AWS Insiders

AWS Insiders

AWS Insiders is a no-holds-barred look at the state and future of AWS and cloud computing. Hosts Rahul Subramaniam and Hilary Doyle turn the tech podcast format on its head with heated debates, edgy perspectives, and the best expert guests. You’ll laugh, you’ll learn, and you’ll never have to listen to two techies with microphones droning on for hours again.


January 16, 2023 28 min

In this episode: conflict, controversy, subterfuge, secrecy. Most people we approached didn’t even want to speak on the record. What we want to know is: is AWS eating up the open source landscape? And, if so, is that a good or bad thing? Rahul, Hilary, and guest Matt Asay, Vice President, Partner Marketing, MongoDB, debate whether AWS is poaching or playing fair, when it comes to open source software from partners. 

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High availability is an expectation in business today — and Rahul shudders to think about what parents (and kids) would do if Disney Plus or Youtube went down for 15 minutes. Joking aside, it’s the cloud: so why all the focus on old, complex disaster recovery solutions? 

In this episode, it’s High Availability vs. Disaster Recovery, and it’s Rahul vs. Eamonn O’Neill, a disaster recovery expert and Co-Founder and CTO of Lemongrass. T...

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Rahul is getting pretty tired of people chirping about the unfulfilled promises of serverless, as articulated by Corey Quinn. So he invited Jeremy Daly, host of the Serverless Chats podcast to set the record straight: “Corey is wrong,” says Rahul. Serverless is not going anywhere. It’s a journey, not an end goal. Tune in to hear the vibrant debate around just how far we’ve come from manual server management — and how far we still h...

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Rahul says code no longer matters because it has such a short half-life. He is obsessed with cloud APIs instead. Says they are fully managed, more efficient and cheaper and they can help you get from a million lines of code down to 10 thousand per app. So Rahul invited Alex Hudson, CTO for hire, on the show to debate “to code or not to code.” That is this episode’s question. 



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We had a lot of expectations for Dr. Werner Vogels’ re:Invent keynote and he delivered. Whether it was about advances in 3D design, data-informed simulation work, simplifying how to build and build fast, or just knowing how to tell a good story, Werner gave us a lot to chew. Dan Hopkins, VP of Engineering at Stackhawk, joins Hilary and Rahul to offer the engineers’ view on the Werner Matrix and wrap our coverage of this year’s conf...

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Tuesday’s keynote from Swami Sivasubramanian - AWS VP of Data & Machine Learning, leaned much more into the “data” part than the “machine learning” part of his role. Data is a major theme at re:Invent this year. Rahul, Hilary and special guest Alex Kearns, AWS Consultant at Inawisdom (an AI/ML company), chat through why they think AWS is focused on data, and review their unfilled wish lists on further artificial intelligence an...

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Great explorers through history defined the theme of Adam Selipsky's re:Invent Keynote this morning. But what caught Rahul and Hilary’s attention wasn’t what was being said, but what didn’t get explored on stage. Along with special guests J.R. Storment and Joe Daly from FinOps Foundation, they unpack Selipsky's announcements, and dive into what they wish they’d also heard. Let us know what you think at podcast@cloudfix....

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The Cloudfix Team is on prem at AWS’s massive re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, and we’re bringing you along with us throughout the week. Rahul, Hilary and special guests meet up every morning to unpack the latest AWS news from the conference, and swap opinions and hot takes on where the cloud community grows from here. We start with Rahul’s best predictions for what we can expect will be unveiled this week, and connect with AMD’s...

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November 21, 2022 28 min

In this episode, the timely topic of real estate. What kind of a home do you want for your data, your stack, your instances? Where should you house your architecture? In a nice bare metal colo rack bungalow? Or maybe something a little more “penthouse fabulous” — something up in the… public cloud? Rahul makes the case to stop hugging servers altogether and go all-in on AWS, and pushback ensues when Chase Cunningham talks security a...

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November 7, 2022 26 min

Are microservices a macro disaster waiting to happen? Is the CNCF Landscape the Etsy of web development? Rahul has a serious thing against Kubernetes. Says it’s like playing tech whack-a-mole. So we went out and found a K8s superstar to defend the DIY open source platform’s honor. Senior Member of Technical Staff, VMware Tanzu and co-host of The Podlets Podcast, Carlisia Thompson joins to debate Rahul on dev culture, problem solvin...

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Rahul and Hilary get into one of the great battles in the cloud: commitment issues. When it comes to your choice of cloud vendor, are you more Tinder or Do you want to choose one vendor for life, or prefer to play the field with multicloud? Head of Developer Media at Google Cloud, Forrest Brazeal foresees the inevitable rise of multicloud while Rahul sticks to his single vendor, all-AWS guns. 

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October 10, 2022 26 min

Rahul declared our old show boring, and in this episode he fixes that. Join Rahul as he welcomes new co-host Hilary Doyle, declares Moore's Law dead as a doorknob, and enjoys a heated (but friendly) debate about NoSQL, Postgres, and the future of distributed and relational DB's in the cloud. Today's guest: Postgres expert Ed Boyajian, CEO of EnterpriseDB.

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