Last week a legend in backup, disaster recovery, and data storage passed; Jon Toigo. My first foray into storage was thanks to Jon. His 1989 book on disaster recovery launched me into the world of data protection and high availability. His book “The Holy Grail of Data Storage Management” helped me to evolve from a backup guy to a storage guy.
Jon was a funny, passionate, opinionated advocate for end users often taking vendors to task for outrageous marketing claims. If you ever wanted to get Jon fired up all you had to do was whisper “tape is dead” and let the fireworks start! I was the target of a few of those fiery opinions from time to time. I didn’t always agree with him, at least not 100%, on many topics but I always respected his perspective.
On a personal note, Jon took time with me, when I started Storage Switzerland 12 years ago, to provide me with very wise advice. He also provided excellent coaching as the business developed. I’m glad that I had the opportunity to thank him publicly prior to his passing and am happy to do so again. Jon, thank you, rest in peace. You will be missed.