Podcast: Max Cooter of CloudPro talks sense


I’m joined on the podcast today by Max Cooter who is editor of CloudPro Magazine for a remotely recorded podcast, Max in Sussex me in windy wet Wiltshire for a podcast I’ve been meaning to record for some time but last time we tried we couldn’t get diaries to sync. Technology allows us to do next best thing other the ether and this is the result we recorded yesterday. We originally aimed to record 8-10 minutes but the discussion got deeper and we ended up putting a lot of things on the table that are vitally important to decision makers and to cloud in general.

I let the session run and listening back when I was mixing the session in the early hours of this morning I am glad I did because here you have a podcast that might just make people start making notes and thinking about their own plans and provisioning and thinking about the structure of their ambitions in Cloud.

Max is a heavyweight, he talks Cloud for a living but gets to see a lot of the actual cloud metrics and deployments across the entire industry so is more “clued up” than most analysts due to exposure. We’ve worked together on a Dell Think Tank before and we were both out at GigaOM Structure in Amsterdam last year (Max is pictured above on the left during one of the fireside chat sessions).


We talk governance, regulation, security, privacy, PRISM fallout for Cloud, we talk Red Hat Certified Cloud Provider Programme, service providers and the need for conformity, PaaS and OpenShift. CTO and CIO pressures in the datacentre – theres a whole wealth of stuff going on.

Do take time out to listen and come back next week where I have a podcast with Tim Kramer my colleague of way way too many years talking OpenSCAP, Cloud Security, OpenShift and the Cloud Security Alliance. Don’t miss it we’re going to make some people sit up.


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Podcast: John Hardy talks ManageIQ

After being disrupted by the snowstorms in the UK John and I finally met up and recorded this podcast at the Red Hat offices in Farnborough here in the UK. This is what fell out of that session, hope it’s helpful and gives more context technical details around what ManageIQ brings to Red Hat.

It’s already available on Apple iTunes (download the Podcast client from the Apple Store), Podfeed.net and will be synced with Stitcher Internet Radio very shortly as they update their RSS feeds.

Come back more next week I’m going to be releasing a podcast on Wednesday / Thursday this week and then recording a lot of content at FOSDEM in Brussels weekend of 2nd/3rd February. If you’re going come say hi – who knows you could end up on a podcast !

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Cloud – Intelligent Cloud Management

There have been a multitude of articles appearing in recent weeks around analyst perception of Public and Private Clouds delivering less than coherent controls around ensuring the compliance of their customers. Whilst I can agree with many of the editorial stances taken by seasoned hacks and journalists there needs to be a rethink around how enterprise CIO level thought leaders are armed to enable them to adopt Cloud technologies, whilst retaining balance and assurance around conformance and compliancy.

Governance aligned to a Cloud lifecycle model and a living breathing risk register is one thing but hopefully reading this article can help you develop another strategy and open discussions in how Red Hat can enable your aspirations around Open Hybrid Cloud.

Virtualisation and Cloud by their very nature create compliance issues and challenges never more so in remote virtual environments. Access control issues, the constant need to maintain your network with the challenges of change control and network reconfigurations. The demands of having to document and understand shared infrastuctures and to tear up and tear down virtual machines all bring with them challenges around compliancy. This article is designed to help you show a path towards better compliance and better ways to enhance Cloud onramp and adoption using Red Hat Open Hybrid Cloud.

Keeping auditors happy whilst also being able to deliver business as usual computing is a given, how you actually deliver that in an always on elastic hybrid cloud environment can therefore be a quandry that will have obvious challenges in operational IT normality married to a non-liberal but dynamic focus on Cloud service adoption. If you accept that Cloud is skirting around the traditional framework of the computing norm which in it’s hybrid form adds a new complexity with layers of public and private clouds. Add the very real demands of applications running across two heterogeneous platforms and shake. Cloud cocktail and you’ve got to manage it.

Ever changing governance landscape

Last Thursday saw the release of the long awaited HIPAA Privacy, Security, Enforcement and Breach Rules. Short, concise and just short of six hundred words that for once actually give concise guidance and define your framework (if affected by HIPAA) of how you as an entity are able to adopt services that impact on hybrid elastic adoption of services such as Cloud storage or ability to burst out your Private Cloud to a Public Cloud. Very little grey area which is what we have been crying out for from a guidance perspective for too long.

It also is a major boost for Open Hybrid Cloud for those affected by HIPAA. This article isn’t aligned solely to HIPAA and will concentrate on governance of all types affecting Cloud. However, it will let you get under the hood, and understand why working with Red Hat Open Hybrid Cloud technologies can sometimes be the differentiator in working out your next move to Cloud.

So when you’re looking to work with a HIPAA certified Cloud Platform Provider this latest release at least allows you to be better educated to make a judgement call and to have necessary contractual conversations where required. You’d hope.

A lot of the self certified providers as I pointed out will now be poring over their service level agreements and architectures with a fine tooth comb given that the latest guidance actually means that they are going to have to take apart – Lego style – the most fundamental tenents of their Clouds. For existing customers who have signed up to HIPAA compliant Cloud providers for Hybrid service consumption or upstream elasticity I have a suggestion for you and it’s a call to arms that should not be dismissed lightly.

In May Gartner published a report stating that most enterprises (45%) would be moving to a hybrid cloud adoption model by 2015. Thats a lot of businesses if you align yourself with Gartner’s research, and in the same report 50% of the businesses questioned had no formal guidance or compliance wrappers in place or defined processes as to how they would get to Cloud.

So it’s at this point we type a simple query into your favourite search engine of choice for HIPAA compliant cloud and you get a multitude of Cloud providers pop up who look to have been offering “HIPAA Compliant Clouds” for some time. On the back of last Thursday’s report you have to wonder how many legal eagles they have working for them to allow them to actually either backtrack or to redesign their services whilst not diluting their profit margins given they’re now having to re-architecture their platforms.

So why does using Open Hybrid Cloud allow you to get to governance compliance faster and more efficiently ? To understand that we need to understand that the very nature of what we do at Red Hat to enable and arm enterprise customers to get to Cloud is based on transparency and importantly flexibility built on supported Open Source technologies. In previous lives the sprinkling of the term “transparency” and “Open Source” in an article discussing governance types and critical workloads might have been seen as tricky to embrace but it’s 2013, enterprise adoption of Linux and especially supported certified Red Hat Linux has never been greater. And saying nothing isn’t an option. Understanding service, understanding Cloud service catalogues and how we deliver technology in Cloud – it’s never been more important. Integration across platforms and factor in the need for analytics and understanding how we do stuff better and on the fly. It’s a huge amount of pressure for management and we consider that we have a credible story to tell you.

Customers whether internal or external want more bang for their buck. Developers in the enterprise have long since migrated to using Open platforms for the creation of platforms and applications. Those Open platforms be they Java, Node.JS, PHP, Python, Ruby etc are the building blocks of Cloud. Fundamental shift in agile methodologies have made the ownership of platforms and applications easier in one respect. But viewed from the cheap seats you could argue that faster frameworks of growth have also placed new pressures on IT governance and the aligned related pressures that the IT director / CIO / CTO now that he has had to migrate accepted old school ways of working. Highly dynamic, intelligent elastic architectures need to be managed better and that what you have now in the marketplace which is at its best virtualisation management tools. We need to be brighter and more articulate and we need to be able to do it openly.

Apps and agility driving demand for Cloud consumable services

Our adventures with the launch of OpenShift Online and now the release of OpenShift Enterprise has given us a massive boost from a research perspective in that we are able to see at a granular grassroots perspective just how agile development in Cloud actually is. The speed at which new applications are developed and launched, what languages and cartridges are utilised in their makeup and also how behaviour is driven across the Cloud developer community. There is a culture shift going on and if you read Venturebeat, or Infoworld or some of the great thought leadership pieces coming out of Burton, Gartner or the CIOForum then you’ll already be up to speed as to how they view cloud application development as critical to the mass being given as companies see Cloud as the most critical business decision they’ll make in the next three years.

If we remember how ubiquitous VB was in every enterprise a decade ago and then you explore the culture shift away from those more entrenched environments to open technologies you see two new pressures.

1) the CIO all of a sudden has to accept that if he/she wants fast agile applications that the new world ways of working of using Ruby/Python/Java/MongoDB/NoSQL etc are here to stay. Adoption of these fast moving environments bring new release cycles and patching demands. Those are then imposed and need to be understood as part of Cloud lifecycle management as you move through application development business as usual strategies.

2) that we’ve moved away from a culture of a box of CDs arriving from Microsoft every quarter with the latest greatest version of Visual Studio or MSDN, that the average developer manages his or her own development workstation (unless you’re switched on and you’ve adopted a corporate flexibility around JBoss Developer Studio like the big guns). That the pressures of having an army of developers with their IDE of choice and their own GitHub account hasn’t yet factored into your Cloud thinking.

These two critical factors should be a driver enforcing you to ask a question. “How do I get to Cloud and manage my risk appetite aligned with our ambition and needs ?”. How do I unify this as we move away from earlier more static environments and how do I do this without slowing down my developers and encroaching on my ability to deliver Cloud ?

You first enlist the help of the most critical part of your infrastructure, not your servers or switches, not the SLA you signed with Verizon or AT&T but your largest single investment as an organisation. Your team. The body of passionate developers and architects who are the vehicle driving your ambition for your Cloud story. And if they’re developing using Open tools, relying on Open methodologies for getting their source trees and their coding efforts to deliver your companies life breath for application development. Whether your choice of hypervisor is KVM, Xen, HyperV or VMWare the raw ingredients of your Cloud remain the output of your teams harnessed efforts so listen to them and whilst paying attention start to think out the steps needed in your planning for your processes.

But beware. Your team is creative and dynamic but potentially they’re also your biggest challenge as your role as CIO changes with Cloud’s new demands. Especially in an Open Hybrid Cloud. Technology advancements, modifications and changes in development environments and platforms all need to be reflected into a management platform flexible enough to help you get to the audit mark.

So How Can Red Hat help us achieve Cloud Governance ?

With the acquisition of ManageIQ Red Hat have added to our stable a new suit of armour – a new strength. That of management, reporting, inspection, audit, utilisation and trend analysis and orchestration. These are seven specific core requirements for any CIO that wants to get to Cloud safely and securely. The ability to deploy introspection across your Cloud landscape without the need for agents, even into existing virtualised deployments gives you an immediate perspective on what you own, and how you start to analyse and grow your Cloud deployment getting the most out of your investment – whilst being able to meet governance regimes.

Learning and reporting what your Cloud is doing, having a single pane environment to understand your playground is both attractive and allows you to do proper intelligent management reporting at a granular and operational level. Hugely beneficial. Having those datastore alerts and to be able to have a ruleset to allow to you to get the information you need instantly. It’s a very valuable proposition.

It’s a great fit with RHEV where ManageIQ has already demonstrated success in interworking with its September 2012 release, and it gives added credibility to CloudForms from an IaaS perspective especially around brokering across multiple heterogenous environments and hypervisor types. Fact that both ManageIQ and CloudForms are both developed in Ruby on Rails also helps further integration even more from a codebase perspective !

The ability to now be able to have a manageable approach towards being able to enforce security and compliance policies, to have a granular yet tough approach to document and control your configuration policies. Tie that into a world class resource allocation policy engine and you have control over drift management, storage, memory and CPU consumption in a single pane easy to understand and fast reactive interface.

Open Hybrid Cloud management working with Red Hat has now never before become more attractive to the savvy CIO wanting to get to Cloud safely and securely. All of IDC, Gartner and Forrester’s uptake concerns for Cloud adoption settled in one easy to acquire technology.

How can I find out more ?

Today I am recording a podcast with John Hardy of ManageIQ that we will bring to you shortly, we’d have done it last week but the snowstorms that hit the UK de-railed us – apologies.

I’d also like to point you at yesterdays webcast recorded yesterday that is well worth watching. Bryan Che my boss, Joe Fitzgerald the co-founder of ManageIQ, Mary Johnston Turner from IDC, and Chris Russell representing a major financial services customer of ManageIQ. It’s around an hour long and you’ll need to register to view it. There IS a bug in the registration page enforcing you to select a state if you’re outside the US – apologies, just choose a state and you’ll get straight in

You can register and view the webcast here

The webcast IS important as it gives some great credible reporting on industry data from Mary Johnston Turner of IDC that highlights some real perceived issues in Cloud that we’re enabling change to solve by Red Hat’s dovetailing of ManageIQ into our offerings.

Podcast: Red Hat Acquire ManageIQ


I’ve been promising to record and release this quick podcast on my take on our acquisition of ManageIQ. I don’t speak for Red Hat on this nor do my views or opinions matter in any way. I look at things from a technology adoption and technology abstraction layer and how it impacts and enhances our abilities in Cloud.

If you’re not aware of ManageIQ I’m presuming you’ve had your head buried in the sand for the last three years.

Needless to say when I found out about ManageIQ becoming part of Red Hat (subject to all the usual shareholder stuf) I was beaming from ear to ear. ManageIQ are an amazing group of people who really understand the granularity of cloud, the flexibility you need to demonstrate when dealing with elastic architecture but the need to get under the hood and deliver. Quite simply they demonstrate maturity in depth and excellence of the highest order when it comes to engineering solutions across heterogeneous cloud platforms and technologies.


Combine that with a virtualisation layer(RHEV/KVM), a storage platform (Gluster – Red Hat Storage), a PaaS platform (OpenShift) and CloudForms and you are effectively delivering an entire orchestration piece that no other vendor, VMWare included, can currently compete with. Seventy two hours on to the minute I am STILL smiling.

Here’s my take on it – listen now on iTunes or Stitcher or click the link to the podcast to listen to it in your browser.

Come back in 2013 for more content – and remember I love hearing your feedback and your news. Better stories come out of collaboration. 43,000+ downloads of my podcasts since August (thats nearly 580 man days of listening if you stacked each episode end to end) is flattering but I can do better – with your help.

Happy Christmas from my family to yours. Have a peaceful festive period and thanks for listening to my work and reading my articles during 2012.

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Podcast: Cliff Perry talks Satellite

Cliff PerryAs we head into the festive period this is the first of a series of podcasts going live. Cliff Perry is my guest today, we recorded this in Cardiff a few weeks ago and it’s well worth a listen.

Consistency of platform and architecture in Cloud is critical and at Red Hat we have built a reputation around Red Hat Satellite and the sponsorship and mentoring of the upstream Spacewalk project. Cliff is the chief cat herder or project manager for both and is passionate about his chosen topic.

Coming Friday another podcast this time talking Red Hat Storage with Tom Llewelyn. Remember we are syndicated now on iTunes, Stitcher Internet Radio and Podfeed so you don’t need to download, just subscribe using your client of choice.

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Podcast: Gordon Haff and I talk technology

Yesterday I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to sit down and record a podcast with Gordon Haff. Gordon is my opposite number at Red Hat in North America as well as being a friend and mentor. Yet another MIT graduate he has an amazing reputation across the technosphere for having a grasp of whats going on, and also how analysts, journalists and decision makers balance their need for technology with emerging trends.

So we’ve made a decision that we’re going to record a technical chat every few weeks, you guys could even throw topics at us if you want to – that would be even better.

This week we talk Moores Law in Cloud, don’t expect us to agree on everything – thats the healthy nature of Open Source, we talk Android vs iPad in BYOD markets and governance models for Cloud as well as the elastic links holding everything together in this new fangled Cloudy universe.

Here’s the other cool stuff, again this was recorded as if we were sat in the same room, but the reality is we’re 5,000 miles apart and hopefully the quality of the mix shows that with the power of Google Hangouts, good microphones and Audacity you can work miracles.

  Download this podcast here in MP3 format or OGG format

Podcast: Rhys talks Cloud

Today I am releasing part two of a podcast I recorded with Rhys Oxenham last week. In this second installment of a podcast thats proved very popular Rhys will be talking about CloudForms, some of the realworld engineering stuff we’ve been working on with partners etc.

Rhys talks about how CloudForms solves some of the end to end problems of Cloud provisioning and platform management. For you guys looking at the newly released Red Hat OpenStack Preview this could be really important for you to listen to.

I am recording two new podcasts today with Jon Masters and Duncan Doyle, Jon I’ve known for nearly twelve years and is a leading light in the ARM porting world and a longtime Red Hat stalwart. He recently gave one of the best attended and best appreciated Summit talks in Boston. Duncan and I share a common love of everything JBoss so both should be a lot of fun and I’ll bring them to you asap.

  Download part two here in MP3 format or OGG format

CloudForms – Thought Leadership in Cloud

Last week I took part in a Cloud briefing in London that really got me thinking that amongst the venerable articulate people in the room, that very few were concentrating on the actual business of Cloud ownership and adoption.

There is still a fervour, even a mark of honour, at being able to build your own Cloud, be it your private cloud constructed of a blend of your existing architecture and new plateaus of blade servers (I’m claiming that…) and virtualised components. The cold hard realisation that 2012/13 is about PaaS and starting to manipulate and deliver against deployed architecture, and if you were to do a straw poll in the room I’d put a bet that less than a third had thought about what that PaaS was going to look like. Thats a dangerous game when you’re concentrating solely on IaaS and delivering against a fixed IT budget that has seen little to no growth for the last few years. To be clear everyone in the room was at a very different stage of Cloud maturity and this is no surprise, we’re in an emerging market. The one thing everyone had in common was a goal to learn more from the experience of others – and how to do it for very little money. IT budgets are scarce and if anyone wants to tell you otherwise then I hope they’re doing it in hushed tones.

The buzz in the room is fervently OpenStack, it’s everywhere and I’m not remotely knocking it, OpenStack since day one has impressed the socks off me, not for the technology or the construct itself but mainly as it’s done one important thing. It’s continued the message of Open Source and community groundswell to Cloud. We’ve been passionate quietly but backed up with investment in funds and people in the growth and adding depth in capability and code maturity and announced in April our continued support and our intents around OpenStack itself. If you talk to Brian Stevens our CTO he’ll tell you with passion about his views around OpenStack and the fact that the momentum of Linux in the Cloud and the fact OpenStack is built around Red Hat technologies can’t be ignored.

The analysts are as always playing the angles. GigaOM yesterday had an article out looking at the prospects of OpenStack as it hits two and going some way to painting a picture that it’s all about choice. Yet it was less than two months ago that Larry Dignan of ZDNet was pegging OpenStack’s growth or emergence against the financial performance of Rackspace (which given the project is not actually aligned to it’s original founding fathers) was somewhat confusing. Rackspace are a great organisation who just like Dell or IBM, and many organisations outside of IT but with a reliance on open source components and technologies have given back and made public a release of code that the rest of the world can then contribute to, and benefit from.

So let’s take CloudForms – our latest release from the Cloud Business Unit at Red Hat. CloudForms as we’ve described before in detail is a number of specific Open Source projects that are polished and supported by Red Hat and grouped together under an umbrella project – CloudForms. At the very heart of this being Deltacloud which we released to the Apache Incubator almost three years ago for use globally as an interoperability abstraction layer.

With CloudForms you then can add application control across multiple Cloud infrastructures. Think of this in enterprise terms as being able to have mature application lifecycle across heterogeneous and disparate cloud infrastructures. So if you’re needing to deploy a patch within a change control window to an application as you would locally in a datacentre but that application also runs in your public or open hybrid Cloud environments remotely to treat it exactly the same.

So with OpenStack CloudForms becomes absolutely mission critical. Imagine you have your list of exposed cloud fabric encompassing your AWS environment maybe a smattering of VMWare instances, and an OpenStack build. Imagine having the ability to just treat OpenStack as another target cloud to be able to manage and deploy against. CloudForms then gives you the concerted ability to stand up and manage OpenStack locally in your datacentre, remotely at a service provider or public datacentre and to manage it very much as part of your own infrastructure. To be able to demonstrate governance to be able to do this now, and to own your lifecycle to Cloud not just from IaaS but thinking about your cost base and your internal policies and application adolescence.

As I started to explain OpenShift and CloudForms last week to the delegates in the room the delegates there didn’t need a lot of explaining, that only happens when you have good code married with thought leadership. When people you’ve known five minutes start finishing your sentences and get animated you know you’re onto something special.

You’re going to hear a lot about CloudForms, and you should be aware what it does – and what it potentially means to you, regardless of your cloud architecture.

Now if you’ve got this far I’d like you to take just over five and a half minutes of your day to watch a video we’ve released just before Summit on CloudForms which should if the magic works be embedded at the base of this post (if it doesn’t please visit the link here)

If you can stand up with conviction and talk openly about getting to Cloud and to get past the hype to enable your users, developers and customers to get there safely and in a way that fits their enterprise ambitions then thats got to be a good thing. Whilst Cloud allows us to be dynamic and flexible in our use of resources and technologies it needs a belts and braces approach to management and configuration / change / governance at the earliest opportunity to underwrite ambition. If you’re serious about Cloud and you aren’t already looking at CloudForms then maybe you should be.

I’m attending the first OpenStack meetup in London on 25th July. If you’d like to meet up fill out the form and register, and I’ll see you there.

CloudForms takes to the skies

I’ve talked about it on here for the last few weeks and finally launch time arrives !
CloudForms is now announced as available as part of our Cloud portfolio. I will be talking more about this tomorrow and Friday.

Automation and efficiency for Cloud but for hybrid heterogeneous architectures, solving enterprise complexities – using your choice of virtualisation technologies and providers. It’s what Cloud’s been waiting for.

More information here – and if you register you can watch the webcast from today’s earlier launch, or download the slidedeck from this site. I wholeheartedly recommend you watch the webcast as Bryan talks direct to end users on the power of CloudForms and the benefit to end users and developers who don’t need or want to know about underlying governance but to go to work more efficiently,  provisioning clouds faster and with more ability to harness the best of what you already have.

As I am on leave and not supposed to be working I’m in the meantime going to point you at Gordon Haff’s great article he posted this afternoon which talks even more about why this launch is a line in the sand for Cloud – read more on his blog here and if you look in my links section you’ll see that I link to it and it’s worth bookmarking and following his RSS feeds. He has some cracking articles and has a deep insight into Cloud within Red Hat and North American regions compared to my EMEA approach.

Building out your Cloud

Pretty soon you’ll start seeing in the IT press and online the buzz around CloudForms that I’ve mentioned here a few times in passing. CloudForms is going to be disruptive in a most welcome way to the way that IaaS is accepted and understood by technologists. CloudForms in my mind is a physical big black pen mark on the height chart of Cloud as it grows and matures, representing a change in the way we define IaaS. The concept of taking accepted comprehensive application lifecycle management with the ability to then extend those mature behavioural abilities across physical, virtual and Cloud computing platforms in a manner that is truly portable.

The market wants and needs technologies and solutions that simplify without dumbing down the problems and engineering challenges around self service and the automation of tasks in everyday Cloud management. The need to be able to prove that an organisation embracing Cloud can still apply the same governance structures and processes that they’d have over local applications once they move to any type of Open Cloud.

Importantly as companies move to this new world order the hidden but very real costs will start to emerge (wielding the sword of truth here – I’ll never make a career as an analyst at this rate…) when you start to consider the manpower and dev cycle costs of application ownership across multiple tiers of Cloud or multiple providers, dealing with server sprawl the whole compliance piece that I so often talk about here as well as understanding privilege, privacy and data loss prevention measures around storage, data in transit and the vulnerability management of application services.

Talking to companies (it’s my job – someones got to do it) I throw out the question of how much of current and future budgets they’re going to allocate to this portion of IT Ops and it’s often met with a “how long is a piece of string ?” response. Luckily CloudForms goes a lot of the way towards solving that problem by design.

But it’s also not just about the inevitable (again I’ll never make an analyst) march to Cloud and the consumption of Cloud resources be they private, public or hybrid resources. Also understanding how you allocate those resources, applications and services across blended platforms be they bare metal locally allocated, a single or multiple public Cloud consumptive model (accepting that most companies are entirely of a mind that lock-in is a bad idea).

CloudForms makes easier to understand and consume by virtue of great software engineering the whole scheduling piece and a major step forward in the self service equation allowing easier deployment of applications and resources. Introducing proper messaging in the stack as well as remembering always and everywhere that we need to maintain security throughout this model.

Now it’s a Monday you don’t want to sit here and keep reading so instead I am going to point you at a two part podcast Gordon Haff my US opposite number recorded with our product dynamo Chris Wells which makes great listening. Also below the links to the podcasts you can find two video recordings one with Chris and one with Bryan Che talking CloudForms.

CloudForms Podcast

Part one of Gordon Haff’s podcast with Chris Wells
Part two of the podcast

CloudForms Videos

When I get time this week in between my day job and pressing stuff I am going to make available (probably Thursday this week) a podcast I recorded ten days ago with James Labocki which does an in depth dive around the whole consumptive usage of CloudForms. Audacity is not my friend – I must get my head round it !

Some CloudForms resources