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.
I knew it had been a while, but I wouldn't have guessed it was 14 weeks since I last posted. Nothing much changes thought, the NetApp fan boys are being just as defensive as ever, EMC (well Mr Symm) are still spending as much time writing about IBM and its dieing products, if DS8000 had died as many... [Continue Reading]
The Serial Storage Architecture Years - 1990-1998 Its been a crazier than ever year. All will become clear soon. But one of the things I wanted to discuss with you all is just what kind of history comes with the team of ~150 storage people that I work with on a daily basis. Of course there are a... [Continue Reading]
The "Shark" and FC-AL Years - 1998-present Last time I briefly covered the Hursley Storage team's work on the 7133 - Serial Storage Architecture products. Thanks for all the emails about this, and I'm glad people still remember it - fondly?! Those screwdrivers - and Martin, i think most... [Continue Reading]
2000-2007 The "Virtual" Storage - SAN Virtualization Appliance Years First of all thanks again for all the feedback regarding this series of posts, great that people are enjoying a bit of a history lesson, or even a reminder into your own histories!
So where was I... The Hursley team... [Continue Reading]
2008-2010 plus... ??? With all that history of ground breaking products, real innovation, first to market with a real working virtualization solution - I guess the question is...
What next??? Hopefully I'll see some of you in London on Thursday for the UK Launch event... if you haven't yet... [Continue Reading]
Well as you have probably read, or heard, the Storwize V7000 is why the SVC team has been so busy over the last 18 months, and why my blogging has been sporadic at best. Hopefully the point of this series of posts is clear, although this is a brand new modular storage box - organically developed by... [Continue Reading]
Well I'm almost recovered from the hectic day yesterday. My day started with the train from Southampton at 6:30am to get up to London in time to prep before the first session of the day. Before I get too far, thanks to all that came along to the UK Launch event at Tate Britain - it was great to see... [Continue Reading]
Just a quick post to provide a link to the first batch of ISV Storwize V7000 deployment papers available for download now : Deploying Oracle 11g RAC Release 2 with IBM Storwize V7000 on Red Hat Enterprise Linux Practice guide: Backup and restore of native Oracle Database solutions using IBM Tivoli... [Continue Reading]
There are two reasons that my blogging this year has been sporadic at best. One, the sheer volume of work, its become the norm at the moment for the whole team to be spending evenings and weekends working on our baby.Why have we been all so dedicated over the last year or so, mainly because we've... [Continue Reading]
Just a quick one today to let you know the Storwize V7000 Infocenter is now online, including the online eLearning videos that are embedded in the new GUI. http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/storwize/ic/index.jsp For the eLearning, click on the "Learning" tab in the main window.
It was nice to have a day back in the office today, the last couple of weeks have gone by in somewhat of a blurr, with several offsite customer visits, several more visiting Hursley, my vLab sesson at IP expo in London , then last week in Germany at the SVC User Group in Mainz and finally all... [Continue Reading]
One part of the celebration of 50 years of IBM at the Hursley site involves this great CBR supplement that covers those 50 years across all software, and hardware developments, and essentially innovation in the IT industry that have come out of Hursley. The lab is less than 5 miles from Winchester... [Continue Reading]
Another couple of weeks fly by, and far too many evenings have been spent on conference calls and the like - such is life when many of your close colleagues and executive team are six to eight hours behind you. Anyway, thats my excuse for not having posted much recently. I've been following the... [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]
Hi all, A quick update to let you know of a new blog here on developerworks that should be worth adding to you RSS feeds/reader. Andrew Martin is one of my colleagues from the Hursley development team and currently works as the Support Architect for SVC/Storwize products and everything... [Continue Reading]
Welcome. One of the good things to come out of the recent banter started by Chuck that dragged in Tony and Barry Burke , regarding the 'relevance of SPC' and storage benchmarking in general was a comment from BarryB regarding me having my own blog... So here it is. To set the record straight, from... [Continue Reading]
A work colleague asked if is RSS feed for my blog was broken the other day. Things have been sure crazy for the last few weeks - thats always my excuse! I did have this post in the sidelines, and wanted the mud slinging to stop before I set the record straight. Well, you can probably guess who's... [Continue Reading]
One of the key benefits of the Storwize V7000 product is its built in Virtiualization capabilites. Or as some vendors like to call it Federation? Its been almost 9 years since we first released SAN Volume Controller (SVC) and in that time, its been through 6 hardware iterations, and 16 major... [Continue Reading]
While doing my late night catch up on whats being said out there, I had meant to post on Chris Evans' previous topic about 8Gb Fibre Channel. His latest post reminding me to explore this a bit further. In an answer to the question about why 8Gbit and not 10Gbit, 8Gbit has the advantage of being... [Continue Reading]