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With new interviews thrice-weekly, The New Stack Makers stream of featured speakers and interviews is all about the new software stacks that change the way we development and deploy software.

With new interviews thrice-weekly, The New Stack Makers stream of featured speakers and interviews is all about the new software stacks that change the way we development and deploy software.
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With new interviews thrice-weekly, The New Stack Makers stream of featured speakers and interviews is all about the new software stacks that change the way we development and deploy software.






Open Source Activists From CNCF, The Rook Project And VMware’s Cloud PKS Tell Their Stories

The sheer size of KubeCon + CloudNativeCon 2018 in Shanghai drawing an estimated 8,000 attendees attests to how the open source movement is both mainstream and plays a key role in software development today. The thousands of attendees also reflect the exploding number of people involved in the open source community worldwide who play a part in this renaissance era of open stack development. The open source community can also sleep easier at night, knowing that they are also playing a role in...


Cloud Native Implications For Security And Twistlock 18.11

Cloud native architectures require a new approach to security. The cloud native stack doesn’t communicate in the predictable and tightly coupled way that stratified frontend, middleware and backend layers provide. Applications composed of microservices and serverless functions are loosely coupled pieces of code talking to each other in unique, asynchronous ways — and there are exponentially more of them. “It’s an explosion of complexity,” said Sonya Koptyev, director of evangelism at...


Two CEOs Describe What The Cloud Really Offers Them

Organizations will obviously make hard decisions first about why it might make sense for them to makes the jump to the cloud — especially when porting data and infrastructure to a microservices and Kubernetes environments. Famous use-case scenarios aside, from Netflix to Airbnb, many small- to medium-size organizations stand to benefit in different ways, depending on what they do. Typical concerns and needs organizations look for include compliance, data protection, and especially, how the...


Fluentd’s Role As A Data Collector In Today’s Cloud Native World

Open source Fluentd has emerged as an open source data collector for massive amounts of log data from often many different sources — in a way that is especially useful for cloud native deployments on Kubernetes. As one of the developers, Eduardo Silva, principal engineer at Arm and part of the Fluentd development team at Treasure Data, described how and why Fluentd’s utility is becoming even more important to keep up with the demands of scaling data in today’s cloud native world. He...


T-Mobile Web Backend: Kubernetes, Cloud Foundry, and Portworx for Flexible Storage.mp3

T-Mobile knows a thing or two about how waves of traffic can put a strain on a e-commerce website. At least twice a year its site gets inundated by customers and potential customers — In October each year when the new phones are released, and again in December, this time for the holiday gift-buying season. T-Mobile has relied on container platform for managing its web site for several years now, and Kubernetes has proved to be instrumental in helping the company scale up the site to meet...


Ted Dunning talks AI & Analytics in Production

While there are only a few companies using AI in production, it’s certainly where the future lies. In this wide-ranging episode of The New Stack Makers, TC Currie talks with Ted Dunning, Chief Application Architect at MapR and author, along with Ellen Friedman of the new book AI & Analytics in Production. We all have an image in the back of our minds of computers taking over the world, but the truth for the short-term, said Dunning is that some of the best value for artificial intelligence...


A University Researcher, Oracle On Why Serverless Matters

Serverless continues to mean different things for different people — but many users and proponents have very solid examples of how and why it works for them. Christopher Woods, research software engineer, at the University of Bristol, is a case in point. Woods said, besides saving money by paying engineers to maintain servers instead of building business logic, serverless allows organizations to shift code faster to the cloud. You also “do not have to think about any of that kind of...


Why Bloomberg Bet Its Data On Kubernetes

Bloomberg owes its success in maintaining its status as a financial information and data giant over the past few decades thanks largely to technology. After its creation in 1981 when Bloomberg shortly thereafter became synonymous with the large computer terminals on the desks of Wall Street and financial trading floors around the U.S., the company now describes itself as an information and technology company. With 19,000 employees worldwide, it offers software, financial, media and data...


Google's Kelsey Hightower Dissects Serverless Hype And Hope

Serverless adoption is exploding — but what the platform is and how it might be able to help your organization depends on a lot of factors. “Breaking down the word ‘serverless,’ for a lot of people, means almost whatever you want it to mean these days,” Kelsey Hightower, a developer advocate at Google, said during a podcast hosted by Alex Williams, founder and editor-in-chief, of The New Stack at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2018. “But I think there is this movement around so many...


How A Project Graduates From The CNCF

Originally created by ride-hailing firm Lyft over three years ago, Envoy serves as a network proxy geared for microservice service mesh architectures and was open sourced about two and a half years ago. About a year after Envoy 1.0’s release, Envoy entered into the fray of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) as an incubation project. During a podcast hosted Alex Williams, founder and editor-in-chief, of The New Stack at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2018; Cheryl J Hung,...


Oracle: Containers Work Really Well with Lifecycle Management

Lifecycle management can certainly help to address the often enormous complexities of cloud deployments. Among the challenges it can help to overcome, lifecycle management can offer monitoring, deployment and maintenance capabilities across single- or multi-multi-cloud deployments. As more organizations make the shift to container environments on the cloud, lifecycle management adapted for the environment is becoming available as well — and that’s a good thing. The new dynamics associated...


DevOps Power Panel: Can DevOps Apply to Everyone?

It remains a fact that most enterprises do not retain their own software developers. Indeed, there are major institutions today whose IT operations leaders have never actually met the people who wrote their software, or know whether they’re still alive. And throughout the Southeast Asian region, software developers are often hired on contract, produce their work in one lump sum, and wait to get paid once it’s installed, tested, and approved. There, the benefactors don’t expect to need that...


It Was Ugly, But Rancher Fought Back

The trouble CVE-2018-1002105 began to cause for Rancher, as well as the Kubernetes community, started a couple of years ago, long before it became public earlier this month. In Rancher’s case, users were already complaining about mysterious error messages and set up failures they were experiencing in 2016 with the release of Rancher 1.6 and Amazon’s ALB. More recently, the community began to experience similar problems in August with Rancher 2.1. “It was a pretty low risk vulnerability in...


Buoyant CEO on Linkerd's Origins During Twitter's Heady Early Days

It wasn’t that long ago when deploying massive-scale projects to the cloud meant largely creating the underlying infrastructure to make the migration from scratch. This reinventing the wheel-like gargantuan task is what Twitter software engineers certainly had to do. But as they figured out how to scale the social media network from Twitter’s days as a fledging startup to handle today’s 300 million regular users today, they also, almost by accident it seems, created the basis for the first...


Couchbase's Ravi Mayuram on the Future of Databases

We’re moving beyond the idea that every company is a software company, said Ravi Mayuram, Senior Vice President of Engineering and CTO of Couchbase. “Now every company is a data company.” The Couchbase data platform is a unique NoSQL Engagement database, designed for using data to connect customers, employees, and machines. The goal is to engage customers through exceptional digital experiences, which is rapidly becoming a key differentiator in business across all industries. To create these...


Is Salesforce Really Talking about a ‘DevOps Transition?’

The concept of business transition is so synonymous with Salesforce that a Google search for both phrases will automatically omit one phrase as being superfluous. So it will come as an absolute shock to perhaps several of our readers that Salesforce finds itself just as much a journeyman to the concept of the “DevOps transition” as any corporation on the planet. “If it was three or four teams, we could have the build/test/deploy [pattern] easily,” said Byron Vonthal, product manager for...


FoundationDB’s Legacy Continues with New Improvements

Alex Williams, founder and editor-in-chief of The New Stack, recently spoke with Ashish Motivala from Snowflake Computing and Clement Pang from VMware who are also committee members for the FoundationDB Summit. They described FoundationDB’s history and new improvements it offers for organizations seeking to scale their databases in multi-cloud environments and across different geographical sectors by using the open source alternative. The open source FoundationDB data store “falls in the...


Two Transitions Make ‘Cloud Native DevOps’ a Challenge

DevOps, as any successful practitioner will tell you, involves deciding which processes in your organization are worth standardizing, and bringing software developers and IT operators together to work to automate them. When a company is making a strategic effort to shift the infrastructure hosting burden away from IT operations and toward the public cloud, it’s not always clear whether those infrastructural processes are due to be perpetuated or expunged. “They are two different tracks that...


Portworx CTO Gou Rao: PX 2.0 Followed the ‘Big Shift’ to the Cloud

It is certainly well known how Kubernetes and microservices can offer organizations unapparelled opportunities in agility, speed to deployment, resource savings and other advantages — but harnessing this power can be a difficult, especially when moving to multi-cloud environments. The challenges associated with helping organizations make the jump to the cloud has served as a main theme of Portworx’s narrative as a company, culminating in the release this week of PX-Enterprise 2.0, a cloud...


Two Thought Leaders on Open Source Past, Present and Future

Open source software has taken new and exciting directions since the early days when collaboration and sharing source code was first introduced a few decades ago. Whether or not the original spirit of the free software movement has been maintained or not is a subject of debate, open source has evolved to underpin computing today, ranging from the Linux operating systems of most servers to Kubernetes and the cloud. Before open open source reached its mainstream status of today, there were...