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.
Don’t say I never deliver the goods – here is a podcast talking Red Hat Storage with Tom Llewelyn from Red Hat EMEA who runs the business development side of the business.
Tom is a really good guy, solid and knows his stuff, he brought me back into Red Hat a few years back and he’s everything you could want from a consultant and knows the business backwards. If you want someone to explain the value prop or to understand technology impact on your business he’s the guy whose door you knock.
Tomorrow I am going to be recording and delivering a podcast on the ManageIQ acquisition and what it means to be part of the most exciting story in Hybrid Cloud as part of Red Hat’s technology team.
I’ve been really looking forward to recording this podcast. We couldn’t quite make time to do it when we were both at Summit recently but we’ve made up for it this week. With big data the latest hot topic, with GlusterFS making so much headway it was time I recorded this. Storage is the last major building block of Cloud so this became even more critical.
I’m pleased to be able to release this podcast recorded with John Mark Walker, who I work with at Red Hat (he heads up Community at Gluster) but who I’ve worked with for nearly thirteen years or more at previous roles in the Open Source world. We’re both war weary veterans who still get fired up by Linux and Open Source. John Mark is both a friend and a mentor as well as someone who has a “can do” attitude in the Linux community. He has a message and a drive and if you listen to this podcast it will become clear just why he is so passionate about what we do.
The thing that makes this podcast even more special is that we recorded this online five thousand miles apart. I’d played with doing this over audio conference, over Skype, VoIP and other methodologies and all sucked – unusable when I did my testing, certainly not broadcastable.
So thanks to Pulsecaster and Google Hangouts, and a quick mix on Audacity (no Mac here folks) you have a podcast to download that I hope sounds okay and that will both educate and entertain.
We also talk about the November 1st Developer Day in the UK and talk about the whole Open Source community ethos around what we do and what drives us. It’s well worth a listen and I encourage you to do so.
Download this podcast here in MP3 format or OGG format