The CTO Advisor show

The CTO Advisor

Summary: A conversation geared toward the CTO or Infrastructure Architect. Shows topics focus on future technologies and keeping today's infrastructure in-line with business requirements.


 Public Cloud Workload Repatriation Part 2 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

The CTO Advisor Virtual Conference Series continues with this panel of experts discussing the next level of public cloud workload repatriation. What skills and data are needed to determine if a workload should be repatriated? Joining: Jo Peterson Tim Crawford Bobby Allen Matt Wallace

 Public Cloud Workload Repatriation - CTO Advisor Podcast 120 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:36:30

Replay of the session from the CTO Advisor Virtual Conference. In this expert panel, our guests will tackle the concept of public cloud workload repatriation. It is a thing but who big of a thing and what are the primary drivers for moving workloads from the public cloud back to the private data center. Join Keith Townsend as he engages Jo Peterson, Tim Crawford, Bobby Allen, and Matt Wallace.

 vSphere 7 and Kubernetes - CTO Advisor Episode 118 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

CTO Dose co-host Joep Piscaer joins the program to discuss vSphere 7 and his impressions of the Kubernetes integration. Project Tanzu Grid is the updated branding for Project Pacific. Did VMware’s initial release live up to the hype or should customers wait and see?

 Working From Home at Scale - CTO Advisor Episode 117 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:23:23

A casual conversation with friend to the program Nate Avery. How have his Federal Government clients reacted to working from home? How has the technology held up and what is Nate doing to keep connected with the community?

 Coronavirus Disaster Recovery - CTO Advisor Episode 116 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:21:15

Denny Cherry & Associates Consulting Principal Consultant Joey D’Antoni joins the program again. This time to talk about the impact of Coronavirus on IT conferences and the day-to-day operations of companies. Microsoft announced that its San Francisco and Seattle-based employees must work from home. How would a similar directive impact your org? What are some of the considerations? While this is an industry first, D’Antoni shares some best practices.

 Public Cloud Repatriation - Is it real? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:23:36

We have the CloudGenera CTO Bobby Allen on the podcast again this week. Keith and Bobby discuss the concept of repatriation and what scenarios are worth considering. Bobby also describes some of the back office politics of cloud repatriation.

 Why is IT Automation so Hard? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:21:17

Friend of the program Larry Smith Jr. sits down with Keith to discuss why IT Infrastructure automation is so hard. Larry has been working in IT automation for 5-years and shares his wealth of knowledge around tools vs. culture.

 Dell Technologies PowerOne - Dell's Private Cloud? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:14:55

In this Dell Technologies sponsored podcast, Dell Marketing’s Conor Duffy, David Iovino, and Justin Jones all join the program. Dell made big splash with Intel back in November of 2019 by announcing a new converged infrastructure (CI) system. However, in the age of HCI and the public cloud, where’s the space for a new converged infrastructure system? Dell Technologies is making the argument that customers looking to achieve similar outcomes to public cloud should look toward Dell Technologies and PowerOne for those outcomes. Keith challenges the team on the approach to Dell making the investment in 10’s of thousands of lines of code to automate infrastructure without knowing individual customer environments. Dell makes the case for customers trusting Dell with automation.

 Replay - The Uber(lization) of Enterprise IT - CTO Advisor 113 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:19:52

The conversation around if cloud vs. private data center cost has come around yet again. Instead of producing another podcast on the topic, we decided to replay a conversation from December 2018 during AWS re:Invent with Bobby Allen, CTO of Cloudgenera. Keith and Bobby discuss the importance of collecting useful data to decide on workload placement. They then discuss the overall value of public cloud vs. private data center.

 Episode 112 - The value of Managed SD-WAN | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:15:53

Episode 112 of The CTO Advisor podcast is sponsored by Velocloud by VMware. Jeff Bradbury, Senior Marketing Director at Hughes, Nick Coval, Product Director at Hughes and Craig Connors, Chief Architect at Velocloud joins the program. 1:30 Keith asks Jeff about Hughes credibility in SD-WAN 2:40 Keith asks Jeff about the value of a MSP for something as simple to manage as SD-WAN 5:40 Where are freed resources being placed 7:20 What initiated the partnership between Hughes and Velocloud by VMware 10:20 How does Hughes ensure I can get the most recent innovations from SD-WAN 12:15 What app ensuring application performance

 Introduction to DevSecOps - The CTO Advisor Episode 111 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:22:45

Now that we all agree on the definition of DevOps /sarcasm let’s start the discussion around DevSecOps. What is DevSecOps? We are glad you asked. Because, we have Michael Fraser, co-founder of From a high-level it makes sense to take DevOps disciplines and apply them to security so that you get consistent configuration and operations across environments. What are some of the tools for DevSecOps, the operational advantages, and challenges associated with the model? Keith Townsend and Michael discuss the concept in the latest episode of the CTO Advisor Podcast.

 (Replay) CTO Dose 63: Can Enterprise IT Adapt? Kelsey HighTower Interview | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:25:09

Google's Kelsey Hightower joins the podcast for a reality check for enterprise IT. Keith and Mark ask the question, "Can enterprises adapt" to the quickly changing technology landscape? Do organizations have the budget and aptitude for navigating the disruption. Kelsey gives a pretty blunt assessment. Kelsey claims debates around issues such as CI/CD are now over. Kelsey shares his vision of the relation containers, the cloud, and business value. 

 Double Dose of Kubernetes From Kubecon 2019 - CTO Advisor 109 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:33:03

This is a double dose of the CTO Dose on the CTO Advisor podcast. Say that 3-times fast. Keith sits down in two separate interviews with leaders in the Kubernetes community. The first interview is with Kubernetes co-founder and VMware Principal Engineer Joe Beda. Keith and Joe discuss how VMware is approaching Kubernetes for an enterprise audience. The two touch on VMware’s Project Pacific and Tanzu. In the 2nd interview, Keith interviews Brian Lyles who was the Conference co-Chair for Kubecon 2019 San Diego. The conversation shifts focus to community and culture around Kubernetes in the opensource community and Kubernetes in the enterprise community. Overall, the episode is one of the longer ones we published but two very related conversations.

 Leaders in Hybrid Cloud - CTO Advisor Episode 108 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:26:00

Joey D'Antoni (@jdanton), Principle Cloud Architect joins the program to talk all things Microsoft Multi-cloud including Azure Arc (not to be confused with Microsoft Arch, the mouse). Keith and Joey tough on other leaders in hybrid including VMware with vSphere everywhere/Tanzu as well as NetApp from a data capability.

 Preparing the Enterprise of Kubernetes | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:22:00

I know, I know. I hate Kubernetes. Why am I talking about it so much? Because it’s a great technology to expose the challenges that most organizations face. Kubernetes was designed to host stateless processes. If Netflix needs a surge in video encoders or streamers, Kubernetes orchestrates the provisioning of thousands of container instances almost instantly. When demand has subsided, those instances disappear. Traditional enterprise applications aren’t designed to operate in that fashion. For example, application servers in legacy design keep some type of configuration state in the application server. If you’ve ever had to load balance across a set of application servers that wanted to “own” the application session, you’ll understand why you can’t simply containerize application server of a 3-tier monolithic app. So, what if you do have a bunch of stateless application components you’d like to containerize and adopt cloud-native operations to those systems? I sat down with Damani Corbin to talk about where I believe the gaps are in Kubernetes maturity and what Damani has seen in his travels as a Kubernetes expert helping companies deploy Kubernetes at scale. I hope you enjoy this fun and insightful conversation.


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