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 V7000 virtual disk systems. Barry graduated from The University of Glasgow in 1996 with a B.Sc (Hons) in Computing Science. In his 16 years at IBM he has 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 2012 - reproduction without prior approval is prohibited.
With the move to the new blog software, there is probably a bunch of you that found yourself here, not knowing what this post was going to contain - as well as my regulars that either reap the benefits of SVC every day, or know the patter , but may not know all the benefits.
I liken SVC to... [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
... [Continue Reading]
As I try to get back to more regular posting, Part 3 of Configuring for Optimal Performance is getting its final polish to post hopefully next week. Meanwhile its some time since I opened this up for your questions. This is Q & A #5, so feel free to ask away. Obviously I can't discuss... [Continue Reading]
As you may have seen, today IBM announced the next product in the Storwize family, the IBM Storwize V3700.
The Stowize V3700 builds on the amazing success that the Storwize V7000 has seen in the last two years- and of course SVC has had in the market for almost 10 years now. I could use... [Continue Reading]
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]
I'm busy crafting part 2 of my Configuring for Optimal Performance series, meanwhile check out part two of my interview with Hal Jennings hosting IBM's blog talk radio channel , click on the image below :
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]
These days I'm spending more and more of my time with customers visiting Hursley wanting to hear
about our smart planet initiatives, how we can help to make their infrastructure dynamic and of course
most of my involvement in this is around presenting how and where SVC and storage... [Continue Reading]
Hi all, Happy New Year (are we almost in February already!)
This is just a quick heads up, the next UK based SVC, Storwize family User Group meeting is planned for the 8th of May 2013. To register, see here :... [Continue Reading]
On Friday we will release SVC software version 6.4 - it used to be simple, I could just reference SVC, but of course the same software package can be installed on V7000 systems. At present V7000 Unified systems remain at 6.3 features and functions.
You've probably seen the news in the press,... [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]
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]
Tony Pearson has posted a great set of FAQ questions that were answered during a session at last weeks IBM's 2009 Storage Symposium. For any current or prospective SVC users, its worth a read, and it got me thinking I haven't had one of my Q&A posts for a while..
So here is you chance. If... [Continue Reading]
Since my blog was moved from the old Developerworks site into the myDeveloperWorks framework I've been trying to get some widgets back and reset the theme. It seemed like beyond the scope of what the interface the new framework provides... until I found the hidden menu that appears when you change... [Continue Reading]
Yet another couple of weeks go by. July is our busy month at home and with family. 4 birthdays (including my own yesterday), 1 anniversary, and of course the start of the school holidays. For those that follow me on twitter and facebook, the Millenium Falcon was an epic Lego project for Callum and... [Continue Reading]
I thought it was worth spending a few minutes describing a feature that SVC has been supporting for
just over a year now. Call it what you want, "Split Cluster", "Split I/O Group", "Hyper-swap", "Pork"
(Sorry HAM). After HDS made such a wet fish splash... [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]
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]
Hi all, lots of posts coming I promise, lets start with the most pressing, the next UK SVC/V7000 user group meeting. Open of course to end users from across the globe : Where and when : 11th July 2012 at IBM Hursley Park, Winchester Abstract : During the day you will be able to informally... [Continue Reading]
... a mid-term interrupt... The storage system behind IBM's PureFlex, PureSystems recent announcement, is of course the IBM Storwize V7000 controller... Check out more details at http://www.ibm.com/ibm/puresystems/us/en/index.html#tab:overview/subtab:default (Hence all my expert video posts over... [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]
just a quick one... In every day life, we have appliances, or white goods, simple and easy to use, they do the job we need of them... In IT... most things are custom... not any more Please do take the time to sign up to the April 11th webcast - it may not be going to crash live blogging, but... [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 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]
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]
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]
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]
Seems like a lot of water, in the case of Farley and Burke - a lot of smack ups - but it feels like smack downs to me... ;) has gone under the bridge.
Looking back at my first part work, some 24 months ago, it would look like Invista was still maybe being banded about as a 'serious' option, and... [Continue Reading]
Today marks the next phase, or the beginning of a series of announcements, previews and strategy updates from IBM Storage.
The splash page for todays launch is
over on the storage news pages - this includes R4.3 of DS8000, adding thin provisioning for open systems and mutli-track support for... [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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]