Data protection at AWS re:Invent - CTO Advisor 071

Podcast sponsorer Druva Inc joins the CTO Advisor again to discuss data protection during AWS re:Invent. Druva is a born in the cloud data protection solution. AWS re:Invent is about enabling builders to solve problems. Keith asks Druva Sales Engineer Jesse Kachapis how does data protection help builders solve business problems. Additional questions about how Druva is different from traditional or new generation data protection systems. 

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Bare metal vSphere on Azure - CTO Advisor 069

Microsoft announced support for bare metal vSphere on Azure. This is exactly what we all expected when VMware announced VMware Cloud on AWS, right? Well not exactly. VMware Clooud on AWS is a partnership between VMware and AWS. Microsoft didn't partner with VMware in engineering a solution specifically for Azure. Little is known about the offering outside of the blog post. We called on cloud expert Timmy Carr to help provide some context around vSphere inside of hyperscale cloud providers. 

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CTO Advisor 068: CommVault HyperScale

I'm joined by Scott Lowe of AcutalTech Media, Justin Warren from PivotNine and Ray Lucchesi from Silverton Consulting. We are on the show floor of CommVault Go. That's right I said, CommVault Go. First off I got the amazing opportunity to meet Captain Sullenberger who famously landing a jetliner on the Hudson River. So, it was a cool event despite being a backup conference. 

Secondarily, don't call it backup. Data protection and data management has become an hot area of investment. Look no further than our show sponsor Durva Inc. CommVault is looking to catch some of the magic from Rubrik and Cohesity eating into Data Domain sells. This all-star team of analysts holds nothing back in questioning if CommVault's new flagship product, Hyperscale, adds value. 

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CTO Advisor 066: Datos IO is more than data protection

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 IO. Datos IO 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 IO any different than their competitors? 
  • 18:20 - Real world example of how Datos IO is different than other solutions
  • 20:00 - 10X de-duplication efficiency 
  • 21:40 - Recovering to any cloud 

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CTO Advisor 65 - Defining the enterprise architect

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. 

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CTO Advisor 063: Can enterprise IT adapt? w/Kelsey Hightower

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. 

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CTO Advisor 062 - What's so exciting about data protection w/Druva

Data protection startup Druva is coming fresh off a $80M 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 tapeless media. Hasn't products such as Datadomain provided all the innovation needed in this space? 

In this sponsored podcast, Druva's CMO Matthew Morgan joins the CTO Advisor live from VMworld 2017 in Las Vegas. Matt sheds light on this growing market. Keith and Mark ask the who, what and how of not just the market but the Druva platform. What's so exciting about backup?

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CTO Advisor 061 - Lift and Shift Cloud Migrations

Packet Pushers Co-Founder Greg Ferro joins The CTO Advisor for an extended conversation on lift and shift migrations to the cloud. Keith and Greg shares the risks (People, Process and Technology) associated with traditional data center migrations that have similar infrastructure designs and footprints. The conversation moves on to the associated risks of migrating unmodified applications to the cloud. 

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? 

Show Notes 

  • Packet Pushers Human Infrastructure Newsletter 
  • Keith's blog post on Lift and Shift two VMware Cloud on AWS

CTO Advisor 059 - VMware Cloud on AWS with Kit Colbert

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. 

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CTO Advisor 058 - Rubrik's Chief Technologist Chris Wahl

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. 

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CTO Advisor 57 - VMworld 2017 Preview vBrownBag Edition

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. 

 

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CTO Advisor 056: Promises of Intel Optane & 3D xpoint

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. 

CTO Advisor 055: AzureStack - On-prem Public Cloud with Jeff Snover

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. 

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CTO Advisor 054: You thought OpenStack is hard? Wait for AI - Oracle's Chuck Hollis

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. 

The Sphere 001: Bringing the Noise from the Indy VMUG

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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CTO Advisor 053 - The Rise of AI with Val Bercovici

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. 

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