AWS Insiders

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AWS Insiders is a no-holds-barred look at the state and future of AWS and cloud computing. Hosts Rahul Subramaniam and Hilary Doyle turn the tech podcast format on its head with heated debates, edgy perspectives, and the best expert guests. You’ll laugh, you’ll learn, and you’ll never have to listen to two techies with microphones droning on for hours again.

Episode Date
Do Datacenter Compliance Rules Belong In The Cloud?

In this episode, do old school compliance rules from the data center have any business in the new school cloud? Is compliance in the cloud really like some version of Die Hard or Mission Impossible? Making it hard for Tom Cruise, hanging by a thread, to steal your data? Rahul invites Steven Woodward, CEO of Cloud Perspectives, to debate the growing friction between physical and non-physical security and compliance rules. 

Feb 13, 2023
I Don’t Give A Lift And Shift

In this episode, we are moving stacks. That’s right, bouncing, leaving the data center behind for a new life in the cloud. The only problem? You have to choose between two approaches. Do you wanna lift and shift (sounds very Schwarzenegger)?  Or do you wanna go fully cloud native (sounds very… Marianne Williamson)? Rahul and David Mee, Principal Consultant, Carbonite, debate the merits of building a skyscraper on top of a log cabin.

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Jan 30, 2023
Betrayed & Squeezed: Is AWS Eating Your Open Source Software?

In this episode: conflict, controversy, subterfuge, secrecy. Most people we approached didn’t even want to speak on the record. What we want to know is: is AWS eating up the open source landscape? And, if so, is that a good or bad thing? Rahul, Hilary, and guest Matt Asay, Vice President, Partner Marketing, MongoDB, debate whether AWS is poaching or playing fair, when it comes to open source software from partners. 

Jan 16, 2023
High Availability vs Disaster Recovery: Fight!

High availability is an expectation in business today — and Rahul shudders to think about what parents (and kids) would do if Disney Plus or Youtube went down for 15 minutes. Joking aside, it’s the cloud: so why all the focus on old, complex disaster recovery solutions? 

In this episode, it’s High Availability vs. Disaster Recovery, and it’s Rahul vs. Eamonn O’Neill, a disaster recovery expert and Co-Founder and CTO of Lemongrass. This episode won’t be a disaster, but it is highly available on all podcast apps. 

Jan 02, 2023
Serverless Is Here To Stay: Sorry, Corey Quinn

Rahul is getting pretty tired of people chirping about the unfulfilled promises of serverless, as articulated by Corey Quinn. So he invited Jeremy Daly, host of the Serverless Chats podcast to set the record straight: “Corey is wrong,” says Rahul. Serverless is not going anywhere. It’s a journey, not an end goal. Tune in to hear the vibrant debate around just how far we’ve come from manual server management — and how far we still have to go.

Dec 19, 2022
To Code Or Not To Code? Just Cloud API Instead!

Rahul says code no longer matters because it has such a short half-life. He is obsessed with cloud APIs instead. Says they are fully managed, more efficient and cheaper and they can help you get from a million lines of code down to 10 thousand per app. So Rahul invited Alex Hudson, CTO for hire, on the show to debate “to code or not to code.” That is this episode’s question. 



Dec 05, 2022
Werner Vogels’ re:Invent Keynote Pulled us Into his Matrix Vision of The Future (Live from Las Vegas with StackHawk)

We had a lot of expectations for Dr. Werner Vogels’ re:Invent keynote and he delivered. Whether it was about advances in 3D design, data-informed simulation work, simplifying how to build and build fast, or just knowing how to tell a good story, Werner gave us a lot to chew. Dan Hopkins, VP of Engineering at Stackhawk, joins Hilary and Rahul to offer the engineers’ view on the Werner Matrix and wrap our coverage of this year’s conference. Let us know what you think at

Dec 02, 2022
Why Swami Sivasubramanian’s Data & Machine Learning Keynote was so heavy on data, and so light on ML and AI at re:Invent (Live from Las Vegas with Inawisdom)

Tuesday’s keynote from Swami Sivasubramanian - AWS VP of Data & Machine Learning, leaned much more into the “data” part than the “machine learning” part of his role. Data is a major theme at re:Invent this year. Rahul, Hilary and special guest Alex Kearns, AWS Consultant at Inawisdom (an AI/ML company), chat through why they think AWS is focused on data, and review their unfilled wish lists on further artificial intelligence and machine learning integration into the platform. Let us know what you think at

Dec 01, 2022
Adam Selipsky’s re:Invent Keynote Left Us Wanting More (Live from Las Vegas, with the Finops Foundation)

Great explorers through history defined the theme of Adam Selipsky's re:Invent Keynote this morning. But what caught Rahul and Hilary’s attention wasn’t what was being said, but what didn’t get explored on stage. Along with special guests J.R. Storment and Joe Daly from FinOps Foundation, they unpack Selipsky's announcements, and dive into what they wish they’d also heard. Let us know what you think at

Nov 30, 2022
Our AWS re:Invent Conference lookahead with AMD’s Brad Smith, Live from Las Vegas

The Cloudfix Team is on prem at AWS’s massive re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, and we’re bringing you along with us throughout the week. Rahul, Hilary and special guests meet up every morning to unpack the latest AWS news from the conference, and swap opinions and hot takes on where the cloud community grows from here. We start with Rahul’s best predictions for what we can expect will be unveiled this week, and connect with AMD’s Brad Smith. Got any questions about re:Invent? Find us at

Nov 29, 2022
Stop Hugging Those Servers!

In this episode, the timely topic of real estate. What kind of a home do you want for your data, your stack, your instances? Where should you house your architecture? In a nice bare metal colo rack bungalow? Or maybe something a little more “penthouse fabulous” — something up in the… public cloud? Rahul makes the case to stop hugging servers altogether and go all-in on AWS, and pushback ensues when Chase Cunningham talks security and compliance.   

Guest: Chase Cunningham is the Chief Strategy Officer at Ericom Software, a web isolation and remote application access software company. He is a former Chief Cryptologic Technician with the NSA where he ran cyber security and worked closely with the FBI, CIA and Department of Homeland Security.

Known in the industry as Dr. Zero Trust, Chase also hosts an eponymous podcast and has authored three books: gAbriel, Cyber Warfare -- Truth, Tactics and Strategies and Rip Tide: A Narrative on Cyber Security Failures at the National Level isolation.

Nov 21, 2022
Microservices? Or Macro Disaster?

Are microservices a macro disaster waiting to happen? Is the CNCF Landscape the Etsy of web development? Rahul has a serious thing against Kubernetes. Says it’s like playing tech whack-a-mole. So we went out and found a K8s superstar to defend the DIY open source platform’s honor. Senior Member of Technical Staff, VMware Tanzu and co-host of The Podlets Podcast, Carlisia Thompson joins to debate Rahul on dev culture, problem solving and vendor flexibility. 

Nov 07, 2022
Commitment Issues: The Case Against Multicloud

Rahul and Hilary get into one of the great battles in the cloud: commitment issues. When it comes to your choice of cloud vendor, are you more Tinder or Do you want to choose one vendor for life, or prefer to play the field with multicloud? Head of Developer Media at Google Cloud, Forrest Brazeal foresees the inevitable rise of multicloud while Rahul sticks to his single vendor, all-AWS guns. 

Oct 24, 2022
Storage Wars: Database Edition

Rahul declared our old show boring, and in this episode he fixes that. Join Rahul as he welcomes new co-host Hilary Doyle, declares Moore's Law dead as a doorknob, and enjoys a heated (but friendly) debate about NoSQL, Postgres, and the future of distributed and relational DB's in the cloud. Today's guest: Postgres expert Ed Boyajian, CEO of EnterpriseDB.

Oct 10, 2022