Come see me in Poland

I’ll be in Poland next month speaking at two events:

It’d be great to see you there as, you know, I don’t get to Poland much.

063: The Snack-Tracker, Uber in Austin, & Tater Salad – Software Defined Talk

After we learn how to divide by eight, we discuss Uber being shut-down in Austin, then a recent case for hypervisors aging out. Also, we all agree that we’re way too old to consider anything new.

Listen above, subscribe to the feed (or iTunes), or download the MP3 directly.

With Brandon Whichard, Matt Ray, and Coté.


Show notes

Cost Cutting Perks in Silicon Valley

  • More from the snack-track files.
  • Employees at Kabam, the online-gaming startup worth $1 billion, recently felt like there was a decrease in the number of office snack stands. Although the company denies it, some believe the snack stands are now placed more sporadically in order to reduce the employees’ frequency of snack consumption by making it a little harder to get to them.

No Uber in Austin

  • Brandon sets us straight on the details.
  • Coté defends the uber-haters.

Will Containers Replace Hypervisors, Almost Certainly Yes

  • TL;DR; is the title :)
  • Randy Bias, the “pets vs. cattle” godfather, makes a strong case for hypervisors being on the way out.
  • Once all the legacy apps are re-written to be in containers (cloud native) or decom’ed (you know, in the future), and we don’t want to run multiple OSes (so don’t need the driver handling that hypervisors give us)…no need for hypervisors. QED.

Cloud chief Diane Greene on how Google can beat Amazon and Microsoft

  • A brief interview
  • “Q: How will Google differentiate against AWS and Microsoft? A: Only 5 percent of workloads are in the public cloud. Effectively you’re riding another company’s innovation curve for free. We’ve open-sourced a lot of technologies like Kubernetes and TensorFlow. As we add more features, we’ll be able to share a lot more strengths with applications.” – can OSS be used to attack on-premises cloud?
  • Not in my tater salad!


Apprenda buys Kismatic

Digging into Microsoft’s Cloud Numbers

Internet Giants Resume Data Center Spending

Facebook Sponsors the Republican National Convention

  • The social network says its participation — which will include a lounge — should not be interpreted as an endorsement of any candidate, issue or political party. It plans to do the same at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
  • Tell me more about this lounge…
  • So, who’s going to sponsor the RNC JumboTron for SDT?

Nazis on Reddit!


How To Survive & Thrive In A Big Company

These are my tips on getting by in a large organization. They’re intended for people who are working in less than ideal circumstances – you know, there’s no leaked “culture deck” or well-stocked snacks. Check out the slides as well.


If you work at a small, cool company, you can skip this talk. The rest of us in large, slow moving companies that rely on meetings, email, and inbox 2,000 to get the daily work done need some therapy and advice for thriving in big, “dumb” companies. I’ve worked in such companies and figured out how to thrive in the “back to back meetings” world we’re taught to avoid. I’ll tell you my tactics. Ideally, you’d adapt the no manager GitHub dream, adapt the Spotify and Netflix cultures of awesomeness. Indeed. However, oftentimes there are good reasons to stay in the relatively dysfunctional companies you’re at. They’re big, slow moving, and seem to use Microsoft Office as their core innovation engine. If people at your work always talk about “aircraft carriers” this is the talk for you. For whatever reasons you’re there, why not make the best of it and learn how to get along and even thrive instead of letting your head explode in rage. This talk will go over what I’ve learned working in large companies from my strange adventure working with a bunch of MBAs in corporate strategy at Dell, to working with large companies as an industry analyst, to working with marketing and product people at large companies.

Recommended more’s

Want something shorter?

Check out the 5 minute recording of me giving this talk at DevOpsDays Seattle, and slides.

062: Peak Ping Pong – Software Defined Talk


This week, we discuss DevOpsDays Austin, Pivotal’s funding round, and some follow-up for the OpenStack Summit: turns our Gartner doesn’t hate them. Also, with the new ping-model out, we discuss the potential for peak ping pong.

Listen above, subscribe to the feed (or iTunes), or download the MP3 directly.

With Brandon Whichard, Matt Ray, and Coté.


  • Get 30% off OSCON, in Austin on May 18th and 19th, when you register with the code REFERCOTE.
  • Get $50 off DevOpsDays Minneapolis, July 20th and 21st, with the code SDT2016. I’ll be getting some for Chicago and Seattle sometime too.
  • Get 20% off registration for the Cloud Foundry Summit, May 23rd to 25th, with the code CF16COTE.
  • Interested in speeding your software’s cycle time, reducing release cycles, and a resilient cloud platform? Check out the free ebook on Cloud Foundry or take Cloud Foundry for a test drive with Pivotal Web Services. See those and other things at

Show notes

DevOpsDays Austin earlier this week.

Pivotal gets a series C

  • Press release
  • $253 million with new investors Ford and Microsoft. Existing: GE, EMC, and VMware.
  • Momentum by penetration: “30% of the Fortune 100 currently work with Pivotal… The company now works with seven of the top 10 U.S. banks, three of the top five global auto manufacturers, and five of the top 10 telecommunication companies.”
  • Momentum by run-rate: “Pivotal Cloud Foundry and Pivotal Big Data Suite having crossed the $200 million and $100 million annual bookings run-rate milestones, respectively.”
  • Momentum by logos: “GE, Ford, Verizon, Home Depot, Comcast, Humana, Lockheed Martin, and Allstate”
  • “Person familiar” says Pivotal now has a $2.8bn valuation. From the same article, Ford’s chunk is $182.2m.

Gartner actually “likes” OpenStack

  • OpenStack and Gartner: The Facts – Alan Waite
  • Good representation of many things: how difficult it is to be “part of the conversation” with a paywall.
  • The perception of Gartner is usually skewed
  • Tip: always read the primary source, be it a Gartner PDF or a talk, etc.

Ping Pong and the Tech Bubble?



DevOps for Normals

This is one of the talks I give at DevOpsDays and other places. You can check out a recording of me doing it early on at DevOpsDays Austin (slides), and there’s many iterations on it. Here’s me doing it at SpringOne Platform 2016, and the slides for DevOpsDays DFW, 2016.

If you’re like me and you prefer the internet over meat-sacks, for more Pivotal material like free books and two months of free PaaS, check out my Pivotal page. Also, for some discounts to various conferences – including a few DevOpsDays – check out my discount code page.