Cloud Unfiltered

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Cloud Unfiltered is a series of interviews with the people that are working to move cloud technology and implementation forward. This includes everyone from software engineers and open source project leads to IT executives and cloud users. In these interviews we talk about different cloud architectures, management models, and deployment strategies. We discuss platform compatibility, the culture changes required for cloud success, and the complimentary technologies that are making cloud more powerful with each passing day.

Episode Date
Ep53: Tackling IT Modernization, with Robert Starmer
Should you be containerizing your monolithic applications? If so, which ones, and how? Where do you get started with an IT modernization initiative? Who should lead it? How important is cultural transformation? And which principles should guide you? Robert answers these questions for a living in his job as Cloud Advisor and Founding Partner of Kumulus Technologies, and he very generously shares his wisdom on these topics and more on this episode of Cloud Unfiltered. Note: At one point in the show Robert mentions a book about micro services, but can't recall the name of the author. He later provided that information: The book is "Building Microservices: Designing Fine-Grained Systems" and it was written by Sam Newman.
Aug 08, 2018
Ep52: KubeCon and CNCF Update with Dee Kumar
Get the low-down on KubeCon Copenhagen, the preview of KubeCon Shanghai, and insight into what CNCF is doing to help developers and member companies succeed.
Jul 12, 2018
Ep51: Building a User Group Everyone Wants to Join, with Lisa-Marie Namphy
Involved in the open source community? Then there's a very strong chance Lisa-Marie Namphy is touching your life in one way or another. As Community Architect for the SF Bay Area Open Infrastructure User Group (formerly the Bay Area OpenStack User Group), she has actively driven the growth of the group for years, and has had her hand in the creation and management of at least a dozen other open source user groups. In this episode, hear how she has made her user groups so successful, learn what you should and shouldn't put in a presentation if you're ever invited to present at one, and find out how carefully curated user groups can be a perfect complement to large industry conferences.
Jul 03, 2018
Ep50: Big Data, Containers, and Multiple Clouds, with Lars Dannecker
We heard SAP was working with Cisco to deliver one of their newest solutions (SAP Data Hub) on Cisco Container Platform. So we invited Dr. Lars Dannecker on to explain what the solution does and why the partnership made sense. He also shared a big data case study with us, gave us a great explanation of how Kubernetes works, and joined us in debating the difference between hybrid cloud and multicloud.
Jun 28, 2018
Ep49: Sustainable Cloud Security, with Patrick Crowley
Patrick was a "dyed-in-the-wool" deep packet inspection guy until the day he had an epiphany and realized that pretty soon existing security approaches were going to run into unsolvable problems. His response to that ultimately became Observable Networks, which Cisco acquired last year. In this episode Patrick explains what sustainable security technology looks like (hint: a lot like Stealthwatch Cloud), how it works, how it fits into the larger Cisco security portfolio, and how it protects "the time and attention of its users."
Jun 19, 2018
Ep48: Kata, Kata, Kata! with Anne Bertucio
OpenStack Summit Vancouver is officially in the books, and one of the most exciting elements of the week was undoubtedly the release of Kata Containers, v1.0. In this episode, Anne Bertucio of the OpenStack Foundation, also Community Manager for Kata, explains where Kata came from, what Kata does, why the 1.0 release is such a big deal, and how it fits into the larger mission of the OpenStack Foundation.
Jun 07, 2018
Ep47: Public cloud providers and team building tactics, with Ross Jimenez
Ross has worked at Compaq, HP, and Sandia Labs. He knows a whole lot about cloud and has a great reputation for building loyal, effective technical teams. Tune in to catch his insights and best practices.
May 22, 2018
Ep46: Succeeding with Cloud, DevOps, and Big Data Initiatives, feat. Anoj Willy
Do you ever wish you could just bring someone in that would tell you how to do this whole cloud thing right? A person with the expertise to explain where you should focus your energy, which technologies you should adopt, and how to change your company culture? Someone who already knows where the potholes on this cloud journey lie and who is equipped to steer you around them? Of course you do. And today you are in luck, because I just interviewed Anoj Willy, the CEO of Xentaurs.
May 14, 2018
Ep45: The Automation Episode, feat. Alex Peay and Mike Place
This week, automation experts Alex Peay and Mike Place of SaltStack give us a quick history lesson on automation, explain the different automation approaches in play today, and list what to consider when automating any portion of your IT environment. They also touch on the next big automation opportunity, the latest release of Salt, and what’s coming at SaltCon.
May 08, 2018
Ep44: Adventures in Application Integration with the Italian Data Center Dream Team
How do Cisco CloudCenter, Tetration, and AppDynamics work together? Luca Relandini and Stefano Gioia explain.
Apr 30, 2018
Ep43: Moving to the Cloud and Maximizing the Benefit of Professional Services, with Ann Wallace
Ann currently works for Google as a Technical Cloud Consultant, and that's great, because she was able to tell us quite a bit about what Google Professional Services is and does. But she also worked for Nike for 14 years as a UNIX admin and cloud architect, so she was able to share some great tips about what the retail giant did right when they started moving over to the cloud.
Apr 24, 2018
Ep42: Ilan Rabinovitch on SCaLE and data monitoring
Did you go to SCaLE this year? It was just last month, but if you missed it, be sure to hear what founder and organizer Ilan Rabinovitch has to say about the keynote speakers, the crowds, and the reason he and his friends started the conference in the first place sixteen years ago. He also speaks about data monitoring (he works for Datadog), and shares some of the results from Datadog's annual container adoption study.
Apr 17, 2018
Ep41: More on DevNet, and OMG What Have We Done with our Personal Data?
This interview was supposed to be about what Cisco DevNet is doing for application developers--and a good part of it is--but it also wandered into a really interesting chat about data security and how we should manage our personal information online in an age where the legal acquisition of that information can be as damaging or more damaging than a black hat attack. We also talk about Ashley's own developer-focused podcast (The DevTools Podcast with Ashley Roach), and the perils of parenting in the digital age. Enjoy!
Apr 06, 2018
Ep40: DevNet is on fire. Cisco's Hank Preston explains why.
Four years ago, Cisco DevNet didn't exist. Today it's a vibrant, rapidly growing community, and DevNet Zones are quickly turning into the most popular areas at Cisco Live events. Tune in to hear Hank Preston talk about why that's happening and what the program has to offer.
Mar 30, 2018
Ep39: An OpenStack Update from VMware's MarkVoelker
In this episode Mark Voelker, Chief OpenStack Architect at VMware, talks about the newest features in VMware Integrated OpenStack (natch), but he also had a lot of interesting things to say about the 5G buildout that telcos and service providers are currently undertaking, the importance of spreading risk as a factor for choosing multiple cloud providers, and the latest, most exciting initiatives in the OpenStack world.
Mar 22, 2018
Ep38: Dan Kohn on the Cloud Native Computing Foundation
Sit down with us this week to hear the Executive Director of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation talk about how CNCF got started, which projects are its fastest growing (besides Kubernetes), what the Foundation has to offer as far as training and certification, what you'll find on their interactive landscape, and what their Serverless Working Group is up to.
Mar 16, 2018
Ep37: Roger Dickinson on Customer Experiences with Multicloud Optimization
He's the artist behind Captain Cloud, so of course we asked all about how that started. But Roger is also a Cisco Technical Solutions Architect in the UK, which means he's got tons of insight into how very real customers are using cloud solutions right now, and what they're currently struggling with. Tune in to hear what he has to say on this week's episode of Cloud Unfiltered!
Feb 23, 2018
Ep36: Pete Johnson explains the Cisco/Google partnership
We needed to find somebody who could clearly explain what the Cisco/Google partnership is really all about, and man, did we hit the jackpot! Pete Johnson has been in on that project for a while now, and he does a terrific job of spelling out exactly why Cisco partnered with Google, what kind of customer is ideal for the Early Access Program, and how the technologies within the larger solution work to benefit both developers and IT Ops teams.
Feb 16, 2018
Ep 35: Talking Cloud Native, with Justin Garrison
Ready to learn a little more about Cloud Native? Justin Garrison wrote the book on the subject (literally!), so we thought he'd be a great person to talk about what cloud native is, which companies should and shouldn't try to go cloud native, and what to do if you want to get the whole cloud native thing right.
Feb 08, 2018
Ep34: Jeremy Oakey explains the Cisco Container Platform
In this episode, (conducted from an exceedingly warm little podcast booth at Cisco Live Barcelona), Jeremy explains what Cisco Container Platform is, how it works, why Cisco developed it, what role it plays in the Cisco/Google partnership, and what's coming next as we look down the road.
Feb 02, 2018
Ep33: Getting a Handle on Your Multicloud Environment, with Shannon McFarland
Wrestling with your organization's various clouds? Struggling to bring them all together into a centrally managed hybrid environment? Trying to decide whether to stick with native toolsets or use a third-party automation tool? Shannon McFarland feels you. As a Distinguished Engineer and a member of the Cloud CTO team, he spends a lot of time working to uncover and address the most common pain points enterprises are running into as they work their way down the multicloud path. Hear what he has to say about the most common challenges, the mistakes to avoid, and the methods he and his team are using to help customers find their own personal multicloud nirvana.
Jan 25, 2018
Ep32: OpenStack, Istio, and Blockchain with Steven Dake
Steve is a longtime member of the OpenStack community and an active contributor, having served as a team lead on Heat, an early contributor to Magnum, and a major contributor to Kolla for three years. Today he's on the Board of Directors for OpenStack, and is deeply involved in Istio. In this episode Steve talks about current OpenStack Foundation initiatives, the current state of Istio, and why he thinks blockchain is going to change the world.
Jan 16, 2018
Ep31: Kubernetes Deep Dive, with Tony Campbell
Containers are great. But can they be even better? Simpler? Easier to use? In this episode, Tony discusses the different things system automation can do to make Kubernetes even more magical than it already is.
Dec 22, 2017
Ep30: Lax Sakalkale explains the Cisco Multicloud Suite
In this episode Lax will sit down with us to talk about what the Cisco Multicloud Suite is, why it was needed, and how it plays into other cloud initiatives such as Cisco's partnership with Google.
Dec 16, 2017
Ep29: The State of OpenStack (and a few other things), with Ben Kepes
Ben is a longtime tech reporter for Forbes, Network World, and Information Week. He's also the author of the wildly popular Diversity Blog and he does a bit of angel investing on the side. This week he's going to talk with us about the latest tech news and trends on Cloud Unfiltered!
Dec 06, 2017
Ep28: VPP Update from Ed Warnicke!
One of our most popular guests from his initial appearance on the show, Ed Warnicke returns to talk about what's new with VPP, what he's doing at KubeCon, what he likes about the Kubernetes community, why we should all be excited about Istio, what Spinnaker is, and whether or not serverless architectures are going to be big.
Dec 01, 2017
Ep27: Geeking out on Cloud Storage with SwiftStack CEO Joe Arnold
In this episode we sit down with SwiftStack CEO Joe Arnold to talk about the state of cloud storage, the recent OpenStack Summit, and the technologies he thinks will change the cloud game in the next few years.
Nov 27, 2017
Ep26: A VC Shares His Thoughts About What's Coming in Tech
Ryan Floyd is a founding partner in Storm Ventures--a Silicon Valley venture capital firm that specializes in investments with early stage technology companies. In this episode he talks about the changes he's already seen in the industry, what he sees coming, and what he looks for in a tech investment opportunity. Note: The sound quality on this one is a little dodgy from time to time, but hang in there--the information is worth it!
Nov 17, 2017
Ep25: What Does Cisco CloudCenter Do?
In this episode, guests Kurt Milne and Zach Kielich explain what Cisco CloudCenter (formerly known as CliQr) does, why people love it so much, and what the roadmap for the product looks like for the future.
Nov 02, 2017
Ep24: DevOpsDays Nashville, Kubernetes, and Navigating Digital Transformation
In this episode, we're talking to three (yes three!) of Nashville's finest: Joel Parks, Alicia Davis, and Nick Wallace, of @NashDevOps and #DevOpsDaysNashville. Joel Parks is an Account Principal at and the co-host of the "Stranger Than Friction" podcast that focuses on the conflict space in Enterprise Software Delivery and Transformation. Somehow, he still makes time for his other roles as an Amateur Radio Operator, Musician, and Audio Engineer. Find him at @joeljparks. Alicia Sepanik Davis of RoundTower Technologies is a Systems Engineer with a specialty in DevOps Enablement. A self-defined Classic Rap Connoisseur, she's also a life-long dog parent and wine enthusiast. She tweets at @SepanikDavis. Nickalaus Wallace is a Cloud Platform Specialist and Digital Business Lead at Dell EMC. A long-time Nashville resident, Nickalaus enjoys live sporting events, live music, and a healthy addiction to golf. You can find photos of Nick standing next to famous athletes and musicians at @NickalausW.
Oct 24, 2017
Ep23: Moving Legacy Apps to the Cloud, with Sinclair Schuller
In this episode, Sinclair talks about some of the challenges involved in moving applications from from a traditional IT environment to a cloud environment, explains why his company is currently focusing on Kubernetes, and shares tips for how to make the cultural change associated with new technology as painless as possible.
Oct 16, 2017
Ep22: Stealthwatch Cloud, Equifax, and Protecting Your Personal Info, with Bryan Doerr
Bryan Doerr was formerly CTO at Saavis and CEO of Observable Networks, a company acquired by Cisco in July of 2017. In this episode, @vallard and @nikiacosta ask about the state of security how Observable Networks -- now called Cisco Stealthwatch Cloud-- helps create intelligent, actionable alerts based on identifying and observing device history, access, data flow, and more! Free Stealthwatch Cloud trials available here:
Oct 06, 2017
Ep21: Women in Tech, with Anne McCormick
Has anything really changed for women in tech over the past 20 years? Cisco cloud engineer Anne McCormick talks with Niki about what it was like growing up as a girl with a passion for programming, what her experiences in the workplace are like today, what she really thinks about that Google letter, and what we can all do to change things moving forward.
Sep 29, 2017
Ep20: OpenStack, PaaS, Containers, and Culture, with Joshua McKenty
PaaS! Cloud! Entrepreneurship! So many questions, so little time! Join us as @Clouderati and industry vet Josh McKenty from Pivotal gives us an unfiltered perspective on the evolution of cloud!
Sep 22, 2017
Ep19: Securing the Cloud with Dr. Rand Morimoto
As Internet Security Advisor to the White House in the late 90s, he helped the U.S. government avoid catastrophe with Y2K. Today, Dr. Rand Morimoto runs a technology consultancy and speaks to audiences around the world about technology, entrepreneurship, and successfully securing your data. In this week's Cloud Unfiltered, Rand applies the "psychology of cyberspace" to hacker activities, explains why Azure took off so quickly, and makes a strong case for being part of the change when it comes to cloud rather than a victim of it.
Sep 13, 2017
Ep18: Cloud Security and Crytpocurrency with Chris Riviere
The best kind of cyber security is the kind that allows you to predict and avoid attacks in the first place! And that's exactly what Cisco Umbrella does. Today we talk with Chris Riviere, Consulting Systems Engineer for Cloud Security about how Umbrella (formerly OpenDNS) works and who's using it to protect their businesses. He's also got quite a bit of knowledge about cryptocurrency, so if you've got an interest in Bitcoin or Ethereum, settle in to hear what he's go to say about that.
Sep 07, 2017
Ep17: Moving to a Recurring Revenue Model, with Per Werngren
Per Werngren has been a serial IT entrepreneur for more than 20 years. The Microsoft ecosystem is his main arena, and he helps Microsoft-focused companies from around the world find their path to success in the cloud. In this episode he talks about how channel partners are succeeding with Microsoft, transitioning to a recording revenue model, and moving to digital marketing.
Aug 23, 2017
Ep16: OpenShift and Open Source with Diane Mueller-Klingspor, Mike Duarte, & Michael White
Ready to talk OpenShift? Diane and The Mikes are! In this episode they discuss the best ways to “lift and shift” legacy applications to the cloud, the new roles of developers and IT leaders in a DevOps environment, and the importance of persistence when you’re trying to change corporate culture.
Aug 15, 2017
Ep15: Winning Big in the Digital Era, with Randy Bias
Want to win big (or at the very least, survive) in the digital era? Then it’s time to stop fighting cloud, choose a strategy that fits your industry, and commit to major, major change. In this episode, VP of Technology and Strategy for the Cloud Software group at Juniper Networks, Randy Bias explains why only the bold will survive in an era where every company needs to become a technology company.
Aug 09, 2017
Ep14: OpenDaylight, Kolla, and Containers with Vikram Hosakote
In this episode, OpenStack Community member and Cisco Senior Software Engineer Vikram Hosakote explains what's going on with OpenDaylight right now, why Kubernetes is so popular, what's up with Cisco Metacloud, and the difference between what enterprises and service providers want and need in their cloud solutions.
Jul 26, 2017
Ep13: Vector Packet Processing and with Dave Barach & Ed Warnicke
Got questions about VPP? Dave and Ed have answers. In this episode they explain what it is, how it works, why it’s such a big deal, and which technologies will leverage it in the near future.
Jul 21, 2017
Ep12: Can Large Companies Innovate? with Stu Miniman
Analyst @Wikibon and cohost @theCUBE, Stu Miniman focuses on storage, networks, virtualization, hyperscale infrastructure & cloud w/ passion for innovation and social media. Combine knowledgeable and entertaining, and you've got a great Cloud Unfiltered Episode!
Jun 19, 2017
Ep11: Cloud Native, Containers, and Adopting New Technologies, with Ken Owens
This week Cisco’s CTO of Cloud Native Platforms, Ken Owens, weighs in on the benefits of containerization, security in the cloud native space, the divide between infrastructure and apps teams, and more.
Jun 13, 2017
Ep10: What's it REALLY like to work at Cisco? with Carmen Collins & Casie Shimansky, Cisco
In Episode 10 of Cloud Unfiltered, Carmen and Casie talk about paid volunteer days, donation matching, and everything else the company is doing in its quest to hire the best hackers, makers, and coders out there.
Jun 06, 2017
Ep09: Security, Net Neutrality, and Ansible with Branson Matheson
He's a security pro disguised as a cloud operations engineer. Worked for NASA, the TSA, and the Navy before he came to Cisco. So he's got interesting insights on the challenges around protecting data. He also provides a great summary of the competing interests in the net neutrality debate, and he talks about how and why companies are using orchestration tools like Ansible to make the cloud workable in today's enterprise environments.
May 25, 2017
Ep08: Cloud Economics and Digital Strategy with Joe Weinman
Joe Weinman's cloud expertise is pervasive and it's in demand. A former telecom and IT executive, he delivers keynote speeches around the world about cloud strategy, and he's the author of several books, including: "Digital Disciplines: Attaining Market Leadership via the Cloud, Big Data, Social, Mobile, and the Internet of Things" and "Cloudonomics: The Business Value of Cloud Computing" (Wiley, 2012). It's an episode you don't want to miss!
May 16, 2017
Ep07: What's next with Containers? Jeff Dickey, Redapt
Jeff Dickey is the Chief Innovation officer at Redapt, and he's got some serious opinions about OpenStack, open source, vendor lock-in, and containers. Want the low-down on the cloud space from someone who is close to the action and doesn't pull a punch? This is the episode for you.
Apr 28, 2017
Ep06: The Upside and Downside of AI, with Reuven Cohen
Reuven is recognized as an early innovator and thought leader in cloud computing & infrastructure as the founder one of the earliest cloud companies. An active mentor, advisor, angel and instigator, he is intimately involved in the startup scene around the globe.
Apr 24, 2017
Ep05: Results of the 2017 OpenStack User Survey, with Heidi Joy Tretheway
Heidi Joy Tretheway is the Senior Marketing Manager at the OpenStack Foundation. That means she’s in charge of the annual OpenStack User Survey, and she’s got the scoop on the latest trends when it comes to OpenStack adoption. She knows which countries and industries are adopting the platform fastest, what type of workloads are being run on it most often, and what percentage of their cloud apps are running on OpenStack versus other cloud platforms. Plus she’s got fantastic recommendations about where to get souvenirs when traveling abroad, and a few thoughts on what you might read while you’re getting there. We love Heidi, and we think you will too!
Apr 17, 2017
Ep04: The Role of the Network in the Cloud, with Dave Lively
As the director of a product management team in Cisco’s cloud group, Dave Lively is up to his neck in cloud technology. And he has been for a while. So he’s got fantastic insights into the value cloud provides, the impact it can have on organizations, and the role of the network in making it all work. Tune in to this episode of Cloud Unfiltered to hear Dave’s thoughts on the impact of technical debt on your ability to implement cloud, the evolution of how containers are being used, cloud adoption trends among service providers, and much much more!
Apr 14, 2017
Ep03: Harnessing the Innovation Potential in Cloud Platforms, with Cisco's Kip Compton
In this interview, Cisco's VP of Cloud and Platform Services, Kip Compton, describes the changes in what customers are asking for when it comes to cloud, lists the benefits of consistent management across hybrid IT environments, and explains why it's important to keep learning no matter where you are in your career.
Apr 06, 2017
Ep02: How Great CIOs Stand Out - Tim Crawford, AVOA
Tim Crawford has 20+ years of experience in IT and he's one of the industry's most respected thought leaders when it comes to Cloud Computing and IT Optimization. Tune in to this episode of Cloud Unfiltered to hear Tim talk about the difference between Traditional and Transformational CIOs; the things that do and don't concern him about internet privacy; what he thinks about the current cloud ecosystem; and why the "gooey center" is really what differentiates your company from the rest.
Mar 24, 2017
Ep01: Getting Published on with Rikki Endsley
She loves sysadmins, she's not a big fan of threaded tweets, and she's hustling to learn Python by the end of the month. Those are just a few of the things Rikki Endsley, Community Manager and Editor for shares with us in her interview with Cloud Unfiltered this week. She also explains what is all about, how to get involved as a contributor, why she created the Open Source Yearbook, and how she stays relevant in the ever-changing tech industry.
Mar 10, 2017