None of the podcasts work ? – Read here

Why don’t the podcast links work ???

For those bright eyed amongst you the podcasts stopped broadcasting new content on June 12th 2014. I’m not going to go into the long and rather bizarre story now as to why the podcasts stopped, I’ve eluded to it on the Podcast page you can access by clicking this link or the menu above.

From that page you can access ALL the archived shows from The CloudEvangelist Website and Red Hat Summit Radio 2013 and 2014 archived thanks to the wonderful folk at Stitcher Smart Radio where the show was also broadcast from and remains.

If you want to subscribe to an RSS there is a listing for one on the podcasts page that remains live.

Apologies for broken embedded links – I won’t be going back through the site to repair/replace them as this site is all but deprecated with new current activities.


Podcast round up of 2013 part 1 of 2

Todays podcast is part one of a two part special talking to Brian Stevens EVP/CTO of Red Hat, Arun Oberoi who heads up our Global Business Development, Ian Lawson explaining why he’d happily round up anyone who doesn’t get big data and format them. We talk to Thomas Cameron – part two of the show out next week talking to:

John Mark Walker, Rhys Oxenham, Perry Myers, Bill Bauman, Dan Walsh etc

Make sure you listen to part 1 from the link below

   You can download the show here or via the RSS

The blog is dead long live the blog

I am moving away from after difficulties trying to get plugin’s agreed that I need to use and have migrated instead to my own servers.

The blog will continue to live there and I will continue to own, however all new website and podcast content will be mirrored from my own servers in the UK and the US which you can find at effective midnight last night.


Podcast: Tim Marston talks DevOps Goodness

Tim Marston was on episode two of the podcasts I’d just started about 18 months ago and he was overdue to be on another show so we’ve recorded this talking DevOps funkiness, migrating JRE workloads to cloud. Tim’s one of the honchos at Red Hat JBoss Advanced ISV Partner and ally Midvision who make some amazing products that help move JRE platforms to Cloud but also to do migration and management of JRE platforms easily and in a way that makes auditors sleep easy.

Well worth a listen and thanks to Tim for making time to do this.

   You can download the show here or via the RSS

Podcast: Fedora lead – Robyn takes the mic

When you get a chance to sit down with Robyn Bergeron, current incumbent leader of the Fedora project you take it. Robyn and I have recorded before in February but this time we had some time on our hands without any pressure and decided to record a really amazing show talking:

Part one of the show synopsis

Fedora releases, rel 20 on the horizon – plans for the future
How the Community ethic is absolutely key to Fedora
How Fedora comes about and the need for transparency
Openstack and Cloud
Remembering Seth Vidal fondly

  Part one of the show you can listen to by clicking here 

Part two synopsis

We talk deep and dirty about community and playing nicely
The CentOS conundrum / how bad could perception be ?
How the board of Red Hat support and guide Fedora
Embedded Linux – Raspberry Pi etc etc
Splitting Fedora 21 – The Holy Trinity
Growing old gracefully in Open Source

  And part two of the show is now also available, click here to listen

These shows ARE longer than I usually broadcast but it’s Christmas and genuinely you very rarely get to hear behind the scenes at a major Linux distribution and this is a real chance to get that opportunity.

And it comes full circle….

I woke up this morning in a hotel in Amsterdam, Holland. Over the last twenty years I’ve woken up literally a thousand times or more in hotels somewhere. The loyalty points and cards from airlines and hotel chains stacked up and rarely used, the continental breakfasts consumed and the amount of uncomfortable and comfortable beds are anyones guess. Why is this relevant to a technical cloud blog you ask ?

Well let me explain. I was stood in front of the bathroom mirror in my suite this morning and I looked at my tired 40 year old face and realised a salutory fact. I am still a roadwarrior, still fighting the same battles, and still even at my dotage trying to enable technical change.

Why is this relevant to my ongoing activities at Red Hat ?

I am the old man of Red Hat Europe. Fact.

Before Red Hat Europe existed, before Colin Tenwick was hired by Bob Young as the first general manager in the European region Red Hat’s business needs and engagement was met by Linuxcare in San Francisco on an informal basis. I was the Tech GM of Linuxcare in Europe working under Dave Sifry, Art Tyde, Dave LaDuke and briefly Chris Di Bona (who I would later be hired by at VA Software / VA Linux up the road in Fremont CA).

So the first two client engagement and meetings that “Red Hat Europe” had were in Amsterdam. I remember waking up in a very small, rather grubby but cheap room in a Novotel here in town and making my way to a government building and sitting and talking about Linux and free software and making the business case for Red Hat to replace HP UX. Then taking a train to Utrecht and sitting in HP’s datacentre and R&D centre and having the same conversation with them about Red Hat on Intel. Nobody had really heard of Red Hat, this was long pre IPO. The first ever meetings Red Hat had to place boxed Red Hat product in retail environments are still very fresh in my memory, the concept of having to get my head round trying to explain to the US that Red Hat would have to pay to place Red Hat 5.1 / 5.2  in PC World’s and retail environments alongside SuSE and Caldera Linux boxes.

So this pre-dates the formation of Red Hat UK and Red Hat Munich by a number of years, Red Hat Guildford (now Farnborough) wasn’t even a distant dream. I now walk into each of the Red Hat Europe and global offices full of happy busy people, all working on a common goal and pinch myself. Remembering very clearly that the first ever Red Hat client engagements outside of North America which consisted of me – backed up by Tom Peters of the LPI and Rene de Wit of Linuxcare in Amsterdam  talking to the likes of Kvaerner in Norway, Mott Macdonald, Bechtel, Jaguar, Woolworths, Interoute and the Swedish Health Ministry in a cold and frozen Uppsala in Sweden. I am still very grateful and mindful of the career guidance and advice afforded to me by Red Hat’s first CFO Kevin Thompson, himself part of the team that guided the creation of the company we work for today. I’ve tried to use that advice on an actual literal basis a lot over my working career.

Red Hat globally now has 5,500+ staff. When I first worked with Red Hat it had about 7 or 8 staff. In fact employee number 7 Kit Cosper is still one of my closest friends who I talk to almost daily and our families are very close. The relationships that you hear on the podcasts I put out are very real and those loyalties and those common shared experiences from the times are still very fresh. Salutory lessons about how to realise actual business rather than virtual pipeline business. We may now talk cloud but back in the day we talked the birth of Linux virtual machines, the conception and design of the first high availability services built around Linux with the likes of Akamai. The birth and the angst and infighting of Samba and the first ever usable Linux desktops and evolution of X server technology. I am exceptionally proud to have been around since before this business in Europe was incepted. It makes me do my job that little bit better because I know whats at stake, without having to justify my position or my role to anyone other than you my reader / listener.

I still wear a Red Hat with pride, no blue pill swallowed, no kool aid gargled. One thing has changed though in those intervening years. Being involved so early in the lifecycle and birth of this company affords me a very different perspective. This is not a job for me, it’s a responsibility to do it right and to try and help you deliver safe effective change and to do that with my personal guarantee that I will be here to find you the resources and the capabilities to make that a structured journey of discovery and realisation.

Next time you listen in to a podcast and I sound tired, cut me some slack, I’m the granddaddy round here, got married in my Red Hat, can’t imagine for a nanosecond working anywhere else. Just need to keep doing this right and evolving the services that help you consume technology that helps you grow.

Hybrid Cloud Environments & SDS

My opposite number in North America Gordon Haff has put this great video together that is well worth a watch.

Software defined storage is on the up. Red Hat as an enabler of technology change is investing code, time and resources to help customers focus and realise their ambitions in every aspect of cloud architecture.

Do take a few minutes out your day to watch and if you’d like more information please get in touch or contact your regional Red Hat office.

Podcast: The Clash of the Casts

One of the biggest tech cloud podcasts with over 130 episodes is Aaron Delp’s Cloudcast show. It’s one of my defacto shows to listen to with a different demographic and different style / length to the way that I work. Aaron is a perennial part of my listening habit so to sit down and do a podcast with him was a chance I would have grabbed at. So, the clash of the casts was born and today we recorded a session.

Sitting opposite us to give us a comprehensive OSS boost and to talk Cloud was Mark Hinkle of Citrix. Mark like all of us in the community eats, lives and breathes Open Source so this podcast always had potential.

Have a listen and see what you think.

 Download the podcast in MP3 format here – or alternatively browse the RSS.

Podcast – Ed Daniel, ITIL, Audit & Cloud

I am joined on today’s show by Ed Daniel. Bit of a coup. Ed is one of Europes leading OSS evangelists but like me shares a background in process management ITIL, security and enterprise enablement. Ed works for Normation and was in London attending DevOps and I didn’t have to push very hard to get him to sit down in front of my microphones.

This podcast is really for the companies who are thinking about deploying Cloud, who are thinking security hardening, process management, ITIL, PCI-DSS, ISO standardisation, deploying against Cloud Security Alliance or SELinux guidelines. If you’re a service provider too this podcast also helps you. It’s your opportunity to hear myself and Ed try and give you a steer on designing your cloud and to get to deployment safely whilst growing the frameworks around Cloud management.

We talk ManageIQ/Cloudforms, how audit and logging is essential, OpenStack and Ceilometer, Heat etc etc. How you should engage with a Cloud provider or upstream vendor.

This is one of those difficult conversations which you rarely hear and that is designed to get you to a point where Open Hybrid Cloud can become a reality. We don’t always agree but between the two of us we try to get you to a point where you are armed to safely and securely start designing and consuming Cloud compute capacity.

 Download the podcast in MP3 format here – or alternatively browse the RSS.