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Talking HCI with YouTuber Markus Leinonen | Around the IT Block podcast


Markus Leinonen is an avid enterprise technologist and YouTuber. I came across a video he had done talking about HPE SimpliVity about two years ago. After I watched it, I reached out to Markus and eventually got him invited to HPE Discover as a blogger. I recently had him on my podcast to talk about his enthusiasm for making the complicated simpler to understand and why he is a fan of HPE SimpliVity. I'll share the link to that original video at the end of this blog article. 

Watch the conversation as a vlog

Here's the conversation that Markus and I had as a YouTube video.

Listen or download the podcast

I'm updating the podcast link because as of October 2021, Around the IT Block is now an official HPE podcast. You can listen to the podcast here. 

There's a subscribe button on the player but it is missing the Stitcher link. Otherwise you can use it to subscribe to mypodcast. You can download this podast with Markus here as well.

Here are the places you can now subscribe to Around the IT Block presented by HPE! Google Podcast, Amazon Music, StitcherPodcast Adddict and Spotify podcast.

Here's what we talked about with links to that part of the conversation on YouTube:

  • 0:00 Introduction to vlog
  • 0:34 Introduce Markus Leinonen - why he started doing videos, introduction to Markus' YouTube channel
  • 3:45 How Calvin found Markus' videos, how did he get interested in HCI and specifically HPE SimpliVity
  • 8:45 dHCI and what Markus thought of it coming from his HCI/HPE SimpliVity perspective
  • 14:00 What’s new with SimpliVity v4.1 – what did Markus like most in the new release?
  • 16:35 Running containers on VMware discussion.
  • 18:11 Finding Markus' video installing HPE SimpliVity v4.1.0
  • 18:50 Integration with HPE SimpliVity and HPE Cloud Volumes Backup (URL to free trial of HPE Cloud Volumes trial)
  • 21:34 Future video plans with Markus
  • 23:00 Wrap-up

To check out recent blog articles on HPE SimpliVity, click here

Getting more from Markus

Here's where you can get more from Markus and a few links to some of the SimpliVity videos he has done. 

About Calvin Zito (formerly HPEStorageGuy, formerly The Storage Godfather - but still Calvin)

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I'm Calvin Zito and November 2020 marked 37 years with HP/HPE. I've worked in HPE Storage since 1990. I was recently recognized as a 11 time VMware vExpert. As an early adopter of social media and active participant in communities, I've blogged for over 13 years. I'm also an avid Boise State fan. You can find me on Twitter as @CalvinZito. If you don't follow me on Twitter, please do it now! You can also contact me via email

Calvin Zito
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

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I have worked at HPE since 1983, all of it around storage but 100% focused on storage since 1990. I'm expanding into other areas of focus at HPE like HPE GreenLake, compute, containers, AI, and more. I blog, create videos, and podcasts to help you better understand HPE Storage. Find my podcast at