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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.






How a Leading Gambling Software Maker Staves Off Observability Chaos

Playtech describes itself as the world’s largest online gambling software supplier. It has achieved monumental growth to bolster its leading position in gaming software by largely relying on the creativity of its DevOps teams around the world. Needless to say, givings its developers and operations teams such freedom could come at a price, as managing the data and input of such as widespread and far-reaching DevOps structure would, for many companies, end in chaos. In this episode of The New...


Eric Brewer on Why Envoy and Istio are the Future of Networking

For this episode of The New Stack Makers, TC Currie is joined by Dr. Eric Brewer, Google Fellow and VP of Infrastructure at Google where he’s the architect of Cloud Native systems at massive scale. He’s also been a Computer Science Professor at UC Berkeley since 1994. TC caught up with Dr. Brewer at the recent Service Mesh Days in San Francisco. “Istio at its core decouples developers from operations,” Brewer said. That decoupling lets both sides go faster and with more confidence....


GitLab’s CD Journey Without Kubernetes

GitLab has been very busy recently expanding on its leading software repository manager for DevOps to underpin its customers' continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) efforts. GitLab is also a very transparent company and actively communicates lessons it has learned along the way firsthand to better support its customers. As a case in point, Priyanka Sharma, director of technical evangelism at GitLab who serves on the board of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), recently...


Accessibility as an Essential Part of the Inclusive Developer Experience

We've written some about accessibility in terms of building apps and websites — although there's always more to learn and do — but what about accessibility and inclusion in the developer world? How can you best serve your full customer base when your customers are developers? How is designing for inclusion an essential part of the developer experience? These are the questions Pivotal Labs' Senior Designer Raquel Breternitz is trying to answer in this episode of The New Stack Makers. Why is...


Splice Machine Allows Businesses to Modernize AND Keep Customized Programs

Splice Machine brings SQL Back, said Monte Zweben, CEO at Splice Machine, but with a spectacular twist. It’s common for data infrastructure to reside on three separate platforms: transactional databases, data warehouses, and the recently-added machine learning (ML) environment. Most artificial intelligence (AI) applications are built on historical data that has been loaded in to ML environments for data mining. So you’re looking in the rearview mirror to figure out what has already happened,...


TC Sessions Preview: Why Software is the New 5-Year Growth Plan for the Enterprise

It’s just easier — a greenfield startup founder picks and chooses the best technology platforms and software development tools that best serve the needs of the business model. For organizations with years of legacy software in place, the digital journey is often harder, yet inherently necessary to survive in today’s DevOps-centric world. In this episode of The New Stack Makers podcast hosted by Alex Williams, founder and editor in chief of The New Stack, ahead of the upcoming TC Sessions:...


How Graph Databases are Changing Our Relationships with Data

What does Justin Bieber have to do with our relationships to, well, anything? If nothing else, his staggering 105.8 million followers on Twitter (at the time of this conversation) is a real challenge for data scientists. If you wanted to know how The Bieb’s assemblage relates to him and one another, you could never achieve it with an entity-first relationship model — you know, columns, rows and spreadsheets, or, as Wikipedia calls it, “a simple relational database implementation, each row of...


Intel's AI4Good: Good News for a Change

“There’s so much passion for using AI in ways that are beneficial,” Anna Bethke, Head of AI4 Social Good at Intel’s AI Products Group. And she wanted to make it easier for others to get involved. Bethke’s team partners with companies and social justice organizations to give them access to Intel’s knowledge of deep learning skills and techniques, making it easier for them to mine social media and other data to filter out the noise. One of her first partnerships is with National Center for...


What the Paradigmatic Shift in Machine Learning Means for DevOps

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) have been under study for years. But what is new is the tremendous impact and overlap AI and ML are now having on application development. Among the benefits, we will continue to see applications based on massive amounts of data sets that make use of human brain-like neural network computing to perform tasks in minutes or seconds that previously required thousands of human hours to perform. On a more practical level, AI is used to...


Cloud Foundry Sees Challenges Worldwide, Exciting Differences in China

The Cloud Foundry Foundation may have faced some skepticism at the outset a few years ago, but it has since more lived up to its reputation as a as a principle hub for creating and leveraging open source software on the cloud. In many respects, Cloud Foundry has matured well beyond the initial phases of a startup, and with this maturity comes inherent challenges. Now, more than ever, Cloud Foundry must true to its core mission and to never “break the user,” Abby Kearns, executive director at...


Can the Tech Industry Curb Climate Change and Inequality?

Inequality is growing. The climate crisis and global heating will only serve to increase this great human divide. All the while, technology is a huge contributor to both of these problems — from the massive carbon footprint and wasted electricity of data centers to mining limited resources to exploitation of factory workers to the continued lack of diversity and inclusion, there’s a lot of consequences to our supposedly forward-thinking industry. What are our responsibilities as people...


How A China-Based Bare Metal Provider Solved a Problem with Open Source

Kubernetes continues to spread across the cloud and to on premise and bare metal server environments — and with the wider scale adoption often comes growing pains. Specific to bare metal, for example, Kubernetes platforms lack viable load balancing capabilities. Beijing Yunify Technology, a China-based bare metal service provider, says it has solved the issue, with the development of open source Porter designed to solve the issue of load balancing on bare metal in production on Kubernetes,...


The Evolution of the Site Reliability Engineer

This episode of The New Stack Makers podcast talks to two Digital Ocean alumni and co-chairs of SREcon 2020 Americas who have had two very different journeys that led them to become one of the most wanted roles in tech — site reliability engineers. As the name suggests, an SRE is someone focused on the reliability of an organization's most important systems. The term site reliability engineer dates back to 2003 when it was coined at Google, but it certainly has existed for decades more in...


How PingCAP’s TikV Is Set to Process Transactions from China's 800 Million Internet Shoppers

It wasn’t that long ago when Kevin Xu, general manager of global strategy and operations at PingCAP, remembers walking into what he described as a “dark and dingy” basement at an internet cafe to play World of Warcraft and eat noodles in his native China. “Those days did exist, but not so much anymore — there are many mobile phone vendors now and [almost] everything is being done on your smartphone,” Xu said. But after attending Stanford University Law School from 2014 until 2017 — when he...


Want Career Stability? Look to Infrastructure, says Tameika Reed, founder of Women in Linux

In today’s episode of The New Stack Makers, TC Currie is joined by Tameika Reed, whose day gig is as a Senior Infrastructure Engineer at EXPANSIA, a company providing full spectrum services for IT migration and integration. After 16 years in infrastructure, she got tired of not seeing anyone like her. So three years ago she decided to be the change she wanted to see in the world, and founded Women In Linux. This group provides free on-line training in the wide variety of ways in which Linux...


OpenFaaS Creator on the Success of Open Source's Community-Funding Model

In this latest episode of The New Stack Makers podcast, we sit down with Alex Ellis, creator of OpenFaaS, to discuss the latest update to his open source serverless platform, what this new concept "Serverless 2.0" means, and the difficulties of supporting an open source project. Ellis created OpenFaaS a few years back after wanting to extend the functionality offered by Amazon Web Services' function-as-a-service Lambda to any containerized computing environment, a feature that has since been...


The Continuous Delivery Foundation Gets a Reality Check

The Continuous Delivery Foundation (CDF) was created to help introduce processes, standards and other support and stewardship for DevOps teams that now face what some say is the Wild West of open source tools and platforms for deployments on Jenkins and coud native platforms. While there have been concerns expressed about potential overlap with the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) — a sibling Linux Foundation-managed project — the concept is certainly attractive, especially for those...


What Makes Docker So Important

In this episode of The New Stack Makers, host Jack Wallen chats with two members of the Docker staff, engineer Christopher Crone and marketing specialist Jim Armstrong, about certain best practices (for both developers and enterprise users) when using Docker containers. Anyone from developers and enterprise users trusted with deploying containers will gain some insight into this agile technology. Out of the gate, the interview opens with a definition of containers and what makes this rising...


Leadership in the Open Source Community

When asked what makes a solid leader in today’s open source communities, the answer often varies depending on who you ask. In this podcast hosted by TNS Podcast Producer Kiran Oliver, the topic of leadership expanded beyond the basic, “What makes for a competent leader in today’s OSS community?” to encompass the ways in which we as a community can and should do to better help underrepresented minorities become leaders in open source. CNCF Director of Ecosystem Cheryl Hung, Microsoft Director...


How to Build Open Source Sustainability

What takes an open source project from a hobby to international codebase that the world’s top companies rely on? How do you balance the wishes of the individual, creative contributor with that of corporate-backed finance and governance? How do you make the open source community a welcoming one? Open source sustainability and all these questions were on the table when The New Stack Editor in Chief Alex Williams sat down at our first Makers broadcast from Shanghai, China, at the Open Source...