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New format - HP ChalkTalk

Headshot 100X100.jpgBy Calvin Zito, @HPStorageGuy  vexpert 2012 logo.gif


I always loved the simplicity of the whiteboard videos that Marc Farley used to do at HP.  I talked to him about his process and it was incredibly labor intensive.  I've been on the hunt ever since (more than a year) to find a process that is less labor intensive.


At VMworld, our HP LeftHand/StoreVirtual team had done a series of whiteboard videos that they had in the booth to show some features.  I saw them and got very excited. 


Fast forward to now

I've been playing around with the whiteboard software over the last couple of weeks and made three HP Storage ChalkTalk videos.  I think they do a good job giving an overview of the HP StoreEasy NAS and HP StoreVirtual Storage solutions we announced last week. 


HP StoreEasy NAS

This ChalkTalk is short, sweet and a high-level overview of StoreEasy NAS and what's new.  It's about 3 minutes long and here it is:



HP StoreVirtual (formerly HP LeftHand)

As I was working on the HP StoreVirtual ChalkTalk, I realized that I should probably do two of them or it would be longer than I wanted it to be.  Since the whiteboard software was easy to use, it didn't take me too long to do.  The first one is an overview of HP StoreVirtual - if you're already familiar with HP StoreVirtual/LeftHand, skip this one. 



The second StoreVirtual ChalkTalk to share is this one focused on what's new.  Kate Davis has an excellent blog post she did that also summarizes it well so check that out.



I hated art class - I can't draw a stick man, but I hope you find these ChalkTalks useful.  I plan on doing them often so let me ask you to answer a couple of questions with your comments:


  1. Do you find this video format useful?
  2. What topics would you like me to cover in future HP ChalkTalks?

Thanks for watching!


Mark Bridgett | ‎11-05-2012 07:22 PM

Love these - can you spill the beans on what software is used to make these?



Darren | ‎11-05-2012 09:54 PM

Great vids! Not so great music.


More please Smiley Happy

| ‎11-06-2012 04:38 PM

@Mark - do I have to? I feel like I'm giving away my secret sauce!  Ok, I'll tell you.  It's software called VideoScribe.  It's not free but I think it's very good ... and easy!  They continually release new versions that add functionality so it will only get better.


@Darren LOL - not a lot of choices for music without having to pay royalities but glad you like the format.  I'm busy working on a number of them for HP Discover.

DP | ‎11-07-2012 12:12 AM

Love the format! Short and sweet - good job in keeping each one under 5 mins. I know it's hard with all the content available Smiley Very Happy

| ‎11-07-2012 02:33 AM

DP - thanks!  I'll warn you now.  There will likely be longer ones in the future but those will be to dive deeper into a concept.  These high level ones will be short and sweet.  I'm aiming for 3 minutes or less for them.  Thanks again!

Mark Bridgett | ‎11-07-2012 02:50 PM

Thanks a lot Calvin, I won't tell anyone Smiley Happy

msmith | ‎11-27-2012 06:00 PM

These are great. I appreciate the informative and to the point ChalkTalk whiteboard videos describing the new HP Storage technologies and products.

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