The Brocade Community first started back in 2003, as technical forums serving the Fibre Channel product line. Over the years, as we grew and expanded our product line, we enhanced the support Community as well. It expanded from offering just forums to including richer content like blogs and, technical documentation.
The Brocade Community has come a long way over the years. It has grown in traffic, in features, and of course in the members themselves, with contributors from around the world. One of the first members to join the community back in 2003 was Antonio Bongiorno (aka TechHelp24) who is a Brocade Partner in Europe. Over the years, Antonio has worked with various Community Managers and the Brocade product teams to help answer questions within the Community. He has built a close relationship with our TAC Support team due to his consistently solid answers within the Community.We are pleased to highlight Antonio as our Spotlight Community Member of 2017. Below is an excerpt of a conversation with Antonio discussing why he first joined the community and how he has stayed engaged over the years.
Antonio joined the Brocade Community to find others who were working on Brocade gear and looking for some help. Over the years, he became not only a top contributor but one of the most valued resources in the community by jumping in where he could add value, helping others and working with Brocade Support to provide the correct answer fast.Here one of Antonio’s most popular posts out of four thousand plus posts on the Brocade Community:
Thank you, Antonio, for your years of engagement on the Brocade Community. I truly value your support, community interactions, and your friendship.
Jason McClellanBrocade Community Manager@jason_cmgr
Hats off to Antonio. He is doing great service to Brocade SAN community.
I wish him and his son all the very best.
Thanks to Brocade, Antonio and other folks who are helping other members.
Congratulations Antonio on being featured member on the Brocade forums. If there is any member who deserves this recognition, then it has to be you.I got introduced to Antonio from the Brocade forums sometime in 2008. Back then I was the department head for one of the largest SAN deployments in world. Many of Antonio's posts helped me and my team members.
In 2009-2010 though once I quit this position, I too started actively contributing to the Brocade forums and this is where my friendship with Antonio and his family grew stronger. I have never met him in person but my respect for his knowledge has only grown over the years. Also his willingness to help is beyond compare.
I have now been working with Hitachi Data Systems for the past 6+ years, I have often relied on Antonio for advice on Brocade technology. Since he has so much field experience its good to check with him on potential pitfalls or known issues, so that we dont spend time working on them all over.
I will soon be moving out of storage and into Big Data technology, but I hope to stay in touch with Antonio and who knows I may need to tap into his knowledge and experience in the future as well.
Congratulations Antonio !. Deserved one :)
When I read the community topics and I see that Mr. TechHelp24 posted some answers, these answers would most likely contain a solution to the problem, together with the detailed explanations, links to some other Brocade or third party resources and sometimes even with some rare manuals attached as PDF files. This is really impressive. Many thanks to Antonio for sharing his vast knowledge.