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In Memoriam

by Jeremy Evans on February 27, 2019

Jon William Toigo, of Dunedin, Florida, passed away at home from natural causes at age 59 on February 12, 2019. He was born in Springfield, IL. on November 2, 1959.
Jon held Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from The Catholic University of America and a Professor Honorario in Computer Technology from Universidad Abierta Interamericana.
Jon was Founder and chairman of Toigo Partners International, and the Data Management Institute. An outspoken technology consumer advocate and vendor watchdog, Jon was the author of eleven books, including The Holy Grail of Data Storage Management, and the classic Disaster Recovery Planning series, as well as a widely read blog,, and more than 3000 articles for business technology media. He was incredibly dedicated, passionate and honest.
Jon was a big-hearted and generous man who gladly shared his hard-won fortunes with his family, friends, and even strangers in need. He extended his table and never heightened his fence, and would always want to help someone out of a jam in any way he could.
Jon had a dark and wicked sense of humor, a real lust for life, and a deep and abiding appreciation of good food from all over the world. Jon traveled to six continents and collected t-shirts and refrigerator magnets from almost every country he visited. An avid gardener, Jon loved to grow tomatoes, eggplant, cucumbers, and many different kinds of hot peppers. He was also a huge movie fan, especially of the science fiction and horror genres, and a music lover who enjoyed playing his bass, various guitars, and mandolin.
Jon was the father of six children; Alexandra and Maximilian from his first marriage, and Mercedes, Vincent (a.k.a. “Guy”), Carrie Loretta and Isabella from his last marriage. And he was also a second father to every child whoever visited his home.
Jon is also survived by his wife of more than 23 years, Margaret, his mother, Esther, his brothers, Mark and Dante, and his sisters; Michelle Siegrist, Denice Riley, Cindy Brittin, Marguerite “Peggy” Toigo, Martine “Tina” Ward, Bess “Missy” Garret, and Jennifer Rourk, as well as many nieces and nephews and grand nieces and grand nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Bill, sister Leslie Craven, and brother Billy.
“Of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most… human.” — Captain Kirk, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.


Behind the Scenes: The StorONE Webcast

by Administrator on September 13, 2018

Last month, I had the pleasure of doing a webcast with Gal Naor, CEO of StorONE, a truly disruptive software-defined storage play.  The webinar was well received and can be viewed online on the StorONE site or at the webinar replay site established by 1105 Media and Virtualization & Cloud Review.

If you know anything about these webinars, they usually consist of a modestly animated slide deck, augmented by telephonic audio, pushed out across the World Wide Web via a presentation service.  The result is saved to a video file for replay at a later date.

Since Gal was coming to town for the interview posted previously here on, we decided to keep the mikes on and to record the two of us as we recorded the webinar.  The audio from my microphones was considerably more intelligible than the telephonic audio on the webinar recording, and we were able to break up the monotony of the slideware by cutting in outshots of the two of us as we actually performed our webinar roles.  The results were a bit reminiscent of a Howard Stern television broadcast, but without the language. It does seek to illuminate the important question, What Happened to the Software-Defined Storage Revolution?  

For your entertainment and information, here is the video edit with behind the scenes content and local audio track:


Thank you to Gal Naor for letting us play a small role in his company’s product launch. StorONE is truly remarkable and quite different from the myriad products in the market today describing themselves as software-defined storage or hyper-converged infrastructure.

BTW, if you want to download a copy of the presentation, you can do that at the 1105 Media/V&CR site.


Storage technology may not be the hot topic in the industry today, but we need to be careful that we do not lose time-honored skills and knowledge.  Yes, it may seem like the old storage pyramid,  popularized by smart guy Fred Moore of Horison Information Strategies, is rather antiquated today.  Vendors evangelize all silicon infrastructure, flat storage, and hyper-convergence and often diss tape, optical, and even hard disk in the process.  And, I actually encounter novice IT folk today who have never touched a tape or an optical disc.  Ever.

Yet, analysts tell us that there is a huge data tsunami coming, one that threatens to overwhelm the entire capacity of disk and flash manufactured annually within the next two years.  Coping with this will require an all of the above strategy when it comes to storage media, and that will require knowledge and skills in data migration, storage tiering, removable media  management, etc.

That’s why we have decided  to move forward with a Storage Foundations Training and Certification Workshop with partner 1105 Media this October.  This six hour online workshop will feature training from the Data Management Institute followed by sponsor presentations from storage industry thought leaders.  


The goal is to keep storage knowledge and skills alive at a time when most students of IT are being focused on clouds and software-defined everything, and not on the hardware infrastructure that make everything work.

At the conclusion of the event, attendees can download a Certified Data Storage Professional certificate, suitable for framing.

The current schedule for the event is October 5.  More details will be coming.  Watch this space.

And, by the way, as with all Data Management Institute certification training, there is no charge to attend and become certified!


Zoginstor At His Finest

by Administrator on September 12, 2018

Okay.  I admit it.  I am a fanboy of one Eric Herzog, IBM Vice President of Storage and Chief Marketing Office.  Known on Twitter as  Zoginstor, Eric has been schooling me on storage since I wrote my first book on the subject back in the 1990s.

My last interview with Eric was at Think 2018,  where he gave me one of his energetic updates on the storage industry and IBM innovation.  I have seen him popping up in posts on social media from all over the world, so I know he is evangelizing and opining about the latest developments, but here  is one of his unplugged performances.  Hope to sync up again at Think 2019, Eric.



Thanks for the insights, Eric.


Storage Technology Meets the Big Screen

September 12, 2018

With the upcoming Tape Power Summit in Chicago, where I will premiere a humorous movie trailer we are creating for an imaginary film franchise called the Data Defenders, I have film and media on the brain right now.   At IBM Think 2018 a couple of months ago, I had the opportunity to interview a […]

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Stand By for the Data Defenders

September 12, 2018

I have been invited to speak next week in Chicago at Fujifilm’s Tape Power Summit.  I am looking forward to reconnecting with my many friends there, especially since my eighth consecutive year of attending the event (last year) was interrupted by Hurricane Irma.  This year, the hurricanes are tracking north of me and appear to […]

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Storage is Like Toilet Paper: The Insight that Earned a Promotion

September 12, 2018

Of all the IBM execs I have had the pleasure to interview, one who stands out is Calline Sanchez.  My last in person chat with her was in March at IBM Think 2018.  The interview, which may have been published on an IBM blog site around that time, included a quip by Sanchez:  “Storage is […]

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8 Questions About Object Storage: Exclusive Interview with Cloudian’s Jon Toor

September 12, 2018

A couple of months back, I travelled to the Left Coast to meet up with a couple of trendsetting vendors and to speak at a confab set up by ASCDI.  At the latter, I had occasion to meet up with Jon Toor, who is the CMO for Cloudian.  I knew Jon in several previous lives […]

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Talking Software-Defined Storage with IBM’s Alex Chan

September 12, 2018

Last time I was at IBM Think, in other words, at the first Think show in Las Vegas last March, I shot a bunch of video interviews.  The “right of first use” went to IBM who traded my work for a free pass to the show and the able assistance of an IBM operative to […]

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IBM Think 2018 Thought Leader Recap Continues: IBM VP for High End Storage Jeff Barber

September 11, 2018

Jeff Barber is a good guy.  He mixes his engineering pedigree with the no holds barred fun of being an executive at IBM, Vice President of High End Storage.  I met him for the second time (if memory serves) at Think 2018 and he agreed to be interviewed provided that I was in the interview […]

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