What exactly is software-defined - CTO039

Every vendor is claiming their solution is software-defined. Does just having software enough to make something software defined  As engineers focused on building software-defined infrastructures, myself, Josh Atwell and Mark May, we debate what's software-defined. What are the characteristics of software-defined and the benefits. 

Honorable mention goes out to Rawlinson Rivera and Jack Poller for having the original conversation during dinner at Interop. The Jalapeno Octopus was excellent! 

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EMC VirtuStream Interview - CTO037

I sat down with EMC’s President of Cloud Platform, Brian Gallagher for this special one-on-one interview during EMCWorld. Brian leads the Virtrustream team within EMC. Brian helped shed light on the following topics.

  • The expansion of Virtustream services

  • EMC’s role with Devops (warning EMC believes in Bi-modal IT)

  • Integration of Traditional and non-traditional development teams

  • The role of EMC Code


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Built.IO eliminating API Lock-in - CTO034

I'm joined by Built.IO director of evangelism Kurt Collins. I and Kurt have been meaning to connect for a few months. Built.IO is looking to simplify using API's across multiple services and reduce or eliminate API lock-in. We discuss the risk of API lock-in and how Built solution helps to limit the risk. 

As a bonus we discuss Facebook bots and the future of connected cities.


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Serverless & IBM Cloud - CTO033

In this episode I'm joined by the person I have some of the most interesting Twitter discussion. I've known Tyler Brittin for a few years now. We've had some epic conversations about how we both agree that infrastructure doesn't offer value to the business. However, infrastructure is needed. We discuss the value prop of Bluebox and how it fits into IBM's cloud strategy. We spend the bulk of our time talking about serverless computing and go a little deep into how the sausage is made for serverless computing interacts with solutions such as Openstack. 

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Crypto to Cosmo - CTO031

How many enterprise tech podcasts can checkoff interviewing a woman who takes on programing during maternity leave, digs deep into cryptography and got featured in Cosmo? To boot my guest Christina Morrillo is also a VP of Risk & Security for a leading financial services and is a community leader for Women of Color in Tech Chat (#WOCinTECH). 

The conversation is all over the place from what's hot in security to the efforts to elevate women of color in the tech industry and the journey to being featured in Cosmo. 

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Follow the Geeks - CTO030

It's all about the future of tech careers. Some say the current generation will have 5 jobs through their life while our children will have 5 jobs at a time. Careers are changing and enterprise IT practitioners have to change as well. 

In this episode I'm joined by TechRepublic's Editor Jason Hiner. (Disclaimer: I'm a contributor to TechRepublic). Jason and Lindsey Gilpin follow the careers of 10 well known technologist. Each of whom needed to pivot their career. Each person became an entrepreneur through basically requirement. 

I and Jason have a wide ranging conversation about some of the subjects of the book and lessons for enterprise IT practitioners. 

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EMC DSSD Shared Persistent Memory - CTO029

EMC made a big deal of their DSSD product announcement. But, EMC makes a big deal out of every product announcement. Chad Sakac wrote his normal verbose post on the topic. To help digest the announcement I invited industry expert Howard Marks. How helps break down the technology and potential use cases. We also talk about other persistent memory technologies and why they haven't taken off. 

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Lesson from the SMB IT trenches - CTO028

Not every organization is a multi-billion dollar Fortune 500 company. A majority of the market is small and medium business (SMB). SMBs have some of the same challenges as large enterprises without the huge IT budget. I like to look back at the market for ideas of working around budget constraints. I talk with Sonia Cuff who runs a SMB managed service provider about the challenges faced by the SMB market. 

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OpenStack in danger of becoming niche - CTO026

I'm joined by Open Source advocate & Architect Ken Hui. Ken goes way back to all most the beginning of OpenStack. He's spent time at RackSpace, EMC and most recently Platform9 focused on helping customers understand OpenStack. Ken wrote a intriguing post questioning the current direction of OpenStack. We discuss the potential of the platform and where it needs to go. 

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Real World Hybrid Cloud from the trenches - CTO025

I'm joined by Ahead's Tim Carr. Tim is an Automation and Orchestration Architect with Ahead. In this podcast we talk about Tim's real world experiences helping customers implement automation and orchestration to support Cloud efforts. How many customers are embracing hybrid-cloud? What are Tim's thoughts on Microsoft's Azure Stack? Where does VMware vRealize fit in the discussion or Cisco UCS? We even talk OpenStack and a little private cloud pricing. 

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Getting help with multi-million dollar purchases - CTO024

Wide ranging conversation with Pivotnine managing director Justin Warren. I wanted to catch Just fresh off his conversation with Speaking In Tech's Greg Knieriemen. In Justin and Greg's conversation they talk through the challenges and attributes of leveraging Gartner to make multi-million dollar decisions. We go deeper into the conversation in using management and technology consultants in making decisions. We also address some of the common pitfalls of commonly experienced in these large scale purchases. 

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Virtualization Field Day 6 Round Table - CTO Special 01

The Data Center is changing as a result of challenges to traditional businesses. As a result, a new crop of IT vendor has arisen. Traditional solution providers need to adjust while maintaining their customer base. It’s the classic innovator’s dilemma.

In this extended CTO Advisor Podcast, Keith Townsend (@CTOAdvisor) sits down with TechField Day Founder Stephen Foskett (@SFoskett) and Justin Warren (@JPWarren) of PivotNine. The trio discusses the mix of presentations at the last Virtualization Field Day event.

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Scale Computing (The Toyota Camry of Hyperconverged) - CTO022

I'm joined by Jason Collier, Co-Founder of Scale Computing. I've written about Scale in the past. Scale has a niche in the hyper-converged market. The company is focused on use cases surrounding either large enterprise applications or general compute for small medium businesses. Scale considers themselves the Toyota Camry of hyper-converged. Listening to Jason, you soon find that the culture of Scale is unlike any other hyper-converged vendor. 

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