Screaming in the Cloud

Insightful conversation. Less snark.

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Every Wednesday, listen to host Corey Quinn interview domain experts in the world of Cloud Computing discuss AWS, GCP, Azure, Oracle Cloud, and why businesses are coming to think about the Cloud.
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Meanwhile in ‘Meanwhile in Security’ with Jesse Trucks
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03.04.2021
36 Minutes
Jesse Trucks is the Minister of Magic at Splunk, where he consults on security and compliance program designs and develops Splunk architectures for security use cases, among other things. He brings more than 20 years of experience in tech to this role, having previously worked as director of security and compliance at Peak Hosting, a staff member at freenode, a cybersecurity engineer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and a systems engineer at D.E. Shaw Research, among several other positions. Jesse also was the director of the League of Professional System Administrators, ran his own consultancy for 14 years, and served in the U.S. Navy. Join Corey and Jesse as they talk about what exactly Jesse does at Splunk, what it was like to provision supercomputers at D.E. Shaw Research Group, why it’s important to build security into your products from the outset instead of treating it as an afterthought, the upcoming Meanwhile in Security podcast from The Duckbill Group, its genesis, and why Jesse will be hosting it, the difference between DevSecOps and SecDevOps and the competition to cram as many words into a portmanteau as possible, how Corey weighs sponsorship opportunities for his podcasts, how you can’t regain trust after it’s lost, why you need better security in the cloud than on-prem, and more.
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The DuckTale of DuckTools with Kevin Kuchta
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03.02.2021
33 Minutes
Kevin Kuchta is the lead product engineer for DuckTools at The Duckbill Group, a company that you may or may not be familiar with. Prior to winding up in this spectacular position, Kevin worked as a software engineer at Brex, Joyable, Threadflip, and Expensify. He also worked as a web developer at the Rochester Institute of Technology and an applications software developer at GE Energy. Join Corey and Kevin as they talk about DuckTools and why Duckbill decided to sunset the suite of tools, what the genesis of the product was like, how a Slack message led to Kevin joining Duckbill, why Kevin created a URL shortener with Lambda and why you shouldn’t try that at home, how tricky it is to find the right price point for a SaaS tool, why it’s so important for product developers to talk to customers early and often, why startups become scatterbrained when they focus on too much at once, why the key job of any CEO is to fire yourself repeatedly, the curse of being a full-stack developer, what’s in store for Kevin’s future, and more.
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The Concierge of DevRel with Jonan Scheffler
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02.25.2021
31 Minutes
Jonan Scheffler is the Director of Developer Relations at New Relic, where he’s a boomerang employee, having previously worked there as a Ruby Agent Engineer. Prior to his current position, Jonan worked as a developer advocate at Timescale, a developer advocate and senior software engineer at Heroku, and a software developer at LivingSocial. Back in the day, he worked at the front desk for a major hotelier—which has influenced approach to his current role. Join Corey and Jonan as they explore how New Relic has changed over the years, transforming from a subscription model to a usage-based model; how the cloud has evolved since New Relic became a company and how that’s impacted the business; what Jonan wants to see when he logs into an observability platform; the kinds of tweets you get when you work in DevRel and how smiley faces can make them better; how Twitch is now being used as a collaborative live coding platform and what that means for devs; how interactive media affects attention spans; the two most common places to spot DevRel folks pre-pandemic; and more.
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One Keyboard Shortcut to Rule Them All with Tom Uebel
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02.23.2021
34 Minutes
Tom Uebel is the co-founder and CEO of Command E, a search engine that works across your cloud and your computer, all accessible via one shortcut that launched in 2018. Prior to this position, Tom worked as a software engineer at First Round Capital and a software engineer at UniversityNow, Inc. Tom is an alumnus of Miami University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and entrepreneurship. Join Corey and Tom as they talk about why Command E is the fastest way to find files on your desktop and across your cloud environment, how Command E’s approach to security makes it easy for Tom to sleep at night, how Command E is free to use right now and how the company plans to monetize the service moving forward, the genesis of Command E and how Tom saw some of the smartest people in the world tearing their hair out trying to find information and moving between systems, how Command E is designed to be very intuitive and simple but there’s a lot of sophisticated engineering under the hood, what the future holds for Command E, and more.
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Open Source Evangelism Before it Was Cool with Sarah Novotny
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02.18.2021
33 Minutes
Sarah Novotny is a free and open source software strategist at Azure, working out of the office of the CTO. She’s also on the Linux Foundation’s board of directors. Previously, Sarah served as the head of open source strategy for GCP, the program manager of the Kubernetes community at Google, head of developer relations at NGINX, and program chair of the O’Reilly Open Source Convention, among other positions. Join Corey and Sarah as they discuss how and why Microsoft’s stance on open source has changed over the last 20 years, how companies can win in open source and what they need to do to make that happen, how Microsoft is involved in the Linux Foundation and how that would be almost unthinkable 20 years ago, how the cloud is not a zero-sum game, the pros and cons of turning the cloud into a utility, the importance of empowering customers versus telling them what to buy, and more.
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Flow Architectures & the Future of Streaming Data with James Urquhart
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02.16.2021
33 Minutes
James Urquhart is the global field CTO at VMware. He brings more than 25 years of tech experience to this position, having worked as the global field CTO at Pivotal Software, the general manager of learning services at AWS, SVP of performance analytics at SOASTA, and director of product, cloud management at Dell, among other positions. Join Corey and James as they talk about Tanzu and how it is not a vertically integrated T-shirt brand; what James predicts the world will look like in five or 10 years; James’ new book, Flow Architectures: The Future of Streaming and Event-Driven Integration, and the role streaming data will play in the future; how data runs through our economy like water runs downhill through a sand dune; the important role one’s attention span plays in writing a book; what it was like for James to write the book and why he did it; how nobody really predicted how hard it would be for Google and Microsoft to catch up to AWS in the cloud space; and more.
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A Chaos Engineering & Jeli Sandwich with Nora Jones
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02.11.2021
30 Minutes
Nora Jones is the founder and CEO at Jeli, makers of an incident analysis platform that leverages data to recommend productive solutions to the problems at hand. Before this role, she was Head of Chaos Engineering and Human Factors at Slack, a senior software engineer at Netflix, and a team lead/senior software engineer at Jet.com, among other positions. She also had a four-month stint working on restricted research for the U.S. Navy and literally wrote the book onChaos Engineering. Join Corey and Nora as they talk about just what the heck it is that Jeli does, how incidents can help organization learn more about themselves, what it was like to work at Jet when it was scaling rapidly, how if everything is an incident than nothing is an incident, why businesses need to define exactly what an incident means to them, what the purpose of chaos engineering is, the unintended positive consequences of chaos engineering, why Nora thinks the word ‘post-mortem’ should be removed from the incident response lexicon, what’s surprised Nora as her role has evolved over her career, and more.
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Making AI Like Water with Ana Visneski
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02.09.2021
36 Minutes
Ana Visneski is the senior director of communications and community at H2O.ai, which focuses on open source AI and machine learning solutions. Prior to this position, she worked at AWS for more than four years, serving as the principal of AWS disaster response, head of launch blog and podcast operations, and senior digital marketing manager there. She also served in the Coast Guard for nine years. Join Corey and Ana as they talk about democratizing AI and making it as transparent and accessible as water, why Ana believes AI has a lot of potential but also a lot of challenges, what it was like to be the founder of the Coast Guard’s social media program, how Ana ended up working with AWS, what it’s like to work during an Andy Jassy keynote, how half of Corey’s job is introducing people who work at AWS to each other, the hidden value veterans bring to tech, how Ana played guard dog for Jeff Barr, how the size of the Coast Guard makes everyone who serves a jack of all trades, and more.
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