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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.






Automation Makes Microservices Security Practical to Deliver

The microservices philosophy and architectural approach have existed for a while in the form of a service-oriented architecture (SOA). A new set of sophisticated tooling makes this elegant architecture practical to deliver. The number of services, and their ephemeral nature, makes it virtually impossible to secure the environment using the tools and manually-driven processes of the past. “It really forces you to change the approach that you take for security from human-designed and...


GitHub's Nathan Stocks on All Things Rust

Rust has been growing and becoming a more commonly used tool in systems infrastructure. On this episode of The New Stack Makers recorded live at OSCON, we caught up with Nathan Stocks, Engineering Manager for Git Infrastructure at GitHub. He told us just why GitHub has been using Rust to help run its Git infrastructure. He's a big fan of the language, and while GitHub uses it for some projects, he was quick to point out that he can only describe how he uses the language, not how GitHub...


Particle CEO Zach Supalla Talks the Reality of IoT

The Internet of Things is slowly working its way into our lives, to the point where we'll just call them Things. With so many software projects, open source tools, and hardware devices out there, it can be tough to even make the distinction between a modern sprinkler system and one that is Internet enabled: non-Internet enabled devices are becoming increasingly less common from hardware vendors across many verticals, from farming to utilities, to transport. Zach Supalla, CEO of Particle, has...


Talking Serverless with Creator Soam Vasani

Serverless has grown to become more than just Amazon Lambdas. Today, there are dozens of implementations, from inside the clouds, to those that are designed to run inside a datacenter, to those that run in Kubernetes. That last batch is where the most interest has coagulated over the past year, and now even more so with the announcement of Knative as a project designed to smooth the Serveless experience on Kubernetes. Streamed live at Serverlessconf in San Francisco, this past week, we...


Culture Bias in AI with Camille Eddy

Advertising and white papers may make AI seem like a pie in the sky proposition, with easy analysis, deep insights, and fair algorithms available everywhere. The reality, however, is that AI can expose an even darker side of our own humanity, acting as more of a mirror than as sky-pie. We saw this when Microsoft put an AI driven bot up on Twitter, only to have it spout racist statements shortly there-after. Camille Eddy, currently a student pursuing a mechanical engineering bachelors degree...


Securing IoT of the World’s Fastest Super Car

Brandon Shibley is the VP of innovation at Toradex, a company that makes ARM-based System on Modules (SoM), which are different from Single Board Computers. While SBC comes with all components soldered onto the board, SoM offers different components as modules allowing for more flexibility and upgradability. SoM are used in specialized markets such as industrial automation, test and measurement, digital signage, automotive, medical, and more. SoM brings IoT capabilities to supercars, medical...


Discussing Serverless with Stackery and Google

We caught up with Kelsey Hightower, Staff Developer Advocate at Google, and Nate Taggart, CEO of Stackery, at a recent Serverless users group meetup. The pair were delivering a fire side chat on the state of serverless, and had keen insight not just into how this new technology fits into current applications, but how it fits in with the entire history of computing. "I think serverless is high in the hype-cycle right now. We've reached peak mania over the potential. It's always a panacea....


How Distributed Teams are Like Microservices: Jim Rose of CircleCI Weighs In

Jim Rose, CEO of CircleCI joins TC Currie to talk about maintaining corporate culture in a distributed environment. Having over 140 team members in twenty-seven locations across twelve countries brings more than the usual problems in hiring and retaining talented employees. Their goal, said Rose, is to “make sure that every employee regardless of where they are feels connected and included and sort of dialed into everything that the company is trying to accomplish at any given time.” They...


Docker Makes it Easy for a Developer to Build and Deploy Apps

One of the biggest contributions of Docker to the IT world has been making it super easy to use containers. A developer can work on their local machine, build the app and run it in production without any complexity, thanks to Docker on the desktop. On this episode of The New Stack Makers, TNS correspondent Swapnil Bhartiya sat down with Gareth Rushgrove, Product Manager, Docker, Inc to talk about the tool. Rushgrove said that his focus is more on developer desktop than on servers and...


Red Hat's Chief Architect of Cloud Development Talks Traffic Management

Christian Posta is the Chief Architect for Cloud Development at Red Hat, and we caught up with him at OSCON to chat about the next big problem Kubernetes adopters will face once they've gotten their systems containerized. That problem is traffic management, and the Istio Project, which should hit version 1.0 before the end of August, is the planned system for handling it all. Posta lays out the problem and how Istio solves it; "The context of traffic management is really more about doing...


Continuous Integration and Deployment in Kubernetes

Cloud economist, Corey Quinn, said that "Day to day, I solve one problem: I fix the AWS bill. There's a few things it tends to break down into; data transfer and figuring out region arbitrage," said Quinn. In his work, he sees a great many enterprise cloud environments and has some insight into what problems still face microservices adoption in big businesses. "People with an engineering background tend to have a natural bias where we focus on the tooling and the how. For example, there's...


Helping Enterprises Move Faster With New Relic's Grace Andrews

The biggest challenge for businesses today is development of software at speed, at scale. For startups, this may be second nature, but for large enterprises, it's the nature of the beast: the bigger the company, the slower it probably moves. For developers inside of these enterprises, it can be easy to feel left behind. As the world moves on to cloud-based AI, IoT, serverless, event-driven streaming servers, the typical enterprise developer with a monolith, database, and an actual...


Adil Aijaz of Split Software Talks Agile Deployment

Building software at scale and at velocity requires a great deal of infrastructure, process, and management. While some companies like Facebook and Google may make it seem like CI/CD is easy to build, in reality, both of these companies have spent billions of dollars optimizing their build pipelines and enabling developers to be more productive by removing barriers in the build/test/fix feedback loop. For the rest of us, there are many ways to help improve a CI/CD process that don't...


Covalent Talks Cilium, and How it Brings BPF to Kubernetes

The Berkeley Packet Filter is ancient history. It was created in 1992 at Lawrence Berkeley Labs as a way better filter and sort network packets. In the early 2000's it was at the heart of the long running SCO versus Linux lawsuit. Today, it's just another raw interface included with Linux. Recently, however, BPF has become a bit of an interesting topic, as it's become a popular replacement for IPTables. Thomas Graf, CTO and co-founder at Covalent. is also the leader of the Cilium Project....


Neo4j’s Emil Eifram on Graph Databases, Machine Learning, and More

When it comes to machine learning and GraphDB, “We’re in the first inning of a nine-inning game,” said Emil Eifram, CEO and founder of Neo4j. “If you look at machine learning algorithms, they are written in graph language, or can be expressed in graph language.” Eifram joins TC Currie in this episode of The New Stack Makers. Speaking from Fort Mason in San Francisco at the GraphTour event earlier this year, Eifram talks about graph databases, how they are different from relational...


Google's Melody Meckfessel and Sam Ramji Reveal the Secrets of DevOps

At the JFrog SwampUp conference in Napa earlier this year, Melody Meckfessel and Sam Ramji were showing off the way Google makes its sausage. Unlike other less well curated development experiences, Google's process is worth examining and shouldn't leave anyone offended or covered in sausage leavings. For starters, Google's internal development processes and practices are immense. The numbers revealed by Meckfessel at the conference showed that over 500 million tests are run per day inside...


Talking Up Kubernetes with Rancher

Shannon Williams has played a very hands-on role in launching software for over 20 years. Recently, after observing the power and potential of containerization, Williams co-founded Rancher Labs in 2014, after successfully creating (now owned by Citrix Systems). Since 2014, things have changed. Kubernetes, of course, has emerged as the standard containerization platform, prompting Rancher to go “all Kubernetes” with its recent production release of Rancher’s namesake product...


Talking Serverless with Oracle's Chad Arimura

Just like Kung Fu in the 70's, serverless application development and deployment is hot. But just like Kung Fu, serverless is as much of a mindset as it is a platform. Amazon's Lambdas really kicked off the excitement, but going even further back, the origins of this style of programming can be found in functional principles: those found in Erlang, Haskell, and Scala. Primarily, the idea of stateless computing and the goal of building discrete application functions drive this new paradigm...


Paperspace Co-Founders Discuss TPUs and Cloud Deep Learning

It's a crowded market if you're a machine learning company. Every vendor under the sun has integrated some new-fangled AI-driven service, making the real ROI tough to spot in the jungle of buzzwords and feature creep. Paperspace is hoping to make that journey a little easier for businesses by offering Gradient, an easily manageable infrastructure platform for deep learning. Under the hood, Paperspace is not just some AI startup: they're offering developers access to Google's Tensorflow...


Discussing Real World Chef Usage With DevOps Experts

There are two sides to every software and IT story: the story of the people doing the work, and the stories the vendors will tell you about how that work can be done more efficiently. Sometimes, the hardest part of the job can be reconciling these two often disparate views of the world, as vision means pavement, and tools meet unique problems. That's why it's so important to discuss the usage of IT tooling with real IT practitioners. Today, we've got two very smart IT folks packed into...