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You Shouldn’t Run Your Own Website – On-Premise IT Roundtable

Stephen Foskett and the Roundtable discuss wether or not you should be running your own website. They weigh the pros and cons of each path and delve into the specifics of each. Gestalt ITYou Shouldn’t Run Your Own Website – On-Premise IT Roundtable


It Doesn’t Matter Where Your Data is Stored – The On-Premise IT Roundtable

The roundtable discusses if data locality is important to storage administrators anymore. They discuss why it might matter for technological, regulatory, and organizational needs, and how those needs have changed over time. Gestalt ITIt Doesn’t Matter Where Your Data is Stored – The On-Premise IT Roundtable


BONUS: Phoummala Schmitt – IT Origins

Enjoy this bonus IT Origins interview in the feed this week, we spoke with Senior Cloud Ops Advocate, podcaster, and oenophile, Phoummala Schmitt. We discuss how she came into an IT career from the fashion industry, why we're already living in a multi-cloud world, and when high availability in the cloud goes beyond a SLA. Gestalt ITBONUS: Phoummala Schmitt – IT Origins


Networking Disaggregation Isn’t Ready – The On-Premise IT Roundtable

The panel discusses where networking disaggregation is relevant in today's IT. Is it limited to just the largest organizations, or can even small IT teams enjoy its benefits? Or is scale less important than how an organization values the network itself? Join Tom Hollingsworth, Jordan Martin, Aaron Conaway, and Darrel Clute as they discuss. Gestalt ITNetworking Disaggregation Isn’t Ready – The On-Premise IT Roundtable


BONUS: Tomer Shiran – IT Origins

For this bonus podcast episode, we had the privilege to speak to Dremio CEO Tomer Shiran. We discussed how he got his start in IT, compare the tech scenes between Israel and Silicon Valley, and look at the value of over delivering in your career. They also discuss the importance of coffee in being an entrepreneur. It was a great discussion, enjoy! Gestalt ITBONUS: Tomer Shiran – IT Origins


Leon Adato – IT Origins

This week on the podcast, we have an interview with SolarWinds Head Geek Leon Adato, recorded on-premises from our lovely Hudson, Ohio offices. We discussed how Leon went from Theater major to working in tech education, what exactly a head geek does, and finishes with some great career advice. This episodes is sponsored by SolarWinds. Gestalt ITLeon Adato – IT Origins


IT Burnout is Inevitable – The On-Premise IT Roundtable

The On-Premise IT Roundtable looks at the idea that IT burnout is inevitable. They discuss some of the underlying factors behind burnout, and why people attracted to IT might be susceptible. They also offer some insight into how they've coped with the issue, both from a self-employed consultant perspective, as well as working for a larger organization. Definitely an important discussion for any IT practitioner to consider. Gestalt ITIT Burnout is Inevitable – The On-Premise IT Roundtable


Revisited: Security is a Dumpster Fire – The On-Premise IT Roundtable

With Cisco Live US happening this week in Orlando, we decided to share a throwback episode featuring Rob Rodgers and Mils Swart of Skyport Systems. Skyport was recently acquired by Cisco in February. It'll be interesting to see how Cisco uses this talent to address the security concerns raised in this episode. Gestalt ITRevisited: Security is a Dumpster Fire – The On-Premise IT Roundtable


BONUS: Ted Dunning – IT Origins

For this bonus episode, enjoy our recent interview with Ted Dunning, Apache Software Foundation board member, and the Chief Application Architect at MapR. Gestalt ITBONUS: Ted Dunning – IT Origins


Enterprise AI Is Just a Buzzword – The On-Premise IT Roundtable

Let's face it, AI gets thrown around a lot in the enterprise these days. It often gets conflated with Machine Learning, Deep Learning, and neural networks. But does the term actually mean anything? Are there solutions out there that actually qualify as AI? The roundtable debates. Gestalt ITEnterprise AI Is Just a Buzzword – The On-Premise IT Roundtable


BONUS: Patric Palm – IT Origins

We recorded a great interview with Patric Palm of Favro and decided to put it in the podcast feed as a bonus episode. Enjoy! Gestalt ITBONUS: Patric Palm – IT Origins


Automation Will Kill Engineering Jobs – The On-Premise IT Roundtable

The Premise: The efficiencies of network engineering will decimate engineering jobs. The panel debates if this is true. They look at if this will happen across the board, if engineers will just become programmers going forward, or if automation will actually benefit network engineers down the road. And if automation does eliminate all these jobs, does it then become a pernicious form of support lock-in? Gestalt ITAutomation Will Kill Engineering Jobs – The On-Premise IT Roundtable


All Your Networking Are Belong to NFV | The On-Premise IT Roundtable

On this episode, we're discussing Network Functions Virtualization, aka NFV. The roundtable discusses what exactly NFV is, how it differs from SDN, and if it's going to eat all specialized networking hardware. The discussion then turns into how changes in network design principles make NFV even more viable in the enterprise. Gestalt ITAll Your Networking Are Belong to NFV | The On-Premise IT Roundtable


BONUS: Karen Lopez – IT Origins

An episode so nice, we share it twice. Throwing in a bonus episode to the feed. Had a great conversation with Karen Lopez for IT Origins. If you haven't already, be sure to listen to her appearance on the podcast with What is Big Data? Gestalt ITBONUS: Karen Lopez – IT Origins


You Should Care Where SaaS Lives | On-Premise IT Roundtable

On this roundtable, we're getting cloudy. The panelists discuss why it matters where your SaaS apps live, and not just depend on an SLA. This can impact not just business continuity and customer experience, but security and compliance as well. Gestalt ITYou Should Care Where SaaS Lives | On-Premise IT Roundtable


Your Notifications Stink! The On-Premise IT Roundtable

Let's face it, your alerts stink. If you're finding lifehacks to deal with the amount of notifications you're receiving, you've already lost the battle. On this episode of the podcast, the roundtable discusses why we're drowning in notifications, how to better approach it, and why can't we actually get actionable alerts. Gestalt ITYour Notifications Stink! The On-Premise IT Roundtable


Painful IT Language – The On-Premise IT Roundtable

The podcast that inspired it all! Today we're sharing the pilot episode of the On-Premise IT Roundtable, looking at terrible IT language. Does the name of our podcast drive you nuts? Do you cringe when someone asks you to "double-click" in conversation? Do you have opinions on how to pronounce BPDU? This is the episode for you. Gestalt ITPainful IT Language – The On-Premise IT Roundtable


BONUS: Dong Ngo – IT Origins

Bonus podcast episode! I had the privilege to talk to Dong Ngo, an IT consultant and writer at Dong Knows Tech. From 1999 through 2017, he was an Editor at, covering the storage and networking beats. We talked about how his understanding of technology evolved since his childhood in Vietnam, to moving to San Francisco in the 1990s. Gestalt ITBONUS: Dong Ngo – IT Origins


Words Don’t Mean Things After All! The On-Premise IT Roundtable

Do words mean things? It depends on who you ask. Often the more technically minded IT folks like hard and fast definitions, while marketing tends to lend to a more "generous" interpretation of words. Do we need to rigidly enforce definitions, or are we resigned to an infinite regress into mutual unintelligibility? We're no stranger to this debate on Gestalt IT, but the panel sheds new light and perspective on this often frustrating premise. Gestalt ITWords Don’t Mean Things After All! The...


The IT Differentiation Dilemma – The On-Premise IT Roundtable

We dug back in the On-Premise IT Roundtable archives to bring you an episode originally recorded in 2016, but incredibly prescient today. The roundtable discusses how IT companies can differentiate in an age of increasing commoditization. They look at examples like DSSD, Kaminario, and SimpliVity as ways to differentiate hardware, albeit at a considerable expense of time and resources. They then turn to software, and discuss the wave of SDS products that turned out to be features. The...