One of the advantages of Keith and Mark working for VMware is the ability to get guest working on world-class software. Today’s guest is Andrei Warkentin, Arm Enablement Architect at VMware. Andrei is helping to lead the development of VMware’s flagship product ESXi on ARM. VMware is in the early stages of finding product fit for ESXi on ARM. As such, this podcast episode captures some of the earliest thoughts on the effort. One burning question of why did the team port ESXi to the Raspberry PI when the device is too small to run a VM gets an answer.Read More
This is a bit of a personal episode. Keith’s brother lost his wife to Cancer. Mark and Matthew Broberg (@MBBroberg) both recently lost their jobs as executives. We all talk about the impact of life punching you in the nose and how to recover and in some instances just allow for healing so that you can recover.
Keith and Mark sat down with VMUG CEO Brad Tompkins to talk the future of the VMware User Group (VMUG). The VMUG membership is a great pulse of the traditional IT organization. With all the talk about containers, serverless, and cloud, where are VMUG members in their technical journey? How does Tompkin navigate what members want to learn vs. what members must learn to avoid in his words not having an answer for the members CXOs. Great conversation on how to turn the ship from the bottom up.
How does Big Data impact your data protection strategy? Just as important, how does your data protection strategy fit into your data management strategy. Keith has mentioned the concept that compute has an opposing gravity to data. How does compute's gravity impact big data? Mark and Keith have on the CTO of startup Imanis Data to discuss why the data protection segment has seen so much investment. What are investors seeing that someone who hasn't looked at their backup strategy in two years doesn't?Read More
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure sponsored a conversation to discuss the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure product. While a sponsored conversation, Keith and Mark go right at Rahul Patil, VP of Software Engineering and Kash Iftikhar, VP of IaaS Public Cloud Services. Mark starts by asking about Oracle's reputation as a DB company vs. that of a cloud computing company.Read More
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 virtualizedgeek.com. 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?Read More
- 7:00 - Forget Dell Tech... Who's interesting
- 10:00 - Functions, Serverless, Containers and PaaS
- 13:00 - The challenge of changing culture for serverless (NYT CTO Podcast Episode)
- 15:00 - Learning a new way to code
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.
- 3:30 - Facemelting numbers from the DellEMC Converged business
- 7:00 - Customers want HCI
- 11:15 - What's the market for VxBLOCK when HCI is a rocketship?
- 12:30 - SAP HANA on HCI vs. CI
- 16:00 - Sometimes we don't care about vendor certification
- 18:30 - The importance of software vs. hardware
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.
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?
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.
2:30 - Defining Dell Technologies.
5:30 - Dissecting DellEMC
10:00 - Does DellEMC have a different mission than EMC
11:30 - The new ScaleIO strategic direction and Software-Defined Storage
13:30 - Nutanix' software only position vs. DellEMC
16:00 - The impact of the death of DellEMC Code (Mark calls BS on Dell's open source strategy)
18:00 - Is VMware better on Dell hardware?
19:00 - NetApp's messaging vs. DellEMC messaging on developers.
22:00 - Complexity in DellEMC vs. VMware customer relationship. Does Dell Technologies now have the same problem as a pre-spinout HPE and a current Cisco?
24:30 - Is Dell too big to find solutions to customer problems?
26:30 - Is the Dell acquisition of EMC good or bad for the customer?
29:00 - Is there an argument for an all Dell Technologies stack vs. Public Cloud?
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.
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?Read More
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?
Keith visited the VMware campus and did a series of interviews with VMware. Those videos can found at ctodose.com. 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?
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.