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.
Cornerstone #5 The potential to increase system performance While this topic directly corresponds with ‘Cornerstone #5’ it does also contribute #2 Simplification of storage management and #4 Increased storage utilization Pooling and Striping Most enterprise level controllers, the likes of DS8000,... [Continue Reading]
I am still alive. I know I've been crap at posting for the last year or so, and really when it comes to it, I'm not going to say I'm sorry... for those of you that like sci-fi, and are of a certain age... those of you that watched Star-Trek Voyager when it first aired, will remember the half... [Continue Reading]
I think that this Heartbleed bug is going to be an observational comedian's dream. Well I guess one that is a bit of an IT geek anyway. Not quite sure what the Pub Landlord will make of it, but I am sure that he will have some kind of an opinion. Probably not fit to print. Anyway, on to the... [Continue Reading]
Quick interrupt to my partwork. The SVC Entry Edition and 4.3.1 code base is now available for download from the usual SVC download page . As usual, this is a no cost upgrade, and provides support for all existing SVC hardware, 4F2, 8F2, 8F4 and 8G4, not to mention the new EE SVC node hardware. The... [Continue Reading]
Just a quick post to provide a link to the first batch of ISV Storwize V7000 deployment papers available for download now : Deploying Oracle 11g RAC Release 2 with IBM Storwize V7000 on Red Hat Enterprise Linux Practice guide: Backup and restore of native Oracle Database solutions using IBM Tivoli... [Continue Reading]
Its been a while since I opened up this blog.forum for anything you wanted to ask.... IBM has been in the tape and disk market for more than 60 of its 100 years... so where do we think its going? What do you think? and where do you see SVC and the new V7000 fit in your needs? What do you want from... [Continue Reading]
It was nice to have a day back in the office today, the last couple of weeks have gone by in somewhat of a blurr, with several offsite customer visits, several more visiting Hursley, my vLab sesson at IP expo in London , then last week in Germany at the SVC User Group in Mainz and finally all... [Continue Reading]
So before Mr Burke, Chuck or the zilla get in there with the excuses let me have a guess at what's coming : They deliberately mis-configured it Its not a true comparison Its not a real life workload Its all about the number of drives ad infinitum... I am of course talking about the latest... [Continue Reading]
Just a quick one today to let you know the Storwize V7000 Infocenter is now online, including the online eLearning videos that are embedded in the new GUI. http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/storwize/ic/index.jsp For the eLearning, click on the "Learning" tab in the main window.
Less than two weeks to go before the start of the IBM Edge 2013 conference in Las Vegas. I've finally finished my presentations for the two main sessions I am hosting as part of the Virtualization track Monday 10th 9:30am Session 1610 A Brief History of SVC and Storwize Family : What, How, Why?... [Continue Reading]
I wrote this a few weeks back - was waiting for the right time to post - and for once it seems Hu and I are coming from the same place! Its likely a lot of my regulars have heard of Yotta Yotta. To all extents and purposes they produced and interesting SAN cache prototype. It used lazy writes to... [Continue Reading]
Hi all, Yet again, been a few weeks since i last posted, but we've been busy, and all will become clear soon. Meanwhile, in-case you didn't know some of the benefits SVC, V7000 and inband virtualization can provide, click on the image below to have a listen, or download the first part my chat with... [Continue Reading]
IBM introduced smarter storage for midrange storage when we brought you the Stowize V7000, delivering enterprise level features, functions and availability to our midrange storage products. Please join us on November 6th at 10:45am US EST for a virtual briefing covering IBM's midrange storage... [Continue Reading]
It depends... I've been heavily involved with the soon to be published 'SVC Best Practices and Performance' Redbook - I'll post a link as soon as the book is available, but it struck me that when quizzed by the writers for an opinion on X or Y that I found myself starting the reply with... "Well...... [Continue Reading]
As I promised yesterday this post is devoted to the technical details behind the new Space-Efficient Virtual Disk (SEV) and Space-Efficient FlashCopy (SEFC) functions available for no extra charge upon upgrade to the 4.3.0 software release of SVC. This post covers : SEV Implementation Details SEV... [Continue Reading]