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.


 VMware - Operationalizing Innovation | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:24:23

VMware’s Chris Wolf is in a new role as VP of Advance Technology Group in the Office of the CTO. Chris’ team is responsible for taking VMware’s graduated innovation to customers to realize value. Keith sits down with Chris to get an idea of the projects that VMware has graduated and how they reach production with customer events, including how VMware enables its field to educate customers.

 Introducing Edgevana - Mark Thiele | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:24:30

Edge + Cloud = Data Center? That’s the equation that Mark Thiele, CEO and Founder of Edgevana presents in the latest podcast episode. We’ve had Mark on when he was in the co-lo business and again as part of edge computing panel we had a few weeks ago. Mark hinted to his new business. His premise is that data center capacity needs will grow as a result of edge and individual end user organization owning and operating data centers. However, how do you surface and contract dozens if not hundreds of contracts with data center and network providers. Edgevana’s ultimate goal is to automate the experience similar to cloud. Keith and Mark discuss the present and future of data center co-location procurement.

 Edge to Cloud: This isn't Your Father's Tractor | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:43:15

Keith Townsend assembled a panel of experts to define and discuss Edge Computing. The conversation ranges between what is the edge to who is the customer for edge. Show Notes Panel CEO RackN - Rob Hirschfeld - SVP Appgate - Tina Gravel - VP Clarify360 -Jo Peterson - CEO/Founder Edgevana - Independent Analyst - Sarbjeet Johal - Full Video Interview - John Deere Tractor video -

 When is Free Advisory Free? - Selecting a Data Center Provider | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Recently, we selected QTS as a data center provider for the CTO Advisor Hybrid Infrastructure. We ran into a practical challenge of choosing a data center from the overwhelming number of options. Selecting a new data center CoLo isn’t an everyday activity Architects and CTO’s undertake. The obvious question is, where do you start? How do you identify the risks associated with selecting the wrong provider? Do you engage the likes of HPE, Accenture, or PwC select? We used C3 Technology Advisors to help guide and introduce us to CoLo providers. An obvious question, how does a company like C3 make money if their advice to the consumer is free? Is this a free as in puppies or free as in social media platform? Keith Townsend sat down with the found of C3 Technology Advisors, Matthew Toth, and his Systems Engineer, Ryan Dengate, to compare C3’s capabilities and business model to that of a Big 4 or IT vendor.

 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.


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