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

  • IBM Closes Red Hat Acquisition + Releases New Storage Offerings

    Episode  |  July 10th, 2019  |  Season 2019  |  27 mins 27 secs
    cloud, ibm, red hat, storage

    It's been a big week for IBM. The company closed its acquisition of Red Hat, while also expanding its storage offerings. Matt & Steve give their thoughts on what it all means. We also bring in IBM's Storage group CMO Eric Herzog to tell us all about the new storage offerings. For Eric, it's all about Applications, Workloads, and Use Cases. All that, and more, on this episode of DataCentric.

  • July 2 2019: HCI Market Share Numbers + Wrapping up HPE Discover

    Episode  |  July 2nd, 2019  |  Season 2019  |  27 mins 29 secs
    dell technologies, hci, hewlett packard enterprise, hpe, nutanix, vmware

    HCI market share numbers for Q1 2019 are in and, boy, have things changed! Nutanix slides while Dell EMC holds dominance in branded systems, but isn't that part of Nutanix's strategy? Shifting to less branded, more partner/OEM sales? That, plus we recap the big themes from the recent HPE Discover Conference. All that, and more, from Matt Kimball and Steve McDowell, technology analysts at Moor Insights & Strategy.

  • Cyber-Security with HPE's Bob Moore: Live from HPE Discover

    Episode  |  June 24th, 2019  |  Season 2019  |  18 mins 10 secs
    cybersecurity, hewlett packard enterprise, hpe, hpe discover

    There are two kinds of commercial computer users, our guest Bob Moore, Director of Server Software and Product Security at HPE, tells us: Those that have been attacked, and those that have been attacked again. This is a great half-hour delving into the devious ways that we're all being targeted, and how the industry (and HPE) reacts to it.

  • Converged Infrastructure with HPE's Gary Thome: Live from HPE Discover

    Episode  |  June 19th, 2019  |  Season 2019  |  17 mins 59 secs
    composable infrastructure, converged infrastructure, hci, hewlett packard enterprise, hpe, software defined infrastructure

    Joining the podcast this week is Gary Thome, HPE's vice president and chief engineer within the Converged Datacenter Infrastructure business. Moor Insights & Strategy analysts Matt Kimball and Steve McDowell talk to Gary to gain a deeper understanding of what converged infrastructure is, and how it fits into modern IT architecture.

  • Live from HPE Discover: Announcements! Themes! Fun in Las Vegas with HPE!

    Episode  |  June 19th, 2019  |  Season 2019  |  19 mins 28 secs
    composable infrastructure, discover, hci, hewlett packard enterprise, hpe, simplivity, storage

    HPE Discover kicks off with an overwhelming list of themes focused around software-defined, multi-cloud, intelligent edge, and, of course, the stars of the show: Storage and HCI. Hosts Matt Kimball & Steve McDowell provide a high-level recap of all the happenings, while also providing context for the announcements. You won't want to miss it!

  • June 10, 2019: Quarterly Server Numbers! Dell Tech Earnings! What's happening at Nutanix? And Computex!

    Episode  |  June 10th, 2019  |  Season 2019  |  41 mins 10 secs
    amd, computex, dell technologies, earnings, intel, nutanix

    It's been a newsworthy week in the world of data center. IDC released server numbers that validate what the recent spate of earnings has told us. Dell Technologies released positive earnings. Is Nutanix heading towards the rocks, or just experiencing natural transition pains? And was there anything newsworthy out of Computex for the data center crowd (hint: yes)? Hosts Matt Kimball and Steve McDowell delve into it all.

  • Inside IBM Storage with Eric Herzog, CMO & VP WW Storage Channels

    Episode  |  June 3rd, 2019  |  Season 2019  |  38 mins 34 secs
    ibm, ibm storage

    Eric Herzog is chief marketing officer and vice president of worldwide storage channels for IBM's storage group. In a wide-ranging conversation, Eric offers up IBM's vision of what's important in storage. Not to give away the game, but it's all about applications, workloads, and use-cases.

  • May 28, 2019: Earnings Extravaganza! HPE! Pure Storage! NetApp! Plus China, Huawei, Lenovo, and More!

    Episode  |  May 28th, 2019  |  Season 2019  |  42 mins 16 secs
    earnings, hewlett packard enterprise, hpe, lenovo, netapp, pure storage

    Last week was a big week for earnings, with Hewlett Packard Enterprise beating the street and providing some intriguing commentary in their conference call, Pure Storage misses its number while putting up great growth, and NetApp is clearly struggling. All that, and discussion of China, Lenovo, Huawei, and more.

  • May 23, 2019: Recapping Lenovo Accelerate

    Episode  |  May 23rd, 2019  |  Season 2019  |  55 mins 38 secs
    conference, lenovo, lenovo data center

    Recorded live from Lenovo Accelerate in Orlando, FLA, hosts Matt Kimball and Steve McDowell wrap up their coverage of the event. They talk servers, storage, edge, networking, Lenovo's place in the world, and touch on the overall vibe of the event.

  • Lenovo Accelerate Day 2: Talking HCI & Software Defined with Lenovo

    Episode  |  May 14th, 2019  |  Season 2019  |  19 mins 41 secs
    cloud, hci, lenovo, lenovo accelerate, sdi

    We're podcasting live from Lenovo Accelerate in Orlando. Today Matt and Steve are joined by Shekhar Mishra, Director of Product Marketing for Software Defined Datacenter at Lenovo, and Patrick Moorhead, founder and principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy. The group talks about the impact of software-defined infrastructure, HCI, and cloud on enterprise IT.

  • Lenovo Accelerate Day 1: Lenovo Enters with Strong Momentum

    Episode  |  May 14th, 2019  |  Season 2019  |  12 mins 13 secs
    conference, lenovo, lenovo data center

    Lenovo's data center group is on fire, outgrowing the market. Lenovo Accelerate is the company's premier event for its enterprise customers -- hosts Steve McDowell and Matt Kimball from Moor Insights & Strategy talk about what they learned at the kick-off, and what they hope to learn over their next three days in Orlando.

  • Nutanix .NEXT Day 2: The Customer Experience

    Episode  |  May 10th, 2019  |  Season 2019  |  40 mins 10 secs
    .next, customer experience, hci, nutanix

    Nutanix .NEXT hosted nearly 7,000 IT professionals, and we managed to get one to talk about his experiences deploying Nutanix HCI in an enterprise environment. Join Matt, Steve, and special guest Drew Harris from the Cosmopolitan Casino to hear the reality of modern IT colliding with HCI.