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 549: Gwen Shapira on the Power of Event-Driven Architecture

    December 10th, 2019  |  35 mins 54 secs

    For the first 12 years of Gwen Shapira’s career, she worked on relational databases, where she learned all about both their power and limitations. In her The New Stack Makers interview, Shapira, a system architect at Confluent, excitedly shares how event-driven architecture literally breaks down those limitations and redefines the boundaries of service responsibilities.

    Event-driven architecture is part of the broader industry trend of separating components and streamlining processes so that releases are faster and organized around user activity. It's all about pulling apart applications into components — usually microservices — that you then chain together to better service business needs through the publishing of, listening to, and reacting to those events.

  • Episode 548: Why Data Protection for Cloud Native Can No Longer Be Ignored

    December 9th, 2019  |  30 mins 54 secs

    In this edition of The New Stack Makers podcast recorded live at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2019, Dell EMC's Nelson Hsu, director, solutions marketing for data protection, and Alexander Almeida, consultant, product marketing, describe the intersection of data protection and cloud native deployments and DevOps' roll in securing mission-critical workloads. Sponsored by Dell.

  • Episode 547: Snyk's Gareth Rushgrove on How Visibility is Driving Security

    December 6th, 2019  |  28 mins 52 secs

    This is the classic security problem Gareth Rushgrove, director of product management at Snyk, pointed to during his conversation with The New Stack founder and publisher Alex Williams at KubeCon's Cloud Native Security Day. Snyk is a Software-as-a-Service dedicated to helping organizations flag and fix vulnerabilities in their open source, third-party dependencies.

  • Episode 546: Will Kubernetes Drive Cloud Native Telcos?

    December 5th, 2019  |  35 mins 5 secs

    The New Stack Editor in Chief Alex Williams sat down at last month’s Kubecon to talk about telco’s cloud-native future with Heather Kirksey, VP of community and ecosystems at OPNFV, and Taylor Carpenter, partner and founder of Vulk Coop design and development cooperative. The different collaborative, telecom-focused Linux Foundation and CNCF working groups that Kirksey and Carpenter are a part of have witnessed — and sometimes driven — telco’s move over the last five years from monolithic hardware appliances toward what’s now known as the cloud.

  • Episode 545: From IT Admin to Kubernetes Admin

    December 4th, 2019  |  34 mins 39 secs

    Deploying and managing Kubernetes infrastructure may be the most challenging aspect of developing and delivering cloud-native applications. We will discuss leveraging a purpose-built appliance that provides a production-ready Kubernetes platform that also supports existing VMware virtualized applications in hybrid (private and public cloud) deployments. This approach provides rapid results to quickly stand up the environment as well as automated Lifecycle Management of the entire stack to enable organizations to securely and non-disruptively stay up-to-date and secure with their Kubernetes and vSphere clusters. We will discuss what is available today from Dell Technologies Cloud with PKS on VCF on VxRail as well as the roadmap forward for next year and beyond with Project Pacific and Tanzu Mission control.

  • Episode 544: Kubernetes: It's Not Easy but What's To Come?

    December 3rd, 2019  |  24 mins 55 secs

    Janakiram MSV is one of the few analysts and writers who is also a certified member of the Kubernetes community. He is able to bring into his writing an analysis that details the issues that everyday users and developers face. He is also a regular contributor to The New Stack, on Kubernetes and other technologies.

    In this edition of The New Stack Makers podcast recorded live at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2019, Janakiram discusses why developer happiness is such a challenge, the new role of the configurator and the issues that are coming as Kubernetes matures and isolation becomes a larger issue. He also discusses multitenancy and challenges to come as users adopt services and face security risks with less defined cluster isolation.

  • Episode 543: Why Time Series is Upending the Database Market

    December 2nd, 2019  |  30 mins 25 secs

    This podcast is sponsored by InfluxData. In this week’s The New Stack Makers podcast interview in advance of AWS re:Invent, The New Stack Founder and Publisher Alex Williams caught up with InfluxData Vice President of Product Tim Hall to discuss why time-series databases are gaining in popularity with developers and how they differ from other databases.

  • Episode 542: Kafka Streaming, APIs and Logging — the Oracle Way

    November 29th, 2019  |  38 mins 58 secs

    Oracle continues to grow its global cloud presence. At KubeCon, the company announced its global expansion along with Kafka streaming, an API gateway, and data logging capabilities.

  • Episode 541: Pancake Podcast: Which Comes First, Kubernetes or the Service Mesh?

    November 28th, 2019  |  52 mins 29 secs

    Service meshes, Istio and the underling architectures — fine topics to discuss over a short stack with The New Stack. At Kubecon + Cloud NativeCon in San Diego, We explore the scaling of application architectures and how business objectives fit with approaches, team development and workflows that come with service mesh technologies.

  • Episode 540: Kubernetes Back Up, Restore and Migration with Velero

    November 27th, 2019  |  28 mins 52 secs

    Guests: Carlisia Campos, Tom Spoonemore, and Efri Nattel-Shay

    Velero is an open source project that provides backup, restore and migrating capabilities for Kubernetes. Originally developed by Heptio and known as Ark, Velero is supported by Dell's PowerProtect, allowing users to back up their Kubernetes clusters. In an interview at KubeCon, The New Stack discussed Velero with VMware's Carlisia Campos, a maintainer for Velero and member of the VMware technical staff; Tom Spoonemore, VMware's cloud native apps director and Dell's Efri Nattel-Shay, director of product management.

  • Episode 539: How to Make User Interfaces, Pipelines and Jenkins X an Easier Fit

    November 26th, 2019  |  32 mins 50 secs
    cloudbees, cloudnativecon, devops, kubecon

    The idea is to empower all DevOps' stakeholders with better access to continuous integration (CI)/continuous delivery (CD) pipelines. Your organization also very likely relies on Jenkins as the backbone for the production pipeline with a reliance on Git to share and collaborate.

    However, the problem has long been that Jenkins is notoriously hard to implement and use for many organizations. The added complexities of shifting to cloud native and Kubernetes platforms have further compounded the difficulties — but this new age of Jenkins and cloud native deployments have also set the stage for the creation of CloudBees' open source Jenkins X. CloudBees created Jenkins X mainly to help facilitate and automate CD pipelines to Kubernetes and cloud native environments. The idea is also to allow Jenkins X to make it easier to develop and deploy cloud native applications to Kubernetes without having to learn the intricacies of the orchestrator. Jenkins X is also one of four projects of the Continuous Delivery Foundation (CDF), which also includes Jenkins, Spinnaker and Tekton.

    CloudBees says it is also continuing to try and improve Jenkins X, by simplify how developers and all DevOps stakeholders work with the tool. To that end, the company has developed its first-ever graphical interface.

    In this The New Stack Makers podcast recorded during KubeCon + CloudNativeCon in San Diego last week, CloudBees' Moritz Plassnig, vice president, cloud and Peter Muir, lead architect, spoke with Alex Williams, founder and editor-in-chief of The New Stack about how CloudBees continues to try to make Jenkins X both more accessible and easier to use.

  • Episode 538: How Storage and Databases Can Catch Up With Kubernetes

    November 25th, 2019  |  26 mins 49 secs

    Guests: Sugu Sougoumarane & Quinton Hoole

    Google and other tech giants can be hard examples to follow. As organizations rush to scale their infrastructure on a mix of on-premises and cloud environments, especially on Kubernetes, they often struggle when trying to store and analyze data from stateless sources. A lot of the traditional storage databases have not worked at the scale needed, while the early cloud services, such as AWS and Google, developed their own storage environments internally.

    “Kubernetes was very much focused initially on the stateless workloads and didn't do a very good job, to be perfectly honest, of providing any kind of support for storage, other than to the extent that you could connect to an existing public cloud provider,” Quinton Hoole, technical vice president of Huawei’s Futurewei Technologies, said. “I think that's evolved a lot over the last several years, as there are many different cloud native database [options]. People are starting to do serious stateful workloads in the cloud and in Kubernetes, in particular.”

    In this edition of The New Stack Makers podcast recorded live at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2019, Sugu Sougoumarane, co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at PlanetScale, as well as Hoole, discuss what tools and approaches organizations can take to store and manage data from Kubernetes and containers.

    They also cover how storage and database-management tools are catching up to organizations’ often complex infrastructure needs. However, finding the right tool mix is not easy.

    KubeCon + CloudNativeCon sponsored this podcast.

  • Episode 537: Threads and Threats When Computers Think and Biases Emerge -- Part 2

    November 21st, 2019  |  34 mins 8 secs
    ai, artificial intelligence, machine learning, technologies
  • Episode 536: Threads and Threats When Computers Think and Biases Emerge -- Part I

    November 21st, 2019  |  34 mins 6 secs
    ai, machine learning, russia
  • Episode 535: Docker Security Fundamentals and Best Practices

    November 12th, 2019  |  20 mins 53 secs
    docker, how-to, kubernetes, tutorial
  • Episode 534: The Challenge of Machine Learning and How DevOps and the Edge Will Modernize Data Science

    November 11th, 2019  |  35 mins 21 secs
    ai, code, devops, machine learning

    Basically most enterprise AI and machine learning initiatives are stuck at the gate. On this episode of The New Stack Makers, we talk to Luke Marsden about why.