Speaking in Tech

Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, the whole gang is together for an episode of open banter.

To start, we catch up with Eddie and Sarah: 

  • Ed’s Cloud Connect Presentation on “Digital class warfare or information anarchy?” 
  • Sarah’s been focusing on Dell’s Enterprise Forum
  • StorageBeers in London on April 17

This week we discuss...

  • Facebook announces Facebook Home... and no one really cares
  • Twitter is not maturing, ignores user experience and the strength of twitter lists
  • Sarah defends Twitter abuse
  • Facebook is the new AOL
  • Networking vendors launch open-source OpenDaylight Project to standardize SDN
  • “Open” get sexier
  • California court bans checking smartphone maps while driving 
  • Sarah and Eddie play bumper cars
Direct download: SiT53.mp3
Category:Technology -- posted at: 3:36pm EDT

Speaking in Tech #52 - Live from CloudConnect

Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, Ed is flying solo live from DeployCon at CloudConnect in Santa Clara, California. Our special guests this week are Margaret Dawson, VP of Product Marketing and Cloud Evangelist at HP and Ben Kepes, well known technology evangelist, invester, commentator and business adviser. 

  • Adoption of Platform as a Service in the Enterprise
  • PaaS resistance in the Enterprise
  • Does PaaS introduce more risk and lock-in?
  • Similarity of evolution of PaaS and IaaS
  • Enterprises adopting PaaS and Opensource
  • Building Bridges between IT and business units
Direct download: SiT52.mp3
Category:Technology -- posted at: 1:16am EDT

Speaking in Tech #51 - Software Defined...

Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, the whole gang is together again with special guest, Mark Thiele, Executive VP of Data Center Tech at Switch. 

This week we discuss...


  • Eddie wrecks a car in Seattle
  • Sarah crashes a wedding

This week:

  • US regulators may loosen rules on electronic devices
  • Google Reader closing, backlash growing 
  • Bidding war for Dell?
  • Digging into Switch
  • Mark’s recent blog post: "Organizational Issues & Opportunities with SDDC"
  • Defining the Software Defined Data Center
  • The “one click” Release To Production (RTP) environment
  • SDDC doesn't solve the "people" problem
Direct download: SiT51.mp3
Category:Technology -- posted at: 1:30pm EDT

Speaking in Tech #50 - Geoff Barrall

Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, the whole gang is together for the first time in over a month.

First, some banter...

  • Sarah is back and after SXSW, contemplates branding social media “experts”... literally
  • Ed is still employed and plans on speaking at CloudConnect
  • Speaking in Tech announces the first big party for VMworld
  • StorageBeers in London on April 17

Our very special guest this week is Geoff Barrall, CEO of Connected Data and Chairman of Gridstore

  • Geoff traces his startup pedigree
  • Connected Data and the “Transporter”
  • Leveraging Kickstarter to launch a product
  • Learning from Dropbox
  • Reliable file sharing, backup and data repository
  • Lessons from product design, branding and manufacturing
  • Google inspired Gridstore
  • True storage clustering

Direct download: SiT50.mp3
Category:Technology -- posted at: 12:20am EDT

Speaking in Tech #49 - Cloud Chaos

Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. Sarah is out yet agsain this week enjoying SXSW but we are joined by special guest Brian Gracely, Vice President of Solutions at Virtustream and co-host of The Cloudcast Net.

This week we discuss:

  • Sarah still not back yet
  • Lounge Lizards
  • Cloudcast.net podcast
  • Eat, Run, Vomit
  • The skinny on Virtustream
  • Application workloads on the cloud
  • VMware tweets a leak
  • Chaos and transition at VMware
  • Public cloud workloads
  • Challenge for cloud service providers
Direct download: SiT49.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:52pm EDT

Speaking in Tech #48 - Live from las vegas

Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week we are live in Las Vegas for VMware's Partner Exchange. Ed is flying solo this week with special guests Amy Lewis- Social and Community Engagement at Cisco, Caroline Yap - Director of Strategic Alliances at Service Mesh and Mark Thiele - EVP of Datacenter Technology at Switch

This week we discuss...

  • Marissa Mayer's killing of remote workers and the impact on workers/families
    • Working individuals, moms and the impact on them
    • Culling dead weight
    • Trend towards BYOD
    • Leadership and turning around companies
    • Corporate autonomy from the market
    • Short term corporate gains which affect market opinions
    • Not about "Woman CEO"
  • Cloud Brokers and management tools
    • Service Mesh, Hypervisor-agnostic cloud-agnostic Cloud management tools
    • Policy and Compliance through Cloud management tools
    • Abstraction of IT resources
  • One cloud does not fit all
    • Single provider architectures don't fit the availability model needed for businesses
    • Need for standards in a world of choice
  • Innovation in IT
    • Development for the sake of development
    • Making a difference in business, speeding time to provision of IT resources for businesses
  • The internet went down
  • Twitter streams on a notepad

Direct download: SiT48.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:28pm EDT

Speaking in Tech #47 - W. Curtis Preston & David West

Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week we are live in New York City at CommVault's Data Management Summit with special guests, W. Curtis Preston of "Truth in IT" and David West, VP of Marketing for CommVault. 

This week we discuss...

  • Curtis loses it
  • Movies of the year
  • CommVault announces Simpana 10
  • From backup and disaster recovery to data management
  • API access into retained data
  • Convergence of snapshots, backup and archive
  • Challenges backing up virtualized environments
  • Hyper-V gaining market share against VMware
  • Data protection of cloud apps like Salesforce

Disclosure: Speaking in Tech is independent and does not receive financial support directly or indirectly from vendors or guests and vendor relationships are clearly disclosed on the podcast. Hosts of the podcast do occasionally accept opportunities from vendors to cover special events and vendor announcements where travel, lodging and meals are typically covered. For this podcast, CommVault provided transportation and lodging.

Direct download: SiT47.mp3
Category:Technology -- posted at: 11:51pm EDT

Speaking in Tech #46 - Neil Levine

Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, Sarah is out still... but special guest Neil Levine from Inktank joins us to shed light on how open source is progressing in the enterprise.

This week we discuss...

  • Watered down tech
  • Telsa test drive debacle
  • Catching up on Inktank
  • Open source as a business model
  • Barriers to object storage
  • OpenStack and CloudStack adoption
  • Software defined... by API's
  • Open file systems impact on "Big Data"
  • Open source in the enterprise
  • Legacy data... and the challenge of untapping it
Direct download: SiT46.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:51pm EDT

Speaking in Tech #45 - VMware Does Storage

Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, Sarah is sick... but Cisco's Amy Lewis drops in to help out with special guest Andy Banta of VMware.

This week we discuss...

  • Eddie and Greg Banter, Sarah is sick... so Amy Lewis jumps in to save the show
  • VMware acquires Virsto Software for software defined storage
  • More Dell news, shareholders challenge buyout\
  • The innovation that came out of Sun
  • Greg gets burned by “Stump the Chump”
  • Defense contractor might have a predictive stalking app
  • More privacy issues creep up
Direct download: SiT45.mp3
Category:Technology -- posted at: 12:52am EDT

Speaking in Tech #44 - Bang

Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, there's no guest - we keep it cozy with just the three of us.

This week we discuss...

  • Banter and transcripts
  • Eddie gets a new job
  • Dell to go private, Knieriemen wins the bet
  • HP's snarky press release regarding Dell 
  • Rumors persist about NetApp
  • Facebook Is rumoured to create mobile location-tracking app
  • “Bang with Friends” App Review
  • Privacy issues may creep up 
Direct download: SiT44.mp3
Category:Technology -- posted at: 1:41am EDT