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.
It is hard to look anywhere these days without seeing Flash being used. I think the word that marketing like to use, unless it has fallen out of favour is "pervasive". Mind you in the hands of some people it is definitely moving from "pervasive" to "invasive" but... [Continue Reading]
Last week I had a couple of meetings in Manchester (UK) with some SVC and V7000 end users, as well as the chance to pop in and say hi to our team in the IBM Manchester labs. About two days before heading up the M6 I was asked if I'd like to join in a roundtable session with UKFast - discussing the... [Continue Reading]
Configuring IBM Storwize V7000 and SVC for Optimal Performance Part 2
Thanks to everyone who responded to my Part 1 post, I'm amazed at how many people must read what I have to say! Based on the number of you that have either spoken to me in person, or emailed. I'm glad to be of some use
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As you may or may not have seen, IBM has agreed to acquire Texas Memory Systems : http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/38594.wss This has many implications (all good) for SVC, Storwize V7000, and Pure Systems. Better integration with existing RamSan products, and of course integrated... [Continue Reading]
One of the key benefits of the Storwize V7000 product is its built in Virtiualization capabilites. Or as some vendors like to call it Federation?
Its been almost 9 years since we first released SAN Volume Controller (SVC) and in that time, its been through 6 hardware iterations, and 16 major... [Continue Reading]
Configuring IBM Storwize V7000 and SVC for Optimal Performance Part 1
I've been involved in a quite a few pre-sales, proof of concept and after-sales accounts where people have setup their V7000 and then wondered about the performance they are achieving, is it optimal, can they do... [Continue Reading]
Well, i guess I should first wish, any readers I still have left a Happy New Year. Not only are we now into 2012, but hey its February too, where did January go... must be some kind of temporal locality thing going on (private joke - sorry, all will become clear all too soon)
For those of you... [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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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 we approach SVC's 6th birthday its interesting to see the rest of the industry starting to catch up and realise not only that a modular commodity storage controller is the way forward, but that also clustering of said modular controllers has many benefits. We all await todays announcement of HDS... [Continue Reading]
I'd mentioned we (the SVC performance team) have a few bits of fine tuning and investigations to perform for the next (4.3.0) release of SVC. This is the part of my job that I enjoy the most, getting the latest builds from development and putting them through their paces, drilling into the running... [Continue Reading]
Just a quick post to let those interested know that the [SVC Best Practices and Performance Guidelines] Redbook has just been made publicly available on the IBM Redbooks website . Many thanks to Jon Tate and his team of able (and pestering) technical writers for all their hard work. Jon and I spent... [Continue Reading]
Last week was a long one. The main SVC test-lab in Hursley suffers from the same problems that haunts most machine rooms - lack of power and not enough cooling. Thats not to say that we don't have a lot of both, just that as the support and test requirements have increased over the last five years,... [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]
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]
Less than one week into my blogging career, why not open a huge can of worms and let the 'fishermen' fight over the big fat juicy ones... I changed the title of this post several times before settling on the phrase "what do I mean" - this way I'm not dictating anything to anyone other than what I... [Continue Reading]
While googling I spotted an interesting topic from Chris, discussing the application of SATA drives in the enterprise. Quite rightly for years most vendors have been telling their customers that SATA is no replacement for SCSI or Fibre-Channel enterprise class disks. I don't know enough about the... [Continue Reading]