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.
I think its true to say that the SVC and Storwize User Groups that IBM has helped to setup and run has created a real community of users and partners around the globe. There are very active groups in the UK, Germany, France, Belgium, Sweden and Finland and of course the USA. (Sorry if I missed some)... [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]
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]
First trip in new role has been to Christchurch for the last couple of days. Some good meetings with Business Partners to see the lay of the land here, and look over some interesting prospects being worked on. The recent FlashSystem V9000 announcement, which I didn't cover in my absence during... [Continue Reading]
Storwize Customer UGM Wednesday 6th May 2015, IBM Hursley IBM Storwize Family of Products (including SVC) User Group Meeting Come and meet the Storwize Team at the IBM Laboratory, based in Hursley Park, Winchester. The team will... [Continue Reading]
With the kids having next week off, its time for the trek back up the M6 to Scotland to take them to see their grandparents. After a few manic weeks at work with calls at both ends of the day, I'm off for some well needed rest back in Glasgow. I will reply to any comments when I return.
Where does the time go. Just a quick update to say that I am still here, been working far too many hours to get new stuff benchmarked, new projects underway, infrastructure upgrades done and setup some nice new bits of kit that arrived recently. I had to disable all comments to my blog as I was hit... [Continue Reading]
One of the few things that really does wind me up is the utter nonsense that certain cosmetics companies try to claim as having "age-purifying" or "wrinkle-decrease" abilities. I remember a few years back a classic "aqua-sphere's" ad campaign... so your product contains water... But I fell about... [Continue Reading]
Just a quickie, things have been super crazy here. Far too much to work on, just not enough hours in the week. I have managed to squeeze a day into my schedule so I can help man the IBM stand at next weeks StorageExpo in London. I hope to see you there, come drop by the IBM podium. Meanwhile over at... [Continue Reading]
One of the nice things with working on SVC is actually helping customers to solve their day to day storage headaches. We all know and feel the pains caused by the ever increasing amount of storage media needed in our SANs. The management costs, from a people and resource point of view alone start to... [Continue Reading]
Just a quickie folks to let you know that 4.3.0 code is now available for download one day ahead of our planned GA. This has been a major undertaking by all involved with SVC inside IBM, and those beta customers out there that provided useful feedback and helpful insights into how this new release... [Continue Reading]
I do have a good excuse this time for the short hiatus in posts, as things have been a bit more crazy than normal, but to be expected when you up and move the whole family, literally to the opposite side of the globe! My wife was born in New Zealand and spent much of her youth there, with most of... [Continue Reading]
All IBM dW blogs are moving from www-03.ibm.com to www-128.ibm.com server, this Wednesday. If you access this blog with just www.ibm.com, it will work both before and after the move. This is the preferred link: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/blogs/page/storagevirtualization The blog team is... [Continue Reading]
Following on from Chris' comments in "Pause for Thoughtput" I had a look around and there are some interesting posts being made. Being one of those close to the "Virtualmania" scene I had a look through the second paper Gear6 have written, "Provisioning for Predictable Performance" . Jumping to the... [Continue Reading]
Just completed my last day in the office for 2008, thanks to all my readers, all the commentors, and for the general banter in the storage blogosphere. All that remains is for me to wish you all the best over the Festive Season, and I look forward to more of the same in 2009. Merry Christmas and a... [Continue Reading]