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.
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Its been so difficult to keep all this to myself over the last few months, especially last month when we actually reached our goal. 1 Million real life IOPs at less than 1ms - no caching, just pure raw performance. You may, or may not have seen the IBM press release , covering the first part of... [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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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 interop just keeps growing. As you would expect you can today attach the new IBM Storage products behind SVC, running the latest 4.3.0 software. SVC has actually supported XIV since August, we completed the controller qualification during our last SVT cycle, and the IBM Storage teams in the US... [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]
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]
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]
I thought it was time to get back to some technical content, and with recent blog posts, it clear that there is some confusion over how SVC works. In particular how the actual virtual to physical blocks are mapped, how they can be changed without application disruption, and how you get data into... [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]
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 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]
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 :
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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 see that Hu thought he'd better make up some mumbo-jumbo about their 'chubby-provisioning' solution. I did post a comment but, as usual, his moderating means he ignores comments he doesn't like. I'd point you back to my discussion about random 4K writes randomly across a large volume, say one hits... [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]
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]
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]
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]
It seems like only a few weeks ago I was covering the release of SVC 4.3.0 with support for Space-efficient Vdisks and Vdisk Mirroring, and here we are again with today's announce of SVC 4.3.1 software. This time round however its more than just a software release. Until today, mid-sized businesses... [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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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 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 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]
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]
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]