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Software Defined Talk

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A weekly podcast covering all the news and events in Enterprise Software and Cloud Computing. We discuss topics including: Kubernetes, DevOps, Serverless, Security and Coding. Plus, plenty of off topic banter and nonsense to keep you entertained. Don't worry if you miss the latest industry conferenc… read more

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Episode 398: To the Moon

January 27th, 2023


This week Brandon is joined by JJ Asghar and they discuss the rise Mastodon, Netflix’s Strategy and DevOpsDays CFP ideas. Plus, some thoughts on tipping…

Episode 397: Mark as Unread

January 20th, 2023


This week we discuss DHH’s quest to cut HEY’s cloud costs, Chick-fil-A’s use of Kubernetes and some hot takes on Unlimited PTO. Plus, thoughts on champagne….

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Episode 396: Aloha to your strategy

January 13th, 2023


This week we discuss digital transformation at Southwest and Delta Airlines, Shopify cancels all meetings, Salesforce’s M&A strategy, and A.I. is everywhere. Plus, thoughts on bike lanes…

Episode 395: Should you start a podcast?

January 6th, 2023


This week Brandon is joined by Brian Gracely cohost of the The Cloudcast and they discuss starting a podcast. They cover the Who, What, Why and How of launching a podcast and recommend podcast recording gear, editing …

Episode 394: 2022 Year in Review

December 30th, 2022


This week we revisit the major cloud news and tech trends of 2022. Topics include: hyperscaler growth, remote work, missed opportunities and what were watching in 2023. Plus, we buy or sell: Serverless, Blockchain, …

Episode 393: 10 Years of Project Sputnik, with Barton George

December 23rd, 2022


Ten years ago Dell launched the developer laptop, shipping a Linux desktop of their best gear. In this episode, Coté talks with Barton George who's lead the project about Project Sputnik, lessons learned about …

Episode 392: Success is going to Day 2

December 16th, 2022


This week we discuss the Pentagon’s new C loud Contract, Day 2 at Amazon and Nutanix acquisition rumors. Plus, some thoughts on kids and headphones…

Episode 391: Anton Grishko on managing Cloud Costs with FinOps

December 13th, 2022


Brandon is joined by Anton Grishko, Chief Architect at ProfiSea Labs and they discuss DevOps adoption and the rise of FinOps. Plus, Anton offers practical tips on implementing FinOps and reducing your cloud spend.

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Episode 390: It’s just a bunch of programming

December 9th, 2022


This week we discuss Werner’s AWS Keynote, Event-Based Architectures and the potential of ChatGPT. Plus, some thoughts on International Condiments.

Episode 389: The Miscellaneous Keynote

December 2nd, 2022


This week we recap the news from AWS re:Invent and discuss application vendors mandating use of specific Kubernetes distros. Plus, some thoughts on dog boarding…

Episode 388: The Death of DevOps, with Andrew Clay Shafer

November 25th, 2022


In case you haven't heard, DevOps is dead. Again. To discuss its demise, Coté talks with Andrew Clay Shafer. They talk about a lot more: Andrew's new company, working with executives, sociotechnical systems, Andrew's …

Episode 387: Trust and Incentives

November 18th, 2022


This week we discuss the Gartner MQ for CIPS and all the happenings at Twitter. Plus, more thoughts on passwords and calendars.

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Episode 386: I’ve been to VMware Media Training

November 11th, 2022


This week we recap VMware Explore Europe and discuss the Battery Ventures 2022 State of the OpenCloud report. Plus, some thoughts on cologne…

Episode 385: Armchair Strategist

November 4th, 2022


This week we discuss Cloud Growth Rates, Corporate Security, Meta’s Strategy and Elon’s Twitter Takeover. Plus, some thoughts on bike locks and a parenting post mortem.

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Episode 384: KubeCon NA 2022 Recap

November 1st, 2022


Matt reports in from Detroit with all the news at KubeCon NA 2022. Plus, some tips on proper etiquette when stretching on International Flights.

Episode 383: My bag did not make the flight

October 28th, 2022


This week we discuss Twitter’s workforce, DHH leaves the cloud and Tech Earnings. Plus, some thoughts on international travel.

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Episode 382: The Ultimate Dogfooding

October 21st, 2022


This week we discuss, cutting cloud costs, commute hours and final thoughts on Google Next. Plus, Matt Ray goes car shopping.

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Episode 381: Aspiration Fatigue

October 14th, 2022


This week we discuss Platform Engineering and compare the Microsoft Ignite and Google Cloud Next Keynotes. Plus, some thoughts on legs in the Metaverse.

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Episode 380: No Free Lunches or Haircuts

October 7th, 2022


This week we discuss why Google abandons products, the 2022 State of DevOps Report and Elon’s texts. Plus, some thoughts on glasses…

Episode 379: TAMs are a Trap

September 30th, 2022


This week we discuss the rate of Public Cloud adoption, Google’s Simplicity Sprint and OKR’s. Plus, some thoughts on slippers.

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Episode 378: Email is not broken

September 23rd, 2022


This week we discuss Amazon’s “Builder Experience” Unit, Adobe buying Figma, Slack’s Status and Zoom gets into email. Plus, Coté embraces the …

Episode 377: Coffee is for closers

September 16th, 2022


This week we discuss Oracle’s Cloud Growth(?), Starbuck’s blockchain-based loyalty program and André Staltz’s “Time Till Open Source Alternative” article. Plus, some thoughts on free coffee…

Episode 376: Businesses that use computers

September 9th, 2022


This week we discuss Japan’s “war” on floppy disks, Twitter adds an edit button and Apple going all-in on eSIM. Plus, will the U.S. finally get …

Episode 375: For the Birds

September 2nd, 2022


This week we discuss VMware Explore, Snap’s move to multi-cloud and the Galaxy Brain take on thought leadership. Plus, Matt Ray’s latest Raspberry Pi …

Episode 374: Is there no Dev in DevOps?

August 26th, 2022


This week we discuss DevOpsDays Dallas, devs not wanting to do ops, Twitter Security issues and Apple playing the long game. Plus, some thoughts on …

Episode 373: Everything is a nail, find your hammers

August 19th, 2022


This week we discuss Acorn’s attempt to simplify Kubernetes, the top 25 DevOps Tools and analyzing data in CSVs. Plus, Matt explains what Maccas …

Episode 372: Don’t do any editing

August 12th, 2022


This week we discuss build vs. buy decisions, sustaining corporate strategies and Malcolm Gladwell’s WFH comments. Plus, we announce the location of …

Episode 371: What’s your TAM

August 5th, 2022


This week we do a deep dive into the Total Addressable Market of Cloud and discuss the rise of Cloudflare. Plus, details about the SDT Meetup in …

Episode 370: In the long run…

July 29th, 2022


This week we discuss developer toil, local vs. remote development and Facebook’s management woes. Plus, some thoughts on business books…

Episode 369: DJ .pptx FINAL_0707-V2

July 22nd, 2022


If capitalism is so great, why aren’t we working less? We discuss the potential for the GDP to finally do something for us, plus simplifying “sovereign cloud” and the potential of containers with their own jurisdiction. …

Episode 368: Managing Cloud Costs

July 19th, 2022


Barton George interviews Matt Ray about how to manage costs in the cloud.


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Episode 367: Exit Ramps

July 15th, 2022


This week we discuss Musk vs. Twitter, Apple Wallet Employee Badges and using Slack for incident management with Plus, some thoughts on European Highways…

Episode 366: 'Zero mainframe, zero datacenter'

July 8th, 2022


This week we discuss Fedex going all-in on cloud, app modernization at the IRS and how to take unlimited PTO. Plus, some thoughts on rental property …

Episode 365: Automating for Auditing

July 1st, 2022


This week we discuss the Stack Overflow Dev Survey, Securing the Supply Chain and Slack Huddles. Plus, some thoughts on coffee down under.

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Episode 364: First class SaaS

June 24th, 2022


This week we discuss the rise of WASM, Cloudflare’s Post Mortem, Oracle Cloud news and the future of CAPTCHAs. Plus, some thoughts on buzzwords, …

Episode 363: Bad Bosses

June 17th, 2022


This week we discuss Oracle buying Corner, drama at Coinbase and the Gartner MQ for Observability. Plus, some thoughts on European Design Style…

Episode 362: Are we using version control?

June 10th, 2022


This week we discuss work life balance, the State of Continuous Delivery Survey and recap WWDC. Plus, some thoughts on Buddha and parenting…

Episode 361: This is Bonkers

June 3rd, 2022


This week Brandon is joined by special guest host JJ Ashgiar and they record a live episode at the THAT Conference. Brandon and JJ interview Clark Sell and Brett Slaski about the origins and purpose of the THAT …

Episode 360: Radical Transparency

May 27th, 2022


This week we discuss “Radical Transparency,” State of Crypto, IBM’s Cloud Efforts and Zoom’s Earnings. Plus, paying at the pump abroad.

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Episode 359: Sell the Slide

May 20th, 2022


This week we discuss the "sum of the parts" of Rackspace, Rocky Linux recreates CentOS and thoughts on the economy. Plus, a debate: rental car vs. …

Episode 358: Philip Griffiths on Zero Trust Networking and OpenZiti

May 17th, 2022


Brandon interviews Philip Griffiths, the VP of Global Business Development at NetFoundry. They discuss how OpenZiti enables zero trust networking and how to build certificate-based security into your applications. Plus, …

Episode 357: Is platform engineer the new thing?

May 13th, 2022


This week we discuss DevOpsDays Austin, the impending (?) economic downturn and advice on migrating your iCloud account when moving abroad. Plus, some thoughts on driving…

Episode 356: They should have consulted us

May 6th, 2022


This week we discuss palace intrigue at Apple. the death of passwords and Twilio’s valuation. Plus, Matt explains how to resurrect a dead MacBook Pro…

Episode 355: That’s why he runs my Marketing department

April 29th, 2022


This week we discuss Matt’s new job at Kubecost, Istio joins the CNCF, the latest cloud earnings and Twitter gets bought. Plus, the first ever Cloud Startup Fantasy Draft…

Episode 354: We’ve always been doing Agile

April 22nd, 2022


This week we discuss the disruption happening to Netflix, Corporate Metrics and a few thoughts on Heroku. Plus, some summer travel tips.


Episode 353: This smells like shenanigans

April 15th, 2022


This week we discuss the legacy of Puppet, Private Equity acquisitions and a few thoughts on Cloud Migrations. Plus, the five types of All Hands meetings…

Episode 352: Layers of Abstraction

April 8th, 2022


This week we discuss Dagger’s Launch, Employee Tacking and Executive Compensation. Plus, some thoughts on beans and broccoli…

Episode 351: You can’t put it all on one slide

April 1st, 2022


This week we discuss the potential consequences of the EU’s Digital Markets Act, Gaming M&A and Docker’s latest funding. Plus, Coté offers advice about snakes….

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Episode 350: Email in Excel

March 25th, 2022


This week we discuss how the software supply chain impacts business continuity and analyze the latest attempt to disrupt Microsoft Excel. Plus, some thoughts on bread heels….

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Episode 349: The Janitor Strategy for Developer-led Sales, also, The School of the Philosophy of Rocks and Time

March 18th, 2022


This week, Coté and Matt define three sales model for doing developer-led sales. Also, we know that clown fish are optional, but do rocks need to exist?

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Episode 348: Jevons Paradox

March 11th, 2022


This week we discuss the potential digital transformation of the Dollar and Snowflake’s Strategy. Plus, what exactly is Heavy Metal…

Episode 347: Son of Beagle

March 4th, 2022


This week we discuss how to measure DevRel, the legacy of Sun and a few thoughts on Markdown. Plus, we determine the TAM for trackballs…

Episode 346: Ev Kontsevoy with an opinionated approach to secure access

March 1st, 2022


Brandon interviews Ev Kontsevoy the CEO and Cofounder of Teleport. They discuss Ev’s early career, his experience at Mailgun and Teleport’s …

Episode 345: It’s always the last place you look

February 25th, 2022


This week we discuss Kubernetes adoption, the State of Open Source Survey and the search for a better Developer Experience. Plus, some thoughts on …

Episode 343: Comfort Bubble

February 11th, 2022


This week we discuss what to expect in cloud in 2020 and the prospect of building a better Kubernetes Developer Experience. Plus, Coté explains the …

Episode 342: Paradox of Advice

February 4th, 2022


This week we discuss Cloud Earnings, OpenSSF’s new project and Tim Bray’s take on Cloud. Plus, some thoughts on data gravity…

Episode 341: File your own expenses

January 28th, 2022


This week we discuss the SAT going online, the Pyramid of Open Source and dealing with tech debt. Plus, some thoughts on expense reports…

Episode 340: The Dumb Pipe Manifesto

January 21st, 2022


This week we discuss Open Source Model Business Models, Cloud Migrations and the prospect of cloud providers becoming “dumb pipes.” Plus, some …

Episode 339: Just do some squats

January 14th, 2022


This week we discuss NPM corruption, why Web3 may not be different and the future focus of Hyperscalers. Plus, some thoughts on Dutch Doctors.

Episode 338: Time Machine and Index Funds

January 7th, 2022


This week we discuss why cloud numbers don’t add up, Oracle buys Cerner and the demise of BlackBerry. Plus, Matt gives advice for keeping up with …

Episode 337: Year in Review

December 29th, 2021


This week we discuss the stories of the year, make a few predications and answer listener questions. Plus, some thoughts on grammar…

Episode 336: Michael Wilde on Observability

December 22nd, 2021


This week Brandon interviews Michael Wilde. They discuss Wilde's career progression from Sales Engineer to Account Executive and Honeycomb's approach …

Episode 335: Eager to take a JNDI lookup

December 17th, 2021


This week we discuss how the industry reacted to the Log4j vulnerability and the merits of going Multicloud. Plus, some thoughts on printer paper.

Episode 334: Jordan Tigani on data intensive applications

December 14th, 2021


Brandon interviews Jordan Tigani, Chief Product Officer at SingleStore. They discuss Jordan's experience at Google building BigQuery and how to use SingleStore to build data intensive applications. Plus, some good …

Episode 333: Chop wood, carry water

December 10th, 2021


This week we discuss the State of Developer Relations and Cloud Adoption Trends. Plus, some thoughts on taking out the trash.


Episode 332: Capabilities vs. Complexity

December 3rd, 2021


This week we recap the news from AWS re:Invent and Knative joins the CNCF. Plus, some discussion on trademarks…

Episode 331: Graphics of Guerrillas

November 26th, 2021


This week we discuss the rise of Web3 and make a few AWS re:invent predications. Plus, what if Billy Joel and Huey Lewis formed a band…


Episode 330: The marketing became the technology

November 19th, 2021


This week we discuss Splunk’s CEO Transition, renames the Staples Center and Netlify’s attempt to realize Git Push Nirvana. Plus, when do …

Episode 329: Eat the complexity

November 12th, 2021


This week we discuss the state of severless, the agility equation and Twitter goes blue. Plus, what exactly happens in an Internet Minute…?


Episode 328: Your MOM is a SaaS

November 5th, 2021


This week we discuss HashiCorp’s S1, AWS Earnings and highlights from Microsoft Ignite. Plus, Coté teaches us a new Dutch phrase.


Episode 327: Jack Naglieri on security at scale

November 2nd, 2021


Brandon interviews Jack Naglieri, Founder & CEO at Panther Labs. They discuss the challenges of security at scale and the current state of …

Episode 326: Just Jump In

October 29th, 2021


This week we recap Datadog’s announcements, discuss Sequoia’s investment pivot and hot takes on Facebook’s intent to rebrand. Plus, some thoughts on …

Episode 325: Nothing says Enterprise like a function key

October 22nd, 2021


This week we discuss TriggerMesh going open source, the new Enterprise Mac and Honeycomb raising VC . Plus, will Matt become a TikTok influencer…?

Episode 324: Stockpile EULAs

October 15th, 2021


This week we discuss the real-world use of containers, recap the Google Cloud Next announcements and make some Apple predications. Plus, how often do …

Episode 323: Boxes and Arrows

October 8th, 2021


This week we discuss AWS Step Functions, VMware Tanzu Community Edition and Zoom’s M&A Strategy. Plus, some thoughts on car batteries…

Episode 322: I didn’t make these rules

October 1st, 2021


This week we discuss the launch of Cloudflare R2 Storage and the DevRel Salary Survey. Plus, some thoughts on nuts…

Episode 321: Cambrian explosion of screw drivers

September 24th, 2021


This week we discuss GitLab going public, review iOS 15 and a few more thoughts on remote work. Plus, should the EU impose a universal phone charger?

Episode 320: Hash codes for everyone

September 17th, 2021


This week we recap some of the Apple News and discuss the latest productivity research from Microsoft. Plus, an update on Coté’s struggle to adopt Apple Notes…

Episode 319: We need two elephants

September 10th, 2021


This week we discuss the history of Docker, the rise of Kubernetes and the launch of AWS EKS Anywhere. Plus, how much lumber fits in a cubic meter…?

Episode 318: The sounds of Excel

September 3rd, 2021


This week we discuss Docker’s new licensing, Wirecutter goes behind a paywall and Serverless COBOL. Plus, Coté explains why open source is like …

Episode 317: Fahrenheit is perfect for BBQ

August 27th, 2021


This week we discuss Gartner’s Emerging Tech Hype Cycle and analyze 10 years of “Software Eating the World.” Plus, is Willie Nelson a good singer…?

Episode 316: All we need is cURL

August 20th, 2021


This week we discuss 1Password moving to Electron, Knative and Infrastructure as Code best practices. Plus, what to do with extra lumber…

Episode 315: Field of Code

August 13th, 2021


This week we discuss Elasticsearch vs. OpenSearch, Reorgs and Remote Pay. Plus, some thoughts on IKEA and QBRs.


Episode 314: Prime Minster of Thinking

August 6th, 2021


This week we discuss Programming Language Rankings, CNCF Project Velocity and the new Gartner MQ for Cloud Infrastructure. Plus, are straws really …

Episode 313: My kids are listening to Stevie Nicks

July 30th, 2021


This week we discuss Infrastructure as Code, GCP's new API policy and The State of Developer Ecosystem Survey. Plus, some thoughts on Olympic …

Episode 312: Crossing The Brown Horizon

July 23rd, 2021


This week we discuss Netflix getting into games and review the latest State of DevOps Report. Plus, what do you call a domicile in Amsterdam?

Episode 311: The Enterprise #devrel Path-to-Profit Pincer Movement

July 16th, 2021


This week, Coté and Matt Ray finally nail the secrets of enterprise devrel. You won’t want to miss this one! Also: Coté gives up on streaming PowerPoint and IT survey show that it’s time to ask for a raise.

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Episode 310: Never Talk

July 9th, 2021


This week we discuss Copilot’s use of Open Source, changes at IBM and the Infinidash Meme. Plus, an update on Coté’s return to Twitter.


Episode 309: They’re your kids

July 2nd, 2021


This week we discuss the future of PaaS and working for home. Plus, some thoughts on kids and zone defense.


Episode 308: Developer Relations with Josh Long

June 29th, 2021


He's one of the best #devrel avocado person I know, so I asked Josh Long all my questions about how #devrel works, plus the
Spring Framework community, of course. Also: why Josh stays up so late.

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Episode 307: I’m bitter about infrastructure

June 25th, 2021


This week we discuss Knative’s purpose, developer marketing and Silverlake’s investment in Splunk. Plus, some advice on cleaning up your home office.

Episode 306: The Lotus Dream

June 18th, 2021


This week we discuss Salesforce becoming Slack-first and a16z launching a media site. Plus, some thoughts on how to use Twitter.


Episode 305: No PTO from picking up your kids

June 11th, 2021


This week we breakdown the upcoming Confluent IPO and rank the announcements from Apple’s WWDC. Plus, some thoughts on picking up kids from school.

Episode 304: John Willis on Deming

June 8th, 2021


Coté talks with John about the subject of his new podcast series: Deming.

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Special Guest: John Willis.

Episode 303: Bring your spreadsheet

June 4th, 2021


This week we discuss Matt’s new job at TriggerMesh, the cost of Public Cloud and more M&A. Plus, Coté published a new book that everyone must …

Episode 302: Amsterdam hates cars

May 28th, 2021


This week we try to make sense of Snowflake’s stance on open source and review the State of Serverless. Plus, some advice on parking cars in …

Episode 301: Justin McCarthy on Zero Trust and securing hybrid clouds

May 25th, 2021


Brandon interviews Justin McCarthy the CTO and Co-founder of strongDM and they discuss Zero Trust, securing hybrid clouds and keeping auditors happy. …

Episode 300: No more architecture talk

May 21st, 2021


This week we discuss cloud migration strategies, the rise of Serverless and the future of PaaS. Plus, advice on how to start your day.


Episode 299: Working Backwards

May 14th, 2021


This week we take a deep look inside life at Amazon by discussing the book Working Backwards written by two former Amazon Executives.


Episode 298: Come on Gophers

May 7th, 2021


This week we discuss Red Hat’s open source strategy, public cloud adoption and Signal’s Instagram ads. Plus, advice on setting your thermostat.

Episode 297: Grant Miller from Replicated on delivering and managing Kubernetes apps anywhere

May 4th, 2021


Brandon interviews Grant Miller the CEO of Replicated. They discuss Grant's background, building enterprise software and how to deliver Kubernetes apps anywhere. Plus, Grant tell us what it's really like to be an intern …

Episode 296: Fungated into my mind

April 30th, 2021


This week we discuss the Rackspace-Platform9 partnership, Microsoft buying Kinvolk and the commodification of DevOps. Plus, some hot takes on Zoom’s …

Episode 295: Status Quo Fork

April 23rd, 2021


This week we discuss Grafana moving to the AGPL, Signal goes on offense and Grad Students infecting the Linux Kernel. Plus, how many door locks do …

Episode 294: I already have a job

April 16th, 2021


This week we discuss IBM’s Kyndryl, AWS launches OpenSearch and what makes a good strategy. Plus, how much do you really need to know about wine?

Episode 293: Don’t steal my kid’s bike, steal my bike

April 9th, 2021


This week we discuss the Supreme Court’s Ruling in Google vs. Oracle and the future of open source business models. Plus, do you really need a yard?

Episode 292: Wrap Around Analysis

April 2nd, 2021


This week we discuss a potential Box/Dropbox merger, Discord rumors and the meaning of work. Plus, what happens when you spill water on your laptop?

Episode 291: Master of the Coin

March 26th, 2021


This week we discuss Discord rumors, Slack Connect, the new AWS CEO and what would make Tableau and Salesforce better. Plus, why did Google Reader …

Episode 290: Make your own slides

March 19th, 2021


This week we discuss tech’s rich valuations, Airtable vs. Excel and the Goldman Analysts’ Presentation. Plus, some advice on when to buy a house.

Episode 289: The sabbatical is not going well

March 12th, 2021


This week we discuss how corporate life changes in a post-pandemic world, security startups raising VC and the adoption of Zero Trust. Plus, we test …

Episode 288: The EULA of Life

March 5th, 2021


This week we discuss Redmonk’s Language Rankings, Okta buys Auth0 and Zoom Fatigue. Plus, Matt gets a puppy and explains why he needs a longer …

Episode 287: The Bureaucracy Episode

February 26th, 2021


This week we discuss LinkedIn’s new marketplace, Platform9, TriggerMesh and Event-based Architectures. Plus, are meetings always bad?


Episode 286: Press the turbo button on that one

February 19th, 2021


This week we discuss the demise of the blameless post mortem, a $500 Million mistake and some forgiveness for Red Hat. Plus, a live update on the …

Episode 285: "Work is Punishment"

February 11th, 2021


This week, we discuss Googler’s ideas for making open source more secure, obsessing over top of funnel influencer lifestyle management, and a bit of surfing. The power at Brandon’s house went out just as we were …

Episode 284: That’s Mr. Jeff to you

February 5th, 2021


This week we discuss Amazon’s new CEO, AWS & GCP Earnings and Facebook vs. Apple. Plus, should you sign up for Clubhouse…?

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Episode 283: There are no chicken tenders in calendaring

January 29th, 2021


This week we give our hot takes on GameStop, Clubhouse and Calendly. Plus, is Austin really a bad place to move?


Episode 282: The Engine Should Not Be the Differentiator

January 22nd, 2021


This week we discuss Elasticsearch changing their license and the merits of Bitcoin. Plus, what is the prefect age for reincarnation.


Episode 281: That’s a thing, I don’t need to read about it

January 15th, 2021


This week we discuss VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger jumping to Intel and what is going on with DevSecOps. Plus, lots advice on picking movies both you and …

Episode 280: It would be nice if calendaring were fixed

January 8th, 2021


This week we offer advice to Zoom on why they should build a calendar and what companies they should acquire. Plus, Matt explains why you want to …

Episode 279: Squire Earle on securing the Enterprise

January 5th, 2021


Brandon interviews Squire Earle who offers practical advice on how to secure your Enterprise. Plus, Squire shares some personal finance tips and …

Episode 278: Sebastien Goasguen from TriggerMesh on becoming Serviceful

December 29th, 2020


Brandon interviews Sebastien Goasguen from TriggerMesh. They discuss his time in academia, how he got into cloud computing and why he started …

Episode 277: This episode was way better than I expected

December 23rd, 2020


This week we answer listener questions, recap the year’s top stories and make a few predictions. Plus, we select the slides of the year!

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Episode 276: I don’t understand how that works but I want to learn more

December 17th, 2020


This week we discuss the state of virtual events, recent AWS re:Invent Announcements and the SolarWinds Hack. Plus, is YouTube Premium worth it…?

Episode 275: Your competition should not be your community

December 11th, 2020


This week we discuss CentOS going upstream, Kubernetes removes Docker support and who’s buying the AirPods Max. Plus, Coté critiques Apple’s Notes …

Episode 274: Can we start a Slack Channel to discuss this?

December 4th, 2020


This week we discuss Salesforce acquiring Slack and recap all the important announcements from AWS re:Invent. Plus, some advice on chopping onions …

Episode 273: Look at my iPad

November 27th, 2020


This week we preview AWS re:Invent, breakdown the latest CNCF Survey and discuss container adoption. Plus, a review of banking apps, Google Pay and an update on Coté’s quest to achieve the iPad Lifestyle.

The Rundown

Episode 272: This time we’re doing it in green

November 20th, 2020


This week we discuss IBM buying Instana, highlights from Kubecon and the rise of Substack. Plus, Coté updates us on his quest to live the iPad …

Episode 271: The Defaults Lifestyle

November 13th, 2020


This week we breakdown Apple’s new M1 chip, the new MacBook Air and discuss why so many devs still use vi. Plus, a discussion about when to use the …

Episode 270: The Crossover Episode

November 10th, 2020


A special crossover episode from our friends at Drunk and Retired. Visit to subscribe to the podcast.

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Special Guest: JJ Asghar.

Episode 269: I like the no friction

November 6th, 2020


This week we discuss Docker Hub's new rate limits, Tech Earnings and what Apple’s shift to ARM means for the industry. Plus, some advice on gaming …

Episode 268: Drew Firment on teaching the world to cloud

November 3rd, 2020


Brandon interviews Drew Firment from A Cloud Guru. They discuss Drew's career, how Capital One embraced the cloud and A Cloud Guru's mission to teach the world to cloud. Plus, Drew offers advice on deciding which cloud …

Episode 267: Databases are at the end of a network connection

October 30th, 2020


We discuss Zoom’s new phone system, debate the merits of Serverless and reflect on how SaaS has taken over the enterprise. Plus, Coté explains why he …

Episode 266: Dan Balcauski on sabbaticals, consulting and reducing product churn.

October 27th, 2020


Brandon interviews Dan Balcauski from Product Tranquility. They discuss Dan's mid-career "mini retirement", what it's like to be a consultant and …

Episode 265: Configuring DNS? Pull up a chair.

October 23rd, 2020


Coté, Matt and Brandon discuss the latest news from the Cloud Foundry and OpenStack conferences, Docker alternatives, Google getting sued and the …

Episode 264: I poisoned the security well with my children

October 16th, 2020


Matt and Brandon discuss Hashicorp’s recent product announcements and Twilio buying Segment. Plus, Matt gives his thoughts on the new iPhone 12 mini. …

Episode 263: End of an Era

October 13th, 2020


Brandon is joined by JJ Asghar and they discuss the recent changes at Chef and what it means for the Chef Community going forward.

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Episode 262: It’s be a shame if something were to happen to that nice API implementation of yours

October 9th, 2020

It’s be a shame if something were to happen to that nice API implementation of yours

This week, Matt and Coté talk about possible implications of the Google vs. Oracle fight over API stuff. YOU’LL NEVER GUESS WHAT …

Episode 261: Arnav Hiray on High School, Tech and Debate

October 3rd, 2020


Brandon interviews Arnav Hiray from Stony Point High School. Arnav is an accomplished High School Senior who has a passion for learning and …

Episode 260: Show me what you got

October 2nd, 2020


This week we recap the latest announcements at VMworld, discuss App Modernization and rate the best software features of all time. Plus, lots of talk …

Episode 259: Michael Levan on Developer Relations, Go Programming and Code Quality.

September 29th, 2020


Brandon interviews Michael Levan from Octopus Deploy. They discuss developer relations, Go Programming and Code Quality. Plus, Michael offers some …

Episode 258: One more adjustment and then we can start

September 25th, 2020


Cote and Brandon discuss PagerDuty's acquisition of Rundeck, the current state of AIOps and why is Reed Hastings writing a book about Netflix’s …

Episode 257: Once again, I have not read the report

September 18th, 2020


This week we discuss Snowflake’s IPO, Forrester’s Multicloud Container Wave and Nvidia buying ARM. Plus, an extensive discussion of what constitutes …

Episode 256: There is no passion in peanut butter and jelly sandwiches

September 11th, 2020


Cote and Brandon discuss Chef being acquired, the Private Equity Operating Model and Gartner’s Cloud Infrastructure and Platform Services (CIPS) Magic Quadrant. Plus, Cote offers advice on peanut better and jelly …

Episode 255: We should not emphasise this behaviour

September 4th, 2020


Matt and Brandon discuss VMware’s flex, recap Kubecon and aww at the sight of Zoom’s latest earnings. Plus, we are enlisting all listeners to come …

Episode 254: Alexandra Martinez on MuleSoft and API Design

September 1st, 2020


Brandon interviews Alexandra Martinez and they discuss the MuleSoft Anypoint Platform, API Design and ProstDev. Plus, Alexandra recommends the best …

Episode 253: People don’t understand how pay works

August 28th, 2020


This week we give our “expert analysis” of all the impending enterprise IPO’s, discuss Multi-Cloud and try to make sense of Roblox and TikTok. Plus, …

Episode 252: It can be exciting, but excitement ends.

August 21st, 2020


Why would Oracle buy TikTok? Why would Amazon invest in Rackspace? We answer these questions and discuss the state of cloud migrations. Plus, Matt …

Episode 251: Don’t you use my words against me

August 14th, 2020


We discuss all the latest M&A rumors including: MSFT buying TikTok, Nvidia buying ARM and buying Datadog. We also weigh in on the latest fight between Fortnite and Apple over the App Store. Plus, we …

Episode 250: Jana Werner, a Head of Transformation

August 7th, 2020


Slide decks, paper proposals and steering group sessions all take a significant investment to prepare, avoiding “difficult” conversations by …

Episode 249: Was Tom Landry cool?

July 31st, 2020


The week we discuss New Relic’s open source plans, why monitoring is so complicated and try to unravel the mystery of enterprise pricing. Plus, Coté …

Episode 248: They want cloud grade

July 24th, 2020


We recap the recent announcements from Google Next and discuss Rackspace's upcoming IPO. Plus, Coté reviews the ambient noise videos on YouTube.

The …

Episode 247: Richard Seroter on App Modernization

July 16th, 2020


On this episode Brandon interviews Richard Seroter from Google. They discuss Richard's career, Product Management & Marketing, Google Anthos and what App Modernization really means. Plus, Richard tells us how a …

Episode 246: Istio-washing, 20 domain names, .docx

July 11th, 2020


We discuss: the trademark moves of Google; open source skullduggery; why Slack has the upper-hand on Teams…or not?; and Coté’s growing love of .docx …

Episode 245: Michael Coté’s Discount Webinar Barn, aka, The Webinar Episode

July 3rd, 2020


Come with us as we solve life’s greatest mystery: lead-genless webinars. Coté also gives his 10 day in review of Hey email. Also, theories on …

Episode 244: Kylie Grenier on Digital Transformation

June 30th, 2020


Brandon interviews Kylie Grenier from DXC Technology. They discuss Kylie's experience in leading digital transformation in the public sector, her …

Episode 243: This one goes out to all the cross-country truckers

June 26th, 2020


Extracting configs with awk, Apple announces stuff, and salad dressing. That’s the topics. Mostly.

Mood board:

  • One
  • How come Slack doesn’t have a …

Episode 242: Brian Gracely on OpenShift

June 22nd, 2020


On this episode Brandon interviews Brian Gracely from Red Hat. They discuss Brian's early career at Cisco, his experience with OpenStack, why he joined Red Hat and what's happening with OpenShift. Plus, Brian tells us …

Episode 241: Ask more questions, send more one line emails

June 19th, 2020


Can email ever be fixed, or is GMail good enough? We discuss. Plus, Coté complains about how he should probably start asking more questions instead …

Episode 240: Todd Gardner on building Web Apps with JavaScript

June 15th, 2020


Brandon interviews Todd Gardner from TrackJS. They discuss Todd's career and how his consulting projects led him to start TrackJS. Plus, Todd offers …

Episode 239: Coté got up at 2am

June 12th, 2020


We dream of video conferencing in Zoom, ask whatever happened to Big Data, discuss how little agile practices are followed despite their proven …

Episode 238: Shannon Williams on Kubernetes-as-a-Service

June 9th, 2020


Brandon interviews Shannon Williams from Rancher Labs. They discuss Shannon's journey from journalism to startup founder and how Rancher delivers Kubernetes-as-a-Service. Plus, Shannon recommends his top ski resort in …

Episode 237: Cisco’s string of pearls, also, “daddy, are pirates real?”

June 5th, 2020


What is a ThousandEyes, Cisco’s acquired businesses and oddly named BUs, nailing your bi-annual performance review. Plus, a review of ChefCon online.

Episode 236: Margaret Staples from Twilio on Building Games, Dev Evangelism and Owls.

June 2nd, 2020


Brandon interviews Margaret Staples from Twilio and they discuss building games, Dev Evangelism, working at Twilio and her latest project …

Episode 235: The Real Kube MoMs of Cloud Candy Land

May 29th, 2020


Microsoft nails the Linux desktop and it’s cloud MoM’s for everyone. Plus, Coté goes over the thrilling world of Outlook email rules.

Mood board:

Episode 234: The “severe ramifications” episode

May 22nd, 2020


We discuss Facebook’s remote work policy, predictions of 8% less IT spending, the good Slack has done for humanity, and the mystery of a beloved blog …

Episode 233: There’s no space for startups here

May 15th, 2020


On this episode we discuss Tik Tok, OpenShift vs. VMware, Amazon simplifying YAML, Eclipse moving to Europe, Unreal Engine 5 and Datadog wins big.

Episode 232: Amazon’s doing OK

May 8th, 2020


AWS and Azure announce earnings, Backblaze takes on Amazon, Cloud Native Survey Results and Fortnite takes our suggestions. Plus, Matt updates us on …

Episode 231: Now Oracle has their Spotify

May 1st, 2020


Google (maybe) acquiring D2IQ, Zoom picks Oracle, Chef’s latest release and more Fortnite discussion. Plus, Matt Ray updates us on his quest to turn …

Episode 230: Who is Travis Scott?

April 24th, 2020


On this week’s episode: Andreessen says it’s time build, Verizon buys Bluejeans, Splunk maybe watching and Google is giving Istio to a foundation. Plus, we offer informed opinions on Travis Scott and Fortnite.

The …

Episode 229: Does it work with JSON? That’s what I do

April 17th, 2020


On this episode: Apple and Google team up, AWS Fargate has a new release, Github gives stuff away, Coder gets funding and Matt offers his advice to …

Episode 228: Professor Jeremy Hajek on IT Education

April 14th, 2020


Brandon interviews Professor Jeremy Hajek from Illinois Tech about what it's like to teach Information Technology in today's rapidy changing IT …

Episode 227: The Hot Take Episode

April 11th, 2020


This week we offer hot takes on a whole bunch of topics including: COBOL, Unikernels, AWS Bottlerocket, Zoom, Slack, Circle CI, Marketplaces and IBM.

Episode 226: Justin Garrison on Cloud Native Infrastructure

April 3rd, 2020


This week Coté interviews Justin Garrison coauthor of Cloud Native Infrastructure. They discuss all things "Cloud Native" and what it's like to be a software engineer who helps make movies.

Photo by David Brooke …

Episode 225: All my kids have opinions on Scratch

March 27th, 2020


We discuss micoVMs vs. Containers and Intel vs. ARM. Plus, Matt offers advice on when to teach your children about Github. Big congrats to Coté and …

Episode 224: Miles Matthias on getting started with Containers and Kubernetes

March 24th, 2020


Brandon interviews Miles Matthias from Container Heroes and they discuss how to get started with Containers, Kubernetes, Envoy, Istio and Spinnaker. …

Episode 223: What’s a Terraform?

March 19th, 2020


Coté finally learns what HashiCorp does. Also, yellow rubber gloves.

Mood Board:

  • Blur my foreground, that’s what I want.
  • No Yodas
  • Lot of rubber …

Episode 222: Self quarantining with half-baked bread

March 13th, 2020

Self quarantining with half-baked bread

Most of our time is spent discussing the joys of eating half-baked bread. We also discuss what a Tanzu is, kubernetes konspiracy theories, and Oxide the new private cloud …

Episode 221: How to turn $2bn into $5bn

March 5th, 2020


Coté probably messed up his math on the Thoma Bravo profit from Compuware. Maybe it's more like $5bn. But, obviously, he's just farting around with …

Episode 220: Everyone loves white papers

February 27th, 2020

Everyone loves white papers

Are white papers a force for good or evil? We discuss. Also, the $20,000 AMI and Coté’s current kubernetes comprehension.

Episode 219: Paranoid security, not paranoid schizophrenic

February 20th, 2020


We try to make sense of the latest Google news, discuss who's spying on whom and a few hot takes on the latest M&A. Plus, Matt Ray teaches us …

Episode 218: Kubernetes for developers, with Charles Lowell

February 14th, 2020


"I don't care about networking...and load balancing."

There's a lot of new concepts and stuff to learn when it comes to developing applications that will run on kubernetes. In this episode, Coté talks with Charles …

Episode 217: You’re eating your hamburger wrong - IBM, unlocking value at Compuware, microservices are dead

February 8th, 2020


With a new CEO and president at IBM, we talk about what’s been going on good and bad at IBM in recent years. Big bets were made and that whole cloud …

Episode 216: I would give it 5 stars if you still did stars.

January 31st, 2020


How do we fix Privacy? How do you compete with AWS? Is the iPad a hit product? We discuss all this and Matt Ray teaches us how to decouple applications from the operating system. Plus, we offer more advice about tacos.

Episode 215: The Jez Humble/Life Insurance Renewal PDF Continuum

January 24th, 2020


Coté proposes that there’s three types of apps to pay attention to in enterprises. Or something like that. Also, he has a magical method for doing digital transformation: actually do it. We open up discussing the …

Episode 214: VPNs, Windows 7 EoL, & Crapplications

January 18th, 2020


This week the title says it all. There’s also some more bread talk.

Mood board:

  • “I love the talk about bread, can I get some stickers.”
  • Do they …

Episode 213: The inglorious cloud basterds

January 10th, 2020


We discuss weird speculation that Google Cloud would buy Salesforce. It seems like bullshit, mostly, but it gives us a good jumping off point to talk …

Episode 211: Adam Jacob on Open Source

December 27th, 2019


Holiday Special! Matt and Brandon interview Adam Jacob about open source and being a founder of Chef.

Orginally aired on Software Defined …

Episode 210: “What choice do we have?”

December 18th, 2019

“What choice do we have?”

At the end of the year, we answer listener questions. From middle-names, to athletes, to advice to startups. Also, we talk open source in 2020 predictions, that NYTimes story on Amazon, and …

Episode 209: The Carl Weathers Cluster

December 12th, 2019


This week: that best gadgets from the past ten years article, dreams of kubernetes on old hardware, and 451 Research’s acquisition.

Ask us questions …

Episode 208: re:Invent, Oracle's stickyness, and medieval stick candy-bread

December 6th, 2019


It’s the re:Invent episode! We also have digressions/delights on why Oracle is so sticky despite (rival vendors tell us) how much people want to leave it. And, since it’s that time of year, Sinterklaas. Sometime in …

Episode 207: All the good stuff is proprietary

November 28th, 2019


Why does SDN even exist? (No, not SDT, but Software Defined Networking). Also, we discuss a recent Google Anthos interview as well, some kubernetes …

Episode 206: The Sanka of hot sauces

November 23rd, 2019


We discuss Kubecon and Slack vs. Microsoft Teams. Pretty frothy stuff!

Hey, Coté got off his ass and finally revved back up his newsletter. People love it! Subscribe and tell all your friends to subscribe.

Mood board:

Episode 205: No Change in our journey

November 14th, 2019


Coté is eating and drinking in this episode, so deal with it. Also, we discuss some odd slides, Mirantis buying Docker Enterprise, and saving code with vikings.

Hey, Coté got off his ass and finally reved back up his …

Episode 204: Foiled by Physical Access Again

November 8th, 2019


We dig into the Microsoft Azure Arc announcement and discuss when or if a multi-cloud strategy makes sense. Plus, Matt explains how daylight savings …

Episode 203: Military clouds, stock IDEs, and team meetings

November 1st, 2019


The annual team meetings are rolling around - what should you be doing and expecting from them? Also, we discuss what a big contract like JEDI can …

Episode 202: Does Nike make pleated khakis?

October 25th, 2019


How important is domain knowledge for a new CEO? What is the key to building a successful Open Source Business? What is Kelsey Hightower really …

Episode 201: The 10 pillar strategy

October 18th, 2019


"This week there has been a lot of confusion on social media” around MeetUp charging more, along with the launch of a rival service at LinkedIn. Yeah, we get deep into LinkedIn talk! Then we discuss into what exactly a …

Episode 200: The mystery of the 2,000

October 11th, 2019

The mystery of the 2,000

Two thrilling topics this week: moderating panels and the mystery of Oracle cloud. Also, some Austin talk.

Mood board:

Episode 199: 15 meters of cereal

October 4th, 2019


Smokin’ hot webinar tips in this one, tips on things to put on your mouth in Austin, and then scandal in the open source world is getting fun again!

Hey, Coté got off his ass and finally revved back up his newsletter. …

Episode 198: Don’t get a Private Jet

September 27th, 2019


Matt explains the GitLab vs. CloudBees kerfuffle, Coté offers advice when attending a DevOps Day, we also recommend never buying a corporate jet. Plus, there is some discussion of AXE Body Spray.

Hey, Coté got off his …

Episode 197: WAR_BIRDS

September 21st, 2019


The season of IPOs, bullshit HR tells you about salary, and feeding ravenous 9 year olds.

Hey, Coté got off his ass and finally reved back up his …

Episode 196: The janitor strategy

September 13th, 2019


Developers don’t buy anything, but they make other people buy things. We try to, once again, build a theory of how developers drive IT spend. Also: hotel shampoo bottles, Scottish vikings, and Kiwi slang.

Hey, Coté got …

Episode 195: Elite isn’t Elite enough

September 6th, 2019


Searched Guard stole some code, lots of “elites” in the State of DevOps Report and should we really cry for Docker? Plus, we talk Australia Punters …

Episode 194: Datadog's S1, Ping, vKubernates

August 29th, 2019


This week, the title says it all.

Mood board:

  • Jandels and togs
  • That’s why they call it The Lucky Country.
  • Decoding “Fly-Wheel.”
  • 1 part synergy and …

Episode 193: “WE” need a forensic accountant for the show.

August 22nd, 2019

“WE” need a forensic accountant for the show.

SignalFX gets bought for a billion, Microsoft buys jClarity and VMWare is buying Pivotal…again? We discuss all this and “WE” try to make sense of all this fancy “trademark …

Episode 192: Coté still doesn’t understand how startup valuations work

August 15th, 2019


We discuss WeWork vs. Regus, Cloudera, and tumblr. Plus, some clarifications on trans-dimensional bomb defusing.

Mood board:

  • You talk about the …

Episode 190: Speaking of nachos, more earnings this week. Plus, identity theft.

August 3rd, 2019

Speaking of nachos, more earnings this week. Plus, identity theft.

There’s a clutch of data breaches this week and Coté finally learns why this is bad. Also, monitoring company IPOs, nachos, and the eating management …

Episode 189: The 6 clouds you’ll meet in the MQ

July 26th, 2019


It’s cloud magic time! We go over the evolution of the IaaS Gartner Magic Quadrant, or whatever it’s called now. Plus, is it so hard to do do …

Episode 188: The transit private/public partnership, and, yeah, still, of course, kubernetes shit of the week

July 20th, 2019


There’s a couple kubernetes announcements this week: we mostly talk about Pivotal’s, and a tad on IBM. Plus, maybe scooters are actually good for cities and compiling source code for your infrastructure software is …

Episode 187: Beyond the Fitzgeraldian Theory of Cloud Barriers to Entry

July 13th, 2019


With IBM closing its acquisition of Red Hat, we discuss the changing mechanics of an enterprise software business. Why do we think the big clouds …

Episode 186: SLOs, SLIs, SLAs, and SRE, or, Finding “The Business”

July 5th, 2019

SLOs, SLIs, SLAs, and SRE, or, Finding “The Business”

How do SLOs really work, and how do you find "the business"? The three of us couldn't get …

Episode 185: Drink your own dog food

July 1st, 2019

Drink your own dog food

No matter the searing product strategy insight, ops is always left holding the bag. With few exceptions (like NSX), …

Episode 184: The developer survey bong talk SIG

June 21st, 2019


Do organizations ever just want to do a good job? Not really. Also, after looking through a new developer survey: Developers change what they use, but pretty much stay the same. Also, half of the, still don’t use build …

Episode 183: Miller Time is a state of mind

June 14th, 2019


Lowering your expectations on open source is a favorite topic of ours, so we return to it. Spoiler: people gotta make money somehow. Also, we explore inebriation in Amsterdam and other locales, Mary Meeker’s slide fest, …

Episode 182: It’s chaos week in Enterprise Software!

June 7th, 2019


It’s chaos week in Enterprise Software! Cloudera misses their forecast, Oracle and Microsoft team up on cloud computing and more open source licensing discussion. Plus, we try to make sense of the metric system once and …

Episode 181: There wasn’t a sign that said I was in a drum circle zone

June 3rd, 2019


You can now pay open source developers directly, well, those in the closed beta. Seems like a good idea, really. Also, the Commonwealth and Friends club doesn’t like Huawei, and thought lords can be bores.

Hey! Want to …

Episode 180: “I’m not sure Mudhoney plays a lot of corporate events”

May 24th, 2019


Matt goes to ChefConf, Microsoft launches a new Service Mesh and turns out SMS is pretty good for two-factor authentication. Plus, we brainstorm about a new type of conference and then we talk more about tacos, always …

Episode 179: I don’t know if it has a pickle plugin

May 16th, 2019

I don’t know if it has a pickle plugin

Salesforce synergizing at IBM and Red Hat, VMware buys Bitnami, and Linux Desktop market share analysis. …

Episode 178: What is this: a fucking <marquee/> tag?

May 9th, 2019


Putting together the M&A case for Docker, Microsoft Build, Google I/O, and Oracle’s cloud grudge.


  • The Most Expensive Free Dog in the …

Episode 177: "It’s going to be just as fast as Google Fiber”

May 3rd, 2019


Microsoft and VMware made peace, Java goes native, Apache goes to Github and Red Hat gets a new logo. Plus, Matt Ray explains why the Internet in …

Episode 176: This used to be something I have, now it’s something I know.

April 26th, 2019


Airports, the challenges of the CI/CD market, authentication woes.


“Why don’t you just do this.”
86.1 degrees.
The cold side of the pillow.

Episode 175: “I’m still not going to learn Celsius.”

April 19th, 2019


With Matt Ray out sick, Coté and Brandon discuss what the Pentagon’s JEDI contract means for cloud vendors, PagerDuty going public and what exactly do developers need to know about Kubernetes. Plus, Coté offers …

Episode 174: The multi-hybrid kubernetes cloud control plan, just in time for MOM!

April 11th, 2019


With Matt gone, Coté & Brandon speculate wildly about Google’s multi-cloud management announcement, Anthos. They should have just read the docs, …

Episode 173: Tacos tomorrow, voice & AI are garbage

April 5th, 2019


IBM Watson didn’t work so well in health care, maybe it was too early. Also, Chef goes full open source, with Apache 2. Meanwhile, Coté has to pay …

Episode 172: The Mainframe Strangler

March 29th, 2019


There’s a new kubernetes, Oracle lay-offs, Zoom.US, and the problem with mainframe complainers.


USB-C. Fuck that shit.
Don’t read the comments.
Don’t throw out the executives with the bathwater.
They’re using …

Episode 171: Tradies, plus, your Quarterly Linux Update

March 22nd, 2019

Tradies, plus, your Quarterly Linux Update

SUSE is independent again, so we discuss what’s up with it and its uses. Open source, when mixed with business, is back once again: Coté craves some intellectual closer. Also, …

Episode 170: Look what you made me do Elasticsearch

March 15th, 2019

Look what you made me do Elasticsearch

NGINX gets bought, AWS and Elasticsearch are fighting, and why are there so many tech foundations? All this and more on this week’s episode. Plus, Matt Ray tells us how he …

Episode 169: No one gets promoted for giving free wifi to visitors

March 9th, 2019


Nobody’s going to take it over, sorry startups!
The 4 Horsemen of Configuration Management
They need Java in Cincinnati.
The Mongols have no wine.

Episode 168: What executives actually want to hear

March 1st, 2019


There’s a lot of notions about what IT executives actually want to hear in a presentation. It turns out that, like all of us, they just want to hear what they want to hear. Also, is kubernetes really a platform for …

Episode 167: "Write this on your hand: July 9, 2019.”

February 22nd, 2019


Google goes enterprise, Time to upgrade Win 2008, Redis changes licenses again. All this and more in this episode. Plus, Matt explains good parenting …

Episode 166: "Not yet public cloud"

February 15th, 2019


Matt makes his return! What do vendors mean by “multi-cloud” and “digital transformation.” Could Ben Thompson’s aggregation theory apply to the …

Episode 165: Lock-in is a lie, or, paying for Java support

February 7th, 2019


Should you pay for Java support? Now you get to decide! It’s more kindle for the lock-in fire. Also, some uninformed commentary on “surveillance …

Episode 164: “Sorting out Feuds”

February 1st, 2019


This week we discuss why Facebook, Google and Apple are fighting., what makes Enterprise Sales so hard and Coté explains why he misses American …

Episode 163: 5 things Obama doesn’t want you to know about scorecards

January 25th, 2019


Coté has a late night, mental breakdown about scorecards. Can Brandon save him? Also, kafka, Travis CI, and snow.

Relevant to your interests

Episode 162: The effect, also, LTS and the mysteries of software pricing

January 18th, 2019


Are we still on that open source licensing thing? Yes. “The most boring topic of all time.” Also, Slack's logo and long term support software …

Episode 161: “Dad Mode Wins”

January 10th, 2019


Matt and Brandon discuss the“Non-Compete Software” movement, management changes at Chef and how Github just made everyone’s live a little easier. Plus, we offer tips for Dad’s traveling with kids.

Relevant to your …

New Year's Bonus -- Jake Moilanen Interview

January 3rd, 2019


Jake Moilanen started and sold two companies and is now joining the ranks of Venture Capital. We discuss his career, his approach to investing and he …

Holiday Bonus -- Don't call me an "evangelist"

December 27th, 2018


Brandon interviews Coté about what it's like to be a tech evangelist. Call it "developer advocacy," "developer relations," being a "thought leader," or just a straight up hustler - it's a job that most companies in the …

Episode 160: “Open Source, still not a business model”

December 21st, 2018


Should cloud providers be able to host open source software? Exactly, what does the Australia Assistance Act mean for employees? What is Melbourne …

Episode 159: "Cloud native is pretty simple. You just need to know Kubernetes, Prometheus, Fluentd, Jaeger, Envoy, Core DNS, Linkerd, Rook, Vitess, Etcd and Raft."

December 15th, 2018


This week we recap all the news and announcements from the KubeCon Keynotes and discuss the repercussions of Australia’s new encryption-busting law. Plus, Brandon offers his review of “The Illustrated Children’s Guide …

Episode 158: Istio is only a check box away

December 8th, 2018


Istio comes to GKE, Kubernetes needs to be patched, Microsoft & Docker announce a standard and what is going on at Faceback. We talk about all this and give you some tips for your next QBR.

Relevant to your …

Episode 157: Brandon takes a victory lap & Australia muthafuckers!

November 30th, 2018


It’s AWS re:Invent. We talk about the “everything” of it, private cloud, and some RC cars. Also, what exactly is a “field CTO”?

AWS Announcements

Episode 155: Existing investments & business innovation fuel

November 15th, 2018


Hybrid cloud and kubernetes with Cisco, and the latest beard analysis from the OpenStack community, and some spontaneous ERP and ethics of Facebook meandering - all this week in our power episode!

Relevant to your …

Episode 154: Singapore Sanka & tech idears

November 11th, 2018


More consolidation in the kubernetes community, plus the X Windowing System and Canonical. Related: “I’m not waiting for an answer, I’m just going to …

Episode 153: “I have no idea, but I’ll go on,” or IBM buying Red Hat

November 1st, 2018


IBM is buying Red Hat. Topic acquired.

Sponsored by DataDog

This episode is sponsored by Datadog and this week Datadog wants you to know about Watchdog.

Watchdog automatically detects performance problems in your …

Episode 152: Who put robots in my clouds? Oracle OpenWorld

October 24th, 2018


There’s all sorts of cloud stuff coming out of Oracle OpenWorld this week, so Brando and Coté talk about the mouth-feel of the news. Related, Amazon’s attempts to get off Oracle in Ohio, iCloud dropping out, and JEDI …

Episode 151: Who vivisected Mr Peanut?

October 18th, 2018


Whether you’re in the Malaysian cement industry or not, there’s something for you in this episode: serverless vs. FaaS, Docker’s funding, Crossing the Chasm revisited, and GitHub actions.

Sponsored by Datadog

This …

The dogs under the desk people, plus, Elastic, Cloudera/Hortonworks, and hotel loyalty programs and breakfast buffets

October 11th, 2018


Changing the “culture” at a large company is impossibly hard, few get through it. And, it’s little wonder, you’re usually asking them to do …

Episode 149: Selling enterprise software to governments (insert funnier title here)

October 5th, 2018


With Coté worn out from travel and confused with expenses, we talk about the unique-ish problems of selling software to government agencies. There's 6 problems they have, and three types of motivation for changing up …

Episode 148: What do these consultants do anyway?

September 28th, 2018


We discuss the recent Linux controversy resulting in Linus Torvalds taking some time off, review the latest release from Chef and try to figure out …

Episode 147: Strategy, the systems management company lifecycle, or, Adobe didn’t fuck it up!

September 21st, 2018


There’s lots of monitoring and systems management M&A and funding this week, so we talk about the cycle of systems management companies. It seems like Atlassian is starting up and operations product line with the …

Episode 146: The 2018 State of DevOps Report, a gander

September 6th, 2018


This year’s DevOps Report, as always, great. The new sections on culture and a peek at finance are dandy. We discuss it.

Relevant to your interests

Episode 145: Redis be like “I just stepped into a big pile of…SaaSy!”

August 31st, 2018


This week, we discuss Redis’ license changing move, open source business models in general (of course), SUSE revenue, and some VMworld selections.

Bonus Episode -- Interview with Dustin Kirkland from Google

August 23rd, 2018


This is a bonus edition of Software Defined Talk. Make sure to subscribe to Software Defined Interviews for more conversations like this one.

Dustin Kirkland joins us to discuss Linux, Cloud Computing and making wine. …

Episode 144: GDPR, Observability, & more on the mystery of serverless, still with half-assed research

August 17th, 2018


“That was the problem: I was always Tech Matt.”

The title says it all.

Sponsored by Datadog

This episode is sponsored by Datadog and this week they Datadog wants you to know about Trace Search & Analytics.

Episode 143: Serverless now just means “programming”

August 10th, 2018


After some rumination, Coté thins that the people backing “serverless” are just wangling to make it mean “doing programming with containers on clouds.” That is, just programming. At some point, it meant an event based …

Episode 142: Harness that peer pressure for good

July 27th, 2018

"Harness that peer pressure for good”

This week we cover all the important announcements from the Google Next conference including: GKE On-Prem, Knative and “serverless containers.” Plus, an important parenting …

Episode 141: Broadcom acquiring CA, AT&T acquiring AlienVault, the mysteries of cloud native vendor product management

July 12th, 2018


We try to discern the strategy behind two acquisitions this week: Broadcom buying CA and AT&T buying AlienVault. Seems fine. Meanwhile, you get …

Episode 140: Meanwhile, in microchips…

July 6th, 2018


For some reason, we talk about Intel. Plus, SUSE going PE and sun screen strategies for kids.

Meet us in Austin

Episode 139: “Docker? Never heard of ‘em.”

June 29th, 2018


Why would a company buy Docker? With “near triple digit revenue,” perhaps there’s a good business model to match the interest in free, but, in turn, …

Episode 138: 8 Duffle bags, some permitted food enhancer and, GitHub goes to Redmond

June 7th, 2018


GItHub got bought so we breakdown what it all means for devs and open source. Matt Ray offers expert tips on relocating your family aboard as Coté prepares to move to Amsterdam. Finally, we announced the first live in …

Episode 137: “I didn’t choose the Immortan Joe life-style, it chose me.”

June 1st, 2018


There’s a new IaaS magic quadrant out that we finally take a look at. Plus, with some nerd-fighting in the kubernetes world, we discuss the point of all these blinking cursors.

This episode brought to you by: Datadog!

Episode 136: That time Matt didn’t eat for 24 hours, or, #chefconf 2018

May 25th, 2018


“Packaging,” let’s talk about it - still your beating heart, dear listeners! We discuss the news, eats, and entertainment from ChefConf and then dip into the news from the OpenStack summit. As we meander between those …

Episode 135: Coté's magical, mystery mortgage application workflow, or, "serverless: WTAFF?!"

May 18th, 2018


We discuss recent kubernetes news, London, and whatever the hell "serverless" is.

If you’re lucky enough to have access, check out Hammond & …

Episode 134: “Hardly enough diggities”

May 11th, 2018


Conference season is upon us so we recap all the announcements from Google I/O and Microsoft Build. We also discuss the Mesosphere funding and attempt to deceiver what exactly they are doing with DC/OS. Finally, we have …

Episode 133: If only there was some way to automate software deploys, hopefully with yaml…?

May 4th, 2018


There’s a lot of container and kubernetes news this week what with KubeCon. We discuss some highlights from there, including Google’s gVisor project, angling to make life more secure in cloud native land. We then …

Episode 132: Capturing dumpling juice, the Pentagon selects AWS, & Thor

April 30th, 2018


Eating dumplings, it turns out, is more complicated than just sticking them in your dumpling hole, as Coté found out in Bangkok thanks to a …

Episode 131: How to eat (Hill Country) BBQ, plus, PE in systems management

April 20th, 2018


It’s hard to be a medium sized systems management (“monitoring”) company: you either have to niche it out and exit early, or go big. With some recent funding and PE activity in that area, Brandon and Coté discuss that. …

Episode 130: CROSS-OVER BONUS! Christopher Luciano on Kubernetes & Istio - Software Defined Interviews

April 12th, 2018


Why does kubernetes even exist, why don’t existing things work just as well for it? And then what kind of applications can you run on it, at least …

Episode 129: Amazon’s serverless strategy: what happens next will shock you!

April 6th, 2018


“In Australia, I have access to all the Full House episodes.”

We finally nail down Amazon’s strategy with serverless (AWS Lambda), and also go over …

Episode 128: “Mark’s home, actually, it costs about the same as this”

March 30th, 2018


Talking about Facebook this week is inescapable, so we do, but in a rant-y kind of way. We also discuss Oracle’s plans to hire 10,000 more people in …

Episode 127: Nothing but "cold takes" on Mulesoft, Red Hat and the Facebook

March 24th, 2018


We discuss Salesforce buying Mulesoft, rumors about Google buying Red Hat and provide cold takes on the Facebook crisis. Plus, Matt Ray explains why …

Episode 126: “Broad, but an inch deep.”

March 16th, 2018


This week we recap all the important events at SXSW Interactive, explain why Netflix is not going to be an enterprise cloud vendor, discuss Microsoft's decision to open source Service Fabric and recommend never ordering …

Episode 125: Kubernetes was never for developers…probably. Hold on…hrm.

March 9th, 2018


Did developers have a major impact on the rise of kubernetes? Opinions differ, as we discuss. We also talk about what, if anything, cloud companies owe open source and strategies for picking which conferences to send …

Episode 124: “These pants are all too small,” or Dropbox and all the great public clouds

March 2nd, 2018


Dropbox made $1.1bn last year, which is mind-blowing. What can we learn from the way Dropbox wiggled it’s way into so many people’s lives (11m paying users, it seems) versus competitors like Box? Well, probably a lot …

Episode 123: Mesh, Monitoring & Compliance

February 22nd, 2018


This week we explain everything you need to know about monitoring and compliance. Plus, we review this history of the monolith and how it led to …

Episode 122: Don’t get wasted at sales kick-off, & Coté needs to stop being so pessimistic

February 15th, 2018


It’s our annual surviving sales kick-off show. There’s some exciting developments in Coté’s life on the stage and trenchant tips from Matt and Brandon (spoiler: don’t get wasted!). We also discuss the odd trend of …

Episode 121: Does GDPR work? Cisco/AppDynamics, Solarwinds, & Honeycomb

February 8th, 2018


Due to Coté feeling weird (and, subsequently, being diagnosed with the flu), this week you get a curated selection of our new podcast, Software Defined Interviews. There are two artisanal selected clips. First, a …

Episode 120: RedHat buys CoreOS, Heptio DOES NOT have a distro - the kubernetes kids are over their Christmas hangovers

February 5th, 2018


Red Hat buys CoreOS, 451 says the container market is worth $1.5bn now and will more than double by 2021, Heptio and Cisco put out Kubernetes distros. Also, Bezos, Buffet, and Dimon are gonna fix healthcare.

75% of …

Episode 119: The ethics of fur lined shoes, bi-modal IT critiques, & Amazon HQ2

January 23rd, 2018


Amazon has narrowed down it’s search for a second headquarters to 20 cities. Is the promise of 50,000 jobs and $38bn shot into the local economy worth it? We don’t really know, of course, but we talk through some issues …


January 19th, 2018


This week, regular Software Defined Talk listeners get a free episode of our members only podcast. If you like this, sign-up to get access to these …

Episode 118: Bad chips, garbage home IoT, & cloud spending

January 17th, 2018


Sure, there’s something wrong with all those chips, but what exactly is it? More importantly, how would you exploit it and protect yourself from it. …

Episode 117: Who is the CISO?

December 26th, 2017


With Cotê and Matt Ray away on vacation, Brandon takes over the feed to talk all about security. Andy Land from the CISO Exec Network joins us to …

Episode 116: Predictions &co.

December 19th, 2017


What’s going to happen in 2018? No really knows, but people love predicting things this time of year. We can’t resist it so dip out toes in the same game and review some predictions from our friends at Gartner as well. …

Episode 115: Confularity at Kublecon

December 13th, 2017


We finally get to the bottom of what this kubernetes thing is and is not, thanks to guest co-host, Andrew Clay Shafer. There is no co-host shortage.

Episode 114: SpringOne, talking with analysts, in-browser IDEs, & dressing for SF HA-HA-BUSINESS meetings

December 6th, 2017


It’s SpringOne Platform this week so Coté reports on the Pivotal Cloud Foundry 2.0 announcements, shipping Pivotal’s kubernetes offering, serverless, and more. We also cover the left-over news from re:Invent. We also …

Episode 113: All the great AWS re:Invent news

November 30th, 2017


There’s no clever title this week, just straight to the point of covering the highlights of AWS re:Invent this week. They got the kubernetes now! There’s a passel of releases as well. We also discuss some other news …

Episode 112: SaaS lunches will be eaten?

November 21st, 2017


With Coté away attending to family matters, Matt Ray and Brandon have a lively discussion about the origins of VMware, product strategy and preview possible AWS Re:invent announcements. We also discuss how to celebrate …

Episode 111: 280 characters on PowerPoint, Product Management, & OpenStack

November 9th, 2017


With Coté stuck in the tail end of polishing up a new stump speech, we discuss the magic of creating the deck and the history of PowerPoint, based on …

Episode 110: s/private cloud/hybrid cloud/ig

November 2nd, 2017


This week, if you can stand it, we talk about why kubernetes won (no solid conclusions are reached), the announcement around Cisco and Google, and …

Episode 109: I’m getting Kubernetes Stockholm syndrome

October 20th, 2017


Docker’s now into kubernetes, being the last major vendor outside of Amazon to latch the orchestration framework into its strategy. Yup, as usual, it’s pretty much just kubernetes business yappin’.

This week’s …

Episode 108: FIXED! MOLLE all the dongles, DevOps snipe hunting, & Docker (claims it) cuts cost by 50%

October 12th, 2017


Has everyone gone kubernetes crazy? It seems like most buyers and sellers at least want it as an option and are, if you prefer the word, capitulating …

WHITE PAPER SPECIAL! Just another kubernetes article

October 4th, 2017


This week, we look at an article from Susan Hall at The New Stack. Susan is a solid reporter, so looking at her piece allows us to discuss the world …

Episode 107: Live from DevOpsDays Kansas City!

September 25th, 2017


Live from DevOpsDays Kansas City! Coté moderates a panel of speakers from the event. We discuss how widely DevOps is actually practiced, mentoring and filling the tech pipeline, security, and other topics, including …

Episode 106: Is “observability” just “instrumentation”? Or, monitoring sucks? No, you suck.

September 22nd, 2017


The DevOps kids have decided to come up with a new term “observability.” We get to the bottom of the WTF barrel on what that is - it sounds like a good word-project. Also, there’s a spate of kubernetes news, as always, …

WHITE PAPER SPECIAL! Kubernetes & container landscapes from Forrester & Gartner

September 1st, 2017


This week we look at a recent Forrester paper, “Navigate The Kubernetes Ecosystem,” by Charlie Dai and Dave Bartoletti from June 23rd, 2017 ($499 …

Episode 105: Kubernetes Rules Everything Around Me, VMworld, Pivotal Container Service

August 31st, 2017


It’s VMworld this week, so there’s fresh news from the Dell Technologies universe to sort through. VMware releases it’s SDDC on AWS scheme and …

Episode 104: “When I go to the grocery store, I just buy the bananas” - Amazon/Whole Goods, J(2)EE, building your own kubernetes stack

August 25th, 2017


Come Monday, we’ll see what full-on “digital transformation” looks like when Amazon fully owns Whole Foods. Also, Oracle is looking to move JEE to a …

Episode 103: AI is no longer limited by the garbage that is UNIX

August 17th, 2017


AWS plods on with new capabilities, this time with an AI and enterprise app migration focus, plus, AI: is it actually a thing? We also discuss Microsoft acquiring Cycle Computing and how HPC fits into cloud, also what …

Episode 102: That thermometer don’t work with my iPhone 7, also, AWS kube’ed & DevOps Thought Lordin’

August 10th, 2017


At long last, Amazon joins the CNCF to work on kubernetes and container related projects. While it's not incredibly clear how strong this embrace is, it's pretty high up there. We also discuss if there's any new topics …

Episode 101: Cloud is just "jigglin’ wires"

August 3rd, 2017


Calling in hot from New Braunfels Texas, we got a country mile’s worth of topics this week: we have container services from Microsoft, a lengthy discussion of how enterprise software companies organize their global …

Episode 100: “I’ve seen The Hot Dog more times this week than 2FA,” or, is The Hot Dog incremental innovation, or disruptive innovation?

July 20th, 2017


“Which chasm is being leaped by this hot dog app?”

Sniffing out a huge market in hot dog apps, Amazon might start a messaging app. Also, Google has their ant-data gravity device out and Basho seems to be shutting down. …

Episode 99: Private cloud is the Reuben sandwich of clouds, or, Shafer’s Theory of (Private) Cloud

July 14th, 2017


Microsoft will ship it’s private cloud stack, Azure Stack, in September. Will this work? Will people buy it? What could you even put in that cloud? …

Episode 98: “Do I just need some better medication?” or, advertising, antitrust, and talking to strangers

July 6th, 2017


Without advertising, there would be no capitalism, and, if you’re not constantly afraid of the DoJ knocking at your door, you’re probably doing it …

Episode 97: The novel strategy of making money, and investing to do so - Amazon + Whole Foods

June 29th, 2017


Looks like we’ll be getting cheaper organic food what with Amazon buying Whole Foods. What exactly is the strategy at play here, though? Other than …

Episode 96: An AWS private cloud strategy, kubernetes aplenty, microservices by yaml, & detailed hot-dog creature analysis

June 2nd, 2017


The cat-nip of Mary Meeker's Internet Trends report is out this week so we discuss the highlights which leads to a sudden discussion of what an …

Episode 95: Beans, fruit, booze, bathrooms, & ChefConf

May 24th, 2017


Live-to-tape from ChefConf 2017, in Austin, we talk about what's going on in Chef land now, esp. in relation to compliance/policy and Habitat. We …

Episode 94: The Donnie Berkholz Episode, "Freedom in health-care: a regular 'heck of a job, Comey' situation," DevOps & security, & Canonical's IPO ambitions

May 16th, 2017


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 …

Episode 93: Cloud Rules Everything Around Me - Red Hat, Moby, Docker CEO, and Halo Effect’ing The First Cloud Wars

May 3rd, 2017


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 hindsight analysis of what wrong with the losers of the Cloud Wars. And, as always, …

Episode 92: The middle-class metallurgical people - boothing, streaming sportsball, M&As & IPOs

April 9th, 2017


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 …

Episode 91: Container orchestration framework names you can't pronounce, for $500. Or, everything’s coming Up kubernetes.

March 30th, 2017


We discuss the continual rise of Kubernetes, with Amazon as seemingly the main hold-out. This leads to a not-too-painful discussion of the stat of …

Episode 90: These strategies work really well except for when they’re totally fucked

March 15th, 2017


While it's unknown how much time you should let your kids play Minecraft, it's equally unclear at the moment who'll win the second cloud wars. …

Episode 89: The Shit Show Matrix, or, they’re following the playbook which is basically unprofitable

March 8th, 2017


Docker’s new enterprise SKUs and, once again, the open-core model. Also: IPO mania with Snap and MuleSoft. In discussion Docker EE, we start with a …

Episode 88: Docker is just cheap VMware, right?

February 18th, 2017


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 …

Episode 87: Snap's cloud billions, Google's social, Monitoring Startups considered hard, DHS wants your passwords

February 11th, 2017


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 …

Episode 86: Life after artisanal pork rinds (i.e. tech M&A), CostCo Down Under

January 30th, 2017


With a flurry of M&A over the past few weeks, we discuss some of the more popular ones: AppDynamics, Trello, and Apiary. These kind of buys are …

Episode 85: Being an analyst without being an asshole - Coté’s professional life, part 2

January 20th, 2017


In part two of Coté navel gazing, we discuss Coté’s life as an analyst and strategists. Matt Ray is off in Australia-land, so it’s just Brandon and Coté. We discuss: what IT analyst work on; working with marketers that …

Episode 84: 2017 Predictions: cloud, containers, AI

December 21st, 2016


After speculating on GitHub’s business we throw out our 2017 predictions. We cover AWS, containers, AI, and government IT. Since holiday family time …

Episode 83: I think the word we object to is "DevOps"

December 16th, 2016


...Statler and Waldorf talk with Fozzie
...What's the "OpsOps" of DevOps?.
...Never say you're going to spend $1bn on anything

What exactly is DevOps? We dare to discuss that at first and then get into Amazon's new …

Episode 82: Attack of the two-pizza teams

December 8th, 2016


...Eventually, someone has to clean up the leftover pizza.

...That sweet OpEx.

..."Easy to stay."

Amazon came out with a slew of features last week. This week we discuss them and take some cracks at the broad, …

Episode 81: DevOpsDays Sydney 2016

December 7th, 2016


It's a special interloper episode from Australia! Matt Ray guests on the Arrested DevOps show live-to-tape from DevOpsDays Sydney, along with Bridget …

Episode 80: The case for flying Southwest and Oracle buying Dyn, and containers

November 28th, 2016


With all the domestic, direct flight, the gang lays out the case for Southwest. Coté salivates at the prospect but is worried about sitting next to chicken cages, but there's plenty of $500 shoe sales people on board. …

Episode 79: From a vegan, clothing optional co-op to working with banks and oil companies - Coté’s professional life, part 1

November 17th, 2016


How does one go from living in a vegan, clothing option co-op working on a philosophy degree to hustling enterprise software? That's the story of Coté's career that we discuss in this episode. Matt Ray is out, getting …

Episode 78: Trump's possible effect on tech, plus, containers

November 11th, 2016


We discuss possible effects that the Trump presidency will have on the tech world. The ideas are more or less known, but the details and whether they'd be enacted are sketchy and unreliable. Before that, of course, we …

Episode 77: If you’re implementing pagination, you’re not doing agile.

November 4th, 2016


Is agile software development bullshit? This is what we discuss, along with a short tale of the best uber driver ever.

Show Notes Follow-up
  • Moved …

Episode 76: Convergental and the battle for the new stack

October 21st, 2016


With a new integration between Kubernetes and VMware, we once again discuss what exactly the battle of the new stack is and how companies could be …

Episode 75: "AWS and VMware are having a LAN party” or “Matt Ray’s deep story” or “some five year old gibberish”

October 14th, 2016


Big shakes in cloud land this week with VMware and AWS partnering up. Is this the hybrid cloud enterprises have been dreaming on? We also cover systems of records, Oracle, and something about Google phones. …

Episode 74: Being a tech evangelist, with Bridget Kromhout

October 1st, 2016


This week it’s just Coté and Bridget talking about tech evangelism, business travel, and other fascinating topics deep in the boiler room of whatever it is we do around here.

Listen above, subscribe to the feed (or

Episode 73: “My pants are full of brisket,” Apple updates, & Oracle storms the AWS castle

September 22nd, 2016


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 …

BONUS: DevOpsDays DFW, with ADO and The Food Right Show

September 22nd, 2016


At DevOpsDays DFW, Coté recorded a joint-podcast with Arrested DevOps and The Food Fight Show. Along with some local guests, we discuss the event, DevOpsDays, and computers in North Texas.

Episode 72: “Oh! Scurvy! Again.”

September 16th, 2016


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 Twitter acquisition rumors. Plus sentient carpets.

Episode 71: Unbreakable Docker, or, elephants, er, like other elephants

September 2nd, 2016


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 …

Episode 70: “No one wants to eat a finger-pie.”

August 27th, 2016


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 …

Episode 69: The two types of sales dudes you meet in heaven, the IaaS MQ, and layoffs

August 19th, 2016


There’s always good food in the enterprise sales meeting racket: gourmet pimento cheese, sushi and sake, and booze. Also, the Gartner magic quadrant for IaaS in out, which we discuss. With layoffs at Cisco we look at …

Episode 68: Too old for the buffet

August 5th, 2016



  • See for a full list of all the deals "mid-roll" stuff currently going on.

  • I have a discount code for Operability.IO, September …

Episode 67: Fried chicken, Docker Swarm, tech journalism, or, "but that sweet @MattRay interpolation, tho."

July 1st, 2016



Episode 66: I-Bankers Smokin' L's in the Hot-tub

June 17th, 2016



  • See for a full list of all the deals "mid-roll" stuff currently going on.

  • Get $50 off DevOpsDays Minneapolis, July 20th and …

Episode 65: The High-level WTF on "Scheduling"

June 10th, 2016

  • See for a full list of all the deals "mid-roll" stuff currently going on.
  • Get $50 off DevOpsDays Minneapolis, July 20th and …

Episode 64: Residential Diaper Rash

June 4th, 2016



  • Get $50 off DevOpsDays Minneapolis, July 20th and 21st, with the code SDT2016. I'll be getting some for Chicago and Seattle sometime too.

Episode 63: The Snack-Tracker, Uber in Austin, & Tater Salad

May 26th, 2016



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Episode 62: Peak Ping Pong

May 6th, 2016


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. …

Episode 61: Baltimore is not the same as Annapolis. Also, they like crab there

April 29th, 2016


OpenStack is crawling its way into the plateau of productivity, we submit, during this week of the OpenStack Summit. We also discuss the recent Docker survey findings, and some overly precise number on private vs. …

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