The Architecht Show is a weekly look at the biggest news in enterprise IT and related technologies, along with interviews with innovative executives, engineers and entrepreneurs. The Architecht show is hosted by Derrick Harris of Architecht and Barb Darrow of Fortune.
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Jun 23, 2017

In this episode of the AI and Robot Show, Signe Brewster speaks with Fetch Robotics CEO Melonee Wise about the state of the art in automation. Wise, who was also employee No. 2 at robotics pioneer Willow Garage, shares some details on how Fetch's warehouse robots functions and also goes into depth on, among other things, human-robot interaction; how consumer demands and practices have influenced warehouse processes; the immense value of open source robotics libraries; and why the future of home automation might look more like the Roomba than like Rosie.

In the news segment, co-hosts Derrick Harris, Signe Brewster and Chris Albrecht discuss how artificial intelligence might start and fight future wars; Tesla's new AI director; and why urban settings pose challenges for self-driving cars but provide a prime opportunity for delivery robots.

Jun 22, 2017

In episode 25(!) of the ARCHITECHT Show, Matei Zaharia  and Peter Bailis discuss how the DAWN project at Stanford University is trying bring the power of AI and machine learning to a broader set of users. The project's initial focus is on making it easier to collect, process and analyze enough high-quality data to take advantage of today's leading models and algorithms. Aside from the technologies, the Zaharia and Bailis also discuss how they're working with industry on this project and the right path for moving academic research into the real world. It's an area Zaharia knows well, having previously helped create Apache Mesos and Apache Spark, and having co-founded Databricks, where he's still CTO.

In the news segment, co-hosts Derrick Harris (ARCHITECHT) and Barb Darrow (Fortune) talk all about Amazon, and how its $14 billion purchase of Whole Foods is having competitive repercussions even in its cloud business.

Jun 20, 2017

In the inaugural episode of The AI Show, Derrick Harris speaks with co-founder and CEO Geordie Rose about a wide range of issues in artificial intelligence and quantum computing (Rose also co-founded D-Wave Systems in 1999). Among the topics Rose covers are how is seeking to build artificial general intelligence and the importance of a physical embodiment in that quest; the commercial viability and challenges of different approaches to quantum computing; the ethics of human-AI interaction; and whether his Canadian homeland can really become the world's AI epicenter.

In the news segment, co-hosts Derrick Harris, Signe Brewster and Chris Albrecht discuss Element AI's $102 million funding round; the AI showdown between the U.S. and China; what the Tertill weed-cutting robot says about the state of consumer robotics; Facebook's negotiating bots; and the robot the could be flipping burgers at a restaurant near you.

Jun 15, 2017

In this week's rare two-interview episode, Derrick Harris talks Kubernetes with Cloud Native Computing Foundation executive director Dan Kohn, who discusses the Kubernetes ecosystem and adoption, as well the purpose for foundations like CNCF and where they fit into the open source landscape (e.g., in relation to the Apache Software Foundation).

Derrick also speaks with Gabe Monroy, who was co-founder and CTO of container startup Deis, which Microsoft acquired in April. Monroy talks about how Deis came to be and the technologies it developed, and how everything is working now that they're part of Microsoft.

In the news segment, Derrick and co-host Barb Darrow (Fortune) discuss Amazon's non-compete lawsuit against a former exec, Intel's veiled threat to would-be x86 emulators, and fun—and hopefully useful—AI research out of Microsoft and Facebook.

Jun 8, 2017

In this episode of the ARCHITECHT Show, Chef co-founder and CTO Adam Jacob talks about the evolution of his company and its product as user demands have evolved (or not) over the past decade. He tackles the benefits and shortcomings of technologies such as containers and cloud computing, as well as the difficulty of doing security right and nailing the open source business model.

In the news segment, Derrick Harris (ARCHITECHT) and Barb Darrow (Fortune) discuss Apple new HomePod smart speaker, IBM's next big thing in chip design, and the cratering server market.

Jun 1, 2017

In this week's episode, Derrick Harris (ARCHITECHT) speaks with CoreOS CEO Alex Polvi about why containers are so big right now, and why they're only going to get bigger. He also discusses the rise of Kubernetes, including why CoreOS decided to embrace it and why he thinks it will reshape the relationships enterprises have with their cloud providers by providing an open, portable platform.

In the news segment, Harris and co-host Barb Darrow (Fortune) talk about Steve Ballmer's foray into data for sports and politics, and whether or not there's really a competition among countries to "win" at artificial intelligence.

May 25, 2017

In this episode of the ARCHITECHT Show, Merlon Intelligence founder and CEO Bradford Cross talks about his new startup, which uses artificial intelligence to help banks root out money laundering and other regulatory issues. Cross, who's also a partner at Data Collective Venture Capital, an experienced machine learning entrepreneur (with media-curation startup Prismatic), and a hedge fund veteran also discusses the unnecessary proliferation of bots, the real opportunities for AI startups, and why cloud providers might be chasing a dead end with general-purpose AI services.

in the news segment, Derrick Harris (ARCHITECHT) is joined by guest co-host Tom Krazit (GeekWire) to discuss LinkedIn's Open19 Foundation, Java creator James Gosling joining AWS, the necessity (or lack thereof) of more AlphaGo matches, and the disappointing state of big data for farming.

May 18, 2017

In this episode of the ARCHITECHT Show, Derrick Harris speaks with Mike Sherwood, CIO of the City of Las Vegas. Sherwood explains the security threats that keep him up at night, as well as how the city is using AI software to help identify potential threats. He also talks about how Las Vegas plans to become a hub of innovation, ranging from smart stoplights to connected trash cans, and from open data to cloud computing.

In the news segment, Derrick and co-host Barb Darrow (Fortune) discuss why the big three cloud providers are falling over themselves to host SAP workloads, how cloud could help prevent the IoT version of WannaCry, and Cisco's acquisition of AI startup MindMeld.

May 11, 2017

In this episode of the ARCHITECHT Show, hosts Derrick Harris (ARCHITECHT) and Barb Darrow (Fortune) speak with Google VP of Infrastructure Eric Brewer about all things, well, infrastructure. Brewer shares his thoughts Kubernetes, Spanner, TensorFlow and other Google projects, as well as on open source and the cloud market, in general. He also discusses the future of machine learning processors and the architectural effects of edge computing.

In the news segment, Derrick is joined by Tom Krazit (GeekWire) to talk about news from a busy week with Microsoft Build, Dell EMC World, OpenStack Summit and Nvidia GTC.

May 4, 2017

In this episode of the ARCHITECHT Show, Derrick Harris speaks with Honeycomb Co-founder and CEO Charity Majors across a broad spectrum of issues, ranging from what Honeycomb does (it helps users debug complex systems very fast) to why open source business models still aren't well understood. In between, she discusses her time at Parse, Facebook and Linden Labs; the problems and limits of containers; and why most people should stop hating on MongoDB.

In the news segment, Derrick and co-host Barb Darrow (Fortune) discuss Docker's new CEO and Red Hat's cloud-and-container play, and touch on last week's strong cloud earnings reports.

Apr 27, 2017

In this episode of the ARCHITECHT Show, co-hosts Derrick Harris (ARCHITECHT) and Barb Darrow (Fortune) speak with Anthony Goldbloom, co-founder and CEO of machine learning competition platform Kaggle. Goldbloom discusses Google's recent acquisition of Kaggle and how that affects the company, as well as a wide variety of machine learning topics. Among them: the rise of deep learning and AI, the best machine learning techniques for certain jobs, and the evolution of data science since Kaggle began.

In the news segment, Derrick and Barb discuss AWS's 5,600 open positions, Google boss Diane Greene's claim that her company can overtake AWS in 5 years, and the state of OpenStack and the private cloud.

Apr 20, 2017

In this episode of the ARCHITECHT Show, Derrick Harris speaks with Backblaze founder and CEO Gleb Budman about the economics of cloud storage, including his company's recent 60 percent reduction in download pricing. Backblaze—which is known for its open sourcing its high-density, low-cost storage "pods" and for detailed analyses on the reliability of the consumer-grade hard drives it uses—now stores over 300 petabytes of data. 

In the news segment, Harris and co-host Barb Darrow (Fortune) discuss Oracle-vs.-AWS on data center scale, the past week's container acquisitions and DockerCon, and the rush for cloud providers to tackle offensive content with AI APIs.

Apr 13, 2017

In this episode of the ARCHITECHT Show, Calvin French-Owen, co-founder and CTO of data-integration startup Segment, explains how his company saved $1 million a year by troubleshooting its AWS environment and learning to do more with fewer servers. He also discusses how Segment is able to capture data from SaaS products, and shares his thoughts on why cloud computing is so valuable for startups and why he doesn't foresee data centers in Segment's future.

Apr 6, 2017

In this episode of the ARCHITECHT Show, Derrick Harris speaks with Apache Kafka creator and Confluent co-founder Jay Kreps about a wide range of topics including, obviously, Kafka and Confluent. Kreps also tackles digital transformation and real-time data in enterprises; Microsoft's LinkedIn acquisition; the importance of network infrastructure in microservices and data-centric environments; the limitations of big data frameworks; and more.

In the news segment, Harris and co-host Barb Darrow (Fortune) cover VMware selling its cloud business, Cloudera going public, and the promise and potential perils of AI in medicine. Also, the Boston Red Sox being on pace to go 162-0.


Mar 30, 2017

In this episode of the ArchiTECHt Show, Derrick Harris speaks with Mark Hammond, founder and CEO of artificial intelligence startup Bonsai, about how his company is helping enterprises take advantage of AI today. Hammond shares the tricks to Bonsai's methods (compilers and abstractions, broadly speaking); talks about the strengths and weaknesses of other approaches to AI software (including APIs and TensorFlow); and predicts the path of AI integration into everyday software.

In the news section, Harris and co-host Barb Darrow (Fortune) discuss a number of topics, including the LinkedIn-Microsoft merger; Amazon's new Connect call center service; Elon Musk's new AI startup; and the Las Vegas Raiders.

Mar 23, 2017

In this episode of the ArchiTECHt show, Derrick Harris speaks with Brendan Burns, one of the creators of the hugely popular Kubernetes technology, and current director of engineering for Microsoft's Azure Container Service. Burns details Microsoft's current container offerings and vision; why container technologies will remake both infrastructure and application development; and the process of turning Kubernetes from a mere idea into one of the world's most popular open source communities.

In the news segment, Harris and co-host Barb Darrow (Fortune) discuss AI head Andrew Ng's departure from Baidu, and what it's like for Docker to live in the shadow of Kubernetes. They also recap IBM's big cloud conference and try to wade through the marketing to determine what's for real with Big Blue.

Mar 16, 2017

In this episode of the ArchiTECHt Show, Derrick Harris speaks with DataDog co-founder and CEO Olivier Pomel about the trends his company is seeing from monitoring hundreds of thousands of customer servers. Among them are the rapid rise of Docker for production workloads, the shift toward multi-cloud environments, and the stronger-than-expected state of private clouds— ranging from Kubernetes to OpenStack.

In the news segment, Derrick and co-host Barb Darrow (Fortune) finish their discussion of Google's big cloud conference, consider Cloudera's rumored 2017 IPO, and dive into Intel's big spending on Mobileye and Altera in its quest to win new workloads.

Mar 9, 2017

In this episode of the ArchiTECHt Show, co-hosts Derrick Harris (ArchiTECHt) and Barb Darrow (Fortune) speak with Digital Ocean CTO Julia Austin about trying to build a cloud platform simple enough for all developers to get started, but also advanced enough to keep them as customers when they grow. Austin also discusses a number of other topics, including her 8.5 years leading R&D at VMware—a tenure that spanned three CEOs—and the evolution to the VM and now toward the container.

In the news segment, Barb and Derrick discuss the underwhelmed response to Google's keynote session at its big Next cloud conference; the logic in HPE acquiring another billion-dollar storage company; and what Confluent's $50 million in funding says about the state of big data and open source.

Mar 2, 2017

In this episode of the ArchiTECHt Show, host Derrick Harris (ArchiTECHt) speaks with Cloudera co-founder and chief strategy officer Mike Olson about the state of Hadoop and Spark, and how machine learning is driving adoption of big data technologies. Olson also weighs in on the recent Hadoop cluster hacks and how companies like his can compete in the cloud, among other topics.

In the news portion, Derrick is joined by special guest Stacey Higginbotham (Stacey on IOT and the Internet of Things Podcast) to discuss how the big Amazon S3 outage affected the world of connected devices; the infamous connected teddy bear hack rooted in an insecure MongoDB instance; and how we'll finally make the Internet of Things intelligent.

Feb 21, 2017

In this episode of the ArchiTECHt Show, host Derrick Harris (ArchiTECHt) interviews Peter Yared, co-founder and CTO of enterprise IT startup Sapho. Yared discusses a wide range of issues, including:

  • Sapho's mission of helping enterprises optimize their myriad services through "micro apps."
  • The role Kubernetes plays in Sapho's software, as well as in the future of software delivery.
  • His time as CIO at CBS Interactive, spent modernizing the company's IT operation.
  • Why it might be too early to write off IBM's future.
  • Seattle's move to displace Silicon Valley as in innovation hub.
  • And, most importantly, his decades of training in various martial arts, including muay thai.

There is no news segment this week.

Feb 16, 2017

In this episode, co-hosts Derrick Harris (ArchiTECHt) and Barb Darrow (Fortune) interview Sam Ghods, co-founder and systems architect at Box, about his company's migration from a PHP monolith to microservices. Ghods details why Box chose Kubernetes as the foundation of its new backend, and why he believes containers can bring about a cloud computing nirvana where developers don't worry about servers and workloads can move freely among platforms.

In the news segment, Barb and Derrick break down Google's big Cloud Spanner database announcement and Amazon's collaboration-focused Chime product, among other topics.

Feb 9, 2017

In this episode, Derrick Harris (ArchiTECHt) interviews Sam Lambert, senior director of infrastructure engineering at GitHub, about how the company manages its global data center footprint. Lambert also shares insights into how the company works with large companies, including Apple, on their open source endeavors and some of his favorite open source projects. If you write software, you'll want to listen.

In the news segment, Derrick and co-host Barb Darrow (Fortune) discuss AWS earnings, Snap's $2 billion commitment to Google Cloud and if the RethinkDB saga portends broader changes in open source.

Feb 2, 2017

In this episode, Derrick Harris (ArchiTECHt) interviews Baidu chief scientist (and Coursera co-founder) Andrew Ng on a wide range of artificial intelligence topics, including voice control vs. screens; how market forces in China have made it a frontrunner in NLP; the feasibility of "enterprise" deep learning software; and how to address the impacts of AI on the labor force.

In the news segment, Derrick and co-host Barb Darrow (Fortune) talk open source AI, Alexa and cloud earnings season.

Jan 26, 2017

In this episode, co-hosts Derrick Harris (ArchiTECHt) and Barb Darrow (Fortune) discuss Cisco's big $3.7 billion acquisition of AppDynamics; Oracle's mega hardware layoffs; Microsoft appointing former LinkedIn SVP Kevin Scott to CTO; and the trend of NBA teams putting advertising on their jerseys (yes, there's a tech hook).

Derrick also interviews Instagram's head of engineering, James Everingham, who shares his insights of more than 30 years as a software engineer. Everingham talks about how software has evolved, how software developers have evolved and how his management style has evolved (hint: it involves quantum physics).

Jan 19, 2017

In this episode of the ArchiTECHt show, co-hosts Derrick Harris and Barb Darrow discuss Microsoft's multi-million-dollar investment in Montreal's artificial intelligence community; former Microsoft SVP Qi Lu taking on the COO role at Baidu; and why Oracle insists on trying to compete with Amazon in the cloud.

This week's (highly opinionated) guest is Joyent CTO Bryan Cantrill. He talks all about why Samsung is intent on running its own cloud; why cloud lock-in happens easier than you might think (especially when that Amazon Snowmobile backs up to your data center); and why he hates the term "serverless" but believes it's the future of computing.

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