Densify Talks

Let's talk about techy things.

Densify Talks is a podcast hosted by Andrew Hillier, Co-Founder and CTO of Densify, a cloud optimization software company. The podcast is focused on interviews with IT and technical leaders and innovators who have experience in delivering cloud and Kubernetes-based infrastructure within large enterprises.
Each episode features in-depth conversations with guests about their careers and experiences in the industry, as well as their insights into the latest trends and best practices for cloud infrastructure optimization.
Whether you’re a seasoned IT professional or just starting out, Densify Talks is a great resource for anyone interested in learning more about cloud and Kubernetes technology.
Interested in being a guest on our show? Contact us at [email protected].

SAP SuccessFactors

Andrew and Gokul discuss RI’s, FinOps, optimization thoughts and tips, new apps from SAP and the impact on architecture decision making, user activity metrics, how SAP is able to involve engineers to act on changes, thoughts on containers, Gokul’s predictions on what’s to come, and more.
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Verisk

Vinnie and Lori share their unique career paths and discuss the intersection of finance and technology, emphasizing the growing importance of optimization and transparency through FinOps. They also cover the impact of cloud migration, capacity management, and successful cost optimization strategies. Data and analytics are essential, and it’s important that those involved know and understand the numbers and costs, as costs need to be factored into every decision. Read more » 

Mark and Andrew talk about a variety of topics, including cloud costs and optimization strategies. Mark shares his insights and experiences with cloud vendors, discussing the challenges of analyzing and predicting cloud growth and the importance of flexibility when choosing providers. They also discuss pricing in the cloud industry, shedding light on the sometimes overlooked nature of hardware and software costs. This episode speaks to the world of optimization, test environments, and resource allocation, sharing valuable strategies for reducing costs and improving efficiency. Read more » 

Luke and Andrew discuss an array of topics surrounding building a culture of continuous cloud optimization. They delve into the importance of completeness and contextualization when making recommendations, stressing the potential impact of missing factors or terms. The discussion also touches on different industries and their unique peak periods, highlighting the significance of providing accurate answers to customers to build trust. There’s a lot more discussed, and we hope you enjoy this insightful episode of Densify Talks as we unpack the intricacies of cloud computing, optimization, and the evolving landscape of containers and Serverless architecture. Read more » 

Josh and Andrew dive into automated instance selection and the importance of letting machines make the resource decisions as cloud environments scale. Speaking from the perspective of a hardware manufacturer, Josh offers unique insight into some of the criteria that affect the performance and cost of hosting apps in the cloud, and how to leverage “optimization as code” to automate the optimization process. He also provides insight into the latest Intel hardware accelerators, and the cloud instances that they are available on. Read more » 

Factset

Hitesh and Andrew discuss the evolution of the cloud and the best practices that have emerged in resource optimization. Having been involved in cloud from the start, Hitesh shares some of the “aha” moments he had along the way, including how to effectively engage engineering teams, the importance of data-driven approaches, designing for elasticity, and thoughts on where the industry is going. Read more » 

AJ and Andrew talk about innovative ways to gamify the engagement with line of business application owners to drive cloud optimization. The number one challenge most FinOps programs have is getting engineers to take action on optimization. Liberty Mutual’s “Optimization Bingo” is a refreshing take on the problem. Read more » 

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