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Going Cloud at Allstate, An Interview With Matt Curry

In this episode, Andrew Clay Shafer talks with Matt Curry of Allstate. They discuss how the insurance company has been navigating the waters of going cloud and why they started in the first place. It’s a good profile of one company’s journey to become a software defined business. They also discuss how Pivotal Cloud Foundry has been helping at the structured cloud platform at the center of this enterprise transformation.

 

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Notes:

 

  • As covered in their Cloud Foundry Summit keynote, AllState seeing the need to change with IT

  • How an enterprise like AllState is different than Silicon Valley culture.

  • How fear of Silicon Valley “marauders” drives the need to change - interestingly, high up the management people are more paranoid, but lower down, people are not so paranoid. They discuss what kind of disconnect this creates in the organization.

  • The discussion then moves to solving for this disconnect in the organization. Among other things, Matt suggests that leadership needs to create and communicate a vision and strategy.

  • Also discussion of how open source is helping AllState focus on the right things instead of building platforms.

 

Direct download: All_Things_Pivotal_Episode_37.mp3
Category:Pivotal Conversations -- posted at: 10:50am PDT

Being a change agent at a Fortune 500 company - the story of Project Sputnik at Dell, with Barton George

Our customers are always tasked with one of the most difficult jobs in a company: being a change agent. In the quest to become software defined businesses, much change is usually required not only in IT, but on the business side. Barton George (@barton808) has been such a change agent for several years now at Dell with Project Sputnik, a developer-centric, Linux laptop. We discuss the history of Sputnik (which is not a full, shipping project in it’s fourth generation) and specific tactics he used along the way, including how he kept his spirits up.

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Direct download: All_Things_Pivotal_Episode_34.mp3
Category:Pivotal Conversations -- posted at: 12:00am PDT

Building the cloud platform ecosystem around Cloud Foundry, a discussion with Sam Ramji

How do you organize the work around building a shared cloud platform between vendors and actual users of that platform? That’s exactly what the Cloud Foundry Foundation was setup to manage and what Coté discusses with Sam Ramji in this episode. In talking about the mechanics of the Cloud Foundry Foundation we compare and contrast it to other open source foundations and also discuss what to expect over the next year.

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Direct download: All_Things_Pivotal_Episode_33.mp3
Category:Pivotal Conversations -- posted at: 12:00am PDT

"DevOps, you keep using that word..." - what is DevOps? A discussion and history

Summary

In this episode, Andrew and Coté talk about this history of DevOps, what it is, and how it relates to things like continuous delivery and cloud. Also, we discuss what it means to be a “learning organization” and some studies thereof that Andrew has delved into.

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Direct download: All_Things_Pivotal_Episode_29.mp3
Category:Pivotal Conversations -- posted at: 12:00am PDT

So isn't microservices just SOA with JSON?

All Things Pivotal

 

Your regular exploration into the intersection of Cloud, Agile & Big Data.

 

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Direct download: All_Things_Pivotal_Episode_27.mp3
Category:Pivotal Conversations -- posted at: 12:00am PDT

Chip Childers and the Cloud Foundry Foundation

Summary

While at ApacheCon 2015 in Austin, I talk with Chip Childers of the Cloud Foundry Foundation. We first discuss his career in IT from SunGurd to CloudStack, and then what he does at the Cloud Foundry Foundation. Once into the Foundation part of his life, we discuss what exactly it is the Foundation does.

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Direct download: All_Things_Pivotal_Episode_28.mp3
Category:Pivotal Conversations -- posted at: 6:00am PDT

You are going to need a platform, operational concerns of the third platform

In this episode, Andrew and Coté talk about one of his works in progress, a short essay on the operational needs of a cloud platform.

The list so far is:

  1. role based access to resources- the right people should be able to do things and the wrong people shouldn’t

  2. run specified bits on demand - take code, put it together with all the rest of the things it needs and get it running

  3. coordinate cross service configurations - in a service oriented world, services need to be configured to connect with each other

  4. route public requests to running bits the next big thing needs access to the Internet

  5. read and write persistent data - data has to live somewhere

  6. add and remove resources - scaling is a great problem to have, but still

  7. record internal and external events - keep track of what changed, when and by who

  8. isolate resources and failures - without isolation and decoupling, that is one big distributed single point of failure

  9. measure performance/health - can’t manage what you don’t measure

  10. detect and determine failure - sometimes, things get real… but how do you know

  11. recover failures someone is going to have to clean this mess

  12. work tomorrow - when everything you’ve thought to be true has been shown not to be

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Show Notes and Links

Direct download: All_Things_Pivotal_Episode_23.mp3
Category:Pivotal Conversations -- posted at: 12:00am PDT

Santa Claus delivering cloudy dim sum, James Watters on multi-cloud support and Pivotal Cloud Foundry 1.4

Summary

With the release of Pivotal Cloud Foundry 1.4, we check in with James Watters on what customers have been doing with Pivotal Cloud Foundry. We also discuss the wide multi-cloud options available for Pivotal Cloud Foundry now and talk about some of the up and coming features and customer use cases we’re seeing over the horizon.

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Show Notes

Direct download: All_Things_Pivotal_Episode_22.mp3
Category:Pivotal Conversations -- posted at: 12:00am PDT

Episode 21:  "PaaS" vs. "Platform"

All Things Pivotal

 

Your regular exploration into the intersection of Cloud, Agile & Big Data.

 

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Direct download: All_Things_Pivotal_Episode_21.mp3
Category:Pivotal Conversations -- posted at: 12:00am PDT

All Things Pivotal

 

Your regular exploration into the intersection of Cloud, Agile & Big Data.

 

Visit http://pivotal.io/podcasts for show notes and other episodes.

 

Feedback: podcast@pivotal.io

 

 

Direct download: All_Things_Pivotal_Episode_19.mp3
Category:Pivotal Conversations -- posted at: 12:00am PDT