Today we’re talking to Kevin McGrath, the CTO at Spot. And we discuss how Spot saves their clients 80-90% on their cloud compute bills. The concept of data gravity and how to conquer it, and how to design career paths that include growth without necessarily moving into management. 

All of this, right here, right now, on the Modern CTO Podcast!

To learn more about Spot, check them out at https://spot.io

About Kevin McGrath:

Kevin brings many years of experience as an architect and technical leader to Spot, where he guides the engineering organization as CTO.

Kevin started his career at USi, the first Application Service Provider (ASP) 20 years ago.  It was here he began delivering enterprise applications as a service in one of the first multi-tenant shared datacenter environments. After USinternetworking was acquired by AT&T, Kevin served in the office of the CTO at Sungard Availability Services where he specialized in migrating legacy workload to cloud native and Serverless architectures.

Kevin holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Maryland and a Masters in Technology Management from University of Maryland University College.

About Spot:

Spot by NetApp is changing the way that companies run in the cloud. Our product suite uses innovative machine learning and analytics to automate and optimize cloud infrastructure, ensure that workloads and applications always have the best possible infrastructure–always available, always scalable and always at the lowest possible cost.

Spot’s technology provides insights into cloud costs, recommendations for how to optimize utilization and costs, and automation to implement those recommendations in just a few clicks. Ideal for autoscaling applications, containers, Kubernetes and more, our products

With over 1,500 customers, from startups to global enterprises, the results speak for themselves: up to 90% lower cloud compute costs, with fully automated scaling and infrastructure management and SLA-based availability.

Proven products, outstanding customer satisfaction and a world-class team — that combination makes us the right Spot for companies and individuals looking to get the most out of the cloud.

Joel Beasley

Joel began writing code at age 13 selling his first technology by age 18 for one million dollars. In his first three transactions, he developed key relationships and began working with Investors and Chief Technology Officers collaborating and building products in Real Estate, Law, Finance, and Fitness.

Today, Joel is a Chief Technologist volgging the process of building a company LeaderBits.io. Joel is an author of the book Modern CTO a #1 New Release on Amazon and a #1 Technology Podcast with 70k active listeners. Joel has a clear vision and passion for modern technology, placing him as one of the most exciting Chief Technology Officers to watch out for.

Joel is the President of BeasleyFoundation.org a charity that designs STEM related children’s books Back to the Moon and Princess Physicist. These books are then donated to orphanages, homeless pregnant woman and in-need children. Beasley Foundation was formed in February 2017 after Joel, Mitch and Valerie lost their Mother to Leukemia after being diagnosed 6 weeks earlier. Joel and his siblings wanted to do something unique with her life insurance money and the Beasley Foundation was formed.

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