Welcome to Episode Two of the Modern Software Podcast, New Relic’s very own podcast series designed to let you hear directly from New Relic experts, technologists, customers, and other industry leaders.

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After a spirited discussion of recent modern software news—including the impact of the recent AWS re:Invent conference, VW’s blaming “rogue engineers” for its emissions cheating scandal (update: A new DMCA exemption allows individuals to hack their own cars), and what’s behind Dell’s ginormous purchase of EMC, this episode provides a unique sneak peek at our upcoming FutureStack15 user conference in San Francisco, Nov. 11-13. My co-host Tori Wieldt and I are joined by New Relic Senior VP of Marketing Jay Fry, perhaps the man most responsible for the event. Jay offers his personal perspective on the most interesting elements of FutureStack15 and how to get the most out of the conference.

Jay has company, too. We also talk with a number of FutureStack15 presenters, including:

  • Stevan Arychuk, a recovering DevOps engineer now working in marketing strategy at New Relic, who’s moderating a fascinating panel on using containers in production at scale.
  • Nic Benders, New Relic’s newly named chief architect, whose session covers “Building a System That Never Stops: New Relic at Scale.”
  • Senior Site Engineering Manager Dana Lawson, who will show you that “If It Touches Production, It Is Production.”
  • Nick Floyd, a New Relic lead software engineer and author, who will be talking about “Nerd-Life Balance—The Next Generation,” or as he puts it, “How to refactor life for awesome!”
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From left to right: Tori Wieldt, Jay Fry, Fredric Paul, Stevan Arychuk

Listen to the entire podcast in the player above or access all the Modern Software Podcast episodes on SoundCloud. You can also subscribe on iTunes. And read on for additional insights based on our discussion of AWS and cloud computing.

In the podcast, Jay notes that AWS re:Invent naturally attracts cloud converts, which he thinks could create a reality distortion field. It may seem that 19,000 smart technologists can’t be wrong, but that’s not the only group out there.

This week, for example, some 60,000 people are carousing through downtown San Francisco at Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne. Not all of them may have bought into the cloud to the extent of re:Invent attendees, but you can bet they’re well aware of the opportunities the cloud presents. To what extent will the public cloud convince so-far unconverted enterprise folks to actively move their existing workloads from on-premise data centers to the cloud?

Clearly, AWS is committed to making that happen, but we think there are plenty of hardware and software vendors who are worried about that transition. How quickly enterprise users rip and replace their on-premise solutions will go a long way toward determining the next phase of cloud adoption.

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Note: Music for the Modern Software Podcast is courtesy of Audionautix.


Fredric Paul (aka The Freditor) is Editor in Chief for New Relic. He's an award-winning writer, editor, and content strategist who has held senior editorial positions at ReadWrite, AllBusiness.com, InformationWeek, CNET, Electronic Entertainment, PC World, and PC|Computing. His writing has appeared in MIT Technology Review, Omni, Conde Nast Traveler, and Newsweek, among other places. View posts by .

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