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.
While catching up on some old and new posts out here I came across an interesting article from Chris Mellor discussing a report about various PCIe card benchmarks performed by the Swiss National Computing Centre (CSCS).
I was going to reply to his post but as I started typing realised I had a... [Continue Reading]
I am still alive. I know I've been crap at posting for the last year or so, and really when it comes to it, I'm not going to say I'm sorry... for those of you that like sci-fi, and are of a certain age... those of you that watched Star-Trek Voyager when it first aired, will remember the half... [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]
I, like a lot of you that take the time out of your lives to read blog ramblings, you probably have your top 3 or 4 authors that you will read no matter what they say - maybe the next 10 that you read just the title, and based on the grab line, may or may not read, then the others that may simply... [Continue Reading]
Tony Pearson has posted a great set of FAQ questions that were answered during a session at last weeks IBM's 2009 Storage Symposium. For any current or prospective SVC users, its worth a read, and it got me thinking I haven't had one of my Q&A posts for a while.. So here is you chance. If its... [Continue Reading]
Since my blog was moved from the old Developerworks site into the myDeveloperWorks framework I've been trying to get some widgets back and reset the theme. It seemed like beyond the scope of what the interface the new framework provides... until I found the hidden menu that appears when you change... [Continue Reading]
Yet another couple of weeks go by. July is our busy month at home and with family. 4 birthdays (including my own yesterday), 1 anniversary, and of course the start of the school holidays. For those that follow me on twitter and facebook, the Millenium Falcon was an epic Lego project for Callum and... [Continue Reading]
I thought it was worth spending a few minutes describing a feature that SVC has been supporting for
just over a year now. Call it what you want, "Split Cluster", "Split I/O Group", "Hyper-swap", "Pork"
(Sorry HAM). After HDS made such a wet fish splash... [Continue Reading]
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]
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, 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]
IBM Software Defined solutions take agility to the next level – the ability to easily move data and workloads to and from public clouds. "Today’s businesses are driven by data and the infrastructure has to provide the agility needed to quickly address new requirements.... [Continue Reading]
Just to make life as difficult as possible for the development and test teams, and not content with refreshing the lower end Storwize V5000 products earlier this year, today IBM is announcing a refresh to the Storwize V7000, FlashSystem V9000 and SVC platforms, some new all-flash variants of... [Continue Reading]
A few weeks back myself and Lloyd Vickery, from the IBM NZ Systems team, attended an IDG run CIO roundtable event. The insights from those attending give a great view into the concerns and needs of CIO's today - when it comes to data, getting useful information from the data, and the ethics... [Continue Reading]
Last week I had a couple of meetings in Manchester (UK) with some SVC and V7000 end users, as well as the chance to pop in and say hi to our team in the IBM Manchester labs. About two days before heading up the M6 I was asked if I'd like to join in a roundtable session with UKFast - discussing the... [Continue Reading]