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.
Recently we published an IBM Redbooks Solution Guide on Implementing IBM Easy Tier with IBM Real-time Compression.
IBM® Easy Tier® is a performance function that automatically and non-disruptively migrates frequently accessed data from magnetic media to solid-state drives (SSDs). In... [Continue Reading]
Just over a week or so ago we completed the ITSO Redbook residency to create a book based on the SAN Volume Controller and the IBM FlashSystem 820. Now, normally we like to get these things out very quickly and the team, Danny Bryant, Christian Burns, Joao Marcos Leite, and Denis Senin worked very... [Continue Reading]
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]
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
... [Continue Reading]
One of the internal, and IBM Business Partner mailing groups I subscribe and participate in ( Hi to all on Diskcore ) recently debated :
Want to know whether IBM V3700 are true symmetric active active controllers.
A response was made, but also asked :
Can you define... [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]
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]
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]
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]
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 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]
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]
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]
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 :
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]
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]
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]
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 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]
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]
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]