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 – 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.

Podcast – VM Brasseur gives the definitive overview of open source challenges

Joining us this week is VM (Vicky) Brasseur from Open Source Initiative.

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Highlights

  • 1 min 20 sec: Types of Companies Supported
    • Companies don’t know why they want to do open source
  • 3 min 23 sec: Can’t Abandon Software into Community
    • Communities don’t instantly form around your software
  • 4 min 22 sec: Is Marketing “Evil” in Open Source
    • Marketing has become associated with advertising which is invasive
    • 5 min 19 sec: Define Marketing
      • Discovering the needs of the market and build to support it
      • Technologists don’t really understand marketing
    • 6 min 17 sec: Issues of Marketing in Open Source
      • What is your goal in using open source?
  • 8 min 15 sec: Everyone has their own Goal in Open Source
    • There is no bullet point list of how to do open source
  • 9 min 29 sec: Issues of Accessing Projects and Support for Free
    • Open source done a poor job of talking about value being provided
    • People assume big projects are paid for by large companies so they take advantage
    • 13 min 19 sec: Difficult to Tell New User’s End State as Communities Invest in Helping them Learn the Technology
      • Some communities set the bar too high for user participation
      • Open source does a bad job in documentation typically
  • 17 min 9 sec: What about CI/CD Systems?
    • Not a significant issue today in open source for contributors
  • 19 min 21 sec: How help People Build Empathy for Users and Maintainers and Impact when Corporations are involved
  • 21 min 29 sec: How Communities Manage Competitive Companies Working Together
    • Foundations play a key role in managing these issues
    • Open source is not corporate! The vast majority of open source is not corporate based
    • Is there less concern for the tiny project’s vs the large corporate projects?
      • Substantial lack of awareness of this in user community
  • 25 min 04 sec: Price to a Community when a Customer Pulls out and Uses Corporate Version of Solution?
    • Should companies pay for open source software they grab from community?
      • Many ways to contribute other than money
  • 27 min 56 sec: Business Continuity Issues in Open Source
    • Free and open source software needs to be part of business continuity plans
    • Vendor software solutions are equally risky as open source solutions
  • 30 min 36 sec: Define Copyleft
  • 32 min 43 sec: Open Core Model
    • Analogy of a restaurant with more tables than it can serve
    • Proprietary products with open source APIs / SDKs

Podcast Guest: VM (Vicky) Brasseur, Vice President, Open Source Initiative

I’ve spent most of my 20 years in the tech industry leading software development departments and teams, and providing technical management and leadership consulting for small and medium businesses. Now I leverage nearly 30 years of free and open source software experience and a strong business background to advise companies about open source, technology, community, business, and the intersections between them

I am Vice President of the Open Source Initiative. I’m the proud winner of the Perl White Camel Award(2014) and the O’Reilly Open Source Award (2016).

I am a moderator and author for <opensource.com and a frequent and popular speaker at open source conferences and events. I frequently blog about open source, business, and technical management at{anonymous => ‘hash’}

I am the author of Forge Your Future with Open Source, the first book to detail how to contribute to free and open source software projects. Think of it as the missing manual of open source contributions and community participation. The book is published by The Pragmatic Programmers and is now available in an early release beta version. Buy it today and start contributing to free and open source software projects!

Currently I live in lovely Portland, Oregon with my amazing cats,Percy and Nigel. I am not interested in relocating.

If you or your company needs full time, part time, or consulting assistance with open source strategy, implementation, compliance, or community management, please contact me.

Podcast – Mathew Lodge on Data Science as a Service in 20 Minutes from Scratch

Joining us this week is Mathew Lodge, SVP of Products & Marketing of Anaconda.

About Anaconda

Anaconda Distribution

With over 6 million users, the open source Anaconda Distribution is the fastest and easiest way to do Python and R data science and machine learning on Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X. It’s the industry standard for developing, testing, and training on a single machine.

Anaconda Enterprise 

Anaconda Enterprise is an AI/ML enablement platform that empowers organizations to develop, govern, and automate AI/ML and data science from laptop through training to production. It lets organizations scale from individual data scientists to collaborative teams of thousands, and to go from a single server to thousands of nodes for model training and deployment.

 Highlights

  • 2 min 57 sec: What does Anaconda do?
    • Help data scientists be productive & enterprise AI / Data Science
  • 3 min 36 sec: How do you interact with Anaconda?
    • About 2.5 million downloads a month of Anaconda Distribution
    • Install binary packages for data science to Python
  • 5 min 55 sec: Who are data scientists?
    • Data wrangling and understanding
  • 9 min 12 sec: Data Science as a verb
    • Understand how to turn data into actionable insight
  • 10 min 47 sec: How learn to use the tools? Community!
    • Community around Anaconda open source to share packages, etc
  • 13 min 26 sec: How does Anaconda change as AI/Machine Learning improve?
    • Python is standard language with R close behind for data science
  • 14 min 58 sec: Reproducibility in results
    • 16 min 01 sec: Model training issue?
  • 17 min 16 sec: Parking lot on Sam Charrington’s AI Bias Podcasts
  • 17 min 43 sec: Training models for limited sets of data for reliability in Edge
    • Answer by example of Google ImageNet
    • 20 min 14 sec: Optimizations to reduce processing requirements
      • Hey Siri example on how iPhone works
    • 22 min 03 sec: Do models improve over time? Transfer learning
  • 22 min 30 sec: Accelerative Learning in AI
    • Fashion example of layering learning
    • Issues around lack of data for training
  • 26 min 01 sec: Portability of models via Anaconda
  • 26 min 48 sec: Cloud Native Model of AI (no longer 2004)
    • Moved on from Java and distributed computing to Kubernetes
    • 29 min 05 sec: Giving up data locality (Hadoop) & specialized hardware?
    • 32 min 42 sec: Cloud model gives private and public options
  • 34 min 23 sec: How Anaconda play into the Cloud Native data science model?
    • Data scientists interested in data problems not cloud architecture
    • Data science as a Service
    • Kubernetes & Docker installed for you by Anaconda
  • 38 min 05 sec: WRAP UP
    • Anaconda Con Videos

Podcast Guest: Mathew Lodge, SVP of Products & Marketing of Anaconda

Mathew has well over 20 years’ diverse experience in cloud computing and product leadership. Prior to joining Anaconda, he served as Chief Operating Officer at Weaveworks, the container and microservices networking and management start-up; and previously as Vice President in VMware’s Cloud Services group. At VMware he was co-founder of what became its vCloud Air IaaS service.

Early in his career, Mathew built compilers and distributed systems for projects like the International Space Station, helped connect six countries to the Internet for the first time, and managed a $630m router product line at Cisco. At start-up CPlane he attempted to do SDN 10 years too early. Prior to VMware, Mathew was Senior Director at Symantec in its $1Bn+ information management group.

Podcast – Yves Boudreau on State of Edge Report and Edge vs Cloud

Joining us this week is Yves Boudreau from Ericsson for his 2nd Podcast appearance (1st Podcast) to talk about the new State of the Edge Report and the latest happenings in the Edge community.

Highlights

  • Edge as an accelerant not having to wait until Edge is built completely
  • Opportunity Cost using Edge as is; no time to wait
  • Be Specific when Requesting Services
  • Internet and Networks are Not Unlimited Pipes
  • Interesting Use Cases for Edge – Augmented Reality, Drone, Cars, Batteries
  • Cost savings of where the data processing is done
  • Open Source software communities at the Edge

Topic                                                                                    Time (Minutes.Seconds)

Intro                                                                                             0.0 – 1.22
State of the Edge Report                                                         1.22 – 5.22 (STE Podcast)  (https://www.stateoftheedge.com/)
Accessible Edge Environments                                              5.22 – 10.50 (Bulgaria)
Opportunity Cost and Missing Killer App                             10.50 – 12.04
Edge Infrastructure as Cloud Development Paradigm      12.04 – 14.29
Elasticity Issues b/w Cloud and Edge                                  14.29 – 21.45
Innovators Dilemma for Cloud & Telcom                             21.35 – 23.10
Favorite Use Cases for Infrastructure Edge                         23.10 –  28.55 (Hanger Podcast)
Data Location and Data Sovereignty                                    28.55 – 31.03
Cost for Processing Power in Edge Devices                        31.03 – 34.49 (SWIM.AI Podcast)
Free Software/ Open Source in Edge                                   34.49 – 46.58
Wrap Up                                                                                     46.58 – END

 

 

Podcast Guest:  Yves Boudreau, VP Partnership and Ecosystem Strategy

Mr. Boudreau is a 20 year veteran of the Digital, Telecom and Cable TV industries. From modest beginnings of one of the first cable broadband ISPs in Canada to the fast paced technology hub of Silicon Valley, Yves joined ERICSSON in 2011 as Vice President of Technical Sales Support and most recently has accepted a position as the VP of Partnerships and Ecosystem Strategy for the ERICSSON Unified Delivery Network. Previously, Mr. Boudreau has worked in R&D, Systems Engineering & Business Development for companies such as Com21 Inc., ARRIS Group (Cable), Imagine Communication (Video Compression) and Verivue Inc. (CDN). Yves now resides in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife Josée and 3 children. Mr. Boudreau completed his undergraduate studies in Commerce @ Laurentian University and graduate studies in Information Technology Management @ Athabasca University. Yves currently also serves on the Board of Director of the Streaming Video Alliance (www.streamingvideoalliance.org)

Podcast – Scott Lowe on Heptio, it’s Kubernetes Strategy and Open Source Sustainability

Joining us this week is Scott Lowe, Staff Field Engineer at Heptio recorded at Interop ITX 2018. Scott is well known for his impact on virtualization and VMware, follow him at his weblog and podcast called The Full Stack Journey.

Highlights

  • Coming new to container space and view of infrastructure within the stack
  • Why he chose Heptio and its transition up the stack away from virtualization
  • Heptio strategy? Open source based
  • Commercial strategy to support open source in Kubernetes
  • Monetization of open source projects challenges
  • Building applications to run on “standard” Kubernetes

Topic                                                                                   Time (Minutes.Seconds)

Introduction                                                                          0.0 – 2.28
Container Prerequisites                                                      2.28 – 3.40
Infrastructure Story and Moving Up/Down Stack         3.40 – 4.55
Why Heptio and transition to containers?                       4.55 – 9.10 (Approach to Kubernetes)
Heptio Trying to Plug “Holes in the Dam” – Strategy?   9.10 – 12.10
Open Source Engineering Sustainability                         12.10 – 18.00 (No Fork)
Will Kubernetes Stabilize?                                                 18.00 – 20.11
Community Models for Open Source                              20.00 – 24.32
Consumers of Open Source need Pay for Support       24.32 – 27.17
Should ISVs write to Kubernetes Platform                      27.17 – 32.03
20 years of VMware : time to become platform             32.03 – 34.35
Wrap Up                                                                                34.35 – END

 

 

Podcast Guest: Scott Lowe, Staff Field Engineer at Heptio

I’ve been in the Information Technology field for more than 25 years, starting out with desktop support. Along the way, I’ve worked as an instructor, a technical trainer and Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), a systems administrator, an IT manager, a system engineer, a consultant, as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for a small start-up, as the practice lead for a national VAR’s VMware practice, as a forward-looking technologist for a large enterprise storage company, and—most recently—as a technologist for VMware focusing on network virtualization.

Currently, I work for Heptio as a member of the Field Engineering team, focusing on cloud computing, Kubernetes, and related technologies.

Podcast – Blockchain Technology Partners on their Startup and Key Issues of Blockchain

Joining us this week is the team from Blockchain Technology Partners: Duncan-Johnston-Watt, Kevin O’Donnell, and Mike Zaccardo live from GlueCon 2018 in Colorado.

Blockchain Technology Partners is an Edinburgh-based technology startup:

  • Mission – to radically simplify the enterprise adoption of blockchain technologies
  • Goal – to reduce the cost and complexity of doing business through decentralization while ensuring trust, transparency and accountability in a distributed world
  • Focus – providing a production-ready blockchain platform and partnering with businesses to deliver blockchain-based solutions

Highlights

  • Who is Blockchain Technology Partners and Company Objectives
  • What is Blockchain: Distributed Transaction Log and Consensus
  • Decentralization of Ledgers and Centralization Weakness (Bitcoin e.g)
  • Use Cases for Blockchain
  • Publication Components of Blockchain; its Middle-Ware
  • Trusted Authorities and Broker Replacement (Shipping e.g.)
  • Edge Computing and Blockchain Examples
  • Data Responsibility and Local Blockchains
  • Blockchain Technology Partners Open Source Model and Technology

Topic                                                                                    Time (Minutes.Seconds)

Introduction                                                                                 0.0 – 0.47
Blockchain Technology Partners – What are you doing?   0.47 – 1.52
What is Blockchain? (Proof of Elapsed Time)                        1.52 – 5.17
Common Thread of Decentralization                                      5.17 – 10.13
Block of Use Cases                                                                    10.13 – 11.55
Publication Component of Blockchain                                   11.55 – 14.05
Trusted Authorities / Broker / Supply Chain                         14.05 – 17.52
Medical Waste Handling Example                                          17.52 – 19.01
Edge Computing and Blockchain                                            19.01 – 20.11
Multi-Vendor IoT Devices and Multiple Clouds                    20.11 – 25.49
Data at Edge Accumulation (Tokenizing Data)                      25.49 – 27.51
Description of Open Source Model for BTP                          27.51 – 31.08
Wrap Up                                                                                      31.08  – END

Podcast Guests

  • Duncan Johnston-Watt (Chief Executive Officer)

Duncan is a serial entrepreneur and pioneer with thirty years’ experience in the software industry.

He founded Cloudsoft Corporation, creator of the Apache Brooklyn open source project, serving as its CEO for nine years. Previously he was founder and CTO of Enigmatec Corporation which was sold to iWave and subsequently acquired by EMC.

Prior to this he had a number of fintech roles. At Instinet he led the delivery of their Fixed Income brokerage platform. In recognition of this work pioneering the use of Java enterprise technologies in Financial Services he was nominated for a Computerworld Smithsonian Award.

  • Kevin O’Donnell (Chief Strategy Officer)

Kevin is co-founder of the DevOps platform Chill Code. He served as VP Infrastructure & Operations at JP Morgan from September 2012 until July 2016. Prior to this he served as VP Operations, Video Analytics at Nielsen following its acquisition of Glance Guide in March 2010 where he was VP Operations form December 2007.

Kevin has worked with Duncan at both Instinet Corporation where he was Director, Global Fixed Income Engineering and Enigmatec Corporation Limited where he served as VP, Product Management for four years.

Kevin has over 20 years’ experience delivering large-scale production systems, much of it gained on Wall Street, focusing on automation and operations. He holds a BA in Philosophy from Vanderbilt University.

  • Mike Zaccardo (Lead Blockchain Engineer)

Mike is a computer scientist, comedian, traveler, and dancer.

As a senior software engineer at Cloudsoft, he worked with Duncan deploying and managing bleeding edge open source distributed systems including Hyperledger Fabric.

Mike also enjoys performing improv comedy and traveling the world, making dance videos along the way.

He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from John Hopkins University.