Chris Mellor

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Chris Mellor covers storage and allied technology areas for The Register. After experience working for DEC, Unisys and SCO, he became an IT journalist writing for a variety of print publications. He edited the UK's first storage print magazine and then moved into the online world writing for IDG's Techworld, then started up the Blocks & Files blog, which was bought by El Reg.

He has written many sportscar buying guides, a few mountaineering guides and drives a car that's faster than he is.

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Mirantis Fuels up containers

Clever Mirantis is containerising OpenStack with its Fuel plug-in using Kubernetes for container orchestration. It says it is collaborating with Intel and Google to turn OpenStack into a microservices application, and the three companies will work with the OpenStack community to package OpenStack into Docker containers to be …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jul 2016
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ClusterStor is clearly alive (but Havant's still closing) – Seagate VP

Seagate's ClusterStor arrays do have a future, despite the company's PR side refusing to answer a direct question about them. After Seagate PR refused to comment on the matter, Ken Claffey, VP and general manager of the company's SSG unit got in touch. He had this to say about the Havant factory closure: "At this stage it is …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jul 2016
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BT to get Infinidat-driven storage

BT's Infrastructure-as-a-Service offering is being extended and is using Infinidat storage. Infinidat offers hybrid and high-end flash/disk arrays with seven "nines" availability. BT already offers IaaS with a storage component – a mix of storage types including enterprise grade, cloud-based object storage. We asked Infinidat …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jul 2016
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CMO finds new berth at F5

F5 Networks has recruited an ex-Veritas CMO to be its own chief marketing officer. Ben Gibson became Veritas CMO in June last year, joining from a CMO position at Aruba Networks in January 2011. Gibson will be responsible for overseeing the company’s global marketing strategy as F5 further expands into the growth areas of …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jul 2016
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Seagate soups up M.2 Nytro flash card

Seagate has more than doubled the maximum capacity of its Nytro M.2 XM1440 flash card from 980GB to 2TB. The 960GB XM1440 was introduced in August last year along with the XF1440, a 2.5-inch NVMe drive that had 2TB of capacity. Both used eMLC flash and were launched in August 2015. They came in performance (called capacity and …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jul 2016
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Seagate to dismount and fsck its ClusterStor?

Amid the looming closure of its Havant facility in the UK, Seagate has nothing to say about the future of ClusterStor, its HPC disk array product line that was engineered there. When we learned Seagate was planning to close its Havant site with 325 job losses, we realized that this was the ClusterStor development shop. …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jul 2016
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Seagate's south UK factory hasn't a future but HDDs do (it hopes)

Seagate is closing down its factory in Havant on the south coast of the UK and axing 327 jobs. The redundancies are part of a renewed focus by the Californian giant on its disk drive technology roadmap to boost revenues and profitability. The Havant closure is part of the restructuring announced earlier this month, along with …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jul 2016
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Intel's non-volatile memory is firmly in non-growth territory

Analysis Intel's non-volatile memory product revenues are diving as it converts to 3D NAND and waits for XPoint to deliver the goods. Intel’s second quarter 2016 flash revenues of $554m were down 20 per cent year-on-year and one per cent sequentially. Analyst haus Stifel Nicolaus' MD, Aaron Rakers, charted Intel’s quarterly flash …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jul 2016
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Data protection biz Arcserve fattens exec ranks with 3 new veeps

CA spinout and private equity-owned Arcserve is growing revenues at double digits, and has hired four new execs to sharpen its finance side, spin out more and better products and keep its channel business growing. Oussama El-Hilali becomes VP of Products, responsible for managing research and development, product strategy and …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jul 2016
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Diablo conjures up hell of a DIMM: 128GB NAND pretend-RAM summoned

Diablo Tech's Memory1 128GB DDR4 system memory module is now available, and is claimed to be the highest-capacity system memory on the market. Workloads such as big data analytics, caching, in-memory databases and complex web applications that need large memory spaces can use it with no changes to hardware, operating systems …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jul 2016

Intel and pals chuck money at another Fibre Channel killer

+Comment Kazan Networks just got $4.5m A-round funding from Intel, Samsung Ventures and Western Digital Corp for its storage array access acceleration technology. So what? So Fibre Channel and iSCSI external array access are poised to be devastated by NVME over Fabrics (NVMeF) and Kazan is developing a hot little ASIC number that it …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jul 2016
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Mellanox plans to SoC it to storage speed with Multi-ARM BlueField

InfiniBand and Ethernet adaptor biz Mellanox has storage acceleration SoCs coming to provide faster external array access across NVMe fabrics. Mellanox CEO Eyal Waldman talked about NVME over Fabrics (NVMeF) in his company's second quarter 2016 earnings call. His company makes InfiniBand and Ethernet networking devices, and is …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jul 2016
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Scality CEO says French startup scene is booming

Interview A Register story on DDN opening a Paris, France, research centre mentioned difficulties startups face in Europe, and France specifically. Scality CEO Jerome Lecat thinks these difficulties were overstated and we interviewed him to find out more. El Reg: Why do so many French IT entrepreneurs move to the USA? Jerome Lecat: If …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jul 2016
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XtremIO heading for the bin? Total BS, thunders CTO Itzik Reich

Storage industry jungle drums heard by El Reg suggest EMC is axing XtremIO product line development and putting it into maintenance mode due to scalability and data availability issues. EMC vehemently denies this, saying it's absolute FUD. Three independent sources say XtremIO is headed for a maintenance-only retirement home …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jul 2016
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Seagate in 10TB drive brand brainstorm

Seagate has added three new 10TB helium drives, simultaneously re-branding its desktop/laptop disk and SSHDs, NAS and surveillance drive products in a complicated scheme involving disparate drive technologies. It introduced its first helium drive, the 7-platter 10TB Enterprise Capacity disk drive, in January. Now there are …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jul 2016
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Teradata and Nuix are dancing in the dark

Teradata has teamed up with Nuix to enable customers to process "dark data" using its Aster Analytics technology. It says Aster is a more capable analytics engine than Nuix, while Nuix is a more capable data extraction and indexing engine than Aster. Combine the two and, for an eDiscover or compliance infraction detective, …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jul 2016

SpectraLogic sits in the Cyberducking stool

Spectra has entered the Cyberduck universe; data stored in SpectraLogic's disk, tape and public cloud repositories can be transferred to/from other on-premises storage and public clouds with a BlackPearl Cyberduck plug-in. Cyberduck is an open source software tool that provides a near-universal file/object transfer facility …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jul 2016
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Acronis 12 is fastest backup product out there

French data protection supplier Acronis is making a big move into enterprise data protection with a comprehensive new software release, Acronis 12, a beefed-up marketing team, and a profile-raising one race-only sponsorship deal with the Toro Rosso Formula 1 Grands Prix team. The new SW "takes 35.6 minutes to backup a 180GB …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jul 2016
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Kaminario flashes service guarantees

Kaminario, the all flash storage array vendor, has come up with six individual guarantees - assurances - that build on its original 2013 Perfomance Consistency Guarantee programme. Basically, Kaminario says you're safer buying K2 arrays in performance and maintenance cost terms than other arrays. These kinds of flash array …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jul 2016

Diablo 'decisive' court victory

A long-running and convoluted breach of contract lawsuit between Netlist and Diablo Technologies concerning flash DIMMS appears to be over, with Diablo prevailing over its former development partner. In a statement, Diablo's law firm McDermott Will & Emery hailed a decisive victory in the US Court of Appeals for the Federal …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jul 2016
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Spectra Logic preserves black pearls in Amazon's deep freeze

Spectra Logic has added direct archive to Amazon's S3-accessed public cloud from its BlackPearl object storage gateway. Spectra is a tape storage company that has been and is evolving into a more general nearline and archive storage supplier encompassing on-premises object storage, tape and nearline disk media, and Amazon's …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jul 2016

Big Blue's boxes: No IBM storage numbers, but it's a drop

+Comment The storage hardware portion of IBM's quarterly revenues continued its long-term decline, with a 13 per cent annual drop. It's a nice welcome for incoming storage boss Ed Walsh with the storage hardware decline glaringly obvious. We don't know the storage software numbers within IBM's systems segment, and nor do we know …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jul 2016

Ex-CTO: Yes, Nutanix is buying PernixData

Exclusive PernixData's outgoing CTO and technology evangelist Frank Denneman says Nutanix has bought PernixData. Sources told us earlier this month that Nutanix was gobbling up Pernix, but neither company would confirm an acquisition was underway. Denneman has now told El Reg he has left PernixData, adding: "Nutanix has acquired Pernix …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jul 2016

Envy NVMe? Mangstor flashes $5m cash to bulk up array line

The NVMe-over-fabrics flash array startup Mangstor has had a $5m funding round. The company connects NVMe flash drives in its NX array to access servers using an NVMe over Fabrics link for access that is practically as fast as accessing local flash drives. It recently added a burst buffer capability to speed data access …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jul 2016
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VCs: Can't see an IPO or acquisition for your startup? Don't throw in the towel

Comment There surely must be an alternative to the two preferred exits for VC-backed startups – IPO or acquisition – in these times of near-VC funding drought and what seems like IPO fatigue. It used to be simple: build a storage startup that could take money and customers from the mainstream vendors, sit back and wait for competitors …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jul 2016