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IBM Champion Spotlight: Nezih Boyacioglu

By Namitha K posted Thu December 28, 2023 10:14 AM


Meet the IBM Champion Nezih Boyacioglu who will be presenting at IBM TechXchange Summit EMEA, Barcelona on “IBM FlashSystem and VMware Implementation and Best Practices” and sharing valuable insights for customers utilising IBM FlashSystem in VMware environments.This session will be useful to understand the common default installation settings used, and the best practices for optimal utilisation of IBM FlashSystem in VMware environments.

                     Nezih is a Storage Solutions Manager at Istanbul Pazarlama A.S. and has been an IBM Champion for last 3 years! His favourite product is IBM Storage Insights and according to him, it helps to monitor the SAN environment from the host to the SAN switch and provides a deep dive into IBM storage systems. He says, “It helps us to find the "hard to find" performance bottlenecks, problematic SAN issues, FC cable weaknesses, impact on servers, which VM's are producing unusual workloads causing latency, etc. It's hard to find these problems and sometimes it takes weeks to find the root cause. But with Storage Insights, it takes minutes instead of days or weeks!”.

His favourite type of advocacy is speaking at events or small group meetings. He has been showing keen interest in helping people in the IBM community also! 

When asked what drives him to give back to the technology community, he says “The passion for sharing knowledge! I always like to share my knowledge with people. I have been a trainer for IBM storage products for many years and have many students all over the country. Now I see a good community around me and I understand that I have been a good teacher for them.  I've been writing IBM Redbooks for the last few years with the same passion”.

He feels immense pride every time a new IBM Redbook is published to which he has contributed as an author! He adds; “As an IBM Champion and Redbook Author, I am helping to organise the Redbook Bootcamp in Istanbul. All the authors from other countries came to Istanbul and we finished and published a Redbook here (Implementation Guide for IBM Storage FlashSystem and IBM SAN Volume Controller (for IBM Storage Virtualize 8.6))”.

If he weren’t a part of the technology community, he would have been DJing in clubs! In fact, he was a DJ for many years! Nezih has one particular comment about the Champions Community which he would like to share with the prospects of the program; “They enjoy sharing their knowledge with others in the most sincere way possible!”

Recently he spoke in a webinar about Data Resiliency with IBM Defender (20th December 2023) and he has two face to face events in Q1 2024, and one webinar where he will be talking about IBM's storage portfolio.

Connect with Nezih in LinkedIn and the Community page!

Lightning round:

What would be your superpower and why? Spider senses! To be able to recognise potential problems in advance, to be prepared for them and perhaps to solve them before they occur.

Ice cream or cake? Gelato? 

Cats or dogs? Cats

Summer or winter? Summer

Morning or evening? Morning

eBook or paper book? paper book 

TV shows or movies? Movies

A night out or a night in? Night out

Cannonball into the pool or dip a toe in first? Cannonball

Go-to karaoke song? Space Oddity - David Bowie

Drive or fly? Drive