Cloud Talk

Insights from experts on the frontlines of cloud technology

About the show

Cloud Talk brings you discussions on topics like digital transformation, Kubernetes, IoT, edge computing and multicloud, as told through the perspectives of the people and the companies who are living this transformation on a daily basis. In Cloud Talk, host Jeff DeVerter interviews some of the most influential figures on the frontlines of cloud technology, helping you stay connected. Jeff is CTO at Rackspace and has spent over 20 years immersed in the world of cutting-edge technology.


  • The Founder’s Dilemma

    November 10th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  41 mins 4 secs
    cloud native, cloudreach, founder, founder's series

    When your company is a success, should you give up control so it can grow?
    When’s the right time to sell or spin off a company? When should you embrace technology and when should you discard it? These are questions cloud-native pioneer and Cloudreach founder Pontus Noren has wrestled with during his more than 20 successful years in the industry. This latest Cloud Talk charts a journey from Swedish schooling and a love for the Commodore 64 home computer, through stints at Ericsson, Nokia and Cisco, to his defining work revolutionizing organizations by way of cloud-native tech.

  • Powering Developers at Every Level

    November 4th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  38 mins 23 secs
    low code, microsoft, no code

    How can businesses drive digital transformation, reduce development costs and increase overall efficiency? Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President of Microsoft Cloud + AI, joins Jeff DeVerter on Cloud Talk, discussing the shift towards low-code technology and how it's enabling people everywhere to innovate in new ways.

  • The scary cybersecurity risks keeping the pros up at night

    October 29th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  37 mins 40 secs
    cloud security, cyber security, cybersecurity

    Today’s cyberthieves aren’t the same as yesterday’s. They’ve abandoned perimeter battering rams for email phishing and compromised IoT devices. Once inside, they take what they want — usually cold, hard cash, and lots of it. In this episode of Cloud Talk, our host Jeff DeVerter and a former FBI special agent Matthew Dunn discuss new and emerging security threats and share tales of real-world cybercrimes. Hear how a $1M corporate 401(k) heist began as a phishing expedition, and how a highly secure casino was breached through an innocuous IoT device. Then learn what today’s biggest security vulnerabilities are, and how to fight back.

  • How We Got to AIOps

    October 22nd, 2020  |  Season 1  |  45 mins 52 secs
    aiops, application performance monitoring

    Application performance management (APM) changed the IT industry in the mid-2000s, but AIOps transformed it even more dramatically in the mid-2010s. Will Cappelli, CTO of Moogsoft, joins host Jeff DeVerter to discuss the trajectory of AIOps and its multiple implications for today’s IT enterprises. Hear about the relatively short history of APM, and the fast-moving interconnected development of AI, the cloud, big data and IT digitization.

  • Machine Learning Is More than a Buzzword — but It’s Not the Answer to Every Problem

    October 16th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  34 mins 36 secs
    artificial intelligence, machine learning

    Artificial intelligence. Machine learning. Outside of tech, these things instill anxiety, due to a lack of understanding about their implications. But those immersed in tech sometimes go overboard, infusing them into everything they do. This episode of Cloud Talk explores the many sides of machine learning: how it adds value; ethics and concerns; when it shouldn’t be used; and the kinds of projects that without machine learning just aren’t feasible.

  • The Road Back from Developer Burnout

    October 8th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  37 mins 31 secs
    burnout, developer, developer burnout, stress

    Developer burnout: It’s not just a theory. It’s a reality. And it may be affecting more developers on your team than you realize. Are any of them angry? Withdrawn? Rudderless? Those are just three of the classic signs that someone is headed for a crash-and-burn. Another sign is the work itself. Are developers struggling without clear direction, boundaries on their time, recognition or a healthy work-life balance? Those are all precursors to trouble.

    Managers play a critical role in taking care of their developers and preventing the slide into burnout. They can proactively communicate, give clear project direction, set clear boundaries, give recognition and promote healthy work-life balance.

    In this episode of Cloud Talk, three developers who experienced burnout share their experience. Together, they provide value insight and strategies for keeping developers healthy and happy on the job.

  • Strengths, Not Skills, Are the Difference Makers for Winning Teams

    October 1st, 2020  |  Season 1  |  42 mins 34 secs
    gallup strengths, leadership, management, strengths, team building

    In this episode of Cloud Talk, Kathy Kersten – the “maven of Gallup Strengths™ training” and host of the Obey your Strengths podcast – shares how leaders can harness the power of Strengths to build winning teams, via her own journey from miserable-feeling working mom to Gallup Certified Strengths™ Coach.

  • Founders Series: Build a Small Business, Not a Startup

    September 23rd, 2020  |  Season 1  |  41 mins 38 secs
    small business, startup

    Shane Young grows businesses the old-fashioned way: with slow, organic growth. No loans. No seed funds. No angel investors. “You want to do something? Find a way to make the money, not borrow it,” Shane explains. This small-business mentality has served him well. In this Founders Series episode of Cloud Talk, join host Jeff DeVerter and Shane Young as they discuss their history working together, the Microsoft landscape, how PowerApps enables non-developers, and the biggest differences between operating a small business and operating a startup.

  • Founders don’t know everything, so build better teams for success

    September 16th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  36 mins 20 secs
    founder, startup, teams, technology

    Building teams and finding a place where everyone fits is vital for success. In this episode of the Cloud Talk podcast, Rackspace founder Dirk Elmendorf shares his experiences about how individuals at every level can have a meaningful impact on businesses, why the best ideas don’t always arrive from obvious places, and when to know it’s time to leave a company — even if it’s one you founded.

  • It’s time to reclaim ‘DevOps’ for its original purpose.

    September 9th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  35 mins 30 secs
    agile, devops

    Some tech words become buzzwords and lose their meaning. In this episode of Cloud Talk, Rackspace CTO Tolga Tarhan sets out to reclaim one such word: DevOps. In just 30 minutes, he delves into what DevOps really means, how to set your company up for success in DevOps, and the best ways to build DevOps teams.

  • Wishful Thinking Won’t Get People Back in the Office — but Data Science Might

    September 4th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  31 mins 46 secs
    covid-19, data, data science, machine learning, office reopening

    When should you re-open an office in a COVID-19 world? Data can show the way. In this episode of the Cloud Talk podcast, Rackspace data scientists outline how to make data and modeling work for you, empowering your company to make better, intelligent, fact-based decisions that give people real confidence and help keep them safe.

  • Transformation in the City of Atlanta

    August 24th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  31 mins 44 secs
    cto, cyber attack, it, operations, public sector, ransomware

    Tye Hayes, CTO for the City of Atlanta, joins host of Cloud Talk and fellow CTO Jeff DeVerter to talk about her fascinating journey in the City of Atlanta and give insight into what it means to be an IT leader in the public sector.

  • Multicloud Rises in the East

    August 18th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  37 mins 11 secs
    asia, gaming, multicloud, technology

    The Asia, Pacific and Japan (APJ) region is a no stranger to early adoption of technology, and in recent months, the adoption of multicloud is surging. Antoine Acklin, Head of Architecture & Professional Services at Rackspace Technology APJ, joins Cloud Talk to discuss what’s happening in the region and give his advice on conducting business in that part of the world.

  • Founders Series: Leading through constant and unpredictable change

    August 11th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  35 mins 57 secs
    change, cybersecurity, founder, inspiration, leadership

    How do you lead through change and keep employees and customers inspired? This episode of Cloud Talk answers these questions with plenty of great advice and anecdotes from Bret Piatt, CEO of Jungle Disk, and host Jeff DeVerter, CTO of Product & Services at Rackspace Technology.

  • Make Diversity an Intentional Goal When Building Cutting-Edge Tech Teams

    August 4th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  38 mins 36 secs
    data, diversity, hiring, technology

    Diversity isn’t about filling quotas and checking boxes. In this episode of the Cloud Talk podcast, key members of the Rackspace Technology data team explain how much of the team’s success stems from diversity and inclusivity. They also offer suggestions for bringing greater diversity to your own teams, and discuss the benefits diversity can bring to your entire organization.

  • Building A Connective Tissue with Google Anthos

    July 29th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  33 mins 15 secs
    cloud, covid-19, future, google

    Google is a huge player in the Cloud space, with a fascinating story. In this episode of the Cloud Talk podcast, host Jeff DeVerter sits down with Nirav Sheth of Google to talk about the release of Google Anthos, how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed cloud adoption, and why it’s important to meet customers where they are.