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]
It seems hard to believe that its been a year since my first post on this blog. As it seems with all things as we get older, in some ways it seems only yesterday, but in other ways its feels like I've always been here... Anyway, just a quickie post to say thanks to all my readers, comment-ers, and... [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]
After a few hectic months, I'd booked a week or so off work so that we could take the kids up to see their grand-parents. I originally hale from Glasgow and my parents still live there. My sister works in Edinburgh as a special-needs teacher and recently had a baby girl, so the plan was during the... [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]
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]
I was a little out of my normal loop the last week or two. This week is full with customer and potential customer visits. Today we had an SVC stalwart customer visit, to not only provide some great feedback on how SVC has over the last 5 years helped them to reclaim their lives (storage admins can... [Continue Reading]
There is a big difference to "in the switch" network based storage virtualization and "appliance" network based storage virtualization. Hu Yoshida and Dr. Kevin McIsaac, seems to have forgotten that in my comparison series of the three approaches to storage virtualization, both the appliance and... [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]
Our eldest son (just turned 5) has been on school holidays for the last few weeks - driving my wife round the twist and winding his little sister up a treat at the same time. Today was my last day in the office for a week or so and we have the usual 'kids' stuff planned for next week. Anyway, my son... [Continue Reading]
Just a very quick post to remind anyone who hasn't yet registered for the first UK based SVC User Group Meeting in Hursley on the 11th May to get yer finger out. There are just a few places left for your chance to hear whats coming, and more importantly for us to hear what you want. See my original... [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]
I've been off the radar for a few weeks... A decision I'd made myself, its been a hectic year, and I realised I'd been spending too much time at/with work and not enough with the family. So I decided, despite only being a Scotsman abroad (ok abroad meaning south of the border) I'd take at least the... [Continue Reading]
I guess I didn't really get the message across in my previous post, well certainly not in the way I inteded from the emails and comments here. The main point I was making was with respect to using a "vanilla" Windows install as the base operating system for a storage product, in particular one in... [Continue Reading]