Announcing the Cloud 2030 Online Community/Event

Rob Hirschfeld and Stephen Spector announce the launch of a new community/event called Cloud 2030. This concept is based on the past Cloud 2020 event held at Switch in 2010 focused on the future of cloud.

In addition to being a global community of cloud operators this will operate as en event without a fixed schedule. Come join at to learn more.

KubeCon Recap and Thoughts on Google Stadia

Rob offers his thoughts on the recent KubeCon event in San Diego as well as the recent reviews of the Google Stadia Gaming deployment.

Chris Short on Kubernetes and Preview of KubeCon

This week’s guest is Chris Short, Principal Technical Marketing Manager at Red Hat; CNCF Ambassador and Co-host PodCTL Podcast.

This podcast also includes a discussion on event giveaways and too much socks.

VMworld Recap talking Kubernetes, Bare Metal, Edge, and Ecosystems

Guest: Niraj Tolia, CEO and Co-Founder,

Niraj’s Post on VMworld 2019: Highlights from VMworld 2019

Rob’s Post on Bare Metal and VM Performance Post : Yes – VM + Containers can be faster than Bare Metal

Don’t Touch That – Open Infra Summit Talk on Edge Computing

Rob Hirschfeld and Mark Thiele give their Open Infrastructure Talk from the recent event in Denver in this podcast. Slides for the podcast are available at A video of the talk is at

Open Infrastructure Summit and Community Recap w/ Ben Silverman

Joining us this week is Ben Silverman, Chief Cloud Officer, Cincinnati Bell Technology Services.


  • Ben Silverman Background
  • Experience at Denver Open Infrastructure Summit
    • PTG Separation
  • Free Software does not mean Free Support
  • Vendors in Attendance: Significant Downsizing of Companies
  • Installer Wars and Airship
  • Ironic Push & MaaS Alliance
  • Developers Portability and Languages
  • Cross Community Compatibility
  • Only Tools are OpenStack
  • Final Event Thoughts

Time Stamp

0.0 – 0.52             Introduction
1.43 – 3.28          Ben’s Background
3.28 – 7.37          Open Infrastructure Summit Experience
* Separate of Developers and Corporations
7.37 – 10.38        Free Software does not come with Free Support
* Vendors are not bad
10.38 – 12.57     How many vendors in attendance? Less than 15
* Not seeing revenue opportunity
* Business only; not interested in giving SWAG
* Vendors still selling OpenStack; Almost no Ecosystem at this time
12.57 –  17.27     Installation Tools and Promotion of Airship
* AT&T adoption is driving the promotion
* Airship is not a production ready technology
* Install Kubernetes and OpenStack with HELM charts (Very Complex)
* Ironic Push at Event
17.27 – 22.28     Developers Portable across Project
* Adding other projects into existing projects
* OpenStack always selects 1 way to do something
22.28 –  26.30     Cross Community Compatibility
* CNCF Comments
* Kubernetes and OpenStack in same world
26.30 –  33.15     Not talking about operating/open infrastructure; just OpenStack
* Not including other projects for best solution
* Day 2 Not Considered in OpenStack
33.15 –                  Wrap Up

Podcast Guest: Ben Silverman, , Chief Cloud Officer, Cincinnati Bell Technology Services.

Ben is currently the Chief Cloud Officer for the Service Provider/Telco team at Cincinnati Bell Technology Services (OnX Service Provider/Telco). He is also the co-author of the book “OpenStack for Architects” “Mastering OpenStack” and was the Technical Reviewer for “Learning OpenStack” (Packt Publishing).

When Ben is not writing books he is an active in the OpenStack Superuser Editorial Board and a technical contributor to the OpenStack Foundation Documentation Team (Architecture Guide) He also leads the Phoenix, AZ Open Infrastructure User Group. Ben is often invited to speak about cloud adoption, implementation, migration and cultural impact of the cloud at conferences, meetups, and special vendor events.

Prior to OnX, Ben was a Senior Cloud/System Architect at Mirantis, a top OpenStack distribution, where he was responsible for creating enterprise OpenStack architectures for some of the most prominent telecommunications and Fortune 100 companies worldwide.

Before joining Mirantis, Ben was the Lead Technical Architect and Engineer for the OpenStack cloud at American Express and was directly responsible for the architecture and deployment of the largest U.S. financial services cloud in production at the time. Today, this same cloud supports over 10,000 workloads.

Ben holds a degree in English communications and a Masters degree in Information Management from Arizona State University. When he’s not out evangelizing more people into the cloud lifestyle he likes to spend time with his beautiful wife and two crazy little boys in Phoenix, Arizona.


Recap of the Gaming Developers Conference 2019

Recap of the 2019 GDC event in San Francisco, CA last week. Our guests are Alan Evans, Sr Director Strategy, EDGE GRAVITY and Chetan Venkatesh, CEO, Marcometa.

Discussion includes thoughts on the Google Stadia announcement, Cloud Native development for gaming, and our thoughts on Genvid who we all agreed had standout technology.

Cloud Don on Service Mesh and Edge Federation

Joining us this week is Sriram Subramanian, Founder and Principal Analyst, CloudDon.

About Cloud Don
Sriram Subramanian is an independent analyst catalyzing modern enterprise IT Transformations. His primary area of coverage is how cloud computing/ container technology based services are impacting modern enterprise IT. His representative clients include vendors such as Red Hat, Microsoft, HPE, and end users in retail, fin tech and healthcare.

Service Mesh Event (18 min 45 sec)

Service Mesh Day : March 28 – 29, 2019
Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco


  • Thoughts on late 2018 AWS ReInvent and KubeCon (Software vs SaaS)
  • Vendor Lock-In Hype
  • Service Mesh
  • Edge Computing


  • 0 min 16 sec: Introduction of Guest
  • 1 min 33 sec: Impressions from AWS ReInvent and KubeCon 2018
    • Software vs SaaS
  • 9 min 00 sec: Services Spun up Inside Kubernetes vs Vendor Lock-in
    • Over Hype of Vendor Lock-In?
  • 12 min 38 sec: Service Mesh
    • Why do I need Service Mesh on Kubernetes?
    • Enable Cloud-Native Paradigms
    • Kubernetes is not the Answer to Everything
  • 20 min 35 sec: Data Center Environment and Edge Computing
    • Is Kubernetes assumed for Edge?
    • LF Edge Announcement Podcast
    • Federation
  • 30 min 21 sec: Wrap-Up


EdgeCongress 2018 Austin Recap

Review of the EdgeCongress event held October 24 – 25 in Austin, TX 2018.

Gartner Symposium and IT Disruption

Rob Hirschfeld reviews last week’s Gartner Symposium event and his thoughts on IT disruption based on several presentations at the event.