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.


 Quietly Judging with Amy Lewis - CTO Advisor 091 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:30:07

Quietly judging our way into this week's CTO Advisor Podcast, this week's guest is Amy Lewis of The Geek Whisperers fame. This is a dual posted podcast as it's the first VirtualizedGeek episode as we begin talking careers over on We've often wondered about Amy's career journey. She went from publishing to being a Marketing Director at a large publically traded software company. How did she make the jump? What advice can she give to others wanting to make a similar jump? 

 Facemelting w/Chad Sakac Pt. 2 - The CTO Advisor Podcast | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:20:25

In the 2nd half of the conversation, we hit it right off from the business. Chad Sakac could choose to lead another business. Why did he decide to take an individual contributor role at Pivotal. What's so special about the opportunity at Pivotal? 

 Facemelting w/Chad Sakac Pt.1 - The CTO Advisor Podcast 088 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:24:00

We finally got Chad Sakac on the podcast. It only took Chad taking a role at Pivotal to get him on. As with his blog, Chad can run a little long so we split the conversation into two episodes. The first episode focuses on the growth and customer demand for HCI. 

 The Return of Greg Ferro - Programmable ASIC - CTO Advisor 087 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:34:22

Greg Ferro, Co-Founder of the PacketPushers, joins the podcast to talk Cisco DEVNET, The PacketPushers, and programmable ASIC.

 CTO Advisor 086: Behind the scenes with Mrs. CTO Advisor | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:22:09

We've been promising to do a behind the scenes look at the CTO Advisor and let you in on the private side of the business. The CTO Advisor is a family owned endeavor with Keith and Melissa Townsend at the helm. What were some of the challenges in starting and running a business as husband and wife. What were some of the expected experiences of running the CTO Advisor vs. the reality? Great raw conversation between the founders of The CTO Advisor. 

 CTO Advisor 085 - VMware Cloud Services | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:18:06

Milan Desai, GM of VMware Cloud Services, joins the podcast to help the masses understand VMware's Cloud Services offerings. We know about VMware Cloud on AWS but VMware has 9-cloud services which include Network Insight. Are these services just "SaaS-ified" versions of VMwVMware's existing products and offerings? And how are they delivered? 

 Update on Dell Technologies - W/Howard Marks | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:33:30

Keith, Mark and Howard Marks are all headed to Dell Technologies world. After the $57B purchase of EMC, what are the three impressions of Dell Technologies post-acquisition? The three debate if there's an argument for an all Dell Technologies stack vs. Public Cloud. 

 VMware SDWAN Strategy - CTO Advisor 083 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:16:26

VMware landed into the network space with NSX. Now the company is expanding into SDWAN by acquiring Velocloud. In this replay of a CTO Dose, Keith sits down and talks to VMware's VP and CTO of Network Security Business Unit Pere Monclus. Keith asks about VMware's plans for Velocloud and future integration with VMware NSX. 

 Container Network Functions - CTO Advisor 082 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

A tad geeky for a normal CTO Dose but a great conversation with FD.IO about the combination of Network Function Virtualization and Kubernetes. It's a natural progression for Network Functions which exist in Virtual Machines today to move to Containers. What do developers care about? What capabilities does Kubernetes bring and where are the gaps? 

 Reality check - Containers in the Enterprise - CTO Advisor 081 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:13:00

Keith has a great conversation with the co-founders of Nirmata about containers in the enterprise. Are the customers they engage leveraging micro-services or traditional three-tier applications? Where do customers start their container journey? Why not just leverage virtual machines package applications and develop applications? 

 VMware's Container Story - CTO Advisor 080 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:22:00

Keith visited the VMware campus and did a series of interviews with VMware. Those videos can found at In this interview, Keith challenges the GM of VMware's Cloud Services B/U. What is the BU, what is VMware's container strategy, and why should VMware's customers follow VMware's lead into cloud-native?

 Uila - Bridging the gap between infrastructure and application management | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:30:00

In this sponsored episode, Keith and Mark talk with Uila CEO Chia-Chee Kuan about the Uila performance monitoring tool. While at AWS reInvent, the CTO Advisor team noted the number of application monitoring solutions. The reason for the growth in the space is the complexity of hybrid-cloud infrastructure on monitoring performance that drives business results. Keith and Mark ask Kuan how Uila adds value to the business and how the solution is packaged and works. 

 Where do you start your cloud-native journey - CTO Dose 78 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:25:00

VMware's VP of Software Defined, Dom Delfino (@domfather) joins the podcast to talk where organizations should start their cloud journey. Dom answers challenges questions about where VMware plays a role in traditional infrastructure while keeping an eye on cloud-native applications. Dom provides career advice for architects stuck on the legacy side of infrastructure. 

 Defining Private Cloud w/Greg Knieriemen - CTO Dose 077 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:29:00

Former Speaking in Tech host Greg Knieriemen, joins the podcast. Greg is known as an emphatic defender of Private Cloud. I've said Private Cloud is dead. I, Greg and Mark agree for the most part. Where's the delta? In this podcast we define Private Cloud and opine on the state of the industry and what customers want when asking for Private Cloud. 

 The power of community in enterprise IT - CTO Advisor 076 | File Type: Unknown | Duration: 00:25:27

Matt Broberg VP of Community at monitoring startup Sensu joins the podcast to talk the value of community in helping achieve professional growth and reaching enterprise IT goals. I there a way to measure the return of investing in a community? Is there a difference between developers and infrastructure teams? Matt talks about the value of communities such as VMware User Groups and developer communities. How are communities in Portland different than communities in Cincinnati? 


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