Around The Storage Block with Calvin Zito

About Calvin

HPE Blogger Storage Evangelist

Calvin Zito is a 33 year veteran in the IT industry and has worked in storage for 25 years. He’s been a VMware vExpert for 6 years. As an early adopter of social media and active in communities, he has blogged for 8 years.

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He started his “social persona” as HPStorageGuy, and after the HP separation manages an active community of storage fans on Twitter as @CalvinZito

You can also contact him via email at

#262 - HPE Primera architecture for SCM, NVMe, and SSDs


In my first podcast looking at the new tier-0 mission critical storage array, HPE Primera, I am joined by Phill Gilbert from the product management team. Phill has been involved with HPE Primera from it's inception and in this podcast we talk about the architecture and how it will use Storage Class Memory (SCM), NVMe, and SSDs.


#256 - Update on Veeam and HPE partnership with Dave Russell


Dave Russell is the VP of Enterprise Strategy at Veeam. With World Backup Day on March 31, I thought it would be a good time to get an update on what is going on with HPE and Veeam. In this podcast, Dave and I talk about customer challenges with data protection and what HPE and Veeam are doing to address that.


#241 - Protection from Ransomware

05/20/2018 11:00 PM EDT

At VeeamON, I talked to Andrew Dickerson - who manages the Data Protection portfolio marketing team - about a very relevant topic, Ransomware. Andrew gives some tips on how to protection your data.

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#240 - Catching up with Veeam's Rick Vanover

05/18/2018 11:00 AM EDT

At VeeamON, I sat down for a discussion with Rick Vanover. At the event, Veeam focused on their strategy and vision but didn't share many product details. In the podcast, Rick discusses why and other changes at Veeam.


#239 New HPE Nimble Storage announcement overview

05/08/2018 11:00 PM EDT

On May 7th we had news that focused on new HPE Nimble Storage hardware. In this podcast, I talk you through a summary of the news which also included the HPE Store More Guarantee.


#238 Choosing between all-flash arrays and hyperconverged

05/05/2018 10:00 AM EDT

I often hear customers who need more storage or want to update old arrays asking this question: Should I continue to use an external storage array or should I invest in a hyperconverged offering? In this podcast, I want to give you some things to consider when making that choice.


#237 What is Cloud Ready Data Protection

04/17/2018 08:00 AM EDT

In this podcast, I'm joined by longtime data protection expert Simon Watkins to talk about how customers are taking advantage of on-premises data protection solutions that integrate with public cloud.


#236 - What is Cloud Ready and why is it important

03/14/2018 09:00 PM EDT

The HPE Storage POV is made up of three pillars: Predictive, Cloud Ready, and Timeless. I've covered Predictive in my last podcast; in this podcast I dive into what is (and is NOT) Cloud Ready and why it's important for customers.


#235 - Predictive analytics and HPE InfoSight

02/21/2018 10:00 AM EST

One of the pillars of the HPE Storage Point of View is "Predictive". In this episode I'm joined by Rod Bagg, VP of Analytics and Customer Support and David Wang, Director of Product Marketing to dive into why it's an important area of focus and how customers benefit.


#234 - Qumulo scale-out file storage

01/03/2018 10:00 AM EST

Six months ago I did a video at Discover Las Vegas with Qumulo (see Since then, Qumulo has added cloud functionality and I discuss that with Joel Groen, Product Management from Qumulo.


#233 - Dreamworks Animation Q&A

01/02/2018 09:00 AM EST

At HPE Discover in Madrid, Kate Swanborg gave an insiders view to feature film animation at Dreamworks Animation. She answered questions from Calvin and the audience of bloggers.


#232 - What's the Future of All-Flash

10/26/2017 10:10 AM EDT

QLC, SLC, MLC, NAND Flash, 3D NAND, 3D XPoint, Optane - are you overwhelmed yet? What's coming for all-flash arrays? I get the details from 3PAR Flash Media product manager Edwardo Duarte.


#231 Beginner's Guide to Object Storage with Scality and HPE

10/12/2017 10:00 AM EDT

I'm joined by 3 guests who help me understand object storage, it's use cases, and a bit about Scality and HPE collaboration.


#230 - VMware vVols session from VMworld

09/04/2017 07:00 PM EDT

My vExpert colleague at HPE (and my go to guy for my VMware questions) Eric Siebert hosted a session at VMworld diving deep into VMware vVols. This is the audio from Eric's session.


#229 - Preponed with Rick Vanover

08/31/2017 10:08 AM EDT

I caught up with Rick Vanover from Veeam Software at VMworld and got an update on the latest as well as learned a new word, preponed.


#228 Talking Docker with Bloggers at HPE Discover

06/23/2017 03:00 PM EDT

At Discover, at sat down with experts from HPE and Nimble Storage to talk about the storage requirements for containers and considerations for DevOps who need persistent storage for cloud native applications.


A hot topic these days is containers. Throw in some buzzwords like DevOps, Cloud Native, Puppet, Chef, and more. At HPE Discover I was able to get a couple HPE and Nimble Storage guys and do my first joint podcast with folks from both groups. And the topic was containers. My two guests on the podcast were Srikanth (Srik) Venkata Sheshu, HPE Storage Solutions Manager and Michael Mattsson, Nimble Storage Principal Tech Marketing Engineer, both focused on containers, orchestration, and DevOps. 

Editor's Note: MARK YOUR CALENDAR: On February 22, 2018, Michael Mattsson hosts a BrightTalk webinar covering Advanced Data Services for Stateful Containers. Join live or on demand afterward.

Here's what we covered in the podcast:

  • 0:00 - 1:30 Introductions

  • 1:30 - 3:30 Persistent Storage for Docker

  • 3:30 - 9:10 Why HPE and Nimble Storage for Docker?

  • 9:10 - 11:15 What are customers saying about Docker and HPE?

  • 11:15 - 15:30 What are the kinds of questions about storage for Docker that users should be asking?

  • 15:30 - 17:25 Docker certified persistent storage plug-in

  • 17:25 - 22:20 What other storage considerations are there for Docker (e.g. orchestration)

  • 22:20 - 23:00 How to get Docker plug-in

  • 23:00 - 23:20 Wrap-up

Here's a link to the podcast.  

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There are a few blog posts on and on ATSB that I want to point you to where you can learn more. There's also a Docker community on NimbleConnect (Nimble community site). 



#202 Talking Docker with Bloggers at HPE Discover

June 21, 2016 · 00:14:17

At Discover, we had a Q&A with Chief Technologists from compute and storage. One of the discussions was around Docker. In this podcast, I pulled out the Docker-focused discussion. You'll hear what HPE is doing beyond including Docker with HPE ProLiant Servers.


#203 German University Uses HPE 3PAR for Research and Students

June 27, 2016 · 00:15:07

Dr. Heinz-Hermann Adam is the technical director for the Natural Sciences Department at the University of Münster in Germany. In this podcast, I talked to "H2" about how they use HPE 3PAR StoreServ for both researchers and students. We also discussed Connect, the independent HPE Users Group that H2 if very active in.


#204 Docker and HPE Storage: What's the latest?

June 29, 2016 · 00:19:26

At HPE Discover, we announced integration with Docker. In this podcast I talk with two experts on Docker and the native integration for Docker persistent storage with HPE 3PAR and StoreVirtual.


#205 Talking to the Chief Architect: What is Composable Infrastructure

July 6, 2016 · 00:09:54

Gary Thome is the Chief Architect of Composable Infrastructure at HPE and joins me in this podcast discussing what is changing in the infrastructure landscape that lead HPE to Composable Infrastructure.


#206 Is Composable Infrastructure Ready for Prime Time?

July 8, 2016 · 00:23:52

A vendor has posted a blog asking if Composable Infrastructure is ready for prime time. In this podcast, I talked with Gary Thome (Chief Technologist), Patrick Osborne (Director Product Management) and Jorge.


#207 Relying on HPE 3PAR StoreServ to run a city

Aug. 7, 2016 · 00:09:17

The City of Sparks, Nevada is a long time HP/HPE Storage customer. In this podcast I talk to Steve Davidek. Steve is the IT Manager for the city and talked with me on their reliance on 3PAR in their environment.


#208 What is NVMe?

Aug. 10, 2016 · 00:08:55

NVMe is a hot topic. What exactly is Non-Volatile Memory Express, what is the current state of it, and where is it going? In this podcast, I talk to FCIA T-11 committee member Rupin Mohan to get these questions


#209 Summer interns at HPE Storage

Aug. 19, 2016 · 00:14:37

This summer, HPE hosted over 20 interns ranging from high school to seniors in college. I spoke to a few of them to hear what they worked on and their experiences working for HPE Storage.


#210 Storage at VMworld

Sept. 4, 2016 · 00:21:09

At VMworld, I had a discussion with former 3PAR customer now turned consultant Frederic Van Haren. We talked about the state of object storage and CapEx vs OPex. Frederic has an interesting background and the


#211 The history of Singapore and Storage

Sept. 20, 2016 · 00:11:17

There are surprising linkages between Singapore and Storage. This is the keynote from the recent Storage Summit in Singapore given by the CTO of HPE Storage in APJ, Paul Haverfield.


#212 Change, transformation and harnessing IT

Sept. 21, 2016 · 00:25:22

In another keynote from the Storage Summit in APJ, Phil Davis the VP of HPE Storage gave a great keynote discussing change, transformation, and harnessing IT. The was a really good keynote and I can see why Phil


#213 Innovation at LayerX Group with CEO Bruce Trevarthen

Oct. 17, 2016 · 00:20:30

Bruce Trevarthen is CEO of LayerX Group. One of companies is theCloud, a cloud services platform in New Zealand that relies on HPE 3PAR. In this podcast, I talk to Bruce about how and why they use 3PAR. Most of the podcast I talked to Bruce about innovation. Bruce talks about how he thinks about innovation and how innovation isn't out of reach and often come from change or adversity.


#214 Dude, Where's My Data

Oct. 19, 2016 · 00:36:32

At Nth Symposium, I hosted a panel discussion with colleagues from Nth Generation (our host), Brocade, Qlogic, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. In the podcast we discussed the storage medium (SSD and HDD), storage networks (SAN, NAS, and DAS), and storage protection. There was over 150 years of IT experience between the 5 panelists and it's definitely worth a listen.


#215 The new HPE StoreFabric Gen 6 32Gb FC SAN

Nov. 28, 2016 · 00:13:40

HPE has refreshed our StoreFabric portfolio to the latest Gen 6 32Gb Fibre Channel SAN infrastructure. I talked with Brocade Solutioneer AJ Casamento about why it's a significant step forward.


#216 What is HPE Smart SAN

Nov. 29, 2016 · 00:09:20

HPE Smart SAN is a solution for HPE 3PAR arrays that simplifies the SAN zoning process. I talked with Rupin Mohan about Smart SAN, what problem it solves, and the vision for the product.


#217 HPE and Veeam expand relationship

Dec. 5, 2016 · 00:06:55

At HPE Discover in London, HPE announced an expanded relationship with Veeam. In this podcast, I talk to Doug Hazelman from Veeam and Patrick Osborne from HPE Storage about the news.


#218 Roll Your Own Hyper Converged Infrastructure

Dec. 7, 2016 · 00:39:22

I co-presented a session at SpiceWorld in early November looking at what is hyperconverged infrastructure and the deployment options. This is audio of that session. I'll also have a video version of this with slides on YouTube but I think this really doesn't need the slides to follow along.


#219 DS Virgin Racing Formula E Blogger Q&A

Dec. 13, 2016 · 00:37:21

At HPE Discover in London, the guest bloggers were treated to a Q&A session with the DS Virgin Racing Formula E team. Attending were driver Sam Bird, CTO Sylvian Filippi, CTO, and Cameron Maultby, CMO. They discussed the format and technology by Formula E Racing.


#220 - Blogger Q&A with Hewlett Packard Labs

Dec. 16, 2016 · 00:55:27

At Discover London, one of the discussions the bloggers had was with Hewlett Packard Labs. This is that session where the bloggers got an update on the Machine and had a highly interactive discussion with Labs.


#221 - Blogger Q&A about HPE Strategy

Jan. 23, 2017 · 00:51:51

The first coffee talk we did with the bloggers at HPE Discover was to level set on the Hewlett Packard Enterprise strategy. There has been a lot of changes over the last year including the separation from HP Inc and announced "spin-merger" of Enterprise Services and Software. This session focused on the strategy going forward of HPE and had a very active Q&A with the blogger.


#222 - HPE and Mesosphere

Feb. 7, 2017 · 00:15:14

In this Around the Storage Block podcast, we talk about the joint technology from HPE and Mesosphere to power customer transformation to Hybrid IT.


#223 - The Biggest HPE 3PAR Announcement in Years!

Feb. 13, 2017 · 00:09:16

HPE has made the biggest 3PAR announcement since announcing the midrange 3PAR 7000 four years ago. In this Around the Storage Block podcast, HPEStorageGuy Calvin Zito gives an overview of the announcement and all the new software features now available with 3PAR.


#224 - New HPE 3PAR Adaptive Data Reduction

Feb. 13, 2017 · 00:22:26

Phill Gilbert from the 3PAR product management team joins me to discuss 3PAR Adaptive Data Reduction, announced with the 3PAR OS 3.3.1. Adaptive Data Reduction includes Zero Detect, Deduplication, new Compression, and new Data Packing.


#225 - Deep dive on the StoreVirtual 3200

March 31, 2017 · 00:25:24

The HPE StoreVirtual 3200 is a dual controller array that leverages the StoreVirtual OS that is also used as a VSA. In this podcast, I talked with tech marketing expert Chuck Roman to discusses what the StoreVirtual 3200 has in common with the VSA and what is different.


#225 - Deep dive on the StoreVirtual 3200

March 31, 2017 · 00:25:24

The HPE StoreVirtual 3200 is a dual controller array that leverages the StoreVirtual OS that is also used as a VSA. In this podcast, I talked with tech marketing expert Chuck Roman to discusses what the StoreVirtual 3200 has in common with the VSA and what is different.


#226 Big HPE and Nimble Storage News Ahead of Discover

May 24, 2017 · 00:06:30

On May 24, HPE announced new flash solutions including a new midrange 3PAR, new fifth generation of the MSA, and Nimble Storage for HPE. In this short podcast, I give an overview of the news.


#227 - New iLO 5 Security features

June 6, 2017 · 00:07:22

In this podcast, companion to a YouTube demo video, I talk to Doug Hascall, the iLO 5 Firmware Engineering Manager about the security features in the new iLO 5 for ProLiant Gen10. Find the video demo on YouTube at


#228 Containers with Nimble and HPE Storage

June 23, 2017 · 00:23:22

At Discover, at sat down with experts from HPE and Nimble Storage to talk about the storage requirements for containers and considerations for DevOps who need persistent storage for cloud native applications.