Episode 19: Cisco System’s Perspective on the Internet of (Every) Thing

Welcome once again to the Providing Cloudy Service Podcast, your one-stop shop for the latest in Cloud, Big Data, SDN and all the technologies changing the IT industry

Today we had a great conversation with Joseph Bradley from Cisco Systems about the technology trend the Internet of Things. Cisco has a unique viewpoint and have therefore coined the phase the Internet of Everything

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Speaker Bio:

Joseph Bradley is a General Manger within Cisco Consulting Services (or CCS), where he is responsible for transforming CCS’s customer relationships, scaling business solutions, and communicating CCS’s business messages. Joseph has produced several thought leadership papers on economics for CSC, including a prescient white paper entitled, “Next Generation Service Providers”, in which he accurately predicted in 2005 that Service Providers’ existing networks were not agile enough to bring new products and services to market.

Joseph’s latest thought leadership has revolved around the Internet of Everything (or IoE) Economy, which connects people, process, data, and things. After IoE was defined and established as an evolution beyond the Internet of Things (IoT), Joseph and his team produced the white paper, “Embracing the Internet of Everything to Capture Your Share of $14.4 Trillion”

Joseph was previously CEO of C3 Communications and held multiple executive level positions at AT&T.  He enjoys fishing, scuba diving, and boating as well coaching his children’s basketball teams and watching his favorite team the Los Angeles Lakers

Topic 1 -(1:15) The Internet of Things or (IoT) is looking to be the buzzword for 2014. How would you describe IoT and how does this compare to what Cisco is calling “The Internet of Everything” ?

Topic 2 -(3:50) Cisco estimates that only 99.4% of physical objects are connected today. If companies start to integrate sensors how many sensors and devices are we looking at per person ? Can you give examples of how this can revolutionize certain industries in the form of use cases ? The estimate will be 50B sensors by 2020

Topic 3 -(8:35)  Another buzz word is Big Data. I can see how IoE is important in gathering more data from the physical environment as inputs into Big Data analysis. In your opinion when will we start seeing companies embrace this innovative combo of collecting physical data and analytics ? And what sort of economic reward can they gain ?

Topic 4 -(14:05) Finally any advice for individuals on how they should plan their career to take advantage of the IoE Economy ?

Topic 8 -(17:20)  SHAMELESS PLUG TIME


Cisco Internet of Everything

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Episode 18: How Cloud Technologies are changing Africa

Welcome once again to the Providing Cloudy Service Podcast, your one-stop shop for the latest in Cloud, Big Data, SDN and all the technologies changing the IT industry

Today we had a great conversation with David Kobia from  Ushahidi and BRCK about Cloud Solutions in Africa !

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Speaker Bio:

David Kobia is a co-founder and technology lead at Ushahidi and brings more than 15 years of product development experience and a multidisciplinary background to his work, with a focus on social and emerging technologies. He works in a variety of roles, from designer and coder to strategist. After pursuing a BS in Computer Science at the University of Alabama, he has been a professional software developer and has worked with almost every web technology in use today. David is an MIT Directors Fellow and in 2010, he was a recipient of MIT Technology Review’s TR35 award (35 top innovators under 35) and the Humanitarian of the Year award. You can follow him at @dkobia
u·sha·hi·di  [oo-shah-hee-dee] – A Swahili word which means “witness”.

Topic 1 -(2:30) Lets discuss Ushahidi, a non-profit technology company that builds open source software and digital tools to help people in the developing world use information more effectively. Lets talk about how you guys started it ? David breaks down how his team thought of about using crowdsourcing to solve the information gap in certain areas of the world.

Topic 2 -(4:35) How are news organizations using Ushahidi to get accurate accounts of information in Emerging areas ?

Topic 3 -(6:05)  What innovative tools are you using to create this open source software ?

Topic 4 -(7:00) Out of Ushahidi, an idea occurred that technology would be needed to help information flow in these remote areas of Africa.  Can you discuss a little about BRCK, a mobile device that uses either Ethernet, Wifi, or 3G / 4G mobile networks to provide internet connectivity for mobile phones? Providing access to these areas is extremely important in closing the digital divide in Africa.  BRCK is providing internet access and power to mobile devices to ensure individuals have this access.

Topic 5 -(12:20)  How is BRCK using cloud technology to manage the device remotely ? How is BRCK integrated with end user cloud solutions like drop box ?

Topic 6 - (15:00) Next we talk a little about partnership with AWS and Google. But more importantly BRCK’s future is actually in creating a network of connected devices that will create a uniform platform. This platform can enable the “Internet of Things” into remote areas of the world. Think about using BRCK and new emerging open-source electronics prototyping platforms like Raspberry Pi and Arduino to create innovative sensors to change entire industries in Africa like farming and healthcare.

Topic 7 -(19:25)  What innovative technologies are you seeing growing faster in Africa than here in the US ? For example form my visit  to Africa earlier this year, I saw the use of mobile phones to reach the unbanked in Africa. By using the power of simple SMS text messaging , Africans  across the contentment are able to use  minutes as money to purchase items. We discussed how “The Next Billion” are coming online and how that will change industries.

Topic 8 -(29:25)  SHAMELESS PLUG TIME


Gearbox: Kenya’s first open makerspace for design and rapid prototyping.

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Episode 17: Cloudy Forecast 2014

Its time of year again where bloggers make their predictions for the coming year and we are no different. But before we begin we want to pause to thank our wonderful readers and listeners for helping to make this first year of “Providing Cloudy Service” a great one ! Here are a few statistics to show how much we have grown since last December- thanks to you

  • Viewership: 550% Increase
  • Unique Visitors: 500% increase
  • Returning Visitors: 20% of Total Visitors


Podcast Episode 4: Big Data, Hadoop and You - TOP PODCAST OF THE YEAR !

Episode 14: Will Software Defined Networking turn you into a Developer ?  - TOP NEW PODCAST

Episode 15: DevOps and Better IT Project Management with CheckAction - 1st Podcast with SPECIAL DEAL

We are both excited about what the future holds for Providing Cloudy Service. Be on the look out for the following:

  • More Special Deals from Vendors Like the Deal we recently announced with CheckAction
  • A monthly Newsletter with updates on the latest Technology News (if interested provide email here)
  • A redesign to make it easier for you the reader to get the latest news you need

Now with that being, said on to the Predictions…

Topic 1 -(2:00) Cloud in General - NSA, AWS and People’s Perceptions. We initially  discussed how the Cloud is changing from a marketing term to something more useful within the IT industry. Then the conversation turned into how 2014 could be the year that Cloud Security becomes top of mind for customers.

Topic 2 -(5:20)  The Public vs. Private Cloud debate was not as intense as previous years due to changing definitions. Private Cloud looks to morph a bit in the coming year with some customers thinking that maybe only servers need to be private. The network and storage can be outsourced and shared thereby saving the customer costs. With Public Clouds the discussing within large companies is all about operationalizing it to make it more useful.

Topic 3 -(10:25)  Next we cover OpenStack and wonder if 2014 will be its breakout year (finally). In our minds its about customer adoption. We found one but what about others ? We also had a more philosophical discussion on if the changes within IT are becoming too much for Enterprises. If so what innovations will companies think to outsource ?

Topic 4 -(15:00)  DevOps and how enterprises are approaching this innovative operational model. We discuss the tools available like Puppet and Chef that make it possible. But in our minds its mostly an organizational issue. Startups and large silicon companies like Google and Facebook are doing it. Can other industries make this work ?

Topic 5 -(17:45)  Software Defined Networking, SDN, has become the new buzz word for 2013. The benefit in helping to automate and operationalize the cloud is positive, but the barriers to adoption are great. How are network engineers going to deal with this change within traditional network designs ? How will enterprises adopt SDN for their environments in 2014?

Topic 6 -(21:50) Big Data will bring even more value to enterprises in 2014. More customers know that gathering more data about their customers and using analytics to find potential opportunities for more revenue are really the keys for profitability.

What’s Next for Proving Cloudy Service in 2014 -(23:25) Podcasts on the 2014 buzzword – Internet of Things (IoT). Podcasts on Cloud Technologies in use around the World. Podcasts on Big Data. Also, because the customers are still requesting it,  we will create more discussions and articles on Private Cloud solutions.

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Episode 16: Software Defined Networking (SDN) in the WAN

Welcome once again to the Providing Cloudy Service Podcast, your one-stop shop for the latest in Cloud, Big Data, SDN and all the technologies changing the IT industry

Today we had a great conversation with Hector Salas from Glue Networks about SDN and WAN.

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Speaker Bios:

Hector Salas loves technology.  He is an expert at making things work in cool and efficient ways.  With over two decades of experience in networking, virtualization and IT security he is helping drive the next generation of IT and how people interact with technology.   Hector spent 6 1/2 years at Cisco where he was responsible for architecting solutions for the cloud with premier Cisco partners.  Prior to Cisco he rolled up his sleeves in technical and technical sales roles at McAfee, CheckPoint, F5 and Radware.

Oh, and Hector is great with people, guitars and his 1966 Mustang.   He lives in Lake Dallas, Texas with his wife and two boys.  You can find Hector at Glue Networks or on social media (Twitter hesalas00 or Midnight at Shrodinger’s on Tumblr).


Topic 1 -(3:40) Why are WAN configurations become more complex for Large Organizations ? Do you see this increasing ?

Topic 2 -(8:05)  As a follow-up, are LTE cellular networks as primary WAN interfaces for Enterprises appropriate ?  What about additional services on WAN links above and beyond MPLS ?

Topic 3 -(10:35)  We have talked before about Orchestration and Automation for the Cloud within the Data Center on this podcast. What can Orchestration and Automation bring to the WAN ?

Topic 4 -(14:25)  How far away are enterprises from creating innovative WAN solutions that allow for dynamic provisioning ?

Topic 5 -(16:25)  Giving Developers access to APIs to an  SDN-like controller is becoming the norm. What sort of innovative Applications do you think can be created when Developers have access to WAN APIs ?.

Topic 6 -(22:30) We next discuss a little around CiscoOne PK and how Cisco Partners are developing innovative applications for Cisco Devices

Topic 7 -(24:50)  SHAMELESS PLUG TIME




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Episode 15: DevOps and Better IT Project Management with CheckAction

Welcome once again to the Providing Cloudy Service Podcast, your one-stop shop for the latest in Cloud, Big Data, SDN and all the technologies changing the IT industry

Today we had a great conversation with Ronnie Griffin and Jacob Hess from CheckAction about DevOps and IT organizations. They were also kind enough to offer our listeners a special deal !   Read about it below.

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Speaker Bios:

Ronnie Griffin, Co-Founder Business Development, has over 15 years in organizational development building & managing teams, developing & driving sales & marketing strategies to help increase market share. Have a deep understanding and strong relationships with organization’s executives and IT departments to address challenges & goals and assisting with functional analysis to help drive revenues and control expenses. He has worked previously at Nexus Integration Services and Cisco Systems

Jacob Hess, Co-Founder Product Management, Air Force veteran, IT engineer, and entrepreneur who is passionate about technology and the art of simplicity. Enjoys networking, teaching, learning, business, and teamwork.


Topic 1 -(4:45)  In your experience, how are IT organizations preparing for DevOps ?

Topic 2 -(6:10)  As a follow-up, are companies starting down the path toward DevOps ? We discuss the challenge of being more proactive vs. reactive by managing less and gaining more visibility and accountability.

Topic 3 -(8:30)  What are the benefits that SAAS based IT project management tools  bring to the market ?

Topic 4 -(10:10)  Next we discuss how secure are SaaS tools for IT workflow management. What strategies are important to think about in Cloud based solutions.

Topic 5 -(11:50) We next discuss a main issue with IT Teams in positioning Cloud Solutions.  How do you help IT organizations maintain control of their solutions in the cloud?

Topic 6 -(14:50) What will the next generation IT organization look like ? Will IT staff become more like developers ?

Topic 7 -(22:44)  SHAMELESS PLUG TIME

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Article: Building the Hardware Defined Network with Cisco ACI


Steve Austin, astronaut. A man barely alive.  Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world’s first bionic man. Steve Austin will be that man. Better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster. 

- Six Million Dollar Man Intro

Last week Cisco announced their official product from the top secret Spin-In Insieme,  they have essentially thought to rebuild the network into something better than before. A network that is completely focused on the application.  So high level, what was announced ?

1) The new Nexus 9508 switch is available today with an enhanced version of NX-OS , the smaller 9300 switches will come a bit later;

2) Cisco has created its own SDN-like Controller, the Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) and it will be released in April 2014

This is truly a game changer in that Cisco is looking to change the conversation about SDN from one of abstracting networking functions from hardware (like Vmware’s NSX Solution) to discussing how hardware, and custom ASICs, are still very important in managing and operating your network. Now customers have two radically different ways of thinking about how they want to evolve their network. The gauntlet is tossed. Over the next couple of months we here at Providing Cloudy Service will do several deep dives into the technology and compare it to Vmware’s vision, NSX. But initially we have a few predictions of where this could all go by this time next year, and one prediction that will take years to see play out. Long term readers know that we like to make these projections with various levels of success. So here we go :

Customers now have a choice in their next generation IT infrastructure

The Network Virtualization vs. Application Policy Infrastructure story will keep CIOs up at night. Network Overlays will allow IT departments to create “virtual networks” on top of a common hardware infrastructure. So you can have  multiple “networks” that are unaware of the underlying hardware as long as the underlying hardware has enough bandwidth to handle the traffic load.  We’ll talk about how this works with tunneling protocols later, but let’s focus on the cost of creating these multiple networks. We can tell it wont be cheap.  Right now VMware has been mum on the price, but for those who use Vmware to virtualize their servers, the pricing on a per VM basis can scale fairly rapidly, especially for large organizations.  If the same per VM pricing is applied to virtualized networks, networks which will need multiple network VMs to work, the price can increase exponentially. Creating virtualized networks whenever you want doesn’t seem as appealing after you get the bill.  The pricing on the  APIC controller is unknown, but because it is required to configure the Nexus 9000 there may not be a fee. But your CAPEX spending may increase to purchase the new hardware. Technology wise Cisco is offering a new way to think about designing your network. Instead of having multiple overlays for each type of application, APIC will allow IT staff to  proactively design their network infrastructure for any type of infrastructure. For example you can run Hadoop for a Big Data Application on a non-blocking architecture with access to bare metal servers on the same infrastructure where you would run your virtual server farms who need access to layer 4 – 7 virtual network services like load balancers and firewalls.  A huge difference in how IT departments should think about their next generation networks. We predict that more cutting-edge, application-centric companies will try Vmware’s NSX solution because it gives developers more control over the network, but developers should be prepared to either learn to work better with the infrastructure team (network, servers, and storage) or  learn networking skills. More traditional IT departments will like APIC as it creates an environment where the infrastructure teams and developers can all collaborate on how best  to design the network. But companies will need to prepare to buy more hardware. The choice, as always, is in your hands.

A Company’s history can decide its future

Cisco has had a long success with combining multiple technologies into their hardware. Their first router was built to handle multiple routing protocols. When the industry began to think about combining voice and data on the same network, Cisco was at the forefront with the creation of the Call Manager, a software based PBX. Next with the emergence of innovative Data Center technologies, Cisco looked to combine ethernet and fiber channel with their leadership in developing the Fiber over Ethernet (FCoE) standard. And most recently, the building of the Unified Computing Server which combined the management of networking, storage, and servers into one box for ease of management in the data center. In addition, Cisco has always sought to work with resellers,  and ecosystem partners to create the best solution for their customers. It hasn’t always been perfect , ie in voice where Microsoft Lync and Cisco HCS are going head to head, but over 25 years Cisco has tried to do what’s best for the customer using partners who are now responsible for 80% of Cisco revenues. With the ACI announcement, we believe this will continue. During the ACI announcement  partners and competitors were on stage showing that Cisco truly wants a viable ecosystem for this new solution. In addition, Cisco deciding ACI will work with existing SDN controllers sounds promising.

In comparison, Vmware was the first to virtualize x86 servers, a truly revolutionary technology. In fact when the technology was first introduced we can remember using it within lab environments to test security protocols because it was much easier to mess up 20 Virtual Machines to simulate an network attack then use actual servers.  In 2003 EMC, a storage company, purchased the company and let it run as subsidiary. In 2007 EMC released 15% of the company out for an IPO which curiously enough,  Cisco now owns 5% of the company. Because EMC still owns the majority of shares, VMware tends to act like their parent company, a very professional B2B Sales Force that rivals Cisco, with some channel conflict. But VMware has learned the lessons of Cisco and has developed a very strong Partner Ecosystem with their vExpert campaign, videos and social media outreach, and certification programs. Currently 85% of their sales comes through 3rd party partners. Recently, Vmware has once again created something revolutionary with their purchase of Nicara, the ability virtualize networks.  With their announcement of NSX customers see the potential of virtualizing networks. But we fear that customers will do to NSX what we did with the Vmware hypervisor when it was first announced, use it only in the lab. NSK will be used slowly at first but can they gain mindshare with IT buyers in time before APIC is released ?  We predict it will be a tough sell for Vmware and they will have to make stronger alliances to even make a dent in Cisco’s  hold within IT.

 Short term ACI vs. NSX.. Long term ACI + NSX

Economic Game Theory states that the best interest of a firm is to create a strategy that  will maximize profits. If new information is learned about the strategy of the firm’s competitors and the firm doesn’t make changes to to their strategy then something called a nash equilibrium is reached. In other words, it is in the best interest of the firm to NOT corporate with competitors. And sometimes this can create a “prisoners dilemma” where the best interest of each firm actually hurts what’s best for the industry. The history of IT vendors has shown us time and time again, they will change their strategy to increase the overall industry marketshare. Mergers, partnerships, integrations, etc happen all the time.  In our opinion, this predicts that eventually Application Centric Infrastructure and Network Overlays will work together.  Already Cisco has announced open standards on Nexus 9000. Heck they will even work with other SDN controllers using merchant silicone in their hardware. Vmware is already talking about how NSX can work well with Cisco Hardware. And let’s not forget about VCE, the joint company run by Cisco and Vmware to create vBlocks – converged infrastructure Data Center blocks that allow for the quick buildout of private and public clouds. How will this work ? Maybe the underlying ACI network will be needed to understand when to operate in non-blocking mode for your bare-metal Big Data applications. At the same time a NSX virtualized network will be needed to quickly test a new application before adding it into hardware. The options are endless.

It is truly an exciting time work in IT with Cloud, Big Data, SDN and now Hardware Defined Networking gaining tremendous traction. In essence these technologies seek to make IT a better, faster, stronger resource for the business.

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Episode 14: Is Software Defined Networking turning you into a Developer?

Welcome once again to the Providing Cloudy Service Podcast, your one-stop shop for the latest in Cloud, Big Data, SDN and all the technologies changing the IT industry

Today we had a great conversation with Jason Edelman about Software Defined Networking (SDN)

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Speaker Bio:

Jason Edelman, CCIE #15394, is a customer facing solutions architect focused on networking technologies at a large integrator/VAR based out of the NYC/NJ area.  Jason writes frequently about SDN and other emerging technologies on his personal blog, which can be found at jedelman.com. You can also follow him on Twitter @jedelman8.

Topic 1 -(1:45)  How should Network Engineers think about about  SDN ?

Topic 2 -(3:55)  How to give a high level explanation of SDN to customers ? Think about it terms of four silos Network Virtualiztion, Programability, Controller Based Networking, and Network Management / Automation.

Topic 3 -(7:50)  What problems are  SDN solving ? Is it about solving orchestration issues within the cloud ? Is it mostly about not having to pay Vendors for their networking hardware ?

Topic 4 -(11:15)  Can Network Manageability be the killer app that will allow SDN to  take off within our industry. Complex network solutions in the Campus and Data Center is making it tougher for IT engineers to fully managed. SDN may be a solution.

Topic 5 -(15:05) What are the basics of Network Virtualization? How should we as Network Engineers make heads or tails about all the solutions out there Vmware NSX, Nuage, Big Switch, Midokura, Netsocket, and PLUMgrid.

Topic 6 -(21:40) How should Networking Engineers approach learning programing for this new world of managing IT resources

Topic 7 -(28:15) Should IT Engineers be fearful of Developers getting inside our network and changing decades old networking protocol best practices ? We have a great conversation about understanding how create proper Northbound Open APIs

Topic 6 -(32:10)  SHAMELESS PLUG TIME:


Check out Jason’s Network Control Manager – OnePK in Action

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Episode 13: Will Network Orchestration make the Cloud Easier ?

Welcome once again to the Providing Cloudy Service Podcast, your one-stop shop for the latest in Cloud, Big Data, SDN and all the technologies changing the IT industry

Today we had a great conversation with Nat Chidambarami from Anuta Networks.

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Speaker Bio:

Nat Chidambaram is the Director of Product Management at Anuta Networks.  He has over 15 years of networking experience.  He has spent over 13 years in Cisco in multiple roles including Product Management, TME, and as a TAC Escalation engineer.  He has been an active CCIE for 13 years.

Topic 1 -(1:45) What is network orchestration?

Topic 2 -(5:55)  Is network orchestration the same as network automation?

Topic 3 -(8:14) What is the value in orchestrating network function?

Topic 4 -(11:40) Nat, there is a lot of speculation that SDN will eliminate many networking jobs. What do you think?  It will eliminate redundant networking tasks.  It will not eliminate networking jobs.

Topic 5 -(15:10) How does Orchestration tie into OpenFlow and SDN?


Topic 6 -(18:25) Tell us about Anuta Networks

Topic 7  -(19:53) What are the key benefits of nCloudX?

Topic 8 -(22:12) Is your solution suitable for Enterprise customers or Cloud Service Providers?

Topic 9 -(24:09)  What hypervisors are supported?

Topic 10 -(25:15) How can customers get an eval copy of your product?

Topic 11 -(26:15) As a network engineer, what skills do I need to develop in order to stay marketable?



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Episode 12: DevOps – When Developers and IT Operations hold hands and work together

Welcome once again to the Providing Cloudy Service Podcast, your one-stop shop for the latest in Cloud, Big Data, SDN and all the technologies changing the IT industry

Today we had a great conversation with Chris Sears from SunGard about  DevOps

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Speaker Bio:

Chris Sears is a Cloud Product Engineer with SunGard Availability Services and an organizer of the Cloud Computing Atlanta meetup. He’s been automating data center infrastructure for service providers large and small for over 15 years. In 2010, his team at SunGard developed and launched one of the first external IaaS cloud offering based on the Vblock converged infrastructure stack from VCE (a VMware, Cisco and EMC partnership). Chris designed key parts of the custom orchestration system that powers SunGard’s Enterprise Cloud Services platform, which delivers provisioning and management capabilities on par with OpenStack or CloudStack. Lately, he’s been working on extending SunGard’s managed services portfolio to support cloud-native applications running in hybrid environments that span private clouds, public clouds, and traditional dedicated infrastructure.

Topic 1 -(2:15) What is your definition of “DevOps” ? How does it differ from Continuos Delivery and Agile Development. Think of DevOps as a philosophy.

Topic 2 -(4:17) Which is easier to learn the IT operations as a developer OR the learn development as an IT networking expert ? We recommend that you keep an open mind in whatever direction you are coming from.

Topic 3 - (6:35)  What are the key problems DevOps is solving ? From our understanding developers and IT operations have completely different goals (new features vs. Stability). How is DevOps dealing with this conflict

Topic 4 - (10:45) Devops within Start-ups seem logical because of the lack of engineers. Can Enterprises adopt the practices of DevOps ?

Topic 5 - (14:20) With the time to market in releasing applications decreasing, will everyone within IT operations need to know everything about the hardware and software to release the application ? We discuss how the cloud is helping IT operations by abstracting some of the complexity and creating force-mulptipers to enable quicker application releases.

Topic 6 - (16:30) What are some of the best practices of getting your organization to adopt a DevOps mentality ?

Topic 7 - (18:00) We read that Amazon years ago made their developers take their software all the way to production. Can this work today ?

Topic 8 - (20:35) - Tools take make DevOps process ? What are you thoughts on Chef, Puppet, Docker ?

Topic 9- (26:53)  What skills should Network IT Engineers develop to work in DevOps Organizations ? We may want to think about Quality Assurance as the silent partner between Ops and Developers.

Topic 10 (29:25)  What programing languages should IT network engineers think about when first learning ? Java unfortunately not on the list ?

Topic 11 - (30:30) What’s next SunGard and Chris ?


Google’s Site Reliability Engineers “The World’s Most Intense Pit Crew”

 AnsibleWorks – Simple IT Orchestration for the non-programmer

Docker – OpenSource PaaS 


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Episode 11: What’s the big deal about Hybrid Cloud ?

Welcome once again to the Providing Cloudy Service Podcast, your one-stop shop for the latest in Cloud, Big Data, SDN and all the technologies changing the IT industry

Today we had a great conversation with Terence Ngai from HP.

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Speaker Bio:

Terence Ngai is the Director of Solution Marketing of HP Converged Cloud in the HP Enterprise Strategic Marketing group.  He has over 25 years of experience in the enterprise software and hardware industry. He is currently responsible for managing the development and execution of the pan-HP Converged Cloud solution marketing initiatives.

Topic 1 -(2:10) What are your thoughts on HP’s cloud strategy?

Topic 2 -(5:50) Is VMware part of HP’s cloud’s strategy?

Topic 3 -(7:50)  How does HP’s Openstack story stack up against Amazon and Rackspace?

Topic 4 -(11:10) Workload portability and delivery models in the hybrid world

Topic 5 -(15:30) Monitoring Cloud services

Topic 6 -(17:15) Learning OpenStack and HP CloudOS



Sign up for the HP CloudOS beta program www.hp.com/go/cloudos  

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