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 know, I know,.... Or even I know I haven't posted enough when I caught up with a few customers this week and they all comment - "your blog has been quiet, a good few indepth posts, but not the usual post rates" I won't give any excuses, you've heard them all before, but I have actually... [Continue Reading]
I've been head down for the last few weeks, getting a chance to enhance a chunk of code in the middle of the SVC code stack for the next release, the cache. SVC caching is based on an LRU (Least Recently Used) cache model with partitioning added to make things cope with differing capabilities of the... [Continue Reading]
Two posts in the one day - that's probably a record for me, but this one is really just a link. An interesting interview with IBM Storage General Manager, Andy Monshaw over at eWeek . Andy describes, amongst other things, some of the customer business benefits Storage Virtualization can bring, some... [Continue Reading]
Greetings one and all! I am still alive, some months have passed, but I'm still here and should be back to regular posts now! The main reason for this post is to alert UK and European (and of course anyone further afield that would like to attend) to the first 2011 SVC and Storwize V7000 User Group... [Continue Reading]
Been struggling to find the time over the last few weeks to pay you all as much attention as I should ;) Two weeks ago I had a flying visit to Austin, Texas for an internal Summit. In attendance were Distinguished Engineers, Senior Technical folks and other specialists in the topic at hand, covering... [Continue Reading]
One of my regular blog stops is over at Techworld where Chris Mellor discusses all things storage. I spotted an interesting post from Chris today comparing SVC to USP and coming up with the conclusion that the two are almost the same in what they can achieve, what they do and at a 40,000ft view, how... [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]
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]
So I'm still on holiday, but while getting myself prepared for the final stage of the re-decoration efforts at home I was browsing while having my morning intake of caffeine and came across an interesting viewpoint reported at Blocks and Files claiming that HDS are the #1 in storage... [Continue Reading]
Another couple of weeks fly by, and far too many evenings have been spent on conference calls and the like - such is life when many of your close colleagues and executive team are six to eight hours behind you. Anyway, thats my excuse for not having posted much recently. I've been following the... [Continue Reading]
2008-2010 plus... ??? With all that history of ground breaking products, real innovation, first to market with a real working virtualization solution - I guess the question is...
What next??? Hopefully I'll see some of you in London on Thursday for the UK Launch event... if you haven't yet... [Continue Reading]
Over at 'zilla central Mark is discussing the many millions of dollars devoted to research and development products, and in particular how few of them actually make it out into the field as fully fledged products. Back in the late 90's IBM's Research lab in Almaden were busy constructing just such... [Continue Reading]
Today we are have made available IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller (SVC) Version 4.2.1 with more function than previously announced, including new VMware support, and also announced that IBM has passed an historic milestone by shipping its 10,000th SVC node. A press release issued today (see... [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]