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IBM Champion Spotlight: Randy Frye

By Namitha K posted Sat March 09, 2024 06:41 AM


Meet Randy Frye, a seasoned Senior Storage Administrator at D&H Distributing. In the dynamic world of technology, Randy stands out with his passion for IBM products, and one favorite holds a special place in his heart – the FlashSystem storage. Randy admires the FlashSystem for its lightning-fast response times, competitive pricing, rich functionality, and continuous improvements. Randy is a SAN Storage expert with 21 years of experience architecting, implementing and managing IBM Storage and SANs. He has been employed at state government enterprise data center; as a consultant with an IBM Platinum Certified Partner, supporting a variety of industries; and currently at a large IT and consumer electronics distributor. Randy is an actively participating member of IBM's Storage Technical Client Council and often engages in IBM Sponsor User product feedback. He is known by multiple IBM Storage Virtualize and FlashSystem developers and experts, with an established reputation of being highly skilled in IBM Storage and SAN.

When it comes to advocacy, Randy's preference is towards participating in user group sessions. Engaging in the Storage Technical Client Council (TCC), he actively provides feedback on software implementations before release. This involvement not only offers him a sneak peek into upcoming enhancements but also connects him with valuable technical resources, facilitating a smoother execution of his responsibilities. Driven by a desire to contribute, Randy became an IBM Champion this year. Through posts in the Community page, he shares his knowledge, offering a helping hand to those navigating the intricate realms of technology. For him, giving back isn't just about sharing information; it's about creating a supportive community.

                           Reflecting on his journey, Randy takes pride in a significant accomplishment. During his tenure with an IBM Platinum Certified Partner, he played the crucial role in implementing a new Storwize V9000 system in a nationally known company's datacenter. If Randy weren't immersed in technology, his dream job would involve the artistry of woodworking. From crafting custom furniture to refining designs, he envisions a career surrounded by the satisfying hum of tools – a passion waiting to unfold with a collection of tools yet to be acquired!

In Randy Frye’s world, technology isn’t just a job; it’s a journey filled with advocacy, knowledge-sharing, and the continuous pursuit of excellence. Whether fine-tuning systems or crafting masterpieces from wood, Randy’s story is one of dedication and a relentless pursuit of passion.

Lightning round:

·      What would be your superpower and why?  Telekinesis; if you learn/know enough about how stuff works, telekinesis can be used to make anything do what you want it to. 

·      Ice cream or cake?  Ice cream, preferably chocolate

·      Cats or dogs?  Dogs

·      Summer or winter?  Summer

·      Morning or evening?  Evening

·      eBook or paper book?  Paper book

·      TV shows or movies?  Movies

·      A night out or a night in?  Out

·      Cannonball into the pool or dip a toe in first?  Toe first, just so I’m not surprised when I cannonball

·      Go-to karaoke song?  Chattahoochee (Alan Jackson)

·      Drive or fly?  Drive

Connect with Randy in LinkedIn and Community page.