Kent's passions and interests lie with the significance of scalability and the importance of both vertical and horizontal scaling. We also discuss some of the new NoSQL databases out there, such as Redis, Riak and MongoDB. (There was a Hacker News post that brought this question about, which compared a few of the popular NoSQL databases). Kent also touches on some of the benefits of using Chef and addresses alternatives including Puppet and Sprinkle.
The NoSQL databases and infrastructure management tools we discuss in the podcast are just a few of many options. What are your favorite NoSQL databases? Favorite infrastructure management tools? Share your favorites and reasoning as to why in the comments below.