mulligan, who plays a key role in helping customers to automate their IT operations with Kubernetes and operators for Loodse, discusses his background — taking him from the University of Wisconsin-Madison via the University of Oxford to his life in Berlin today — and the key role Cloud Native plays in supporting telcos and other Loodse customers.
13/04/2020 • 18 minutes 55 seconds
Episode 112: Derek Weeks VP Sonatype - The Secrets of a Successful DevSecOps Shop
Welcome to The New Stack Context, a podcast where we discuss the latest news and perspectives in the world of cloud native computing. For this week’s episode, we spoke with Derek Weeks, vice president at Sonatype, about the results of a new community survey the company just released on DevSecOps that provides some insights on how teams are incorporating automated security tools and how that shift affects company culture and developer happiness.
Sonotype’s Nexus open source governance platform helps more than 1,000 organizations and 10 million software developers simultaneously accelerate innovation and improve application security. This is the seventh year that Sonatype has done this DevSecOps report, and, according to the company, it’s the longest running community survey on this topic. We discuss with Weeks how the practice of DevSecOps changed since the company started doing the survey, and the challenges organizations face in embedding security within their DevOps practi
10/04/2020 • 46 minutes 11 seconds
Git is 15 Years Old: What Now?
Linus Torvalds first released his Git version control software 15 years ago, on April 7, 2005, in an effort to foster a more creative spirit in Linux kernel development. Since then, Git's role in software development has emerged well beyond its roots as a version control system and a software repository. It's become a cornerstone in how software is developed today by distributed teams and open source developers around the world.
In this The New Stack Makers podcast, we spoke with three Git thought leaders who about Git’s roots, its present context and its future. We learned that despite its present-day success, Git's future is not certain.
Guests on this episode are:
Jason Warner, CTO, GitHub.
Cornelia Davis, CTO, Weaveworks.
Sid Sijbrandij, Co-founder and CEO, GitLab.
For many, the possibilities that Git offers are exciting, both on an individual and macro level when many parties must collaborate on a project, particularly for CI/CD. You can
08/04/2020 • 46 minutes 30 seconds
Sysdig's Kris Nóva - How We Can Never Be Prepared But Open Source Can Help
In this episode of The New Stack Makers, we talk to Nóva, chief open source advocate at Sysdig, about the progression of the open source world and her perspective examining it through the lens of San Francisco’s COVID-19 lockdown. She calls the book she wrote with Justin Garrison a kind of thesis that looks to predict the infrastructural patterns that could solve a lot of the challenges cloud-native infrastructure teams face.
06/04/2020 • 13 minutes 59 seconds
Episode 111: A Remedy for Outdated Vulnerability Management
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Welcome to The New Stack Context, a podcast where we discuss the latest news and perspectives in the world of cloud native computing. For this week’s episode, we spoke with a couple of folks from cloud workload protection platform provider Rezilion: CEO Liran Tancman, and Chief Marketing Officer Tal Klein. We discuss how current best practices in security are actually outdated and how they think companies should be approaching security practices in the age of DevOps.
TNS editorial and marketing director Libby Clark hosted this episode, alongside founder and TNS publisher Alex Williams and TNS managing editor Joab Jackson.
Klein wrote a contributed article for TNS on “Why Vulnerability Management Needs a Patch,” where he argues that current best practices and tools around security patching, such as the CVSS system for rating vulnerabilities, are outdated, particularly for modern DevOps shops.
03/04/2020 • 33 minutes 5 seconds
Lightstep CTO Daniel Spoonhower - The 3 Pillars of Observability
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In this episode of The New Stack Makers podcast, Daniel Spoonhower, CTO of Lightstep, discussed and described what the “three pillars” concept means for DevOps, how monitoring is different, Lightstep’s evolution in developing observability solutions and a number of other related themes.
Spoonhower — whose experience in developing observability tools traces back to work as a software engineer at Google — makes it clear that a “three pillar” observability solution consisting of metrics, logs, and distributed tracing represents, in fact, separate capabilities.
“I think the thing that we’ve kind of seen is that thinking of those as three different tools that you can just kind of squish together is not really a great solution. I mean, the way that I think about observability is I like to get away from the what the specific tools are, and just say that observability is the thing that helps you connect the e
02/04/2020 • 31 minutes 26 seconds
Cassidy Williams - Developer Communities Now and Always
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This episode of The New Stack Makers focuses on more the community and less on the tech side of the tech community — which we think matters now more than ever. Williams has dedicated her career to teaching, mentoring and helping others find the right roles in tech. In fact, she’s written a step-by-step guide on how to get your first job in this industry. This episode dives into how to build the right network
Software Engineer and Developer Advocate Cassidy Williams started this decade looking forward to a year of global travel for React training, workshops, and public speaking gigs. She spent January in Boston, DC, and Austria. February saw her speaking in France and Ireland. Then, suddenly, the small consultancy she worked at went from having overbooked their March to an empty schedule. And the full-time staff was let go.
01/04/2020 • 46 minutes 54 seconds
Volterra's CEO Ankur Singla - What COVID-19 Means for Microservices, Multi-Cloud and Kubernetes
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Kubernetes has emerged as the de-facto option for managing containers, while microservices serve as the underlying distributed architecture of Kubernetes clusters. The continued rise of multi-cloud infrastructures is also seen as a conduit for the continued adoption of microservices for Kubernetes deployments for such widely distributed infrastructures. The need to create applications and manage such diverse infrastructures in this rapidly expanding multi-cloud universe.
But, suddenly, the coronavirus worldwide pandemic has turned the world on its head in ways we have yet to fully realize,
In this, The New Stack Makers podcast, Ankur Singla, founder and CEO at software as a service (SaaS) provider Volterra, discusses the profound influences Kubernetes, microservices, multi-cloud environments, and open source have had on computing and IT today — and what their impacts may be in a Covid-19 w
30/03/2020 • 38 minutes 29 seconds
Episode 110: Kelsey Hightower and Ben Sigelman Debate Microservices vs. Monoliths
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Welcome to The New Stack Context, a podcast where we discuss the latest news and perspectives in the world of cloud native computing. For this week’s episode, we spoke with Kelsey Hightower, a developer advocate at Google, and Ben Sigelman, CEO and co-founder of observability services provider LightStep, about whether or not teams should favor a monolith over a microservices approach when architecting cloud native applications.
Hightower recently tweeted a prediction that “Monolithic applications will be back in style after people discover the drawbacks of distributed monolithic applications.” It was quite a surprise for those who have been advocating the for operational benefits of microservices. Why go back to a monolith?
As Hightower explains in the podcast: “There are a lot of people who have never left a monolith. So there’s really not anything to go back to. So it’s really about the challeng
27/03/2020 • 40 minutes 11 seconds
IBM's Lin Sun - Master Inventor Compares Service Meshes to ‘Storage Boxes’
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In this episode of The New Stack Makers podcast, we spoke with IBM’s Lin Sun, whose official title is a senior technical staff member and “master inventor” for a comprehensive overview on what service meshes are for those not completely familiar with the topic, may have some familiarity and want to know more or want to also know more about emerging use cases.
Sun’s expertise in service meshes largely draws upon her role as an Istio project maintainer and is also on the Istio Steering Committee and Technical Oversight Committee.
Sun’s IBM title as “master inventor” may sound unusual or even arguably pretentious for some, or even “really cool,” as Sun describes it. But at IBM, the status as “master inventor” represents specific merits those who hold the title must first attain.
“‘Master inventor’ is a title for someone who demonstrates the mastery of the IBM inventor process and is able to m
26/03/2020 • 38 minutes 32 seconds
Microsoft's Asim Hussain - The Making of a Green Developer
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There’s a common misconception that the individual consumer’s actions will dramatically affect climate change. That we should recycle more and avoid plastic straws and bottles. These are nice-to-haves, but they don’t make an impact on the systemic contamination of industries like agriculture, travel, and, yes, tech. On the other hand, when scandal strikes tech, we point blame at the top, and we don’t drill down into the individual responsibility. What we found with the Volkswagen emissions scandal is that even the person who writes the code can be culpable.
If we each bear some individual responsibility in the code we release, is there power in the green developer? In this episode of The New Stack Makers, we sit down with Microsoft Green Cloud Advocacy Lead Asim Hussain to talk about what a green developer is. And we try to uncover what does that actually look like for a web developer, a machine learn
23/03/2020 • 29 minutes 21 seconds
Episode 109 : DevOps - Who Should Own Security ?
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Welcome to The New Stack Context, a podcast where we discuss the latest news and perspectives in the world of cloud native computing. For this week’s episode, we spoke with Liran Tal, a developer advocate at container security platform provider Snyk and a member of the Node.js security working group, about who should own security in the DevOps process — the security team or the development?
TNS editorial and marketing director Libby Clark hosted this episode, alongside founder and TNS publisher Alex Williams and TNS managing editor Joab Jackson.
Tal wrote an article for us recently, “‘DevSecOps Insights 2020’: Who Really Owns Security in DevOps,”which summarized the results of a survey the company carried out covering security, development and operations. The post included a couple of surprising survey results, namely that only 14% of respondents reported that they test for known vulnerabil
20/03/2020 • 37 minutes 2 seconds
SupportOps Drive NinjaRMM's Customer Success Rate
Last week we wrote about how a true DevOps transformation doesn’t just focus on developers and operations but looks to unclog cross-organizational bottlenecks. One of those areas often overlooked — the one with so much of that coveted rapid feedback — is support. In this episode of The New Stack Makers, we talk to Michael Shelton, VP of global customer support at NinjaRMM, about closing the cultural distance to reach support teams to drive the post-customer experience.
When Shelton joined NinjaRMM five years ago, it was still a tiny team working on the then new remote monitoring and management platform. They didn’t have a support team yet — everyone was support. He admitted that back in the day they had a lot of bugs, but they used that to broach stronger customer relationships.
Shelton said they built an ethos that continues today, talking to customers like partners and, sometimes even therapists:
“You’re not wrong. Sounds like you’re having a really tough time
18/03/2020 • 23 minutes 17 seconds
Well-Oiled DevOps Rides on Immutable Infrastructure
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Prisma, from Palo Alto Networks, sponsored this podcast, following its Cloud Native Security Live, 2020 Virtual Summit held Feb. 11, 2020.
The adoption of “immutable infrastructure” has emerged as a viable way to improve DevOps processes and culture. By introducing more of a standardization in application deployment and management, immutable infrastructure helps, among other things, to foster a better collaborative environment among developers, operations, security team and other stakeholders.
“Immutable infrastructure gives you the ability to have a consistent environment, across your entire fleet of systems, which gives you a simpler and more predictable deployment,” Mike Liedike, manager, Deloitte Consulting’s Innovations and Platforms team, said. “It allows you to do the testing more consistently and promote your environments from development to test to prod.”
In other words, the adop