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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Episodes

  • Episode 16: This Week in News: VMware and OpenFaaS, Chef InSpec, HPE OneSphere

    February 23rd, 2018  |  Season 2  |  30 mins 2 secs
    chef, cloud native architectures, enterprise it, hpe, inspec, news, open source, openfaas, security, vmware

    This week, from a snowy Portland Oregon, we spoke with Alex Ellis, founder of OpenFaaS. Ellis has hired on to VMware to work full time on the OpenFaaS serverless software, as part of VMware’s new Open Source Technology Center. Until now, Ellis has been working on OpenFaaS in his spare time while holding down a day job as an application developer at ADP. We spoke with him about why he made the decision to join VMware and what it means for the OpenFaaS community.

  • Episode 15: This Week in News: Oracle's Autonomous Database, InfluxData's Timely One

    February 16th, 2018  |  Season 2  |  29 mins 35 secs
    application development, cloud-native, influxdata, influxdays, news, oracle cloud day, software development, technology, twistlock

    This week we were busy reporting from events in New York, starting with Oracle’s Cloud Day event on Monday where he brought us an update on the cloud provider’s autonomous services. On Tuesday he also attended InfluxDays, a time series data and application conference, and he’ll give us the highlights from that event as well.

  • Episode 14: This Week in News: Kubernetes Alone Does Not a Market Make

    February 9th, 2018  |  Season 2  |  36 mins
    application development, cloud, coreos, developers, devops, iot, kubernetes, open source, openshift, podcast, programming, software, software development, tech, technology

    This week we are still talking about the CoreOS acquisition by Red Hat last week. TNS contributor Scott M. Fulton had the chance to talk with CoreOS CEO Alex Polvi and  Red Hat’s vice president for OpenShift Ashesh Badani, for a story on TNS. He got the lowdown on what “may” happen to products like Tectonic and Container Linux now that they’re part of Red Hat’s portfolio.  “May” being the keyword here.

  • Episode 13: This Week in News: Red Hat Acquires CoreOS, Cost-Accounting for Serverless Devs

    February 2nd, 2018  |  Season 2  |  30 mins 41 secs
    application development, coreos, developers, devops, kubernetes, open source software, programming, software, software development

    This week on The New Stack Context weekly news wrap podcast, we talk with TNS European correspondent Mark Boyd about his fascinating story on how serverless architectures are turning developers into accountants.

  • Episode 12: This Week in News: Meet Your New Pair-Programming Partner

    January 26th, 2018  |  Season 2  |  27 mins 50 secs
    application development, cloud, codta, coreos, developers, devops, iot, kubernetes, open source, openshift, podcast, programming, software, software development, tech, technology, vpns

    This week on The New Stack Context weekly newswrap podcast, we talk with with TNS San Francisco correspondent Alex Handy about a fascinating story he wrote on a startup in Israel called Codota that’s applied machine-learning to the concept of pair programming.

  • Episode 11: This Week in News: Enterprise Serverless and Voice-Driven IT Management

    January 19th, 2018  |  Season 2  |  26 mins 10 secs
    application development, cloud, coreos, developers, devops, iot, kubernetes, open source, openshift, podcast, programming, software, software development, tech, technology

    This week on the New Stack Context podcast, we speak with Jenny Gao, an investor at Bessemer Venture Partners, about the suitability of serverless technologies to the enterprise.

  • Episode 10: This Week in News: Meltdown/Spectre Woes, and the Future of JavaScript

    January 12th, 2018  |  Season 2  |  27 mins 47 secs
    application development, cloud, coreos, developers, devops, iot, kubernetes, open source, openshift, podcast, programming, software, software development, tech, technology

    We're rolling into 2018 with many unanswered questions: Will Meltdown and the Spectre CPU flaws turn our highly-tuned cloud-native applications into performance sludge cakes? How many new JavaScript front-end frameworks will we have to learn this year? And what does 'immutability' actually mean, anyhow? So many questions.

  • 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 Iron.io 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.