Tanzu Talk

All things IT modernization and digital transformation, from the VMware Tanzu community.

About the show

A collection of podcasts from VMware Tanzu, covering IT modernization and digital transformation from every angle. Michael Coté and Rita Manachi host the eponymous Tanzu Talk. Danielle Burrow and Derrick Harris host Cloud & Culture. Guests range from engineers in the weeds of cloud native technology to customer executives pushing change within their organizations. Listen and learn!


  • App Modernization 101: Intro to the Swift Method

    June 10th, 2021  |  40 mins 20 secs
    microservices, software development, swift

    Shaun Anderson explains the Swift method for modernizing applications, which helps organizations determine what they really want to accomplish and the optimal approach for doing it.

  • Find Customer Friction, with Bernard Golden and Jesse Bean

    June 9th, 2021  |  34 mins 41 secs

    Coté is joined by Bernard Golden and Jesse Bean to talk about how companies they’re talking with are thinking through and approaching digital transformation and modernizing their software strategy.

  • Spring Cloud Gateway, Services Mesh uses with Chris Sterling

    May 31st, 2021  |  32 mins 25 secs

    What’s the difference between an API Gateway and a Service Mesh? How do they work together? Why would you use either? Christ Sterling joins Rita and Coté to discuss all that.

  • Shopify VP on Innovation, Culture, and Remote Work

    May 26th, 2021  |  42 mins 13 secs
    cloud computing, cloud native, enterprise it, programming, remote work, software development, vmware tanzu

    Shopify VP of Engineering Farhan Thawar shares his thoughts on a variety of topics related to managing software teams. He's joined by guest hosts Saad Ahmed and Joe Moore of VMware Tanzu Labs, who also offer their perspectives on what they're seeing in the field.

  • It’s always been about developer productivity, SOA to DevSecOps, with Ajay Patel

    May 18th, 2021  |  29 mins 38 secs

    VMware Tanzu’s Ajay Patel talks with Rita and Coté about the history of app servers, SOA, and how we got there to our current cloud native stacks. And, Ajay also lays out the what enterprises are asking for in their app and kubernetes stack and the product strategy Tanzu is putting in place to solve those problems. Plus, we walk down BPE Lane.

  • How State Farm Teaches Developers New Tricks

    April 20th, 2021  |  32 mins 41 secs

    State Farm's Jeff Anderson discusses how he's helping the insurance leader's developers get up to speed on cloud, Kubernetes, PaaS, and other new development environments. He also shares his story of helping modernize State Farm's web platforms, and insights into how the company decides which apps to run where.

  • Data transformation: Systems matters, but don't ignore business value

    March 24th, 2021  |  32 mins 27 secs

    VMware's Kevin Muerle shares his insights on how organizations can best take advantage of advances in data systems and architecture, while maintaining a focus on delivering business value. He touches on machine learning, domain-driven design, GDPR, Hadoop, and lots in between.

  • To Cloud or to Multi-Cloud, That Is the Question

    March 10th, 2021  |  42 mins 56 secs

    VMware multi-cloud architect Adam Bohle and Tanzu Labs director of application services Felicia Schwartz discuss how to organizations decide where to host their applications when undergoing modernization. It's more than just on-prem, cloud, or multi-cloud—factors such as data gravity and commercial relationships can also play big roles.

  • Chaos engineering, explained

    February 8th, 2021  |  35 mins 39 secs

    Sean Keery, the "Minister of Chaos" in VMware Tanzu Labs, explains the principles of chaos engineering, complete with real-world examples of how it pays off (to the tune of millions of dollars per second, in some instances) and guidance on how to get started.

  • Episode 187: DevSecOps for US Federal agencies (FIPs, STIGs, auditors, AOs, and all that)

    January 26th, 2021  |  30 mins 12 secs

    When Federal people ask to secure a DevOps app cr…

  • Refactor or lift-and-shift: How to prioritize modernization efforts

    January 26th, 2021  |  35 mins 59 secs

    In this episode, Felicia Schwartz of VMware Tanzu Labs explains how her team helps organizations decide which applications to modernize first, and which approaches will deliver the best results based on their needs. Whether that's a full refactor or simply porting to Kubernetes (for now) depends on many factors.

  • Episode 186: From Objects to Capabilities: Joe Hoh on Infrastructure Team to Platform Team

    January 6th, 2021  |  44 mins 34 secs

    What's different about the day in the life of a D…

  • (Almost) everything you need to know about SRE

    December 18th, 2020  |  34 mins 30 secs

    In this episode, Hannah Foxwell explains site reliability engineering (SRE). She defines some key concepts, shares some real-world examples of how companies have implemented SRE principles, and explains the business benefits (including hiring and retention) of adopting SRE principles.

  • Bringing Software to the Fight Against Human Trafficking

    December 3rd, 2020  |  35 mins 27 secs

    Valerie Ellery and Kristen Morse of the nonprofit A21 discuss that organization's mission to end human trafficking through education, and how they worked with VMware Pivotal Labs and Pivotal Act in order to ensure an effective, scalable, and secure experience for users.

  • Episode 185: Managing remote working, strategy & people

    November 30th, 2020  |  35 mins 19 secs

    In this episode, Coté is joined by Rick Clark and…

  • Episode 184: The Business Case For Cloud Computing with Kevin Jackson

    November 18th, 2020  |  29 mins 40 secs

    "Cloud computing is a risk management exercise"