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Ep. 53: Jay Kreps talks cloud-native, Kafka competitors and a resurgence of enterprise IT innovation

In this episode of the ARCHITECHT Show, Apache Kafka co-creator (and Confluent co-founder) Jay Kreps returns to talk about a wide range of topics, including an uptick in Kafka alternatives both open source and commercial. Among a range of other things, Kreps also shares his thoughts on "big data" IPOs, what type of open source project makes a good business, and why enterprise IT is becoming a driving force in software innovation. This episode is sponsored by Datadog and MongoDB.


Ep. 52: How SWIM.AI fuses AI, edge computing and 'gray data' to power smarter cities and industries

In this episode of the ARCHITECHT Show, SWIM.AI co-founder, Chris Sachs, and CTO, Simon Crosby, discuss their new company that just emerged from stealth mode and is bringing artificial intelligence to edge devices. Sachs and Crosby explain how they're able to train and run deep learning models on distributed networks of low-power processors, and how they use unsupervised learning to make sense of "gray data" -- data streaming off of sensors that might not have clear value, except for...


Ep. 51: Neo4j CEO on graph databases and the 5 ways to compete against cloud platforms

In this episode of the ARCHITECHT Show, Neo4j founder and CEO Emil Eifrem discusses the sustaining value of graph databases, more than a decade since the first release of Neo4j and terms like "social graph" and "knowledge graph" became commonplace. Eifrem also talks about the business of NoSQL and details the 5 factors -- focus, pervasiveness, ecosystem, data, vertical integration -- he believes can help infrastructure companies compete against similar offerings from large cloud...


Ep. 50: Apache Flink creator Stephan Ewen on stream processing and making a name in open source

In this episode of the ARCHITECHT Show, Stephan Ewen discusses the open source stream-processing system Apache Flink (which he helped create) and the commercial platform data Artisans (of which he's co-founder and CTO) is building around it. Ewan covers some of the major use cases for stream processing and some of Flink's biggest users -- including Alibaba -- and the challenges of standing out against, and sometimes working alongside, established projects such as Apache Spark, Apache Storm...


Ep. 49: Red Hat's Brian Gracely on the business of Kubernetes

In this episode of the ARCHITECHT Show, Red Hat's director of OpenShift product strategy Brian Gracely discusses a range of issues around Kubernetes and containers, including the company's recent acquisition of CoreOS. Among other topics, he also covers the rise and future of serverless computing, the nature of enterprise IT adoption, and the enduring importance of the operating system.


Stacey Higginbotham on edge computing and IoT infrastructure

In this episode of the ARCHITECHT Show, internet of things expert Stacey Higginbotham joins host Derrick Harris to discuss a wide range of topics regarding edge computing and the evolution of IoT infrastructure. Higginbotham discusses Cloudflare's edge computing plans, the blurry nature of the actual edge, who stands to win and los from custom AI chips, and why 5G might not be the IoT savior it's made out to be.


Ep. 47: Stitch Fix chief algorithms officer on when and why to use AI

In this episode of the ARCHITECHT Show, Stitch Chief Algorithms Officer Eric Colson discusses the company's pervasive use of algorithms to power everything from recommending outfits to optimizing warehouse logistics. Colson, who was previously VP of data science and engineering at Netflix, also shares his definitions of statistical analysis, machine learning and artificial intelligence, and his take on when each one should be applied. Stitch Fix is also using machines to actually help...


Ep. 46: Etsy CTO Mike Fisher on balancing tech innovation with user experience

In this episode of the ARCHITECHT Show, Etsy CTO Mike Fisher talks about Etsy's technology footprint and how the company uses it to optimize the experience for buyers, sellers and the Etsy's developers. Among other things, Fisher discusses how Etsy's unique data and user behavior influence its machine learning methods; why the company is looking at cloud and microservices after years of resistance; balancing convenience and safety in security practices; and the importance of understanding...


Ep. 45: Sara Crowe of Polaris on data in the fight against human trafficking

In this episode of the ARCHITECHT Show, Sara Crowe -- the data analysis program director for non-profit Polaris -- discusses how that organization is using data analysis to help combat human trafficking. Crowe discusses some of the techniques Polaris uses to untangle what can be complex networks of abuse, and how it then works with law enforcement to act on what is discovered. She also explains how Polaris partners with the tech industry on both tools and training, the double-edged sword...


Ep. 44: Google's Deepti Srivastava on multi-region Spanner and case for cloud databases

In this episode of the ARCHITECHT Show, Deepti Srivastava, lead product manager for Cloud Spanner at Google, discusses that service's new multi-region capabilities and Google's promise of 99.999% availability. She also shares some thoughts on the best use cases for Spanner and other cloud databases; the importance of database options in choosing a cloud provider; and the evolution of database technology that got us here -- "here" being geographically distributed, ACID-compliant SQL...


Ep. 43: Pieter Abbeel on taking AI from the lab to the workplace, and training robots via VR

In this episode of the ARCHITECHT Show, Embodied Intelligence co-founder and chief scientist Pieter Abbeel talks about the newly launched company's mission to simplify the training of industrial robots using an artificial intelligence software layer and virtual reality headsets. Additionally, Abbeel, who's also a professor at UC-Berkeley and has worked at OpenAI, discusses the benefits of different research models and the economic effects of automation, and gives some guidance for...


Ep. 42: IBM Fellow Bala Rajaraman on building hybrid clouds and finding the right abstraction

In this episode of the ARCHITECHT Show, IBM Fellow Bala Rajaraman discusses the company's new IBM Cloud Private offering, which leverages Kubernetes in order to help customers containerize and manage their legacy applications. Rajaraman also discusses the value of cloud-native architectures in general, and walks listeners through the differences between platforms like Kubernetes, Cloud Foundry and serverless, and where each one shines.


Ep. 41: HashiCorp CEO doing open source in the age of cloud computing and Kubernetes

In this episode of the ARCHITECHT Show, Hashicorp CEO Dave McJannet discusses his company's recent $40 million funding round, a result he credits to a maniacal focus on building specific products and making users happy. McJannet, who previously led marketing efforts at companies including SpringSource and Hortonworks, also shares his thoughts on evolving open source business models over the last decade, and on what it's like to both compete with and capitalize on the growing excitement...


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