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

  • Commvault CEO Sanjay Mirchandani

    Episode  |  February 22nd, 2021  |  Season 2021  |  38 mins 10 secs
    cio, data management, data protection, datacenter, enterprise

    Commvault is having a great run in the white-hot data management and data protection space. It's most recent quarter set records for the quarter-century old organization. Credit for its revitalization and success falls directly in the lap of its CEO, Sanjay Mirchandani, who took the reins in early 2019. This edition of the DataPodcast podcast goes one-on-one with Sanjay to get his unique perspective on the data management and data protection market, and how Commvault's strategy aligns with that vision.

  • Inside Pure Storage's FlashBlade and FlashArray Announcements

    Episode  |  February 16th, 2021  |  Season 2021  |  31 mins 48 secs
    all flash storage, enterprise storage, flasharray, flashblade, pure storage, qlc

    Pure Storage, one of the original pioneers of all-flash storage, has released a slew of updates to the software behind both its FlashArray and FlashBlade products. We talk to Pure Storage vice presidents Amy Fowler and Scott Baker about what's happening in enterprise storage, and what's changing with Pure's latest release.

  • AMD & Intel Earnings: What's it mean for the server market?

    Episode  |  January 29th, 2021  |  Season 2021  |  24 mins 17 secs
    advanced micro devices, amd, data center, earnings, intel, server

    Both Intel and AMD released earnings last week, with Intel's Data Center Group sliding a little bit, while AMD's server fortunes rise. What's it mean for the enterprise server market overall? And how is 2021 starting to shape up? Hosts Matt Kimball and Steve McDowell talk about it on this episode of DataCentric.

  • Data Center Predictions for 2021

    Episode  |  January 18th, 2021  |  Season 2021  |  40 mins 54 secs
    amd, arm, as a service, aws, azure, cloud, hpe, ibm, intel, micron, microsoft, nutanix, nvidia, predictions, servers, storage

    It's a new year, which can only mean one thing: Predictions! Matt & Steve go through their top predictions of what will be most impactful to the data center world in 2021. There's Arm, cloud, Optane, Micron, Intel, as-a-service, Nutanix, trends, acquisitions, and so much more. Turn on & tune in.

  • Digital Transformation during an Uncertain Time

    Episode  |  December 22nd, 2020  |  Season 2020  |  42 mins 3 secs
    cio, digital transformation, enterprise, it

    Jumping into the world of digital transformation, hosts Matt Kimball and Steve McDowell (senior technology analysts at Moor Insights & Strategy) welcome Bipin Sahni, an expert in digital transformation. This is a fascinating and wide-ranging conversation touching on everything from IT in the time in the time of COVID, data migration, stack modernization, hybrid-cloud and as-a-service adoption, and the emergence of AI in the enterprise.

  • Catching up on the IoT Edge

    Episode  |  November 25th, 2020  |  Season 2020  |  44 mins 1 sec
    edge, iot, iotech systems, it, ot

    You can't escape the Edge, but what does it really mean for IT? This episode finds Matt & Steve talking to Jim White, the CTO of IOTech Systems, about the trends and technologies that are influencing the evolution of the IoT-driven edge.

  • Catching up on High Performance Computing, with Penguin Computing

    Episode  |  November 23rd, 2020  |  Season 2020  |  34 mins 20 secs
    cio, composable infrastructure, convergence, data fabric, datacenter, enterprise, hci, information technology, it, processor, servers, storage, technology

    As SuperComputing 2020 wraps up, it's a great time to catch up on everything happening in the HPC world -- and there's a lot! Containers, software-defined everything, and more. Penguin Computing's Matt Jacobs and Kevin Tubbs join Matt & Steve to talk about it all.

  • Cloud-Native Data Protection, Commvault Style

    Episode  |  November 17th, 2020  |  Season 2020  |  33 mins 23 secs
    backup, commvault, containers, data management, data protection, k8, kubecon, kubernetes

    Containers require a different way of thinking about persistent data, which deeply influences how data protection operates in a cloud-native world. Nobody understands Data Protection quite like Commvault. This episode brings CommVault's Don Foster to the table to talk about the intersection of data protection and container orchestration.

  • Inside Modern Flash Storage Technologies

    Episode  |  November 8th, 2020  |  Season 2020  |  35 mins 7 secs
    data center, enterprise, fibre channel, flash memory, ibm, nand, nvme, optane, qlc, scm, storage, tlc

    Flash storage continues to evolve, with that evolution triggering changes in how we think about and deliver enterprise storage. Andy Walls, an IBM Fellow and IBM's CTO for its flash storage products, takes us through the big impactors affecting the flash storage industry, We hit on everything: QLC, NVMe-over-fabric, Server-Class Memory, and much more.

  • Architecting a Flexible & Resilient Data Center

    Episode  |  November 8th, 2020  |  Season 2020  |  49 mins 12 secs
    broadcom, brocade, data center, enterprise storage, fibre channel, storage networking

    The events of the past year have taught us a valuable lesson: unexpected change is going to happen, and that change requires IT organizations to quickly respond. Data centers built on a solid foundation of fast, flexible, secure, and resilient infrastructure are the ones poised to adapt and keep the business moving forward. This episode brings in storage infrastructure experts from Broadcom's Brocade division and IBM's storage group.

  • Bringing Cloud-Native to IoT, with Arm's Mohamed Awad

    Episode  |  October 30th, 2020  |  Season 2020  |  37 mins 48 secs
    cio, composable infrastructure, convergence, data fabric, datacenter, enterprise, hci, information technology, it, processor, servers, storage, technology

    Cloud-native techniques provide a natural way for deliver functionality to the edge and IoT, delivering IT agility where it's needed the most. Arm's Project Cassini brings the IoT industry together with open, collaborative, standards-based initiative to deliver a cloud-native software experience across a secure Arm edge ecosystem. Arm's Mohammed Awar joins to talk about what's happening to bring the IoT world together.

  • Inside the latest IBM Storage Announcements - Live from IBM Tech U

    Episode  |  October 27th, 2020  |  Season 2020  |  29 mins 35 secs
    cloud-native, containers, ibm, ibm tech u, kubernetes, nvme, openshift, storage

    It's all about cloud-native and containers as IBM announces a slew of new features and offerings at its annual IBM Tech U event. IBM's Eric Herzog and Sam Werner join host Steve McDowell to talk through what was announced, and how IBM sees the challenges in today's hybrid-multicloud world.