Summary:

Today we’re extending our cloud coverage with the launch of the Structure Show, a weekly podcast providing discussion and analysis of cloud and data news.

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Welcome to the first episode of our new Structure Show podcast. Each week, Derrick Harris and I will be discussing the latest cloud and big data news, as well as interviewing all kinds of important people from the world of computing infrastructure.

New episodes will hit every Thursday, see below for listening and subscribing options. Have a tip or suggestion for the Structure Show? Leave a comment below to tell us what you think.

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SHOW NOTES:
Hosts: Barb Darrow, Derrick Harris
Guest: David Campbell, CTO of Microsoft Server and Tools

THE NEWS:
The cloud API battle royale raging among the OpenStack faithful

The impact the  NSA PRISM controversy on adoption of  U.S.-backed clouds abroad.

Can big data analysis can make our Netflix viewing experience more riveting?

David Campbell, CTO of Microsoft's Cloud business.

David Campbell, CTO of Microsoft’s Server & Tools business.

INTERVIEW:
While the battle over whether all clouds should support Amazon Web Services APIs makes for good copy and gets everyone’s blood flowing, the reality is that all of that will settle out and everyone will get down to business for real. At least, that’s David Campbell’s take.

Campbell, a Microsoft Technical Fellow and CTO of the company’s core Server & Tools group, likens today’s API kerfuffle to the effort to entrench POSIX in the client-server era more than a decade ago. Then as now, folks felt they needed base level interoperability — POSIX was a set of interfaces that enabled an application to run on several variants of UNIX.  But the real work, the value to be wrung from any technology, happens elsewhere and the sooner we all get beyond the API distraction the better.

Campbell, like another Microsoft star David Cutler,  is an alum of the late, lamented Digital Equipment Corp., which was purchased by Compaq (which in turn was bought by HP.) He’ll be on stage with Derrick Harris at Structure: Europe next month, but for now, consider the podcast an appetizer.

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