Screaming in the cloud

Insightful conversations. Less snark.


Every week, listen to host Corey Quinn interview domain experts in the world of Cloud Computing to discuss AWS, GCP, Azure, Oracle Cloud, and how businesses are coming to think about the Cloud.

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The Rapid Rise of Vector Databases with Ram Sriharsha

Screaming in the Cloud
12.02.2022
32 Minutes
Ram Sriharsha, VP of Engineering and R&D at Pinecone, joins Corey on Screaming in the Cloud to discuss Pinecone’s creation of Vector Databases, the challenges they solve, and why their customer adoption has seen such a rapid rise. Ram reveals the the common data management problems customers solve using Pinecone, as well as why he’s more focused on execution than concerned about cloud providers offering competing services. Ram also walks us through his quintessential Silicon Valley career journey and how it led him to joining Pinecone.

The Complexities of AWS Cost Optimization with Rick Ochs

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12.01.2022
47 Minutes
Rick Ochs, Principal Product Manager for AWS, joins Corey on Screaming in the Cloud to discuss the elephant in the Twitter feed - AWS cost optimization. Rick explains why recommendation accuracy is paramount for his team’s ability to instill trust in their customers, and how important it was to him that AWS prioritize cost optimization prior to him joining the team. Rick reveals the four major themes of cost optimization, as well as how his team is structured to help address not only cost optimization, but also scale, from multiple angles so they can meet the needs of all their customers. Rick also discusses the psychological and environmental impacts of optimizing savings on cloud.

Crafting a Modern Data Protection Strategy with Sam Nicholls

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11.30.2022
37 Minutes
Sam Nicholls, Director of Public Cloud Product Marketing at Veeam, joins Corey on Screaming in the Cloud to discuss best practices in the ever-evolving world of backups and restores. Listen as Sam describes how to evaluate the criticality of your workflows to determine a secure and cost-effective backup solution, as well as the reasoning and benefits of taking a hybrid- or multi-cloud approach. Sam also reveals how modern data protection has a security component to it, and why it’s so critical to take a proactive approach to avoid the financial impact of downtime.

The Need for Speed in Time-Series Data with Brian Mullen

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11.29.2022
33 Minutes
Brian Mullen, Chief Marketing Officer at InfluxData, joins Corey on Screaming in the Cloud to discuss the complexity of time-series data and how InfluxDB is providing behind-the-scenes support in the world of IoT. Brian reveals some of the companies using InfluxDB so listeners can get an understanding of how InfluxDB is making everyday experiences possible, as well as InfluxDB’s new storage engine which allows for previously impossible query speed. Listen in to find out why Brian feels data is best understood through the lens of time, and how InfluxDB users approach their open-source offering.

Couchbase and the Evolving World of Databases with Perry Krug

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11.28.2022
34 Minutes
Perry Krug, Director of Shared Services at Couchbase, joins Corey on Screaming in the Cloud to discuss all things databases. Perry describes the origins of database software and how they’ve gone from being developed by top tech companies to being vital for almost every industry, as well as Couchbase’s commitment to providing affordable service levels to meet the differing needs of their customers. Perry also touches on how important building and maintaining relationships with cloud providers such as AWS is to their strategy, and how they’ve managed to do that successfully while also offering an open-source database solution.

The Art and Science of Database Innovation with Andi Gutmans

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11.23.2022
37 Minutes
Andi Gutmans, General Manager and Vice President, Engineering at Google, joins Corey on Screaming in the Cloud to discuss all things database innovation at Google Cloud. Andi explains why significant surges of customers are switching from legacy proprietary databases to open APIs, and how Google is taking a pragmatic approach to understanding the main characteristics of the workloads their customers need to address and building the best services around those. Andi also reveals his thoughts on the worst and best database options, as well as how developers can future-proof their development by starting small without having to reengineer and reprovision as their projects scale.

Security for Speed and Scale with Ashish Rajan

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11.22.2022
35 Minutes
Ashish Rajan, Principal Cloud Security Advocate at Snyk, joins Corey on Screaming in the Cloud to discuss the intricacies of cloud security and providing unbiased formal education in the world of cloud. Ashish discusses how he went from CISO to his current role where he spends all his time democratizing cloud security, as well as how cloud has opened up more opportunities for newcomers to break into cybersecurity careers. Ashish clarifies what he feels is misinformation around breaking into the cybersecurity space, explains the importance of having security guardrails in place so you can go faster towards your organization’s goals, and expands on the limitations of trust found in cloud providers today and why it’s so critical.

Snyk and the Complex World of Vulnerability Intelligence with Clinton Herget

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11.17.2022
39 Minutes
Clinton Herget, Field CTO at Snyk, joins Corey to discuss Snyk Cloud, a cloud security solution that allows developers to get full visibility into the complexity of their cloud environment and mitigate deployment risks. Clinton dives into how Snyk’s vulnerability intelligence is designed to do more than just scan for code errors, but to also look for vulnerabilities in how different platforms communicate with each other to give a better picture of potential deployment and security risks. Clinton also reveals how he went from building software for a living to talking about building software, which is much easier, and how his 20 years of development experience allows him to have tremendous empathy for the developer community Snyk aims to help.

The Non-Magical Approach to Cloud-Based Development with Chen Goldberg

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11.15.2022
40 Minutes
Chen Goldberg, GM & VP, Engineering at Google Cloud, joins Corey to discuss her approach to container-based development and her hopes for the future of this technology. Chen explains why she doesn’t want magic or black boxes running the code at Google, as well as how she views Google’s role in enabling its customers to innovate. She also reveals her approach to effectively scaling teams, building a positive and sustainable team culture, and the opportunities that are available to anyone who chooses to join the open-source community of Kubernetes.

The Quest to Make Edge Computing a Reality with Andy Champagne

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11.10.2022
47 Minutes
Andy Champagne, SVP & CTO at Akamai, joins Corey to discuss his 22-year tenure at Akamai and how he and the team there are on a quest to make edge computing a reality. Andy discusses how as part of that quest, the Akamai Ventures Program has partnered with Macrometa and how the two companies work together while still remaining separate entities. Andy also reveals why Akamai acquired Linode, Akamai’s history in the security space, and his thoughts on how to get pricing conventions right.

A Cloud Economist is Born – The AlterNAT Origin Story

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11.09.2022
35 Minutes
Ben Whaley, Staff Software Engineer at Chime Financial, joins Corey to discuss his new solution AlterNAT which is designed to solve for egregious NAT Gateway costs. Ben explains how he was inspired to create AlterNAT by searching for the biggest impact he could have on his company’s AWS bill, how he combined legacy NAT Instances with an automatic standby NAT Gateway to solve for reliability concerns, and describes his own journey to becoming a fellow cloud economist in Corey’s eyes. Ben also reveals why he’d consider his project a success even if it became irrelevant.

How To Effectively Manage Your Co-Founder with Mike Julian

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11.03.2022
32 Minutes
Mike Julian, CEO and Co-Founder of The Duckbill Group, joins Corey to discuss his surprisingly subtle yet effective management strategy for working with Corey and enabling him to do his best work. Corey and Mike reveal their unusual 50/50 partnership agreement and how that has lead to their success as co-founders, as well as the complexities of managing those who work differently than us. Mike also uncovers the biggest surprises he’s encountered as a first-time manager and the lessons he’s learned that allowed him to manage Corey in such a personalized way that it wasn’t even noticed for four years.