Barry Whyte is a 'Master Inventor' working in the Systems & Technology Group 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 current role as performance architect. 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.
Its just about year to the day since IBM announced the IBM Storwize V7000, today we've announed the next major step in the evolution of the product, and the SVC code base at its heart. The IBM Storwize V7000 Unified. This integrates IBM's Common NAS software which is used in the enterprise level... [Continue Reading]
While catching up on some old and new posts out here I came across an interesting article from Chris Mellor discussing a report about various PCIe card benchmarks performed by the Swiss National Computing Centre (CSCS).
I was going to reply to his post but as I started typing realised I had a... [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]
Greetings this week from the Storage Buddhist as I do a guest spot on this blog for Barry. I'm wondering if he's a little sensitive about Nigel Poulton 's recent Infosmack jibe about how often this blog gets updated, so I'm stepping in while Bazza contemplates possible topics for his next blog... [Continue Reading]
I mentioned in the summary for 6.2 that we now fully support the VMware VAAI protocols, check out Anthony's blog for a great write up and some real life customer experience using vMotion and SVC offload. ... [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]
As I previewed back on the 9th May, the new 6.2 version of the SVC software is now generally available (GA in IBM speak). This software not only supports the latest generation of SVC CG8 node hardware, but the new Model 300 versions of Storwize V7000 - 8x 8Gbit Fibre ports, 4x 1Gbit iSCSI and now... [Continue Reading]
When Nigel asked the question about IBM's age in Infosmack 101 I was initially amazed hat everyone didn't instantly know that IBM is 100 this years young this year, next week infact.
I guess internally we've had a lot more press about this than there has been externally. Anyway, on 16th June... [Continue Reading]
I’ve been traveling quite a bit over the last couple of months, both business and pleasure. Large amounts of this, especially the business travel has been in the car where I’ve been enjoying the use of the USB port in the glove box to upload mp3 files to the inbuilt flash drive in the car. Yes even... [Continue Reading]
As hinted by my last post, the next release of SVC software is on its way, available in early June, along with the new optional 10Gbit iSCSI support. Since SVC, and V7000 are essentially the same thing, just packaged in different hardware vehicles, all of the software updates apply to both... [Continue Reading]
For those of you in the UK, a chance to come along and see us at the SNIA Datacenter Academy event on 19th May in the QEII conference Centre. I've provided a link (the image) to the IBM customer / end user registration page, please register and come along on the day. This event is aimed at end... [Continue Reading]
At the risk of re-gurgitating recent Storage benchmarketing scars and rumblings, its probably escaped most people that we just published another Storwize V7000 SPC-1 benchmark. Why another I hear you ask, well the first one we published was back in November when the product first GA'd.
However, we... [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]
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]
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.
There are two reasons that my blogging this year has been sporadic at best. One, the sheer volume of work, its become the norm at the moment for the whole team to be spending evenings and weekends working on our baby.Why have we been all so dedicated over the last year or so, mainly because we've... [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]
Well I'm almost recovered from the hectic day yesterday. My day started with the train from Southampton at 6:30am to get up to London in time to prep before the first session of the day.
Before I get too far, thanks to all that came along to the UK Launch event at Tate Britain - it was great to... [Continue Reading]
Well as you have probably read, or heard, the Storwize V7000 is why the SVC team has been so busy over the last 18 months, and why my blogging has been sporadic at best. Hopefully the point of this series of posts is clear, although this is a brand new modular storage box - organically developed by... [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...
Hopefully I'll see some of you in London on Thursday for the UK Launch event... if you haven't... [Continue Reading]
2000-2007 The "Virtual" Storage - SAN Virtualization Appliance Years
First of all thanks again for all the feedback regarding this series of posts, great that people are enjoying a bit of a history lesson, or even a reminder into your own histories!
So where was I... The Hursley... [Continue Reading]
The "Shark" and FC-AL Years - 1998-present
Last time I briefly covered the Hursley Storage team's work on the 7133 - Serial Storage Architecture products. Thanks for all the emails about this, and I'm glad people still remember it - fondly?! Those screwdrivers - and Martin, i think... [Continue Reading]
The Serial Storage Architecture Years - 1990-1998 Its been a crazier than ever year. All will become clear soon. But one of the things I wanted to discuss with you all is just what kind of history comes with the team of ~150 storage people that I work with on a daily basis. Of course there are a... [Continue Reading]
I knew it had been a while, but I wouldn't have guessed it was 14 weeks since I last posted.
Nothing much changes thought, the NetApp fan boys are being just as defensive as ever, EMC (well Mr Symm) are still spending as much time writing about IBM and its dieing products, if DS8000 had died as... [Continue Reading]
After a couple of weeks of car hell, that resulted in the entire removal of the intake manifold, just to get to the darn crappy sensor that had packed up (and Land Rover informed me was the 3rd re-design - in any other business that would mean ' 2x faulty design) but anyway, thanks Geoff for the... [Continue Reading]
I just wanted to post a quick thanks to everyone that took the time out of their day jobs to come to Hursley yesterday for the User Group sessions. I'm hoping that everyone got as much as we did out of the day and it was great to see so many (not just UK) visitors. I've already started pushing... [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]
So after all the EMC hype, and all the claims that the DS8000 was "pushing up daises" it seems
that IBM have managed to announce the GA of ship our sub-lun hot-spot management, aka Easy Tier before EMC
have shipped their FAST function.
Now, before you all jump and say EMC have been... [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... [Continue Reading]
I still haven't finished sorting out the photos from the German SVC User Group session I attended last month, but here is your chance to come and visit us in IBM Hursley, the home of SVC development.
This event is open to SVC users, primarily in the UK, however if you fancy a trip to the UK in... [Continue Reading]
There has been a lot of twitter banter, and blog posts about Tiering. Netapp claiming you don't need
to tier, EMC and IBM saying tiering is important and 3Par Farley going so far as to say that Netapp
can't do tiering easily, hence their response, and discussion of PAM being the way to resolve.... [Continue Reading]
Almost a month gone by, now we are in week 9 and 7 posts, so I'm already lagging behind my resolution to post once a week at least! I do have a post in draft covering a recent trip to Mainz in Germany to meet up with the German SVC User Group. Meanwhile, pop on over to Valeries "Yin meets... [Continue Reading]
You may have already seen that SVC has yet again set a new world record benchmark when it comes to the Storage Performance Council's SPC-1 benchmark.
The initial planning called for a full eight node test - as we normally do, and the manufacturing requests were put in to setup the 4000+ HDD... [Continue Reading]
Looking back through my posts its been some months since I last opened the floor to you all, so here is you chance, a free floor. Ask anything you like, about SVC of course, but if I don't know I'm sure I know someone that will. Recently I've heard some quite elaborate FUD from the usual suspects,... [Continue Reading]
I've just been through some of our detailed results for 4Q, given that we only announced availability of the new CF8 hardware back in November and exceeded expectations with their adoption. Over the quarter Tivoli Storage Software, which SVC comes under, saw double digit growth.
The up-take of... [Continue Reading]
Two posts in one week. Doing well. I set one of my resolutions this year to post at least once a week – hence my new numbering scheme. Maybe I’ll use the fact that 2010-2.2 and further double posts count for the odd week I may miss :)
Benchmarketing. It’s a dodgy term, and even dodgier... [Continue Reading]
A lot of you may have seen the NASA satellite photo of the UK last week, certainly you can't deny that the snow has hit pretty much the whole country, the contrast compared to a normal satellite image is quite amazing.
Images courtesy of NEODAAS/University of Dundee
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Happy New Year to all. As you may know, or have seen the UK is currently under the grip of winter. A few inches of snow and the country comes to a stand-still. Maybe I'm getting old an cynical (some may say no maybe about it!) but I do remember walking to school in drifts of over 2 foot back in... [Continue Reading]
As this is my last day in the office until the new year, I thought I'd take a few minute to quickly wish all my readers all the best over the Festive season. I've already set one of my new year resolutions to make time to blog more - so all being well, I'll be more active on here next year,... [Continue Reading]
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... [Continue Reading]
The kids very kindly passed on their latest 'bring-home' from school - a stinking cold! Been feeling pretty rotten since I got back
from SNWE in Frankfurt a couple of weeks back - so hopefully I didn't pass it on to anyone I met there! Was a great couple of days,
thanks to everyone that came... [Continue Reading]
So far I have concentrated on the hardware side of the new SVC 5.1 release, thats probably because after
the work I did with IBM Almaden Research last year on Project Quicksilver, I became the architect for
the sub-SVC project to add SSD support to SVC. The tecnology demo set the scene and... [Continue Reading]
My posts from last week have been generating a huge amount of interest, with customers both existing an prospective seeing that what we have done with SVC 5.1 and our intergrated SSD support is much more of a game changer than EMC's "bolt them into the array" approach. While IBM has the same... [Continue Reading]
This is a bit of an opus I'm afraid, but I've had my hands tied for so long in what I could / couldn't say so think of this as a catch up for my last 6 months of sporadic posting! Please do try to make it to the end, I'm covering a lot here!
In my last post I covered whats coming with SVC 5.1... [Continue Reading]
I've been waiting for what seems like far too long for this series of posts. The development and test teams have been working flat out for the last year to bring SVC 5.1 to market.
Today IBM issued a press release detailing a little of whats coming next month with SVC release 5 software, the... [Continue Reading]
IBM System Storage Technical User Group Webinar IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC) Implementation Best Practices Join us for a Webinar on October 14 Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/988779121 You are invited to attend this... [Continue Reading]
I'm sure more than a few of you will know what I mean when I say I've been in "PowerPoint Hell" recently... With various internal executive visits, updates on where we are, where we are going and technical discussion points, its always amusing how much time a decent "slide" takes... [Continue Reading]
I find I start so many posts these days describing how busy I've been as an excuse to why my post
frequency has been lower than normal. This has to have been a new record as I spotted my last post was over a
month ago. This time however I do have a much better excuse, two weeks time off away... [Continue Reading]
I, like a lot of you that take the time out of your lives to read blog ramblings, you probably have your top 3 or 4 authors that you will read no matter what they say - maybe the next 10 that you read just the title, and based on the grab line, may or may not read, then the others that may simply... [Continue Reading]