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Podcasts about Chaos Engineering, Open Source, and Microservices

I’ve recorded several podcasts over the years, and just had a new one published on the AWS Podcast with Simon Elisha. We mostly discussed chaos engineering, but also covered the recent work we are doing in open source. – AWS Podcast #238

A few years ago (before I joined AWS), I recorded a talk about chaos monkeys with Todd Conklin on his Pre-Accident Podcast. Todd is an industrial safety guru. He talks about the “new view of safety,” which aligns well with many of the ideas we are adopting in the moves to cloud and DevOps. I find his podcast very useful for learning about safety topics in a broader context, and have also been reading his recent book Workplace Fatalities – Failure to Predict, and thinking about how this relates to rare but catastrophic failures in IT.

In 2016, I recorded a podcast on microservices with Sonal Chokshi and the team from VC firm Andreessen Horowitz (A16z). It was an interesting discussion with Martin Casado and Frank Chen, which gets mentioned from time to time in subsequent episodes. – A16z Podcast

I’m planning to record a few more podcasts in the coming months; I hope you find them interesting.

Adrian Cockcroft

Adrian Cockcroft

Vice President Cloud Architecture Strategy, Amazon Web Services Adrian Cockcroft has had a long career working at the leading edge of technology, and is fascinated by what happens next. In his role at AWS, Cockcroft is focused on the needs of cloud native and “all-in” customers, and leads the AWS open source community development team. Prior to AWS, Cockcroft started out as a developer in the UK, joined Sun Microsystems and then moved to the United States in 1993, ending up as a Distinguished Engineer. Cockcroft left Sun in 2004, was a founding member of eBay research labs, and started at Netflix in 2007. He initially directed a team working on personalization algorithms and then became cloud architect, helping teams scale and migrate to AWS. As Netflix shared its architecture publicly, Cockcroft became a regular speaker at conferences and executive summits, and he created and led the Netflix open source program. In 2014, he joined VC firm Battery Ventures, promoting new ideas around DevOps, microservices, cloud and containers, and moved into his current role at AWS in October 2016. During 2017 he recruited a team of experienced open source technologists and gave keynote presentations at AWS Summits and many other events around the world. Cockcroft holds a degree in Applied Physics from The City University, London and is a published author of four books, notably Sun Performance and Tuning (Prentice Hall, 1998).