Data Center Therapy

Data Center Therapy
IT talk with a healthy dose of empathy

#034 – Storage Futures with Chris Crow
Jun 3 • 43 min
For our inaugural #Live episode we brought former Data Center Therapy host and current Pure Storage Engineer, Chris Crow, for a joyous reunion with the Matts. Chris cooked up a big ‘ole plate of storage appetizer topics to educate our…
#033 – vSphere 7 (It’s About Time!) with Shane Bradley
May 13 • 38 min
Our resident VMware trailblazer, Shane, stopped by dive into some of the new features, gotchas, and surprises in the big new release including container orchestration, new UI display options, host licencing changes, plus enhancements to…
#032 – Home Automation: Rebooted
Apr 29 • 46 min
This episode is all about greenfielding something fresh with no real consequences to your IT job: home automation. The Matts riff on HomeKit making way for Home Assistant, Raspberry Pi Zero W devices, The Z-Wave protocol, Node Red …and a slew of…
#031 – Combo Meal with Touch-Free Delivery
Apr 15 • 36 min
Whether you’d like to learn a little bit about NSX-T 3.0, how upgrades on certain critical command-and-control mechanisms in your virtual environment impacts hosts & VMs, or why load balancers can be worth their weight in digital gold, there’s…
#030 – A New Dawn for Remote Work (& VDI) with David Crow
Apr 1 • 34 min
We invited our VDI Specialist, David, into the studio to share his perspective on remote work strategies in this new normal. Oh, and by studio we mean 100% remote conferencing because here at IVOXY Consulting we were practicing social distancing long…
#029 – A Healthy Dose of Empathy
Mar 25 • 38 min
What a few weeks it’s been. You’re stir crazy – we understand! You’re also probably more than ready to vent and share your pain (both physical and mental) with the Data Center Therapy crew. So go and grab a mitt’s worth of hand sanitizer,…
#028 – Networking on vSphere
Mar 18 • 28 min
We’re doubling down on networking to address all those questions hanging out there: What are good practices for setting up ESXi and vSphere networking? Should I put management vmkernel ports on Standard or Distributed virtual switches? Nexus or…
#027 – Networking & Security Safari with Jeremy Goosen
Mar 5 • 38 min
If you’re a part of a small to medium-sized organization, listen up! Jeremy spends some time talking with the guys about networking best practices for SMBs – specifically discussing some products & features that can really help secure servers…
#026 – The Great Lab Rebuild
Feb 12 • 30 min
2020 is off to a roaring start! Our intrepid hosts balance the demands of delivering services, refreshing our internal IVOXY lab infrastructure and helping the team get ready for our upcoming Kubernetes classes. Listeners get a chance to overhear the…
#025 – The IVOXY Origin Story with Alec Taylor
Jan 23 • 33 min
We’ve hit a milestone, the big two five, heck our podcast can finally rent a car! So we thought it’d be a good chance to catch up with our co-founder, Alec, to share a bit about our virtualization-driven genesis, 14 years of evolution, and where…
#024 – Infrastructure as Code
Jan 9 • 38 min
IaC borrows a methodology from developers and applies it to infrastructure. This week Matt & Matt make a New Year’s resolution to work smarter, not harder by harnessing the efficiencies of Infrastructure as Code. Learn more at…
#023 – How to Home Automate Like a Boss
Dec 19, 2019 • 43 min
It’s well known that the Home Automation space is very fragmented with all the competing ecosystems and technologies out there, so this week our intrepid technology sherpas thought it’d be fun to break down the possible options & integrations…
#022 – Tools of the (Information Technology) Trade
Dec 11, 2019 • 38 min
Matt & Matt open up their toolboxes to share their favorite widgets, dongles, and gear that help them get their dirty data center jobs done right. Learn more at Be sure to check out our upcoming…
#021 – INSIGHT 2019 Recap - Devs are the New Kingmakers with Jeff Hicks
Nov 15, 2019 • 31 min
We welcome our good friend & NetApp Technical Partner Manager, Jeff Hicks, to dive into the revelations shared from the mothership at NetApp INSIGHT 2019 – held at the surprisingly cold Las Vegas strip a couple of weeks ago. The conucopia of…
#020 – Can you Even Contain Yourself?
Oct 24, 2019 • 40 min
Here comes a deep dive discussion that should prove informative and entertaining to all IT pros – container-savvy or not! Whether you’re interested in repeatability, scalability, or orchestration, there are some neat advantages containers have…
#019 – Ch-Ch-Changes in Primary Storage and Data Protection
Oct 8, 2019 • 39 min
The guys just got back from the Pure//Accelerate conference in Austin + the Rubrik Tech Summit in Denver, and they have everything you need to know. Oh, plus they’ve got first-hand accounts of high-speed electric scootering and some TV show tips. …
#018 – VMworld 2019 Redux Sneak Peek with Ryan Grelck & Kris Lamet
Sep 17, 2019 • 32 min
Ryan and Kris stop by to debrief what they learned at this year’s VMworld and to queue up our biggest event of the year: VMworld 2019 Redux. Be sure to listen through to the end to get more details on the event and learn how to request your exclusive…
#017 – HCI Throwdown! with David Crow
Aug 28, 2019 • 34 min
The gloves come off this week as the Matts invite David, a true EUC specialist, into our studios to debate the pros & cons of a hotly contested technology: Hyper-Converged Infrastructure. Find out more at
#016 – VMworld Predux with Alec Taylor
Aug 20, 2019 • 39 min
What do motorcycle road trips, Wu-Tang Clan, and the AetherPal acquisition have in common? VMworld 2019 of course! With the conference right around the corner, Alec joins the guys to kick around predictions and share about some can’t-miss…
#015 – NUMA NUMA Yay – VM Performance with Alec Taylor
Jul 26, 2019 • 37 min
Yette welcomes our Founding Partner, Alec, to the podcast to talk all things virtual machines: Things like NUMA & vNUMA, why DIMMs might not be optimally placed, how VMware’s evolution of multi-core & multi-socket CPU hardware impact your VMs,…
#014 – Cisco Live Recap with Mack Nethkin
Jul 9, 2019 • 34 min
It’s time to LVtMCEaaS (Live Vicariously through Mack’s Conference Experience as a Service) as we dive into the developments and products announced at last month’s show.
#013 – Home Labs & Home Automation… Because we Can’t Turn it Off
Jun 6, 2019 • 34 min
We naturally nerd-out professionally – so it should come as no surprise then, that beyond being keyboard jockeys by day, we also like to automate, command, control, and upgrade all the things in our homes, garages, entertainment systems, etc. This…
Bonus – NSX-V to -T
May 21, 2019 • 7 min
Cozz was recently joined by our very own Kris Lamet & Alec Taylor for an impromptu Q&A about the future of NSX. They briefly cover what the release of NSX-T 2.4 means for users of the NSX-V as it sunsets – and what new features -T brings to…
#012 – vSphere [-R]evolution - 6.7 Update 2
May 7, 2019 • 31 min
We cover a lot this week including network virtualization & the software-defined datacenter, vRealize Log Insight, and all things 6.7 Update 2: Spectre / Meltdown, new config maximums for VMs, and more!
#011 – Learning by (API) Example with Rebecca Fitzhugh
Apr 12, 2019 • 35 min
Technologies like Swagger, GraphQL, PowerShell, etc. are revolutionizing the way our software interacts with other components & infrastructure in the modern data center. Rebecca Fitzhugh of Rubrik takes us through the evolution of APIs, and…
#010 – Container Technologies - There Ain’t no Switch to Flip
Mar 26, 2019 • 33 min
This week Matt & Matt cover the 5 W’s & the H of containers – most importantly WHEN you should be implementing them and HOW they tie into the new world of cloud-hosted infrastructure.
#009 – Embracing a Cloud-first Strategy with Jonas Irwin
Mar 8, 2019 • 32 min
Ready or not! Are you being pushed to deploy a cloud-first strategy? Jonas Irwin of Pure Storage brings his extensive cloud acumen to bear, discussing the hybrid consumption models that are helping organizations bridge the gap.
#008 – Mahalo & Aloha to Old Friends, and our Trip to DR in the Cloud
Feb 22, 2019 • 34 min
Take a 10,000-foot Pacific Northwest view of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS) to get a handle on your disaster recovery plans and archival strategy as we explore the cloudy side of the…
#007 – Malware and Your Possibly Ailing Security Posture with Mack Nethkin
Dec 28, 2018 • 32 min
Join us for a self-declared FUD-free 32 minutes where you’ll get to know a little more about our Network Practice Leader, Mack, the evolution of malware and ransomware, and how you can reduce and eliminate risk in your environment.
#006 – NSX - It Depends on the Day
Nov 21, 2018 • 34 min
Pull up a barstool – this week we’re in person with beers in hand! Chris and Matt got to sit down and discuss the many benefits and use cases for upgrading your infrastructure with VMware NSX.
#005 – Automate Now! Laying the Groundwork for Infrastructure as a Service
Oct 23, 2018 • 32 min
Everybody’s talking about automating, but where to start? For the past several years Chris has been helping server admins and broader IT teams bring that time way down by implementing IaaS. On today’s episode he talks through many of the ins and outs.
#004 – Don’t be a Target: Palo Alto Networks with Matt Cozzolino
Sep 19, 2018 • 37 min
We are joined this week by our resident security expert, Matt Cozzolino, to talk all things Palo Alto Networks. When it comes to securing your data, Palo Alto is top notch and we at IVOXY are ready to help you deploy it successfully. Listen now to learn…
#003 – VMware Horizon View 7.5 with Ryan Grelck
Aug 22, 2018 • 28 min
Ryan Grelck is an IVOXY engineer who specializes in virtual desktops, automation, and security, among other things. Chris and Matt spend some time with him drilling down on everything you need to know about the latest version of View.
#002 – A look at VMware vSphere 6.7 - Part II
Aug 7, 2018 • 27 min
With so many new features in vSphere 6.7, Matt and Chris spend a bit more time diving into some that we didn’t have time to mention in Episode 1.
#001 – A look at VMware vSphere 6.7
Jul 17, 2018 • 37 min
Our inaugural episode finds Matt and Chris explaining who we are at IVOXY Consulting and what we do. We quickly dive into the tech, discussing vSphere 6.7 and its headlining features.