Podcast & streaming video – OpenStack

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Apologies it’s taken so long to get the latest content online. The two recorded podcasts I had scheduled had to be dropped because of content issues / legal issues and having been on paternity leave and then conference travel time has got the better of me.

Yesterday we made up for it, Rhys Oxenham has a new role at Red Hat that we want to get out there and talk about and also there is a lot of cool stuff happening in OpenStack aligned with milestone 3 of Havana and open hybrid cloud in general.

The podcasts we recorded, the first we’re bringing you this week, the second one next Wednesday, however there is a break with tradition. If you’ve ever wondered how we do these podcasts especially on the road, I’ve made a video for you of the podcast which you can stream below.


Enjoy and come back next week for another show and some great articles.

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I’ve been busy – Red Hat Summit 2013

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The last ten days have seen me camped out in Boston in the US at Red Hat Summit recording, mastering and publishing fourteen podcasts during Red Hat Summit. Usually I do one a week so to get fourteen recorded and out there on iTunes, Stitcher and a dedicated smartphone app for all platforms was tiring to say the least.

So for those of you wondering why there hadn’t been a Cloud Evangelist podcast last week, go listen to the shows I made available to you on the Red Hat Official Podcast page from Summit by clicking here.

Podcasts on OpenShift, OpenStack, Gluster, RHEV, IBM PowerLinux, ARM and Hyperscale, identity management in the Cloud, SELinux (with Dan himself). We talk NetApp and oVirt with Jon Benedict once more and we have a lot of fun along the way.

Fourteen shows you can’t miss out on with over 10,000 listeners to date – go listen.

Cloud – it’s about relevance

The consensus around the water fountain is in, the sensible folk are achieving and those that play catch up are spending way more corporate investment on keeping up with the achievers and go-getters in Cloud and virtualisation. That sums it up in a nutshell but to simply write an article with less than thirty eight words isn’t going to suffice so let’s explore where the Cloud market is making active differentiation in the evolving dynamic world of corporate and enterprise computing.

Blessed are the geeks for they will inherit the datacentre

There are very few differences in the manner that eighty percent of global enterprises tackle enterprise computing challenges. No matter whether exponents of purely “Cathedral” type platforms and toolsets or the “Bazaar” model of entrepreneurial achievement utilising open standards and challenging established paradigms of development and provisioning by reasoned utilisation and embracing of community ethics and freedoms. I hope I’ve got that right or my ex VA Linux colleague Eric Raymond is going to be less than happy. I use the word geek in the heading above with due reverence, without levity as a badge of achievement.

Whilst you could argue that venture capital and the influx of guidance in the form of management at many of the investment companies are the lifeblood of the evolution of new start companies developing and pushing technologies and products across Cloud. You could also observe that the vast majority of these organisations are building and ramping up harnessing and embracing open source libraries, binaries and technologies in order to get to revenue and to develop products that are relevant.

So what changed ?

The difference between now and the dot.com boom/bust era is that we grew up. Open source grew up too.

The difference is that in 1999/2000 a lot of the advisors who were often positioned or parachuted into new start companies using less “mature” developmental environments and an emerging internet were old school, 1980s/90s boardroom types, often expensive, entirely out of touch with working with dynamic energised folk who were capable at embracing tech but lacked maturity in corporate circles. Management came with money. I was there, I worked at Linuxcare from early days until I parachuted to safety to join the then ebullient VA Linux Systems. It was painful, it was replicated across hundreds of companies globally who all managed to burn huge amounts of funding rounds without generating products or significant revenue. A lot of the blame needs to be levied at the investors who handcuffed companies with legacy management who didn’t understand the gulf between founder management and couldn’t levy influence or control.

In the Cloud arena we have more startup companies producing better product with better guidance from more savvy investor folk, if any of you have ever bumped into the electrically charged spark that is Satish Dharmaraj for example, my former boss at Zimbra (now with a well known VC team) will understand the mental picture I paint entirely. Satish I pick out purely as an example, he isn’t remotely alone in being a trail blazer, at Red Hat you can’t throw a pebble without hitting a key manager or thought leader whose role it is to identify talent and opportunity and then nurture it. We even invest in technology regularly outside of Red Hat.

More importantly nowadays, most of these advisors attaching to first and second round funding have emerged from the Open Source community and are helping shape the direction that many Cloud startups are now able to follow. Thats a good thing. Lower burn rates, better code, better practices and revenue centric companies using Open Source as a base. For those basing companies on revenue (the small percentage) it’s even more impressive.

However they ALL have one thing in common, they’re all aiming to be relevant.

Make relevance your personal mantra for 2013, especially in Cloud

The number of times in recent months I’ve sat down with people in technology circles and talked open hybrid cloud, talked to them about how this gospel I preach weekly from my podcast pulpit of how at Red Hat we are working to demonstrate how we’re innovating by providing key RELEVANT capabilities. If you’re a listener to my podcast broadcasts I weekly try to provide you with balanced thought around cloud and virtualisation but with a passion that comes from a need to “do this right”. To stay relevant with the needs of my listeners.

Arming, influencing, determining datacentre future behaviour and enterprise adoption of cloud across physical bare metal platforms, virtual, private cloud and public cloud with the Red Hat stack. Marshalling and creating the frameworks for growth that are significantly different from proprietary platforms such as VMWare and Microsoft and with more relevance (see it crops up again) to the problems that enterprise companies need to solve. Built openly, built with focus around application development and portability underwritten by the glue that is Red Hat’s continued core open source belief as part of the fabric of cloud today. ISVs and startup companies who are aiming to be relevant and to drive product adoption and therefore revenue growth (either based on revenue or with the help of investors) are all looking to Cloud.

So next time you are stood, board marker in hand in front of your team drawing out your tiers of your architecture or brain blasting APIs and platform decisions with those in your circle who you rely on just consider. Is the technology and the platform and direction I am taking relevant ? Relevant now, relevant tomorrow, flexible and rugged enough to grow with your organisation, flexible enough to change securely, relevant enough to get you to the finish line, relevant enough to drive revenue and growth to match your ambition.

Unless you’re doing this harnessing open technology, truly open source components and stacks you need to pay attention, you aren’t going to be relevant, and neither is your Cloud.

If you want to know how this all glues together reach out to me and I’ll point you at some folk who will change and empower your needs in Cloud. If you’ve been on Red Hat tour or been to Red Hat Summit (the next kicks off in Boston at The Hynes Convention Center in a few weeks time) then you’ll be aware of the common sense relevance of what we mean by Open.

Red Hat – this is what we do, be open, be relevant and be part of the future of Cloud. Ignore me at your peril.

Open Hybrid Cloud – our new video

We released this video this week and I wanted to share it with you before Red Hat Summit in June, Paul Cormier, Jim Whitehurst and the exec team have worked hard with our Cloud BU marketing folk to get this put together.

 

Podcast: Brian Stevens, Red Hat CTO talks OpenStack

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So today we have a very special podcast for you with Brian Stevens our CTO at Red Hat. Brian kindly recorded this with me, I’d meant to record this twice before, at GigaOM last November and then at ODS in Portland but Brian is always so damn busy I didn’t get a chance to get a microphone in front of him. I’m doing some more recording with the exec team in June in Boston for the official Red Hat Summit podcasting channel I’m setting up which I’ll blog more about in the coming weeks prior to Summit.

Brian is what I’d call a tech prophet, a thought leader in every way. He’s watched Red Hat evolve and he’s watched the market embrace Open Source and against that tsunami of demand he’s crafted and shaped supported technology offerings that have seen the company grow to fit customer ambition. That is no easy task to marshall.

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He’s been a trailblazer for OpenStack, hugely supportive and very humble in how he’s ensured our contributory and community approach is transparent and very real. Hear more on the podcast. We talk OpenStack, the Red Hat RDO community release, the amazing HeatAPI project and we take you behind the scenes.

Not often you get to listen to the CTO of a $1bn+ company talk openly and honestly about tech, so take time out to listen to it, remember to subscribe via iTunes, Stitcher internet Radio or the RSS feed directly to the shows, for those that haven’t ever listened there is some thirty three hours of broadcasting there to catch up on.

Enjoy the show and come back soon for more unique content from the Cloud Evangelist podcast channel.

Download the podcast here in MP3 format only

My thanks for the photo of Brian at Summit go to Mr Pulsecaster himself, Red Hat’s Paul W Frields

Podcast: Let’s talk KVM – Steve Higashi

So recently I sat down with a good friend Mr Steve Higashi, possibly my favourite Canadian who actually lives in Austria. He works for OnApp a company I rate highly and we’ve been threatening to do this recording for nearly two years and when he was in London the other week we sat down and talked KVM.

Steve loves Cloud, he’s a righteous dude when it comes to getting down and deep in the weeds talking to customers about engineering goodness. We touch on CloudForms 2.0, Red Hat OpenStack, OpenKVM, the Red Hat stack etc . We try to put some clarity around the whole KVM vs Xen vs proprietary alternatives and to do it in an easy to listen / easy to consume show for you guys to listen to.

Hope you enjoy it, come back later in the week for a great show with Brian Stevens, CTO of Red Hat.

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Podcast: Cloud Security Special

Todays podcast is a must for anyone in Cloud who needs to understand high level security. I’m joined over the ether to my studio in Bath in the UK by Gunnar Hellekson and David Egts. We’re talking access controls, SELinux, sVirt, hardening, security in Government and how we engage in Cloud, security and KVM, Common Criteria – the whole works.

We talk RHEV, RHEL, OpenShift, CloudForms, ManageIQ, auditing, logging, hardening, security – learn how Red Hat secure the important enterprise, Government and industry platforms – allowing our customers to sleep easy.

You cannot afford to miss this weeks show !

Gunnar is the Chief Technology Strategist in Red Hat’s US Public Sector team, trusted by government and the military alike and David is one of our Principal Architects at Red Hat. They both “live eat breathe” security so this podcast is three of us who are very passionate about the topic.

And folks theres more, if you liked this podcast tune in to the first few episodes of Dave and Gunnar’s new podcast – the appropriately named Dave and Gunnar show which you can listen to by following this link directly. I totally recommend it, great listening. I’ve been working with them over the last few months recommending kit and I really think this is a show you should be listening to on a regular basis. Gunnar and Dave have taken a totally different spin on podcasting that Rhys Oxenham and I have been planning since November to do monthly that I bought the kit to do – but we haven’t had the time to do. Since Christmas we’ve been set up to make the changes I keep mooting, and this will happen.

It’s so nice to be back in the studio able to control the level of audio again, seems like an age since I was sat at a mixing desk recording this stuff. Listening to this podcast you wouldn’t think that David was in Ohio, Gunnar in Houston, Texas and me the other side of the pond, and all recorded produced and released using Fedora – no Mac’s here folks.

Come back soon for some great podcast content and if you haven’t yet subscribed via iTunes or my RSS feed simply follow the menu bar above to get the links you need. Come back next week for some more great content.

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