CTO Advisor 086: Behind the scenes with Mrs. CTO Advisor

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. 

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Update on Dell Technologies - W/Howard Marks

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. 

Show Notes 

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? 


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VMware SDWAN Strategy - CTO Advisor 083

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. 

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Originally posted on CTODose.com as a video. 

Uila - Bridging the gap between infrastructure and application management

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. 

Show Notes

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Where do you start your cloud-native journey - CTO Dose 78

VMware's VP of Software Defined, Dom Delfino (@domfather) joins the podcast to talk where organizations should start their cloud journey. Dom answers challenges questions about where VMware plays a role in traditional infrastructure while keeping an eye on cloud-native applications. Dom provides career advice for architects stuck on the legacy side of infrastructure. 

Defining Private Cloud w/Greg Knieriemen - CTO Dose 077

Former Speaking in Tech host Greg Knieriemen, joins the podcast. Greg is known as an emphatic defender of Private Cloud. I've said Private Cloud is dead. I, Greg and Mark agree for the most part. Where's the delta? In this podcast we define Private Cloud and opine on the state of the industry and what customers want when asking for Private Cloud. 

The power of community in enterprise IT - CTO Advisor 076

Matt Broberg VP of Community at monitoring startup Sensu joins the podcast to talk the value of community in helping achieve professional growth and reaching enterprise IT goals. I there a way to measure the return of investing in a community? Is there a difference between developers and infrastructure teams? Matt talks about the value of communities such as VMware User Groups and developer communities. How are communities in Portland different than communities in Cincinnati? 

Show Notes 

The Sphere - The random podcast that we do at conferences. 

Intro to Machine Learning w Sam Charrington - CTO Dose 074

Machine learning and Artificial Intelligence (ML/AI) is the new hot technology inside the Valley and out. We are joined by ML expert and This Week in Machine Learning (TWiML) host Sam Charrington educates me and Mark on the basics of ML, the use cases, dataset, algorithms and cloud services.

Show Notes

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Serverless is bigger than Cloud - NY Times CTO - CTO Advisor 073

New York Times CTO, Nick Rockwell, joins Keith and Mark to talk about the big bet New York Times is making on Serverless. Nick believes serverless is a bigger shift in computing than Cloud computing. The belief is so strong, Rockwell made the bet on a Serverless architecture for the New York Times Crossword (Built on App Engine) application. 

Show Highlights 

  • 02:30 - Define Serverless 
  • 04:10 - Serverless vs. Containers 
  • 10:00 - Crosswords app
  • 13:00 - Culture change required 
  • 15:30 - Where executives should lean in 

Related Post - Re-play of Severless Webinar


Is the storage industry dying? CTO Advisor 072

Howard Marks joins us this week to talk about the current state of the storage industry. With challenges from HCI vendors and Public Cloud, Keith asks both Howard and Mark if the storage industry is dying. If it's not dying when do data center managers select HCI vs. Cloud vs. SAN? Great conversation on how data gravity impacts design decisions. 

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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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