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.
Today marks the next phase, or the beginning of a series of announcements, previews and strategy updates from IBM Storage. The splash page for todays launch is over on the storage news pages - this includes R4.3 of DS8000, adding thin provisioning for open systems and mutli-track support for System... [Continue Reading]
As we approach SVC's 6th birthday its interesting to see the rest of the industry starting to catch up and realise not only that a modular commodity storage controller is the way forward, but that also clustering of said modular controllers has many benefits. We all await todays... [Continue Reading]
I've been meaning to post this entry in my Storage Virtualization part work for some time now. Day to day work, testing some new functions and customer commitments have left little, if any, time to dump my thoughts. This weekend has proved to be a good respite, and allowed me not only time to catch... [Continue Reading]
Cornerstone #5 The potential to increase system performance While this topic directly corresponds with ‘Cornerstone #5’ it does also contribute #2 Simplification of storage management and #4 Increased storage utilization Pooling and Striping Most enterprise level controllers, the likes of DS8000,... [Continue Reading]
This week its the turn of our unstructured data products. At TechU in Sydney we will have Chris Maestas flying in to cover most of the Spectrum Scale topics. For those that don't know Chris, here is is bio : Christopher D. Maestas is an Executive Architect for IBM File and Object Storage... [Continue Reading]
Following on from last weeks post where I listed the Spectrum Virtualize sessions we will be covering at the Sydney Technical University, I thought it would be good to showcase the other international speaker, and of course the local speakers that will be attending the event. Today its the Spectrum... [Continue Reading]
IBM Systems - Technical University Sydney Australia - October 15th to 17th Come and join us for 3 days of technical learning, I will be presenting with Andrew Martin from the Hursley lab on the following topics : s111115 Spectrum Virtualize : NPIV, and Object Based Access Control s111116 Spectrum... [Continue Reading]
Join us at the 2019 IBM Spectrum Virtualize User Conference September 18 and 19 at the IBM Raleigh, NC Executive Briefing Center This is an opportunity for existing Customer Storage Administrators and Architects seeking a deeper technical understanding of the architecture and functional... [Continue Reading]
I had a recent question from within IBM regarding our support for auto-negotiation of Fibre Channel speed. It seems we take this for granted, because we don't specifically mention that all our Fibre Channel HBA's across all the Virtualize family have supported auto-negotiate since our 4Gbit... [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]
There is a lot of talk - dare I say Hype - around NVMe , and I've found that a lot of people don't understand what it means, not only in terms of the technology, but also why is it important from a business, getting things done, perspective. We recently ran a Meet-up in Auckland for local... [Continue Reading]
Register Here -> Come and join us in Sydney for the next Systems Technical University covering IBM Z, Power and Storage. Over 100 sessions covering introductions, deep dives, lab sessions and case studies. Top 5 reasons to come and join... [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]