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Barry Whyte is an ‘IBM Master Inventor’ working in the IBM Technology Group. Based in Auckland, New Zealand, Barry is a Storage Subject Matter Expert working across the Asia Pacific region. Previously Barry was based in IBM Hursley, UK.

Barry primarly works with the Spectrum Virtualize (IBM SAN Volume Controller, Storwize and FlashSystem) family of virtual disk systems.

Barry graduated from The University of Glasgow in 1996 with a B.Sc (Hons) in Computing Science. In his 26 years at IBM he has also worked on the successful Serial Storage Architecture (SSA) and the IBM DS8000 products.

Barry joined the SVC development team soon after its inception in 2000 and helped to architect the product interfaces before he took on the role as performance architect in 2007 where his groundbreaking work with ‘SSD’ technology resulted in the ‘Project Quicksilver‘ press release with the first storage system to publish over 1 Million IOPs at less than 1ms latency. This collaboration with IBM research helped to pave the way for what became the Storwize family and ultimately the current IBM FlashSystem family of flash and disk systems.

In 2015 Barry moved to New Zealand, but maintains a part-time working role for the Hursley team. In his new role Barry is highly respected as a storage industry expert, regularly speaking at external events and conferences while supporting the Technical Sales Teams across IBM as a whole, while focusing on Asia Pacific and locally within the Australia/New Zealand markets.

Outside of work, Barry enjoys playing golf and dabbling with Electronic music production from his home studio/office. You can find his published music on SoundCloud, under “BarryWhyte – Geosync” and details of his own designs of boutique Eurorack synthesizer modules can be found at Ge0sync Synths.

Andrew Martin is the IBM Support Architect for the Spectrum Virtualize family of products, based in the IBM Hursley, UK. Andrew has been working on Spectrum Virtualize since 2003 in a large number of roles, and has had the pleasure of meeting many customers over the years.

All posts on this blog are (c) Copyright Barry D Whyte and Andrew Martin 2007-2020 – reproduction without prior approval is prohibited.

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