Barry Whyte is a 'Master Inventor' working in the Systems Group. Now based in Auckland New Zealand, Barry is working for the IBM ATS team covering Storage Virtualization for the AP region. Previously Barry was 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 20 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 long running role as performance architect. In 2015 Barry moved to New Zealand, but maintains a part-time working role for the Hursley team working as a performance consultant. 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 2007-2016 - reproduction without prior approval is prohibited.
Hopefully you manage(d) to join the Reducing Storage Costs webinar, but if not, here is a brief look at what we announced today - May 10th. Spectrum Virtualize v8.1.3 Data Reduction Pools - De-duplication I spent some time in my v8.1.2 post discussing how Data Reduction Pools were a... [Continue Reading]
Over the coming weeks, I will be part of the team hosting a roadshow event around the major cities in Australia and New Zealand. Next week is Adelaide and Perth, followed by Auckland, Sydney and Melourne in June. I'm joined by Dr Adam Makarucha who will be discussing IBM's PowerAI platform.... [Continue Reading]
Join us on May the 10th to hear about the latest developments in Cognitive Support and Systems AI for our Virtualize platforms, as well as the latest enhancements coming soon to a Virtualize platform near you. Click on the image above, or this registration link .
There is still time to register and attend this years TechU in Orlando, As with previous years this is the main Technical University for 2018, with the largest worldwide coverage for all of IBM Systems, Storage, Power and Z. I will be there with a few others from the Hursley develiopment... [Continue Reading]
'Pure dead brilliant, so it is' - Urban Dictionary This week, while recovering from the crazy busy week over in Vegas for IBM Think, I was sent an email by our competitive analysis team which reminded me of why I started this blog back in 2007.... [Continue Reading]
For those of you attending Think 2018 next month, here are a few useful links to help build your agenda for the week. If you haven't already signed up, there is still time! Registration and Conference Link https://www.ibm.com/events/think/ There is a link to register in the top right hand... [Continue Reading]
It's that Tuesday in 1Q where IBM announces a load of new products (SpectrumNAS) and enhancements to the existing products. There is so much being announced today, that I will refer you to Tony's post that covers them all, and I will concentrate on Spectrum Virtualize as usual - for... [Continue Reading]
Hi all, A quick post to remind people, and notify those that don't know, of the dates for the 2H17 UK User Group meetings. As usual held over a 2 day period, with first day (15th November) for Business Partners and second day (16th November) for Customers. For links to the... [Continue Reading]
On Tuesday 22nd August we announced the latest code update that will be available soon for the Spectrum Virtualize family. For the first time since 2012 we have bumped the major version number to 8. This signifies some exciting new features that begin with this release in 3Q and will be expanded... [Continue Reading]
Hi all, Some more advertising, if you are in North America and want to attend this years Spectrum Virtualize User Group be sure to register via the link on the user groups page . This year the event is back in Raleigh RTP Executive Briefing Center, and... [Continue Reading]
Hi all, Just a quick one to remind people in this part of the world that the annual Australian IBM Systems Technical Symposium is this year running in Melbourne at the Crowne Conference center from 15th to 17th August. We are just finalising the agenda for the Storage sessions, and we... [Continue Reading]
Just a reminder, and there is still time to register if you haven't already, but this years Systems Technical University is in Orlando next week. I hope to see you there and will be covering several sessions, a few on performance as usual, and some technical deep dives, as well as the NDA... [Continue Reading]
Hi all, Just a quick notices post to remind everyone that the next Spectrum Virtualize UK User Group sessions are happening at IBM Hursley on 8th and 9th of May. 8th May - Business Partner Day 9th May - Customer Day For more details, and registration information, see the... [Continue Reading]
I completely missed the announcement a couple of weeks ago for version 7.8.1 of the Spectrum Virtualize software. Traveling too much at the end of last month and forgot to post an update on whats new. This release I am dubbing the ‘customer council’ release. Last year we started a... [Continue Reading]
Here’s another topic I often get asked about. Things used to be quite simple and I covered this for many years in my Configuring for Optimal Performance series of technical university presentations (also here on the blog - parts 1, 2, 3) - and the basics are still the same when configuring... [Continue Reading]