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.
I completely missed the announcement a couple of weeks ago for version 7.8.1 of the Spectrum Virtualize software. Traveling too much at the end of last month and forgot to post an update on whats new. This release I am dubbing the ‘customer council’ release. Last year we started a... [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]
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]
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]
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.
Today we are lucky to have the first in a series of guest posts from Dr Bill Scales. Bill is one of the lead product architects in the storage team in Hursley. Bills depth and breadth of knowledge of storage systems is second to none, which means there is always a queue of people waiting to... [Continue Reading]
Spectrum Virtualize Quorum Happy New Year to all. I’ve been getting a few questions relating to quorum devices, and in particular the IP quorum and what happens when various different failure scenarios occur. I thought it was worth detailing things here. So first some background. What are... [Continue Reading]
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]
7.8.0 Spectrum Virtualize Back in November we announce the 7.8 updates for SVC, Storwize and V9000 - the products running Spectrum Virtualize software, and a new expansion enclosure offering over 1.4PB RAW capacity in just 5U rack space… Transparent Cloud Tiering TCT is IBM’s general... [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]
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]
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]