The New Stack Context

About the show

Join The New Stack’s editorial team to review the week’s hottest news in cloud-native technologies and at-scale application development. Editorial Director Libby Clark, Managing Editor Joab Jackson and TNS Founder and Publisher Alex Williams put more context around the stories we’re covering each week and look ahead to topics we expect will gain more attention in coming weeks. Guests include TNS writers and correspondents who join us to discuss what they’re hearing from tech industry insiders.

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  • Episode 48: All the Conferences: GitHub Universe, Cloud Foundry, Node+JS Interactive

    October 19th, 2018  |  Season 2  |  34 mins 17 secs

    This week on TNS Context, the editorial team catches up on some events we’ve attended recently. TNS correspondent TC Currie is here to talk about GitHub Universe, which was held this week. We also have TNS Founder and Editor-in-Chief Alex Williams to talk about Cloud Foundry Summit Europe and TNS Managing Editor Joab Jackson to chat about Node+JS Interactive in Vancouver. Both of those events were held last week.

  • Episode 47: The New Stack Context: Cloud Foundry Summit Europe and a Kafka Alternative

    October 12th, 2018  |  Season 2  |  20 mins 55 secs

    IBM is building out its portfolio of cloud services in order to offer cloud native capabilities with higher degrees of security and isolation for the enterprise, combined with the user experience of public cloud such as self-service provisioning, pay-as-you-go pricing and elasticity. So this week on Context we talked with Jason McGee, an IBM Fellow, and VP and CTO of IBM Cloud Platform about IBM’s new enterprise cloud services which include the Cloud Foundry Enterprise Environment announced this week.

  • Episode 46: The New Stack Context: Gremlin Chaos Testing, Pulumi Kubespy

    October 5th, 2018  |  Season 2  |  36 mins 13 secs

    This week on The New Stack Context podcast, we spoke with Matthew Fornaciari, Gremlin chief technology officer and co-founder, about a new feature in the Gremlin's chaos engineering package that allows developers to apply resilience testing to serverless serving. Gremlin is on the forefront of chaos engineering, the practice of hobbling different components within an infrastructure to that that infrastructure's resilience against unplanned failure.

    The feature comes from the company’s new Application-Level Fault Injection(ALFI) technology, which provides a way to do failure testing at the application level by inserting breakpoints into the developer’s code itself. The software works with all major serverless platforms, including AWS Lambda, Azure Functions, and Google Cloud Functions.

    We also discuss Gremlin's first-ever ChaosConf, held last month in San Francisco, where practitioners discussed the latest ideas in chaos engineering, or, as Walmart Labs’ Vilas Veeraraghavan called it during his presentation, "resilience engineering."

  • Episode 45: The New Stack Context: SaltStack Does Orchestration and Linus Torvalds' Apology

    October 1st, 2018  |  Season 2  |  34 mins 36 secs

    This week on the TNS Context podcast, we talk with Alex Peay, SaltStack vice president of product, and Gary Richmond, a SaltStack product manager, about automated security compliance scanning and event-based orchestration. Also joining us today is TNS founder and editor-in-chief Alex Williams and TNS managing editor Joab Jackson.

    Jackson was in Salt Lake City this month covering SaltConf, where Peay and Richmond spoke about event-driven automation and orchestration using SaltStack Enterprise. The company's configuration management and remote execution engine is a stepping stone for automated IT operations, offering a way to automate the checking and remediation of desired configurations. We discuss the promise of automated security remediation with Peay, and venture into event-driven orchestration with Richmond.

  • Episode 44: The New Stack Context: Serverless Days and Linkerd 2.0

    September 24th, 2018  |  Season 2  |  30 mins 56 secs

    On this episode of The New Stack Context podcast, we’re recapping the Serverless Days event we attended in Portland last week and discussing the 2.0 release of the Linkerd service mesh project. Joining us today is TNS managing editor Joab Jackson, TNS founder and editor-in-chief Alex Williams.

    Williams and I attended Serverless Days in Portland this week where The New Stack was a media sponsor, as well as co-hosted the after party with our sponsor Stackery. In this episode, we discuss what we learned about serverless trends from that event, including the latest definition of serverless, what serverless means for DevOps, monitoring and security.

    Then later in the show, we discuss some of the top stories on the site this week, including Buoyant's release of Linkerd 2.0, the open source service mesh project from the Cloud Native Computing Foundation that was just completely rearchitected with a lighter, more nimble codebase.

  • Episode 43: The New Stack Context: PagerDuty Summit and Microsoft Azure DevOps

    September 14th, 2018  |  Season 2  |  29 mins 2 secs
    ci/cd, developers, devops, microsoft, microsoft azure, pagerduty, pagerdutysummit

    Forbes just declared the incident response company PagerDuty to be “the new cloud unicorn” after the company announced an additional $90 million in funding. This new round gives PagerDuty a billion-dollar-plus valuation and puts it on par with other cloud tools like Slack and GitHub. So, we saw that this was creating quite a bit of energy at PagerDuty Summit in San Francisco this week.

  • Episode 42: The New Stack Context: VMworld Recap and 'Cloud Native DevOps'

    September 7th, 2018  |  Season 2  |  37 mins 17 secs
    application development, programming, software, software development, virtual machines, vmware, vmworld, vmworld 2018

    This week, we have a wrap-up discussion with TNS contributor Scott M. Fulton about the VMWorld 2018, in which the giant of virtual machine software is taking bold steps into Kubernetes and containers, through a managed Kubernetes offering and also with its sister company's Pivotal PKS managed container service. The company is pitching its NSX virtual networking software as the basis of container operations in the cloud. But the package's automation capabilities leaves some network administrators wondering if they will have jobs in the years to come. "When infrastructure becomes truly programmable, who — or what — will be responsible for it? More to the point, will it be someone other than the people in charge of it now?" Fulton writes.

  • Episode 41: TNS Context: The CNCF Open Source Survey and the Ballerina Programming Language

    August 31st, 2018  |  Season 2  |  41 mins 22 secs
    ballerina programming language, cloud native computing foundation, cncf, open source, open source software, open source survey, raygun, ws02

    This week, we released the results of a survey on how companies are managing open source software and the benefits and challenges of formal policies and programs. The survey was sponsored by The Linux Foundation, and specifically the TODO Group, which is a professional organization for open source managers.

  • Episode 40: The New Stack Context: Sensu Summit 2018

    August 24th, 2018  |  Season 2  |  55 mins 30 secs
    developers, devops, google, kubernetes, microservice monitoring, microservices, programming, raygun, sensu, sensu summit, sensu summit 2018, tech, technology

    Hello, welcome to The New Stack Context, a podcast where we review the week’s hottest news in cloud native technologies/at-scale application development and look ahead to topics we expect will gain more attention in coming weeks.

    This week, we recorded the podcast live at the Sensu Summit, which took place live in Portland. Joining us this week are Google Developer Advocate Kelsey Hightower and Sensu CEO Caleb Hailey, to discuss the challenges of microservices monitoring. Many traditional monitoring tools, such as Nagios, or even Amazon Web Services' CloudWatch, fail to capture the full picture of what is going on within a system, the panel agreed.

  • Episode 39: The New Stack Context: Black Hat 2018 and New ML Workflow Tools

    August 17th, 2018  |  Season 2  |  39 mins 37 secs
    authentication, aws, black hat, cloudtrail, def con, netflix, security, security b-sides, server-side software

    This week on The New Stack Context, we speak with our security correspondent Lucian Constantin about what he saw at the recent trio of security conferences held in Las Vegas last week, BlackHat, DEF CON, and Security B-Sides. Turns out, industrial control systems — such as medical devices and in-car computation systems — are still quite vulnerable to malicious attacks, Constantin told our host this week, TNS founder Alex Williams.

  • Episode 38: TNS Context: Kubernetes SDKs and the Oracle Database as a Service

    August 10th, 2018  |  Season 2  |  41 mins 2 secs
    apm, cloud, cloud-native, container orchestration, database-as-a-service, dbaas, developers, devops, kubernetes, raygun, sdks, software development

    On this week's episode, we talk with technology evangelist Ravi Lachhman from AppDynamics, a sponsor of The New Stack, about the rise of software development kits for container orchestrators. Also joining us today are TNS Managing Editor Joab Jackson and Editor-in-Chief Alex Williams.

    Lachhman wrote a post for us this week about packaging your applications for delivery in this new, complicated cloud-native world where clients and end users want choice as to where and how to install your product.

  • Episode 37: The New Stack Context: Istio 1.0 and ServerlessConf

    August 3rd, 2018  |  Season 2  |  36 mins 36 secs
    cloud native computing foundation, cncf, developers, devops, istio, istio mesh, open source, open source software, oss, programming, service mesh

    We discuss the 1.0 release of the Istio service mesh as well as a new private container registry project at the Cloud Native Computing Foundation called Harbor. We also speak with TNS editor-in-chief Alex Williams about the ServerlessConf, which was held this week in San Francisco.

    The CNCF is a sponsor of The New Stack and it's been busy assembling open source projects to create a full cloud-native stack. Until recently that stack was missing an essential piece — namely, a container registry. This week VMware donated its open source container registry to fill out this part of the stack.

  • Episode 36: The New Stack Context: Knative and Google Next

    July 27th, 2018  |  Season 2  |  37 mins 50 secs
    container orchestration, containers, gke, google, google kubernetes engine, knative, kubernetes

    This week on The New Stack Context podcast we talk with Pivotal Director of Technical Marketing Dan Baskette and Pivotal Senior Staff Engineer Mark Fisher about Knative, which is a new tool Google and a few other partners such as Pivotal built to help developers build functions on top of Kubernetes. Also joining us in this episode is TNS San Francisco correspondent Alex Handy, who spoke about some of the other news from this week's Google Next 2018 conference.

    Knative is an open source software layer which turns Kubernetes into a runtime for serverless functions. Google announced the project and released it on GitHub this week — and it seems to be the news of the week out of Google Next. Baskette contributed a post to the site this week, offering all the technical details of Knative.  The New Stack sponsor Pivotal has provided the eventing model from its own Project Riff to Knative and is building its upcoming Pivotal Function Service on Knative.

  • Episode 35: This Week on The New Stack: OSCON and Java Container Images

    July 13th, 2018  |  Season 2  |  31 mins 21 secs

    This week on The New Stack Context, we spoke with our San Francisco correspondent Alex Handy about containerizing Java applications. The Google Cloud Platform recently released Jib, a new open-source container image builder for Java developers. Google says that Jib “does not require you to write a Dockerfile or have docker installed, and it is directly integrated into [the] Maven and Gradle,” Java build tools. Jib comes with many of the cloud-native build-tool features you’d expect, including incremental builds, a configuration-as-code approach, and reproducible build images for faster deployments and rollbacks.

    We spoke with Handy about why you’d even want to run a Java application in a container and the recent updates in Java 10 that aim to reduce the challenges that come with CPU and memory usage when Java runs in a container.

  • Episode 34: This Week on The New Stack: Apache Spark and QCon

    June 29th, 2018  |  Season 2  |  36 mins 40 secs

    For this Context, we talk with two data scientists from Pivotal, who write this week about the pros and cons of using Apache Spark for running data science workloads at scale. Apache Spark is an in-memory data analytics engine that is wildly popular with data scientists because of its speed, scalability and ease-of-use. Plus, it happens to be an ideal workload to run on Kubernetes, the Pivotal team writes.

  • Episode 33: This Week on The New Stack: In-Memory Compute, ContainerDays

    June 22nd, 2018  |  Season 2  |  38 mins 38 secs

    On this week's episode we speak with GridGain CEO Abe Kleinfeld who writes this week on The New Stack about how in-memory computing is helping many organizations solve their speed and scale challenges. In the past three decades Kleinfeld has led several companies through successful liquidity events including three mergers and two IPOs. And since he joined GridGain in 2013 the company has averaged triple-digit annual sales growth and been ranked the second fastest growing private company in Silicon Valley.