Software Defined Talk

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

192 episodes of Software Defined Talk since the first episode, which aired on April 29th, 2016.

  • Episode 106: Is “observability” just “instrumentation”? Or, monitoring sucks? No, you suck.

    September 22nd, 2017  |  59 mins 11 secs

    The DevOps kids have decided to come up with a new term “observability.” We get to the bottom of the WTF barrel on what that is - it sounds like a good word-project. Also, there’s a spate of kubernetes news, as always, and some interesting acquisitions. Plus, a micro-iOS 11 review.

  • WHITE PAPER SPECIAL! Kubernetes & container landscapes from Forrester & Gartner

    September 1st, 2017  |  1 hr 2 mins

    This week, you get a sample of what we're doing over in the Software Defined Talk Members Only White Paper Exegesis Podcast. Normally, you'd have to be an SDT patron to get this, but now you can check it out. if you like it, why not become a patron for as little as a dollar a month - but you, don't be such a cheap-ass!

  • Episode 105: Kubernetes Rules Everything Around Me, VMworld, Pivotal Container Service

    August 31st, 2017  |  58 mins 20 secs

    It’s VMworld this week, so there’s fresh news from the Dell Technologies universe to sort through. VMware releases it’s SDDC on AWS scheme and Pivotal announces its container service/stack, Pivotal Container Service (PKS). We discuss both, including a meandering overview of what PKS is and some theory about what enterprises actually want with all that VMware in public cloud. Also, the tragic story of airline and hotel upgrades, like pearls to tired business travelers.

  • Episode 104: “When I go to the grocery store, I just buy the bananas” - Amazon/Whole Goods, J(2)EE, building your own kubernetes stack

    August 25th, 2017  |  1 hr 3 mins

    Come Monday, we’ll see what full-on “digital transformation” looks like when Amazon fully owns Whole Foods. Also, Oracle is looking to move JEE to a foundation, closing out a long era of Java stewardship: how will “open source” like this work in a mature market? We also discuss the trend of private equity buying tech firms and GitHib’s write-up of building their own platform with kubernetes and series of small bash scripts.

  • Episode 103: AI is no longer limited by the garbage that is UNIX

    August 17th, 2017  |  57 mins 15 secs

    AWS plods on with new capabilities, this time with an AI and enterprise app migration focus, plus, AI: is it actually a thing? We also discuss Microsoft acquiring Cycle Computing and how HPC fits into cloud, also what exactly HPC is and how you measure vibrations passing through a human torso. But most importantly, we’re joined by Andrew Clay Shafer in this episode, standing in for Brandon.

  • Episode 102: That thermometer don’t work with my iPhone 7, also, AWS kube’ed & DevOps Thought Lordin’

    August 10th, 2017  |  56 mins 24 secs

    At long last, Amazon joins the CNCF to work on kubernetes and container related projects. While it's not incredibly clear how strong this embrace is, it's pretty high up there. We also discuss if there's any new topics in DevOps and check-in on the anti-trust in tech meme.

  • Episode 101: Cloud is just "jigglin’ wires"

    August 3rd, 2017  |  1 hr 4 mins

    Calling in hot from New Braunfels Texas, we got a country mile’s worth of topics this week: we have container services from Microsoft, a lengthy discussion of how enterprise software companies organize their global sales regions, the possible emergence of a new private cloud meme, and rumors that BMC is no longer in acquiring CA.

  • 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 14th, 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 6th, 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
    cloud, conjur, cyberark, donnie berkholz, execs, health-insurance, hsa, m&a, openstack, pam, 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 4th, 2017  |  1 hr 1 min
    cloud, containers, docker, dockercon, execs, red hat, revenue, strategy

    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.