Podcasts from the Trenches

I was in Holland at the CloudStack Collaboration Conference and recorded a number of shows that have made it out via RSS but I haven’t talked about here. So as it’s the run up to Christmas today is a podcast bonanza with no less than four shows highlighted here for your aural delectation.

The first show I am bringing you here is with Tryggvi Lárusson of GreenQloud in Iceland. GreenQloud I wanted to talk to because they are 100% Green environmentally friendly. Using the thermal geological heat in the substrata of the Icelandic crust and hydroelectric power to power their datacentre. Big time Open Source user I wanted to hear from them about their startup and plans for growth.

  You can listen to this show directly by clicking this link

The second show is with a good new friend Arjan Eriks of Schuberg Philis in Holland who are a major cloud provider working with upstream verticals and customers in specific niche marketplaces (regulated and auditable cloud needs to meet Dutch and EU privacy specific workloads). A company who make revenue and who grow based entirely on their Cloud ambition. Great guy – commercial and balanced and able to paint a picture to the listener of what customers want and how to retain them.

The Red Hat Cloud Provider Programme is a great way of you being able to both stand up a business and also to attract, and to retain custom. Talk to me offline for more info.

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Podcast: Funs Kessen – building EU Clouds

Now this was a fun show to record, talking to a realworld cloud architect at one of Hollands leading new technology companies Schuberg Philis who sponsored the Cloud event we’ve been attending this week.

Funs is one of two of their architecture team tasked with helping companies in Holland in the Schuberg Philis growing portfolio of customers to get to cloud safely, navigating governance and privacy regulation and ensuring their workloads and data are successfully transitioned to cloud.

Hope you enjoy the show more to come later if I still have power and bandwidth to get them out pre my flight back to the UK.

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

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: Antoine Coetsier – Exoscale

I am recording this week in Amsterdam at the Cloudstack Collaboration Conference and you will see various shows appear throughout this week and next that I’ve recorded while on the ground here.

Todays show is with Antoine Coetsier from Exoscale in Switzerland, a country very close to my heart. Exoscale are a Cloudstack vendor/partner but also a Red Hat partner too who are actively working with large and medium sized organisations moving to Cloud.

I recorded this show yesterday afternoon and feel somewhat like a 1940s journalist trying to get copy back to my news desk having had what I can only describe as the slowest tethered internet connection I’ve had in 10+ years or more to upload this at 1.2k/sec. Painful. Would have been quicker to send it by carrier pigeon. Technology, it seems, in 3G carrier relationships is just poor across Europe.

Come back later for more shows from the conference.

 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.

Podcast: Ian Lawson – Mr Red Hat

What a weird title for a podcast episode you think. Actually, nothing could be further from the truth. Ian and I have worked together in two lives. In 2007 I took a sabbatical to go do hush hush secret stuff in the government space for a major vendor and met Ian and gelled immediately. We’ve worked together ever since and when I joined Red Hat I brought him in soon after. This is a coup because after a life spent in the shadows talking common sense doctrine to governments and people in positions of authority Ian is actually on the record and talking Open Source. To say he was outside his comfort zone is an understatement but it was lovely to have the chance to open a door sensibly and only talk about stuff which doesn’t see us carted off to jail for breaching each of our obligations as signataries of Her Majesty’s Official Secrets Act.

Ian had always worked in the proprietary rather sheltered world of data intelligence and manipulation. He definitely wasn’t a Linux user – at all, in fact I gave him his first Linux laptop. He didn’t get Open Source as nobody had ever explained or shown him, didn’t know Open Shift or how to even install Red Hat. A hugely talented versatile developer with a brain the size of a family car and the ability to hold a room in his hand he has become one of the most important hires Red Hat UK has ever made.

Ian, now immersed in Open Source was reborn, reborn with a new verve or vigour and is now truly Mr Red Hat when you put him in front of customers and with his almost unrivalled abilities with the understanding of data storage and data manipulation in the European space is always in demand to help bring projects to conception.

He was nervous as hell recording this, don’t know why – he’s the mac daddy when it comes to big data even if he does hate the term. We talk OpenShift, OpenStack, we pour scorn on some and heap praise on others. A very enjoyable recording session.

I urge you to listen on two fronts:

1) If you’ve ever wondered what Big Data meant come here Ian blow that concept wide apart
2) If you’re considering a change in career and want to understand the passion that drives Red Hatters to go to work – then this is for you.

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

Podcast: Linuxcon / Gluster London Day

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This weekends podcast talks about my thoughts around Linuxcon, I also put front and centre my thoughts about our responsibilities in the Open Source world.

Big thanks to Jim Zemlin, Stephanie Markowski and Jennifer Cloer for their hard work and diligence to help make Linuxcon such a success and inviting me there to podcast. As a card carrying paid up member of the Linux Foundation getting those podcasts recorded as professionally as possible and to draw attention to what Linux and Open Source is about is crucial.

In the past few weeks I’ve podcast about, and talked about the Gluster Community Day this coming Tuesday in Shoreditch, London. A free event starting at 2pm till 6pm, lots of great speakers, demos and lots more. I’m podcasting from there so if you fancy being on a show get down there and say hi. More information from the Gluster Community Page, and register via Eventbrite here. If you’re into Openstack, storage, cloud, open source then this event is especially for you.

Now go listen to the podcast – this one’s just me talking but it’s a call to arms and important.

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