It’s hard to be a medium sized systems management (“monitoring”) company: you either have to niche it out and exit early, or go big. With some recent funding and PE activity in that area, Brandon and Coté discuss that. Also, a detailed HOWTO on eating Texas BBQ. This episode brought to you by: Datadog! This episode is sponsored by Datadog, a monitoring platform for cloud-scale infrastructure and applications. Built by engineers, for engineers, Datadog provides visibility into more than 200 technologies, including AWS, Chef, and Docker, with built-in metric dashboards and automated alerts. With end-to-end request tracing, Datadog provides visibility into your applications and their underlying infrastructure—all in one place. 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Dropbox gets a little confused with how long something will take. USB-C: I’m just here so I don’t get fined. How to eat (Hill Country) BBQ Order a plate - two meats (always brisket if it's your first time, then lady's choice), beans, Cole slaw. I’d skip the bread, but load up on onions, and pickles if they’re you’re thing Eat all the BBQ. Eat with your fingers. Don't put sugar on your meat. Don’t tell people how to eat BBQ, or argue about dry rubs and sauce. Just eat. Relevant to your interests HCL buys into hybrid data management with majority stake in Actian (https://451research.com/report-short?entityId=94765&type=mis&alertid=1417&contactid=0033200001wgKCKAA2&utm_source=sendgrid&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=market-insight&utm_content=newsletter&utm_term=94765-HCL+buys+into+hybrid+data+management+with+majority+stake+in+Actian): 451 (https://451research.com/report-short?entityId=94765&type=mis&alertid=1417&contactid=0033200001wgKCKAA2&utm_source=sendgrid&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=market-insight&utm_content=newsletter&utm_term=94765-HCL+buys+into+hybrid+data+management+with+majority+stake+in+Actian): “Actian is being acquired in an all-cash deal valued at $330m by a JV in which HCL Technologies owns 80% and Sumeru Equity Partners the remaining 20%” 451 (https://451research.com/report-short?entityId=94765&type=mis&alertid=1417&contactid=0033200001wgKCKAA2&utm_source=sendgrid&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=market-insight&utm_content=newsletter&utm_term=94765-HCL+buys+into+hybrid+data+management+with+majority+stake+in+Actian): “Actian told us in March [of 2018?] that revenue was back up to more than $100m while headcount totaled approximately 300." They also own Pervasive (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pervasive_PSQL) (including Data Junction for ETL/integration soup-to-nuts), y’all: “In 2013, Pervasive Software was acquired by Actian Corporation (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pervasive_Software) for $161.9 million. Actian had initially made offers in August 2012 starting at $154 million 30% higher than its shares traded at the time.” Vista buys Logic Monitor from Providence (https://www.pehub.com/2018/04/vista-buys-logic-monitor-providence/#). Meanwhile, AppDynamics seems fine (https://www.zdnet.com/article/appdynamics-touts-the-agility-of-a-startup-with-the-pocket-of-a-global-giant/#ftag=RSSbaffb68). Sensu raises $10M to build a robust monitoring system for all your different operations (https://techcrunch.com/2018/04/13/sensu-raises-10m-to-build-a-robust-monitoring-system-for-all-your-different-operations/). Microsoft’s Linux Distro, for Azure Sphere (https://amp.businessinsider.com/microsoft-azure-sphere-is-powered-by-linux-2018-4) - IoT, edge device stuff: an edge device in every home, office, street corner, etc. More from (https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/04/17/microsoft_azure_sphere_iot_chip/) El Reg (https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/04/17/microsoft_azure_sphere_iot_chip/). Announcing Docker Enterprise Edition 2.0 (https://blog.docker.com/2018/04/announcing-docker-enterprise-edition-2-0/?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiWW1GallqbGhNR0ppWVdZeSIsInQiOiJiSm1ZZ1BtZDQ5b3RicFk2c1VRT09yNlo1ZE50VnRiK3JNbVQ5OThWYXU3NGdKQVpVenZBdkp2QTdQakFKUzYxN1k5VFlWbFdPYWY5TFI4bFhxemc4TWkrcnUyMG02OXdmUVlpVWIwMHdGZUZIdUluaCtCMnJyeTJuRmg3OGZmZyJ9). Changing the calculus of containers in the cloud (https://www.allthingsdistributed.com/2018/04/changing-calculus-containers-cloud.html). Database decisions: AWS has changed the game for IT (https://www.infoworld.com/article/3268195/database/database-decisions-aws-has-changed-the-game-for-it.html). The Platform Matters More Than Ever, The Operating System Less So (https://www.itjungle.com/2018/04/16/the-platform-matters-more-than-ever-the-operating-system-less-so/) For the first time ever, Microsoft will distribute its own version of Linux (https://amp.businessinsider.com/microsoft-azure-sphere-is-powered-by-linux-2018-4). OLPC’s $100 laptop was going to change the world — then it all went wrong (https://www.theverge.com/2018/4/16/17233946/olpcs-100-laptop-education-where-is-it-now). After Months of Development, B3i's Blockchain Prototype Is Ready for Testing (https://www.carriermanagement.com/news/2017/09/12/171103.htm). Nonsense KITECH Dual Arm Robot: using scissors (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=I6u7g-6Ztf0&feature=youtu.be). A sea of Mark Zuckerberg cutouts has taken over the Capitol lawn (https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/10/us/group-places-cutouts-of-mark-zuckerberg-on-capitol-lawn-trnd/index.html). Conferences, et. al. April 26-27, DevOpsDays Jakarta (http://devopsdays.org/events/2018-jakarta/) - Matt (https://twitter.com/agilecircleindo/status/969511498287493120) is keynoting (https://twitter.com/agilecircleindo/status/969511498287493120), and Coté will be speaking too (https://twitter.com/agilecircleindo/status/969511498287493120). May 15th to 18th, 2018 - Coté talking EA at Continuous Lifecycle London (https://continuouslifecycle.london/sessions/the-death-of-enterprise-architecture-defeating-the-devops-microservices-and-cloud-native-assassins/). May 16-17, Matt presenting at Cloud Expo Hong Kong (https://www.cloudexpoasiahk.com/) May 22-25, ChefConf 2018 (https://chefconf.chef.io/), in Chicago. 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