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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:






#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...


#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...


#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.


#153: AWS and Kubernetes: Now What?

Following Amazon's many announcements at AWS re:Invent 2017, including its support for Kubernetes in its new EKS offering, many wondered how Amazon is going to position itself within the Kubernetes community, and hows its EKS and Fargate offerings will impact ECS and the Kubernetes community as a whole. Developers noticed that Fargate almost negates the need for EKS, which raised questions with our guests on today's episode of The New Stack Analysts, where we were joined by Matt Asay, Head...


#152: Kubecon 2017 Pancake Podcast: All About The Service Mesh

Last week, at the Cloud Native Computing Foundation’s Kubecon 2017, much of the buzz seemed to be around service meshes, with everyone curious as to why they needed one now that they've installed the Kubernetes open source container orchestration engine. The topic brought a SRO audience to our pancake podcast panel discussion on the topic at the event, which we captured for your listening please on this latest episode of The New Stack Analysts podcast. The event proved to be a popular one,...


#151: Kubecon 2017 Pancake Podcast - Should Developers Be Allowed Anywhere Near Kubernetes?

Should developers need to interact with the Kubernetes open source container orchestration engine at all? That was one of the many intriguing questions we got from the audience during our second pancake podcast, held Thursday, at the Cloud Native Computing Foundation's Kubecon 2017. We caught it all here on this latest edition of The Stack Analysts podcast. Sponsored by Alcide and Chef, this panel discussion set out to explore the "Evolving Patterns in Kubernetes." Leading the discussion,...


#149: How Docker's Newly-Announced Support for Kubernetes Impacts Developers

On today's episode of The New Stack Analysts, TNS Founder Alex Williams and TNS reporter Swapnil Bhartiya spoke with Josh Bernstein, Vice President of Technology at Dell, and Patrick Chanezon, Member of Technical Staff at Docker. At this year's DockerCon EU conference, Docker announced it will begin support for Kubernetes. While certain projects may benefit from this announcement, developers working on tasks requiring an orchestrator such as Mesos may have found it lacking. For those...


#146: What Has Happened to REST In a World of Containers and Data Streaming?

In this episode of The New Stack Analysts, we talk with Tyler Jewell, the new CEO at WSO2 and Kin Lane, the API evangelist who talk about the need for a new thinking of middleware, event-based architectures and the need to rethink the dogma of REST. Is the structure and binding of REST sufficient in a time when data is by its nature unstructured and unbound?


#145: Serverlessconf NYC to Address DevOps in a Serverless World

It promises to be the serverless community’s largest get-together to date: Next October 8 in New York City, for three days, Serverlessconf promises to bring hundreds of cloud-native applications developers together, for in-depth discussions about how the newest concepts in serverless will mesh with the existing developer culture — which is already in flux for other reasons. “Initially, there was this discussion that maybe serverless is ‘No-ops.’ And it turned out to not be true at all,”...


#144: Open Source Summit LA Pancake Breakfast - Is Hardware The Next Innovation Layer?

To kick off Open Source Summit 2017, taking place in Los Angeles this week, The New Stack held a special pancake and podcast panel discussion to discuss the intersections of all things hardware and open source. For the event, the panel was comprised of Chris Wright, VP & Chief Technologist, Office of Technology at RedHat, Aaron Welch, SVP of Product at Packet, Ashley McNamara, Principal Developer Advocate at Microsoft, Nithya Ruff, Senior Director of Open Source Practice at Comcast &...


#143: The Flip Side of Kubernetes

The “eco-” part of the term “ecosystem” has the same root as both “ecology” and “economy.” It’s hard to build anything that’s designed to be economically self-sustaining, around a core product that’s essentially free. You’ve heard Apcera CEO Derek Collison sound such warnings before. As readers of The New Stack will recall, Apcera produces a premium container management platform that lets customers deploy applications across clouds. In an InfoWorld interview published last month, Collison...


#142: The Intersection of Security with Containerization

Now that containerization and orchestration platforms have upset the proverbial apple cart with respect to traditional concepts such as endpoint security, what are the points in the modern network that get security treatment, and who’s responsible for them? “The folks that are doing SRE at scale are a couple of really hyperscale companies,” said Fintan Ryan, an industry analyst at RedMonk, speaking with Alex Williams for the latest edition of The New Stack Analysts. Independent industry...


#141: Assessing The State Of Serverless Security

In this episode of The New Stack Analysts, TNS Technical Editor Ben Ball spoke to Mark Boyd, Writer and Analyst at Platformable, Guy Podjarny, CEO of Snyk, and Paul Johnston, Founder of Roundabout Labs, about the state of severless security. In our discussion at ServerlessConf Austin, we talked about both the tools used to secure serverless environments, and the methodologies used to provide inherent, consistently secure approaches. We talked about how serverless moves the security concern...


#140: Cloud Foundry Summit Pancake Podcast - Communications in the Cloud-native Era

Stackie, the New Stack's traveling pancake robot, ventured to Santa Clara California this week to host a pancake breakfast and podcast recording for the Cloud Foundry Summit Silicon Valley 2017. As steampunk hacker Dr. Torq tended to the fussy 3D pancake maker, TNS founder Alex Williams hosted a lively panel discussion about the evolution of Cloud Foundry, the Open Service Broker API, and Kubo, which is a new open source project being developed by Pivotal and Google that uses Google Bosh...


#139 Power Panel: Where is Kubernetes Going Now?

Where will Kubernetes eventually fit in the emerging picture of the distributed applications stack? Is it the virtual infrastructure provider for developers’ work environments? And if that’s the case, doesn’t that work against its chances to penetrate more production environments? Or is it the physical infrastructure manager that OpenStack may never have become for many users? These are questions that The New Stack’s Alex Williams and Scott Fulton put to three of the most respected names...