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

  • NetApp talks about Cloud Native, Containers, & HCI

    Episode  |  November 7th, 2019  |  Season 2019  |  36 mins 32 secs
    cloud native, containers, hci, insight, interview, kubernetes, netapp

    NetApp is about more than just about on-prem enterprise storage. They are changing with the industry as it embraces HCI, Cloud Native, and Kubernetes as part of the Data Fabric. This is critical to the company's strategy. We had the chance to sit separately with NetApp's SVP & GM of Cloud Native (which includes its Kubernetes/Containers activity) Anthony Lye, as well as NetApp's Chief HCI Architect Adam Carter at the show to hear about how to think about each of those spaces.

  • ARM TechCon 2019 Wrap-Up with Patrick Kennedy from Serve The Home

    Episode  |  October 14th, 2019  |  Season 2019  |  43 mins 40 secs
    amd, arm, edge, hpc, intel, microprocessor, server, techcon

    ARM TechCon 2019 wraps up in San Jose with Patrick Kennedy from Serve the Home joining hosts Matt Kimball and Steve McDowell to talk about what they learned, while providing insight and guidance for how to think about ARM in today's world. This is one for the chip-heads!

  • Talking Data Protection with Arcserve CTO Oussama El-Hilali & VP of Strategic Partnerships Clark Brown

    Episode  |  October 6th, 2019  |  Season 2019  |  30 mins 14 secs
    arcserver, backup, cyber-resilience, data center, data protection, enterprise it

    Data Protection has long stopped being about just backup and recovery. In this age of rampant cyber-attacks, data protection has become a strategic element of every data center's operations plan. Moor Insights & Strategy analysts Matt Kimball and Steve McDowell talk about the data protection market with Arcserve CTO Oussama El-Hilali and Arcserve Vice President Clark Brown.

  • News Round-Up: RedHat Summit, Pure Accelerate, Dell's EPYC Server,

    Episode  |  September 25th, 2019  |  Season 2019  |  44 mins 12 secs
    amd, dell emc, huawei, oracle, pure storage, red hat, servers, storage

    A catch-up podcast as Matt & Steve run through a very news-filled September. The guys recap Red Hat Summit, Pure Accelerate, and also hit product announcements from Dell EMC, Oracle, Huawei, and much, much more.

  • Talking with Coz: Pure Origins and the Future of Storage

    Episode  |  September 12th, 2019  |  Season 2019  |  51 mins 18 secs
    coz, enterprise storage, founder, origin story, pure storage

    Pure Storage is celebrating its 10th anniversary, in which time it has gone from a seed-stage start-up to a ~$4B publically traded company. It continues to be a disrupter in the storage industry. As we head into Pure Accelerate 2019 in Austin, we thought we'd step back and talk to the man behind the all-flash storage revolution, Pure's Co-Founder and CTO John "Coz" Colgrove. It's a wide-ranging conversation, from the origins of Pure, to current challenges, to the future of storage.

  • VMWorld 2019 Wrap-Up

    Episode  |  September 6th, 2019  |  Season 2019  |  45 mins 20 secs
    cio, composable infrastructure, conference, convergence, datacenter, enterprise, hci, information technology, it, processor, servers, storage, technology, vmware, vmworld

    VMworld, which has become ground-zero for talking about deploying IT infrastructure, just wrapped up in San Francisco. Moor Insights & Strategy senior datacenter analysts Matt Kimball and Steve McDowell talk about what it all means.

  • Talking with Pure Storage CEO Charlie Giancarlo

    Episode  |  August 29th, 2019  |  Season 2019  |  34 mins 22 secs
    data fabric, datacenter, earnings, enterprise, flash, hci, information technology, it, pure storage, storage, technology

    What's the secret of Pure Storage's success? Having pushed the industry into the All-Flash era, they now find themselves growing 30%/year and landing alone as the only storage vendor showing growth in this quarter's round of earnings. Pure Storage CEO Charlie Giancarlo joins the DataCentric podcast to talk about both what's behind Pure's current success, and how he envisions a future where "data" is a utility.

  • AMD Releases an Epyc ROME while Lenovo delivers very nice earnings

    Episode  |  August 21st, 2019  |  Season 2019  |  32 mins 25 secs
    amd, earnings, epyc, lenovo, processor, server

    Moor Insights & Strategy analysts Matt Kimball & Steve McDowell are back from their various summer adventures and are easing back into the podcast saddle by asking the question: Is AMD's new Rome server part really "all that"? Should IT buyers care? And if you do, should you buy a server from Lenovo, who's continuing a stellar run of solid execution? All that, and more, on the newest DataCentric.

  • 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.