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The Cloudcast is the industry's leading, independent Cloud Computing podcast. Since 2011, co-hosts Aaron Delp & Brian Gracely have interviewed technology and business leaders that are shaping the future of computing. Topics will include Cloud Computing | Open Source | AWS | Azure | GCP | Serverless | DevOps | Big Data | ML | AI | Security | Kubernetes | AppDev | SaaS | PaaS | CaaS | IoT. Also available, the "Cloudcast Basics" podcast (@cloudcastbasics), for anyone new to Cloud Computing.

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The Cloudcast is the industry's leading, independent Cloud Computing podcast. Since 2011, co-hosts Aaron Delp & Brian Gracely have interviewed technology and business leaders that are shaping the future of computing. Topics will include Cloud Computing | Open Source | AWS | Azure | GCP | Serverless | DevOps | Big Data | ML | AI | Security | Kubernetes | AppDev | SaaS | PaaS | CaaS | IoT. Also available, the "Cloudcast Basics" podcast (@cloudcastbasics), for anyone new to Cloud Computing.

    Running a Large-Scale SaaS Platform

    Running a Large-Scale SaaS Platform

    Danny Fields (CTO/EVP @Avalara) talks about operating large SaaS environments, customizations for customer demands, and transitioning from traditional software. 
    SHOW: 618
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    New Relic (homepage)Services down? New Relic offers full stack visibility with 16 different monitoring products in a single platform.Spot by NetAppMore Cloud, Less Cost (Spot by NetApp)CloudZero - Cloud Cost Intelligence for Engineering TeamsSHOW NOTES:
    Avalara - Tax Compliance Software for your industryDanny Fields - EVP and CTO EngineeringTopic 1 - Welcome to the show. You’ve got a very broad background in engineering and leadership roles. Can you share with us a little bit of your evolution, and where you focus your time at Avalara?
    Topic 2 - Give us a little bit of background on Avalara (SaaS for Tax Compliance), and a little bit of details on what it means to run a SaaS platform for such a complex product offering? 
    Topic 3 - You’ve been involved in a number of different SaaS platforms over the years. What are some of the biggest changes and challenges you face in running modern SaaS platforms today?
    Topic 4 - Taxes are a very complex ecosystem, especially with all the variants around the world. How does a product team think about balancing the desire to deliver a consistent experience (SaaS operations) and customer demands for uniqueness?
    Topic 5 - How do you think about balancing optimizations around Operations and taking advantage of all the new innovations happening in open-source, or from the cloud-providers, or just internal capabilities from your team? 
    Topic 6 - Any tips for anyone looking to get into SaaS operations, or transitions from traditional data center software delivery? 
    FEEDBACK?
    Email: show at the cloudcast dot netTwitter: @thecloudcastnet

    • 37 min
    Logging Governance and Sensitive Data

    Logging Governance and Sensitive Data

    Pranay Kamat (Prod Mgmt @datadoghq) talks about the challenges is protecting sensitive data, internal vs. external attacks, evolution of DLP, the role of Governance in DevSecOps. 
    SHOW: 617
    CLOUD NEWS OF THE WEEK - http://bit.ly/cloudcast-cnotw
    CHECK OUT OUR NEW PODCAST - "CLOUDCAST BASICS"
    SHOW SPONSORS:
    Revelo: Sidestep the competitive US talent market by hiring remote engineers in Latin America. Source, hire, and pay Latin American engineers in US time zones with one service. Revelo manages all the paperwork including benefits, payroll, and compliance. Hire a full-time engineer with a 14-day trial. Revelo.com/cloudcastMonitor CI Pipelines and Tests with Datadog CI VisibilityDatadog CI Visibility supports shift-left testing Identify and resolve front-end issues on your web applications before your customers notice. Start a free trial today.strongDM - Secure infrastructure access for the modern stack. Manage access to any server, database, or Kubernetes instance in minutes. Fully auditable, replayable, secure, and drag-and-drop easy. Try it free for 14 days - www.strongdm.com/signupSHOW GIVEAWAY CONTEST - "AWS Cookbook"
    AWS Cookbook: Recipes for Success on AWSGitHub Chapters (free)30 O'Reilly Free TrialSHOW NOTES:
    Datadog Sensitive Data ScannerBest practices for reducing sensitive data blindspots and riskBuilding a Modern Compliance Strategy [video]Topic 1 - Welcome to the show. Let’s talk about your background and the areas where you focus at Datadog. 
    Topic 2 - We continuing to see headlines about critical data being stolen, which is a trend that doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Give us a picture of where we are with the problems that are still causing this, and what new things companies can do to prevent it.
    Topic 3 - Where are some of the differences between traditional Data Loss Prevent (DLP) strategies and strategies that proactively look at logs to identify data access and breaches? 
    Topic 4 - We often think about attacks coming from the outside, but oftentimes attacks happen from inside the house (directly or indirectly). How important is it to be able to control access to logs and what is visible within logs to prevent internal attacks and vulnerabilities?  
    Topic 5 - What are some of the more dynamic, modern ways to identify sensitive traffic and tag it properly so systems can act on it? 
    Topic 6 - It’s often said that security is everyone’s issue. In modern teams (DevOps, DevSecOps, etc.), where are you seeing as the owner of this Governance and Sensitive data?

    • 30 min
    Simplifying Cloud for Developers

    Simplifying Cloud for Developers

    Raman Sharma (@rasharm_, VP Product & Programs Marketing @DigitalOcean) talks about the evolution of Digital Ocean, the right tools for developers, and managing simplicity and scale.

    SHOW: 616
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    CHECK OUT OUR NEW PODCAST - "CLOUDCAST BASICS"
    SHOW SPONSORS:
    CloudZero - Cloud Cost Intelligence for Engineering TeamsSpot by NetAppMore Cloud, Less Cost (Spot by NetApp)Datadog Synthetic Monitoring: Frontend and Backend Modern MonitoringEnsure frontend issues don’t impair user experience by detecting user-facing issues with API and browser tests with a free 14 day Datadog trial. Listeners of The Cloudcast will also receive a free Datadog T-shirt.SHOW NOTES:
    apply(conf) - May 18th & 19th, free virtual event!Digital Ocean - The Developer CloudTopic 1 - Welcome to the show. Your career has followed a parallel path to the evolution of the cloud. Let’s talk a little bit about your background, and especially your involvement with developers. 
    Topic 2 - It’s been a while since we last had DigitalOcean on the show. Before we dive into the technology stack, let’s talk about how DigitalOcean thinks about developer needs. 
    Topic 3 - Compute, Storage, Networking, Databases, Kubernetes, PaaS, Marketplace. Walk us through where DigitalOcean helps developers make it simple to use these primitives. 
    Topic 4 - What do developers ask you for next? Is it more capabilities, or different pricing, or something else to make their lives easier? 
    Topic 5 - What do your customer’s teams look like? Do they align to the primitives (e.g. cloud infrastructure teams), or is it more “you build it you run it”, or something else?
    Topic 6 - Where are some of the areas where DigitalOcean is focused or sees new opportunities in 2022 and beyond?
    FEEDBACK?
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    • 34 min
    Explaining Technical Topics - Service Mesh

    Explaining Technical Topics - Service Mesh

    In this new series, we’ll look at ways to explain complex technical topics. This week we’re looking at Service Mesh. 
    SHOW: 615
    CLOUD NEWS OF THE WEEK - http://bit.ly/cloudcast-cnotw
    CHECK OUT OUR NEW PODCAST - "CLOUDCAST BASICS"
    SHOW SPONSORS:
    New Relic (homepage)Services down? New Relic offers full stack visibility with 16 different monitoring products in a single platform.Revelo: Sidestep the competitive US talent market by hiring remote engineers in Latin America. Source, hire, and pay Latin American engineers in US time zones with one service. Revelo manages all the paperwork including benefits, payroll, and compliance. Hire a full-time engineer with a 14-day trial. Revelo.com/cloudcaststrongDM - Secure infrastructure access for the modern stack. Manage access to any server, database, or Kubernetes instance in minutes. Fully auditable, replayable, secure, and drag-and-drop easy. Try it free for 14 days - www.strongdm.com/signupSHOW NOTES:
    Istio Service Mesh[Diagram] Compare a Service Mesh to a Growing Family HOW DOES A SERVICE MESH WORK? WHEN SHOULD YOU CONSIDER ONE?
    A service mesh is a dedicated infrastructure layer for facilitating service-to-service communications between services or microservices, using a proxy.   
    LET’S EXPLAIN HOW SERVICE MESH WORKS.
    We explain service mesh using a family household analogy, and how it changes over time. We relate this back to how an application evolves from a monolith to microservices. 
    FEEDBACK?
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    • 25 min
    Cloud Marketplaces

    Cloud Marketplaces

    John Jahnke (CEO of @Tackleio) talks about the rise of Cloud Marketplaces, the evolution of B2B purchasing for cloud products, and the relationship between software vendors and cloud providers. 
    SHOW: 614
    CLOUD NEWS OF THE WEEK - http://bit.ly/cloudcast-cnotw
    CHECK OUT OUR NEW PODCAST - "CLOUDCAST BASICS"
    SHOW SPONSORS:
    Spot by NetAppMore Cloud, Less Cost (Spot by NetApp)CloudZero - Cloud Cost Intelligence for Engineering TeamsNew Relic (homepage)Services down? New Relic offers full stack visibility with 16 different monitoring products in a single platform.SHOW NOTES:
    Tackle - Accelerate Revenue through Cloud Marketplaces2021 State of Cloud Marketplaces ReportTackle secures $100M Round C fundingTopic 1 - Welcome to the show. Tell us a little bit about your background. And please give us a quick overview of Tackle.
    Topic 2 - Everybody knows about the 100s of services that get announced by the major hyperscalers each year, but not as many people are aware that there’s more to the cloud than native services. Where do cloud marketplaces fit into the cloud ecosystem, and how have they evolved over the years?  
    Topic 3 - If we wanted to explain the value of a cloud marketplace to someone, what value does it provide to the various parties involved - the cloud, the marketplace owner, the software company using a marketplace, the customers using a marketplace?
    Topic 4 - Can you walk us through the process of how a software company engages with a marketplace? Are they working to get their software into 3rd-party marketplaces, or building their own marketplaces, or something else?
    Topic 5 - How do the Tackle marketplaces different from the AWS, Azure or GCP marketplaces? 
    Topic 6 - What are the best ways for companies to create a plan to leverage cloud marketplaces to better reach customers and specific markets? 
    FEEDBACK?
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    • 35 min
    SLOs for Everyone

    SLOs for Everyone

    No Brian (Gracely) for a Sunday Perspective this week. We have Brian Singer (@brian_singer, CPO @nobl9inc) talking about Service Level Objectives (SLO), what they are, why they matter, and how to use SLOs to focus on innovation vs. technical debt.
    SHOW: 613
    CLOUD NEWS OF THE WEEK - http://bit.ly/cloudcast-cnotw
    CHECK OUT OUR NEW PODCAST - "CLOUDCAST BASICS"
    SHOW SPONSORS:
    SLOConf - Free virtual event May 9th-12th - Register Today!Revelo: Sidestep the competitive US talent market by hiring remote engineers in Latin America. Source, hire, and pay Latin American engineers in US time zones with one service. Revelo manages all the paperwork including benefits, payroll, and compliance. Hire a full-time engineer with a 14-day trial. Revelo.com/cloudcastDatadog Synthetic Monitoring: Frontend and Backend Modern MonitoringEnsure frontend issues don’t impair user experience by detecting user-facing issues with API and browser tests with a free 14 day Datadog trial. Listeners of The Cloudcast will also receive a free Datadog T-shirt. strongDM - Secure infrastructure access for the modern stack. Manage access to any server, database, or Kubernetes instance in minutes. Fully auditable, replayable, secure, and drag-and-drop easy. Try it free for 14 days - www.strongdm.com/signupSHOW NOTES:
    Nobl9 - websiteThe Cloudcast #502 - Reliability as a ServiceTopic 1 - Brian, welcome to the show! We had Alex on the podcast last year and look forward to continuing the SLO conversation. Give everyone a brief introduction.
    Topic 2 - If someone isn’t familiar with SLO’s (Service Level Objectives), how do you define them? Why do they matter? What problem do they solve? How are they different from SLA’s?
    Topic 3 - Is this a transition from max reliability to instead look at errors as a “budget”? How can you manage a certain window of unreliability and keep customers happy? 
    Topic 4 - How do you create SLOs? Who creates them? Is this an SRE connecting up to existing systems or new tooling and plumbing? Does it fit into an existing GitOps workflow for instance - SLOs-as-Code? Is there automation triggers that happen when conditions are met?
    Topic 5 - How does an SRE know which metrics matter? I would imagine not all downtime is equal? How does this correlate with business KPIs? Do you fine tune over time?
    Topic 6 - The big question is always the focus on technical debt vs. innovation. Does this help and if so how?
    FEEDBACK?
    Email: show at the cloudcast dot netTwitter: @thecloudcastnet

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
119 Ratings

119 Ratings

LisaIsHereForIt ,

Love the deep dives! 🙌🏻

The Cloudcast has quickly become a favorite in my feed! I'm consistently impressed by the engaging conversations, insightful content, and actionable ideas. I truly learn something every time I listen! Keep up the amazing work Brian and Aaron!🙏

johnnyfromthesand ,

Update: Love the show. Two request!

Really really love the show It’s a mish mash of wonderful diversified topics that are not always engineering focused to it really is eye opening and very objective. you guys are awesome! One thing we don’t get enough of is awareness around the clouds that are not the big 3 (So hearing more around what Oracle, Alibaba, IBM etc… are doing). I just think that there is so much awareness lacking there and they definitely each have their strong suite so it would be awesome to hear more around how the rest of the competition (even if niche) is doing.

I updated this review to add this odd request which I think is hilarious: when trying to start playing the podcast through assistants (particularly Amazon Alexa) the name “cloudcast” clashed with “podcast” and so Alexa keeps trying to give me general podcast recos when all I want is listen to the cloudcast haha.
Just a thought (if it’s possible to configure this through Amazon Alexa’s libraries) to have a friendly name to voice invoke playing the cloudcast that doesn’t rhyme too much with “podcast”? (To test this out try saying “Alexa play the cloudcast” or “Alexa play the cloudcast from [Apple Podcasts]”

Cheers!

ASobering ,

Such a wealth of knowledge! 🧠

This is one of the most insightful podcasts that I have ever come across! Aaron and Brian do such a great job of sharing their cloud industry wisdom and I love how they lead meaningful conversations with guests who bring so much actionable experience to the table. Highly recommend checking this show out - you won’t be disappointed!

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