Chew on this: Joshua McKenty started OpenStack at NASA. That’s right—started OpenStack at NASA. Then he started Piston, a company that sold an OpenStack distribution, which Cisco eventually bought. Now he works as the Field CTO at Pivotal Cloud Foundry, and boy does he have a lot of interesting things to say about the current state of IaaS, PaaS, containers, and culture change in the technology space. I don’t want to ruin the interview for you, so I’m not going to provide much detail, but a few of the things he explains include:

  • Why if you’re just finding OpenStack now, you’re too late
  • Why telcos are the happiest OpenStack users
  • Why measuring lines of code was a mistake by the OpenStack Foundation
  • Why sometimes open source projects need a good dictator
  • Why he’s a grouchy old man when it comes to containers
  • Why he doesn’t use the term “DevOps” anymore
  • Why it’s important for IT leaders to tolerate a certain amount of messiness

It’s an amazing interview. Absolutely critical information if you’re leading an IT organization of any size. Well worth 45 minutes of your time. See the video podcast on our YouTube page, or listen to the audio version on iTunes. And if you like what you hear, we invite you to subscribe to our channel so you don’t miss any of the other exciting podcasts we have scheduled over the next several months.



Ali Amagasu

Marketing Communications Manager