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Cloud Cafe

Cloud Cafe is a series of podcasts with people deeply interested in cloud and utility computing. Also if you want to listen to shorter cloud podcasts see CloudDoplets.

Cloud Cafe Podcast #1- Cassatt

In this podcast. James Urquhart of Cassatt and I discuss the differences between some of the cloudy terminology of “utility computing” vs “cloud computing”. Also James gives a great overview of Hadoop and CouchDB. The intro music is a compositions called “Clouds” from Mike Colletti and the art work is contributed by Florence Neal

Cloud Cafe Podcast #2 – CohesiveFT

This was a fun podcast with two of the founders of CohesiveFT, Alexis Richardson and Patrick Kerpan. They gave me a great overview of their product ESOD. We also talked a little bit about the Google App Engine announcement. I think you will enjoy this podcast.The intro music is a compositions called “Googin” from Mike Colletti and the art work is contributed by Florence Neal.

Cloud Cafe Podcast #3 – Rightscale

In this third podcast I have a discussion with Michael Crandell the CEO of Rightscale. Michael is a real down to earth kind of CEO who loves the clouds. Again Mike Colletti and Florence Neal get it done withe their artistic contributions.

Cloud Cafe Podcast #4 – 3Tera

In this forth podcast I have a discussion with Peter Nickolov President, COO and CTO of 3Tera and Bert Armijo, Senior VP of Sales, Marketing and Product Management at 3Tera. Bert and Peter do a great job of explaining how 3Tera’s Applogic works also they talk about their new initiative Cloudware. I would suggest this is a MUST listen if you are a cloud junkie like me. Again Mike Colletti and Florence Neal get it done withe their artistic contributions.

Cloud Cafe Podcast #5 – Elastra

In this fifth podcast I have a discussion with Stu Charlton the Lead Architect at Elastra. This podcast completes my interviews with the First Triumvirate of cloud vendors, Rightscale, 3Tera, and Elastra. These are vendors who are leading the way as true infrastructure providers on top of the cloud. Again Mike Colletti and Florence Neal getting it done withe their artistic contributions.

Cloud Cafe Podcast #6 – Rightscale

I was able to catch up with Michael Crandell the CEO of Rightscale on this podcast. This is the “first” second timer on “Cloud Cafe”. Michael walks me through their two recent announcements that they made at Structur08 for MySQL and GigaSpaces. Again Mike Colletti and Florence Neal getting it done withe their artistic contributions.

Cloud Cafe Podcast #7 – Digital Chalk

In this podcast I was able to speak to a customer of the “cloud”. Tony McCune of Digital Chalk shares some of his experiences and thoughts about the cloud. Digital Chalk has been an Amazon EC2/S3/SQS customer for over two years. We also talk about using a service buss architecture (ESB) for scaling in the clouds, Java as a PaaS, and even Puppet pops up again. Tony also shares some of his thoughts on Rightscale for startups. Then we end up with a discussion on cloud standards. Again Mike Colletti and Florence Neal getting it done withe their artistic contributions.

Cloud Cafe Podcast #8 – Animoto

In this podcast I was able to speak to another customer of the “cloud”. Brad Jefferson the CEO of Animoto shares some of his experiences and thoughts about the cloud. Animoto uses Rightscale as their cloud infrastructure partner. Brad discusses their infamous 50 to 5k servers in one week experience. Again Mike Colletti and Florence Neal getting it done withe their artistic contributions.

Cloud Cafe Podcast #9 – Enomaly

This is another great podcast. I had the opportunity to have a discussion with Reuven Cohen the founder Enomaly. Reuven is one of the rock stars of the “cloud” discussion. We really beat the bushes on all topics cloud on this podcast. If you are a junkie of the “cloud” this is a must.

Cloud Cafe Podcast #10 – Flexiscale

This is a great podcast. I had the opportunity to have a discussion with Tony Lucus the founder Flexiscale. Some people refer to Flexiscale as the Amazon AWS of EMEA. We were able to discuss a vast array of cloud topics. Again Mike Colletti and Florence Neal getting it done withe their artistic contributions.

Cloud Cafe Podcast #11 – Cloudstatus.com

This podcast is with Jon Travis of Hyperic. Our main focus is on cloudstatus.com. The podcast was a little bit rough around the edges but in the end we got her done. I think on some questions Jon and I were not connecting however in the end I learned a few things I didn’t know about cloudstatus.com. Please tip the bartenders Mike Colletti and Florence Neal for getting it done withe their artistic contributions.

Cloud Cafe Podcast #12 – rPath and the Cloud

I In this podcast I was able to speck to Marty Wesley, the Director of Product Marketing at rPath. Marty was able to bring me up to speed on what rPath has done with the clouds and specifically with Amazon’s EC2.

Cloud Cafe Podcast #14 – GigaSpaces in the Cloud

In this podcast I was able to speak to Geva Perry the General Manager of Cloud Computing at GigiaSpaces. Geva provides a wealth of information on cloud computing and Amazon’s Web Services. If you are a cloud junkie this is a must listen.

Cloud Cafe Podcast #15 – RightScale

In this podcast I was able to speak with Michael Crandell the CEO of Rightscale on their recent “Multi-Cloud” provider support for Flexiscale and GoGrid. Micheal walks me through the new announcement and I hit him with a few questions. We also talk a little bit about what they are doing with Eucalyptus, the open source cloud. Here are some of the topics we discussed in this podcast.

Cloud Cafe Podcast #16 – 3Tera

In this podcast I have a discussion with Peter Nickolov President, COO and CTO of 3Tera and Barry Lynn, the CEO of 3Tera. I am a huge fan of 3Tera. In fact I have even been accused of payola from 3Tera. I start out of accusing Barry of being a very funny guy … pressure – on. Both Peter and Barry give me an update on thier recent announcements regarding the Citrix. As always the 3Tera dudes bring it on for cloud discussions.

Cloud Cafe Podcast #17 – Ylastic

In this podcast I have a discussion with Prabhakar Chaganti the CTO of Ylastic. Ylastic is a cloud vendor based in Atlanta. They have an interesting niche product in the cloud space. Listen and see if you agree.

Cloud Cafe Podcast #18 – Puppet and the Cloud

Let’s face Luke is just a cool dude. The first time I met Luke was at an OSCON conference where he was giving a session on Puppet. I hammered him with a lot of questions and he fired back strong. I have posted many times on this blog about how impressed I am with Puppet. So in this podcast I am glad to talk with Luke and Andrew about wasup with Puppet and the cloud. If you are interested in IT infrastructure inside or outside the cloud you might want to listen to this podcast.

Cloud Cafe Podcast #19 – OpenQRM and the Cloud

In this podcast I met with Matt Rechenburg the active project manager of OpenQRM. Clusters open sourced it’s code earlier this year and shut it’s doors. Matt continues to believe in the project so he has, with others, re-written it in the form of the OpenQRM project. Matt gave me a demo before the prodcast and I was stoked about what they have. This product could be the ultimate “Cloud” fabric tool (more on this latter). Go ahead and listen to the podcast and see if you agree.

Cloud Cafe Podcast #20 – Cloud Camp Brussels

In this podcast I do a set of mini podcasts at the “Cloud Camp” Brussels. Here is a list of the interviews:

Cloud Cafe Podcast #21 -Eucalyptus Cloud

Do you miss talking to your old college professor? Are you a cloud Junkie? Then you MUST listen to Rich Wolski talk about Clouds, Grids, a little bit about educating our kids. This was one of my favorite all time podcasts.

Cloud Cafe Podcast #22 -VPN Cubed, CohesiveFT

Patrick Kerpan the CTO of CohesiveFT gave me an excellent briefing on their new offering “VPN Cubed”. VPN Cubed could be a game changer for the clouds.

Cloud Cafe Podcast #23 -Rightscale – Thorsten

Folks, this been a busy week for the Cafe and I still have three more podcasts to go. This podcast is another winner. Thorsten von Eicken, the CTO of Rightscale, is a force to be heard in the Cloud-o-Sphere and I pinned him down here in this podcast. I am sure you will enjoy this one.

Cloud Cafe Podcast #24 -Google App Engine

Last week we able to get Noah Gift, a local Python and GAE expert to give the Awsome group a presentation on Google App Engine. We were able to record the session here.

Cloud Cafe Podcast #25 -Rackspace

I thought I had lost this podcast, but yesterday I found it on one of my many scattered USB sticks. Excuse me for the out order numbering; however, this is a great Podcast with Lew Moorman, Chief Strategy Officer at RackSpace, and Co founders of Mosso, Jonathan Bryce and Todd Morey. We play a little catchup on all the cool things that have been happening over at the RACK!.

Cloud Cafe Podcast #26 -Elastra Stu Says Stuff

I had a great conversation with Stu Charlton, the Chief Software Architect for Elastra. We talked a lot about infrastructures and provisioning in today’s intra/inter cloud infrastructures and where Elastra wants to be in the upcoming years. I’ll let you in on a secret, its all about managing the infrastructure.

Cloud Cafe Podcast #27 -What is a Cloud?

I guess it might seem silly to ask this question after 26 podcasts on said subject. However, when you get a chance to ask this question to two smart guys like Geva Perry (Thinking out Cloud) and James Urquhart (Wisdom of Clouds) the the question doesn’t seem that silly. We walk through a lot of the cloud definitions being used today and try to put “some” sanity to all the cloud defintions being used in the cloud-o-sphere.

Cloud Cafe Podcast #28 -Skytap

This is an interesting podcast with Skytap. Skytap has found a nice niche in the cloud providing PaaS based testing and training cloud structures. I was able to have Steve Brodie, Chief Product and Marketing Officer of Skytap, to walk me through their services.

Cloud Cafe Podcast #29 -GridGain a Grid in a Cloud

I must say this podcast surprised me. I had never heard of GridGain until a day before this podast. Nikita Ivanovast the founder of GridGain pinged me and wanted to know if I would be interested in doing a podcast. A couple of minutes into this podcast and I was fascinated with their technology. This turned out being a great podcast.We talked about grids and clouds and grids in clouds… It was great stuff.

Cloud Cafe Podcast #30 -What is a Cloud from the Beginning

It only took 30 podcasts to figure out a way to get my favorate analyst, and IT management co host on my Cloud Cafe series.  Actually I wanted the 30th podcast to be special and I had this idea of doing a “What is a Cloud from the Beginning” a few weeks back.  At first I was going to do it all by myself, then I thought how cool would it be to get Michael Coté to interview me.  I always have a great time being a co host on his “IT Management” podcast series and he really has a great style for doing podcasts.  We hammer out all of the basics for what is a cloud.

Cloud Cafe #31 – Opscode Introduces Chef

It was a busy day for Adam Jacob the CTO of the startup Opscode. He spent the day trying to push out the first release of an exciting new “Cloud Orchestration” product while fighting internet provider/bandwidth issues and pesty geeks like me. However, at the end f the day we got this fantastic podcast on tape. or should say cloud.

Cloud Cafe #32 – Cloud Talk With Hyperic

In this podcast I had the opportunity to talk to Javier Soltero the CEO of Hyperic.  Javier did a great job explaining how “Hyperic’s got Cloud.”  We talked about a number of new solutions that Hyperic has been quietly solving on the monitoring side of cloud autonomics. Here are some of the topic we discussed.

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