Alex Williams is founder and editor in chief of The New Stack. He's a longtime technology journalist who did stints at TechCrunch, SiliconAngle and what is now known as ReadWrite. Alex has been a journalist since the late 1980s, starting at the Augusta Chronicle in 1989 after completing his master's degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Early in his career, he reported for newspapers in New York and Oregon, worked for a magazine writing about home textiles (ask him about it some time) and spent a year as a television business news anchor. Alex's online career began in 2003 when he did a web event called RSS WinterFest, which was followed by Podcast Hotel, an event all about the intersection of art and commerce and the impact digital media has on independent culture. While in college, Alex played baseball in France, which led him to writing stories of his experiences, and eventually a career in journalism.
May 19th, 2021 | 31 secs
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May 17th, 2021 | 32 mins 39 secs
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 Christine Wang, senior solutions engineer, Grafana Labs.
May 12th, 2021 | 28 mins 23 secs
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).
May 10th, 2021 | 28 mins 41 secs
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.
April 22nd, 2021 | 30 mins 44 secs
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Service mesh is increasingly seen as an essential prerequisite for any organization making the shift from legacy infrastructure to cloud native and microservices environments. Among the service meshes on offer to help manage distributed environments, Istio has a short lead, according to a Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) survey. CNCF’s survey for 2020 showed how 47% of all organizations with service mesh in production use Istio, followed by Linkerd and Consul, both with respective market shares of 41% (an organization can also use more than one mesh).
April 15th, 2021 | 26 mins 52 secs
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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.
April 12th, 2021 | 34 mins 23 secs
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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.
April 8th, 2021 | 30 mins 51 secs
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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.
April 5th, 2021 | 30 mins 50 secs
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In this episode of The New Stack Makers podcast, Alex Williams, founder and publisher of The New Stack, speaks with Mulligan and Ellis about K3s’ origin, why it has become so popular and how it is expected to support edge deployments in the future.
March 30th, 2021 | 38 mins 52 secs
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The momentous growth of DevOps teams taking advantage of highly distributed containerized environments in their shift to cloud native environments has created enormous opportunities for a very large number of organizations. But while cloud infrastructures offer advantages in agility, resource savings and in other ways, attackers have also found new opportunities to exploit data and networks on public clouds.
March 24th, 2021 | 35 mins 29 secs
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March 17th, 2021 | 32 mins 30 secs
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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.
March 11th, 2021 | 28 mins 46 secs
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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.
March 10th, 2021 | 34 mins 13 secs
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Episode #4 in our Okta Series!!
March 3rd, 2021 | 32 mins 48 secs
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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.
Episode 666: Vaibhav Kamra CTO of Kasten on Cloud Natives Lessons Learned During these Pandemic Days
March 2nd, 2021 | 31 mins 7 secs
The world has certainly changed during the past year. Among the paradigmatic shifts in how we live and work that have taken place since the beginning of the pandemic, there has been an even stronger push by numerous organizations to scale operations across cloud native and distributed environments. This has largely been in response to accommodate the surge in remote workers and developers whose distributed data and application needs have scaled accordingly.