Joab Jackson is the managing editor for The New Stack, overseeing the daily flow of stories for the site. He has covered pretty much all aspects of information technology over the past two decades. He particularly enjoys delving into the hidden worlds of deep infrastructure and the curious habits of software developers. He maintains his own Website using open standards and open source software.
July 11th, 2019 | 34 mins 19 secs
In this latest episode of The New Stack Makers podcast, we sit down with Alex Ellis, creator of OpenFaaS, to discuss the latest update to his open source serverless platform, what this new concept "Serverless 2.0" means, and the difficulties of supporting an open source project.
Ellis created OpenFaaS a few years back after wanting to extend the functionality offered by Amazon Web Services' function-as-a-service Lambda to any containerized computing environment, a feature that has since been emulated by other serverless offerings.
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 24th, 2019 | 23 mins 41 secs
DevOps has been with us for several years now, and is becoming increasingly entrenched within the enterprise. Yet the speed and elevation that the practice offers can be at odds with an organization's security posture, which ensures that systems have no vulnerabilities and meet compliance — work that can take time to complete. Can a business do both?
To help answer this question, we assembled a panel of experts at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon EU last month.
June 18th, 2019 | 37 mins 4 secs
Building a simulation of the human heart. Pooling and crunching data from public transportation and other sources from around the world to determine travel distances and times. These are two projects Alfonso Santiago, researcher at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center and Charlie Davies, co-founder, technology and product director, iGeolise; are actively engaged in building. What they share in common is how they derive immense high-performance computing (HPC) resources on a cloud native platform (which Oracle offers).
June 17th, 2019 | 30 mins 7 secs
The fact that cloud native and container exploits are becoming more attractive targets for attackers as they grow in popularity is obvious. But as of late, some gaping security holes in both platforms have sparked even greater causes for concern.
To wit, a security hole was recently revealed — with a sure-fire fix lacking at the time when this article was posted — that detailed how an attacker can gain root access to Docker container hosts. The vulnerability, similar in scope to an symlink-race attack, a SUSE security researcher revealed how the present vulnerability is applicable to any host associated with a Docker engine.
June 11th, 2019 | 37 mins 52 secs
How have open source communities changed over the years? Two decades ago, there were many open source projects, yet much of the code used in business still came from vendors. Those days, most all of the infrastructure — from the network stack to log analysis tools — is mostly open source. No longer is it only individual coders uploading their work, but the largest software companies are sharing their code as well.
May 8th, 2019 | 23 mins 13 secs
Atticus Finch, the wise country father and country lawyer literary character, in Harper Lee’s classic “To Kill a Mockingbird”, communicated one of the more timeless and poignant descriptions of what empathy means. Understanding another person’s point of view or plight, especially when it is removed from yours, requires one to “climb in his skin and walk around in it,” he says.
Flash forward to today in this renaissance era in open stack development. While the act of understanding the “other” is critical in any context, empathy in the software development world is also especially important in a number of often surprisingly ways.
April 30th, 2019 | 40 mins 1 sec
Pivotal’s Corey Innis’ job function, on paper at least, falls under the traditional category of software developer or engineer. Indeed, their “official” business title is staff software engineer at Pivotal. But instead, Innis says they have claimed another job title that is more reflective of what they actually do. Innis’ true title, they say, is “software craftsperson.”
April 29th, 2019 | 20 mins 31 secs
Dieu Cao, director of product management at Pivotal Software, and the chair for the Cloud Foundry project management committee (PMC), says she was “at the right place at the right time” when her involvement with Cloud Foundry began.
She had been directly involved with Pivotal before it became a company when Greenplum had contracted with Pivotal Labs. “I like to say that project went so well, that we decided to buy Pivotal Labs,” Cao said.
April 22nd, 2019 | 20 mins 49 secs
APIs have certainly evolved beyond the first application programming interfaces (APIs) of the late 1960s to become the focal point of software development today.
But during the past three to four years, APIs have also evolved to become fully integrated with DevOps and front- and back-end development. Among the benefits APIs offer, well-developed APIs serve integral role allowing organizations to realize their business goals more efficiently and rapidly.And APIs continue to evolve, of course. Beerinder Rodey, senior product manager at TIBCO Software who works with the company’s Mashery API management product, discussed APIs’ recent developments with The New Stack’s Joab Jackson, managing editor, at the Cloud Foundry Summit North America in Philadelphia.
April 18th, 2019 | 23 mins 45 secs
“Building bridges” and forging partnerships,” at face value, might seem like marketing speak. But put into context, these concepts can mean a lot. To wit, during a podcast hosted by The New Stack’s Joab Jackson, managing editor, at the Cloud Foundry Summit North America last week in Philadelphia Cloud Foundry CTO Chip Childers had a lot to say. Among other things, he articulated how Cloud Foundry has worked to remove silos and boost collaboration for the development of new cloud-native technologies for the open source community during the past year.
December 28th, 2018 | 31 mins 23 secs
Bloomberg owes its success in maintaining its status as a financial information and data giant over the past few decades thanks largely to technology. After its creation in 1981 when Bloomberg shortly thereafter became synonymous with the large computer terminals on the desks of Wall Street and financial trading floors around the U.S., the company now describes itself as an information and technology company.
January 23rd, 2018 | 17 mins 16 secs
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Microsoft’s support of the open source Kubernetes container orchestration tool seems to grow by the day. Direct from Kubecon/CloudNativeCon 2017, recently held in Austin, we spoke with Microsoft Distinguished Engineer Brendan Burns as well as with Gabe Monroy, the Microsoft Azure program lead for containers. We chatted about about the latest tools that have come from Microsoft to enable Kubernetes for a wider array of workloads.
July 25th, 2017 | 18 mins 38 secs
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In this edition of The New Stack Makers podcast, Joab Jackson spoke with Chris McNabb, CEO of cloud integration service Dell Boomi. Back in 2000, Rick Nucci founded the company, anticipating that cloud integration would require a different approach than what the middleware software offered at the time. A decade later, Dell purchased Boomi. Now, the company now has over 6,000 enterprise customers, who utilize the service to bridge their systems with any of the public clouds available.
June 20th, 2017 | 22 mins 32 secs
There is no single way to monitor containers runn…
June 20th, 2017 | 14 mins 47 secs
Nathen Harvey is vice president of community deve…