About Keith Townsend

IT infrastructure subject matter expert (Cloud, Virtualization, Network & Storage) praised for transforming IT operations in verticals that include Pharma, Software, Manufacturing, Government and Financial Services. I've lead projects that include consolidation of multiple data centers and combining disparate global IT operations. "Three letter" Federal agencies have called upon me to lead the modernization of critical IT communication platforms.
12 Oct 2020

Wrong Questions Only – What’s the Best Kubernetes Distro?

By |2020-12-19T16:08:25-06:00October 12, 2020|Enterprise Software|

I’m about as interested in Kubernetes distributions as I am Linux Kernels. It’s an implementation detail. At least that’s the theory. In practice, I’ve heard presentations from VMware, Red Hat, HPE, Nirmata, NetApp, and a host of other purveyors of …

11 Oct 2020

VMware Public Cloud Enables Infrastructure as Code

By |2020-12-19T16:08:27-06:00October 11, 2020|Cloud|

Are VMware public cloud options such as VMware Cloud on AWS cloud washing? Each of the major cloud providers has released a public cloud offering loosely based on VMware Cloud Foundation. However, VMware vSphere isn’t a private cloud. vSphere is …

9 Oct 2020

What’s the future of the data center? I don’t know!

By |2020-12-19T16:08:30-06:00October 9, 2020|Data Centers|

Warning: I don’t have an answer to this question.

What’s the future of the data center control plane? AzureStack, Google Anthos, AWS Outposts, and Oracle Cloud all offer a public cloud control plane residing in the customer’s data center. I’m …

8 Oct 2020

Developer Originated SDN?

By |2020-12-19T16:08:31-06:00October 8, 2020|Blog, Data Centers, Enterprise Software, Networking|

How would you handle a situation when a developer can open up a point-to-point tunnel between their Kubernetes hosted application and node on the internet inclusive to a public cloud resource? OpenFaaS project founder Alex Ellis created such an application …

5 Oct 2020

Serverless Functions on vSphere?

By |2020-12-19T16:08:33-06:00October 5, 2020|Blog, Cloud, Data Centers|

What’s the most unlikely place to find Function-based computing (Serverless)? What if I told you VMware has a Functions as a Service platform that’s relatively popular. So popular that the company that leads the underlying project won Best of VMworld. …

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