On spring break. Here's the best of ARCHITECHT so far.

I'll be enjoying spring break in Las Vegas for the next week, and will be back with the daily newslet
On spring break. Here's the best of ARCHITECHT so far.
By ARCHITECHT • Issue #56
I’ll be enjoying spring break in Las Vegas for the next week, and will be back with the daily newsletter on Tuesday, April 18. But please don’t get the wrong idea—unlike most folks who take spring break in Vegas, I live there and will actually be enjoying our unfortunately short spring. 
Until then, please take a look at what you might have missed on the ARCHITECHT website since I launched it in January. If you’re a new subscriber, it’s also a great time to peruse the archives here—55 previous issues—for daily takes on the past 3 months of cloud, AI and big data news.

News and analysis
AWS owned cloud computing over the past decade, but nothing lasts forever. Now, really for the first time, Microsoft and Google are presenting a real threat to its utter dominance.
Here are some of the principles Facebook follows in order to run a smooth operation in the face of its immense scale and ever-changing needs.
To look back at cloud providers’ activities over the past couple years is to watch the groundwork being laid for the coming fight over who controls the Internet of Things.
Open source advocates have long argued that openness spurs innovation, and AI is the ultimate proof of this. Since 2013, open source projects have ramped up, and innovation has followed.
Fog computing is a feasible and likely performance-boosting architecture, according to a research paper published last week. However, there are technical and economic hurdles to overcome first.
From universities to the White House, there is a lot of research happening about the potential side effects of big data and AI algorithms. What we don’t have yet are solid rules in place.
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Long-form interviews
Pivotal CEO Rob Mee on the success of Cloud Foundry and learning to sell enterprise software
Pivotal CEO Rob Mee discusses the success of Cloud Foundry in the face of lots of competition. He also discusses the shift from partnerning with startups to selling to enterprise software.
How simplicity can help containers actually improve cybersecurity
Ben Bernstein — co-founder and CEO of container security startup Twistlock — explains why he thinks container-centric environments are in some ways much more secure than virtual-machine-centric ones.
The immense promise, and practical limitations, of machine learning in biochemistry
Zymergen CTO Aaron Kimball explains how big data, machine learning and robotics are remaking biotech. Also, the limitations of TensorFlow.
Ozlo founders on their knowledge API for AI assistants. Think Siri, but with nuance.
On Thursday, a Palo Alto, California, startup called Ozlo announced that it’s releasing a home-built knowledge platform for virtual assistants.
Why Thomas Siebel made the move from CRM to industrial IoT (and back again?)
Thomas Siebel is best known for his namesake CRM company Siebel Systems. In this Q&A, he discusses his latest venture, C3 IoT, and the forces making the Internet of Things a reality.
Stitch Fix CTO talks data science, modern architectures and moving up the engineering ladder
Stitch Fix CTO Cathy Polinsky discusses how Stitch Fix utilizes technologies and practices such as data science, devops, microservices and even the Heroku platform as a service.
The ARCHITECHT Show podcast
Jay Kreps on the evolution of Kafka and the need for simplicity in data infrastructure
Confluent’s Jay Kreps explains how Kafka came to be and why it’s still a little misunderstood, as well as how it’s presently helping power everything from the Internet of Things to retail logistics.
Bonsai CEO on abstracting AI for developers and applying it to real business problems
Bonsai is an AI startup trying to making it easy for developers, and their companies, to take advantage of artificial intelligence. In this ARCHITECHT Show podcast interview, he explains how it works.
Kubernetes creator Brendan Burns on joining Microsoft and where we’re really at with containers
Brendan Burns helped create the Kubernetes container-orchestration technology while at Google. In this podcast interview, he discusses his new role at Microsoft and why containers are revolutionary.
Documenting the rise of Docker, and the multi-cloud, with Datadog’s Olivier Pomel
Datadog co-founder and CEO Olivier Pomel shares some of big trends his company is seeing, including the fast rise of Docker adoption and the growing prevalence of multi-cloud architectures.
DigitalOcean CTO on growing with developers and the challenge of selling simplicity
In this episode of the ARCHITECHT Show, DigitalOcean CTO Julia Austin looks back on her experiences at Akamai and VMware, and looks forward to how she plans to grow DigitalOcean’s platform.
Cloudera co-founder on the future of big data: AI, IoT and cloud computing
In this week’s episode of the ARCHITECHT Show Cloudera co-founder and chief strategy officer Mike Olson discusses where the big data space is heading, driven by advances in fields such as AI.
Why the future of enterprise IT includes containers, clouds and, yes, IBM
Most everybody agrees that cloud computing and application containers will play major roles in the next generation of enterprise IT. But IBM?! Learn more in this episode of the ARCHITECHT Show.
Box co-founder on moving to microservices, and the promise of Kubernetes
Box co-founder and services architect Sam Ghods discusses the company’s transition from running a PHP monolith to running microservices on Kubernetes, and the state of cloud and containers.
Managing scale at GitHub and realizing Walmart is an ‘open source Mecca’
GitHub is arguably one of the most important startups of the past decade, now hosting 51 million repositories and19 million users. In this interview, Sam Lambert talks open source and infrastructure.
Baidu’s Andrew Ng on the economics of AI and what tech companies owe the labor force
In the latest episode of the ARCHITECHT Show podcast, Baidu chief scientist Andrew Ng shares his unique and global perspective on artificial intelligence.
Instagram’s head of engineering on solving problems without killing Schrödinger’s cat
In this episode of the ARCHITECHT Show, James Everingham discusses his journey; how Instagram operates; and how quantum physics can inspire managers to get more from engineers.
The economics of private clouds, the rise of ‘serverless’ and the business case for carjacking
In this podcast, Joyent CTO Bryan Cantrill discusses why Samsung bought his company, why serverless computing is catching fire, and how Amazon Web Services is overtaking the IT industry.
A crash course from Google on engineering for the cloud
Google is providing cloud customers with access to its own engineers and best practices for achieving maximum uptime. In this podcast, Dave Rensin, director of Google CRE, explains why and how.
Choose your cloud carefully
In the inaugural episode of The ARCHITECHT Show, I’m joined by co-host Barb Darrow of Fortune and special guest Mike Driscoll of Metamarkets to discuss a wide range of topics.
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