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.
Its been great to see all the interest over the last week on the new FlashSystem 9100 products announced on July 10th. Interesting too on the register with the battlecard information, and some of the usual ‘anonymous’ comments that seem to miss the point – particularly... [Continue Reading]
Last week I covered some of the main updates in the 7.7.0 release of Spectrum Virtualize, this week I am in IBM RTP in North Carolina and can fill you in on yet more! New Flash and Drive Options Lower Cost Flash Drives Just as we have had different price and performance point spinning HDD... [Continue Reading]
Last week while in Sweden and Denmark I posted about the new 7.7.0 Spectrum Virtualize software that was announced while I was there. Back home in New Zealand now, and got some time to fill you in on the rest of the features this new release brings to SVC, Storwize, FlashSystem V9000 and VersaStack.... [Continue Reading]
Introducing Spectrum Virtualize Version 7.7.0 Software This week I have been travelling in the Nordics. Despite now living in New Zealand, I can’t escape from the great User Group events that the Swedish team have been running for many years now, and its great to actually visit Stockholm in... [Continue Reading]
Hi all, So those of you that were registered for the Spectrum Virtualize North American user Group in Raleigh last month have probably already been notified of the new date... The majority of the team were onsite in Raleigh last month, and wondering if heading into the path of Hurricane... [Continue Reading]
Join us for the 2018 North American IBM Spectrum Virtualize User Conference covering IBM SVC and Storwize family of products including IBM Flash System V9000 and the new IBM FlashSystem 9100. When : September 12 & 13, 2018 Where : at the IBM Raleigh, NC Executive Briefing Center. Who... [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]
7.8.0 Spectrum Virtualize Back in November we announce the 7.8 updates for SVC, Storwize and V9000 - the products running Spectrum Virtualize software, and a new expansion enclosure offering over 1.4PB RAW capacity in just 5U rack space… Transparent Cloud Tiering TCT is IBM’s general... [Continue Reading]
Its that time again, another six months since our last software update and we bring you version 7.6 of the Spectrum Virtualize software. Applicable to all SVC and Storwize systems currently supported out there, but not the end of life for support of 8G4 and 8A4 systems in the RFA details issued last... [Continue Reading]
Over two weeks ago, we released v7.5.0 of the recently re-branded 'Spectrum Virtualize' software, that software that we all know as the code running in both SVC and Storwize products. The major new feature in 7.5.0 is HyperSwap - which you can think of as a new and improved Stretched Cluster... [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]
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 .
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]
Last week I was about to post congratulating Chris Mellor on his 'Blocks and Files' site being absorbed, acquired, defunct, by his move to The Register . I've followed Chris since his days over at TechWorld , where he posted a few articles after reading my blog, abstracting some 'jouralistic... [Continue Reading]