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.


 Leaders in Hybrid Cloud - CTO Advisor Episode 107 | 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.

 Introduction to Redis Labs - Episode 106 - Sponsored | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:15:12

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.

 Readout of Kubecon San Diego 2019 - With Alex Ellis of OpenFaaS | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:30:00

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.

 Making Kubernetes Enterprise Ready - OpenShift CTO Advisor 104 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

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.

 Primer on Reinforcement Learning for General AI - Dr. GP Pulipaka | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:15:20

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.

 Dell Technologies World in Review | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:14:30

Nathan Avery (@Nathan_Avery) of 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.

 Punched in the Nose Part 2 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:35:00

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.

 CTO Adovisor 100: Bare Metal Cloud | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:24:30

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.

 CTO Advisor 099: ESXi on ARM | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

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.

 AWS' Uberization of Enterprise Cloud | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:19:00

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.

 When life punches you in the nose | File Type: Unknown | Duration: 00:30:18

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.

 Current State of Technology | File Type: Unknown | Duration: 00:28:00

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).

 Pivotal Container Orchestration - CTO Advisor 095 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

The CTO Advisor podcast co-host Mark May talks with Pivotal VP James Watters. Mark asks James to help organizations understand when they need container orchestration.

 VMUG - Pivoting to Avoid Becoming Legacy - CTO Advisor 094 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:24:03

Keith and Mark sat down with VMUG CEO Brad Tompkins to talk the future of the VMware User Group (VMUG). The VMUG membership is a great pulse of the traditional IT organization. With all the talk about containers, serverless, and cloud, where are VMUG members in their technical journey? How does Tompkin navigate what members want to learn vs. what members must learn to avoid in his words not having an answer for the members CXOs. Great conversation on how to turn the ship from the bottom up.


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