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

  • 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.

  • 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.