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This week, we’re talking with TNS correspondent Mike Melanson about Google’s new Cloud Services Platform. It’s a software offering (now in beta) that links Google’s managed Kubernetes service GKE with its on-premises version, GKE on-prem, for enterprises that want to run workloads on premises and in the cloud using the same management environment. Google is following Amazon Web Services (with Outposts) and Microsoft (Azure Stack) in offering an on-premises version of its cloud stack, though Google is the first one to Istio as part of the package.
Later in the podcast, we discuss the upcoming Cloud Foundry Summit North America, to be held in Philadelphia on April 2-4. As you know, Cloud Foundry is a Platform-as-a-Service software designed to make it faster and easier to build, test, deploy and scale applications. Companies such as Allstate, Royal Bank of Canada, and CSAA Insurance Group have all used Cloud Foundry in production settings.
Last year’s conference in Boston, we heard a lot about Kubernetes, functions, and event-driven architectures were hot topics. But what about this year?
Looking over the agenda, we are surprised to see the breadth of new technologies Cloud Foundry has been accommodating. In a contributed piece, Pivotal Director of Product Marketing Bryan Friedman discusses a few of the must-see talks this year at the event. He finds that many talks have to do with microservices, serverless, and stream processing. For instance, two engineers from Comcast will discuss how they run stream processing on Cloud Foundry — not an initial use case we thought of for Cloud Foundry, so we’d be very interested in sitting in on that one. Another presenter will discuss how to implement the Spring Cloud Data Flow on the platform.
On the serverless front, there are a number of sessions about Knative, a serverless framework released by Google last year that is getting wide adoption. There will be the inevitable (and much-appreciated) “getting-started” talk. But also a team of IBM’ers will also do a presentation comparing and contrasting Knative with Cloud Foundry itself. For the developer both (can) start at the command line, so it’ll enlightening to see what the differences are.
The New Stack editorial director Libby Clark sponsored this podcast, with the assistance of Joab Jackson, The New Stack managing editor and Alex Williams, co-founder and editor-in-chief at The New Stack.
The Week’s Top Stories
- 6 Must-Attend Talks at Cloud Foundry Summit on Serverless, Knative, Microservices: This year’s Cloud Foundry Summit is right around the corner with another excellent mix of business and technical discussions. Pivotal Director of Product Marketing Bryan Friedman discusses a few of the must-see talks this year at the event.
- Google’s Cloud Services Platform Brings Managed Kubernetes to Hybrid Cloud: Google launched the beta version of its Cloud Services Platform (CSP), a software-based, hybrid offering that brings Google Cloud services into your on-prem infrastructure using the power of Kubernetes and Istio. CSP is built on top Google’s managed Kubernetes offering, Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), and includes GKE On-Prem, a “managed Kubernetes service providing remote lifecycle management of your on-prem clusters.”
- Testing Developer Velocity: AWS EC2 vs Lambda vs Lambda on Stackery: In this sponsored piece from Stackery, Stackery community developer Toby Fee compared the time it took to set up a Web service. Using Stackery’s platform, she was able to cut configuration time to just 20 minutes. Stackery is the complete solution for building, managing and operating serverless applications.
- Tutorial: Tame Your Access Log with Unix Pipes: This tutorial shows off one of the greatest strengths of Unix, the ability to string together different jobs into a single workflow, called pipes. At its heart, pipes is the model of the Unix philosophy, that each tool should do one job well. Author David Cassel shows how to use pipes to parse log files, and throws in a bit of history on the side. Bell Labs’ Doug McIlroy first came up with the idea for pipes, more than 50 years ago. He wanted to couple programs together so they acted like “a garden hose.”
- Contribute to The New Stack: Tell us a story we can’t report ourselves. This is our jam: app development and management at scale, and all the software and services that support this task. We want to know how everything works, from a sysadmin or dev angle.
The Cloud Foundry Foundation, Pivotal and Stackery are sponsors of The New Stack.