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The Hot Aisle – Infrastructure as Code with Mitchell Hashimoto – Episode 20

The Hot Aisle is hosted by Brent Piatti (@brentpiatti) and Brian Carpenter (@intheDC).  Joining us this Episode is Mitchell Hashimoto (@mitchellh) Co-Founder of Hashi Corp. – creators of super cool and open source projects like Vagrant, Packer, Serf, Consul, Terraform, Vault, and more.  Learn about how they use Atlas to tie those projects together to better enable infrastructure as code for businesses.  Mitchell discusses the recent HashiConf 2015 where they announced new open source projects Otto and Nomad.  ‘Go’ is a subject again (we’re not doing on purpose, but it’s definitely a thing!), as Mitchell discusses why he is fond of the language and why some enthusiasts may not feel the same way. Listen in to hear his journey from middle-school hacker to Jr. developer at a consultancy after college frustrated with repeating the easy tasks on a daily basis.  We also cover how his obsession with automating things became a growing venture-backed business with a rabid following in the DevOps community.  Find your place, turn it up to 11, and join in.

The Hot Aisle – A Data Scientist’s Take on Big Data and Analytics with Bill Schmarzo – Episode 19

The Hot Aisle is hosted by Brent Piatti (@brentpiatti) and Brian Carpenter (@intheDC).  Joining us this Episode is Bill Schmarzo (@schmarzo) the anointed DeanofBigData, author of Big Data Understanding How Data Powers Big Business, Current EMC Big Data CTO, former VP of Analytics for Yahoo & Business Objects.  Of course, he also somehow finds time to teach the Big Data MBA as a professor.  Bill joins us as a renown Big Data and Analytics expert, and you’ll quickly see why.  He has an unbridled passion about gaining insights from data, and teaching others how to do the same!  He’s going to talk about the 4 M’s of Big Data, his next book due out just in time for Christmas, and what John Furrier (@furrier) is to blame for this time… Oh, and something about restrictive organizational cultures killing creativity in business. Grab a seat, and listen in!

The Hot Aisle – Relax, You’re Too Hyper-Converged with Brad Maltz – Episode 18

This week on The Hot Aisle, your hosts Brent Piatti (@BrentPiatti) and Brian Carpenter (@intheDC) get beaten senseless with heaps of converged & hyper-converged goodness.  We learn from EMC’s Sr. Director of Converged Infrastructure & ‘closeted VCDX’, Brad Maltz (@bmaltz),  about “how”, “why”, and “what” the whole Converged Infrastructure + Hyper-Converged Infrastructure + Disaggregated Hardware movement is coming from.  Clear your minds and your calendar; you’ll want to hear this!

The Hot Aisle – Digital Supply Chain and SAP HANA with John Appleby – Episode 17

The Hot Aisle is hosted by Brent Piatti (@brentpiatti) and Brian Carpenter (@intheDC).  Joining us this Episode is John Appleby (@applebyj) of Bluefin Solutions – a global consultancy focused on SAP, SAP HANA, digitization, analytics, mobile, and more.  John joins us as renown SAP HANA expert, keynote speaker, and SAP Mentor.  We discuss the rapidly evolving subject of digitizing supply chain sales process and where SAP and Bluefin fit in that world.  John explains the value of shifting traditional ERP into in-memory databases, where SAP is headed with HANA VORA, and where Hadoop and other emerging technologies deliver business benefit.  Grab a seat and enjoy the ride while John gives us an education!

The Hot Aisle – Open Source Community Done Right with Steve Francia – Episode 16

The Hot Aisle is hosted by Brent Piatti (@brentpiatti) and Brian Carpenter (@intheDC).  Joining us this Episode is Steve Francia (@spf13) of SPF13.Com and recently of @docker fame (as their Chief of Operations, Open Source).  Steve joins us as a well known mentor, and highly respected member of the Open Source community as a whole, to give insight into the dramatic shifts we are seeing towards OSS.  We discuss what’s involved with getting started in open source, what stimulates community involvement, how corporate involvement can vary, and more.  Join us in our journey to learning more about Open Source community involvement, as well as how to take a philosophy major and turn fundamental logic expertise into a great technology career!

The Hot Aisle – Culture is Eating Software’s World with Andrew Clay Shafer – Episode 15

This week on The Hot Aisle, your hosts Brent Piatti (@BrentPiatti) and Brian Carpenter (@intheDC) converse yet again with someone that dwarfs their collective intellect.  With the mind of a mathematician, the spirit on an entrepreneur, the goal to automate everything, and the the ability to make infrastructure interact like code – our guest Andrew Clay Shafer (@littleidea) talks to us about his current role at Pivotal (@Pivotal), how software is eating the world, his passion for sushi, and what it was like co-founding @PuppetLabs…oh yeah, did we forget to mention he is credited with coining the phrase “DevOps”?  As always, we have way too much content and way too little time, consider this round 1.  Sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride! 

The Hot Aisle – Storage Paparazzi with El Reg’s Chris Mellor – Episode 14

Storage Paparazzi, or their proper name – Storage Industry Journalists / Analysts have the unique role of watching the marketplace from the outside in (and sometimes inside out!). The Hot Aisle is hosted by Brent Piatti (@brentpiatti) and Brian Carpenter (@intheDC). Together with us this week, Chris Mellor (@chris_mellor) of The Register (@TheRegister) joins us to discuss his prominent role in the Storage Journalism landscape.  We cover a variety of subjects around how he found his place in his current job, what he feels his obligation to the industry / manufacturers / customers are, and even how he gets his ‘state secrets’ for his articles.  We also ask Chris to give us his insights on where the industry has been, where it’s going – what excites him AND what bores him.  Don’t worry, we also cover The Federation <insert march song here> and his feelings about leadership, where things are going, and his outlook on what’s to come – as well as where we’ve come from.  Did we mention his awesome accent?  Join Us!

The Hot Aisle – Platform 3, Are you doing it wrong? with Randy Bias – Episode 13

The Hot Aisle is hosted by Brent Piatti (@brentpiatti) and Brian Carpenter (@intheDC).  Joining us this Episode is Randy Bias (@randybias), VP of Technology for EMC in their Emerging Technology Division and Director in the OpenStack Foundation.  Randy helps us navigate through our questions on how customers are either starting out in Platform 3 or Mode 2 architectures, as well as how those who still have Platform 2 / Mode 1 are either trying to straddle both worlds.  There are certainly right and wrong ways to accomplish these objectives as an Enterprise, which asks the question: “Platform 3, are you doing it wrong?”.  We discuss Randy’s participation in multiple different boards and advisory roles, his start into OpenStack (as well as how he got Mirantis started!), and what he’s been tasked to do at EMC after his company CloudScaling was acquired last year.

The Hot Aisle – Rise of the Developer Advocate with Ashley McNamara – Episode 12

The Hot Aisle is hosted by Brent Piatti (@brentpiatti) and Brian Carpenter (@intheDC).  This Episode’s guest is none other than Ashley McNamara (@ashleymcnamara) Developer Advocate for Object Rocket (a Rackspace company) to educate us on the role & rise of the Developer Advocate as well as how one can break into the world of code.  Aside from resources on how to learn to code, we also discuss STEM and getting your kids involved in technology, geeks & tattoos, as well as how you can contribute to open source projects.  Finally we get sage advice from Ashley’s son who makes a guest appearance and cements a spot on a future episode!

The Hot Aisle – v0dgeball, vSpecialists, & SE Culture with Fred Nix – Episode 11

The Hot Aisle is hosted by Brent Piatti (@brentpiatti) and Brian Carpenter (@intheDC).  This Episode’s guest is none other than Fred Nix (@nixfred) Systems Engineering Manager for EMC in the South.  Fred comes to us specifically to talk about v0dgeball 2015 @ VMworld and its origins and charity The Wounded Warrior Project, but leaves us with golden gems that include:  Public Speaking and how Stand Up Comedy plays a role in transforming your public speaking skills.  Motivating, Molding, and downright hugging New Hire Systems Engineers as part of his Global Presales Operations role.  Having a brand or legacy that may or may not include a lot of Jaeger (and how much of that is true?!).  The role military service had on his career path and his work ethic.  And last but not least – a glimpse into the formation of the vSpecialist organization at EMC – and how that “culture -not- cult” has stretched its tentacles into the organization worldwide – including New Hires Orientation.