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Alex Williams, founder of The New Stack, hosts "The New Stack Analysts," a weekly round-table discussion covering The New Stack's latest data research, and topics related to app development and back-end services. Visit The New Stack on YouTube:

Alex Williams, founder of The New Stack, hosts "The New Stack Analysts," a weekly round-table discussion covering The New Stack's latest data research, and topics related to app development and back-end services. Visit The New Stack on YouTube:
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Alex Williams, founder of The New Stack, hosts "The New Stack Analysts," a weekly round-table discussion covering The New Stack's latest data research, and topics related to app development and back-end services. Visit The New Stack on YouTube:






#173: The New Stack Survey: What to Expect in 2019

We learned a lot about our readers upon completion of our reader’s survey at the end of last year. According to those who responded to the SurveyMonkey questionnaire, working mostly in development and/or DevOps or operations, the trends and topics you are especially interested in include artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) on Kubernetes or serverless in cloud native environments. DevOps, as well as security, of course also play a big role as data is processed, managed and...


#172: Mono to Micro to FaaS: A Macro Challenge

Functions as a Service (FaaS), and especially, serverless are major buzzwords today, but beneath the hype, they offer tremendous resource-savings and scaling opportunities. But as organizations make the shift from monolithic-centric platforms as they rely on FaaS to, for example, scale to cloud native environments, the concepts and promise of what are on offer can also make it easy to forget what is involved to make the jump on a hands-on and practical level. In other words, great things...


#171: The State Of Service Meshes And Istio

The advent of service meshes can be traced back to Linkerd, a Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) project. Now, as Linkerd’s adoption curve continues to accelerate, a number of other options have emerged that allow for the management and scaling of an often vast network of microservices and the applications within them. Istio, of course, is among the leading alternatives. The state of Istio and services meshes was the main topic during a panel discussion for this podcast, hosted by Alex...


#170: A Pivotal Director, RedMonk Analyst Discuss the State of Open Source in 2018

It would have been difficult to predict the magnitude of open source’s role in today’s platforms and the explosion of choice on offer in today’s computing world thanks to its massive adoption. On the industry side, IBM’s purchase of Linux giant Red Hat this year for an astounding $34 billion has come as an even bigger surprise. The state of open source in 2018, and especially, the IBM's Red Hat purchase, were discussed during a podcast with Rachel Stephens, an analyst with of RedMonk, and...


#169: Red Hat-IBM Acquisition - Clash of Cultures or Best of Both Worlds?

Red Hat’s acquisition by IBM has been the biggest story of the year, dwarfing Microsoft’s acquisition of GitHub. But the acquisition has been notable for many reasons, one of them is that this is 3rd largest IT acquisition after Broadcom and Dell-EMC. New Stack Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Alex Williams sat down with Lauren Cooney, Founder & CEO, Spark Labs, Tyler Jewell, CEO, WSO2 and Chris Aniszczyk, CNCF CTO/COO, to discuss the repercussions of this acquisition. The core points discussed...


#168: Cutting Through the Daze and Confusion of Cloud Native DevOps

Successful cloud native deployments largely hinge on DevOps’ ability to break down silos and other inter-organizational barriers by directly engaging all stakeholders, including business teams, developers, operations and other otherwise separate groups throughout the entire process. But aside from the general description, DevOps can mean a lot of different things to many different people. In some extreme cases, DevOps’ role in cloud native development and operations might just represent a...


#167: The Widening Gap Between Serverless and Kubernetes

The divide continues to grow between people developing serverless technologies and those in DevOps roles building, deploying, and managing Kubernetes. "Questions about serverless approaches and Kubernetes don't really come up with developers," said Timirah James, a developer advocate with Cloudinary on today’s episode of The New Stack Analysts podcast. James joined TNS founder Alex Williams and Analyst/Co-Host Klint Finley, contributor at WIRED, to discuss how organizations and developers...


#166: Anne Currie of Container Solutions Talks Ethics

Anne Currie Chief Strategist, Container Solutions, has been thinking about some of the deeper questions the software industry poses. These questions aren't just about interconnected systems, and the repercussions of everyone having access to the Internet. Rather, they're about the moral and ethical obligations faced by software developers. Are developers responsible for the things done with their software? In a recent StackOverflow survey, most developers said "No." "My job is to go out and...


#165: Discussing Blockchain with Wired, Hyperledger, and IBM

Blockchain has finally gotten over the Wall Street hump. Now that BitCoin and Ethereum are essentially old news, the actual technology behind these commodities is beginning to trickle into real world enterprise applications. Blockchain, it seems, has many useful use cases out there in the business world, and with the help of the Linux Foundation and IBM, enterprises can now take advantage of the open source Hyperledger implementation of blockchain technology. On today's episode of The New...


#164: Discussing Serverless with and Serverless Inc.

Serverless computing and functions as a service are both growing in appeal for enterprises, but there are still many questions about how they fit into a standard business environment. For a start, how do you manage your dependencies in a serverless environment? How are applications, themselves, tracked and managed over time? And how do the various serverless and fucntions-as-a-service offerings handle in real world enterprise use cases? To find the answers to these questions and more, we sat...


#163: Tackling Operational Serverless and Cross-Cloud Compatibility

Serverless compute sounds like heaven, but without the right mindset it can be hell. Between the constraints placed on serverless environments by cloud providers, the potential for proliferation of applications and variations of versions, and the general mind shift required to build for serverless, the shift to cloud functions isn't something that just happens overnight. "The interesting thing about serverless platforms is they are a constrained execution environment, which is a good thing....


#162: Serverless, Containers and Application Operations

Serverless, containers? The debate doesn't matter for customers coming to ioPipe, says Erica Windisch, founder and CTO of ioPipe. Their customers have already decided to adopt or even further adopt serverless architectures. They are not talking about containers or Kuberbetes. Her comments speak to a deeper discussion about the role of container and serverless architectures that TNS Analysts Guest Host Adron Hall addresses in discussing the larger picture about the decisions any company is...


#161: Pancakes At Kubecon + CloudNativeCon EU: All About SPIFFE And SPIRE

To do cloud-native computing, you need to identify all your workloads, and, more importantly, they need the ability to identify each other, so they can work together in automated chains. To aid in this task, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation has adopted the open source SPIFFE specification, and its associated SPIRE runtime. SPIFFE provides a standard for securely identifying software components in heterogeneous IT systems and SPIRE is the engine that can make it happen (and, in this...


#160: Cloud Foundry Summit Pancake Breakfast Podcast: Containerzing Cloud Foundry

For this latest edition of The New Stack Analysts, we took our pancakes and our podcast equipment to Boston, for the Cloud Foundry Summit in Boston, for a wide ranging discussion on Cloud Foundry, cloud-native computing and Kubernetes. Hosted by TNS founder Alex Williams, with TNS managing editor Joab Jackson, our panel consisted of: Frederic Lardinois, reporter for TechCrunch. Abby Kerns, executive director for Cloud Foundry Foundation. Chen Goldberg, engineering director for Google....


#159: The Cloud Native Market's Open Source Economic Realities

How venture capitalists and technologists view the cloud-native technology space is the subject matter for this episode of The New Stack Analysts. It’s getting to the point that service level agreements pretty much don’t allow access to source code unless it’s open source. To Lightstep Co-Founder Ben Sigelman that pretty much means that open-source code is now part of business and it’s a matter of developing the code into stadard techologies that may be used by all. Sigleman was joined by...


#158: Exploring Kubernetes Abstractions

On today's episode of The New Stack Analysts, TNS Founder Alex Williams, TNS Correspondent TC Curie, and Janakiram MSV, Principal Analyst at Janakiram & Associates were joined by Heptio Co-Founder and CTO and Kubernetes co-founder Joe Beda, alongside Sebastien Goasguen, Kubernetes Tech Lead at Bitnami. The discussion this week centered around the many abstractions available to developers working with Kubernetes, and how these impact developer teams both large and small. “What I’m seeing is...


#157: The Monkigras Conference: What it Takes to Make the Magic Things

The concepts of craft and how it applies to software development is quite relevant but at times contradictory. Technologists aspire to make great tools and services that reflect their attention and passion for making things but paradoxically we also face a culture with values based upon speed and the mass consumption of resources. How craft relate to the way we work and how is it relevant in a culture that puts such a premium on speed and consumption is what we discuss in this episode of The...


#156: Setting Core Values for the IT Industry

In the second instalment of our podcasts on Values and how they affect workplace culture, Alex Williams and TC Currie from The New Stack are joined by Sam Ramji, VP Product Management at Google, Daniel Lopez Ridruejo, CEO Bitnami; Chris Brandon, CEO, StorageOS and Dave McCrory, VP of Software Engineering at GE Digital. Their companies range in size from seventeen employees to many thousands, but the need for consistent values across the company, no matter its size, is universal. “What we’ve...


#155: Running Mesos Application Frameworks On Kubernetes With The Universal Resource Broker

In this livestream from KubeCon + CloudNativeCon 2017, The New Stack Analysts will take a deep dive into Univa’s Universal Resource Broker (URB). We learned how this open source adapter allows Kubernetes and Mesos workloads to run on the same infrastructure, where TNS Founder Alex Williams was joined by Univa Corporation CTO and Business Developer Fritz Ferstl, and Thrashing Code Software Architect Adron Hall. "I know a lot of groups want to containerise [their applications]. Bring over the...


#154: How Do Values Affect Software Companies?

In this end-of-the-year discussion about missions, values and goals, Alex Williams, TNS Founder was joined by Ashley Williams, Services and Ops Engineer at npm, Inc. who has been active in the Node.js and Rust communities, Charity Majors, CEO of Honeycomb, a company that provides “observability for a distributed world,” and TC Currie, TNS San Francisco Correspondent. Topics include hacker culture, preferred perks, what gets lost when pushing employees, what is gained and more.