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Day Two Cloud 076: A Curated KubeCon And CloudNativeCon Roundup

On today's Day Two Cloud we review announcements and make our observations of the KubeCon and CloudNativeCon North America 2020 virtual event. That includes a new Kubernetes certification, the results of a Cloud Native survey, the quality of technical sessions, and new product releases.

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Vendor Lock-In. Maybe Not So Evil. (Video)

Is vendor lock-in all that bad? Many argue yes. You’re tied to a vendor because you’ve used some of their proprietary technology, and so you’re (apparently) stuck with it forever, limiting your future business agility. I think that’s an incomplete argument, though.

 

Day Two Cloud 074: Why Is There Still Shadow IT?

Why are we talking about shadow IT in 2020? Didn't we DevOps shadow IT out of the picture? Turns out we didn't. All the initiatives and process changes that were supposed to eliminate the need for shadow IT didn't quite work out the way we expected. Guest Christopher Kusek stops by to talk about why shadow IT still exists, and how to deal with it.

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Day Two Cloud 073: AnsibleFest & HashiConf 2020 Announcements, Analysis & Awesomeness

Ned Bellavance and Ethan Banks analyze the big announcements from two conferences the clouderati should care about: AnsibleFest and HashiConf Digital. Both of these were virtual events because there's still an pandemic on, folks. Speaking of which, how do Ned and Ethan feel about virtual events? Not great, really. Slidewhipping the attendees in multi-day webinars seems to be how vendors are running their virtual conferences, and it ain't workin'...

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Heavy Networking 548: Automating Multi-DC EVPN With Apstra (Sponsored)

If you’ve been looking at automation for your network, you should listen to this episode. This is one of those discussions that can help you understand whether you should roll your own artisanal automation, lovingly handcrafted with Python scripts flowing from your keyboard, or whether your organization would be better served with a commercially supported tool like Apstra. That’s the choice Beelastic needed to make, and we’re going to discuss why they went the Apstra direction. Apstra customer Beelastic is going to tell their tale of data center fabric, multiple data centers, automation, validation, multi-tenancy, EVPN, and more.

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Day Two Cloud 072: VMworld 2020 Analysis And Roundup – Project Monterey And More

Today's Day Two Cloud covers the most interesting announcements and presentations from VMworld 2020, including Project Monterey and partnerships with nVidia and Pensando, an an announcement from analysis tool vendor Runecast, and highlights from Pure Storage.

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Heavy Networking 545: Achieving Automated Network State Validation

Automated state validation is our topic today on Heavy Networking. The hard part isn't configuring the network: it's ensuring the configuration has resulted in the desired state. Guest John Capobianco regards automated state validation is an advanced automation technique. We dive into details in this episode.

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Heavy Networking 543: What 2020 Internet Outages Teach Us About Managing Remote Work (Sponsored)

Stuff breaks all the time. With so many people working from home, most of the stuff that's breaking isn't yours, but that doesn’t mean it’s not your problem. Today's Heavy Networking, sponsored by ThousandEyes, reviews critical outages in 2020 and considers network design tips for Internet and remote work. Our guests from ThousandEyes are Angelique Medina and Archana Kesavan.

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Day Two Cloud 069: The Life Of A Site Reliability Engineer (SRE)

On today's Day Two Cloud podcast we talk with a real-live SRE, or Site Reliability Engineer, who works in an IT group that delivers applications using DevOps principles as part of their day-to-day work. Our guest is James Quigley, SRE at Bloomberg. He and his team builds infrastructure and tooling for application and infrastructure teams to develop for the public cloud.

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BiB097: VMware’s Future In The Cloud-Native Era

Kit Colbert is the VP & CTO, Cloud Platform BU at VMware. In this briefing, Drew Conry-Murray and Ethan Banks reflect on a Zoom conversation they had with Kit during VMworld 2020. The context of the conversation was simple enough. Harshly stated, we wanted to know what VMware's future is in the cloud-native era. Will companies need VMware? Kit's answer was not hand-wavy, cheerleader-ish nonsense. Instead, he responded with a thoughtful plan.

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Day Two Cloud 068: Achieving Crucial Cloud Visibility With Riverbed (Sponsored)

Today's show explores cloud visibility with sponsor Riverbed. Perhaps best known for its Steelhead WAN optimization appliances, Riverbed has a suite of solutions that target cloud performance and visibility, and we'll get to know them. Our Riverbed guests are Dr. Vincent Berk, VP, Chief Architect Security, CTO; and Brandon Carroll, Director, Technical Evangelist, Worldwide Marketing Management.

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You Can’t Do Everything, And That’s Okay

You’re a responsible human–a reliable person who does everything that’s expected and more. Congratulations! Here’s more work to do.

Yep, that’s the rub. If you’re good at your job and other people notice, you get never-ending opportunities to prove once again how good you are. More work to do, and more work to do, and more. The balance in your life is lost as you drown under a pile of opportunities and challenges with deliverables, due dates, and project managers scheduling recurring meetings to get status updates.

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

If you’ve been through a few jobs, no doubt you’re familiar with this cycle. You leave the old job with a sense of relief, having transitioned your projects to others in a ceremony known as “the hand-off.” You chuckle a bit to yourself as your co-workers and manager who clearly didn’t grasp what all you were handling go glassy-eyed as you talk them through it.

You start the new job with a lightness in your heart. No projects. No due dates. No recurring meetings. The anxiety of getting familiar with a new company, figuring out your role, learning the politics, sure–there’s all that to contend with. But Continue reading

Day Two Cloud 067: Choosing The Right Applications For The Cloud With SolarWinds (Sponsored)

What apps belong in the cloud and which are better on premises? Dave Wagner, Senior Manager, Product Marketing at SolarWinds, joins Day Two Cloud to develop a strategy and find the right tooling to help you make the best decision. SolarWinds is the sponsor for today's episode.

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Heavy Networking 539: Preventing The 4poKalypse With Inter-Domain Multicast

The 4poKalypse is coming, and service providers need more tools in their toolbox to combat congestion in eyeball networks. Local content caches close to the eyeballs (pretty much how we do it today) isn’t going to be quite enough. Jake Holland of Akamai is here to tell us just why inter-domain multicast is important, and why...this time...we can make it work.

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Heavy Networking 538: Running An Open, Automated Data Center Fabric With Nokia (Sponsored)

Today's show dives into Nokia's approach for automating and operating data center fabrics. In this sponsored episode we examine key elements of Nokia's approach including the SR Linux network OS and its Fabric Services Platform. Our guest is Steve Vogelsang, CTO for IP and Optical Networks at Nokia.

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