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

  • Live from HPE Discover: Announcements! Themes! Fun in Las Vegas with HPE!

    Episode  |  June 19th, 2019  |  Season 2019  |  19 mins 28 secs
    composable infrastructure, discover, hci, hewlett packard enterprise, hpe, simplivity, storage

    HPE Discover kicks off with an overwhelming list of themes focused around software-defined, multi-cloud, intelligent edge, and, of course, the stars of the show: Storage and HCI. Hosts Matt Kimball & Steve McDowell provide a high-level recap of all the happenings, while also providing context for the announcements. You won't want to miss it!

  • June 10, 2019: Quarterly Server Numbers! Dell Tech Earnings! What's happening at Nutanix? And Computex!

    Episode  |  June 10th, 2019  |  Season 2019  |  41 mins 10 secs
    amd, computex, dell technologies, earnings, intel, nutanix

    It's been a newsworthy week in the world of data center. IDC released server numbers that validate what the recent spate of earnings has told us. Dell Technologies released positive earnings. Is Nutanix heading towards the rocks, or just experiencing natural transition pains? And was there anything newsworthy out of Computex for the data center crowd (hint: yes)? Hosts Matt Kimball and Steve McDowell delve into it all.

  • Inside IBM Storage with Eric Herzog, CMO & VP WW Storage Channels

    Episode  |  June 3rd, 2019  |  Season 2019  |  38 mins 34 secs
    ibm, ibm storage

    Eric Herzog is chief marketing officer and vice president of worldwide storage channels for IBM's storage group. In a wide-ranging conversation, Eric offers up IBM's vision of what's important in storage. Not to give away the game, but it's all about applications, workloads, and use-cases.

  • May 28, 2019: Earnings Extravaganza! HPE! Pure Storage! NetApp! Plus China, Huawei, Lenovo, and More!

    Episode  |  May 28th, 2019  |  Season 2019  |  42 mins 16 secs
    earnings, hewlett packard enterprise, hpe, lenovo, netapp, pure storage

    Last week was a big week for earnings, with Hewlett Packard Enterprise beating the street and providing some intriguing commentary in their conference call, Pure Storage misses its number while putting up great growth, and NetApp is clearly struggling. All that, and discussion of China, Lenovo, Huawei, and more.

  • May 23, 2019: Recapping Lenovo Accelerate

    Episode  |  May 23rd, 2019  |  Season 2019  |  55 mins 38 secs
    conference, lenovo, lenovo data center

    Recorded live from Lenovo Accelerate in Orlando, FLA, hosts Matt Kimball and Steve McDowell wrap up their coverage of the event. They talk servers, storage, edge, networking, Lenovo's place in the world, and touch on the overall vibe of the event.

  • Lenovo Accelerate Day 2: Talking HCI & Software Defined with Lenovo

    Episode  |  May 14th, 2019  |  Season 2019  |  19 mins 41 secs
    cloud, hci, lenovo, lenovo accelerate, sdi

    We're podcasting live from Lenovo Accelerate in Orlando. Today Matt and Steve are joined by Shekhar Mishra, Director of Product Marketing for Software Defined Datacenter at Lenovo, and Patrick Moorhead, founder and principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy. The group talks about the impact of software-defined infrastructure, HCI, and cloud on enterprise IT.

  • Lenovo Accelerate Day 1: Lenovo Enters with Strong Momentum

    Episode  |  May 14th, 2019  |  Season 2019  |  12 mins 13 secs
    conference, lenovo, lenovo data center

    Lenovo's data center group is on fire, outgrowing the market. Lenovo Accelerate is the company's premier event for its enterprise customers -- hosts Steve McDowell and Matt Kimball from Moor Insights & Strategy talk about what they learned at the kick-off, and what they hope to learn over their next three days in Orlando.

  • Nutanix .NEXT Day 2: The Customer Experience

    Episode  |  May 10th, 2019  |  Season 2019  |  40 mins 10 secs
    .next, customer experience, hci, nutanix

    Nutanix .NEXT hosted nearly 7,000 IT professionals, and we managed to get one to talk about his experiences deploying Nutanix HCI in an enterprise environment. Join Matt, Steve, and special guest Drew Harris from the Cosmopolitan Casino to hear the reality of modern IT colliding with HCI.

  • Nutanix .NEXT Day 1 Recap: All About the Announcements

    Episode  |  May 8th, 2019  |  Season 2019  |  19 mins 8 secs
    .next, conference, hci, nutanix

    The first day of Nutanix .NEXT has come and (nearly) gone. Matt & Steve talk about their impressions of the day, Nutanix's place in the software-defined world, and the amazing energy flowing through the convention center.

  • Special Dell Tech World Day 3 Recap: What'd we Learn?

    Episode  |  May 1st, 2019  |  Season 2019  |  12 mins 40 secs
    data center, dell emc, dell technologies, servers, storage

    Dell Tech World day 3 was a day of closure, better coffee, and smuggled bacon. Hosts Matt Kimball and Steve McDowell talk about their key takeaways in this short recap of what was a great event.

  • Special Dell Tech World Day 2 Recap: Storage, Data, and a Server

    Episode  |  April 30th, 2019  |  Season 2019  |  23 mins 42 secs
    conference, dell emc, dell technologies, dell technologies world, will.i.am

    Day 2 of Dell Technologies World saw a flurry of product announces in storage, data protection, HCI, VMWare, and even a new server. Hear all about that, and Matt & Steve's experiences on the show floor.

  • Special Dell Tech World Day 1 Recap: All About that Cloud!

    Episode  |  April 29th, 2019  |  Season 2019  |  14 mins 52 secs
    azure, conference, dell emc, dell tech world, microsoft, vmware

    Day one of Dell Technologies World 2019 has just concluded, and Matt & Steve provide a quick recap of the day's events, from serving humanity to VMWare everywhere.