About the show

Welcome to the DataCentric podcast, where we delve into the latest developments in information technology, offering insights into its intricate workings and broader implications.

Hosted by Steve McDowell, Senior Analyst at NAND Research, our podcast explores new technologies, influential trends, and provides expert commentary on the forward trajectory of the technology industry.

Join us as we navigate the complex landscape of IT. Whether you're an industry professional or simply curious about the future of technology, DataCentric is your trusted source for informed discourse and forward-thinking analysis.

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Episodes and Blog Entries

  • 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.

  • Going Cloud Native with NetApp Astra

    Episode  |  February 25th, 2022  |  Season 2022  |  29 mins 25 secs
    cio, composable infrastructure, convergence, data fabric, datacenter, enterprise, hci, information technology, it, processor, servers, storage, technology

    Cloud Native is fast becoming the go-to model for deploying applications in the enterprise. Making containers production-ready requires more than just installing Kubernetes, as we find out from NetApp's Eric Han, Vice President of product management for NetApp Astra.

  • Inside PCIe 6.0 with PCI SIG president Al Yanes + Inside AMD & Intel Earnings

    Episode  |  February 3rd, 2022  |  Season 2022  |  35 mins 48 secs
    datacenter, earnings, enterprise, information technology, it, pci sig, pcie, processor, servers, storage

    It's all about silicon as Matt & Steve go deep into the new PCIe 6.0 specification with PCI SIG president Al Yanes + the guys (minus Al) talk about the latest quarterly earnings from AMD & Intel to understand what the impact might be for enterprise infrastructure.

  • Trends to Watch in 2022

    Episode  |  January 21st, 2022  |  Season 2022  |  38 mins 26 secs
    amd, ampere computing, arm, ces, cio, data center, datacenter, enterprise, information technology, intel, it, pcie, processor, semiconductors, servers, storage

    Hosts Matt Kimball & Steve McDowell kick off 2022 with a discussion on what to watch in the world of enterprise infrastructure during 2022. This is a wide-ranging conversation covering everything from AMD and ARM in the server market, to PCIe 4.0, and even some of the goings-on at this month's Consumer Electronics Show. Tune in!

  • Delivering Database-as-a-Service with Nutanix Era & HPE GreenLake

    Episode  |  November 3rd, 2021  |  Season 2021  |  25 mins 57 secs
    aas, cio, database, database-as-a-service, greenlake, hpe, nutanix

    There is a trend in IT towards simplifying the IT experience, both technologies and IT services. Nowhere is this more evident than in how IT organizations deliver services, such as database services, to the broader enterprise. Nutanix and HPE sit at the forefront of this trend, and we talk to them both on this edition of DataCentric.

  • Overcoming the Challenges of Multi-Cloud with HCI

    Episode  |  October 24th, 2021  |  Season 2021  |  26 mins 14 secs
    cio, composable infrastructure, convergence, data fabric, datacenter, enterprise, hci, information technology, it, processor, servers, storage, technology

    Hybrid multi-cloud has become a standard part of nearly every enterprise's IT infrastructure, yet it often remains a disjointed element with complexities that are different from those faced in the traditional data center. This episode brings Nutanix and Lenovo together to talk about how HCI can be a great way to address these challenges.

  • Application Transformation with Data-Driven DevOps

    Episode  |  August 19th, 2021  |  Season 2021  |  21 mins 45 secs
    cio, cybersecurity, data, data protection, datacenter, delphix, devops, enterprise, information technology, it, mlops, technology

    While DevOps offers IT organizations the tools required to deliver application transformation, it isn't until you start to incorporate an awareness of "Data" into a DevOps world that the real power to achieve digital transformation can be achieved. Delphix CEO and founder Jedidiah Yueh joins the podcast to talk about the power of DevOps and why data is the "last automation frontier".

  • Data at the Edge with Western Digital

    Episode  |  August 12th, 2021  |  Season 2021  |  23 mins 44 secs
    edge, enterprise, information technology, it, servers, storage, technology, western digital

    The AI-enabled edge has fast become a part of nearly every enterprise IT architecture, but the machines that we deploy at the edge don't always look like the equipment in the data center. Edge requires a different way of thinking about IT architecture. Scott Hamilton, senior director of product marketing and management at Western Digital, joins the podcast to talk about deploying data solutions at the edge.

  • Dell Technologies APEX & the as-a-service Market

    Episode  |  August 4th, 2021  |  Season 2021  |  40 mins
    ai, as-a-service, cloud, dell technologies, dell apex, edge

    Dell Technologies entered the as-a-service market with full-force earlier this year when it unveiled its APEX portfolio of offerings. Dell's Adam Glick joins the podcast to talk about the trends and drivers that makes as-a-service attractive to IT shops of every size, as well as taking us through the details of Dell's APEX offerings.

  • Thinking about Cyber-Security

    Episode  |  July 12th, 2021  |  Season 2021  |  28 mins 40 secs
    cio, cybersecurity, datacenter, information technology, it, ransomware, security

    How should IT professionals think about cyber-security in a world where business-impacting ransomware and malware attacks have become a daily occurrence? Matt & Steve talk to Tim Liu, the CTO and co-founder of Hillstone Networks, a long-time player in the IT security market. It's a wide-ranging conversation touching on current trends in data protection; thinking about security for cloud, edge, and core; and even using AI and advanced analytics to detect malware before it impacts your business. This is a great and timely discussion.

  • Arm in the Cloud: A Roundtable with Arm, Ampere, and Oracle Cloud

    Episode  |  June 23rd, 2021  |  Season 2021  |  48 mins 28 secs
    cio, composable infrastructure, convergence, data fabric, datacenter, enterprise, hci, information technology, it, processor, servers, storage, technology

    It's been a big year for Arm in server. Earlier this year, Arm announced its Armv9 architecture and new Neoverse cores. Ampere Computing recently announced its new processor roadmap while also delivering Arm-based server technology into the market. Oracle Cloud has announced Ampere-based instances. We go deep into all of this with a special roundtable discussion with Arm, Ampere, and Oracle.