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Sovereign DBaaS Decoded is a podcast for IT leaders and implementers who want to understand data sovereignty and explore strategies to reliably scale their open-source database ops while maintaining control of how their data is managed and stored. In each episode, Severalnines CEO Vinay Joosery interviews industry leaders to uncover how organizations can implement open-source databases, cloud vendor-neutral environments, and tooling to address heavy workloads and mitigate business risks, including data compliance requirements.
8 Episodes
Guest-at-a-Glance:💡 Guest: Antoine Coetsier💡What he does: Co-founder / COO @ exoscale💡Noteworthy: Cloud expert with extensive experience in secure infrastructure solutions.💡Where to find Antoine: LinkedIn What we explore in this episode:In this episode, we explore the critical concept of data sovereignty with guest Antoine Coetsier, Co-founder and COO of Exoscale. The conversation dives into the significance of data sovereignty, especially in an era where digital infrastructure is increasingly considered critical to society, democracy, and the economy. Antoine and Vinay discuss how regulations are evolving, prompting organizations to reconsider their data strategies.Antoine highlights the need for enterprises to prioritize data control, ensuring they can maintain ownership and accessibility across diverse cloud platforms. As data sovereignty gains importance, businesses must navigate the complexities of data management, architecture, and compliance to ensure they are well-prepared for the evolving regulatory landscape.In summary, this episode provides valuable insights into the evolving landscape of data sovereignty and the critical role it plays in ensuring data autonomy and security, while keeping in mind the importance of technology and contractual decisions to safeguard an organization's valuable assets in an increasingly digital world.Key episode insights:The rising importance of data sovereigntyData sovereignty is a significant and evolving concept in the tech industry. As data becomes increasingly critical to society, democracy, and the economy, there is growing awareness and discussion surrounding the need for businesses to take control of their data. Regulatory frameworks, like the NIS2 directive and emerging legislation, are pushing organizations to reevaluate their data strategies. Ensuring data control and ownership has become a central focus, prompting companies to seek data portability and protection across various cloud platforms. Avoid vendor lock-in for data portabilityTo navigate the complexities of data sovereignty, businesses must make strategic choices that allow for data portability and protection. An essential piece of advice is to avoid vendor lock-in, meaning organizations should select technology and service providers offering the flexibility to run applications and store data on-premises or across diverse cloud platforms. This approach helps to mitigate risks associated with dependence on a single provider and provides greater control over the fate of an organization's data. Contractual Rights and Data ReversibilityIn an environment where data ownership and control are paramount, it's essential for businesses to have contractual rights and data reversibility safeguards in place. These rights ensure that data remains accessible, regardless of changes in circumstances or contractual disputes with service providers. Having the legal means to retrieve data, even in adverse situations, provides a layer of protection for organizations.Find out more about Sovereign DBaaS at
Guest-at-a-Glance:💡 Name: Josef Pullicino💡 What he does: Core DevOps Manager at MeDirect💡 Noteworthy: Prior to joining MeDirect, Josef worked at a leading telecom company in Malta, focusing on applications and databases. Over a decade-long career, he has gravitated toward technical and management roles.💡 Where to find Josef: LinkedInWhat we explore in this episode:Business experts emphasize the importance of cross-departmental collaboration and advise leaders to encourage their teams to leave their silos and work together as that's the only way to meet customers at every step of their journey.But what happens when one team ''threatens'' to take over the other team's job? We'll try to answer this question in this episode of Sovereign DBaaS Decoded.Our guest is Josef Pullicino, the core DevOps at MeDirect. Through the conversation, Josef shares his take on whether DevOps will take over the DBA role, the effects of such an event, the importance of automation in database management, and how DevOps can support Sovereign DBaaS initiatives.Find out more about Sovereign DBaaS at
In this episode of Sovereign DBaaS Decoded, host Vinay Joosery dives deep into the intricacies of the Swedish cloud space with a distinguished panel: Fredric Wallsten from Safespring, Johan Christenson of Cleura, and Henrik Grankvist from Elastx. The trio brings a wealth of knowledge, discussing the pressing need for enterprises to reduce their environmental risks.The conversation shifts to the advantages of local cloud service providers. Fredric, Johan, and Henrik highlight how these providers can effectively supplement or even replace the dominant hyperscalers in the market. They emphasize the unique value propositions local providers bring, from tailored solutions to enhanced data security.Concluding the discussion, the panelists share insights on the evolving landscape of cloud services in Sweden. They underscore the importance of collaboration, innovation, and sustainability in driving the future of cloud computing in the region.Guest-at-a-Glance💡 Name: Fredric Wallsten / Johan Christenson / Henrik Grankvist 💡 What they do: Managing Director / Founder and VP Innovation / COO💡 Company: Safespring / Cleura / Elastx💡 Noteworthy: Fredric Wallsten: Founder of Safespring, focused on compliance, open standards, and security since 2014. / Henrik Grankvist: Swedish cloud provider passionate about cloud technologies with over 15 years in the space. / Johan Christenson: Founder of Cleura, dedicated to modern infrastructure, automation, and navigating complex laws for a decade.💡 Where to find them: Fredric: LinkedIn / Johan: LinkedIn / Henrik: LinkedInFind out more about Sovereign DBaaS at
For a SaaS company founded in the past decade, a US-based hyperscaler offering services for hosting infrastructure would have been the natural place to start. However, the legal landscape has changed a lot and deciding where to host your infrastructure is now more than just a technical exercise.In this episode of Sovereign DBaaS Decoded, we are joined by Jens Alm, the founder & CEO of Prorenata, a SaaS company that helps schools document medical records. Jens and our host Vinay Joosery discuss the laws and regulations healthcare service providers must adhere to. They also discuss the pros and cons of hosting your infrastructure on AWS. Since Jens has moved his infrastructure to a smaller local platform, we asked him to share why he made this move, the challenges he faced, and the lessons he’s learned. He also emphasizes that working with smaller service providers allows for meaningful long-term partnerships beyond customer-vendor relationships.Guest-at-a-Glance💡 Name: Jens Alm💡 What he does: Jens is the founder & CEO of Prorenata, a SaaS company that helps schools document medical records. 💡 Website: Prorenata💡 Noteworthy: Jens is a doctor and, as he says, ‘half a software engineer’ in the SaaS healthcare space. 💡 Where to find Jens: LinkedInFind out more about Sovereign DBaaS at
Digitization has resulted in a lot of good things. It has facilitated better processes, brought greater transparency, and accelerated the exchange of information. Further, social networks not only enable us to connect with other people and advertise but also to find a job.However, people put their lives on social media platforms, and companies use all that data, which begs the question, “Who is responsible?” Is it the individual who is sharing the data, the company that uses it, or perhaps the government because of a lack of regulation?According to Dragoljub Nesic, the CIO of Freja eID, a significant amount of responsibility lies on the individual, but companies and the government also bear part of it. "Unless data privacy is the company's business like it is in the case of Freja, there will always exist a tension between profitability and everything else, including temptations to use and to abuse end-user data," he says and adds that the concept of a national government is ill-matched considering the global nature of the internet from the cultural perspective of the Western world.In this episode of Sovereign DBaaS Decoded, Dragoljub explains how much control an individual has over their data, what happens to it, and how Freja can protect data privacy. Dragoljub and our host Vinay Joosery discuss individual data sovereignty, how our data is used, who is responsible for the data, and how the regulatory landscape has evolved to address data sovereignty concerns.Guest-at-a-Glance💡 Name: Dragoljub Nesic💡 What he does: Dragoljub is the CIO of Freja eID.💡 Company: Freja eID💡 Noteworthy: Dragoljub is a business leader with 30 years of experience in product management and software development. He has not only worked with technical solutions at an architectural level but also with bits and bytes, and he is one of the founders of Freja eID. As the CIO of Freja, Dragoljub is responsible for development operations and compliance of the Freja platform. As a result, he spends a lot of time on questions relating to data privacy.💡 Where to find Dragoljub: Linkedin l WebsiteFind out more about Sovereign DBaaS at
Automation is a necessity and a prerequisite for growth, but building your own automation is a time-consuming and costly process. Therefore, before going down this path, it would be useful to establish your resource limits, whether in money, tools, or expertise.Kristian Köhntopp, the principal systems engineer at, joined us again on this episode of Sovereign DBaaS Decoded. Kristian explains why every enterprise should automate its database operations and how long it takes to put into effect. However, he also explains that automation is a journey, not a destination. It's a never-ending game, and each enterprise must stay up to date with regulatory, compliance, or tooling changes, and business needs, to ensure their databases always meet business objectives.Guest-at-a-Glance💡 Name: Kristian Köhntopp💡 What he does: Kristian is the principal system engineer at💡 Website:💡 Noteworthy: Kristian is an architect with years of experience in databases, Linux/Unix, data center planning and design, and security management systems in enterprise and startup environments. In his current role, Kristan focuses on database automation, provisioning a few thousand databases and a few hundred application hierarchies, and cloud migration.💡 Where to find Kristian: LinkedInFind out more about Sovereign DBaaS at
Running and scaling a robust database is a complex and time-consuming process. But, if managed properly, it sets the business up for long-term success. Therefore, as a manager, you must first ask yourself what you want from a database and whether you have the resources and people to create and own it.In this episode of Sovereign DBaaS Decoded, we discuss the database methodology at Our guest is Kristian Köhntopp, the company's principal system engineer. He and our host Vinay Joosery discuss the complexity of managing and scaling database operations in the cloud, what played into their decision-making, and the importance of having the right tools, processes, and people who understand their purpose and effect. Kristian also shares his thoughts on cloud migration and reveals the pros and cons of using cloud database services. Finally, he explains why ‘managing’ is not the best word for the database department's responsibilities and suggests ‘automation’ in its stead. Guest-at-a-Glance💡 Name: Kristian Köhntopp💡 What he does: Kristian is the principal system engineer at💡 Website:💡 Noteworthy: Kristian is an architect with years of experience in databases, Linux/Unix, data center planning and design, and security management systems in enterprise and startup environments. In his current role, Kristan focuses on database automation, provisioning a few thousand databases and a few hundred application hierarchies, and cloud migration.💡 Where to find Kristian: LinkedInFind out more about Sovereign DBaaS at
Today, we are seeing a shift in business with economies cooling and IT spend going down; however, one area of business that continues to grow is cloud computing. More and more companies are moving workloads into the cloud, but are they doing it wrong? How do you choose between deployment models? How can you minimize vendor lock-in?Sanjeev Mohan, Principal Analyst at SanjMo, joins us in the first episode of Sovereign DBaaS Decoded. Sanjeev and our CEO and host, Vinay Joosery, discuss the evolution of the cloud deployment model, whether partnering with a lock-in vendor is a limitation or an opportunity, how companies should approach the multi-cloud operation model, and more.Guest-at-a-Glance💡 Name: Sanjeev Mohan💡 What he does: Sanjeev is the principal analyst at SanjMo.💡 Website: SanjMo💡 Noteworthy: Sanjeev has been in the data management space since the beginning of his career. He has worked at Oracle, and before SanjMo, he was a vice president at Gartner Research.💡 Where to find Sanjeev: LinkedInFind out more about Sovereign DBaaS at
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