Screaming in the Cloud

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Summary

Have you ever had high expectations about a new software product? Did you think it was going to be spectacular? Instead, did it become less about solving a problem for you and more about reaching a bunch of billable consultants? The dynamics of open source communities and the Cloud platform can make or break software products.
Today, we’re talking to Andrew Clay Shafer, who was a notable voice during the days of OpenStack. He had high hopes for OpenStack, which was an effort to bring a democratized solution of Cloud computing to anyone’s data center. He describes the importance of understanding the challenges associated with open source projects in order for them to be successful.
Some of the highlights of the show include:

Open source is not a business model; capture value for customers, or they’ll go with a different solution
Openness/Closure: Every open source project has its own community dynamics
Losing sight of level of expertise for profitability and easy path to useage
Whether to become a product or service company - difficult to be both effectively or go from being one to the other; build partner relationship, focus, and say “no”
Lack of awareness about AWS Outposts admitting public Cloud is no longer a viable business model
Amazon relentlessly focuses on what its customers want and tries to keep promises about what it can and can’t do
Cloud Native: Not where you run, but how you run; confining variables
Self-fulfilling prophecy to under deliver when you make the bad decision to under source IT across the board
Cloud Native, DevOps, SRE: Buzzwords that equal one thing and work together
Dilemma of not building everything and buying some things, but you can’t buy everything; humans like to shop and go with the easiest option

Links:

Andrew Clay Shafer on Twitter
Andrew Clay Shafer on LinkedIn
Puppet
Re:invent
OpenStack
Eucalyptus
Docker
Redis
MongoDB
Confluent
Kubernetes
AWS Outposts
AWS Ground Station
AmazonBasics
Simon Wardley
Maslach Burnout Inventory
Datadog

Show Notes

Have you ever had high expectations about a new software product? Did you think it was going to be spectacular? Instead, did it become less about solving a problem for you and more about reaching a bunch of billable consultants? The dynamics of open source communities and the Cloud platform can make or break software products.

Today, we’re talking to Andrew Clay Shafer, who was a notable voice during the days of OpenStack. He had high hopes for OpenStack, which was an effort to bring a democratized solution of Cloud computing to anyone’s data center. He describes the importance of understanding the challenges associated with open source projects in order for them to be successful.

Some of the highlights of the show include:

  • Open source is not a business model; capture value for customers, or they’ll go with a different solution
  • Openness/Closure: Every open source project has its own community dynamics
  • Losing sight of level of expertise for profitability and easy path to useage
  • Whether to become a product or service company - difficult to be both effectively or go from being one to the other; build partner relationship, focus, and say “no”
  • Lack of awareness about AWS Outposts admitting public Cloud is no longer a viable business model
  • Amazon relentlessly focuses on what its customers want and tries to keep promises about what it can and can’t do
  • Cloud Native: Not where you run, but how you run; confining variables
  • Self-fulfilling prophecy to under deliver when you make the bad decision to under source IT across the board
  • Cloud Native, DevOps, SRE: Buzzwords that equal one thing and work together
  • Dilemma of not building everything and buying some things, but you can’t buy everything; humans like to shop and go with the easiest option

Links:

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What is Screaming in the Cloud?

Screaming in the Cloud with Corey Quinn features conversations with domain experts in the world of Cloud Computing. Topics discussed include AWS, GCP, Azure, Oracle Cloud, and the "why" behind how businesses are coming to think about the Cloud.