✨GitLab vs Amazon’s remote approach, cloud skill gap widening, ThreatStack acquires Bluefyre, how to make the invisible cloud… more visible

This week we feature a tale of two cloud companies, GitLab and Amazon. One is building a remote-first organization that hires the world’s best talent wherever they are. The other is building gigantic offices that benefit residents of two already-prosperous cities, leaving everyone else to fend for themselves. The editors at Stratus Update may be slightly biased toward working for a remote-reliant organization, but it’s pretty great being able to walk around a home office barefoot, living wherever you want, and always getting to pick your favorite office snacks. Just sayin’.

Issue #4

Running an all-remote company means you can hire the world’s best talent at the lowest cost possible. But that doesn’t come without tradeoffs. GitLab’s co-founder, Sid Sijbrandij, talks about the decisions and details that got them where they are today.

In contrast to GitLab, the world’s largest 2nd largest cloud provider has announced it’s bringing 50,000 jobs to New York and D.C., to the detriment of many other cities literally begging for those jobs. Will Amazon finally embrace more remote work? Will tech hubs like New York and San Francisco eventually “fill up?” Find out all this and more… in the next exciting episode of Stratus Update!

In a recent survey, only 17–18% of CEOs in the UK said they’re training & hiring employees with data and cloud native skills, yet 71% admitted these skills are critical to their business’ future success. We don’t really see this as a problem. After all, not every company has to be a software company. As IBM has recently reminded us, there’s a lot of business for cloud-savvy companies to shepherd these cloudless CEOs into greener pastures.

Two Boondock Saints of Boston’s cloud security scene have joined forces to destroy all that which is evil, so that good may be distributed, highly-available, and with a heavenly amount of uptime.

Part of the cloud’s brilliance — things just work™ — may be a double-edged sword when it comes to marketing. How do you sell an invisible connector to other things? While this is a bit more SEO shop talk than we’d normally read, it touches on a core sales problem many cloud native services have, calls out what Zapier did to remedy that problem, and talks about the payoff that made it all worth it.

Zeit 2.0

Simplifying the organization of your codebase, while improving the reliability and scalability of your deployments.


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