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.
Yesterday I spent an hour or so looking for something I knew was out in the blogosphere so I could pull down the reference to it, its frustrating that even when you know something is out there, and no amount of google search phrases can find it for you. But what I did find was a couple of my old... [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]
New “Differential” Licensing Over the years its become clear that a TB isn’t what it used to be, for example the maximum tier of SVC license capacity back in 2003 was 32TB… so things have changed. We wanted to reflect this in the managed (mdisk) capacity licensing. Not all... [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]
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]
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]
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]
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!
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]
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]
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]
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]