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

  • 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.

  • Accelerating the Kubernetes Container Experience

    Episode  |  October 22nd, 2020  |  Season 2020  |  44 mins 18 secs
    cio, composable infrastructure, convergence, data fabric, datacenter, enterprise, hci, information technology, it, processor, servers, storage, technology

    Containers have been embraced by IT organizations across the board. No longer strictly limited to dev ops and non-production environments, we're starting to see production enterprise applications being deployed into Kubernetes-managed containers. These deployments expose the limitations of the technology. This episode of DataCentric goes into some of the challenges of leveraging the full power of the underlying hardware by using innovative I/O acceleration techniques, coupled with control and data plane enhancements to allow efficient utilization of all available resources. Diamanti's vice president of product, Brian Walden, joins Steve & Matt in an informative discussion about how to leverage the power of Kubernetes to its fullest potential.

  • Inside the Hyper-Scale Server Market & the Future of the Data Center

    Episode  |  October 19th, 2020  |  Season 2020  |  46 mins 15 secs
    ai, arm, futures, hyperscale, hyve, ml, odm, server

    The hyper-scale market is often a leading indicator of broader enterprise data center trends. This is true of software to manage scalability, autonomous management, security, disaggregated storage, and AI/ML. Jay Shenoy, vice president of technology for Hyve, a key ODM serving the hyper-scaler market, joins Matt & Steve to talk about what he's seeing. It's another great conversation on the rapid evolution of the enterprise data center.

  • Inside the Server Market with Dell Technologies' Jonathan Seckler

    Episode  |  October 13th, 2020  |  Season 2020  |  41 mins 34 secs
    cio, composable infrastructure, convergence, data fabric, datacenter, enterprise, hci, information technology, it, processor, servers, storage, technology

    Our old friend Jonathan Seckler, Dell Technologies Director of Server Marketing, joins hosts Matt Kimball and Steve McDowell to talk about the current state of the server market. The conversation quickly evolves from server hardware to talking about how the demands of digital transformation, and the voice of the customer, influence the products that companies like Dell builds.

  • It's Cyber-Security Month and HPE has a Unique New Server Offering

    Episode  |  October 1st, 2020  |  Season 2020  |  43 mins 5 secs
    cio, cyber-security, enterprise, hpe, it, secure supply chain, server

    Securing the supply chain for enterprise infrastructure is a key element to any comprehensive cyber-security strategy.
    As cyber-security month kicks off, Hewlett Packard Enterprise announces a new "country of origin" server program that takes things to the next level.

  • Inside the HCI Market with Hewlett Packard Enterprise

    Episode  |  September 28th, 2020  |  Season 2020  |  43 mins 43 secs
    dhci, hci, hewlett packard enterprise, hpe, hyper-converged infrastructure, nutanix`, simplivity, vmware, vmworld

    What is it about HCI that enterprise IT likes so much? David Wang, HPE's director of storage marketing, drops in to talk to Matt and Steve about why HCI is compelling, and how the different flavors of HCI address a range of needs in the enterprise, whether on the edge or in the core. It's a wide-ranging and fascinating conversation that you won't want to miss.