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vExpert Spotlight: Calvin Zito

Blog URL: www.hp.com/storage/blog

Twitter handle: @HPStorageGuy

Current employer: HP

How did you get into IT in the first place?

I attended a technical university out of high school as I had an early fascination with engineering.  My first job out of college was as a field engineer working on systems and peripherals (including storage before there was RAID) for HP.  I moved from the field into the storage division in 1990 and have been there ever since.

How did you get into working with VMware and becoming a 2011 vExpert?

I started focusing on social media in 2008 and by 2009 I was attending most of the major events.  I had just got on Twitter and attended VMworld 2009 and met John Troyer at the event.  He invited me to bring HP to a VMware Community podcast shortly after that – the number of followers who were VMware focused exploded and it was an obvious choice for me to focus a lot of what I did on VMware.  I was honored to be named a vExpert for the first time and promptly did 8 podcasts on the July 12 announcement.

What would you tell someone who wanted to get a job like yours to do?

I love what I do – being part of the technology and VMware community is something I really enjoy.  It’s also a great time to be at HP.  When I originally started blogging, I had a lot of “old school” product managers tell me that blogging was a waste of time.  I had a strong intuition that it was an important medium and along with Twitter, I stuck to it. 

That’s my biggest piece of advice – social media success doesn’t happen overnight, over the weekend, in a month, or even a year.  It really takes time, consistency and passion.  With time, consistency and passion, you can be successful at anything you set your mind to do. 

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