Interviews


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How to explain DevOps in plain English

Having trouble boiling DevOps and all it encompasses down to a sound bite? Here are a few simple definitions and analogies that will help explain DevOps, even to non-techies

Date: 2019-08-21
Source: How to explain DevOps in plain English

Command Line Heroes — The Infrastructure Effect: COBOL and Go

Languages used for IT infrastructure don’t have expiration dates. COBOL’s been around for 60 years—and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. We maintain billions of lines of classic code for mainframes. But we’re also building new infrastructures for the cloud in languages like Go.

COBOL was a giant leap for computers to make industries more efficient. Chris Short describes how learning COBOL was seen as a safe long-term bet. Sixty years later, there are billions of lines of COBOL code that can’t easily be replaced—and few specialists who know the language. Ritika Trikha explains that something must change: Either more people must learn COBOL, or the industries that rely on it have to update their codebase. Both choices are difficult. But the future isn’t being written in COBOL. Today’s IT infrastructure is built in the cloud—and a lot of it is written in Go. Carmen Hernández Andoh shares how Go’s designers wanted a language more suited for the cloud. And Kelsey Hightower points out that languages are typically hyper-focused for one task. But they’re increasingly open and flexible.

Date: 2019-08-20
Source: Command Line Heroes Season 3: The Infrastructure Effect
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Transcript: PDF

CloudSkills.fm 030: Cloud Native Ops with Ansible and Kubernetes

In this episode I had a chance to chat with Chris Short from the Ansible team at RedHat. We discuss Ansible, Kubernetes, and the importance of building up your Linux skills as the industry transitions into a cloud native world. Chris is also a CNCF Ambassador and runs the DevOps, Cloud Native, and open source focused newsletter DevOps’ish.

Date: 2019-07-17
Source: 030: Cloud Native Ops with Ansible and Kubernetes
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DevOps for introverted people

We asked the Opensource.com DevOps team to talk about their experience as DevOps introverts and to give DevOps extroverts some advice. Here are their answers.

Date: 2019-07-11
Source: DevOps for introverted people

DevOps for doubters: How to deal with 9 kinds of people who push back

Are certain people clinging to the old ways of working? Here’s how to identify them – and get them on board with your DevOps efforts

Date: 2019-07-02
Source: DevOps for doubters: How to deal with 9 kinds of people who push back

Digital Anarchist, JFrog SwampUP 2019

Date: 2019-06-19
Source: Chris Short, Red Hat | JFrog SwampUp 2019 | Digital Anarchist
Download: MP4 (H.264) | MP4 (Original)

China, Huawei and the future of global technology

Date: 2019-05-28
Source: China, Huawei and the future of global technology — The Frontier Podcast — Episode 61
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Transcript: PDF

How will Chinese companies like Huawei affect the future of cyber security? How does our relationship with China affect the open source community and the future of AI? These are big questions for big thinkers like Chris Short.

Chris runs the newsletter DevOpsish and is also a Principal Product Marketing Manager for Red Hat. In this episode, Chris and Ledge discuss the fundamental differences between Chinese and US internet, the technological, legal, and contractual hoops companies jump through in order to tap into a Chinese market, and a breakdown on how Huawei could shape the tech landscape in years to come.

7 advantages of open source for agile teams

Date: 2019-04-26
Source: 7 advantages of open source for agile teams

Open source and agile and DevOps teams go hand-in-hand. Here’s a look at the benefits

The Tim Show — DevOps’ish with Chris Short — Newsletterers

Date: 2019-04-25
Source: DevOps’ish with Chris Short – Newsletterers – The Tim Show – S02E01
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In the inaugural episode of the Newsletterers series, I sat down with Tim Hildred who runs the podcast, The Tim Show. We discussed the DevOps’ish newsletter, everything it takes to put it together, the challenges faced, and the ‘why’ behind DevOps’ish.

The Cloud Pod — Episode 16: This week in the cloud blob

Date: 2019-03-29
Source: Episode 16: This week in the cloud blob
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AWS Summit Season 2019 is officially underway. Justin, Peter and special guest Chris Short @chrisshort. Plus the famous lightning round.

DevOps Defined — What is Kubernetes?

Want to understand what the deal is with Kubernetes and why so many companies love it? Check with this first installment of DevOps Defined in which Chris Short (K8’s SME) breaks it down and explain why you should invest in Kubernetes knowledge to ensure a successful future DevOps career.

Date: 2019-01-11
Source: DevOps Defined - What is Kubernetes?

On-Call Nightmares Podcast: Episode 3

Date: 2018-12-27
Source: On-Call Nightmares Podcast — Episode 3 - Chris Short - Red Hat
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Business Travel Life: Chris Short

Date: 2018-09-28
Source: Business Travel Life: Chris Short

7 leadership skills that will make or break your DevOps transformation

Date: 2018-09-24
Source: 7 leadership skills that will make or break your DevOps transformation

Product Marketing - Food Fight Show

Date: 2018-08-10
Source: Product Marketing Management
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Stand-up meetings: 5 reasons to kiss traditional meetings goodbye

Date: 2018-06-20
Source: Stand-up meetings: 5 reasons to kiss traditional meetings goodbye

The New Stack: The Best CI/CD Tool for Kubernetes Doesn’t Exist

Date: 2018-06-05
Source: The Best CI/CD Tool for Kubernetes Doesn’t Exist
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L8ist Sh9y Podcast: Chris Short on SRE, DevSecOps, Pipelines, Immutability, and Kubernetes

Date: 2018-06-02
Source: Chris Short on SRE, DevSecOps, Pipelines, Immutability, and Kubernetes
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DevOpsDays Toronto 2018 — What the military taught me about DevOps

Date: 2018-06-01
Source: Chris Short describing his talk at DevOpsDays Toronto
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Discussing DevOps Details aka The 3D Podcast: Episode 113

Date: 2018-04-04
Source: Discussing DevOps Details Episode 113: Refactoring Giant Monoliths
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Screaming in the Cloud: Episode 2

Date: 2018-03-21
Source: Episode 2: Shoving a SAN into us-east-1 Download: MP3

DevOps Perspectives from the Front Lines

Date: 2016-10-30
Source: The Cloudcast #277 - DevOps Perspectives from the Front Lines
Blog Post: DevOps Perspectives from the Front Lines
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North Carolina Veterans Oral History Interview Part 3

Date: 2016-05-21
Source: Christopher B. Short Interview, 2016-05-21
Blog Post: North Carolina Veterans Oral History Interview Part 3
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North Carolina Veterans Oral History Interview Part 2

Date: 2016-05-21
Source: Christopher B. Short Interview, 2016-05-21
Blog Post: North Carolina Veterans Oral History Interview Part 2
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North Carolina Veterans Oral History Interview Part 1

Date: 2016-05-21
Source: Christopher B. Short Interview, 2016-05-21
Blog Post: North Carolina Veterans Oral History Interview Part 1
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