The New Stack Context

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

145 episodes of The New Stack Context since the first episode, which aired on June 8th, 2016.

  • Episode 9: Microservices and the Hunt for the New Normal

    January 24th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  10 mins 14 secs
    apm, apm development, application development, cortex, performance monitoring, platform management, weaveworks, web development

    There is no “normal” for a microservices environment. And if a groundbreaking November 2016 white paper, produced by a team of six researchers from the University of Messina, the U.K.’s Newcastle University, and IBM Research, is to be taken at face value, perhaps such a state of equilibrium may never be attained. Every data center, the researchers write, has unique operating requirements. Once microservices are deployed there, the configurations they require become not only unique, but baked into their respective systems.

  • Episode 8: The Container Ecosystem - Who's in Charge Here?

    January 24th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  14 mins 42 secs
    application development, cloud foundry, cloud foundry foundation, cncf, container ecosystem, developers, devops, ecosystems, technology ecosystem

    The ideal of a technology ecosystem is that the people who benefit most from it — presumably, the customers — share the fruits of their labor with the producers who maintain this system. Both the suppliers and the demanders benefit each other, and in so doing, exchange roles from time to time. It’s the phenomenon we first saw with the Apple II in the late 1970s — the first community-driven economy devoted to a commercial computing product.

  • Episode 7: Hyperscale Only Takes You So Far

    September 29th, 2016  |  Season 1  |  9 mins 55 secs
    application development, developers, devops, microservices, open source software, programming, software, software development

    I would use the term “trump card,” except that I don’t want to jinx anything. VMware holds a very high card in its portfolio of infrastructure resources: its installed base among enterprises. Its existing server virtualization platform is said to hold as high as 80% worldwide market share in terms of current sales. And as we’ve noted here before, some market analysts actually rate VMware as the leader in containerization, simply because its competitors in that space (you may have heard of Docker, for instance) have too few assets to bother examining them.

  • Episode 6: Kubernetes and OpenStack: Who's On First?

    September 14th, 2016  |  Season 1  |  10 mins
    application development, developers, devops, microservices, open source software, programming, software, software development

    It wasn’t all that long ago — not quite a year — that the leaders in the OpenStack community were openly discussing whether their platform should be expected to support both conventional and cloud-native workloads simultaneously. Some expressed their fear that customers were demanding an evolutionary path, and vendors may be answering demands for such a path, that the platform wasn’t intended to take — and that contributing developers didn’t want to follow.

    And on the other side of the fence, the rapid rise of Docker led some prominent voices to declare the impending death of OpenStack.

  • Episode 5: What Does It Mean, "Server-less?"

    August 17th, 2016  |  Season 1  |  10 mins
    cloud-native development, container orchestration, developers, devops, operations, serverless, serverless computing, serverless technology, software implementation

    “Serverless computing,” at the time of this writing, is an emerging ideal that’s past the embryonic stage, yet not quite fully formed. It has a variety of advocates, some of whom make more sense than others.

    But what does the term “serverless” mean, exactly? We speak with two such advocates who put forth the most sensible cases thus far: Michael Hausenblas, a developer and developer advocate at Mesosphere, and author of a recent New Stack article entitled, “Making Sense of Serverless Computing”; and Chad Arimura, the CEO of and a previous guest of our podcasts.

  • Episode 4: Revolution in the Container Revolution

    July 18th, 2016  |  Season 1  |  9 mins 56 secs
    application development, containers, developers, devops, docker, microservices, open source software, programming, software, software development

    Four years ago, the virtualization industry was blown wide open by the arrival of Docker — a format which made it possible to stage workloads and scale them without the overhead of VMware, Xen, or KVM virtual machines. Last year, Docker Inc. graciously donated its container standard to the Open Container Initiative, run by the Linux Foundation — a neutral governing party. The idea was to end all the bickering over what the container format should be. Instead, what’s happening is a fresh re-opening of the debate over why there should be just one.

  • Episode 3: Making Virtual Machines and Containers Coexist... Nicely

    July 6th, 2016  |  Season 1  |  9 mins 21 secs
    application development, developers, devops, microservices, open source software, openstack, programming, software, software development

    In May 2015, analysts at Gartner rejected OpenStack as a viable platform, for reasons which boil down to its being disruptive. Not quite a year later, analysts at Gartner appeared on stage at OpenStack Summit in Austin, Texas, to embrace OpenStack as a viable platform, for reasons which boil down to its being disruptive. It sounded a little two-faced, as though the analysts group were presenting both a negative and a positive view of a cause-and-effect relationship simultaneously.

  • Episode 2: Microservices and the Unsustainable Security Model

    June 21st, 2016  |  Season 1  |  19 mins 38 secs
    application development, cloud, coreos, developers, devops, docker, iot, kubernetes, open source, openshift, podcast, programming, software, software development, tech, technology

    Our latest edition of The New Stack: Context dives nose-first into three sides of the container security pond simultaneously, to see which side cracks first. In this podcast, you’ll hear more from our visit to the Cloud Security Alliance summit at the last RSA Conference, where we’ll talk to the cloud service provider community and the security services community. And we’ll compare their vantage points to that of Docker, which so far has had to go it alone with respect to forging a new model for infrastructure security.

  • Episode 1: OpenStack and the Homogeneity Problem

    June 8th, 2016  |  Season 1  |  21 mins 9 secs
    application development, cloud, developers, devops, iot, kubernetes, open source, openstack, podcast, programming, software, software development, tech, technology

    The one most prophetic, emerging fact of life in a technological world where open source is the most prominent ethic, is that there may always be more than one open methodology contending for the same market space, at any one time. The moment enough factions come together around a single methodology, such as pooled storage or application orchestration, another group of factions come together around a viable competitor. An open source world will perpetually be a contest of ideas.