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The cloud experience in a colo podcast


In this blog article, I share the podcast episode looking at colos and HPE GreenLake. Joining me was Malcolm Ferguson, aMalcolm_Ferguson.png Distinguished Technologist with HPE. Malcolm used to work for a colo and was the perfect person to join the podcast to shed light on colos and HPE GreenLake. 

Here's the episode of Around the IT Block

Here's what Malcolm and I discussed:

Here's what was discussed:
  • 00:00-01:50 Introduction
  • 01:50 - 3:50 What is a Colo and what is a REIT? 
  • 03:30 - 08:30 What are the advantages of a colo? Evolution of HPE moving from 85 owned datacenters to colo for HPE IT. 
  • 08:30 - 13:50 Why a colo with HPE GreenLake? Customers that are "repatriating" applications from public cloud. 
  • 13:50 - 15:30 Moving away from a "cloud-first" strategy and looking at workloads-first, availability-first. 
  • 15:30 - 17:30 The pricing of HPE GreenLake in a colo is ALWAYS cheaper than public cloud.
  • 17:30 - 20:30 When should customers be using public cloud? 
  • 20:30 - 23:30 Rethinking cloud first and moving to hybrid cloud with HPE GreenLake.
  • 23:30 -26:00 HPE GreenLake with colo is "green" and wrap-up.

More on colos and HPE GreenLake

Here are a few previous blog posts that talked about colos, including the first one below that Malcolm wrote: 

Here's some other related information:

Talk, talk, talk

Lastly, I want to talk a bit more about my podcast. At the beginning of the year, the name changed to Around the IT HPE GreenLake colocation.pngBlock. But another huge shift happened in October – it's now an official HPE podcast. You can find it on lots of different podcast platforms like iTunesGoogle PodcastAmazon Music PodcastSpotify Podcast and several others. It also just got it's own home at

I have a couple of other HPE GreenLake episodes that you can find below:

About Calvin Zito 

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I'm Calvin Zito and November 2021 marked 38 years with HPE.  I was 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. My Around the IT Block podcast is now an official HPE podcast. You can find ATITB at Subscribe and listen from here. You can find me on Twitter as @CalvinZito. 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