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.
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).
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.
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.
How does Big Data impact your data protection strategy? Just as important, how does your data protection strategy fit into your data management strategy. Keith has mentioned the concept that compute has an opposing gravity to data. How does compute's gravity impact big data? Mark and Keith have on the CTO of startup Imanis Data to discuss why the data protection segment has seen so much investment. What are investors seeing that someone who hasn't looked at their backup strategy in two years doesn't?
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure sponsored a conversation to discuss the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure product. While a sponsored conversation, Keith and Mark go right at Rahul Patil, VP of Software Engineering and Kash Iftikhar, VP of IaaS Public Cloud Services. Mark starts by asking about Oracle's reputation as a DB company vs. that of a cloud computing company.