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 18 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 2014 - reproduction without prior approval is prohibited.
Funny, I had been thinking about blogging about a customer visit I had this week, primarily a new SVC user wanting to discuss and go into some deeper technical insight into the product. I enjoy these days as its a chance to talk techy with someone who is actually using and hopefully benefiting from... [Continue Reading]
I've posted a long reply to clarify a few things over on the Anarchists post , which is a master piece of missing the point, mis-directions and mis-interpretations, purely aimed at trying to inject further FUD into accepted benchmarks performed by the Storage Performance Council . Lets start with... [Continue Reading]
There's been much discussion on the inter-web thing and the blogosphere regarding the various RFA (Release for Announce) documents IBM provides prior to official press-releasing products. Well with so much to cover the IBM Information Infrastructure event in France this week was chosen as the launch... [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]
Its been a while, and recently I've not had the time or inclination to comment about Hu's blogketing, but a few of us found his recent post amusing. (As we often do) I guess Hu has a dilemma . On the one hand he's been telling us for a couple of years that Storage Virtualization in the array is the... [Continue Reading]
I'm glad that BarryB is finding things amusing, while at least there is some humour there, I find it amusing how much time he spends advertising IBM products. Out of his last 6 posts 3 have been about IBM, in particular DS6000 and DS8000. I think we get your message BarryB, you *think* these... [Continue Reading]
Just back from a nice relaxing break over the holidays, while keeping one eye on things since the start of the week. It was nice to start back on a Friday though, as it meant I could catch up on the email, sort out a few hosts and drives that had died under the onslaught from two solid weeks of... [Continue Reading]
The house is feeling quite Christmas-e, with the tree and lights having been up for a few weeks, the collection of presents under the tree growing and the usual 'spring cleaning' sessions before the big day. One more day to go, and yet another working year draws to a close. I thought I'd take a few... [Continue Reading]
I can't help it. It seems that every post that Mr Yoshida makes strikes me as being somewhat questionable. I have much respect for how long he has been in the blogging game. I have no respect for his lack of reader comment acceptance - I've long since given up replying as he decides to ignore those... [Continue Reading]
This morning one of my colleagues in my office bay started a discussion about the fine line between divulging useful technical information on this blog-o-sphere while maintaining the confidentiality of technical information, product plans and general intellectual property of IBM. I explained to him... [Continue Reading]
There has been much said about the VMware certification process, why isn't SVC fully supported etc; particularly in comments on my blog. Today IBM and VMware jointly announced full certification of SVC 4.2.0 with VMWare ESX 3.0.2. Read the full press release here . As I had previously commented, we... [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, I know over the years I've had hundreds of enquiries regarding the XML statistics, what they contains and how they can be decoded. Some of you have written your own parsers and need to know when new things have been added or items changed. Google isn't much help as it finds, the old... [Continue Reading]
Hi all, Another quick post, before I start my long trek back to the UK... The next SVC and Storwize User Groups in the UK will be held next week in IBM Hursley, still time to register and come along. Hope to see you there : Monday 12th October, IBM Hursley House (Business... [Continue Reading]
A very quick post, the North American SVC and Storwize User Groups are being held on 16th and 17th September in Austin this year. See Andy's post for more details... We will both be there, hope to see you too! Told you, very quick one!