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, senior analysts at Moor Insights & Strategy, the DataCentric podcast covers new technologies, the trends they influence, and even gets a little "inside baseball" in discussing how the technology industry is moving forward.

Moor Insights & Strategy is a global technology analyst and advisory firm with actual industry experience. The markets we address span the Internet of Things (IoT), client computing, cloud, the software-defined datacenter, and semiconductors.

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Episodes and Blog Entries

  • Supercomputing Invades the Enterprise

    Episode  |  September 10th, 2020  |  Season 2020  |  47 mins 16 secs
    enterprise it, high performance computing, hpc, penguin computing, technical computing

    Supercomputing has left the lab and is fast becoming a mainstream enterprise IT capability. There's nobody better to talk to us about this market than Penguin Computing. Penguin's SVP of Strategic Solutions Kevin Tubbs joins the conversation to take us through how to think about technical- and super-computing in the enterprise.

  • Understanding the Enterprise Infrastructure Market in 2H 2020

    Episode  |  September 4th, 2020  |  Season 2020  |  43 mins 26 secs
    cio, composable infrastructure, convergence, data fabric, datacenter, enterprise, hci, information technology, it, processor, servers, storage, technology

    It's been a big couple of weeks of earnings from all of the major enterprise infrastructure market players. High-end kit is up, mid-range everything (servers & storage) are soft, while as-a-service & software-defined all seem to be solid. What's it all mean? Is the IT world shifting? Matt & Steve talk about it all on this week's DataCentric.

  • Inside the Server Market with Dell Technologies' Jonathan Seckler

    Episode  |  August 17th, 2020  |  Season 2020  |  40 mins 59 secs
    cio, cloud, dell emc, dell technologies, edge, enterprise, it, server, software-defined infrastructure

    The server market is rapidly changing. It's less about the speeds and feeds of your hardware, and much more about the capabilities required to support critical workloads. From software-defined to edge, Dell Technologies director of server marketing join Matt Kimball & Steve McDowell in a wide-ranging discussion on the shifting landscape of servers.

  • Inside Earnings: Intel, AMD, & IBM all Beat-the-Street

    Episode  |  August 3rd, 2020  |  Season 2020  |  51 mins 50 secs
    amd, cio, earnings, ibm, intel, quarterly

    Earnings for 2Q have started rolling in, with IBM, AMD, and Intel all early reporters from the Data Center world. There's solid financial news for all three, but each with different industry-level impacts. Hosts Matt Kimball & Steve McDowell, both from Moor Insights & Strategy, talk about what it all means.

  • News Roundup: Twitter Hacked, VMware (maybe) spinning out of Dell, & does hardware still matter?

    Episode  |  July 28th, 2020  |  Season 2020  |  46 mins 27 secs
    arm, citrix, cloud, data center, dell technologies, microsoft, vmware

    It's a potpourri episode as Matt & Steve do a round-up of the past few week's news: twitter was hacked, Dell Technologies says that it might spin VMware out, ARM gets yet more traction, Microsoft endorses Citrix, and does a software-defined datacenter make hardware irrelevant? All this, and more, on this edition of DataCentric.

  • Edge Computing: IT meets Industry

    Episode  |  June 29th, 2020  |  Season 2020  |  51 mins 30 secs
    edge computing, it, ot, stratus

    Enterprise IT is rapidly moving towards the edge, but what does that really mean? There are extremes to what defines edge. Edge can describe the safe environment of a remote branch office, or maybe the air-conditioned cushiness of a remote telco hut. Then there's the extreme edge, where the lines between IT and OT blur, and anything can go. Jason Andersen, vice president of business line management at Stratus Technologies, joins Matt & Steve to talk about what edge computing can really mean.

  • Q1 2020: All About Software-Defined and As-a-Service

    Episode  |  June 12th, 2020  |  Season 2020  |  21 mins 18 secs
    dell technologies, earnings, hci, hewlett packard enterprise, nutanix, trends, vmware

    What did we learn about datacenter infrastructure from the latest batch of earnings? That’s it all about software-defined and as-a-service. Industry analysts Matt Kimball and Steve McDowell talk about what it all means on this episode of the DataCentric podcast.

  • Securing the Infrastructure Supply Chain

    Episode  |  June 2nd, 2020  |  Season 2020  |  42 mins 50 secs
    cybersecurity, hewlett packard enterprise, supply chain

    You don't always think about the security of your vendor's supply chain as a part of your organization's cybersecurity and compliance efforts -- but you should. Everything from ensuring the authenticity of components, all the way through the potential exploitation of systems & subsystems in-transit can cause enterprise's damage. This week we talk with John Grosso, Hewlett Packard Enterprise's vice president, global supply chain, about what these issues are, and how technology providers like HPE are addressing them.

  • Infrastructure Earnings during a Pandemic + AMD EPYC's Continued Traction

    Episode  |  May 27th, 2020  |  Season 2020  |  30 mins 54 secs
    amd, earnings, enteprise it, hpe, lenovo, nvidia, server

    It's a strange time for infrastructure companies as we start seeing the first full-quarter earnings in this COVID-19 world. Hewlett Packard Enterprise & Lenovo are first up, and we're learning from them how to think about this market. At the same time, AMD's EPYC server CPU continues to gain traction, with new wins in HCI and Deep Learning. Join Matt & Steve as they digest it all.

  • Inside the new Dell EMC PowerStore Mid-Range Storage Solution w/ Dell's Caitlin Gordon

    Episode  |  May 5th, 2020  |  Season 2020  |  22 mins 26 secs
    annoucement, dell emc, dell technologies, powerstore, storage

    Dell Technologies shakes up the hot midrange storage market with the introduction of its long-anticipated offering: the Dell EMC PowerStore. Dell's Caitlin Gordon joins Matt Kimball & Steve McDowell to talk through the vision of the new offering, as well as offering insights into some of the things that make this one unique -- things like an embedded hypervisor, in-the-box AI, new upgrade options, and much, much more.

  • Infrastructure Management & Deployment in a Quarantined World, with Pure Storage's Shawn Rosemarin

    Episode  |  April 27th, 2020  |  Season 2020  |  34 mins 27 secs
    iaas, it operations, management, pure storage

    Critical infrastructure needs maintenance, and, as we reconfigure for a remote workforce, it needs critical expansion. What does it take to deploy and maintain infrastructure in a world where social distancing has become the norm? Pure Storage's VP of of World Wide Systems Engineering joins Matt & Steve to talk about this, as well as what Pure is doing to help out.

  • HCI & vSAN with VMWare's Lee Caswell

    Episode  |  April 13th, 2020  |  Season 2020  |  42 mins 24 secs
    enterprise, hci, interview, vmware, vsan

    HCI continues to demonstrate exceptional growth, and there's no technology company doing more to fuel that growth than VMWare, with its leading VSAN solution. The face of VSAN for VMWare is Lee Caswell, and this week Lee joins Matt & Steve to talk about what's behind the growth of HCI as a technology, what's happening in that world today, and where it's all heading.