About the show

Each episode of the DataCentric podcast delves into the latest happenings in information technology, with an eye towards understanding how it all fits together. This isn't a geeky nuts-and-bolts podcast of how to implement IT, but rather a discussion and dissection of how and where the industry is moving.

Hosted by leading industry analysts Matt Kimball and Steve McDowell, the DataCentric podcast covers IT enterprise infrastructure, addressing new technologies, the trends they influence, and even gets a little "inside baseball" in discussing how the technology industry is moving forward.

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Episodes and Blog Entries

  • Taming the MultiCloud Problem, with Nutanix's Lee Caswell

    Episode  |  January 25th, 2023  |  Season 2022  |  31 mins 50 secs
    cio, composable infrastructure, convergence, data fabric, datacenter, enterprise, hci, information technology, it, processor, servers, storage, technology

    There aren't many solutions that can tame the multi-cloud management problem, but Nutanix is one of them. Hosts Matt Kimball and Steve McDowell have a wide-ranging conversation with Nutanix's Lee Caswell about the challenges that face IT administrators and architects in 2023.

  • HPE and Nutanix Expand the Potential of Greenlake & as-a-service offerings

    Episode  |  January 5th, 2023  |  Season 2022  |  37 mins 47 secs
    aas, cio, datacenter, enterprise, greenlake, hci, hewlett packard enterprise, hpe, information technology, it, ntnx, nutanix, processor, servers, storage, technology

    What happens when two powerhouse offerings collide? The TLDR answer is that it's goodness for IT administrators. Hosts Matt Kimball and Steve McDowell bring HPE and Nutanix together to talk about the combined power of Nutanix on HPE's industry-leading GreenLake as-a-service offerings.

  • Inside MySQL Heatwave: A Conversation with Oracle's Nipun Agarwal

    Episode  |  October 30th, 2022  |  Season 2022  |  27 mins 3 secs
    cio, database, enterprise, information technology, it, mysql, mysql heatwave, oracle, oracle cloudworld, technology

    MySQL is the most popular open source database in the world. Oracle's new MySQL Heatwave makes MySQL the only cloud service with a built-in, high performance, in-memory query accelerator—HeatWave. We talk to Oracle's Nipun Agarwal, Oracle's SVP of MySQL and Heatwave about what it all means.

  • Exploring Edge Computing, with Stratus's Jason Andersen.

    Episode  |  September 6th, 2022  |  Season 2022  |  50 mins 27 secs
    cio, cloud, datacenter, edge computing, enterprise, information technology, infrastructure, it, processor, servers, storage, stratus

    Matt, Steve, and special guest Jason Andersen, VP of Strategy and Product Management at Stratus, have a wide-ranging conversation about what’s happening in the world of edge computing. There's something for everyone as the guys talk about standards (or the lack of), the evolution of edge architectures, the fragmented edge market, the colliding worlds of IT & OT, and how Stratus helps its customers navigate through this confusing world.

  • Smart Buildings are a Big Data Problem, with Embue CTO Larry Genovesi

    Episode  |  July 14th, 2022  |  Season 2022  |  45 mins 59 secs
    cio, composable infrastructure, convergence, data fabric, datacenter, enterprise, hci, information technology, it, processor, servers, storage, technology

    Buildings are becoming intelligent in ways that aren't always obvious, but that can make a huge difference to both tenants and property managers alike. Intelligent buildings are the epitome of the modern edge-to-cloud story, blending together process control, SaaS, and big data analytics to solve very practical problems. Nobody knows this space better than this week's guest, CTO and co-founder of Embue, Larry Genovesi.

  • Cyber-Security at the Edge

    Episode  |  June 3rd, 2022  |  Season 2022  |  32 mins 44 secs
    cio, cybersecurity, edge, enterprise, information technology, it, ot

    Nowhere is cybersecurity more critical than at an enterprise's edge, yet that's also an area with multiple owners. IT and OT engineers each have different responsibilities and views of this world. CFE Media senior editor Gary Cohen joins the podcast to give us his perspective.

  • Modern Data Architecture: A Look at NoSQL & Couchbase

    Episode  |  May 16th, 2022  |  Season 2022  |  35 mins 42 secs
    cio, couchbase, database, datacenter, enterprise, information technology, nosql, technology

    Data is more critical, more abundant, and less structured than at any point in history. The attributes and uses of data are shifting, stressing traditional relational database management tools that we've come to rely on. NoSQL promises one answer to modern data management. Couchbase's VP of Product & Solution Marketing, Jeff Morris, joins to the podcast to talk us through what's happening.

  • The Changing Face of Cyber-Security

    Episode  |  May 5th, 2022  |  Season 2022  |  25 mins 19 secs
    cio, cyber-security, data protection, datacenter, enterprise, information technology, infrastructure, it, technology

    There is nothing more critical to IT administrators (and their bosses!) than cyber-security and data protection. Old methods of securing our infrastructure are no longer as effective as they once were. Instead, we're moving into an era of AI-based decisions about what data and traffic to let in, and keep out, of our networks. Hillstone Networks is a strong innovator in this space, and in this episode HIllstone's Tim Liu and Gary Wang help us understand cyber-security.

  • High Performance Storage, with Infinidat's Eric Herzog

    Episode  |  April 29th, 2022  |  Season 2022  |  30 mins 24 secs
    cio, cyber-resilience, cyber-security, datacenter, enterprise, flash, information technology, it, storage, technology

    There is (arguably) no faster mainstream storage available than Infinidat's just-launched InfiniBox SSA II array. Infinidat CMO Eric Herzog walks us through just how Infinidat is able to increase throughput and IOPs by more than 50% in the new array, while also ensuring a compelling level of data protection and cyber-resilience.

  • The Data Center is Changing: Are You Ready?

    Episode  |  April 21st, 2022  |  Season 2022  |  39 mins 8 secs
    cio, cloud, datacenter, enterprise, equinix, hci, hyperscale, information technology, it, servers

    The Data Center is changing, becoming more virtual, fungible, ephemeral... a whole load of adjectives that describe flexible infrastructure, whether delivered via the public cloud, an on-prem consumption-based model, or even a hyper-scale data center provider like Equinix, and its Equnix Metal offerings. Matt & Steve are joined by an expert in this field, Zac Smith, co-founder of Packet, and the current head of Edge and Metal Infrastructure at Equinix.

  • Intelligently Managing Multi-Cloud Environments

    Episode  |  April 4th, 2022  |  Season 2022  |  39 mins 50 secs
    cio, cisco, cloud, hci, hybrid-cloud, hyperconverged, hyperflex, it

    It can be painful deploying IT services into the "messy middle" between on-prem and cloud. This episode of DataCentric finds Matt & Steve talking with Cisco's Todd Brannon about how Cisco views this space, the value that Cisco Intersight brings to IT, composable systems, and

  • A Look Inside VAST Data's Growing Momentum

    Episode  |  March 2nd, 2022  |  Season 2022  |  28 mins 34 secs
    ai, cdatacenter, cio, enterprise, information technology, machine learning, storage, technology

    VAST Data's pursuit of solving some of the world's hardest data problems is resonating with customers, as VAST demonstrates with released momentum numbers. VAST CMO and co-founder Jeff Denworth joins the podcast to tell us who VAST is, and who it might become.