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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Personalization, the Non-Creepy Way with Heidi Waterhouse
Screaming in the Cloud
04.08.2021
41 Minutes
Heidi Waterhouse is the principal developer advocate at LaunchDarkly. Prior to moving into a career in advocacy, Heidi worked as a technical writer, documentation consultant, and content manager for 17 years — for companies like Pluralsight, BlueTalon, Dell, Intel, Amdocs, and Microsoft. She was also the very first guest on a podcast you might have heard of called Screaming in the Cloud. Join Corey and Heidi as they talk about feature flags, the difference between temporary feature flags and long-lived, permanent feature flags, how everyone tests in production but not everyone admits it, best practices to getting started with feature flags, Heidi's vision of Flag Markup Language and what the future of personalization looks like, why the transition to virtual conferences has a lot of hidden benefits, the rise of the digital librarian, how features flags are all about feeling safe about software, and more.
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All Roads Lead to Kubernetes with Kendall Miller
Screaming in the Cloud
04.06.2021
42 Minutes
Kendall Miller is the president at Fairwinds, a shop that helps teams optimize containerized apps and get the most out of Kubernetes that was formerly called ReactiveOps. He's also the host of Authority Issues, a podcast about leadership. Prior to these positions, Kendall was a sales consultant for Odyssey Industrial Solutions and also worked for an international non-profit based in China for 11 years. Join Corey and Kendall as they talk about their long-lasting friendship, why Kendall believes Corey should ditch the "cloud economist" moniker and go with "personality" instead, why Kendall believes you don't need operational excellence if your infrastructure is simple enough, what it's like to change a company's name and some lessons the Fairwinds team learned the hard way, how there comes a point in time where organizations eventually need Kubernetes, why Corey thinks there are three or four great reasons to run on Kubernetes and 5,000 terrible ones, and more.
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Minimum Viable Bureaucracy with Laura Thomson
Screaming in the Cloud
04.01.2021
37 Minutes
Laura Thomson is the vice president of engineering at Fastly, well-known in the CDN space and makers of an edge cloud platform. She ended up in this position after a 12-plus-year stint at Mozilla, where she rose through the ranks and ended up as the senior director of engineering for Firefox engineering operations. She also worked as a lecturer at RMIT University and co-founded a web design agency, where she worked for eight years. Laura has written several best-selling software development books and is on the board of trustees at the Internet Society. Join Corey and Laura as they talk about how Fastly has evolved over the years, what the Internet Society is and what it does, what it was like using the internet in the dark ages of the 1980s and 1990s, how the internet is actually getting less and less open in recent years, how it’s tough to build trusting relationships without meeting coworkers in real life, what it’s like to be a leader during the pandemic, why effective leaders need to be able to code switch, what it’s like to lead with an anti-authority streak, the benefits of rotating employees through positions to give them a bit of experience, why you need to pay interns, and more.
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A Hop, Skip & a Jump to State-of-the-Art Network Analysis with Matt Cauthorn
Screaming in the Cloud
03.30.2021
38 Minutes
Matt Cauthorn is VP & Evangelist of Cybersecurity and Cloud at ExtraHop, makers of a cloud-native cybersecurity solution and a place he's worked for the last decade. Matt has more than two decades of experience in tech, having worked as a senior manager of servers, storage, and hosting at Manheim and an engineer and engineering manager at F5 Networks, among other positions. Join Corey and Matt as they talk about how ExtraHop provides sophisticated network security analytics for the enterprise in the cloud, how Corey discovered ExtraHop after seeing their name on the side of a bus in San Francisco, what Matt thinks is the beauty and the danger of the cloud, what the state-of-the-art network analysis experience feels like, who’s best positioned to benefit from ExtraHop, how beyond a certain point of scale companies need to fall back on broader coverage of security requirements instead of relying exclusively on cloud-native tools, and more.
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Being Upfront on CloudFront with Katrina Bakas
Screaming in the Cloud
03.25.2021
44 Minutes
Katrina Bakas is a senior technical product manager at Amazon Web Services, who’s working on CloudFront. Prior to this role, she focused on observability as a senior product manager at Pivotal Software (and VMware upon acquisition) and worked as a product manager at Firepoint Solutions and a senior digital producer at Transamerica, among other positions. Join Corey and Katrina as they talk about what exactly it is a senior technical product manager does and how that role changes from company to company and even within the same company, how CloudFront is designed to focus on the things it does really well without additional bells and whistles, how it’s easy to complain about the things we don’t have instead of the things we do have, how Katrina focuses on developing new features that will help the most users instead of optimizing for niche use cases, some of the most interesting use cases Katrina has seen in the CDN space, and more.
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Making Machine Learning Invisible with Randall Hunt
Screaming in the Cloud
03.23.2021
43 Minutes
Randall Hunt is a developer advocate at Facebook AI. Prior to this position, he worked as a solutions architect, software engineer, developer advocate, a developer evangelist at AWS, a software engineer at SpaceX, and a developer evangelist and software engineer at MongoDB, among other positions. Join Corey and Randall as they discuss the differences between TensorFlow and PyTorch, the breadth of contributors to the PyTorch project, what it’s like to listen to a conference talk by Randall, how Randall got started live coding on stage, why Randall believes audience participation is the key component of a successful talk, using machine learning to optimize the office coffee shop, how well-executed machine learning is invisible, how Randall will always be a huge AWS fan even though he no longer works there, the energy at re:Invent, and more.
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Hey, Apple, Move Over: We’re Solving Email Forever
Screaming in the Cloud
03.18.2021
50 Minutes
David Heinemeier Hansson might not need an introduction, but here’s one just in case: DHH is the co-founder and CTO at Basecamp, the popular SaaS project management tool, and the co-founder and CTO of Hey, a new way of thinking about email. He’s also the creator of Ruby on Rails, the popular open source web development framework. If that weren’t enough, he’s also a best-selling author and a champion racecar driver. And now, he can tell everyone he’s been a guest on Screaming in the Cloud. Join Corey and David as they discuss why DHH decided to pick a fight with Apple (or rather, why Apple decided to pick a fight with him), how Hey originally intended to compete against Gmail but quickly realized they had to beat another boss before they could even begin, how a theoretical $40 million in legal fees deterred DHH from deciding to sue Apple, how every company is a tech company whether they know it or not, how Apple made DHH and his co-founder Jason Fried rethink whether they wanted to continue making software, what the internet was like back when Basecamp was released and how DHH hopes we can get back there at some point, what happens when big tech companies eat software, and more.
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The Darth Vader of AWS with Eric Brandwine
Screaming in the Cloud
03.16.2021
44 Minutes
Eric Brandwine is a VP and distinguished engineer at AWS, where he focuses on the cloud and security and has worked for more than 13 years. Prior to joining Amazon, Eric worked as a principal engineer and senior engineer at MITRE for 10 years and a network security engineer at UUNet. He earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Cornell University, with a concentration on engineering physics and research in operating systems. Join Corey and Eric as they talk about why Eric is kind of the Darth Vader of AWS, how meeting coworkers for the first time during security events isn’t the best way to win friends and influence people, how security is job zero at AWS and what that means, why businesses shouldn’t be terrified of making a single misstep but why they should take every security event very seriously, the importance of earning customer trust every day, the two things Eric thinks makes security difficult, how cyberattacks are like playing a blind game of chess against and unknown adversary, why Eric’s favorite word in AWS security is “escalate,” and more.
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