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OpenStack Podcast #23: Ruchi Bhargava

Intel does not even have an OpenStack distribution. So why are they so involved in the project, and what are they doing to accelerate its adoption? Ruchi Bhargava is Director of Datacenter and Cloud Software Engineering at Intel’s Open Source Technology Center, and she was our twenty-third guest on the OpenStack Podcast. During our interview she answered those questions and also talked to us about:

  • How she got into tech
  • Her opinion on “leaning in”
  • How you move VMware users to OpenStack
  • The value of hackathons
  • What Intel’s Open Source Technology Center is working on
  • Why her group contributes everything upstream
  • How Intel helps women be successful and keeps them at work
  • Why Intel’s OpenStack environment was very much like free bananas

For a full transcript of the  interview, click read more below.

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OpenStack Podcast #22: Sirish Raghuram

This week the OpenStack Podcast’s guest rockstar was Sirish Raghuram. He’s the co-founder and CEO of Platform9 (www.platform9.com), and he’s also a former long-term VMware employee. From that unique vantage point, he was able to contribute terrific insights about why enterprises haven’t fully embraced the cloud yet and why VMware Integrated OpenStack is probably a net win for the OpenStack community. He also spoke about:

  • Why he founded Platform9
  • What Platform9 provides
  • How containers may change the meaning of PaaS
  • Why 2015 & 2016 will be the turning point for enterprise cloud adoption
  • Why his team uses Ansible for configuration management
  • Who he thinks has done mind-blowing work in the tech world
  • What the current monthly Amazon spending break point is, and how we might bring it down

For a full transcript of the  interview, click read more below.

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OpenStack Podcast #21: Mike Metral

Containers are big right now. So big that we talk about them for at least a few minutes on almost every podcast. But rarely do we have a guest with the depth of knowledge about them and unbridled enthusiasm for them that Rackspace product architect Mike Metral has. As the featured guest of OpenStack Podcast #21, Mike goes deep on the subject, discussing things like: What are containers really for? Who are they for? Should they be integrated with OpenStack? Which industries are ready for them, and what obstacles to adoption exist for the industries that are not? He also talked about:

  • How he got involved in OpenStack
  • What he worked on at Sandia Labs
  • Why he started Corekube
  • Where Kubernetes came from and what problem it’s meant to solve
  • Whether or not vendor lock-in is really an issue for OpenStack users
  • Eating cotton candy and french fries in the old Versace mansion

You can follow the podcast and see the past and future guest schedule at @openstackpod and follow Mike Metral at @mikemetral.

For a full transcript of the  interview, click read more below.

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OpenStack Podcast #20: Joe Arnold

From days of setting up internet in his dorm and almost being kicked out of college for it, Joe Arnold’s tech roots are strong, and his passion is contagious. In the latest OpenStack Podcast, join the founder and CEO of SwiftStack as he discusses:

  • OpenStack Swift: What is it?
  • How the Enterprise Storage market is changing
  • How Swiftstack adds value on top of OpenStack
  • Standalone OpenStack Swift for particular use cases and industries
  • New O’Reilly Book, “OpenStack Swift”, and how you can get a copy

You can follow the podcast and see the past and future guest schedule at @openstackpod and follow Joe Arnold at @joearnold.

For a full transcript of the  interview, click read more below.

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OpenStack Podcast #19 Yuriy Brodskiy

Symantec’s Director of Cloud Platform Engineering, Yuriy Brodskiy, was a really interesting interview–not only because he was a very early adopter of OpenStack in his PayPal days, but also because he now works for one of the pioneers in software security. He gave us some surprising insights into how his company views open source in general and OpenStack in particular, as well as what they’re doing to make the cloud more secure. He also discussed:

  • How cloud changes the culture of an organization
  • How OpenStack changed perceptions of open source software
  • The upside (and downside) of rolling your own distro
  • The future of PaaS and containers
  • What Symantec is doing with OpenStack
  • What to consider in order to create a truly secure OpenStack environment

To see who we’re interviewing next, or to sign-up for the OpenStack Podcast, check out the show schedule! Interested in participating? Tweet us at @nextcast and @nikiacosta.

For a full transcript of the  interview, click read more below.

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