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.


Download the podcast here in MP3 format only

Podcast: Diane Mueller talks OpenShift Origin

Diane Mueller, the gloriously self styled “PaaS Queen” on our OpenShift team sat down with me at Openstack Developer Summit in Portland almost two weeks ago now and talked everything OpenShift Origin. Boy was it a doozie.. This lady is seriously amazing when it comes to understanding the PaaS marketplace and she needs you to listen to her. She had me at go when we were recording, held me in the palm of her hand the entire session and I would follow her into battle in a heartbeat folks.

Use OpenShift ? Use Heroku ? Thinking about PaaS ? Then you don’t want to miss this podcast, Diane is a heavy hitter and she has really started to blaze a trail at Red Hat since joining us earlier this year. You know when you have one of those “Come to Jesus” moments, someone flicks a light on upstairs and stuff falls into place ? Diane has that ability to shake the wheat from the chaff and demonstrates it in todays show.

Come back soon for two major podcasts on Cloud legality with Kuan Ho, and a discussion with Brian Stevens CTO of Red Hat talking OpenStack and Open Source.

Download the podcast here in MP3 format only

Podcast: Jon Masters talks Hyperscale

I just recorded a podcast with Jon Masters from Red Hat Westford. Jon is based in the US but is a Brit and was here visiting his family so I saw an opportunity to sit down with him and record a podcast.

Jon and I go way back. In 2000 I was giving a keynote at a Linux roadshow with Lawrence Manning my then development partner at Smoothwall when we were interviewed by a young guy then eighteen years old, still in the sixth form at school for an article in Linux User magazine. We’re both long seasoned veterans of the Open Source cause.

Twelve years on and the roles are reversed and I’m the one interviewing him. We’re both very proudly working for the same organisation and both still living and breathing Open Source. Having spent brief time together in Boston recently he’d promised to record something so we rented some office space near his folks for a few hours and this is the result.

We’re going to talk about Jon’s talk he gave at Summit where he used his racing bike and a generator to power some ARM powered servers live on stage in front of an audience. You can see the resulting video from the RedHatVideo feed on YouTube at the base of this article. We’ll gloss over the bit about him locking his bike accidentally to the venue and having to be rescued by kind people with cutting gear.

We’re going to talk also about Raspberry PI, educational use of Open Source, our own programming backgrounds as fledgling talents back in the day. It’s two geeks having a chat and talking technology as well as the goodness of emerging tech in the Cloud space.

Jon and I are both passionate about renewable energy. Outside Red Hat I have a hobby, TreePlug which aims to give away free the designs and blueprints to generate using solar power enough energy to run a home office or mobile office. In fact I gave Jon some panels I’ve had manufactured to take home to the US. Jon’s passion for hyperscale computing and the low power requirements of these architectures, especially for Cloud computing datacentre usage is obvious when you listen to the podcast – and watch the video.

  Download our chat here in MP3 format or OGG format

Podcast – London OpenStack Meetup

On Wednesday evening this week a healthy sized group of us attended the first OpenStack London Community Meetup held at the Blue Fin buildings in London organised by Canonical’s Mark Baker. I was registered to attend along with other Red Hatters Daniel P Berrange, Adrian Bradshaw and Steven Harvey as well as future Red Hatter Peter Robinson who joins our ranks in a couple of weeks time and who was out at Summit with me.

The original plan was to travel up to Baker Street in London to our London office and record a podcast on Libvirt with Daniel and then travel to the meetup in the evening to listen to the talks, Daniel giving one of the keynotes on Node, Libvirt and all the goodness that flows from it.

We decided actually we do this better justice than to just do a podcast and instead record his presentation and talk for a wider audience than the 80-100 in the room and give it more exposure as it’s very cool stuff. So hastily I rigged microphones and recording gear and the result is this podcast release.

Daniel has kindly let me share the slidedeck from the talk with you by clicking here. Please note this deck is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License (as is everything on this blog !) for more information please click the link here on the right hand menubar of this site http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/

Daniel also has a review of the meetup on his blog you can read here

    Right click here to save in either MP3 or OGG format

OpenShift Origin Arrives

Yesterday was a big day in the Cloud unit at Red Hat. The culmination of a lot of hard work by the developers and leadership team backed up by the community contributors who have been using and working with OpenShift Express and Flex since it’s launch last year. The release of OpenShift Origin was a milestone in Cloud maturity and demonstrated again that the boundaries are ever moving in what we as consumers of elastic based computing resources can achieve – openly.

The release of OpenShift Origin under the Apache licence is a game changer. It’s a sweeping statement by Red Hat that there is an opportunity in the marketplace to really demonstrate thought leadership but to do so transparently and to add credence to the efforts of thousands of people in the community and in enterprise networks worldwide who have seen the power and the benefit of a “Three Clicks to Cloud” (a glib reference to the simplicity of OpenShift) approach to application deployment.

For an OpenSource vendor to actually put it’s crown jewels in the public gaze and to live up to the scrutiny of those in the community and industry is one thing. From a source perspective it’s always bold and to be applauded but to then also go the extra mile to release at the same time a live Fedora remix that can be installed locally by the user on their workstation / laptop / server / virtualised instance (ESXi or Virtualbox are supported etc) is another. It’s more than just running a flag up a pole to say okay here’s a SVN or Git repository it’s actual stuff that delivers today and will aid adoption and also curry favour with many who see having a shiny .iso image in their hand as something tangible that you can get down to business with.

Over the coming weeks we’ll start looking at the power of OpenShift and we’ll also carry some podcasts with the movers and shakers in the team as well as some video content and other goodies.

For now let me leave you with some authoritative articles around the bits of OpenShift which add muscle to the value proposition, an article by my colleague of over a dozen years (am I really that old ?) Tim Kramer on the security demands of PaaS that OpenShift exceeds and also an article by Mark Atwood that appeared yesterday that enthusiastically demonstrates the first steps to take with Origin.

You can find the downloadable source and links to the LiveCD image for Origin here

Welcome to the site

So I’ve been sat writing a lot of articles recently for press consumption and internally here at Red Hat and there came a time when the concept of getting back into the world of easily published editorial in the form of blogging reared its head once more. I’m not new to blogging, ran a blog for a decade and had a lot of readers and made a lot of friends in the Open Source world to supplement the cadre I’ve made working in this industry since the mid 1990s.

The call to arms came recently and this blog and my other activities as an evangelist at Red Hat now bring me back to being poised like a coiled snake over a blogging API and this new site is the culmination of a months planning. So welcome, we’re going on a journey exploring how the engineering brilliance of the Open Source community and the mentoring and steering of companies such as Red Hat where I am employed help polish and bring to fruition the efforts of thousands of talented voices to help build the wheels, engine and brakes that is the consumable vehicle of Linux and Open Source at its very best.

From my perspective especially being able to demonstrate, with conviction and real world examples where applicable, how we’re now moving with speed and with aplomb into Cloud and virtualisation will become a focus here.

From CloudForms, to OpenShift Origin you’re going to read about fundamental building bricks of Open Cloud. We’ll talk here in blog format and also in downloadable podcasts (which will be available directly here and also from iTunes) to the movers and shakers in Open Cloud and having sometimes the difficult discussions that you won’t find anywhere else in the Cloud ecosystem. Topics that affect you as architects, developers and as administrators and IT professionals taking steps in building public, private or hybrid clouds, or just looking at what the implications of Cloud have on you and your workloads.

Bookmark this site or subscribe to my RSS feed. I’ll be updating the blog every few days and my Twitter feed (which is also featured on the right hand side of the story pane) will tell you what I’m up to, thinking about as I am working on Cloud activities or opportunities to meet up at various events where I am attending or speaking at.

I welcome feedback, suggestions for stories and also opportunities to open the difficult discussions sometimes that we need to have as part of the adolescence of Cloud emerging as an accepted way of working within business as usual activities in the world of system architecture and the new roles and opportunities that open themselves to us.

Welcome to CloudEvangelist – let’s see if we can’t have some fun along the way.