Software Defined Talk
About the Show
We discuss the fun, changing land of the software stack and how we're being defined by it.
Episode 100: “I’ve seen The Hot Dog more times this week than 2FA,” or, is The Hot Dog incremental innovation, or disruptive innovation?
July 20th, 2017 | 1 hr 2 mins
Sniffing out a huge market in hot dog apps, Amazon might start a messaging app. Also, Google has their ant-data gravity device out and Basho seems to be shutting down. We discuss the wonders of Snap’s hot dog app, the mystery of Amazon’s lack(?) of brand allegiance, and giving up on kale.
Episode 99: Private cloud is the Reuben sandwich of clouds, or, Shafer’s Theory of (Private) Cloud
July 13th, 2017 | 1 hr 28 secs
Microsoft will ship it’s private cloud stack, Azure Stack, in September. Will this work? Will people buy it? What could you even put in that cloud? You can feel that pull people have towards private cloud, so we’re looking forward to what happens. On a related topic, by our reckoning, kubernetes to small to have already fallen. Also: the elusive Baltimore accent, Oracle and containers, and recommendations.
Episode 98: “Do I just need some better medication?” or, advertising, antitrust, and talking to strangers
July 5th, 2017 | 57 mins 11 secs
Without advertising, there would be no capitalism, and, if you’re not constantly afraid of the DoJ knocking at your door, you’re probably doing it wrong. Those are two whacky theories about advertising and antitrust, at least. With Matt Ray on vacation, Brandon and Coté talk about The Attention Merchants and the recent Google EU antitrust ruling. We also discuss several other books, and how to talk to non-tech people at parties. Surprisingly, no container talk!
Episode 97: The novel strategy of making money, and investing to do so - Amazon + Whole Foods
June 29th, 2017 | 1 hr 3 mins
Looks like we’ll be getting cheaper organic food what with Amazon buying Whole Foods. What exactly is the strategy at play here, though? Other than the obvious thing of doing online groceries, how is Amazon advantaged here such that others (like Wal-mart), can’t simply do this themselves. We go over these questions and how they related to M&A in general. Plus recommendations and some podcast meta talk.
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Episode 96: An AWS private cloud strategy, kubernetes aplenty, microservices by yaml, & detailed hot-dog creature analysis
June 2nd, 2017
1 hr 7 mins
aws, containers, hot-dogs, kubernetes, privatecloud
The cat-nip of Mary Meeker's Internet Trends report is out this week so we discuss the highlights which leads to a sudden discussion of what an Amazon private cloud product would look like. Then, with a raft of new container related news we sort out what CoreOS is doing with their Tectonic managed service, what Heptio is (the Mirantis of Kubernetes?), and then a deep dive into the newly announced Istio which seems to be looking to create a yaml-based(!) standard for microservices configuration and policy and, then, the actual code for managing it all. Also, an extensive analysis of a hot-dog display, which is either basting itself or putting on some condiment-hair.
Episode 95: Beans, fruit, booze, bathrooms, & ChefConf
May 24th, 2017 | 1 hr 20 mins
Live-to-tape from ChefConf 2017, in Austin, we talk about what's going on in Chef land now, esp. in relation to compliance/policy and Habitat. We also discuss the Texas bathroom bill and Matt Ray's latest trip report on international travel. There's an important update on Coté's bean position as well.
Episode 94: The Donnie Berkholz Episode, "Freedom in health-care: a regular 'heck of a job, Comey' situation," DevOps & security, & Canonical's IPO ambitions
May 16th, 2017
59 mins 35 secs
Conjur, CyberArk, Donnie Berkholz, HSA, M&A, OpenStack, PAM, cloud, execs, health-insurance, security
In a too rare spate of social commentary, we start talking about the price of hipster avocados in Australia and US health insurance. With one of our favorite analysts moving over the enterprise side, we talk about what it'd be like going through that door. We then wrap up talking about Canonical's IPO talk, related OpenStack market discussion, and then use CyberArk's acquisition of Conjur to discuss the state of privileges access management (PAM). We end, as always, with recommendations, including some CostCo discussion.
Episode 93: Cloud Rules Everything Around Me - Red Hat, Moby, Docker CEO, and Halo Effect’ing The First Cloud Wars
May 3rd, 2017
1 hr 1 min
DockerCon, Red Hat, Strategy, cloud, containers, docker, execs, revenue
Red Hat, Moby, Docker CEO, and Halo Effect’ing The First Cloud Wars. Plus, APAC business travel.
Episode 92: The middle-class metallurgical people - boothing, streaming sportsball, M&As & IPOs
April 9th, 2017 | 51 mins 7 secs
Having something to sell is always key to a profitable business. We explore this life-hack of the business world in discussion Twitter and then Amazon licensing Thursday night football. There's also some brief talk of Akamai buying SOASTA, Cloudera filing to IPO, and the lost dichotomy of agent/agentless.
Episode 91: Container orchestration framework names you can't pronounce, for $500. Or, everything’s coming Up kubernetes.
March 30th, 2017
54 mins 49 secs
Accenture, Oracle, cloud, kubernetes, open source, rumors
We discuss the continual rise of Kubernetes, with Amazon as seemingly the main hold-out. This leads to a not-too-painful discussion of the stat of open source, at least how companies are using it tactically. Then we close out discussing the rumor that Oracle is considering buying Accenture and how the enterprise software plus services model seems to be panning out.
Episode 90: These strategies work really well except for when they’re totally fucked
March 15th, 2017 | 1 hr 1 min
While it's unknown how much time you should let your kids play Minecraft, it's equally unclear at the moment who'll win the second cloud wars. Between Google, Azure, AWS, and all the others, how companies differentiate themselves and what customers will buy on isn't sorted just yet. We discuss Google Next, Pivotal's momentum announcement, and serious theories for Okta IPO'ing.
Episode 89: The Shit Show Matrix, or, they’re following the playbook which is basically unprofitable
March 8th, 2017
1 hr 6 mins
docker, opencore, product management
Docker’s new enterprise SKUs and, once again, the open-core model, once again, IPO mania with Snap and MuleSoft.
Episode 88: Docker is just cheap VMware, right?
February 17th, 2017
1 hr 2 secs
aws, cloud, containers, docker
There's tell that some people just look at containers as a cheaper way to virtualize, eschewing the fancy-lad "cloud-native stuff." We discuss that idea, plus "the enterprise cloud wars," and some recommendations.
Episode 87: Snap's cloud billions, Google's social, Monitoring Startups considered hard, DHS wants your passwords
February 11th, 2017
59 mins 11 secs
DHS, Privacy, Sensu, cloud, fundings, google, passwords, security, snap, spending
Snap is looking to spend billions on AWS and Google Cloud over the next five years. We talk about what exactly that could be for, then check in with Google's social strategy and thermostat strategies; meanwhile, the America Fuck Yeah crew wants to start gathering passwords at the boarder. Also, Brandon lays out the case that an open-core monitoring startup is a hard row to hoe.
Also, Baltimore is not in Maine. (But Coté is pretty sure it actually is.)
Episode 86: Life after artisanal pork rinds (i.e. tech M&A), CostCo Down Under
January 30th, 2017
1 hr 1 min
Apiary, AppDynamics, Atlasssian, Cisco, M&A, Oracle, trello
With a flurry of M&A over the past few weeks, we discuss some of the more popular ones: AppDynamics, Trello, and Apiary. These kind of buys are all about what the acquirer plans to do with the new “asset” and the financial health of the company being acquired. We discuss these recent acquisitions, including who the “losers” are. Also, the low-down on CostCo in Australia!