The CTO Advisor Virtual Seminar 2022 7th July 2022  |  10 am - 2 pm CDT
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The event is a 4-hour event with three content paths. You don't have to consume all the content in one day or even all the content. The environment will be available for 30-days. As the schedule fills, you want to make sure to select the event you want to attend "live." Live events are recorded but the speakers will be in the chat rooms of their sessions to answer questions and engage with the audience.


July 7, 2022 10:00 am

Keynote - Why Hardware Still Matters

Abstract: 81% of companies use the public cloud according to Gartner and the trend has only been increasing since a global pandemic and online consumption of goods (retail, streaming, etc.) has driven consumer growth of cloud services, so companies have increased focus on development critical to their revenue (specifically software, application development, etc.) and “outsourced” decisions about hardware to cloud service providers. It may seem counterintuitive to observe this trend, and also claim that hardware still matters, but in reality since 2016 the industry has leaped into a Renaissance of hardware systems innovation from AI and video transcode accelerator startups, to custom silicon development, new classes of general purpose technologies (like persistent memory, disaggregated memory, faster storage mediums), and open network solutions. There has never been a time in our industry where the hardware systems are more critical to the customer experience, security, reliability, and sustainability of our ecosystem. In this session we will walk through key innovation domains in the industry, and how our experience building a network of 270 cities in over 100 countries interconnecting over 10,500 networks globally, including major ISPs, cloud services, and enterprises.

Rebecca Weekly
VP Hardware Systems, Cloudflare


July 7, 2022 11:00 am

What’s Next After VMware?

Abstract: There are a lot of unanswered questions for the VMware customer, employee, and partner. Keith Townsend will detail the new direction of the CTO Advisor Hybrid Infrastructure (CTOAHI) as a result of the acquisition of VMware. Customers in the middle of a hybrid infrastructure transformation must handle the curveball of an expected change in strategy from the new VMware. Keith shares his response and advice for employees, customers, and partners. CTOAHI is an environment built as a PoC for large enterprises. Keith will share the practical learnings from CTOA early lessons.

Keith Townsend
Principal CTO Advisor, The CTO Advisor LLC

July 7, 2022 12:00 pm

Data Gravity: Reaching Escape Velocity

Abstract: Data Gravity describes the gravitational effect your data has on your applications and services. Simply put, those apps and services are pulled to where your data is stored. This pull can create lock-in to your provider, excessive costs accessing that data in the form of egress charges, and reduced flexibility in choosing where and how to deploy applications. This session will provide a framework for assessing your current and future data locality requirements and an understanding of when and where to consider data repatriation.

Joe Onisick
Co-Founder, Transformation Continuum

July 7, 2022 01:00 pm

Modern Day Primary Data

An Object storage company claims Object storage is the present and future of cloud-based storage and all storage. Keith Townsend interviewed Dr. Kenneth Hoste of Ghent University at KubeCon. More than 50% of the compute-based research at Ghent occurs in Fortune against NFS. In addition, AWS recently announced FSx fo ONTAP. What does the term Primary Data mean in 2022, and how should architects consider enabling cloud-native applications and data analytics? The storage and data experts panel will dig deeper into the topic and shed light on the topic.

Karen Lopez
Senior Project Manager and Architect, InfoAdvisors

Enrico Signoretti
Head Research Product Strategy, GigaOM

Keith Townsend
Principal CTO Advisor, The CTO Advisor LLC

Ray Lucchesi
Information Technology and Services Consultant, Silverton Consulting

Andy Banta
Storage Janitor, Independent

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does the conference cost?


My Information - So, if the conference is free, I’m the product, right?

We are only asking for your email address, company, and full name. We will add you to the various CTO Advisor communications. You can opt out at any time. The sponsors don’t get your information.

How is this different from a webinar?

What we heard from our 2020 attendees – “This felt like VMworld. It was nice to see friends again.” What makes our events different is that we have the speakers actively participate in the chat as their pre-recorded sessions play. The value of live is the interaction with your community of peers.

Can I sponsor a session or event?

Sure, email