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The Cloud Architects


A podcast about cloud, technology and the people using it


  1. Episode 63: Tech Simplified

    This episode is all about certifications. I sat my first industry certification exam in the late 1990’s and it’s safe to say that certifications and the way the industry views them has changed a lot over the years. Are certifications important or even relevant anymore? This can be a very polarizing topic, I recently asked Sly Gittens from Tech Simplified all about it. …


  2. Episode 62: Human Journey

    We recently had the pleasure of talking to a long time friend of the show Jay Gundotra. Jay is incredibly passionate about the community and you have most probably seen the ENow Software booth or attended one of their parties at Ignite or some other industry event. We talk about his journey from Exchange Server specialist to Founder and CEO and how everyone has a unique journey. We also get deep about how it is important to learn from our own experiences - good or bad and how self care is vital to longevity in our industry today. …


  3. Episode 61: Inner Warrior

    In this episode we had the pleasure of talking to Kexin Ye and hearing her inspirational story of personal growth and how she went from selling Fair trade “coffee to fighting to tech”. We also talk about chaos engineering, technical debt and the importance of a sound cloud strategy. …


  4. Episode 60: 2022 - New Year, New Undies

    We’re back for our first episode of 2022! We had so much fun catching up in-person in Cape Town last month to record this one. In this episode we’re joined by fellow MVP Alistair Pugin to talk through some of our predictions for 2022. Will 2022 be the year of spend? We talk about hybrid cloud, organizational maturity, in-person conferences and Exchange ‘bugs’. …


  5. Episode 59: The Red Shirt Tour

    I really miss in-person conferences and I’m sure I’m not the only one. We’ve always enjoyed being able to connect with new and old friends and peers, not to mention how incredibly enjoyable it is for us to record our episodes in person. In this episode we talk to Microsoft’s Laurent Bugnion about conferences and events - we cover everything from imposter syndrome, why in-person events may never be the same again and how they have worked tirelessly to scale and make virtual events more engaging for everyone. …


  6. Episode 58: Data Security and why you should "stop buying stuff.."

    Data Security is top of mind for many organizations at the moment with so many of them transitioning to a permanent work from home or hybrid working model. There is however so much more to protecting your data than encrypting it or implementing a DLP tool. In this episode we have a great conversation with Ernie Anderson about Data Security - what it is, where to start, what to consider and why you shouldn’t just run out and buy a tool right away. …


  7. Episode 57: Technologies dont fix problems

    Ever wondered what a SIEM is? How about SOAR? In this episode we have a fantastic conversation with ML who helps us understand what these are, how they are different and even how they can work together. We also cover a few other security-related topics and ML shares some great insights and recommendations. …


  8. Episode 56: Is Exchange leaking your creds?

    If you follow the Microsoft productivity space, you have no doubt seen or heard about the Autodiscovering the Great Leak research paper recently published by Amit Serper, a security researcher at Guardicore. The paper details more than five months’ research into the Autodiscover service used by Microsoft Exchange. Amit’s research was picked up and in many instances misreported by the tech press, which in turn caused a certain degree of panic. We’re deeply passionate about Exchange and have been for a very long time, so we thought it would be a good idea to sit down with Amit to talk through his research and better understand his findings. …


  9. Episode 55: Microsoft Security and EDR

    We’ve often joked on the show that Microsoft is the world’s largest security vendor and when you consider their massive investment in security-related R&D and innovation it really isn’t far from the truth. We had a great time sitting down with Microsoft’s Stephen Revel recently to talk about the security features and functionality available to customers in Microsoft 365 and hopefully debunk the myth that you can’t be secure without having an M365 E5 license or additional investments in third-party solutions. …


  10. Episode 54: Wine and whine

    We’ve all heard the statement “Fast, Cheap or Good? Pick two” and it seems this continues to ring true. Does the current rate of innovation and change in technology come at the expense of quality? We recently had the pleasure of sitting down with our friends Martina Grom and Tony Redmond to discuss this and hear about what has been keeping them busy lately. …