The Java technical podcast series: The cloud files

The technologies, companies, and people who influence cloud computing

This season, Andrew Glover focuses his interviews on the technologies, companies, and people influencing cloud computing. Recorded over a three-month period, Andrew spoke with established players and their interests, including CloudBees and Heroku, as well as exciting newcomers like Jelastic and NuoDB. And that's not all. If you're working in the cloud, you won't want to miss a single interview.
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Andrew Glover, CTO, App47

Andrew GloverAndrew Glover is a developer, author, speaker, and entrepreneur with a passion for behavior-driven development, Continuous Integration, and Agile software development. He is the founder of the easyb Behavior-Driven Development (BDD) framework and is the co-author of three books: Continuous Integration, Groovy in Action, and Java Testing Patterns. You can keep up with him at his blog and by following him on Twitter.



11 December 2012

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Welcome to this special installment of the Java technical podcast series. This season is focused solely on the cloud. In the following podcasts, you'll hear from those people who not only influence, but directly impact cloud computing, regardless of the underlying language or platform. There's a lot to learn here, so put on your headphones and get ready for some interesting conversations.

Jesse Proudman, Blue Box

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Listen now: Cloud provider Blue Box's CEO, Jesse Proudman, explains his view of the cloud -- where it makes sense to go bare metal versus virtual, and how service makes a difference.

Jesse Proudman photoWith more than 15 years of experience building and leading IT businesses, Blue Box founder and CEO Jesse Proudman has successfully demonstrated his technical and business leadership aptitude as a hands-on, do-it-yourself entrepreneur with a strong work ethic that remains a constant theme throughout his professional endeavors. A University of Puget Sound Business Leadership Program graduate, he founded Blue Box in 2003 and has led the company to record growth levels through both prosperous and troubled economic times. Jesse continues to infuse Blue Box with high standards of customer satisfaction that includes the relentless pursuit of success through personalized solutions that deliver increased value to customers. Jesse is also an advocate and active member in business and leadership mentoring programs through the University of Washington and University of Puget Sound. Jesse resides in Seattle, Washington with his family.

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James Ward, Typesafe

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Listen now: James Ward likes Heroku. James Ward likes the cloud. In this podcast, James talks about enterprise Java and its applicability to the cloud. He details how Heroku arcs from hobbyist platform to enterprise Java platform.

James Ward photoJames Ward works for Typesafe, where he teaches developers the Typesafe Stack (Play Framework, Scala, and Akka). James frequently presents at conferences around the world such as JavaOne, Devoxx, and many other Java get-togethers. Along with Bruce Eckel, James co-authored First Steps in Flex. He has also published numerous screencasts, blogs, and technical articles.

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Brian Jakovich, Stelligent

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Listen now (Transcript): Learn about Puppet, an automation tool for cloud operations. In this podcast, Brian Jakovich, Stelligent's lead on Elastic Operations, discusses how to get started, what it can do, how it compares to Chef, and where it fits with regard to DevOps and Continuous Delivery.

Brian Jakovich photoBrian Jakovich is the Director of Elastic Operations (an Open Continuous Delivery PaaS) at Stelligent. His experience spans the software life cycle working on DevOps projects for large organizations such as Macy’s and the National Cancer Institute with Stelligent. He’s a contributor to DevOps in the Cloud (Pearson Education, 2012). He is passionate about automation, software delivery, and the cloud and actively blogs at Stelligent.com.

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Judah Johns, Jelastic

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Listen now (Transcript): "Rock-solid Java in the cloud" is how Jelastic describes its wares -- and it appears to be true. These guys are different; they don't run on AWS and offer data centers in various global markets. Find out more about Jelastic, reliability, and data locality in this podcast.

Judah Johns photoJudah Johns serves as Chief Evangelist of Jelastic, where he is responsible for sharing the good news that is Jelastic. Previous to Jelastic, he worked for the UK2 Group in London, where he helped grow the VPS.net brand and created and launched their Latin American hosting brand, HostPuro. He is a trained chemist but has worked in industries as varied as politics and oil and gas. He holds bachelor’s degrees in Chemistry and Political Science from the University of Houston and has worked at a number of research institutions in the United States. He is currently back living in his hometown of Houston, Texas with his two black labs, Luther and Remy.

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Wiqar Chaudry, NuoDB

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Listen now (Transcript): Learn about NuoDB, a relational db that scales horizontally without the need for sharding, and how it fits into a cloud ecosystem.

Wiqar Chaudry photoWiqar Chaudry, Director of Product Management, is an IT professional with over a decade of experience in database systems and web technologies. He has been responsible for designing large scale data warehouses for the fortune 500 and has played key roles in several data centric start-ups as a solutions architect, sales engineer, and product manager. Academically, Wiqar holds a BBA in Finance from Temple University, and an MS in Computer Information systems from Boston University. In his spare time, Wiqar writes a blog on collaborative economics. You can follow him on twitter: @WiqarC.

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Jason McCay and Kurt Mackey, MongoHQ

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Listen now: MongoHQ, a DBaaS (Database as a Service), provides an interesting view on the cloud landscape. In this podcast, you'll learn what it means to be a database service in the cloud. You'll hear about the challenges of running a hosted database, what people should look for in a provider, and, importantly, when it makes sense to go the traditional data-center route.

Kurt MackeyJason McCay photoMongoHQ was conceived two years ago to solve our own problem. As we created applications for our Rails consultancy and were learning about and enjoying the use of this new database technology in our projects, we found it hard to easily create databases for these applications without having to exert a lot of effort. With our background creating software as a service, we were intrigued at the future of a data layer that could be offered to developers, allowing them to focus on their code instead of having to worry about their data. With that, we created MongoHQ, the first DBaaS (Database as a Service) of its kind.

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Bill Platt and Mark Gaydos, Engine Yard

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Listen now (Transcript): Engine Yard execs discuss the difference between an IaaS versus a PaaS, what to look for in a PaaS, how to build a community, and what's coming in the future with regard to the cloud.

Bill Platt photoBill Platt spent the last four years at NComputing, a desktop virtualization startup, serving as the senior vice president responsible for product development and support for all virtualization client software and virtual desktop devices. Prior to NComputing, Platt was senior vice president of products at Wyse Technologies. His career also includes a 15-year tenure at Sun Microsystems where Platt built multiple businesses in the services organization for the Americas and Asia-Pacific regions, as well as serving as a vice president in the software business unit responsible for Solaris and the Java Enterprise System. Bill has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School of Business.

Mark Gaydos photoMark Gaydos has more than 20 years of enterprise marketing experience. Prior to Engine Yard, he was vice president of Worldwide Marketing at VirtuOz. Mark has also held a variety of marketing roles at successful technology companies, including Oracle, SAP, Tripwire, and Comergent. He is also an instructor at UC Berkeley Extension where he has been teaching for over a decade: a course he founded on software product management and product marketing. Gaydos has an MBA in management science from San Diego State University and a BA in economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Sacha Labourey, CloudBees

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Listen now (Transcript): CloudBees' Sacha Labourey on public versus private clouds, what to look for in a cloud provider, how Java is being influenced by the cloud, and where cloud technology is headed.

Sacha Labourey photoIn 2001, Sacha Labourey joined Marc Fleury's JBoss project as a core contributor and implemented JBoss's original clustering features. In 2003, he founded JBoss' European headquarters, and led the strategy and partnerships that helped fuel the company's growth in that region. He led the recruitment of some of JBoss's key talent and acquisition of key technology. In 2005, he was appointed CTO of JBoss. In June 2006, JBoss was acquired by Red Hat, where Sacha remained CTO and played a crucial role in integrating and productizing JBoss software with Red Hat offerings. In 2007, Sacha became co-GM of Red Hat's middleware division. He left Red Hat in April 2009. Following a period of research, Sacha became convinced that public cloud infrastructure would lead a fundamental IT paradigm shift and that middleware would play a key role in that shift. As a result, CloudBees was formed in April 2010.

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