is a weekly podcast with technical tips and career advice for people working with cloud-native technologies. This show is for developers, IT pros, or anyone making a career move into the cloud. Episodes will be short and to the point and will regularly feature experts who share their experiences.

This show is hosted by Mike Pfeiffer, a twenty-year tech industry veteran, entrepreneur, Pluralsight author, and Microsoft Azure MVP. If you enjoy the show and want more tips delivered to your mailbox every week, subscribe to CloudSkills Weekly at

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    096: Cloud Security with Eric Kedrosky

    With constant cloud innovation, the need for effective cloud security becomes more pertinent every day. Mike’s guest today is Eric Kedrosky, Director of Cloud Security Research and CISO for Sonrai Security, a company that helps businesses fortify their public cloud spaces. Eric has spent his career gathering a wealth of experience that has allowed him to become an expert in cloud security. Listen in to hear about the kinds of people that Eric is currently looking to hire!

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    095: AWS Security in Practice

    In this episode I chat with Dylan Shields about his new book AWS Security. Dylan is a software engineer working on Quantum Computing at AWS. Previously, Dylan was the first engineer on the AWS Security Hub team. He has also worked at Google Cloud, focusing on the security and reliability of their serverless data warehouse, BigQuery.

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    094: Azure Networking & Security with Derek Smith

    In this episode I chat with Derek Smith about Azure Networking & Security. Derek is a Senior Azure Technical Consultant at Ahead, working to help clients with their Azure cloud journey.

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    093: Microsoft Identity for Developers

    In this episode I'm catching up with Christos Matskas and J.P. Dandison, both PM Developer Advocates from the Microsoft Identity team, about building apps with the Microsoft Identity Platform.

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    092: Azure Architecture with Thomas Maurer

    In this episode we dive into Azure Architecture with Thomas Maurer. Learn about Enterprise Scale Landing Zones, Azure Bicep, the Well Architected Framework, and more.

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    091: How to Start Your Cloud Journey with Chirag Nayyar

    In this episode I catch up with Chirag Nayyar who is working towards helping businesses make that shift into the cloud. Chirag comes from a background in computer science and shares the experience of his journey into the cloud coming straight out of university.

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    090: Cloud & DevOps with Bart Castle

    In this episode I catch up with Bart Castle, an Expert Trainer at CBT Nuggets where he spends his days making training content while consulting on the side.

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    089: Partnering with Tech Recruiters

    In this episode I catch up with Erica Woods and Ryan Sedwitz with Apex Systems. Learn how agency recruiters can help you showcase your abilities, how to build up your personal brand, refine your resume, LinkedIn profile, and more.

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    088: Pulumi in Action with Christian Nunciato

    In this episode I catch up with Christian Nunciato full-stack developer and staff software engineer at Pulumi. We discuss Infrastructure as Code (IaC) and how developers can use languages like typescript to write their infrastructure code.

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    087: Learning Azure with Gwyneth Pena

    In this episode I catch up with Azure MVP Gwyneth Pena to discuss how you can get started on your journey into the Azure cloud.

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    085: Building Self-Service Cloud Environments

    In this episode we catch up with Ohad Maislish, CEO & Co-founder of env0, and we discuss how they are building a platform that helps teams manage their own cloud environments in AWS, Azure and Google.

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    082: Starting Your DevOps Career from Scratch

    In this episode I answer some listener questions and provide tips on how you can create a strategy to launch your own DevOps career from scratch. What does it take? What should you focus? I answer those questions in this episode.

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    080: Do Certifications Really Matter?

    In this episode I catch up with Josh Duffney to discuss the value of technical certifications. Tons of tips and insights from Q&A with a live audience.

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    079: Getting Started with Google Firebase

    In this episode I catch up with Gareth Brown who is a front-end web developer and an expert when it comes to building apps with Google Firebase.

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    077: Fireside Chat with Kelsey Hightower

    In this episode I sit down with Kelsey Hightower, Dan Wahlin, and Anthony Nocentino for a fireside chat at the Kubernetes Day One event. Tons of awesome takeaways for anyone interested in Kubernetes.

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    076: Breaking into Tech with Adrienne Tacke

    In this episode I catch up with Adrienne Tacke, Senior Developer Advocate at MongoDB, about breaking into the tech industry, teaching others what you are learning, and helping others dive into the Azure cloud.

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    074: High Performance Team Structure

    In this episode I catch up with Manuel Pais, DevOps and Delivery Coach, Consultant, and co-author of the book Team Topologies.

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    073: Kubernetes on GCP in the Real-World

    In this episode I catch up with Miles Matthias who is a Solutions Architect at Stripe and founder of Miles and his team have designed and implemented Kubernetes for some of the largest customers running on Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

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    070: Securing DevOps in the Cloud

    In this episode I catch up with Julien Vehent who leads the Firefox Operations Security team at Mozilla. Julien is a security architect, DevOps advocate, and is responsible for the security of Firefox’s high-traffic cloud services and public websites.

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    068: How to Build Your Personal Brand

    In this episode I catch up with tech industry legends and fellow published authors Dan Wahlin and Tim Warner about how to build your personal brand.

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    067: Breaking into Cloud and DevOps

    In this episode I catch up with Michael Levan on his journey into cloud and DevOps, and we share some ideas on how you can do the same.

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    066: Cloud Transformation Foundations

    What's working well for organizations on their cloud journey? What are the patterns and practices of the ones that seem to be having the most success? I share some of my thoughts in this quick episode.

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    065: Cloud Transformation in the Enterprise

    In this episode I chat with Patrick Hubbard from SolarWinds about cloud transformation in the enterprise, what to consider when it comes to multi-cloud computing, and how to get started with monitoring applications in the cloud.

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    064: The Truth about Cloud Certifications

    In this episode I chat with Ned Bellavance and Ethan Banks about the foggy path to cloud certification. What if you chose poorly? How do you prepare? And how do you deal with failure? We answer these questions in this episode and share our own experiences with cloud certification.

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    063: Azure Hybrid Cloud with Thomas Maurer

    In this episode I catch up with Thomas Maurer to discuss Azure hybrid cloud scenarios and we answer a bunch of questions from a live audience.

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    062: Infrastructure as Code with Ned Bellavance

    In this episode I chat with fellow Pluralsight Author and MS MVP Ned Bellavance about working with Terraform, Packer, ARM Templates, Multi-Cloud, and much more.

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    061: Dive into Kubernetes with Nigel Poulton

    In this episode I catch up with world renowned Docker and Kubernetes author Nigel Poulton. We had a great conversation about how to navigate the world of cloud native computing in 2020 and beyond.

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    059: How to Decide Between Azure and AWS?

    In this episode I catch up with fellow cloud architects Nicolas Blank, Warren du Toit, and Chris Goosen to discuss the determining factors of choosing Azure or AWS.

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    058: DevOps vs. SRE

    In this episode I catch up with Josh Duffney to discuss the differences between DevOps and Site Reliability Engineering (SRE).

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    057: Azure DevOps in the Real-World

    In this episode we catch up with Abel Wang from Microsoft to talk all things Azure DevOps. Abel is a Principal Cloud Advocate and is the DevOps Lead at Microsoft.

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    056: Kubernetes in 2020 with Kelsey Hightower

    In this episode I catch up with Kelsey Hightower about how to navigate your career in tech and what the Kubernetes landscape is going to look like in 2020.

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    055: Orchestrating Containers on AWS

    In this episode I catch up with Michael Wittig about running containers on AWS , infrastructure as code, and much more.

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    053: Learn Docker in a Month of Lunches

    In this episode I catch up with fellow Microsoft MVP Elton Stoneman to discuss his new book "Learn Docker in a Month of Lunches" from Manning Publications.

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    052: How to Amplify Your Career with Michael Teske

    In this episode I catch up with fellow Pluralsight Author Michael Teske at Microsoft Ignite 2019. We had a great conversation and discuss how to navigate your career in the cloud, along with some new things happening in Azure.

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    050: Microsoft Ignite 2019 with Dan Wahlin and John Papa

    In this episode I catch up with industry legends Dan Wahlin and John Papa at Microsoft Ignite 2019. We discussed some of the announcements, and had a great conversation about the current state of serverless, containers, k8s, and more.

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    049: Serverless Automation with PowerShell and Azure Functions

    In this episode I had a chance to catch up with Eamon O'Reilly, Principal Program Manager on the Azure Functions team at Microsoft Ignite 2019. Find out how you can take advantage of PowerShell in Azure Functions, including native support for PowerShell Core 6 as well as the Azure Az modules, and more, to build event-based solutions.

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    048: Microsoft Ignite 2019 with Tim Warner

    In this episode I catch up with fellow Microsoft MVP Tim Warner at Microsoft Ignite 2019. We discussed some of the announcements, along with Tim's sessions, one of which was on the topic of Azure Bastion.

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    046: Azure Arc and Hybrid Cloud Management

    In this episode I chat with Thomas Maurer, Senior Cloud Advocate at Microsoft, about the new Azure Arc service and how to get started with hybrid cloud management.

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    045: Cloud Certification Q&A

    This episode is from a LinkedIn livestream where I did Q&A on cloud certifications related to Azure and AWS.

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    041: Kubernetes Q&A

    In this episode I answer listener questions about Kubernetes with fellow Microsoft MVP Anthony Nocentino.

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    040: What to Do When You Don't Have Experience

    In this episode I share some ideas on how you can build up your cloud experience and start making your career transition into roles focused on Azure, AWS, Google Cloud, and more.

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    037: Google Cloud Platform (GCP)

    In this episode I chat with Google Developer Expert (GDE) John Hanley about Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and what you need to know to get started.

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    036: Azure vs. AWS

    In this episode I chat with fellow Microsoft MVP Tim Warner and we discuss the differences and similarities of the Azure and AWS cloud platforms.

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    035: Staying Motivated in the IT Industry

    This week I'm switching up the format of the show because of a gap in our editorial calendar. Instead of interviewing a guest, I'm sharing an interview I did a couple of months ago where I explain how I stay motivated, what I'm focusing on, and how I recharge.

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    034: Cloud Native Patterns and Practices

    In this episode I chat with Cornelia Davis, Vice President Of Technology at Pivotal Software, about her new book "Cloud Native Patterns: Designing change-tolerant software".

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    033: Thriving Through Cloud Career Transition

    In this episode I chat with the legendary Jeffrey Snover, Microsoft Technical Fellow, Architect for Office 365, and Inventor of PowerShell about how to navigate your career as the industry shifts to a cloud first world.

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    032: High Performance Computing in the Cloud

    In this episode I had a chance to chat with Rob Lalonde VP & GM of Cloud at Univa Corporation. We discuss high performance computing (HPC) and why cloud providers now offer HPC nodes with state-of-the-art CPUs, GPUs, and high-performance storage and networking.

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    031: Serverless with AWS Lambda and Node.js

    In this episode I talk to Slobodan Stojanović and Aleksandar Simovic, AWS Serverless Heros, about serverless development with AWS Lambda and Node.js.

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    030: Cloud Native Ops with Ansible and Kubernetes

    In this episode I had a chance to chat with Chris Short from the Ansible team at RedHat. We discuss Ansible, Kubernetes, and the importance of building up your Linux skills as the industry transitions into a cloud native world. Chris is also a CNCF Ambassador and runs the DevOps, Cloud Native, and open source focused newsletter DevOps’ish.

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    029: Building Serverless Apps on AWS

    In this episode of I talk to Yan Cui, independent consultant and AWS Serverless Hero who has been running production workloads at scale in AWS since 2009.

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    028: Leveraging Your Existing Skills in the Cloud

    In this episode of I talk to Javed Sikander, CTO and VP at NetEnrich, about the current state of public cloud, and how you can leverage your existing skills when making a transition to a cloud-focused role.

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    027: Closing the Cloud Skills Gap

    In this episode of I talk to Bhanu Singh, SVP at OpsRamp, about solving the talent crisis for the Cloud, DevOps, and Site Reliability Engineering skills, and how AIOps can help teams build solutions for the modern enterprise.

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    026: Deep-Dive Penetration Testing in the Cloud

    In this episode of I talk to Benjamin Caudill and Spencer Gietzen from Rhino Security Labs about cloud security and deep-dive penetration testing in the cloud.

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    025: The Continuous Delivery of Value with DevOps

    In this episode of I talk to Donovan Brown, Principal DevOps Manager with Microsoft, about the importance of adopting DevOps practices, and the continuous delivery of value to your end-users.

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    021: Continuous Automation with Chef

    In this episode of I talk to Nell Shamrell-Harrington, Principal Software Development Engineer at Chef Software, about continuous automation in the cloud.

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    020: Multi-Cloud Computing with Kubernetes

    In this episode of I talk to Sheng Liang, Co-founder and CEO at Rancher Labs, about deploying and managing multi-cloud workloads with Kubernetes.

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    019: Microsoft Azure Cloud Ops

    In this episode I talk to Michael Bender about IT ops and PowerShell in the Azure Cloud. Michael is a Cloud Advocate at Microsoft working to change the world and skill-up the IT/Ops community.

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    017: How To Become a DevOps Engineer

    In this episode I talk to Josh Duffney about his transition into a career as a DevOps engineer. Josh is a PowerShell advocate, DevOps engineer, and Pluralsight author.

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    016: Azure Application Development

    In this episode I talk with Scott Allen about building and running applications in the Azure cloud. Scott is a legendary software developer, conference speaker, trainer, and Pluralsight author.

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    015: Managing Your Cloud Career

    In this episode I talk with Steve Buchanan about managing both the technical and non-technical aspects of your career in the cloud computing industry.

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    014: Multi-Cloud DevOps and Automation

    In this episode I talk to Jamie Phillips about build automation, release pipelines, infrastructure as code, and team culture when practicing DevOps in the cloud. Topics also include Azure Resource Manager Templates, CloudFormation, Terraform, Packer, and more.

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    013: Cloud Infrastructure in the Real World

    In this episode, I talk to Eric Stoltze, Director Cloud Infrastructure Services at Neudesic. We had a great discussion about what Eric and his team are working on in the field with customers who are running workloads on Azure, AWS, and GCP.

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    012: The Journey from Apprentice to Master

    In this episode, I talk to the legendary Don Jones about the journey from apprentice to master. Don is a VP at Pluralsight and is a well-known tech industry author and speaker who has written over 70 books throughout his career.

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    011: Cloud Certifications and Azure DevOps Services

    In this episode, I talk to Gregor Suttie about tackling the Azure certifications and how to get started working with the Azure DevOps suite of services. Gregor is the Head of Development Services for Sword and he helps run the Glasgow Azure User Group.

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    009: Docker, Kubernetes & Microservices

    In this episode, I talk to Dan Wahlin about the current state of Docker and Kubernetes, and why microservices are so hot right now in the tech industry.

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    007: Cloud Q&A

    In this episode, I answer listener questions about career strategy, make some predictions and recommendations for going forward, and I share how I'm staying on top of current trends in the modern era of cloud computing.

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    003: Cloud Migration Strategy

    In this episode, I answer listener questions about cloud migration strategy and career transitioning into the cloud.

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