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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Pivotal Developer Ready Infrastructure - CTO Advisor 052

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.

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Is VMUG still independent? - CTO Advisor 051

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. 

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Dockercon 17 in review - The CTO Advisor Podcast 50

There's a lot packed in this 30-min episode. Tyler Britten rejoins the podcast with myself and new co-host Mark May to review Dockercon 2017. Wide ranging topics include 

  • 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! 


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Digital transformation's impact on the CTO and CIO roles - CTO 047

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? 

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