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.
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
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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.
July 29th, 2019 | 29 mins 31 secs
The Cloud Foundry Foundation may have faced some …
July 25th, 2019 | 37 mins 37 secs
Inequality is growing. The climate crisis and glo…
July 24th, 2019 | 22 mins 34 secs
Kubernetes continues to spread across the cloud a…
July 23rd, 2019 | 29 mins 2 secs
This episode of The New Stack Makers podcast talk…
Episode 487: How PingCAP’s TikV Is Set to Process Transactions from China's 800 Million Internet Shoppers
July 17th, 2019 | 28 mins 19 secs
It wasn’t that long ago when Kevin Xu, general manager of global strategy and operations at PingCAP, remembers walking into what he described as a “dark and dingy” basement at an internet cafe to play World of Warcraft and eat noodles in his native China.
“Those days did exist, but not so much anymore — there are many mobile phone vendors now and [almost] everything is being done on your smartphone,” Xu said.
July 10th, 2019 | 56 mins 44 secs
The Continuous Delivery Foundation (CDF) was created to help introduce processes, standards and other support and stewardship for DevOps teams that now face what some say is the Wild West of open source tools and platforms for deployments on Jenkins and coud native platforms. While there have been concerns expressed about potential overlap with the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) — a sibling Linux Foundation-managed project — the concept is certainly attractive, especially for those teams that plan to or already rely on Jenkins, Jenkins X, Spinnaker and Tekton for their production pipelines. However, there is one catch: the CDF has yet to release any specifications and primitives after the initiative was announced a few months ago
July 3rd, 2019 | 29 mins 51 secs
What takes an open source project from a hobby to…
June 28th, 2019 | 30 mins 57 secs
One can reasonably assume container security will undergo many changes in the near term, especially considering the recent widely publicized security breaches (not to mention the ones we do not already know about).
But Maya Kaczorowski, a Google product manager, begs to disagree. When it comes to responsibilities organizations share with cloud and tool providers, Kaczorowski, says the model isn't changing, per se. Instead, “people are becoming less and less worried about the pieces that they don't have to manage, or the pieces that they used to have to manage — but they are no simpler for whatever reason,” Kaczorowski said.
June 27th, 2019 | 30 mins 20 secs
Kubernetes is not everything for everybody, as DevOps teams know. And while Kubernetes can, of course, offer amazing power- and resource-savings and computing-performance advantages, the platform has also seen its share of controversy, such as during the Docker split in 2016.
June 25th, 2019 | 30 mins 5 secs
Kubernetes, Prometheus, Envoy, containerd ... The list of projects managed by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation is quite extensive, and growing by the month it seems.
But how does the CNCF manage its expansive collection of open source cloud native software projects? How does it decide when a project move from incubation to graduation. Many of these decisions are made by the CNCF's Technical Oversight Committee (TOC). We wanted to find out more about how the TOC operates.
June 21st, 2019 | 26 mins 22 secs
The creation of Git by the principal developer be…
June 19th, 2019 | 28 mins 29 secs
Why is it every time I'm yelling at self-checkout…
June 14th, 2019 | 25 mins 16 secs
During a podcast Alex Williams, founder and editor in chief of The New Stack hosted during the KubeCon + CloudNativeCon conference in Barcelona in May, Pulumi CEO Joe Duffy was on hand to discuss just what Pulumi does. He articulated how it serves as a popular way to deploy and manage infrastructure in a range of cloud and on-premise environments with a very wide range of programming languages.