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The Storage Godfather and Veeam LinkedIn video chat


I had a blast doing a live (yup, we really were live) LinkedIn video with Dave Russell, VP of Enterprise Strategy at Veeam. We hit a range of topics. When Dave said it was time to wrap-up the video, I was shocked to see we had already talked for Veeam and HPE live video chat.jpgover 25 minutes. I think it was a good discussion and I really enjoyed it. 

Here's what we talked about:

  • 00:00 - 04:00 Introductions
  • 04:00 - 06:30 How I got started in blogging, podcasting and YouTube videos.
  • 06:30 - 08:30 Dave answers an audience question (asking about VMware snapshot-based backups with Veeam and vVols).
  • 08:30 - 15:00 Talking about the impact of COVID on IT with a focus on digital transformation, cloud experience, and HPE GreenLake.
  • 15:00 - 18:00 Innovation in storage platforms vs data protection. I mentioned a podcast I did with Rick Vanover looking at Veeam v10. Check it out here
  • 18:00 - 20:10 Discussion about data strategies and here's a podcast I did talking about the Intelligent Data Platform
  • 20:10 - 26:30 VIrtual conferences both at Veeam and HPE Discover. Here's a link to my blog article that points you to where you can watch all of the storage content WITHOUT registration. Go watch this great content!
  • 26:30 - 29:00 Wrap-up

Here's a link to watch the replay on LinkedIn

Technology Partner of the Year

During the video, I forgot to mention something. Doooh! At HPE Discover, Veeam was named the HPE Global Technology Partner of the Year 2020. A well deserved recognition! You can see who all the winners were in the announcement blog post

About The Storage Godfather (formerly HPEStorageGuy)

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I'm Calvin Zito and November 2019 marked 36 years with HP/HPE. I've worked in HPE Storage since 1990. I was recently recognized as a 10 time VMware vExpert. As an early adopter of social media and active participant in communities, I've blogged for over 11 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