Keith Townsend

CTO Advisor

Kelsey Hightower

Principal Engineer,
Google Cloud

Amanda Blevins

VP/CTO, Americas


VP Hardware
System Engineering,


Chief Research and
Innovation Officer, VMware


Executive Director,

The CTO Advisor @ VMware Explore 2022

Come See Keith, the CTO Advisor at
Booth #704 and Win

New VMware name, same VMware taste! Come see Keith and the team as they tackle some of tech’s biggest questions on the VMware Explore showfloor in booth #704, two doors down from the VMware Stage.  Come see the largest mobile podcast command center at VMware “The CTO Advisor Flying Cloud” as Keith and Melissa take a detour in their CTO Advisor Road Trip and stop over for some thought provoking conversations. Don’t forget to stop by the Lego Lab and also enter our raffle for a chance to win some amazing prizes.

From the Edge to the Public Cloud



Keith Townsend, principal advisor at The CTO Advisor LLC, sits down with end-user, CTO-level executives to discuss strategies for managing data from the edge to the cloud. Each panelist has years of experience managing large-scale, mission-critical systems from SAP to cloud native applications. Those systems have extended from the private data center to the public cloud and now to the edge. As a result, the group of CTOs has faced many challenges VMware customers currently face. Townsend has interviewed the CEOs of Fortune 500 enterprise IT vendors and is known for holding nothing back. Technologies and topics to be discussed include public cloud, private cloud, cloud native (Kubernetes), and governance.

The CTO Advisor Studio Comes to You!

Powering the CTO Experience

Bringing the voice of the CTO Advisor to the show floor of VMware Explore.

You don’t want to miss the star studded lineup Keith has instore for VWware Explore 2022! If you stop by the booth you might even get a chance to wind up on the podcast yourself.

Get connected to the CTO Advisor on Twitter.
The conversation has just begun!

August 29 – September 1, 2022            San Francisco, CA

August 29 – September 1, 2022
San Francisco, CA

The Flying Cloud Touches Down at VMware Explore 2022

Over the past year, Keith and Melissa have traveled thousands of miles on their cloud journey. The duo has had conversations in the homes of some of the world’s most respected cloud experts. The community conversations include careers, family, health, and the journey to the Cloud. Has the CTO Advisor Flying Cloud finally arrived at the place to have the conversation about hybrid cloud infrastructure, VMware Explore 2022? Or does the journey continue?

The Lego Lab

The CTO Advisor introduces the Lego Lab in booth #704! Join us in some creative release and let’s see what you can build!

We challenge you to tweet a picture of your creation with the hashtag #TheCTOAdvisorLegoLab and get a free entry into our massive Giveaway!

The CTO Advisor 

VMware Explore 2022

Road Trip Giveaway

Three Levels of Prizes, Three Ways to Win


Macbook Air M2 (2022)

Nintendo Switch OLED

Share The CTO Advisor VMware Explore giveaway hashtag on Twitter with a photo or thoughts on VMware Explore and gain an additional giveaway entry!  Just use #TheCTOAdvisorStudioGiveaway2022

See all the Prizes at the CTO Advisor Booth #704


LEGO Nintendo Ent. System
Take Any One You Want
LEGO Atari 2600
Space Invaders Anyone?
LEGO Ghostbusters ECTO-1
Who You Gonna Call?


LEGO Marvel
Infinity Gauntlet
Oh Snaps
LEGO Batman
Classic TV Series Cowl
The Hero We Need, Not The One We Deserve
LEGO Star Wars
Storm Trooper Helmet
Not The Droids You’re Looking For