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.

Podcasts:

 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. 

 CTO Advisor 058 - Rubrik's Chief Technologist Chris Wahl | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:24:42

Rubrik is the surprise unicorn that focuses on data protection. They've made many waves by challenging DellEMC Datadomain's dominance in disk-based backup. Rubrik Chief Technologist, Chris Wahl is a frequent speaker on the VMUG circuit. The Rubrik marketing team has quietly hired a all-star list of influencers to work in tech marketing. Mark challenges Chris on Rubrik's role in the cloud powered DC. In classic Chris-form, Chris makes a strong argument for Rubrik's approach to data protection. Keith also trys the push the limits of Rubrik's API with crazy use cases for cloud native applications using secondary data. 

 CTO Advisor 57 - VMworld 2017 Preview vBrownBag Edition | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:32:25

Many VMware previews look at the conference from a pure VMware and technology event. This week's guest Alastair Cook shares insights from the vBrownBag community. vBrownBag is a nuts and bolts type of podcast. However, the podcast has consistently been an indicator of what technologies architects and engineers on the ground currently struggle to implement.

 CTO Advisor 056: Promises of Intel Optane & 3D xpoint | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:23:49

Intel Architect James Myers joins the podcast to discuss Intel Optane built on 3D xpoint memory. the promise of 3D xpoint is deliver perminent storage with performance closer to DRAM (system memory) while maintaining capacity closer to NAND (SSD) technology. Keith and Mark go over some use cases and ask challenging questions around market viability of the product. 

 CTO Advisor 055: AzureStack - On-prem Public Cloud with Jeff Snover | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:24:58

Keith and Mark are joined by Jeff Snover Chief Architect for Microsoft AzureStack. Jeff breaks down the value of AzureStack and helps make an argument for hybrid-cloud. Keith isn't a believer and hybrid-cloud and Jeff surprisingly agrees with Keith's core argument.  Of course, Jeff makes a solid argument for AzureStack and how Microsoft envisions AzureStack succeeding where solutions such as OpenStack and other solutions have failed to gain traction in the enterprise. 

 CTO Advisor 054: You thought OpenStack is hard? Wait for AI - Oracle's Chuck Hollis | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: Unknown

Say what you'd like about Oracle's business practices. The CTO Advisor is likely to agree. Oracle can be heavy handed with it's customers. Technology and business value added by Oracle's solutions enables the approach to licensing and pricing. Keith and Mark dig into Artificial Intelligence (AI) with Oracle's Sr. VP of Product and Strategy Chuck Hollis. Chuck answers the question of the relevance of AI to Oracle and the enterprise. Chuck addresses what's real and not real and what the enterprise needs to do to prepare for AI. 

 The Sphere 001: Bringing the Noise from the Indy VMUG | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:21:19

Keith and Mark have been considering doing an episode of The Sphere. Basically, The Sphere is a spoof on theCube. theCube is extremely professional and the team does a great job of separating the signal from the noise. Keith has even co-hosted a few episodes of theCube. The Sphere is the inverse, it's the unending noise from the community.  This first episode is a random conversation with Keith, Mark, Rawlison Rivera and Chris Colotti. We talk about a range of topics from the sharing economy, Uber and binge watching on Netflix.

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