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Data Management with Amy Krishnamohan

It’s all about data management this week on the podcast as Brian Dorsey and Mark Mirchandani talk to Google Cloud Product Marketing Manager, Amy Krishnamohan. Amy starts the show by explaining that Cloud SQL is a fully managed relational database service that recently added Microsoft SQL Server to its repertoire. We talk about SQL Server’s migration from 2008R2 to a newer version, the process involved, and how it’s effecting customers. Luckily, Cloud SQL for SQL Server is very backwards compatible, making the process easy for Google Cloud customers! Cloud SQL also offers other tools to make using Microsoft SQL Server easier with Google Cloud, including shortcuts to set up the high availability function. Amy talks later in the show about what companies are a good fit for Microsoft SQL Servers on Google Cloud. She explains the steps to set up and tear down, how licensing works, and what the best use cases are for Microsoft SQL Servers on Google Cloud. In the future, Cloud SQL will have a managed AD service available. A multi-cloud strategy is important, according to Amy. It is up to each company to research cloud services and pick the best vendors and products for themselves and their clients. Cloud SQL for SQL Server is a way to bring two great products together for the benefit of consumers. Amy Krishnamohan Amy Krishnamohan is Product Marketing Manager at Google Cloud responsible for databases. She has diverse experience across product marketing, marketing strategy and product management from leading enterprise software companies such as MariaDB, Teradata, SAP, Accenture, Cisco and Intuit. Amy received her Masters in Software Management from Carnegie Mellon University. Cool things of the week Introducing Cloud AI Platform Pipelines blog Finding a problem at the bottom of the Google stack blog Larger local SSD storage available now blog Compute Engine gets machine images blog Google Cloud Next Update site Interview Microsoft SQL Server site Google Cloud SQL site BigQuery site GCE site Question of the week Lift and shift, move and improve, or re-architect: How do we “move and improve”? GCP Podcast Episode 211: Digital Services with xMatters podcast Importing virtual disks docs Create machine image from virtual appliance file (OVA/OVF) docs Tutorial: Getting started with Migrate for Compute Engine docs Whitepaper: Velostrata technology for mass migrations into Google Cloud Platform whitepaper Where can you find us next? We’re working from home for a while! Brian will be looking at getting a kind of weekly “reading group” of people who work with VMs and want to get better. Ping him on Twitter if you’re interested! Mark will be working on more video content and a cool nickname for Brian!


18 Mar 2020

Rank #1

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Sanity.io with Simen Svale Skogsrud and Knut Melvær

This week on the podcast, Mark and Max Saltonstall talk with Simen Svale Skogsrud and Knut Melvær of Sanity.io. Sanity.io started as a consulting company but organically morphed into a software company when they realized their content management solutions worked across many industries. By providing a managed system that includes search indexing and data hosting, Sanity.io allows customers to analyze and deliver content all over the world with ease. They also offer an open source kit that facilitates complete customization of the program to each client’s particular needs. Simen explains headless CMS as compared to the conventional systems and how it benefits Sanity.io clients. Data is separate and much more flexible, allowing it to be used in any way on any platform. Knut tells us about the developer experience using Sanity, describing the dashboard of useful APIs and other features that make using the program a breeze. We talk about how real clients have influenced and built on the product and why customer service is so important to Sanity. Later in the show, our guests go in-depth about specific features of Sanity, including how the system handles different types of data and data relationships. We get technical, talking about the importance of scaling and how Sanity is accomplishing this with Google Cloud and Kubernetes. Simen and Knut offer our listeners some valuable advice on product launching, time management, and more. Knut Melvær Knut Melvær is the Head of Developer Relations and Support at Sanity.io. Simen Svale Skogsrud Simen Svale Skogsrud is Co-founder and CTO of Sanity.io. Cool things of the week The Anywhere School: 50+ Google for Education updates blog It’s Week 6 of Next site Google Cloud and Spotify Demo at Next site Bare Metal Solution talk from GG site Interview Sanity.io site Get Started with Sanity.io site Get Started with Sanity CLI site Sanity.io Careers site Sanity.io Docs site OMA site Bengler site Kubernetes site Tip of the week Roger gives us a tip about Google Cloud’s Data Loss Prevention. Check out the demo here! What’s something cool you’re working on? Max is blogging about identity and security and access control. Here’s his latest post with Jen Person, Zero Trust for Enterprise : Cooking up some access controls. Mark and Max have been working on turning their popular YouTube Series, Stack Chat, into a new addition to the podcast! Join us next week to hear the first installment!


19 Aug 2020

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Cloud Bigtable with Billy Jacobson

Google’s own Billy Jacobson joins hosts Mark Mandel and Mark Mirchandani this week to dive deeper into Cloud Bigtable. Bigtable is Google’s petabyte scale, fully managed, NoSQL database. Billy elaborates on what projects Bigtable works best with, like time-series data user analytics, and why it’s such a great tool. It offers huge scalability with the benefits of a managed system, and it’s flexible and easily customized so users can turn on and off the pieces they need. Later, we learn about other programs that are compatible with Bigtable, such as JanusGraph, Open TSDB, and GeoMesa. Bigtable also supports the API for HBase, an open-source project similar to Bigtable. Because of this, it’s easy for HBase users to move to Bigtable, and the Bigtable community has access to many open source libraries. Billy also talks more about the nine clients available, and when customers might want to use Bigtable instead of, or in conjunction with, other Google services such as Spanner and BigQuery. Billy Jacobson Billy Jacobson is a developer programs engineer focusing on Cloud Bigtable. Cool things of the week Introducing Cloud Run Button: Click-to-deploy your git repos to Google Cloud blog Firebase Unity Solutions: Update game behavior without deploying with Remote Config blog Introducing the BigQuery Terraform module blog Macy’s uses Google Cloud to streamline retail operations blog Interview Cloud Bigtable site GCP Podcast Episode 18: Bigtable with Ian Lewis podcast BigQuery site Bigtable Documentation docs Codelab: Introduction to Cloud Bigtable site Key Visualizer docs Bigtable Replication Documentation docs Bigtable and HBase Documentation docs HBase site JanusGraph site Open TSDB site GeoMesa site Bigtable Client Libraries docs Cloud Spanner site Managing IoT Storage with Google’s Cloud Platform (Google I/O’19) video Cloud Datastore site Cloud Firestore site Mapping the invisible: Street View cars add air pollution sensors site Breathing Easy with Bigtable article Question of the week If I have an organization, how do I break down my billing data by folder? Where can you find us next? Mark Mirch is working around town but will be headed to LA soon. Mark Mandel will be at Pax Dev, Pax West, Kubecon, and the GDC Online Games Technology Summit.


28 Aug 2019

Rank #3

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End of Year Wrap-up

Happy Holidays, everyone! Melanie and Mark wrap up a great year by reminiscing about some of their favorite episodes! We also talk about the big news of the year, our favorite articles, and what’s coming up for the GCP Podcast in 2019. Cool things of the week Kubernetes and GKE for developers: a year of Cloud Console blog Reducing gender bias in Google Translate blog Cloud Security Command Center is now in beta and ready to use blog Main content Podcast accomplishments! We have awesome new intro and outro music, new website, new YouTube videos! We hit 1 million and then 2 million downloads! Mark and the podcast are celebrating their three year anniversary! Top 10 most downloaded episodes of all time! GCP Podcast Episode 111: Google Cloud Platform with Sam Ramji podcast GCP Podcast Episode 112: Percy.io with Mike Fotinakis podcast GCP Podcast Episode 146: Google AI with Jeff Dean podcast GCP Podcast Episode 127: SRE vs Devops with Liz Fong-Jones and Seth Vargo podcast GCP Podcast Episode 128: Decision Intelligence with Cassie Kozyrkov podcast GCP Podcast Episode 113: Open Source TensorFlow with Yifei Feng podcast GCP Podcast Episode 88: Kubernetes 1.7 with Tim Hockin podcast GCP Podcast Episode 108: Launchpad Studio with Malika Cantor and Peter Norvig podcast GCP Podcast Episode 130: Data Science with Juliet Hougland and Michelle Casbon podcast GCP Podcast Episode 125: Open Source at Google Cloud Platform with Sarah Novotny podcast Top 10 most downloaded episodes for 2018! Exact same list except Tim Hockin is not #7. Following episodes go up a number and we added to #10 spot. GCP Podcast Episode 122: Project Jupyter with Jessica Forde, Yuvi Panda and Chris Holdgraf podcast Mark’s favorite episodes GCP Podcast Episode 129: Developer Relations with Mandy Waite podcast GCP Podcast Episode 121: Kontributing to Kubernetes with Paris Pittman and Garrett Rodrigues podcast GCP Podcast Episode 131: Actions on Google with Mandy Chan podcast GCP Podcast Episode 148: Wellio with Sivan Aldor-Noiman and Erik Andrejko podcast GCP Podcast Episode 110: CPU Vulnerability with Matt Linton and Paul Turner podcast GCP Podcast Episode 125: Open Source at Google Cloud Platform with Sarah Novotny podcast GCP Podcast Episode 140: Container Security with Maya Kaczorowski podcast Melanie’s favorite episodes GCP Podcast Episode 117: Cloud AI Fei-Fei Li was the Chief Scientist of AI/ML at Google podcast GCP Podcast Episode 114: ML Bias & Fairness with Timnit Gebru and Margaret Mitchell podcast GCP Podcast Episode 141: Accessibility in Tech podcast GCP Podcast Episode 136: Robotics with Raia podcast GCP Podcast Episode 150: Strange Loop, Remote Working, and Distributed Systems with KF podcast DL Indaba GCP Podcast Episode 147: DL Indaba: AI Investments in Africa podcast GCP Podcast Episode 149: Deep Learning Research in Africa with Yabebal Fantaye & Jessica Phalafala podcast GCP Podcast Episode 152: AI Corporations and Communities in Africa with Karim Beguir & Muthoni Wanyoike podcast GCP Podcast Episode 157: NeurIPS and AI Research with Anima Anandkumar podcast Favorite announcements, products, and more at Google Cloud Unity and Google Cloud Strategic Alliance blog Open Match blog Cloud TPU site Google Dataset Search is in beta site No tricks, just treats: Globally scaling the Halloween multiplayer Doodle with Open Match on Google Cloud blog GKE On-Prem site Open Source - Knative release, Skaffold, Istio updates, gVisor, etc. Google in Ghana blog Cloud NEXT blog GCP Podcast Episode 137: Next Day 1 podcast GCP Podcast Episode 138: Next Day 2 podcast GCP Podcast Episode 139: Next Day 3 podcast Unity and DeepMind partner to advance AI research blog Introducing PyTorch across Google Cloud blog Question of the week What were your personal highlights for 2018? Mark Agones Introducing Agones: Open-source, multiplayer, dedicated game-server hosting built on Kubernetes blog github The new website Having Melanie join me on the podcast Melanie Bringing Francesc back Meeting Grace GCP Podcast Episode 142: Agones With Mark Mandel and Cyril Tovena podcast Where can you find us next? It’s the holidays! Special thanks! Thank you guests Thank you Jennifer Thank you HD Interactive: James, Trae, Sabrina, and Sean Thank you Greg Thank you Neil, Chuck, and Shana Thank you MBooth for the website overhaul and social media support Thank you Francesc Thank you listeners!


12 Dec 2018

Rank #4

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Data Visualization with Manuel Lima

Gabi Ferrara and Jon Foust are back today and joined by fellow Googler Manuel Lima. In this episode, Manuel tells us all about data visualization, what it means, why it’s important, and the best ways to do it effectively. For Google and its mission, data visualization is especially necessary in facilitating the accessibility of information. It “makes the invisible visible” because of the way it can decode meaningful data patterns. Working across multiple GCP products, Manuel and his team build advanced visualization models that go beyond graphs and bar charts to things like sophisticated time lines that aid in the progression from data to usable knowledge. They have also created guidelines for things like what kind of graphical language to use, what type of charts users might need, and more. These guidelines, originally used only internally, have now been adjusted and released for use by developers outside Google with the help of the Material.io team. The guidelines are based around the six data visualization principles that help users get started. They can be employed to plan and inspire an entire project or to evaluate a specific data visualization chart. Some of the most important principles are to be honest and to lend a helping hand. You can read more in their Medium article, Six Principles for Designing Any Chart. Manuel Lima A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and nominated by Creativity magazine as “one of the 50 most creative and influential minds of 2009,” Manuel Lima is the founder of VisualComplexity.com, Design Lead at Google, and a regular teacher of data visualization at Parsons School of Design. Manuel is a leading voice on information visualization and has spoken at numerous conferences, universities, and festivals around the world, including TED, Lift, OFFF, Eyeo, Ars Electronica, IxDA Interaction, Harvard, Yale, MIT, Columbia, the Royal College of Art, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, ENSAD Paris, the University of Amsterdam, and MediaLab-Prado Madrid. He has also been featured in various publications and media outlets, such as Wired, the New York Times, Science, Nature, Businessweek, Fast Company, Forbes, The Guardian, BBC, CNN, Design Observer, Creative Review, Eye, Grafik, étapes, and El País. His first book, Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns of Information, has been translated into French, Chinese, and Japanese. His latest, The Book of Circles: Visualizing Spheres of Knowledge, covers 1,000 hundred years of humanity’s long-lasting obsession with all things circular. With more than twelve years of experience designing digital products, Manuel has worked for Codecademy, Microsoft, Nokia, R/GA, and Kontrapunkt. He holds a BFA in Industrial Design and a MFA in Design & Technology from Parsons School of Design. During the course of his MFA program, Manuel worked for Siemens Corporate Research Center, the American Museum of Moving Image, and Parsons Institute for Information Mapping in research projects for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Cool things of the week Compute Engine or Kubernetes Engine? New trainings teach you the basics of architecting on Google Cloud blog Stadia comes next month site Google Cloud named a Leader in the 2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Full Life Cycle API Management for the fourth consecutive time blog Google Hardware Event Pixel 4 is here to help blog Meet the new Google Pixel Buds blog Nest Mini brings twice the bass and an upgraded Assistant blog More affordable and portable: let’s Pixelbook Go blog Interview Material.io site Data Visualization Guides site Six Principles for Designing Any Chart article Google’s six rules for great data design article BigQuery site Stackdriver site Google Analytics site Question of the week What are the most common products used in cloud gaming? Cloud Spanner for storing player authentication and inventory or long-term state storage site Redis is used in Open Match VM’s have been the most commonly used product for game servers but there has been a shift to Kubernetes Pub/Sub Where can you find us next? Gabi will be at Full Stack Europe. Jon will be at Kubecon in November to run a workshop on Open Match. Sound Effect Attribution “Small Group Laugh 6” by Tim.Kahn of Freesound.org “Jingle Romantic” by Jay_You of Freesound.org


16 Oct 2019

Rank #5

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ML with Dale Markowitz

On the podcast this week, we have a great interview with Google Developer Advocate, Dale Markowitz. Aja Hammerly and Jon Foust are your hosts, as we talk about machine learning, its best use cases, and how developers can break into machine learning and data science. Dale talks about natural language processing as well, explaining that it’s basically the intersection of machine learning and text processing. It can be used for anything from aggregating and sorting Twitter posts about your company to sentiment analysis. For developers looking to enter the machine learning space, Dale suggests starting with non life-threatening applications, such as labeling pictures. Next, consider the possible mistakes the application can make ahead of time to help mitigate issues. To help prevent the introduction of bias into the model, Dale suggests introducing it to as many different types of project-appropriate data sets as possible. It’s also important to continually monitor your model. Later in the show, we talk Google shop, learning about all the new features in Google Translate and AutoML. Dale Markowitz Dale Markowitz is an Applied AI Engineer and Developer Advocate for ML on Google Cloud. Before that she was a software engineer in Google Research and an engineer at the online dating site OkCupid. Cool things of the week Build a dev workflow with Cloud Code on a Pixelbook blog Feminism & Agile blog New homepage and improved collaboration features for AI Hub blog Interview TensorFlow site Natural Language API site AutoML Natural Language site Content Classification site Sentiment Analysis site Analyzing Entities site Translation API site AutoML Translate site Google Translate Glossary Documentation docs Google News Lab site AI Platform’s Data Labeling Service docs Question of the week How many different ways can you run a container on GCP? GKE Cloud Run App Engine Flexible Environment Compute Engine VM as a computer Where can you find us next? Dale will be at DevFest Minneapolis, DevFest Madison, and London NEXT. Jon will be at the internal Google Game Summit and visiting Montreal. Aja will be holding down the fort at home. Sound Effect Attribution “Mystery Peak2” by FoolBoyMedia of Freesound.org “Collect Point 00” by LittleRobotSoundFactory of Freesound.org “Cinematic Piano” by Ellary of Freesound.org


11 Sep 2019

Rank #6

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Conversation AI with Priyanka Vergadia

The podcast today is all about conversational AI and Dialogflow with our Google guest, Priyanka Vergadia. Priyanka explains to Mark Mirchandani and Brian Dorsey that conversational AI includes anything with a conversational component, such as chatbots, in anything from apps, to websites, to messenger programs. If it uses natural language understanding and processing to help humans and machines communicate, it can be classified as conversational AI. These programs work as translators so humans and computers can chat seamlessly. We discuss how people interact with conversational AI, maybe without even realizing it. From asking Google Home to set your alarm to getting customer service support at your favorite online store, AI is probably working behind the scenes to help. Priyanka also tells us all about Google’s natural language understanding and processing program, Dialogflow. Designed to simplify the process, Dialogflow allows you to input a simple idea like asking for coffee, and watch as the program automatically includes many of the different ways people would naturally ask for coffee. Coffee would be great right now! Listen in to find out the best (and worst) use cases and practices for this powerful tool! Priyanka Vergadia Priyanka Vergadia is a Developer Advocate at Google. She worked directly with customers for 1.5 years prior to recently joining Google Cloud Developer Relations team. She loves architecting cloud solutions and enjoys building conversational experiences. Her interest in Conversational AI led to the Deconstructing Chatbots YouTube series. Priyanka is currently starring in a new show called “Get Cooking in Cloud” where she will be sharing recipes to cook various business solutions on Google Cloud. Cool things of the week Least privilege for Cloud Functions using Cloud IAM blog Containerizing in the real world … of Minecraft blog Introducing the What-If Tool for Cloud AI Platform models blog Interview Chatbot Fail site Dialogflow site and docs Deconstructing Chatbots videos Codelab: Build your first Chatbot with Dialogflow site Question of the week How do you run a recurring python script? Where can you find us next? Priyanka will be at Codemotion Milan in October and GOTO Copenhagen in November. Brian will be at the office in Seattle, thinking about Compute Engine. Mark will be in Austin and the Bay Area working on new training content! Sound Effect Attribution “Small Group Laugh Set.wav” by Tim Kahn of Freesound.org “Whip Crack 01.wav” by CGEffex of Freesound.org


31 Jul 2019

Rank #7

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DevOps with Nathen Harvey and Jez Humble

Happy Thanksgiving! This week, Aja and Brian are talking DevOps with Nathen Harvey and Jez Humble. Our guests thoroughly explain what DevOps is and why it’s important. DevOps purposely has no official definition but can be thought of as a community of practice that aims to make large-scale systems reliable and secure. It’s also a way to get developers and operations to work together to focus on the needs of the customer. Nathen later tells us all about DevOpsDays, a series of locally organized conferences occurring in cities around the world. The main goal is to bring a cross-functional group of people together to talk about how they can improve IT, DevOps, business strategy, and consider cultural changes the organization might benefit from. DevOpsDays supports this by only planning content for half the conference, then turning over the other half to attendees via Open Spaces. At this time, conference-goers are welcome to propose a topic and start a conversation. Jez then describes the Accelerate State of DevOps Report, how it came to be, and why it’s so useful. It includes items like building security into the software, testing continuously, ideal management practices, product development practices, and more. With the help of the DevOps Quick Check, you can discover the places your company could use some help and then refer back to the report for suggestions of improvements in those areas. Nathen Harvey Nathen Harvey helps the community understand and apply DevOps and SRE practices in the cloud. He is part of the global organizing committee for the DevOpsDays conferences and was a technical reviewer for the 2019 Accelerate State of DevOps Report. Jez Humble Jez Humble is co-author of several books on software including Shingo Publication Award winner “Accelerate” and Jolt Award winner “Continuous Delivery”. He has spent his career tinkering with code, infrastructure, and product development in companies of varying sizes across three continents. He works for Google Cloud as a technology advocate and teaches at UC Berkeley. Cool things of the week It’s a wrap: Key announcements from Next ‘19 UK blog Explainable AI site Hand-drawn Graphviz diagrams blog Add one line to plot in XKCD comic sketchy style site Interview DevOps insights from Google site DevOps Quick Check site DevOpsDays site Agile Alliance site Velocity Conference site DevOps Enterprise Summit site Question of the week Why do you need the Cloud SQL Proxy? Where can you find us next? DevOpsDays has events coming up across the globe, including Galway, Warsaw, Berlin, and Tel Aviv. Nathen and Jez will be at Delivery Conf. Aja will be home drinking tea! Brian will also be home drinking tea!


27 Nov 2019

Rank #8

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Cloud Run GKE with Donna Malayeri

Jon and Aja host our guest Donna Malayeri this week to learn all about Cloud Run and Anthos! Designed to provide serverless containers, Cloud Run has two versions: fully managed and Cloud Run for Anthos. Donna’s passion for serverless projects and containers shows as we discuss how these options benefit developers and customers. With containers, developers are able to go serverless without a lot of the typical restrictions, and because they are a standard format, containers are fairly easy to learn to use. Tools such as Ko can even do the work of generating docker containers for you. One of Cloud Run’s most unique features is that it allows developers to bring existing applications. You don’t have to rewrite your entire app to make it serverless! Developers can also reuse instances, making the process more efficient and cost effective. Cloud Run for Anthos allows projects to stay on-prem while still enjoying the benefits of containers and the Cloud Run platform. Later in the show, Donna tells us about Knative, which is the API Cloud Run is based on that helps create portability between Cloud Run versions, as well as portability to other vendors. We also get to hear the weirdest things she’s seen put in a container and run in Cloud Run! Donna Malayeri Donna Malayeri is a product manager for Cloud Run for Anthos. She’s worked in the serverless space since 2016 and is bullish on the future of serverless. Prior to joining Google, she was the first product manager at the Seattle startup, Pulumi. She was also a product manager on the Azure Functions team at Microsoft, guiding the developer experience from its beta through the first year of general availability. Donna is passionate about creating products that developers love and has worked on programming languages such as F# and Scala. Cool things of the week Bringing Google AutoML to 3.5 million data scientists on Kaggle blog GCP Podcast has a website on dev site Command and control now easier in BigQuery with scripting and stored procedures bog Skaffold now GA blog Interview Cloud Run site Cloud Run for Anthos site Anthos site Ko site Buildpacks site Google Cloud Functions site Kubernetes site Knative site Serverless: An ops experience of a programming model? video Question of the week How do I write a Matchmaking function in OpenMatch? OpenMatch 0.8RC OpenMatch Slack OpenMatch Twitter Jon’s Twitter Where can you find us next? Donna will be at Google Cloud Next in London. Aja will also be attending Google Cloud Next in London. Jon will be at AnimeNYC, Kubecon in November and Google Kirkland for an internal hackweek. Sound Effect Attribution “Small Group Laugh 4, 5 & 6” by Tim.Kahn of Freesound.org “Anime Cat Girl” by KurireeVA of Freesound.org “Anime Sword Hit” by Syna-Max of Freesound.org “Wedding Bells” by Maurice_J_K of Freesound.org “Big Dinosaur Whirrs” by RobinHood76 of Freesound.org “Cat Purring & Meow” by SkyMary of Freesound.org


13 Nov 2019

Rank #9

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End to End Java on Google Cloud with Ray Tsang

Mark Mirchandani hosts solo today but is later joined by fellow Googler and Developer Advocate Ray Tsang to talk Java! Ray tells us what’s new with Java 11, including more memory and fewer restrictions for developers. One of the greatest things for Ray is using Java 11 in App Engine because of the management support that it provides. Later, we talk about Spring Boot on GCP. Ray explains the many benefits of using this framework. Developers can get their projects started much more quickly, for example, and with Spring Cloud GCP, it’s easy to integrate GCP services like Spanner and run your project in the cloud. For users looking to containerize their Java projects, JIB can help you do this without having to write a Dockerfile. At the end of the show, Ray and Mark pull it all together by explaining how Spring Boot, Cloud Code, Skaffold, and proper dev-ops can work together for a seamless Java project. Ray Tsang Ray is a Developer Advocate for the Google Cloud Platform and a Java Champion. Ray works with engineering and product teams to improve Java developer productivity on GCP. He also helps Alphabet companies migrate and adopt cloud native architecture. Prior to Google, Ray worked at Red Hat, Accenture, and other consulting companies, where he focused on enterprise architecture, managed solutions delivery, and contributed to open source projects. Aside from technology, Ray enjoys traveling and adventures. Cool things of the week Cloud Run is now GA blog Budget API in Beta blog Interview App Engine site Micronaut site Quarkus site Java 11 on App Engine blog and docs Spring Boot and Spring Cloud site Spring Cloud GCP Projects site Cloud Spanner site Spring Cloud Sleuth site Stackdriver site Bootiful GCP: To Production! blog Effective Cloud Native Spring Boot on Kubernetes & Google Cloud Platform blog JDBC drivers site Hibernate ORM with Cloud Spanner docs Effective Cloud Native Spring Boot on Kubernetes & Google Cloud Platform blog Dev to Prod with Spring on GCP in 20 Minutes (Cloud Next ‘19) video Cloud Code site JIB site Skaffold site Debugger site Troubleshooting & Debugging Microservices in Kubernetes blog Cloud Code Quickstart docs Spring (or Java) to Kubernetes Faster and Easier blog GCP Podcast Episode 58: Java with Ray Tsang and Rajeev Dayal podcast Question of the week How do I dockerize my Java app? video github Where can you find us next? Ray is taking a break for the holidays, but in the future, you can find him at Java and JUG conferences. Mark is hanging out in the Bay Area, but Google Cloud Next in London and KubeCon and CloudNativeCon are happening now! Sound Effect Attribution “Small Group Laugh 4, 5 & 6” by Tim.Kahn of Freesound.org “Tre-Loco1” by Sonipro of Freesound.org “Mens Sincere Laughter” by Urupin of Freesound.org “Party Pack” by InspectorJ of Freesound.org “DrumRoll” by HolyGhostParty of Freesound.org “Tension” by ERH of Freesound.org


20 Nov 2019

Rank #10

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Instruqt with Adé Mochtar

Jon Foust and Mark Mirchandani are joined by Adé Mochtar to discuss the IT learning platform, Instruqt and how they create and manage the platform with the help of Google Cloud. Sandeep of Google stops in with the info on the Instruqt arcade games we saw at Google Next ‘19. Instruqt’s main philosophy is that people learn best by doing, and their courses encourage immersion right off the bat. Developers are asked coding questions and allowed to work in sandbox environments to fully expose them to the subject. Instruqt checks the student’s work as they continue through the program to ensure the material is being properly learned. But learning should be fun, too! By putting developer challenges on old-style arcade machines, developers can test their coding skills, learn new things, and have fun at the same time. At conferences, this has been a great way to engage their target audience. Google Cloud games were run on the Instruqt platform at Next ‘19, and conference attendees came back day after day to try to get on the high score leaderboard. It was a super fun way to get people using Google Cloud technologies! Adé Mochtar Adé is Co-Founder and CTO of Instruqt, a hands-on learning platform for IT technology. Before starting Instruqt, he was an engineer and consultant in Cloud and DevOps-related topics. A big part of that job was to educate organizations on how to adopt new technology. With Instruqt, he tries to achieve the same but on a larger scale. His mission is to make learning DevOps and Cloud more effective and fun. At Instruqt, Adé mainly focuses on back-end and infrastructure engineering using Terraform, Go, and (probably too much) Bash. Cool things of the week Step up your interviewing game with Byteboard blog Gartner names Google Cloud a leader in its IaaS Magic Quadrant blog Real-time bikeshare information in Google Maps rolls out to 24 cities blog Run Visual Studio Code in Cloud Shell blog Interview Instruqt site Instruqt on Slack site Kubernetes site Cloud Functions site Hashi Corp site Instruqt Arcade at Next ‘19 video Google Developer Advocate - Sandeep Dinesh on Instruqt video Go site React site Terraform site GKE site Cloud SQL site Cloud Build site Firebase site Question of the week I want to be more familiar with Google Cloud, how do I navigate the space for material? Learn more with Qwiklabs and Coursera. Get Certified. Where can you find us next? Instruqt arcade games will be at GopherCon and Cloud Summits! Jon will be speaking at Pax Dev and Pax West. Mark will be hanging on the East Coast, then meeting with customers in Austin. Sound Effect Attribution “Red Arrows Flyby.wav” by Figowitz of Freesound.org “crowd laugh.wav” by Tom_Woysky of Freesound.org “Alien_Scream.wav” by Syna-Max of Freesound.org “Laser Gun7.wav” by Burkay of Freesound.org “Scratch2.mp3” by Feveran of Freesound.org “BumbleBeeShort.mp3” by CGEffex of Freesound.org “ComedyRimshot.wav” by XTRgamr of Freesound.org


24 Jul 2019

Rank #11

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Stackdriver with Rory Petty

Jon Foust is back this week, joining Mark Mirchandani for an in-depth look at Stackdriver with fellow Googler, Rory Petty. To start, Product Manager Rory explains that Stackdriver is a full observability solution for Google Cloud (as well as other clouds). We touch on how monitoring, logging, and APM tools allow developers and operators to fully understand how a website is performing. In addition to Monitoring and Logging, the suite of Stackdriver tools also includes Debugger, Trace, and Profiler to help users not only monitor their sites, but to solve problems that occur. Stackdriver Monitoring and Logging support Google Cloud services out of the box. Users can use Monitoring to set up alerts, so if something goes awry, they are notified immediately and can address the problem. Alerts can also be custom designed to inform developers of things like number of checkouts on your e-commerce site, the amount of time between checkouts, and more. Stackdriver Monitoring allows blackbox monitoring, too, to make sure your service is healthy. The Monitoring dashboard makes it really easy to get started, with a resources section that has pre-made dashboards for developers to use. Developers don’t have to do a lot of configuration out of the box. However, if you need a more customized dashboard, that is also possible in Stackdriver Monitoring. At Cloud Next earlier this year, Stackdriver announced Service Monitoring in alpha, which shows users a map of their microservices architecture. Public beta will hopefully be later this year. Stackdriver Sandbox, another recent project currently in the alpha stage, gives people an easy way to configure a test Stackdriver environment. This way, developers can play with Stackdriver tools without effecting their websites. Stackdriver Profiler, a great tool to understand the performance of your system, went GA at Cloud Next as well. Stackdriver’s tools are all meant to work together to help you maintain and perfect development projects on many different cloud services and on-prem. Rory Petty Rory Petty is Product Manager for the Stackdriver Monitoring Platform. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking and is a vinyl record enthusiast. Rory is a midwest transplant living in Brooklyn. Cool things of the week Commute just got easier with Google Pay and Google Assistant blog 5 year anniversary of Kubernetes and KubeCon content videos Kubernetes Podcast podcast Early Preview of AR in Google Maps video Interview Stackdriver site Stackdriver with Kubernetes video Stackdriver Monitoring site Stackdriver Logging site Stackdriver Debugger site Stackdriver Trace site Stackdriver Profiler site App Engine site Compute Engine site GKE site Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) Book site Istio site Stackdriver Service Monitoring site Stackdriver Sandbox site Cloud Next ‘19 DevOps & SRE Sessions videos Cloud On Air site Stack Doctor Playlist videos Implementing GCP Stackdriver and Adapting SRE Practices to Samsung’s AI System video Stackdriver Documentation site Question of the week How do I decide between Apps Script and App Maker? Where can you find us next? Jon is going to Games for Change. Mark is going to be in NYC right before Games for Change. Sound Effect Attribution “Spaceship Fly-by, A” by InspectorJ of Freesound.org “Teleport” by Sergenious of Freesound.org “Moretube.wav” by NoiseCollector of Freesound.org “Mystery Peak2.wav” by FoolBoyMedia of Freesound.org


29 May 2019

Rank #12

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Google Cloud Platform UX with Michael Kleinerman

On this episode, our hosts Mark Mirchandani and Gabi Ferrara dive into Google Cloud Platform UX with guest and Google Product Designer Michael Kleinerman. Michael’s path to Product Designer started with “ancient” tech designing with Flash and 3D motion graphics and progressed from there through interaction designer to his place now with Google. His experience has helped him appreciate the many different kinds of designers needed for projects and how they have to work together for a good product. At Google, Michael’s team builds design systems that create a balance between what Google uses and what the products built on Google use. He adopted Material Design, which offers guidelines for patterns and components of design, to Google Cloud. Material Design spans across multiple devices and screen sizes to help simplify design across devices. When Cloud reached the enterprise space, where components can be more complex, Michael’s team worked to adjust Cloud using Material Design so that features like tables would work correctly. Accessibility is also a top priority for Cloud and the design team. To begin the process of designing for accessibility, the team finds the top three or so reasons that a user would come to their product and ensures those are accessible to all. The next step is to create easier usability in the second tier features of the product, and then all features beyond. Using a screen reader, they go through the product to see if it’s usable, and really try to make the experience better. The team also makes sure there are a lot of guidance pages as well. The goal in product design is to make things simple and consistent for everyone. Michael Kleinerman Michael is a Product Designer at Google. He worked on Android and YouTube in the Bay Area before joining Cloud in NYC, where he started by leading the UX for Firestore until it launched in both Firebase and GCP. This work evolved into his current role on the core platform team, responsible for the design direction of the main design system used by producer teams to build and launch products on GCP. Cool things of the week Committed use discounts at a glance blog Networking in depth blog Chatbots with Dialog Flow blog and video Turn it up to eleven: Java 11 runtime comes to App Engine blog App Engine second generation runtimes now get double the memory; plus Go 1.12 and PHP 7.3 now generally available blog Interview Material.io site Material Design site Firebase site Cloud Firestore site Question of the week How do I work with my containers locally and then get them into the cloud? Where can you find us next? Gabi is done traveling. Mark Mirch’ is filming for customers in the Bay area. Everyone else is just laying low for now! Sound Effect Attribution “alert.wav” by danielnieto7 of Freesound.org “cell phone vibraion.wav” by MrAuralization of Freesound.org “laugh crowd 2.wav” by MrAuralizationFunWithSound of Freesound.org


26 Jun 2019

Rank #13

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Informatica with Bill Creekbaum

Happy Independence Day to our American listeners! Mark Mandel is back today as he and Gabi Ferrara interview Bill Creekbaum of Informatica to learn how they work with Google Cloud for a better big data user experience. Mark Mirchandani is hanging around the studio as well, bringing some cool things of the week and helping with the question of the week! Informatica provides data managing products that offer complete solutions focusing on metadata management, integration, governance, security, data quality, and discoverability. Bill’s job at Informatica is to ensure these products really take advantage of the strengths of Google Cloud Platform. One such example is a product that allows customers to design in Informatica and push their projects to Cloud Dataproc. Informatica also offers similar capabilities in BigQuery. When moving data from on-prem to the cloud, customers can use Informatica and Google Cloud together for a seamless transition, cost savings, and easier data control. Together, Informatica and Google Cloud can also facilitate the acquisition of high quality data. To have better, more trustworthy output, data inputed needs to be safe to access, have few or no duplicates and null values, and be complete. To achieve this, developers usually use a combination of the Informatica tools Intelligent Cloud Services, Enterprise Data Catalog, and Big Data Management, and the Google tools BigQuery, Cloud Storage, Analytics, Dataproc, and Pub/Sub. Bill’s closing advice for companies comes in three parts: take stock of the data you’ve got, set goals, and develop a well-rounded team. Bill Creekbaum Bill Creekbaum is Sr. Director of Product Management for Cloud, Big Data, and Analytic Ecosystems at Informatica. He is focused on delivering market leading unified data management platforms and services that help customers take advantage of their greatest assets, data. Bill has been in product management and product marketing for more than 20 years and for the past 10 has been focused on successfully delivering SaaS and Cloud Applications to the market. Prior to joining Informatica, Bill has worked at SnapLogic, GoodData, Oracle, Microsoft, Mindjet, and more. See more of Bill’s experience on LinkedIn. Cool things of the week Google Cloud + Chronicle: The security moonshot joins Google Cloud blog GCP Podcast Episode 135: VirusTotal with Emi Martinez podcast Introducing Equiano, a subsea cable from Portugal to South Africa blog Kubernetes 1.15: Extensibility and Continuous Improvement blog Future of CRDs: Structural Schemas blog See how your code actually executes with Stackdriver Profiler, now GA blog Interview Informatica site Informatica for GCP site BigQuery site Cloud Storage site Cloud Dataproc site Intelligent Cloud Services site Enterprise Data Catalog site Big Data Management site Google Analytics site Pub/Sub site Google Cloud & Informatica: Accelerate your Data-Driven Digital Transformation webinar Informatica for Google BigQuery data sheet Informatica Intelligent Cloud Services for Google BigQuery site Question of the week If I want to have my App Engine Application serve any subdomain on my custom domain, how do I do that? Where can you find us next? Gabi is done traveling. Mark Mirch’ is working on Stack Chat. Mark Mandel is going to Tokyo Next, Open Source in Gaming Day , and the North American Open Source Summit. Sound Effect Attribution “small group laugh 6.flac” by tim.kahn of Freesound.org “Chewing, Carrot, A” by Inspector J of Freesound.org “Testtone1000hz” by Jobro of Freesound.org


3 Jul 2019

Rank #14

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End of the Year Recap

Hosts new and old gather together for this special episode of the podcast! We’ll talk about our favorite episodes of the year, the coolest things from 2019, and wrap up another great year together doing what we love! Happy Holidays to all of our listeners, and we’ll see you in the new year! Top episodes of the year GCP Podcast Episode 173: Cloud Run with Steren Giannini and Ryan Gregg podcast GCP Podcast Episode 165: Python with Dustin Ingram podcast GCP Podcast Episode 175: MongoDB with Andrew Davidson podcast GCP Podcast Episode 160: Knative with Mark Chmarny and Ville Aikas podcast GCP Podcast Episode 180: Firebase with Jen Person podcast GCP Podcast Episode 164: Node.js with Myles Borins podcast GCP Podcast Episode 174: Professional Services with Ann Wallace and Michael Wallman podcast GCP Podcast Episode 176: Human-Centered AI with Di Dang podcast GCP Podcast Episode 168: NVIDIA T4 with Ian Buck and Kari Briski podcast GCP Podcast Episode 163: Cloud SQL with Amy Krishnamohan podcast Favorite episodes of the year Mark Mirchandani’s Favorites: GCP Podcast Episode 193: Devoted Health and Data Science with Chris Albon podcast GCP Podcast Episode 177: Primer with John Bohannon podcast GCP Podcast Episode 202: Supersolid with Kami May podcast Mark Mandel’s Favorites: GCP Podcast Episode 186: Blockchain with Allen Day podcast GCP Podcast Episode 196: Phoenix Labs with Jesse Houston podcast Jon’s Favorites: GCP Podcast Episode 199: Data Visualization with Manuel Lima podcast GCP Podcast Episode 196: Phoenix Labs with Jesse Houston podcast GCP Podcast Episode 206: ML/AI with Zack Akil podcast GCP Podcast Episode 201: FACEIT with Maria Laura Scuri podcast Gabi’s Favorites: GCP Podcast Episode 199: Data Visualization with Manuel Lima podcast GCP Podcast Episode 167: World Pi Day with Emma Haruka Iwao podcast GCP Podcast Episode 206: ML/AI with Zack Akil podcast GCP Podcast Episode 198: SeMI Technologies with Laura Ham podcast Favorite things of the year Mark Mirchandani’s Favorites: Cloud Run Mark Mandel’s Favorites: Stadia Samurai Shodown available on Stadia All the new podcast hosts! Jon’s Favorites: First time doing the podcast at NEXT and it was quite the experience. Going to Nvidia offices to do an episode Getting to talk to guests in the gaming industry and hear how passionate they are about the things they are building Joining the podcast Podcast outtakes! Gabi’s Favorites: Visited a bunch of offices! Joining the podcast Cloud NEXT talk, where my demo failed but I recovered! Spreading the love and joy of databases Where can you find us next? Mark Mirch’ will be sleeping as much as possible! Mandel will be working on plans for Next, GDC, and I/O 2020! Gabi will be running away to warm weather for her winter vacation! Jon will be home! He’ll also be planning gaming content for next year and wrapping up this year with some deep dives into multiplayer games and some possible content! Sound Effects Attribution “Small Group Laugh 4, 5 & 6” by Tim.Kahn of Freesound.org “Incorrect” by RicherLandTV of Freesound.org “Correct” by Epon of Freesound.org “Fireworks 3 Bursts” by AtomWrath of Freesound.org “Jingle Romantic” by Jay_You of Freesound.org “Dark Cinematic” by Michael-DB of Freesound.org “Bossa Loop” by Reinsamba of Freesound.org


11 Dec 2019

Rank #15

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VP of Engineering - Melody Meckfessel

Melanie and Mark talk with Google Cloud’s VP of Engineering, Melody Meckfessel, this week. In her time with Google Cloud, she and her team have worked to uncover what makes developers more productive. The main focus of their work is DevOps, defined by Melody as automation around the developer workflow and culture. In other words, Melody and her team are discovering new ways for developers to interact and how those interactions can encourage their productive peak. Melody and her team have used their internal research and expanded it to collaborate with Google Cloud partners and open source projects. The sharing of research and products has created even faster innovation as Google learns from these outside projects and vice versa. In the future, Melody sees amazing engagement with the community and even better experiences with containers on GCP. She is excited to see the Go community growing and evolving as more people use it and give feedback. Melody also speaks about diversity, encouraging everyone to be open-minded and try to build diverse teams to create products that are useful for all. Melody Meckfessel Melody Meckfessel is a hands-on technology leader with more than 20 years experience building and maintaining large-scale distributed systems and solving problems at scale. As VP of Engineering, she leads the team building DevOps tools and sharing DevOps best practices across Google and with software development and operations teams around the world. Her team powers the world’s most advanced continuously delivered software, enabling development teams to turn ideas into reliable, scalable production systems. After graduating from UC Berkeley, Melody programmed for startups and enterprise companies. Since joining Google in 2004, Melody has led teams in Google’s core search systems, search quality and cluster management. Melody is passionate about making software development fast, scalable, and fun. Cool things of the week Mark is back from vacation! We are at 2 million downloads! tweet Greg Wilson twitter and github Open source gaming: Agones - 0.6.0 - site Open Match - 0.2.0 RC - site What’s new at Firebase Summit 2018 blog Interview GCP Podcast Episode 137: Next Day 1 podcast Stackdriver site GitLab site Google SRE site Borg site Cloud Spanner site Go site GKE On-Prem site Skaffold site Minikube site DORA site Cloud Build site Bazel site Question of the week If I want to configure third party notifications (such as Slack or Github) into my Cloud Build configuration - how can I do that? Sending build notifications Configuring notifications for third-party services Where can you find us next? Mark will be at KubeCon next week. Melanie will be at NeurIPS this week. She’ll be attending Queer in AI, Black in AI, and LatinX this week as well.


5 Dec 2018

Rank #16

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Confluent and Kafka with Viktor Gamov

Viktor Gamov is on the podcast today to discuss Confluent and Kafka with Mark and special first-time guest host, Michelle. Viktor spends time with Mark and Melanie explaining how Kafka allows you to stream and process data in real-time, and how Kafka helps Confluent with its advanced streaming capabilities. Confluent Cloud helps connect Confluent and cloud platforms such as Google Cloud so customers don’t have to manage anything - Confluent takes care of it for you! To wrap up the show, Michelle answers our question of the week about Next 2019. Viktor Gamov Viktor Gamov is a Developer Advocate at Confluent, the company that makes a streaming platform based on Apache Kafka. Working in the field, Viktor developed comprehensive expertise in building enterprise application architectures using open source technologies. He enjoys helping different organizations design and develop low latency, scalable, and highly available distributed systems. Back in his consultancy days, he co-authored O’Reilly’s «Enterprise Web Development». He is a professional conference speaker on distributed systems, Java, and JavaScript topics, and is a regular at events, including JavaOne, Devoxx, OSCON, QCon, and others. He blogs and produces the podcasts Razbor Poletov (in Russian) and co-hosts DevRelRad.io. Follow Viktor on Twitter, where he posts about gym life, food, open source, and, of course, Kafka and Confluent! Cool things of the week Kubeflow published a leadership guide to inclusivity site Picture what the cloud can do: How the New York Times is using Google Cloud to find untold stories in millions of archived photos blog Click-to-deploy on Kubeflow site Containerd available for beta testing in Google Kubernetes Engine blog Introducing AI Hub and Kubeflow Pipelines: Making AI simpler, faster, and more useful for businesses blog Announcing Cloud Scheduler: a modern, managed cron service for automated batch jobs blog Interview Kafka site Kafka Connect site Kafka Streams site KSQL site Confluent site Confluent Hub site Confluent Schema Registry site Confluent Cloud on Google Cloud Marketplace site Confluent Enterprise site Confluent Cloud site Confluent on Github site Confluent Blog blog How to choose the number of topics/partitions in a Kafka cluster? blog Publishing with Apache Kafka at The New York Times blog Google Cloud Platform and Confluent partner to deliver a managed Apache Kafka service blog Viktor’s Presentations site Confluent Community site Question of the week If I wanted to submit a CFP for Next 2019, how would I do it? Where can you find us next? Mark and Michelle will be at KubeCon in December. Michelle will be at Scale by the Bay on Friday. She’ll also be at YOW! Sydney, Brisbane, & Melbourne in Nov & December.


14 Nov 2018

Rank #17

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NetApp with Alim Karim and Dean Hildebrand

Jon Foust joins Mark Mirchandani this week as we meet up with Alim Karim from NetApp and Technical Director in OCTO Dean Hildebrand of Google. NetApp has been in data management for 20 years, focusing on providing on-prem, high-performance storage solutions for large industry clients. Their recent partnership with Google Cloud has allowed them to expand their services, offering the same great data management and storage in the cloud. Dean and Alim elaborate on the best uses for NetApp, explaining that lifting and shifting an existing project to the cloud is only one way NetApp can be useful. New projects can be built right in Google Cloud with NetApp as well. Our guests discuss the other pros of the NetApp service, including faster data retrieval, better monitoring, and predictability. We also talk about how NetApp takes customer feedback into consideration to make sure their service is the best it can be for every client. What’s in store for the future of NetApp? Listen in to find out! Alim Karim Alim Karim is a Product Manager in the Cloud Data Services BU at NetApp. He started his career as a software developer and joined NetApp in 2011. At NetApp Alim has held several customer-facing positions and is passionate about solving business problems with technology. He holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Science and an MBA from Queen’s University. Dean Hildebrand Dean Hildebrand is a Technical Director in the Office of the CTO (OCTO) at Google Cloud focusing on enterprise and HPC storage systems. He has authored over 100 scientific publications and patents, and been the technical program chair and sat on the program committee of numerous conferences. He received a B.Sc. degree in computer science from the University of British Columbia in 1998 and M.S. and PhD. degrees in computer science from the University of Michigan in 2003 and 2007, respectively. Cool things of the week Google Cloud Game Servers site VMware Cloud Foundation comes to Google Cloud blog Using GCP NuGet Packages in Unity article Interview NetApp on Google Cloud site Cloud Volumes Service site BigQuery site TensorFlow site Google Cloud Storage site Anthos site Question of the week How do I authenticate my Google Kubernetes Engine cluster in a CI/CD pipeline? Where can you find us next? Our guests will be at Google Cloud Summit Seattle and Next London. Jon will be at PAX Dev, doing some Google Game stuff in Sunnyvale, and taking some personal time to travel to Montreal. After Austin, Mark will be staying local to work on some stuff, and he’s about to launch the next few episodes of Stack Doctor. Sound Effect Attribution “Small Audience Laughs.wav” by Oniwe of Freesound.org “MysteryPeak1.wav” by FoolBoyMedia of Freesound.org “Small Group Laugh.wav” by TimKahn of Freesound.org


7 Aug 2019

Rank #18

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HerdX With Ron Hicks and Austin Adams

Mark Mirchandani is back this week with guest host Gabe Weiss to learn about HerdX. Our guests, Ron Hicks and Austin Adams, describe how this idea came about, the mechanics of the system, and how it could change the world of livestock. HerdX is an environmentally friendly, humane way to improve the system of livestock management and sales. It uses monitoring systems to follow animals as they move about the field, then employs algorithms to identify any problems that may need attention. This allows for treatment of specific animals, rather than mass treatment of both healthy and unhealthy livestock. When pitted against humans, HerdX’s AI system could pinpoint the problem livestock much faster and more accurately than people. Once problem livestock are found, the rancher can use that information to devise and implement a treatment plan. Consumers benefit from HerdX as well, through better quality meat and better transparency of rancher practices. The players in the supply chain are recorded and meat is monitored through the entire process, from farm, to feed lot, to the dinner table. Because bad animals can be removed or cured and the supply chain is run much more efficiently, meat spoilage and food poisoning can be mitigated. Ron Hicks As the CEO & Founder of HerdX, Inc., a global AgTech company based in the Texas Hill Country, Ron is filling the void in ag data with IoT devices designed for livestock herds. In a nutshell, HerdX is using tags, water, and data to connect farmers around the world with families around the dinner table. Before his time with HerdX, Ron had a number of immensely successful career paths and achievements as a serial entrepreneur, inventor, and a strong visionary who loves disruptive technologies that can change the world. He was distinguished with Business Week’s top industrial design award in Medical Technologies, which recognized him along with other leaders and companies throughout the world, including BMW, Sony, Logitech, and Ford Motor Company. Ron is also a dynamic speaker who is passionate about solving problems rather than just talking about them and has spoken at conferences as a keynote speaker at Google headquarters in the United States and Singapore. He was also the keynote speaker at Texas Governor Rick Perry’s program titled “Technology Excellence for Rural America” which served as a springboard for the formation of HerdX. Austin Adams Austin Adams holds over a decade of experience in leading innovative software teams. At his previous employer Adams took multiple greenfield projects from initial scoping, to research and development, to proof of concept, and ultimately to market-leading products. Adams is an early adopter, leader, and contributor to the Kubernetes open source platform. He has used Kubernetes to create automation systems to help drive more than a billion dollars of product sales. Cool things of the week Press play: Find and listen to podcast episodes on Search blog Japanese researchers build robotic tail to keep elderly upright site Shining a light on your costs: New billing features from Google Cloud blog Interview HerdX site New Zealand Innovator of the Year Awards site Question of the week How do I connect an IoT device to a trigger event in the cloud? Cloud IoT step-by-step: Cloud to device communication blog Cloud IoT Core site Gabe’s blog blog Where can you find us next? Mark will be hanging out locally and working on training content. Gabe will be at Next London. Sound Effect Attribution “radio t3 SW bleep.wav” by ERH of Freesound.org


21 Aug 2019

Rank #19

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Supersolid with Kami May

This week, Mark and Jon bring us a fascinating interview with Kami May of Supersolid, a gaming company in London. With the help of Kami May, Supersolid recently launched their first multiplayer game, Snake Rivals. This session-based game puts players in an arena where they can choose from three modes: endless, gold rush, or battle royale. To produce the game, Supersolid makes use of many GCP products. Snake Rivals is powered by Kubernetes and Agones, which Kami chose because it offers functionality that works well with gaming. It provides server allocation which allows players to continue play even during an update, has the ability to scale, allows labeling, allows for different gaming modes, and more. To reduce latency, Supersolid operates in nine regions. Supersolid uses BigQuery and continuously gathers data so they can make adjustments to make sure game play is efficient, fun, and functional. Kami explains that navigating the world of multiplayer gaming for the first time was tricky, but the Google support team has been very helpful! Kami May Kami May is a Senior Server Developer at London-based mobile games studio, Supersolid. Her lifetime passion for video games drove her to join the games industry soon after graduating from university in 2016. Since then, Kami has worked on multiple titles for mobile, PC, and console. Most recently, she’s been bringing Supersolid’s most ambitious project to date - Snake Rivals - to life, powered by Agones on GCP. In her free time she can be found at the top of the ladder on Path of Exile, chasing the 6k MMR dream on Dota 2, or searching for London’s best fried chicken. Cool things of the week Keep Parquet and ORC from the data graveyard with new BigQuery features blog Machine Learning: An Online Comic from Google AI site Bring Your Own IP addresses: the secret to Bitly’s shortened cloud migration blog Interview Supersolid site Snake Rivals site Agones site Kuberentes site Go site Cloud Load Balancing site BigQuery site Stackdriver site Supersolid Careers site Snake Rivals on Google Play site Snake Rivals on iTunes site Question of the week What are best practices for setting up user accounts in Cloud IAM? Quickstart Guide Service Accounts Docs Using IAM Securely Where can you find us next? Mark will be working on blogs and videos at home. Jon will be at AnimeNYC, Kubecon in November and Google Kirkland for an internal hackweek. Sound Effect Attribution “Small Group Laugh 4, 5 & 6” by Tim.Kahn of Freesound.org “Human has been Nutralised” by cityrocker of Freesound.org “Laser Automatic Heavy” by dpren of Freesound.org “Gong Sabi” by Veiler of Freesound.org


6 Nov 2019

Rank #20