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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thanks to Redis Labs for sponsoring the CTO Dose during AWS re:Invent. Keith Townsend caught up with Redis Labs Chief Product Officer Alvin Richards. The duo talked about how Redis Labs adds value beyond being the primary sponsor for open source project behind the popular database. Richards shares some basics and history behind Redis and helps introduce watchers to the concept of a key-value store such as Redis and a column DB such as Cassandra. Richards makes an argument for why customers should consider engaging Redis Labs for their Redis support and functionality extensions.
Kubecon had over 200-sponsors. All were scanning badges for sales leads, giving away t-shirts, and had booth raffles. Kubecon felt like a traditional enterprise conference walking the show floor. However, if Kubecon 2019 San Diego was your first opensource software (OSS) or Kubernetes conference, I’ll forgive you if you walked away thinking you live in the stone ages. Keith and Alex discuss the comings and goings of Serverless and this conference.
Director of OpenShift Strategy & CloudCast host Brian Gracely joins the podcast to talk Kubernetes in the enterprise. As a previously active member of the OpenStack community, Brian brings a unique view as he now leads strategy for Kubernetes at Red Hat. Keith and Brian talk discuss the effort to make OpenStack-based OpenShift a PaaS and the lessons learned to the Kubernetes distribution. A critical part of the conversation is how Red Hat brings their enterprise experience to making Kubernetes consumable for the typical enterprise IT shop. At 22:00, Keith asks the competitive question. It’s not the obvious OpenShift vs. VMware PKS but Openshift vs. public cloud services.
Keith caught up with Dr. GP Pulipaka during SAP Sapphire 2019. Dr. Pulipaka is an AI expert and Data Scientist with Accenture. Dr. Pulipaka introduces the concept of reinforcement learning vs. more traditional pattern based ML. Topics covered include: General introduction to Reinforcement Learning Various Algorithms Use cases Current state of the technology Dr. Pulipaka’s upcoming book is entitled PyTorch.
Nathan Avery (@Nathan_Avery) of NotYourDadsIT.com joins the program after day one of Dell Technologies World. Keith and Nathan discuss the announcements of the day as well as the impact on their respective customer and the industry at large.
Mark and Keith are joined by Matt Broberg and Luigi Danakos. The friends share stories about life surrounding IT. Just a practical conversation about surviving layoffs, job searches, and career challenges.
RackN CEO Rob Hirschfeld (@zehicle), joins the CTO Advisor for episode 100!!! (Sorry Chad, we’ll get you on for a ceremonial episode 100). With the growth in interest for VMware Cloud on AWS and AWS bare metal cloud, what is the market for bare metal cloud and automaton? Rob attempts to argue the value of bare metal automation. Rob makes the argument for Fry Cooks racking and stack at the edge. The conversation is wide ranging to why OpenStack didn’t work and Kubernetes at the edge.
One of the advantages of Keith and Mark working for VMware is the ability to get guest working on world-class software. Today’s guest is Andrei Warkentin, Arm Enablement Architect at VMware. Andrei is helping to lead the development of VMware’s flagship product ESXi on ARM. VMware is in the early stages of finding product fit for ESXi on ARM. As such, this podcast episode captures some of the earliest thoughts on the effort. One burning question of why did the team port ESXi to the Raspberry PI when the device is too small to run a VM gets an answer.
Keith Townsend caught up with CloudGenera's CTO Bobby Allen (@ballen_clt) during AWS re:Invent 2018. In this wide-ranging conversation, Keith and Bobby talk about the business value of AWS as compared with Uber for consumers.
This is a bit of a personal episode. Keith’s brother lost his wife to Cancer. Mark and Matthew Broberg (@MBBroberg) both recently lost their jobs as executives. We all talk about the impact of life punching you in the nose and how to recover and in some instances just allow for healing so that you can recover.
In this special CTO Dose, the women of tech talk about the current state of IT. Topics range for the impact of public cloud, diversity, and burnout. (Phoummala Schmitt @ExchangeGoddess, Leah Schoeb @vLeahSchoeb, Theresa Miller @24x7ITConnect, and Jodi Shely @rytalws).