Software Defined Talk: The Donnie Berkholz Episode, “Freedom in health-care: a regular ‘heck of a job, Comey’ situation,” DevOps & security, & Canonical’s IPO ambitions

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In a too rare spate of social commentary, we start talking about the price of hipster avocados in Australia and US health insurance. With one of our favorite analysts moving over the enterprise side, we talk about what it’d be like going through that door. We then wrap up talking about Canonical’s IPO talk, related OpenStack market discussion, and then use CyberArk’s acquisition of Conjur to discuss the state of privileges access management (PAM). We end, as always, with recommendations, including some CostCo discussion.

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Software Defined Talk: Cloud Rules Everything Around Me – Red Hat, Moby, Docker CEO, and Halo Effect’ing The First Cloud Wars

There’s much news in the container world with DockerCon and Red Hat having had conferences, plus Docker gets a new CEO. We also do a hind-sight analysis of what wrong with the losers of the Cloud Wars. And, as always, recommendations from the three of us.

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Software Defined Talk #92: The middle-class metallurgical people – boothing, streaming sportsball, SOASTA, & Cloudera IPO

Check out the latest episode, record last week.

The summary:

Having something to sell is always key to a profitable business. We explore this life-hack of the business world in discussion Twitter and then Amazon licensing Thursday night football. There’s also some brief talk of Akamai buying SOASTA, Cloudera filing to IPO, and the lost dichotomy of agent/agentless.

Software Defined Talk: Docker is just cheap VMware, right?

Our new episode is up, from this past Friday:

There’s tell that some people just look at containers as a cheaper way to virtualize, eschewing the fancy-lad “cloud-native stuff.” We discuss that idea, plus “the enterprise cloud wars,” and also our feel that Slack is actually a really good tool and company.

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Software Defined Talk: Snap’s cloud billions, Google’s social, Monitoring Startups considered hard, DHS wants your passwords

This week’s episode is out:

Snap is looking to spend billions on AWS and Google Cloud over the next five years. We talk about what exactly that could be for, then check in with Google’s social strategy and thermostat strategies; meanwhile, the America Fuck Yeah crew wants to start gathering passwords at the boarder. Also, Brandon lays out the case that an open-core monitoring startup is a hard row to hoe.Also, Baltimore is not in Maine. (But Coté is pretty sure it actually is.)

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Life after artisanal pork rinds (i.e. tech M&A), CostCo Down Under – Software Defined Talk #86

This week’s episode goes over several recent M&A deals in tech: AppDynamics, Trello, and Apiary. Plus, Matt Ray’s report from CostCo Australia. Check out the full show notes, subscribe, and/or listen below:

073: “My pants are full of brisket,” Apple updates, & Oracle storms the AWS castle – Software Defined Talk

Apple has put out three new things – the phone, the watch, and the OS – which we discuss. And then Oracle announced it’s destroying Amazon, which is fun. We start it all off with a word-salad of the usual nonsense and deodorant talk.

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With Brandon Whichard, Matt Ray, and Coté.

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Show notes

WordPress Talk

macOS Sierra

Oracle is gonna cream AWS. Wait, wut?

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This week in tech PE

Microservices – Please don’t

  • Maybe microservices ain’t all they’re cracked up to be
  • 5 “truths” (spoiler, maybe not)
    1. It keeps the code cleaner
    2. It’s easy to write things that only have one purpose
    3. They’re faster than monoliths
    4. It’s easy for engineers to not all work in the same codebase
    5. It’s the simplest way to handle autoscaling, plus Docker is in here somewhere
  • This piece by my man Kenny is ball-exploding awesome.

Too Old to Code?

  • Tim Bray is old and codes.
  • “That’s fine for you, Marge, but I used to rock and roll all night and party every day. … Now I’m lucky if I can find half an hour a week in which to get funky.”. – Homer Simpson

Recommendations

“Oh! Scurvy! Again.” – Software Defined Talk #72

It’s all fundings, divestitures, and acquisitions this week. Hashicorp gets some cash, HPE sells off it’s software group to Micro Focus, and Google buys Apigee…plus Twitter acquisition rumors. Plus sentient carpets.

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With Brandon Whichard, Matt Ray, and Coté.

Show Notes

Twitter going to sell:

  • The rumors
  • “I still think Alphabet makes for the most logical acquirer of Twitter”
  • Dark Horse: Apple.
  • Really Dark Horse: IBM.

This Week in Tech PE: HPE Spins off Software

  • They got divested
  • “HPE will be retaining tools that support the company’s cloud and infrastructure businesses but will be spinning off tools for application delivery management, big data, enterprise security, information management, governance and IT operations management.”
  • From what I know of HPE, this seems to be overlapping. I’d love a list of “stays vs. goes”
  • Q3 2017, and you thought Dell/EMC was slow
  • Where does this leave HP? Will they acquire more SW or stay a “systems” company.
  • It makes you realize how “small” their SW group was.
  • Coté’s notebook on this topic.
  • Also, Thoma Bravo says it gets, like, 20-45% returns on assets it takes private.

Mid-roll

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  • Lead-gen free webinar with an actual, real customer talking about cloud and Pivotal Cloud Foundry. An analyst and Coté too.
  • Check out my Sep. column over on The Register, about ROI and shit for DevOps. I’m really desperate to answer this “question.” Put on some high-waders and check out the comments, leave some to go spice it up in that asylum.
  • For more DevOps awesomeness, join the Chef Community Summit, October 26th and 27th in Seattle, WA. This Open Space event provides a great opportunity to connect with the DevOps Community and Chef Engineers over two days of engaging sessions and hallway discussions. Bring your ideas, passion and excitement for Chef and DevOps to this highly interactive event.
  • Go to summit.chef.io to register for this awesome event and use the code PODCAST to get 10% off your ticket!

Google buying Apigee. The whole API Economy thing.

Hashicorp Gets $24 million B-round

Blogging is dead

  • Coté gets better views/reads in Medium than on his broke-dick blog. (Maybe about 80-100 RSS subscribers.)
  • This makes him sad and confused about what he should do.

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A16Z Not Best of the Best?

  • Clickbait
  • “Thought(sp?) it may fall short of some rivals, the company outperforms the average fund: Overall, its three funds have almost doubled their investment capital since inception.”

What’s Cisco Up To?

  • Our favorite Halo Effect company
  • What’s up with “software defined networking”? I was talking with someone recently and they posited that it’s
  • “dead-as-in-over-cause-all-the-big-cos-won.” Plus NSX does a lot (1,700 customers), right?

Short History of Open Source Forks

Thoughts on Nano Windows Server 2016

Moving from Docker to Rocket

Picks

071: Unbreakable Docker, or, elephants, er, like other elephants – Software Defined Talk

Eventually, you have to decide how your open source software is going to make money, and your partners probably won’t like it. That’s what the dust-up around Docker is this week, it seems to us. We also talk briefly about VMware’s big conference this week, and rumors of HPE selling off it’s Software group to private equity.

Check out the full show notes for links to the recommendations, conferences, and tech news items we didn’t get to cover: https://cote.io/sdt71

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Show notes

  • Nippers – “Nippers learn about safety at the beach. They learn about dangers such as rocks, and animals (e.g. the blue-ringed octopus), and also about surf conditions, such as rip currents, sandbars, and waves. Older Nippers also learn some basic first aid and may also learn CPR when they reach the age of 13.”

Can someone explain this “Docker forking” hoopla?

  • Coté’s write-up.
  • Docker Inc. doesn’t want to be a commoditized building block
    From a Red Hat person: “The conflict started to escalate earlier this summer, when Docker Inc used its controlling position to push Swarm, it’s own clone of Kubernetes-style container orchestration, into the core Docker project, putting the basic container runtime in a conflict with a notable part of its ecosystem. Docker Inc. then went on to essentially accuse Red Hat of forking Docker – at the Red Hat Summit no less. After that, Docker Inc’s Solomon Hykes came out strongly against the efforts to standardize the container runtime in OCI – an initiative his company co-founded.”
  • Re: that episode where we discuss Docker ecosystem challenges: “Yet on a regular basis, Red Hat patches that enable valid requirements from Red Hat customer use cases get shut down as it seems for the simple reason that they don’t fit into Docker Inc’s business strategy.”
  • A fight over where to draw the line between free/open/commodified and costs/proprietary/competitive: “And while I personally consider the orchestration layer the key to the container paradigm, the right approach here is to keep the orchestration separate from the core container runtime standardization. This avoids conflicts between different layers of the container runtime: we can agree on the common container package format, transport, and execution model without limiting choice between e.g. Kubernetes, Mesos, Swarm.”
  • Don’t bring a pistol to a bazooka fight. Enterprises love RHEL – have you ever tried to sell Ubuntu into organizations? It’s like what selling NT must have been like.

VMware hybrid cloud solutionaring

This Week in Tech Private Equity…

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Spaces vs. Tabs

Recommendations

“No one wants to eat a finger-pie.” – Software Defined Talk #70

This week we discuss Rackspace going private and the OpenStack cloud scenarios that could have been. We also cover Matt Ray’s first trip to New Zealand where, sadly, he finds no Power Ranger monuments. Also, a little bi-modal flavor for ya.

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Show notes

RAX goes private for $4.3bn

OpenStack dead, again.

  • “Tough times ahead”.
  • “There was a time when it was hard to read an article about OpenStack without hearing about ‘pets vs. cattle,’ and OpenStack was designed to herd cattle”
  • “It has itself become a big, complex pet, which is why Mirantis and others can make a living providing services, software and training.”
  • What could have happened: (1.) “we can beat AWS,” or, (2.) “containers, shoulda thought of that.”

Innovation is hard, esp. business-wise

  • How could you compete with AWS?
  • Word vs. Google Docs vs. Office 365.
  • Uber has spent at least $4bn?

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AWS Sentinel is Coming

  • Skunkworks-ish project from AWS for managed services. Potentially lots of partner conflict
  • “MSPs need to work with customers to convert their infrastructure to Platform-as-a-Service using microservices architecture,” said one AWS partner. “They also need to bring DevOps into the heart of the organization. Unfortunately, most MSPs don’t have the developers that truly understand this.”
  • “Few AWS Partners Are Really Surprised By Sentinel’s Emergence“

MariaDB switches away from open source license

Hashicorp Shuts Down Otto

Microsoft Open Sources Powershell

Recommendations

  • Brandon: first US college football game in Australia
  • Matt: Rugby, help me learn it.
  • Coté: BCG on two speed IT; Wizard of Oz series.