The New Stack Makers

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Technologists building and managing new stack architectures join us for short conversations at conferences out on the tech conference circuit. These are the people defining how applications are developed and managed at scale.

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  • Episode 500: How a Leading Gambling Software Maker Staves Off Observability Chaos

    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.

  • Episode 499: Eric Brewer on Why Envoy and Istio are the Future of Networking

    August 21st, 2019  |  29 mins 6 secs

    For this episode of The New Stack Makers, TC Currie is joined by Dr. Eric Brewer, Google Fellow and VP of Infrastructure at Google where he’s the architect of Cloud Native systems at massive scale.  He’s also been a Computer Science Professor at UC Berkeley since 1994.   TC caught up with Dr. Brewer at the recent Service Mesh Days in San Francisco.

    “Istio at its core decouples developers from operations,” Brewer said. That decoupling lets both sides go faster and with more confidence.

  • Episode 498: GitLab’s CD Journey Without Kubernetes

    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.

  • Episode 497: Accessibility as an Essential Part of the Inclusive Developer Experience

    August 13th, 2019  |  28 mins 54 secs

    We've written some about accessibility in terms of building apps and websites — although there's always more to learn and do — but what about accessibility and inclusion in the developer world? How can you best serve your full customer base when your customers are developers? How is designing for inclusion an essential part of the developer experience? These are the questions Pivotal Labs' Senior Designer Raquel Breternitz is trying to answer in this episode of The New Stack Makers.

  • Episode 496: Splice Machine Allows Businesses to Modernize AND Keep Customized Programs

    August 12th, 2019  |  36 mins 29 secs

    Splice Machine brings SQL Back, said Monte Zweben, CEO at Splice Machine, but with a spectacular twist.

    It’s common for data infrastructure to reside on three separate platforms:  transactional databases, data warehouses, and the recently-added machine learning (ML) environment.

    Most artificial intelligence (AI) applications are built on historical data that has been loaded in to ML environments for data mining.  So you’re looking in the rearview mirror to figure out what has already happened, he said.  And that requires computational engines.

  • Episode 495: TC Sessions Preview: Why Software is the New 5-Year Growth Plan for the Enterprise

    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.

  • Episode 494: How Graph Databases are Changing Our Relationships with Data

    August 7th, 2019  |  44 mins 32 secs

    What does Justin Bieber have to do with our relationships to, well, anything? If nothing else, his staggering 105.8 million followers on Twitter (at the time of this conversation) is a real challenge for data scientists. If you wanted to know how The Bieb’s assemblage relates to him and one another, you could never achieve it with an entity-first relationship model — you know, columns, rows and spreadsheets, or, as Wikipedia calls it, “a simple relational database implementation, each row of a table represents one instance of an entity type, and each field in a table represents an attribute type.”

  • Episode 493: Intel's AI4Good: Good News for a Change

    July 31st, 2019  |  26 mins 13 secs

    “There’s so much passion for using AI in ways that are beneficial,” Anna Bethke, Head of AI4 Social Good at Intel’s AI Products Group.  And she wanted to make it easier for others to get involved.

    Bethke’s team partners with companies and social justice organizations to give them access to Intel’s knowledge of deep learning skills and techniques, making it easier for them to mine social media and other data to filter out the noise.

  • Episode 492: What the Paradigmatic Shift in Machine Learning Means for DevOps

    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.

  • Episode 491: Cloud Foundry Sees Challenges Worldwide, Exciting Differences in China

    July 29th, 2019  |  29 mins 31 secs

    The Cloud Foundry Foundation may have faced some …

  • Episode 490: Can the Tech Industry Curb Climate Change and Inequality?

    July 25th, 2019  |  37 mins 37 secs

    Inequality is growing. The climate crisis and glo…

  • Episode 489: How A China-Based Bare Metal Provider Solved a Problem with Open Source

    July 24th, 2019  |  22 mins 34 secs

    Kubernetes continues to spread across the cloud a…

  • Episode 488: The Evolution of the Site Reliability Engineer

    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.

  • Episode 486: Want Career Stability? Look to Infrastructure, says Tameika Reed, founder of Women in Linux

    July 15th, 2019  |  29 mins 54 secs

    In today’s episode of The New Stack Makers, TC Currie is joined by Tameika Reed, whose day gig is as a  Senior Infrastructure Engineer at EXPANSIA, a company providing full spectrum services for IT migration and integration.  After 16 years in infrastructure, she got tired of not seeing anyone like her. So three years ago she decided to be the change she wanted to see in the world, and founded Women In Linux. This group provides free on-line training in the wide variety of ways in which Linux is used, along with job boards and career advice.

  • Episode 485: OpenFaaS Creator on the Success of Open Source's Community-Funding Model

    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.