Podcasts have become an important part of how many tech executives – myself included – stay informed about the news, trends and insights on the data center industry. There’s a number of quality data center podcasts, providing a ton of useful audio content on the latest analysis, and interviews with data center thought leaders.
The problem: There are many podcasts out there. If you’re a busy data center professional, which ones are worth your time? Data Center Frontier is here to help. I’ve sampled just about all of the podcasts covering the sector, and selected my favorites for this list, with a brief discussion of the content and format.
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These four podcasts are from journalists, analysts and executives with lengthy experience tracking the data center industry. If you’re serious about data centers, these are the shows for you.
The Data Center Frontier Show: Since you read the DCF web site, we think you’ll also enjoy our new podcast. Data Center Frontier Editor Rich Miller (that’s me!) is your guide to the ongoing digital transformation, explaining how next-generation technologies are changing our world, and the critical role the data center industry plays in creating this extraordinary future. Web player and show notes.
datacenterHawk Audio Experience: David Liggitt and his team at datacenterHawk have developed an active audio and video content presence, featuring commentary, market insights, HawkTalk interviews with industry executives, and even some panel discussions from recent industry conferences. YouTube web version.
I Love Data Centers: This is “the” original data center podcast. Host Sean Patrick Tario of Open Spectrum conducts long-form interviews with data center industry insiders. These conversations, which run an hour or more, provide deep background and insights on the careers of accomplished data center professionals, and provide a fascinating look at how the industry has evolved over the years. Web player and show notes.
The Data Center Podcast: The Data Center Podcast is produced by Data Center Knowledge, and DCK editor Yevgeniy Sverdlik interviews newsmakers and business leaders in the data center industry to get to know them better and get their take on the constantly changing world of cloud and enterprise infrastructure. Web version.
To Infinity Paradigm and Beyond: This podcast from the IDCA (International Data Center Authority) is hosted by Mark Thiele, a long-time thought leader in cloud, colocation and edge computing who talks with industry veterans. “Stay for the revealing interviews, expertise and education, enjoy the light-hearted conversations about life in and out and of the industry.” Web player and show notes.
StrategITcom: Careers for Women, Trades & Veterans in Tech: Data center industry veteran Carrier Goetz hosts a lively discussion of careers in technology, and the opportunities and challenges for women and veterans in the data center industry. This is an important and timely topic, and Carrie leads some great conversations.
The Next Wave Podcast: Dean Nelson (former head of Uber Compute), James Thomason (EDJX and former CTO of Dell Cloud) ), and Brad “CryptoBrad” Kirby (EDJX) cover the rise of the fourth platform that will serve billions of connected people, apps, and devices in the age of IoT. Early shows have featured some really fun discussions and interesting guests. Web version.
These podcasts are presented by a data center company, but showcase the insights of many executives and guests.
Inside Data Centers: This podcast is presented by RagingWire Data Centers and hosted by IT radio personality John Gilroy. This podcast takes you inside the home of the Internet for chats with the innovators, engineers, technicians, operators, and leaders in the data center industry. I shared some data center history on the kickoff episode of this podcast.
The Interconnect Hub: This podcast is presented by DataGryd, and features discussions between CEO Tom Brown and industry experts about the iconic 60 Hudson Street carrier hotel and the data center ecosystem it supports.
The Tech Bench: The Tech Bench Podcast is a bi-weekly podcast from IT asset management specialist Liquid Technology that interviews IT and tech professionals about their industry of expertise.
Intel Chip Chat: Hosted by Intel employee Allyson Klein since 2007, Intel Chip Chat strives to bring listeners closer to the innovations shaping the future of computing, and in the process share a little bit about the technologists themselves.
The QTS Experience: QTS Director of Innovation Dave McCall interviews thought leaders about how we use data, how it supports us, what supports it and how it enhances our experiences.
On the Metal: This podcast from server startup Oxide Computer Company features long-form discussions of hardware and software, and bills itself as “the nerdiest podcast on the face of the planet.” Hosted by Oxide’s Bryan Cantrill and Jess Frazelle, who are joined frequently by CEO Steve Tuck. Early guests include Facebook server designer Amir Michael, game designed Jonathan Blow, and computer architect Jon Masters, now at Nuvia. Web site.
Straight Outta Crumpton: Greg Crumpton, the Vice President of Critical Facilities at Serviced Logic, hosts a podcast on the MarketScale network where he talks data centers and facilities with guests he has worked with in his 35-plus years in the business.
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These podcasts aren’t specifically for the data center audience, but discuss many technologies and trends that are relevant to data center demand.
NEDAS Live! Where Wireline and Wireless Meet: This podcast from NEDAS, an industry group for professionals working with fiber, small cells and distributed antennas, is a worthwhile source of of conversations about the coming changes driven by 5G, edge computing and smart cities. The discussion is hosted by NEDAS President Ilissa Miller and Steve Yapsuga, Co-Chair NEDAS Advisory Council. Web version.
L8iST SH9Y: This podcast is hosted by Stephen Spector (Edge Gravity by Ericsson) and Rob Hirschfeld (RackN) to share the latest technologies and ideas from industry thought leaders, and includes some interesting discussions of edge computing, Open Source and more.
The Cloudcast – Cloud Computing: Aaron Delp and Brian Gracely discuss the technology and business changes that are driving Digital Transformation, DevOps, Cloud-Native applications and Hybrid Cloud in this weekly podcast
Screaming in the Cloud: Corey Quinn is both entertaining and insightful in bringing you the latest developments on Amazon Web Services and the cloud computing industry. Every Wednesday Quinn interviews domain experts about AWS, GCP, Azure, Oracle Cloud, and why businesses are coming to think about the Cloud.
If you’ve got a favorite data center podcast that’s not here, share it in the comments, and it might be considered for future inclusion in this list.