Podcast – Dave Blakey of Snapt on Radically Different ADC

Joining us this week is Dave Blakey, CEO and Co-Founder Snapt.

About Snapt

Snapt develops high-end solutions for application delivery. We provide load balancing, web acceleration, caching and security for critical services.

 Highlights

  • 1 min 28 sec: Introduction of Guest
  • 1 min 59 sec: Overview of Snapt
    • Software solution
  • 3 min 1 sec: New Approach to Firewalls and Load Balancers
    • Driven by customers with micro-services, containers, and dynamic needs
    • Fast scale and massive volume needs
    • Value is in quality of service and visibility into any anomaly
  • 7 min 28 sec: Engaging with DevOps teams for Customer interactions
    • Similar tools across multiple clouds and on-premises drives needs
    • 80% is visibility and 20% is scalability
    • Podcast – Honeycomb Observability
  • 13 min 09 sec: Kubernetes and Istio
    • Use cases remain the same independent of the technology
    • Difference is in the operations not the setup
    • Istio is an API for Snapt to plug into
  • 17 min 29 sec: How do you manage globally delivered application stack?
    • Have to go deep into app services to properly meet demand where needed
    • Immutable deployments?
  • 25 min 24 sec: Eliminate Complexity to Create Operational Opportunity
  • 26 min 29 sec: Corporate Culture Fit in Snapt Team
    • Built Snapt as they needed a product like Snapt
    • Feature and Complexity Creep
  • 28 min 48 sec: Does platform learn?
  • 31 min 20 sec: Lessons about system communication times
    • Lose 25% of audience per 1 second of website load time
  • 34 min 34 sec: Wrap-Up

Podcast Guest:  Dave Blakey, CEO and Co-Founder Snapt.

Dave Blakey founded Snapt in 2012 and currently serves as the company’s CEO.

Snapt now provides load balancing and acceleration to more than 10,000 clients in 50 countries. High-profile clients include NASA, Intel, and various other forward-thinking technology companies.

Today, Dave has evolved into a leading open-source software-defined networking thought leader, with deep domain expertise in high performance (carrier grade) network systems, management, and security solutions.

He is a passionate advocate for advancing South Africa’s start-up ecosystem and expanding the global presence of the country’s tech hub.

Podcast – Antonio Pellegrino on Infrastructure as Software at the Edge

Joining us this week is Antonio Pellegrino, Founder & CEO at Mutable.

About Mutable
Mutable helps software developers create scalable and fast web services by automating DevOps and providing edge technology all around the world.

 Highlights

  • 0 min 35 sec: Introduction of Guest
  • 1 min 09 sec: Are you products edge-focused or just a market to promote to?
    • Building products to meet customers need for containers including edge
  • 2 min 58 sec: Sounds like a platform?
    • Developers create policies on latency, hardware needs, etc
  • 5 min 51 sec: Be aware of the location and structure of deployment hardware
    • Includes management and tracking of network traffic
    • Services see everything as one network even though it isn’t
  • 7 min 49 sec: Why not Kubernetes instead?
    • Kubernetes built for single network
  • 9 min 16 sec: Edge vs Core
    • Temporary services is a big factor in edge
    • HBO and Games of Throne example for supporting access to the feed
  • 13 min 45 sec: Edge is not infinitely elastic
    • Facial recognition example on iPhone
  • 17 min 53 sec: Algorithm to spin up services when needed not always available
  • 19 min 52 sec: How does software learn what to spin up and down
  • 21 min 22 sec: How do you manage storage?
    • Follows standard S3 storage model
  • 24 min 15 sec: NiCs are a core component ~ language for packet management
    • Sounds like a micro-kernel
    • Why people don’t leverage this concept more often?
  • 28 min 32 sec: Manipulate and manage networking at application layer
    • Mutable is building a full stack
    • Operator approach vs developer approach on networking
  • 33 min 21 sec: Control Plane challenges
  • 34 min 27 sec: What is the starting experience with Mutable like?
  • 35 min 55 sec: How is cable industry responding to edge computing?
    • Opportunity to deploy 5G
  • 39 min 23 sec: Wrap-Up

Podcast Guest: Antonio Pellegrino, CEO and founder if Mutable

Antonio is the CEO and founder of Mutable, the next generation platform as a service for microservices and distributed computing. He is a serial entrepreneur, and ran one of the largest e-sports streaming companies of its time. Antonio has built startups centered around developer tools for the past 8 years, saving their customers millions of dollars. Mutable has been a driver in microservices while distributed computing as we now it, allowing developers to push the application to the edge.

Podcast –Nick Alesandro on Blockchain, Edge, and Cloud Oh My!

Joining us this week is Nick Alesandro, VP of Product at Overclock Labs; creators of The Akash Network.

About Overclock Labs

  • We believe the Cloud should be distributed and decentralized so that no one provider can control the internet.
  • We believe the cloud should be globally fault-tolerant to avoid any single points of failure.
  • We believe the Cloud should be simple, automated, and accessible for all.

About Akash Network

Decentralized protocol for provisioning, scaling and securing cloud workloads: The world’s only on-chain auction marketplace for off-chain container deployments

Highlights

  • 0 min 37 sec: Introduction of Guest
  • 2 min 28 sec: High level description of the technology
    • Cloud centralization is a problem; it needs to be decentralized
    • Take over 100% or a partial amount of a machine added to the cloud network with special CoreOS based system
  • 5 min 13 sec: Akash Network
    • Donate your idle servers into an available system for usage in a cloud managed by Overclock Labs
    • 2 Components – Blockchain for marketplace / Deployment platform
  • 6 min 52 sec: How does marketplace work; who wants to use this network?
    • Focus is on developers who want to use these systems
    • #1 Reason – Cheaper than standard public clouds ; #2 Reason – Its distributed globally not at fixed known sites
  • 10 min 26sec: Blockchain as decentralized ledger to avoid central store
    • Join the infrastructure without a formal registration on a single database; only listening for bids not publishing what they offer
    • History of the infrastructure is public for customers to evaluate
  • 12 min 31 sec: How do I know where I am pushing my workloads? Can I trust the infrastructure provider?
    • Issues arise with receiving workloads that are unknown to you
  • 16 min 38 sec: What do I do to add a rack of servers into Akash network?
    • What you need to do vs what you should do
    • Management Server, Network Isolation, Monitoring
    • Seasonal Load Model ~ Electric Grid Analogy
  • 20 min 23 sec: Identify Geography and Latency to Customers?
  • 21 min 23sec: What do I ensure I am not getting dropped or pulled into a bidding trap?
    • Workload goes down it automates a bid elsewhere in the network
    • Conditions can be set should you need a long running workload and it is terminated by the host
    • Do you expect providers to monitor machines or do you as a service?
  • 27 min 45 sec: Kubernetes Cluster across providers?
    • Kubernetes Federation
    • Why Kubernetes? Writing our own Kubernetes using Kubernetes
  • 31 min 55 sec: Why not do this with Virtual Machines?
    • Containers makes sense
  • 32 min 40 sec: How long have you been working on this project?
    • Why of the project? DISCO → Scheduler
    • Decentralization is the key
    • Can build a private infrastructure using their system
  • 37 min 01 sec: Wrap-Up

Podcast – Syed Zaaem Hosain on Edge, IoT, and Reality

Joining us this week is Syed Zaeem Hosain, CTO and Founder of Aeris from the KeyBanc Emerging Tech Summit.

About Aeris
Aeris is a technology partner with a proven history of helping companies unlock the value of IoT. For more than a decade, we’ve powered critical projects for some of the most demanding customers of IoT services. Aeris strives to fundamentally improve businesses by dramatically reducing costs, accelerating time-to-market, and enabling new revenue streams. Built from the ground up for IoT and globally tested at scale, Aeris IoT Services are based on the broadest technology stack in the industry, spanning connectivity up to vertical solutions. As veterans of the industry, we know that implementing an IoT solution can be complex, and we pride ourselves on making it simpler.

Highlights

  • 0 min 48 sec: Introduction of Guest
  • 1 min 27 sec: Edge is already here for Aeris – Mobile Data Presence
    • Support customers who have a need for long distance data transport over cellular
    • Focused on device connectivity
    • Edge devices will have processing power of their own
  • 4 min 31 sec: Car as Edge Data Center Issues
    • Better to move processing off the car? Cost issue for sending data via cellular
    • Tire Pressure System Example
    • 5G Cost may not be dramatically lower as people expect
  • 7 min 24sec: Can’t Send all Data Back ~ Need Local Machine Learning
    • Great deal of irrelevant data (e.g. Tire pressure)
    • Can send lots of data to train models as well – Airplane example
  • 12 min 04 sec: Dave McCrory Podcast on Airplane Use Case / Data Gravity
    • Security in Data Gathering Algorithms – Must validate the source of data
    • Use of aggregated data to monitor data validity
  • 17 min 11 sec: Sharing of Data in Edge Models
    • Issues with Security, Ownership, etc of data
    • Windshield wipers on cars for weather info
    • Source of data – how participate in money chain?
  • 21 min 45 sec: Billing for Pennies is a Problem
    • Billing systems are in issue to track revenue
    • ROI in IoT space is an open issue
  • 23 min 36 sec: Blockchain can help here?
  • 25 min 21 sec: What is the ROI for adding more devices into IoT model
    • Medical sensors (skin monitoring, pressure points in eye for monitoring)
    • Human privacy is a massive issue in this space
  • 34 min 02 sec: BOOK – Definitive Guide to IoT for Business (Free)
  • 35 min 37 sec: Wrap-Up

Podcast Guest: Syed Zaeem Hosain, CTO and Founder of Aeris

Mr. Hosain is responsible for the architecture and future direction of Aeris’ networks and technology strategy. He joined Aeris in 1996 as Vice President, Engineering and is a member of the founding executive team of Aeris. Mr. Hosain has more than 38 years of experience in the semiconductor, computer, and telecommunications industries, including product development, architecture design, and technical management. Prior to joining Aeris, he held senior engineering and management positions at Analog Devices, Cypress Semiconductor, CAD National, and ESS Technology. Mr. Hosain is Chairman of the International Forum on ANSI‐41 Standards Technology (IFAST) and Chairman of the IoT M2M Council (IMC). He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.

Podcast – Val Bercovici on why Lawyers and Insurance Companies drive to good IT Practices

Joining us this week is Val Bercovici, Founder & CEO of PencilDATA at KeyBanc Emerging Tech Summit.

About PencilDATA

PencilDATA is a software-as-a-service startup embracing data governance allowing users to see and manipulate data easily. It achieves this with a blockchain ledger that accounts for all data activity.

Highlights

  • 0 min 48 sec: Introduction from Val Bercovici
  • 4 min 47 sec: What do you use Blockchain for?
    • Core to the value but is just an enabler
  • 5 min 52 sec: Don’t confused Blockchain with ICO/Crypto-currency
    • Blockchain rollouts in 2018 have paused ~ Gartner quote
    • HOMEWORK – Podcast with BlockChain Technology Partners
    • PencilDATA has built the S3 of Blockchains
  • 10 min 08 sec: Blockchain Service or Acting on BC with distributed service?
    • Useful Zero Trust Solution
    • Autonomous Vehicle Taxi Service Use Case
    • Same workflow and processes needed for medical equipment
  • 15 min 59 sec: Why Distributed Ledgers for these Use Cases?
    • Centralized authorities can be a single point of failure
  • 19 min 51 sec: Data security issues around Veracity & Authentication
    • Data poison can train AI poorly
    • Explainable AI ~ Data Reproduce-ability; prove data is valid
  • 25 min 54 sec: Salesforce Use Cases
    • Live on the Salesforce App Exchange
    • Launching at Dreamforce 2018 with Customer References
  • 27 min 18 sec: How PencilDATA provide value to Salesforce Customers?
    • SaaS Turnkey Solution that hides the behind the scenes work
    • Costs for Ethereum usage
  • 37 min 14 sec: Industrial IoT Use Case
  • 37 min 31 sec: Wrap-Up

Podcast Guest: Val Bercovici, Founder & CEO of PencilDATA

Valentin (Val) Bercovici, a longtime NetApp executive and former SolidFire CTO / co-founder at Peritus.ai. Val is now Founder & CEO of PencilDATA – an early leader in Tamper-Proofing Digital Transformation.

Previously, Bercovici led teams driving change across his 19 years with NetApp/SolidFire. Val’s teams have played an integral role in successfully growing the company beyond a pure storage play into the Cloud, Analytics & DevOps eras. Bercovici, a pioneer in the Cloud industry, introduced the first International Cloud Standard to the marketplace as CDMI (ISO INCITS 17826) in 2012 and has several patents granted & pending around data center applications of augmented reality.

Podcast – Ash Young talks Everything in your PC is IoT

Joining us this week is Ash Young, Chief Evangelist of Cachengo and OPNFV Ambassador. Cachengo builds smart, predictive storage for machine learning.

NOTE – We had a microphone problem that is solved at the 9 minute 19 second mark of the podcast. Start there if you find the clicking noise an issue

Highlights

  • 1 min 34 sec: Time to Change Basic Storage Architecture
    • Converged Protocol Appliances & Nothing has changed form early 90s
  • 7 min 8 sec: Sounds like Hadoop?
    • Underlying hardware still used proprietary protocols
  • 9 min 19 sec: Single Drive Cluster – it’s built?
    • 24 Servers and 24 Drives in a 1U ; has done 48 drives
    • Working on a new design for 96 drives in a 1U
  • 11 min 52 sec: Truly a Distributed Storage Array
    • Storage focused microservers
  • 13 min 24 sec: Limitations in Operations with Hardware
    • Hinders Innovation
  • 15 min 40 sec: Lessons Learned on Managing Devices
    • Over-dependence on tunneling protocols requiring full networking (e.g. VPN)
    • Move to peer-to-peer network slicing
  • 17 min 28 sec: Software Defined Networking Topology
    • Introduce devices to each other and get out of the way
  • 18 min 33sec: Every Storage Node is Part of the Network
    • Moves into a world of networking challenges
    • Ipv4 cannot support this model
  • 21 min 06 sec: Networking Magic in the Model
    • Peer to Peer w/ Broker Introduction and then Removal from Traffic
    • Scale out for Edge Computing Requires this New Model
    • 5G Energy Cost Savings are a Must
  • 27 min 28 sec: Issues of Powering On/Off Machines to Save Money
    • Creating a massive array of smaller GPUs for Machine Learning
    • Build a fast, cheap, lower power storage system to get started in the model
  • 34 min 09 sec: Doesn’t fit the model that Edge infrastructure will be Cloud patterned
    • Rob makes a point to listeners to consider various ideas in future Edge infrastructure
  • 36 min 48 sec: State of Open Source?
    • Consortium’s and open source standards
    • Creating the lowest common denominator free thing so competitors can build differentiation on top of it for revenue
    • Not a fan of open core models
  • 41 min 44 sec: Does Open Source include Supporting Implementation?
    • Look at the old WINE project financing
    • You can’t just deploy people onsite for free<
  • 48 min 24 sec: Wrap-Up

Podcast Guest: Ash Young,Chief Evangelist of Cachengo

Technology leader with over 20 years experience, primarily in storage. Created the first open source NAS (network attached storage) stack, the first unified block/file storage stack for Linux, the first storage management software, and the list goes on.

Since 2012, I have been heavily involved in NFV (Network Functions Virtualization). I wrote a bunch of the standards and was editor for the Compute/Storage Domain in the Infrastructure Working Group for NFV. And then I started up the open source effort to close the gaps for achieving our vision of the NFVI. This was the precursor to OPNFV.

The best way to understand what I do is to imagine being a high-level marketing exec who comes up with a whiz bang product and business idea, including business plan, competitive analysis, MRD, everything, but now comes the hand-off with your engineering organization, only to hear a litany of nos. Well, I got tired of being told “No, it can’t be done” or “No, we don’t know how to do it”, so I started doing it myself. I call this skill “Rapid Prototyping”, and over the years I have found it to be a very missing gap in the product development process. When Marketing comes up with ideas, we need a way to very efficiently validate the technology and business concepts before we commit to a lengthy engineering cycle.

I’m just one person, working in a company of over 180,000 people and in a very dynamic industry. My ability to get creative and to influence businesses is never a dull moment; and I will probably be 100 years old and still writing open source software.

DRP v3.11 PROVISIONS WITHOUT REBOOTING

Some features are worth SHOUTING about, so it’s with great pride that I get to announce DRP v3.11.

The latest Digital Rebar release (v3.11) does the impossible: PROVISION WITHOUT REBOOTING.  Combined with image-based deploy and our unique multi-boot workflows, this capability makes server operations 10x faster than traditional net install processes.

But it’s not enough to have a tiny golang utility that can drive any hardware and install any operating system (we added MacOS netboot to this release).   RackN has been adding enterprise integrations to core platforms like Ansible Tower, Terraform, Active Directory, Remedy, Run Book and Logstash.

Oh!  And checkout our open zero-touch, HA Kubernetes installer (KRIB) based on kubeadm.  We just added advanced Helm features for automatic Istio and Rook Ceph examples.

To see more: https://github.com/digitalrebar/provision/releases/tag/v3.11.0