In what might become a more regular series, I spent some time yesterday chatting with Christian Beedgen, CTO and co-founder of Sumo Logic and Alex Chircop CTO and co-founder at StorageOS.  We recorded the conversation as a live podcast, which is an introduction to the concepts of containers and serverless computing.  The aim here was to have a conversation and start a discussion, so there are plenty of rabbit holes we can choose to decide to follow in future podcasts.  As you can imagine, the breadth of possible conversation is huge in these two areas.  So this is less a structured focus on the technologies and more some initial thoughts.

One last point – apologies for the heavy walking in the background – the fun of using a shared work space!

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  • 00:00:00 – Intro
  • 00:02:00 – What are containers, what is serverless?
  • 00:06:00 – How is the adoption of containers progressing?
  • 00:09:00 – How practical is the portability of containers?
  • 00:12:30 – Controlling user behaviour in a service-based environment.
  • 00:16:00 – How is state managed with containers?
  • 00:17:30 – State in containers?  Joyent says no!
  • 00:18:55 – How does Sumo Logic use containers?
  • 00:22:00 – How well does scaling work?
  • 00:25:00 – How will storage vendors integrate with services like Fargate?
  • 00:29:00 – Back to Serverless and Microsoft Message Queueing!
  • 00:34:00 – Could Serverless like Lambda be used to develop a website?
  • 00:38:00 – How does storage fit into the serverless model?
  • 00:40:00 – Wrap up


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With 30+ years in IT, Chris has worked on everything from mainframe to open platforms, Windows and more. During that time, he has focused on storage, developed software and even co-founded a music company in the late 1990s. These days it's all about analysis, advice and consultancy.