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.


 Serverless is bigger than Cloud - NY Times CTO - CTO Advisor 073 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:22:00

Nick Rockwell joins Keith and Mark to talk about the big bet New York Times is making on Serverless. Nick believes serverless is a bigger shift in computing than Cloud computing. The belief is so strong, Rockwell made the bet on a Serverless architecture for the New York Times Crossword (Built on App Engine) application. 

 Is the storage industry dying? CTO Advisor 072 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Howard Marks joins us this week to talk about the current state of the storage industry. With challenges from HCI vendors and Public Cloud, Keith asks both Howard and Mark if the storage industry is dying. If it's not dying when do data center managers select HCI vs. Cloud vs. SAN? Great conversation on how data gravity impacts design decisions. 

 Data protection at AWS re:Invent - CTO Advisor 071 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Podcast sponsorer Druva Inc joins the CTO Advisor again to discuss data protection during AWS re:Invent. Druva is a born in the cloud data protection solution. AWS re:Invent is about enabling builders to solve problems. Keith asks Druva Sales Engineer Jesse Kachapis how does data protection help builders solve business problems. Additional questions about how Druva is different from traditional or new generation data protection systems. 

 AWS re:Invent wrap with Solarwinds - CTO Advisor 70 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Patrick Hubbard (@FerventGeek), Thomas LaRock (@sqlRockstar) and, Kong L Yang (@KongYang) all join The CTO Adviosr's Keith Townsend (@ctoadvisor) for a wrap of AWS re:Invent 2017. The panel discusses the differences in VMworld and AWS re:Invent and what it means for enterprise IT ranging from the single person shop to the large enterprise. 

 Bare metal vSphere on Azure - CTO Advisor 069 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Microsoft announced support for bare metal vSphere on Azure. This is exactly what we all expected when VMware announced VMware Cloud on AWS, right? Well not exactly. VMware Clooud on AWS is a partnership between VMware and AWS. Microsoft didn't partner with VMware in engineering a solution specifically for Azure. Little is known about the offering outside of the blog post. We called on cloud expert Timmy Carr to help provide some context around vSphere inside of hyperscale cloud providers. 

 CTO Advisor 068: CommVault HyperScale | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

I'm joined by Scott Lowe of AcutalTech Media, Justin Warren from PivotNine and Ray Lucchesi from Silverton Consulting. We are on the show floor of CommVault Go. That's right I said, CommVault Go. First off I got the amazing opportunity to meet Captain Sullenberger who famously landing a jetliner on the Hudson River. So, it was a cool event despite being a backup conference.  Secondarily, don't call it backup. Data protection and data management has become an hot area of investment. Look no further than our show sponsor Durva Inc. CommVault is looking to catch some of the magic from Rubrik and Cohesity eating into Data Domain sells. This all-star team of analysts holds nothing back in questioning if CommVault's new flagship product, Hyperscale, adds value. 

 CTO Advisor 067: Should you worry about GDPR? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

We are currently in the grace period for GDPR. Should you be worried? With a potential fine of 4% of your organization's revenue for each penalty, the regulation has teeth. GDPR is a case where size doesn't matter. I sat down with PivotNine's Justin Warren and CommVault's Nigel Tazor to discuss the impact and considerations. 

 CTO Advisor 066: Datos IO is more than data protection | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:25:17

A continued trend we've been addressing is a market we've called data protection to this point. However, data protection is only a starting use case. Keith and Mark sit down with Prasenjit Sarkar, CTO of Datos. Datos makes the claim that their de-duplication is 10X more efficient than their competitors. But, what does that mean in practical terms.  1:40 - How has application development changed?  5:50 - How has the changes to application development impacted data protection?  8:20 - Compute is as heavy as data  13:00 - How is Datos any different than their competitors?  18:20 - Real world example of how Datos is different than other solutions 20:00 - 10X de-duplication efficiency  21:40 - Recovering to any cloud 

 CTO Advisor 65 - Defining the enterprise architect | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:25:45

Keith and Mark are joined by to senior level enterprise architects in the VMware community. While recorded at a VMware User Group UserCon, the focus is on the practice of enterprise architecture.  The content is relatable across IT functional areas. Keith and Mark explore what value enterprise architects bring, what makes a good enterprise architect and what's good enterprise architecture. 

 CTO Adivisor 064 - The value of user groups | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:27:41

A long guest list. Keith and Mark talk to several members of the VMware User Group community. The podcast addresses the who, what, when, where, how and most importantly why of a user group. 

 CTO Advisor 063: Can enterprise IT adapt? w/Kelsey Hightower | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:26:17

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.

 CTO Advisor 062 - What's so exciting about data protection w/Druva | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:20:15

Data protection startup Druva is coming fresh off a $90M investment. Another data protection startup won Best of VMworld. What is it about this market that has investors and judges excited. What's more to data protection than backing data up to some tapless media. Hasn't products such as Datadomain provided all the innovation needed in this space? 

 CTO Advisor 061 - Lift and Shift Cloud Migrations | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:33:45

Is lift and shift a less expensive model than on-premises datacenter? What about sunk cost around licensing, hardware and facilities? Greg once said that only poor companies go to the cloud. Does that opinion still hold true? What about VMware Cloud on AWS? 

 Bonus - I've changed my mind on cloud! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Every time I've walked into a private cloud environment, I've been disappointed that their definition of cloud didn't reconcile with mine. In this bonus CTO Advisor Podcast, I ask the question if I'm the one that's wrong? 

 CTO Advisor 059 - VMware Cloud on AWS with Kit Colbert | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:26:22

I and Mark sat down with VMware's Cloud CTO Kit Colbert. Much of the excitement around VMworld 2017 was the announcement of general availability of VMware Cloud on AWS. Kit addresses some use cases and answers the question, "Doesn't this just make developers lazy?" Mark asks the basic question of can users simply vMotion a workload between on-prem and cloud. Kit also discusses tooling and operations. 


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