Barry Whyte is a 'Master Inventor' working in the Systems & Technology Group based in IBM Hursley, UK. Barry primarly works on the IBM SAN Volume Controller and Storwize family of virtual disk systems. Barry graduated from The University of Glasgow in 1996 with a B.Sc (Hons) in Computing Science. In his 18 years at IBM he has also worked on the successful Serial Storage Architecture (SSA) and the IBM DS8000 range. Barry joined the SVC development team soon after its inception and has held many positions before taking on his current role as performance architect. Outside of work, Barry enjoys playing golf and all things to do with Rotary Engines. All posts on this blog are (c) Copyright International Business Machines 2014 - reproduction without prior approval is prohibited.
My posts from last week have been generating a huge amount of interest, with customers both existing an prospective seeing that what we have done with SVC 5.1 and our intergrated SSD support is much more of a game changer than EMC's "bolt them into the array" approach. While IBM has the same... [Continue Reading]
This is a bit of an opus I'm afraid, but I've had my hands tied for so long in what I could / couldn't say so think of this as a catch up for my last 6 months of sporadic posting! Please do try to make it to the end, I'm covering a lot here!
In my last post I covered whats coming with SVC 5.1... [Continue Reading]
I've been waiting for what seems like far too long for this series of posts. The development and test teams have been working flat out for the last year to bring SVC 5.1 to market.
Today IBM issued a press release detailing a little of whats coming next month with SVC release 5 software, the... [Continue Reading]
IBM System Storage Technical User Group Webinar IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC) Implementation Best Practices Join us for a Webinar on October 14 Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/988779121 You are invited to attend this... [Continue Reading]
I'm sure more than a few of you will know what I mean when I say I've been in "PowerPoint Hell" recently... With various internal executive visits, updates on where we are, where we are going and technical discussion points, its always amusing how much time a decent "slide" takes... [Continue Reading]
I find I start so many posts these days describing how busy I've been as an excuse to why my post
frequency has been lower than normal. This has to have been a new record as I spotted my last post was over a
month ago. This time however I do have a much better excuse, two weeks time off away... [Continue Reading]
NTTRA , short for "international trade," was formed in 2000 for the purpose of providing a multi-carrier e-commerce platform for the booking and documentation of ocean containerized shipping. Based in New Jersey but with sales and support offices all over the globe, INTTRA serves 30 of the... [Continue Reading]
On the 23rd and 24th July IBM invites you to attend The Dynamic Infrastructure Worldwide Virtual Forum an online event where you will be able to : Attend interactive sessions of your choice; Visit product
exhibits; Get your questions answered; and Join the live chat with experts
... [Continue Reading]
As you may have noticed, they've moved us all over to the new MyDeveloperWorks website. Still getting to grips with it myself, need to get my profile pics and stuff copied over, but the redirect URL is in place already!!! All my hit counts are gone, the technorati score and everything else... [Continue Reading]
The "modular monolith" has arrived. Oh how the EMC spin doctors must have jumped for joy when they realised the next version of the almost 20 year old Symmetrix family, the DMX-5 could also mean DMX-V in roman numerals. Better still lets try and jazz it up furter, how about DMX V-"Max". Oh how... [Continue Reading]
I've been head down for the last few weeks, getting a chance to enhance a chunk of code in the middle of the SVC code stack for the next release, the cache. SVC caching is based on an LRU (Least Recently Used) cache model with partitioning added to make things cope with differing capabilities of the... [Continue Reading]
Funny, I had been thinking about blogging about a customer visit I had this week, primarily a new SVC user wanting to discuss and go into some deeper technical insight into the product. I enjoy these days as its a chance to talk techy with someone who is actually using and hopefully benefiting from... [Continue Reading]
Following last Septembers "Information Infrastructure" launch, IBM today announced wave two subtitled Dynamic Infrastructure . The press release covers some of the higher level details, and a new "DI" portal has been created on the IBM website. From a disk and storage perspective the DS8000 gets... [Continue Reading]
It seems a common thread in technology blogs to post some predictions for the coming year. However, as I'm not an analyst and don't profess to understand the entire storage industry, I thought I'd keep to a brief history of 2008 as I saw it - obviously with an IBM and SVC slant on things. This isn't... [Continue Reading]
In the final part of my 'How it Works' series I'm looking at upgrades. Both software and hardware. Maintenance Windows As the world has moved to a 24x7x52 culture, nobody can really afford many, if any, 'maintenance windows' these days. I described in part2 that to move from a non-virtual to a... [Continue Reading]