About Keith Townsend

Keith Townsend is the founder of TheCTOAdvisor.com and is an IT management consultant with more than 15 years of related experience designing, implementing, and managing data center technologies. His areas of expertise include virtualization, networking and storage solutions for Fortune 500 organizations. He holds a BA in computing and an MS in information technology from DePaul University.

Keith is an 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. He's lead projects that include consolidation of multiple data centers and combining disparate global IT operations. "Three letter" Federal agencies have called upon him to lead the modernization of critical IT communication platforms.

As a recognized technology thought leader, Keith has had articles published in online publications that include TechRepublic and TechTarget, and has been quoted by leading online publications such as ZDNet, GigaOM and TechCrunch. Silicon Valley start-ups have sought Keith's input on critical technology decisions. As an engineer, his experience includes building a Cloud infrastructure for consumption by large government organizations such as the FTC.

Plainly put, Keith is a technology executive with the chops to talk in the boardroom as well as the data center.onathan Brown is Vice President of Market Intelligence at TechTarget where he leads IT buying research. He has previously been Publisher at TechTarget for CIO, Data Center and Virtualization, and Windows Media Groups.

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Events with Keith Townsend

Modern Infrastructure and Operations: The Next Era of Hybrid Cloud, Virtualization Management, and Containers
Keith Townsend

Keith Townsend, expert in the enterprise virtualization space, leads this two part seminar Modern Infrastructure and Operations: The Next Era of Hybrid Cloud, Virtualization Management, and Containers. Part one is all about optimizing your environment. Townsend identifies factors that drive up costs, including memory, networked storage, and operating system licenses, and most importantly - how to manage them. This information then determines whether it’s necessary to right-size existing deployments or move in to adjacent technologies that replace the hypervisor in order to support modern workloads. In part two, these “adjacent technologies” are detailed as Townsend details the taxonomy of technologies available to complement server virtualization, including the benefits that containers can bring to data management. In just one half-day seminar you will leverage your server virtualization investments, and have strategic steps to reduce virtualization as a line item.

Register today by calling Jeremy Caci at (617) 431-9701 or completing our quick online registration form.

Dates and Locations

San Francisco, CA

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More resources from Keith Townsend

Key impacts of hosting virtual desktop infrastructure

What are some of the key management implications when considering VDI within the enterprise?

There are plenty of considerations and impacts regarding hosting virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) in the enterprise.

IO Visor challenges Open vSwitch

Network functions virtualization (NFV) has enabled both agility and cost savings, triggering plenty of interest and activity in both the enterprise and service provider spaces. As the market begins to mature and organizations operationalize both NFV and software-defined networking (SDN), questions around nonstop operations arise.

SDN orchestration with Anuta Networks' NCX platform

The conversation around software-defined networking (SDN) has been dominated by technologies such as vendor-specific network controllers, network virtualization and network functions virtualization (NFV). Most of the focus has been on managing new infrastructure or overlays, and there's questionable return on investment with the use cases that have been put forward thus far. Some products are worth a closer look, however, such as Anuta Networks' NCX -- winner of Best of VMworld 2015 for the Network category.

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