As enterprises go all in on the cloud, IT leaders and teams either fall behind or rise above. Altitude: The Unsung Heroes of Cloud Transformation explores the stories of IT leaders and teams who are overcoming the challenges of moving to the cloud and driving their businesses to the next level.
Hosted by Bryan “Woody” Woodworth, Sr. Principal Solutions Strategist at Aviatrix, Altitude shines a light on the unsung heroes who are navigating the cloud and finding new opportunities to innovate. Learn more: https://aviatrix.com/altitude/
Simplifying Kubernetes Adoption
In this episode of Altitude, Woody welcomes back Mitch Connors, Sr. Principal Engineer and Product Manager at Aviatrix. Mitch, with 19 years of experience as a developer, offers invaluable insights into the state of Kubernetes and containers in the industry.
The conversation revolves around the growth and challenges of Kubernetes adoption, this time at an industry level, with Mitch shedding light on the industry's fascination with Kubernetes and the complex landscape of platform engineering. They discuss the unique requirements for enterprise Kubernetes adoption and the need for a standardized model for networking that accommodates both traditional and container workloads.
Mitch also teases some exciting upcoming announcements from Aviatrix related to Kubernetes at the KubeCon event in Paris, offering a glimpse into Aviatrix's future direction in this space.
Listen to their first episode together on Altitude here: https://youtu.be/FVNjZ2XxphY?si=fsmMQLJRjkKKGSur Learn more about Altitude and host Woody: http://tinyurl.com/2ptmhs6h
Timestamped Overview:00:00 Transitioned to new role, learning product management.05:41 Platform team sizes vary but face challenges.09:18 Similarities between astrophysics and Kubernetes networking16:19 Consolidating network security policies with cryptographic identity.20:17 Expertise in cloud networking and Kubernetes migration.22:46 Service mesh market forecast fell short.
The Cloud Skills Gap: Unpacking the Skills that Matter
In this episode, Woody sits down with Mike Gibbs, Founder and CEO of Go Cloud Careers, and Elonzo Coleman, CMO of Go Cloud Careers, to delve into the skills gap in the cloud industry.
With Go Cloud Careers at the forefront of educational innovation in cloud computing, Mike and Elonzo dissect the modern cloud professional's toolkit, highlighting the skills that matter and the limitations of current cloud service provider (CSP) certifications. The CSP certifications fall short as they scratch the surface without diving into how the technology works, why you would use the technology, and how this technology meets the needs of the business.
They also explore the often-overlooked essentials for effective multicloud strategies, addressing the real-world challenges and adeptness required to thrive across varied cloud platforms. Mike and Elonzo argue that it's not the credentials that count, but the understanding of how the different cloud technologies come together and serve the overarching business goals. Lastly, they discuss how AI is changing the approach to the cloud skills gap.
Learn more about Altitude and host Woody: http://tinyurl.com/2ptmhs6h
Uncover critical insights from over 400 cloud, networking, and security practitioners in Aviatrix’s 2024 Secure Cloud Networking Field Report: http://tinyurl.com/48mb7b8w
Connect with Mike on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-gibbs-75820a/ Connect with Elonzo on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/elonzocoleman/
Timestamped Overview00:00 Intro00:29 Insights on the cloud skills gap from Aviatrix’s 2024 Secure Cloud Networking Field Report.01:20 Factors contributing to the skills gap. 02:48 The shortcomings of CSP certifications and the practical skills required to succeed in the cloud.07:50 Is the Cisco networking certification program still valuable?09:43 Comprehensive training in nontechnical and technical skills.13:13 How multicloud impacts the skills gap.13:51 Emphasizing the need for practical cloud training content.19:05 Traditional firewalls struggle in cloud environments for scalability.22:32 Automation trends in cloud infrastructure and security.25:06 Consistent training keeps networking skills current and competent.26:10 AI’s impact on the skills gap. Engineers transitioning to cloud architect roles need business skills.
The Year Ahead in Cloud – Trends and Expectations for 2024
In this episode of Altitude, Woody is joined by Brian Gracely, co-host of The Cloudcast podcast and Senior Director of Portfolio Strategy at Red Hat.
With his wealth of experience in the industry, Brian provides unique insights into potential trends for cloud customers in the year ahead. Brian and Woody discuss upcoming changes in migration, customer spending, and the role of AI in driving new business. While Brian and Woody agree that AI will lead to more spending and innovation, they deliberate on the future of cloud infrastructure in light of new AI demands and challenges. Will data for AI continue to move to the cloud, or will it be more successful at the edge?
Brian wraps up the conversation by emphasizing the need for mastering the fundamentals of cloud in order to succeed at scale with AI: “When your fundamentals aren’t there, and you’re just focused on the sizzle as opposed to the steak, that’s where you get yourself in trouble.”
Learn more about Altitude and host Woody: https://aviatrix.com/altitude/Check out The Cloudcast podcast: https://www.thecloudcast.net/ Connect with Brian on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/briangracely/
Timestamped Overview:00:00 Intro.05:29 Cloud providers offer ARM CPUs, addressing customer needs for reduced cloud costs.08:29 AI's explosive growth expands business opportunities.09:43 Tech companies rushing to capitalize on potential growth.15:14 Conundrum of data and compute in cloud.18:17 TCO study showed immediate cost savings, efficiency gains.21:05 Enhancing infrastructure operations through collaborative networking.29:06 Importance of understanding the fundamentals of cloud before leveraging AI.
Building and Optimizing Infrastructure for Sovereign Workloads
In our first episode of 2024, Woody and Remco Niesten, a lead consultant at Uniserver, explore the nuances of sovereign cloud practices within the EU. Remco shares invaluable insights on cloud sovereignty, informed by over 20 years of experience at Uniserver, the leading provider of private cloud services in the Netherlands.
With several new and significant EU privacy laws on the horizon in 2024, Woody and Remco discuss building and optimizing infrastructure for sovereign workloads and comb through nuances on what it means to host sovereign data. They discuss the challenges with deciding between on-premises and public cloud for sovereign solutions and how these two spaces might not be as mutually exclusive as you would think.
The conversation also explores the importance of visibility and control in hybrid environments and the role of technology stack design in ensuring compliance. As they wrap up the conversation, Remco sheds light on future trends in sovereign cloud, including a discussion on containerization for private cloud infrastructure.
Altitude show page: https://aviatrix.com/altitude/ Remco’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/remconiesten/?originalSubdomain=nl
Timestamped Overview:00:00 Data location, service and pricing benefits customers.03:51 EU legislation emphasizes sovereignty of data, growing concern.08:52 Interest in EU business compliance for big CSPs.12:49 Aviatrix prioritizes end-to-end encryption everywhere.15:42 Companies choose where workloads fit best. Highly sensitive medical data cannot leave certain areas.18:50 Inquiry about VMware's long-term viability and relevance.20:00 AWS and Azure have broad PaaS offerings.
Multicloud Networking Masterclass – Real World Scenarios with Enterprise Solutions
In this episode, Woody dives into the intricate world of cloud network architecture with special guests Rob DeWeese and Maxime Deraet. Rob, the Director of Networking Architecture at Kyndryl, and Maxime, Senior Cloud Network Architect at Kyndryl and Aviatrix Certified Engineer Design Expert, bring a wealth of experience to the roundtable discussion.
The episode kicks off with an exploration of a comprehensive enterprise-grade design, drawing from collective experiences with customers. Over the course of the episode, the hosts build the design from the ground up, sharing live problem-solving and the integration of networking best practices to make the design more modern and viable with Aviatrix.
For the best experience, watch along with the hosts and the visuals they’re referencing here: https://youtu.be/2lKzAY51yOk
Check out Rob DeWeese’s previous episode, “Cloud Networking Design Principles: Rob DeWeese’s Blueprint for Success”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RF3M26GBm_E
About Altitude and Host Woody: https://aviatrix.com/altitude/Maxime’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/maxime-deraet/ Rob’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/robert-deweese-a9676916/
Timestamped Overview:00:00 Introducing our Hosts03:41 Overview of Cloud Networking Towers06:06 Multicloud Customer Scenario and Overview of Architecture07:31 Resolving Visibility, Control, and Routing Challenges, the Importance of a Unified Control Plane 12:30 Practical Implementation of BGP for Global Connectivity18:38 Extending Visibility to On-Premises with Aviatrix Gateways26:06 Connecting Customers into the Environment36:25 Rob and Maxime’s Thoughts on Aviatrix as a Cost Effective Solution that Brings Business Value39:31 Advice for Migrating from Completely Cloud Native to Aviatrix
Early Adopters of Cloud – Walking the Path with Choice Hotels
In this episode of Altitude, we feature Shawn Seaton, Senior Director Enterprise Architecture at Choice Hotels. As an early adopter of cloud technology, Shawn offers rich insights and practical lessons that can help anyone on their cloud adoption journey.
Delving into the complexities of cloud migration, Shawn and Woody explore both anticipated and surprising outcomes experienced at Choice Hotels, one of the world's largest hotel franchise groups. They reflect on pivotal decisions, the journey into the unfamiliar and offer nuggets of wisdom for those contemplating a similar path. Shawn also underlines the importance of sustaining a culture that encourages experimentation, learning, and adaptability.
Shawn and Woody wrap up their conversation by discussing how enterprises can leverage Gen AI to supercharge sales and marketing, enhance customer experiences, and drive operational efficiency while keeping a watchful eye on privacy and governance concerns.
Shawn’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shawnseaton/ About Altitude and Host Woody: https://aviatrix.com/altitude/
Timestamped Overview:00:00 Introduction and Cloud Evolution05:31 The Unforeseen Challenges of Cloud Security10:46 Adapting Tools for Cloud Success15:21 Benefits of Cloud Tool Selection20:11 Lessons Learned and Hindsight Reflections26:01 Gen AI’s Paradigm Shift and its Implications
The Aviatrix Altitude podcast gets off to a bang…no an explosion! CEO and President Steve Mullaney talks about coming out of retirement to be there for the “Cambrian Explosion “ in multicloud networking. Only this time , instead of trilobites, it’s gigabytes and petabytes. Data rules the sea floor and Aviatrix seeks to be the apex platform in this wild new world. Definitely a must subscribe!