It’s earnings season in the tech world, and one hard-to-miss takeaway from the results reported by the biggest names in tech is the unstoppable momentum of cloud computing. So it should be no surprise that this episode of the New Relic Modern Software Podcast focused on the growing clout of the cloud as well as predictions for what to expect in the cloud in 2016.

First up, the New Relic Modern Software Podcast gang—my co-host Tori Wieldt, Senior VP of Marketing Jay Fry, and VP of Customer Analytics Todd Etchieson—joins me to take a look behind the numbers in the big growth in cloud revenue at Microsoft and Amazon (time code 8:30).

We also talk about the state of containers (15:16), and their interdependence with the rise of the cloud. And we don’t ignore Microsoft’s Azure Stack or Facebook’s revamping the Like button and axing its Parse mobile development platform (4:28). And, of course, we also work through how Apple managed to deliver the most profitable quarter in public company history … and still get slammed by Wall Street and other observers (2:01). For more on these topics, including links to the most relevant content on the Web, check out the latest edition of This Week in Modern Software: The Trends Behind the Tech Earnings.

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But this episode of the podcast is focused on the cloud, and Rackspace Technical Community Manager Alan Bush is on hand to share his company’s predictions on what to expect from the cloud in 2016, including the latest developments in security as a service and how hard it can be to hire cloud talent (20:35). Don’t miss Alan’s own Rackspace podcast at

All this and much more in the New Relic Modern Software Podcast … because life’s too short for bad software.

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