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Ticked-Off Toigo

Jon Toigo has the freedom many of us would kill for. Originally a political scientist, Toigo turned to IT, made a bundle during the dot.com bubble (he apparently cashed in before this puppy burst) and now can pretty much do as he pleased. For Jon, that means speaking out in favor of consumers and often against huge industries. I've talked to Toigo about virtualization, which he cautions can be dangerous if not done with precision, and storage, where major vendors have mightily resisted customer demands for interoperability. And you wonder what took SANs so long to catch on.

Toigo recently talked with Virtualization Review magazine. His latest hot-button topic? The fact that x86 private clouds are inherently fragile given that the failure of one server can take down others.

Mainframes are different. Big iron is built for true resiliency. Apps have long been protected from one another on a mainframe and this partitioning is now extended to VMs, making for a stable private cloud. And there are fewer machines to house and cool and power in the datacenter.

Do you have a new view of big iron? Whether the answer is yes or no, I'd like to hear from you at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 01/10/2012 at 12:47 PM


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