I am recording this week in Amsterdam at the Cloudstack Collaboration Conference and you will see various shows appear throughout this week and next that I've recorded while on the ground here.
Todays show is with Antoine Coetsier from Exoscale in Switzerland, a country very close to my heart. Exoscale are a Cloudstack vendor/partner but also a Red Hat partner too who are actively working with large and medium sized organisations moving to Cloud.
I recorded this show yesterday afternoon and feel somewhat like a 1940s journalist trying to get copy back to my news desk having had what I can only describe as the slowest tethered internet connection I've had in 10+ years or more to upload this at 1.2k/sec. Painful. Would have been quicker to send it by carrier pigeon. Technology, it seems, in 3G carrier relationships is just poor across Europe.
Come back later for more shows from the conference.
I arrived in Amsterdam yesterday evening to attend this weeks CloudStack Conference along with Red Hat colleagues from Gluster and Fedora. Met up last night with good community friends from Citrix and this mornings keynotes kick off shortly.
I'll be recording podcasts with Robyn Bergeron, David Nally, Neils De Vos, Mark Hinkle, Sebastien Goasguen and hopefully others as well as learning more about every type of competing cloud technology in the ecosystem.
Watch out for posts and podcast content over the next 72 hours.
I am joined on today's show by Ed Daniel. Bit of a coup. Ed is one of Europes leading OSS evangelists but like me shares a background in process management ITIL, security and enterprise enablement. Ed works for Normation and was in London attending DevOps and I didn't have to push very hard to get him to sit down in front of my microphones.
This podcast is really for the companies who are thinking about deploying Cloud, who are thinking security hardening, process management, ITIL, PCI-DSS, ISO standardisation, deploying against Cloud Security Alliance or SELinux guidelines. If you're a service provider too this podcast also helps you. It's your opportunity to hear myself and Ed try and give you a steer on designing your cloud and to get to deployment safely whilst growing the frameworks around Cloud management.
We talk ManageIQ/Cloudforms, how audit and logging is essential, OpenStack and Ceilometer, Heat etc etc. How you should engage with a Cloud provider or upstream vendor.
This is one of those difficult conversations which you rarely hear and that is designed to get you to a point where Open Hybrid Cloud can become a reality. We don't always agree but between the two of us we try to get you to a point where you are armed to safely and securely start designing and consuming Cloud compute capacity.
What a weird title for a podcast episode you think. Actually, nothing could be further from the truth. Ian and I have worked together in two lives. In 2007 I took a sabbatical to go do hush hush secret stuff in the government space for a major vendor and met Ian and gelled immediately. We've worked together ever since and when I joined Red Hat I brought him in soon after. This is a coup because after a life spent in the shadows talking common sense doctrine to governments and people in positions of authority Ian is actually on the record and talking Open Source. To say he was outside his comfort zone is an understatement but it was lovely to have the chance to open a door sensibly and only talk about stuff which doesn't see us carted off to jail for breaching each of our obligations as signataries of Her Majesty's Official Secrets Act.
Ian had always worked in the proprietary rather sheltered world of data intelligence and manipulation. He definitely wasn't a Linux user - at all, in fact I gave him his first Linux laptop. He didn't get Open Source as nobody had ever explained or shown him, didn't know Open Shift or how to even install Red Hat. A hugely talented versatile developer with a brain the size of a family car and the ability to hold a room in his hand he has become one of the most important hires Red Hat UK has ever made.
Ian, now immersed in Open Source was reborn, reborn with a new verve or vigour and is now truly Mr Red Hat when you put him in front of customers and with his almost unrivalled abilities with the understanding of data storage and data manipulation in the European space is always in demand to help bring projects to conception.
He was nervous as hell recording this, don't know why - he's the mac daddy when it comes to big data even if he does hate the term. We talk OpenShift, OpenStack, we pour scorn on some and heap praise on others. A very enjoyable recording session.
I urge you to listen on two fronts:
1) If you've ever wondered what Big Data meant come here Ian blow that concept wide apart
2) If you're considering a change in career and want to understand the passion that drives Red Hatters to go to work - then this is for you.