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.
Intel Architect James Myers joins the podcast to discuss Intel Optane built on 3D xpoint memory. The promise of 3D xpoint is to deliver permanent storage with performance closer to DRAM (system memory) while maintaining capacity closer to NAND (SSD) technology. Keith and Mark go over some use cases, the potential impact to enterprise applications, and ask challenging questions around market viability of the product.
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.
- Jeff's appearance on Geek Whisperers talking about the challenge of getting PowerShell of the ground at Microsoft.
Say what you'd like about Oracle's business practices. The CTO Advisor is likely to agree. Oracle can be heavy handed with its 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.
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.Read More
On this week's podcast Keith and Mark are joined by Val Bercovici. Val is the former CTO of NetApp Solidfire. Val has been a thought leader in IT infrastructure for a very long time. Val left his role of CTO for AI startup Peritus.AI. We discuss the major factors in IT Infrastructure that prompted Val to make such a bold career move. We also discuss the impact of AI on IT infrastructure teams and the role of IT vendors moving forward.
The theme at Dell EMC World 2017 was all about the realizing business value from the digital transformation. At the conference, Mark and I had a chance to sit down the flagship of Dell Technologies transformation story – Pivotal. Joining the conversation was not only Pivotal but a Pivotal Customer, Express Scripts. We were joining by:
· James Watters, Senior Vice President of Product at Pivotal
· Brian Gregory, Directory of Cloud Strategy and Engineering at Express Scripts
· Andrew Clay Shafer, Senior Director of Technology at Pivotal
We speak with James, Brian, and Andrew about the need for a platform which helps increase the business value of applications by changing the developer experience. By using a Pivotal Cloud Foundry as a platform Express Scripts is able to change the developer experience all while delivering business results quicker with better resiliency. We dig into Brian’s reasons for choosing to buy a platform rather than build one and what you can do today to accelerate the journey to a cloud-native world with Pivotal.
What seems like big news for Dell Communities ended up being controversial news for the VMware User Group (VMUG). Dell announced changes to Dell user group programs to more closely follow the massively successful VMUG. Some members didn't see it that way. I believe it's due to the angst surrounding the merger of Dell and EMC. Dell is now and server and storage company. VMware is all about bringing more value from your infrastructure. The question we all asked, will VMware change as a result. So, I can understanding sensitivity surrounding any changes surrounding VMUG.Read More
- AWS vs. Docker
- Understanding container orchestration and management
- Containers as the foundation of Platform as a Service
- Docker's announcement around open source
- Running monolithic applications in containers
- And more!
I'm joined by enterprise executive Mark May as we discuss the impact of digital transformation on the CIO and CTO roles. Is the CIO role morphing or converging into the COO role? What's the impact downstream on architects and operations? What are some practical next steps for technologists to keep up with the convergence of business and technology?Read More
I'm going to be honest. I've more or less ignored Cohesity. I've categorized the platform as a scaleout Data Domain. In a TechRepublic blog post, I wrote about how to use Cohesity as a replacement target for backup. Interesting to a point. My friend and former Principal VMware Architect Rawlinson Rivera announced he was leaving VMware's Office of the CTO for Cohesity.
Rawlinson is now the Global Field CTO for Cohesity. If not the face of vSAN, Rawlinson birthed CaptainVSAN. I've had him on the podcast before talking about the enterprise mission critical features of VSAN.
To be honest, I've written Cohesity and the market off as just another set of backup focused solutions. Rawlinson has the reputation of bringing to birth compelling technologies and a proven product evangelist. I wanted to know what in Cohesity the company and market clawed him away from VMware. That's today's conversation.
Wikibon's Stu Miniman makes a return appearance to discuss AWS Re:invent. Initially, I made some bold claims about what I believe Snowball Edge means to hyperconverged. Stu sets me straight. We then go over some interesting industry wide topics including the following.
- Container Management
- Cloud lock-in
- Hybrid infrastructure
- VMware Cloud on AWS
Julian Wood of WoodITWork joins me in a conversation discussing what Dell Technologies needs to do to support the enterprise. Is VMware's Cross-Cloud offering coupled with Cloud Foundation enough to carry Dell to a point that Pivotal Labs picks up the slack?Read More
VMworld 2016 is right around the corner. I get to do some co-hosting of TheCube and with that I'm joined by SiliconAngle's Stu Miniman. I and Stu discuss some of the more notable guests and predictions for the show. We sneak in some commentary regarding VMware's decision to move Open vSwitch (OVS) government to the Linux Foundation.Read More
As I do often, I found myself in a great Twitter conversation. This time it was if OpenStack is needed if you are pursuing a container only strategy. It evolved into a conversation around if the Software-Defined Data Center has a single pane of glass for management or even a single API for consumption. I'm joined by Eric Wright and we discuss the future of the software-defined data center.