Storage Bin: Leaving you in good hands

It's time for a changing of the guard for the Storage Bin column. Steve Duplessie, whose witty and perceptive insights have graced Storage magazine from day one, is stepping aside to make room for ESG's Tony Asaro to take up residency on our end page.

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For the sake of the team, the time has come to let a new player have his shot.


After 114 years of enjoying our time together on this back page every month, it's time to pass the baton to my younger, smarter (and far better looking) colleague Tony Asaro. I've enjoyed this opportunity to chat with you about various things and am forever grateful for the opportunity.

Where am I going? Nowhere. I just realized that while I believe the entire world revolves around data, and data lives on storage, there are new frontiers I find fascinating and listening to me ramble about such things might not be as interesting to some folks reading a magazine called Storage. I find myself pondering the interdependencies of infrastructure and the meaning of life--kind of Zen IT--and wrestling with where the money is going to move to and when. My ADD has gotten the best of me perhaps. Tony, on the other hand, still lives, eats and breathes storage.

The other day someone asked me a question I normally would have known the answer to, but I was too far out. Tony knew the answer to that question, as well as the six other questions that should have been asked. That's when I knew I no longer deserved this coveted space and that the crazy industry we call storage would be better served with the likes of Mr. A to take things to the next level, kind of a Corey Dillon moving over for Laurence Maroney, if you will. Can you imagine if Drew Bledsoe never got mashed to make way for Tom Brady? I don't ever want to be thought of as the Bledsoe of Storage. On a positive note, Tony doesn't even watch football as far as I know, so those of you who have no idea what I'm referring to should be relieved. I'd even be surprised if a reference to the Red Sox graces his article.

It's not like I'm retiring or anything, so you won't be rid of me altogether. I'm not going anywhere, so keep the email and blog comments coming. I'll be contributing the occasional article to this magazine for as long as you'll have me. We've been through a lot together, and I've enjoyed it all. Some of my best lines have appeared in this column, whether you think so or not!

So I'll continue to call out those who deserve it, and to mock those in need of a good mocking. I've had the good fortune to work with brilliant people who are constantly getting ESG involved in fascinating endeavors. Some of those endeavors have got me really jazzed, and those are the areas where I'm trying to make myself smarter. As soon as I succeed, I'll be sure to let you know. The world of storage is a world I love, as boring and geeky as that sounds. I'll never lose the passion, but I find that smarter people with a razor-sharp focus like Tony's will bring more to the party for everyone.

Of course, if he screws up this column I may have to shoot him, which would be bad, but I feel it's my duty. Tony, meet the people; people, say "Hi" to Tony. Now, go talk amongst yourselves. Cheers.

This was first published in October 2007

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