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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The Joy of Building Enterprise Software with Ben Sigelman
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03.25.2020
31 Minutes
Ben Sigelman is the CEO and co-founder of LightStep, makers of tools that deliver observability at scale for modern applications. Prior to that, he served as a mentor and advisor for Code for America and an advisor for Librato, Inc. He also worked at Google as a senior staff software engineer for more than nine years where he co-created Dapper. Join Corey and Ben as they discuss the journey that led Ben to co-founding LightStep, including what it was like to be “born” at Google and help build Dapper, what Ben believes the point of distributed tracing is, why Ben is not a fan of Facebook, what it was like building a social network for depressed introverts, why building enterprise software is more validating that building a social network, what it’s like being involved with the OpenTelemetry project, and more.
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Serverless Evangelism with Farrah Campbell
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03.18.2020
30 Minutes
Farrah Campbell is the Ecosystems Director at Stackery, a software company that builds tools that support and accelerate the development and delivery of serverless applications. She also serves as the speaker liaison and runs business development for TechfestNW, a conference that brings business leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs together to talk all things tech. Previously, Farrah worked in customer and people ops at Reflect Technologies and as director of operations at Chirpify. Join Corey and Farrah as they discuss career advice Farrah got from Kara Swisher, what an AWS Serverless Hero is and what it’s like to be one, what Corey’s done to earn the AWS Villain moniker, Farrah’s experience as a single mom raising two kids and the mindset that comes with it, what evangelizing for a new technology really means, how serverless is a mindset, an innovation strategy, and a paradigm shift, how to use Route 53 as a database, and more.
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Multi-Cloud is the Future with Tobi Knaup
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03.11.2020
34 Minutes
Tobi Knaup is the co-founder and CTO of D2iQ, an enterprise-grade cloud platform provider that helps customers build cloud-native applications. In his spare time, he doubles as continuity advisor at Y Combinator. Previously, Tobi worked as a tech lead at Airbnb, signing on as the fourth engineer and helping scale the company’s product to millions of users around the world. He also co-founded Knaup Multimedia, a company that built websites for small- and medium-sized businesses, when he was 15. Join Corey and Tobi as they discuss why Mesosphere rebranded as D2iQ and what that new name means; why the Kubernetes community deserves the credit for the widespread adoption of the container orchestration platform; how D2iQ helps customers build end-to-end data pipelines with tools like Kafka, Cassandra, and Spark; how D2iQ solves one industrial IoT use case with a mini edge cloud; how many people assume Kubernetes is all they need, why that’s a mistake, and what other tools they end up having to use; why Tobi thinks that multi-cloud is the future; what it was like for Tobi to grow up in Germany and hear about Silicon Valley; joining Airbnb as the company’s fourth engineer; and more.
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Inside the Mind of a DevOps Novelist with Gene Kim
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03.04.2020
33 Minutes
Gene Kim is an author who writes about topics like DevOps and the digital age. His works include The Phoenix Project, The Unicorn Project, and The DevOps Handbook. Prior to picking up a pen, Gene served as CTO and founder of Tripwire, was the founder and director of research at IT Process Institute, and worked as an independent director of the Energy Sector Security Consortium in Portland, Oregon. He’s also the founder of the DevOps Enterprise Summit. Join Corey and Gene as they discuss what it was like to revisit the Parts Unlimited world for The Unicorn Project, where Corey stands on the should I stick around or should I leave the company spectrum, the Five Ideals, how Corey helped Gene zero in on his core audience for The Unicorn Project, what Gene admires about the DevOps Enterprise Summit community, the tremendous impact that Gene believes the DevOps community will have on the future, and more.
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Engineering a Tech-Driven Newsroom with Jeremy Bowers
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02.26.2020
37 Minutes
Jeremy Bowers is the Director of Engineering at the Washington Post who’s currently leading a team that’s focused on the 2020 presidential election. Prior to joining the Post, Jeremy held many other news-focused roles, including working at the New York Times as a senior editors for news applications and a senior software engineer; serving as a news applications developer at NPR, and wearing many hats at the Tampa Bay Times, including news technologist and online operations specialist. Join Corey and Jeremy as they explore the common engineering dilemmas newsrooms face, how data visualizations in newspapers have evolved over the centuries, how the Washington Post uses data to examine trends and test hypotheses—like whether Texas will become a blue state in the next election, what the hardest part about bringing data to the surface in a newsroom is (hint: it’s not data ingestion or cleanup), how a lot of reporting is the same as it was 30 or even 40 years ago, why Jeremy thinks reporters won’t be replaced by robots, how newsroom technology has evolved over the last decade, and more.
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The Staying Power of Kubernetes with Kelsey Hightower
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02.19.2020
43 Minutes
Join Corey and Kelsey as they explore the journey that led Kelsey to Kubernetes; where Corey feels Kubernetes falls short; how Kubernetes is just another step in the evolution of technology, with more to follow in the future; why Corey used to argue against the cloud; why Kelsey believes Kubernetes makes hyperspecialization worthwhile; Kelsey’s general feelings about multi-cloud; what Kelsey believes is the biggest thing that’s misunderstood about Kubernetes; what the future of Kubernetes looks like; and more.
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Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery Made Easy with Rob Zuber
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02.12.2020
41 Minutes
Rob Zuber is the CTO of CircleCI, makers of a full-service CI/CD platform. Before that, he co-founded Copious, a social marketplace built around people and their interests, and Yoohoot, a mobile advertising company that was acquired by Appconomy. He also served as VP and chief mobile strategist at Critical Path, CTO at AdPerk, VP of business development at Kobo, and an instructor at Marakana, among other positions. Join Corey and Rob as they discuss the ins and outs of continuous integration and continuous delivery and touch upon why it’s hard to scale CI/CD, why many companies end up focusing on what’s called undifferentiated heavy lifting and why that’s a bad thing, what keeps AWS awake at night (hint: something to do with money), why at the end of the day, it’s all about the product, how developer relations is really a marketing endeavor, how CircleCI is a team of engineers solving problems for another team of engineers, why distributed teams are becoming the norm, and more.
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The Wide World of AWS Consulting with Andreas Wittig
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02.05.2020
33 Minutes
Andreas Wittig is an author, entrepreneur, and AWS cloud architect and software engineer at widdix, a tech firm based in Germany. He’s also a senior consultant at tecRacer who focuses on AWS. Andreas recently co-wrote Amazon Web Services in Action with his brother, Michael, and together they run cloudonaut.io, an AWS-focused consultancy. Among other career highlights, Andreas once migrated the complete IT infrastructure of a leading German bank to AWS. Join Corey and Andreas as they discuss both of their journeys to AWS, how Andreas gets his ideas for AWS-inspired content, why Andreas thinks Fargate is a great tool for deploying applications on AWS—and why it’s even better than Lambda in some instances, the inspiration behind the Wittig brother’s new book, the two promises of Global Accelerator and when the tool is particularly valuable, additional AWS services Andreas believes don’t get enough attention, the concept of “infrastructure bootstrapping,” and more.
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