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.
October 7th, 2019 | 25 mins 57 secs
cloud-native, cybersecurity, kubernetes, microservices, software, tech
Alex Delgado, a security engineer at the Gremlin chaos testing service, points to the disconnect many enterprises have. It’s not that the developers aren’t building with the newest technologies like Kubernetes and microservices. It’s just that security and compliance haven’t even heard of these things. And it's increasing risk.
“You can’t secure something that you don’t know how it works,” he said, on this episode of The New Stack Makers, where Delgado reflects on his past at a security and defense enterprise and his present at scale-up Gremlin. He began his career in customer support and then remediation of customer concerns. That put him in an interesting but often frustrating position as he moved into security, which had him throwing code over the wall that was released maybe three months down the line.
October 3rd, 2019 | 26 mins 54 secs
Automating security is now more of an issue as at…
October 1st, 2019 | 21 mins 43 secs
All things continuous integration, continuous delivery, the GitLab experience in new environments, and even mainframes were the topics of discussion taking place at GitLab Commit during an interview TNS founder & Editor-in-Chief Alex Williams had with Eddie Zaneski, Developer Relations Manager at DigitalOcean, Kyle Persohn, Senior Engineer at Northwestern Mutual, and Sean Corkum, Senior Software Engineer at Northwestern Mutual.
September 26th, 2019 | 25 mins 30 secs
It is certainly never easy to port existing software production pipelines and operations to a cloud native or, more typically, to a mix and match of cloud, bare metal and on-premises server environments. This assumption certainly held true for the situation T-Mobile was in during its digital journey . But while T-Mobile’s operations are on a gargantuan scale of magnitude compared to most organizations, T-Mobile succeeded by applying many of the same practices any organization needs to rely on, whether for a 10-person shop or if the company is Google.
September 25th, 2019 | 22 mins 7 secs
"Cloud Foundry is a project that predates Kubernetes, and as container orchestration has evolved, we have started seeing more microservice components built into Cloud Foundry that were used as a way to containerize to some extent. This speaks to the history of project Eirini and project Quarks," said TNS founder and Editor-in-Chief Alex Williams during a live interview recorded at Cloud Foundry Summit Europe, where he was joined by Jennifer Spinney, Staff Software Engineer at Pivotal, and Vlad Iovanov, Technical Lead at Cloud Foundry SUSE.
September 24th, 2019 | 22 mins 40 secs
At GitLab Commit, GitLab's first user conference that took place last week in Brooklyn, GitLab announced that it has received 268M in funding, valuing the company at 2.75B dollars. TNS Founder Alex Williams dove into this announcement and many more with GitLab CEO & co-founder Sid Sijbrandij, asking candidly what the next steps are for GitLab after it received that kind of funding.
September 23rd, 2019 | 30 mins 38 secs
Once largely reserved for the finance industry, times series databases are increasingly emerging as must-haves for many organizations. A classic SQL database, for example, is not designed to process thousands or — in many cases — millions of data points per second that a time series database can monitor, track, analyze and assimilate for forecasting applications for real-time analytics and business intelligence. These applications often include application, server, network monitoring, for industrial or IoT data.
Episode 507: User Journey & Developer Persona, with Dormain Drewitz, Sr. Director of Product Marketing at Pivotal
September 16th, 2019 | 24 mins 33 secs
The user journey evolves at many levels, says Pivotal Software Senior Director of Product Marketing Dormain Drewitz. "There's a couple of different user journeys that are really happening. You've got user journeys at the developer level, you have user journeys at more of the platform, engineering level, and the teams that are operating and building the platforms, and you have user journeys kind of at the business level and what does that mean for lines of business and their whole relationship to software?"
September 11th, 2019 | 30 mins 18 secs
Part of the transition to DevOps that comes with cloud native application development, has been a shift in responsibility for storage, away from dedicated specialists towards developers who are increasingly responsible for provisioning the storage for the applications they build.
“People do not want storage to be a complicated task,” said Chris Merz, principal technologist at NetApp. “It is a piece of infrastructure. It should be simple, it should be scalable, it should be self healing. They should follow the same patterns as the systems that DevOps practitioners and cloud native architects are building every day.”
September 10th, 2019 | 29 mins 48 secs
On this episode of The New Stack Makers, TNS Founder & EiC Alex Williams sits down with Jeroen Coussement, Co-founder & CEO, Factry to focus on the use of OPC-UA and InfluxDB in industrial settings. Coussement built an open-source OPC-UA server to bring data from and to process control systems as well as demonstrate the value of a time series database by collecting data from industrial control systems, adding further context with additional data (and interpreting the result visually), using this as a basis for optimization.
September 9th, 2019 | 29 mins 3 secs
There are common perceptions that organizations have about open source — but these perceptions also vary a lot. This is especially the case when it comes to describing what organizations’ role in open source development should be, as well as the best way to take advantage of this ongoing explosion in open source tools and their availability. (Call it a renaissance, if you will).
What open source means — and what it should mean — is a main topic of this episode of this The New Stack Makers podcast, recorded during the Open Source Summit in San Diego, with the recently released results of the survey the second annual survey “Open Source Programs in the Enterprise.” Dirk Hohndel, vice president, chief open source officer, VMware, discussed his take on the results and what they meant for VMware, which co-sponsored the survey in partnership with The Linux Foundation’s TODO Group.
September 5th, 2019 | 29 mins 22 secs
On this episode of The New Stack Makers, TNS Founder & EiC Alex Williams sits down with Sam Charrington, Founder of This Week in Machine Learning & AI (TWiML & AI). The inaugural TWIMLcon conference takes place October 1st-2nd, 2019 at the Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco, California.
August 22nd, 2019 | 42 mins 53 secs
In this episode of The New Stack Makers podcast, Aleksandr Tavgen, technical architect, for Playtech described how the Isle of Man-based company has succeeded in achieving what the company says is “full observability” of Playtech’s operations platform thanks largely to InfluxDB 2.0, Flux and the OpenTracingAPI.
August 20th, 2019 | 25 mins 18 secs
GitLab has been very busy recently expanding on its leading software repository manager for DevOps to underpin its customers' continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) efforts.
GitLab is also a very transparent company and actively communicates lessons it has learned along the way firsthand to better support its customers. As a case in point, Priyanka Sharma, director of technical evangelism at GitLab who serves on the board of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), recently surprised many by describing in a recent The New Stack blog post how GitLab began its CD journey without first completely shifting its underlying IT infrastructure to Kubernetes first.
August 8th, 2019 | 52 mins 9 secs
#tcenterprise, tc sessions: enterprise, techcrunch, techcrunch sessions: enterprise
It’s just easier — a greenfield startup founder picks and chooses the best technology platforms and software development tools that best serve the needs of the business model. For organizations with years of legacy software in place, the digital journey is often harder, yet inherently necessary to survive in today’s DevOps-centric world.
In this episode of The New Stack Makers podcast hosted by Alex Williams, founder and editor in chief of The New Stack, ahead of the upcoming TC Sessions: Enterprise event, how organizations attempt to keep up with the disruption amid an explosion of new and powerful open source tools served as a central theme.
July 30th, 2019 | 38 mins 52 secs
Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) have been under study for years. But what is new is the tremendous impact and overlap AI and ML are now having on application development. Among the benefits, we will continue to see applications based on massive amounts of data sets that make use of human brain-like neural network computing to perform tasks in minutes or seconds that previously required thousands of human hours to perform.