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!
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.
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 3rd, 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.
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, cloud, kubernetes, open source, oracle, 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.
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.
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
cloud, dhs, fundings, google, passwords, privacy, security, sensu, 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.)
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!
January 20th, 2017 | 48 mins 45 secs
bigco, career, coté, dell, industry analysts, marketing, project sputnik, redmonk
In part two of Coté navel gazing, we discuss Coté’s life as an analyst and strategists. Matt Ray is off in Australia-land, so it’s just Brandon and Coté. We discuss: what IT analyst work on; working with marketers that have poor, nothing new material; learning how to function inside a large company in the executive suite; M&A and investment bankers, getting shit done in large companies (it’s always slow), like Project Sputnik.
December 21st, 2016 | 1 hr 7 mins
After speculating on GitHub’s business we throw out our 2017 predictions. We cover AWS, containers, AI, and government IT. Since holiday family time is coming up, Brandon also suggests some simple family IT help-desk tasks - like backup - and throws out the stretch goal of discussing 2FA at the dinner table.
December 16th, 2016 | 54 mins 22 secs
What exactly is DevOps? We dare to discuss that at first and then get into Amazon’s new managed hosting offering. There’s some new container news with containerd from DockerInc land, and some little notes on Azure’s features and Cisco’s InterCloud shutting down. Also, we find out which Muppet each of us would be played by in The Muppets Take Over Software Defined Talk.