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Great Things with Great Tech!

Great Things with Great Tech!

By Anthony Spiteri
Great Things with Great Tech Podcast is aimed at highlighting technology companies doing great things with great technology. In each episode we will talk with technical leads of companies that leverage other technology to build and productize innovative solutions. We will also introduce the company with a little history and how they came to be.
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Episode 8 - Portainer

Great Things with Great Tech!

2020 Wrapped and Reviewed
In this episode, I chat with special return guest Ben Young as we talk about the first 16 episodes of Great Things with Great Tech. We talk about our episode highlights as well and the topics, trends and narratives discussed through the season. A big thankyou to all my guests who featured in the first 16 episodes and looking forward to returning in 2021!  For now, have a listen to the wrap-up and make sure to catch-up with existing episodes. A reminder to subscribe to Great Things with Great Tech with Great Tech on your favorite PodCast platform and on YouTube at Interested in being on #GTwGT? Music: Graphic: Spotify 2020 Wrapped
December 17, 2020
Episode 16 - Virtual Systems
In this episode I talk with Dirk Arends, President at Virtual Systems.  Virtual Systems has evolved as a group of problem solvers, who believe in leaving the world better than we found it. While their first priority is creating a new standard for delivering great technology, they stand for more than that. Dirk and I talk about how Virtual Systems specialized in VDI and Application delivery in the early days and how having a Backup and Disaster Recovery plan has become something insurance companies are asking companies to prove and test for compliancy.  Virtual Systems was founded in 2010 out of FreedomNet Wireless in 2003 and is based the Michigan, USA. Technology and Technology Partners Mentioned VMware, Veeam, TrendMicro, Nimble, HPE, Zerto, Datto, NSX, DELL, Horizon View, 5G Web: Free Trials: Interested in being on #GTwGT? Music: hrq9GKyyIONSNUKAyosw
December 10, 2020
Episode 15 - OnApp
In this episode I talk with Jim Freeman, Head of Solutions at OnApp.  OnApp provides a complete Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) software platform for hosting companies, cloud providers, managed service providers and telecoms companies. Service Providers can create a wide range of cloud, dedicated hosting, CDN, DNS and storage services on top of commodity datacenter infrastructure; automate them completely through a central control panel. Jim and I discuss the early days backing Xen as a compute platform, the key partnership with VMware and OnApp's Federation service which is a true Cloud Computing Marketplace. OnApp was founded in 2010 and is based the United Kingdom. Technology and Technology Partners Mentioned DELL, VMware, KVM, Xen, Kubernetes, VMware Cloud Director, NSX-v, NSX-T Web: OnApp Federation: Interested in being on #GTwGT? Music:
November 26, 2020
Episode 14 - Weka
In this episode I talk with Liran Zvibel, Co-Founder and CEO at Weka. Weka has built the world's fastest parallel file system, designed to solve the performance challenges in AI deep learning and technical computing. WekaFS delivers high performance, low latency storage. Weka provides a seamless hybrid cloud solution between on-premises data centers and the public cloud. With customers in several high performance markets including autonomous vehicle AI training, genomics, financial modeling, EDA, software development, satellite imaging and media and entertainment. Weka was founded in 2014 and is based San Francisco. Technology and Technology Partners Mentioned NVMe, DELL, HPE, nVidia, SuperMicro, Cisco, Mellenox, Infiniband, Linux Web: WekaFS Tech Deep Dive: Interested in being on #GTwGT? Music:
November 19, 2020
Episode 13 - Kasten
In this episode I talk with Niraj Tolia, President, GM and Co-Founder at Kasten. Kasten simplifies the operational management of stateful cloud-native applications for Kubernetes. The K10 Platform for Kubernetes Backup and DR provides an enterprise operations teams an easy-to-use, scalable, and secure system for backup/restore, disaster recovery, and mobility of Kubernetes applications. Niraj and I talk through the brief but eventful history of Kasten leading up to and beyond the Veeam acquisition. We also spend a lot of time talking about how Kubernetes is changing the IT landscape and going deep into the WHY and HOW of protecting Kubernetes workloads with Kasten. Kasten was founded in 2017 and is based in Los Altos, California, USA. Technology and Technology Partners Mentioned Kubernetes, Helm, VMware, Tanzu, Docker, Containers Web: K10: Interested in being on #GTwGT? Music:
November 12, 2020
Episode 12 - HyAlto
In this episode I talk with Alan Zurakowski, CEO at HyAlto. HyAlto delivers a revenue focused Cloud Management Platform designed for MSPs and CSPs focusing on VMware IaaS and BaaS platforms. Those in the VMware Service Provider space might remember them as AirVM who were an early innovator in the cloud market in 2008, delivering a white-label, IAAS cloud platform for resellers. As demand for cloud services grew, a strong pivot took place to developing SaaS based software to enable service providers and white-label distributors to sell and deliver cloud services at scale. Find out how vCloud Director played a huge role in shaping their success... and not in the way you would expect! Technology and Technology Partners Mentioned VMware, Veeam, Datto, ConnectWise, AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, Office365 Web: Solutions: Interested in being on #GTwGT? Music:
October 15, 2020
Episode 11 - comdivision
In this episode I talk with Yves Sandfort, CEO and co-founder at comdivision. comdivision have built a strong reputation over the past 25 years as a leading Professional Services company, spanning architecture, design, implementation as well as education and enablement primarily with VMware Technologies. They enable enterprises and service providers to do great things with great technology with a strong focus on emerging technologies. Yves and I talk about current industry trends such as intrinsic security and the future of multi and hybrid cloud and how the commoditization of technology platforms enables the next wave of great technologies. Technology and Technology Partners Mentioned VMware, Veeam, AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, Kubernetes, Carbon Black, VMware Cloud Web: Solutions: Interested in being on #GTwGT? Music:
October 8, 2020
Episode 10 - OffsiteDataSync
In this episode I talk with Brad Jervis, Senior Cloud Architect at OffsiteDataSync (ODS). OffsiteDataSync is a leading cloud services provider, recognized as a global provider of highly available and secure cloud data protection solutions, including Infrastructure (IaaS), Disaster Recovery (DRaaS) and Backup (BaaS). Brad an I talk about how the company was founded for break/fix but quickly filled a growing niche in becoming one of the first true backup and DR focused providers. Technology and Technology Partners Mentioned VMware, Veeam, Zerto, Nimble, Dell, CEPH, Linux, Microsoft Web: Exclusive Offer: DRaaS 1TB FREE Interested if being on #GTwGT? Music:
September 24, 2020
Episode 9 - Functionly
In this episode I talk with Tim Brewer, Co-Founder and CEO of Functionly. Functionly is a Software as a Service (SaaS) company focused on delivering a real time intelligent Organizational Chart. Tim and I talk about how his prior experiences within organizations and as an advisor lead him to believe that there was a better way to do organizational mapping and charting leveraging web based technologies. This is a great story about looking to fill a gap in the market through SaaS based tooling and automation for what was previously deemed to be only doable via manual functions and tasks.  Technology and Technology Partners Mentioned AWS, Heroku Web: Trial Now: Interested if being on #GTwGT? Music:
September 16, 2020
Episode 8 - Portainer
In this episode I talk with Neil Cresswell, Co-Founder of Portainer. Portainer works by hiding the complexity that makes managing containers hard behind an easy to use GUI. By negating the need for users to use CLI, write YAML or understand manifests, Portainer makes deploying apps and troubleshooting problems simple. Neil and I talk about how he saw an opportunity with containers that was well ahead of the current Kubernetes wave and how he focused on reducing complexity around containers. Technology and Technology Partners Mentioned Docker, Docker Swarm, Kubernetes, CNCF Web: Public Demo:  Interested if being on #GTwGT? Register interest here: Music:
September 2, 2020
Episode 7 - OrionVM
In this episode I talk with Sheng Yeo, CEO and Co-Founder of OrionVM. OrionVM are a wholesale Cloud Service Provider who designed their cloud platform for speed and distributed resiliency leveraging the InfiniBand networking standard as the core of their architecture. They where doing Hyper Converged Infrastructure (HCI) before HCI was a thing! Sheng gives us an insight into their founding and we go through what makes them unique as a IaaS provider doing great things differently, creating their own niche in the market while continuing to learn and grow along the way.  Technology and Technology Partners Mentioned Linux, Xen, InfiniBand, Cumulus Networks Web: Architecture: Interested if being on #GTwGT? Register interest here: Music:
August 24, 2020
Episode 6 - iland
In this episode I talk with Justin Giardina, (CTO) at iland. iland are one of the most innovative Cloud Service Providers in the world. This has been achieved by building their platform with usability and management as cornerstones. Justin and I talk about how iland's purpose built public API provides partners and customers with the ability to consume and manage their cloud services at scale with a focus on Infrastructure as Code. This API allows them to expose great technology platforms across 11 global locations offering IaaS, DRaaS, BaaS, Storage, Security and Compliance, and Office 365 backup. Technology Partners Mentioned VMware, Veeam, Zerto, Cassandra, Cisco, Nimble, Tenable, Trend Micro, HyTrust Web: API Swagger: Interested if being on #GTwGT? Register interest here: Music:
August 13, 2020
Short Take 1
This is Great Things with Great Tech Short Take 1. While we take a break from regular episodes, I spend a bit of time looking back at the first 5 episodes and talk a little bit about what sort of technology company I am looking forward to interviewing as the show grows. As mentioned, please have a listen to all the previous episodes and subscribe on YouTube and the Podcast platform of your choice. YouTube: Anchor: Twitter:
August 7, 2020
Episode 5 - Webair
In this episode I talk with Sagi Brody, (CTO) at Webair. Webair has grown into one of the leading IT Infrastructure and Cloud solutions providers based out of New York, offering a wide selection of IT solutions including DRaaS, BaaS, Dedicated Private Cloud, Managed Security, IaaS and more. Sagi and I talk about the company history spanning 20+ years and how they grew from a small web hosting company finding its way in the 90s and 2000s to an innovative Service Provider leveraging automation and trusted technology partners now with a commanding data center presence. Technology Partners Mentioned VMware, Veeam, Zerto, Ubuntu, Cisco, KVM Web: Solutions: Interested if being on #GTwGT? Register interest here: Music:
July 30, 2020
Episode 4 - Runecast
In this episode I talk with Stanimir Markov, (Founder and CEO) from Runecast. Runecast Analyzer’s patented AI engine converts industry sources of information into machine-readable data. The Runecast AI Knowledge Automation (RAIKA) technology gathers and parses information from publicly available sources of data, then uses Artificial Intelligence and human expertise to translate this into machine-usable data. Stanimir and I discuss his roots working in IBM where him and his co-founders saw a gap in the market in proactive issues management that has fueled Runecast's success today. Technology Partners Mentioned VMware, AWS, Kubernetes, Ubuntu, Elastic Stack Web: Technology: Free Trial: Music:
July 22, 2020
Episode 3 - Probax
In this episode I talk with Kevin Allan, (Founder and CTO) from Probax. Probax offers a data protection platform for MSPs, offering intelligent and automated cloud solutions including Backup as a Service (BaaS), Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS), Archive as a Service (AaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS) Protection for Dropbox, Microsoft Office 365 and more! Kevin and I discuss his roots in Perth where he saw a gap in the market that needed filling and how initial technology challenges contributed to Probax's success today. Technology Partners Mentioned Veeam, StorageCaft, Dropbox, Microsoft Office 365 Web: Services: Instant 20TB Trial: Music:
July 9, 2020
Episode 2 - vBridge
In this episode, I talk to Ben Young (Development Manager) at vBridge.  vBridge is a cloud service provider based out of Christchurch, New Zealand with a secondary hosting presence in Auckland. Ben and I chat about how natural disasters helped shape the companies direction and how they built their own cloud management platform with a reseller first mentality which has made it one of the most powerful and unique in the IaaS world. Technology Partners Mentioned VMware, Veeam, Juniper, DELL|EMC, HPE, Pure Storage and Cloudian Web: Services: Ben's Blog: Music:
July 1, 2020
Episode 1 - Zettagrid
In this first episode, I talk to Nicki Pereira (CTO) of Zettagrid. Zettagrid are an Australian based Cloud Provider who have lead the way in the ANZ IaaS market for a decade now. Nicki and I chat about how Zettagrid came to be, and how technology platforms like VMware vCloud Director and Veeam where central in them innovating on core technologies and how that led to them leading the market on their way to APJ expansion. Technology Partners Mentioned VMware Veeam Zerto Juniper DELL Web: 30 Day Free Trial: Music:
June 25, 2020
Episode 0 - The Seed
Welcome to Great Things with Great Tech!  Episode 0 In this seed episode I go through the idea behind #GTwGT and talk a little about how the idea for this came to be. I also give some initial thoughts on what it is to create great things on great technology and give an outline about how the show will be structured. I even drop a hint about who the first Episode will be with. Subscribe below, and also on the YouTube Channel. Website: Twitter: @anthonyspiteri
June 19, 2020