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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TB per carat? Data diamonds!

The idea comes from a Science Advances paper publicised in the New York Times. The abstract says: "Negatively charged nitrogen vacancy (NV-) center in diamond is the focus of widespread attention for applications ranging from quantum information processing to nanoscale metrology. One intriguing possibility is the long-term …
Chris Mellor, 27 Oct 2016

WD gets flash boom bang from SanDisk swallow

+Comment WD's disk and SanDisk-boosted flash sales boomed as overall revenues in its first fiscal 2017 quarter rose to $4.7bn, up 40.6 per cent on the year-ago $3.4bn. But it reported a net $366m loss. Why a loss? A year ago it made a profit of $283m on lower revenues. This time around there were charges associated with WD’s recent …
Chris Mellor, 27 Oct 2016
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Cloudian passes begging bowl round VCs to net $41m for object storage dev pool

Cloudian, the S3-or-bust object storage software startup, has passed a VC begging bowl around and raised $41m in a D-round of funding. Total funding is now, Cloudian says, $79m, and the cash is going to be used for software engineering, expanding sales and marketing, and building out its international operations. The funding …
Chris Mellor, 27 Oct 2016
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Feel the OpenStack Fabrics

Mirantis has added a Cinder driver to support the NVMe over Fabric reference implementation based on Intel SPDK NVMeoF target software (SPDK NVMeoF Target), and modified Nova to support attaching NVMeF volumes to VMs. The implementation was validated with a SuperMicro All-Flash NVMe 2U server running Intel SPDK NVMeF target. …
Chris Mellor, 27 Oct 2016

New board members for X-IO

Dave O’Callaghan and Mike Wall have joined the board of beleaguered X-IO Technologies. Dave O’Callaghan has been a sales VP at VMware, Cisco and Hitachi. Mike Wall is ex-chairman and CEO of Amplidata, which he sold to HGST. We’re told by X-IO CEO Bill Miller that the firm has renewed momentum with “upcoming updates to our …
Chris Mellor, 27 Oct 2016

Scale-up SSDs buck the scale-out trend

Well, this is unfashionable: UK-based Integral Memory and Korean Flash storage provider Novachips have co-produced a SVR-PRO SATA III SSD suited for scale-up use. This 2.5in form factor drive has a daisy-ring architecture that is claimed to unfreeze the capacity restrictions of conventional parallel configurations. As each …
Chris Mellor, 26 Oct 2016

Hammer hopes to nail software-defined future for Commvault

Commvault has software-defined storage and business process automation in its future, as it announces a $600,000 net loss on revenues of $156.3m in its latest quarter. The firm is hoping this sets it up for a sustained turnaround. This was the second quarter in its fiscal 2017, and it ended on September 30. The revenues were …
Chris Mellor, 26 Oct 2016
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Seagate bowls out fattened-up spinner

Seagate's sixth generation Enterprise Performance disk drive ups its capacity by 50 per cent to 900GB and increases data transfer speed past 300MB/sec. This is a small form factor or 2.5-inch drive spinning at 15,000rpm with 300GB, 600GB and 900GB capacity points.The prior fifth generation topped out at 600GB and its sustained …
Chris Mellor, 26 Oct 2016

Atlantis, stateless virtual desktops, and containers

Atlantis is integrating its virtual workspace (desktop) into the Citrix management suite and is also providing a software product to manage and provision compute, networking, storage and data services for containers. It's partnering with Rancher Labs in the container work. Container adoption by enterprises has been hindered, …
Chris Mellor, 26 Oct 2016
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Want to use 3D XPoint DIMMs with Intel Purley Xeons? Wait a couple of years for second-gen

Intel will fab Xeon processors that support 3D XPoint DIMMs in two years, its CEO signaled to analysts on a conference call this month. 3D XPoint is Micron and Intel's post-NAND, non-volatile memory technology that is claimed to be faster than NAND, with near-DRAM speed, and denser and longer endurance. It is intended to fill …
Chris Mellor, 25 Oct 2016

Cohesity COO Riccardo Di Blasio cut loose by board after HR probe

Exclusive Cohesity has parted ways with its chief operating officer, Riccardo Di Blasio, one year after he joined the startup. The firm supplies a software platform to converge all secondary storage into a single repository. It was founded in 2013 by Mohit Aron, its CEO, and has had two rounds of funding for a total of $70m. We …
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Small fry Scale offers single-node HCI boxen for the ROBO crowd

Scale Computing is set to announce a single-node configuration of its HC3 hyper-converged infrastructure appliance (HCIA). Scale says it provides replication and remote management for disaster recovery (DR) and distributed enterprise deployments – remote and branch offices (ROBO). It is less costly than normal HCIA deployments …
Chris Mellor, 25 Oct 2016

Data management services have to get proactive – Acronis

Comment Acronis CEO Serguei Beloussov thinks data protection services have to stop being reactive and become active managers of data integrity, security and storage. Acronis is a storage software vendor whose original DNA was backup, separate from the storage of data, and which has progressed into collaboration and other data …
Chris Mellor, 25 Oct 2016

Hitachi ups its array game with new hardware and software

Hitachi Data Systems has a new enterprise all-flash array and a faster hybrid array, doubled flash drive capacity and updated its Storage Virtualization Operating System (SVOS). Its Virtual Storage Platorm F (VSP) products are all-flash arrays with the G series being hybrid - both flash and disk. The new, high-end VSP F1500 …
Chris Mellor, 24 Oct 2016
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Slowmo Violin train crash still sliding down the tracks

Comment Violin Memory’s stock is slowmo crashing, and is now down to $0.35; it was $0.65 on October 11. This values the company at just $8.85 million. The firm’s market capitalization was $20.24m on September 26, $31.3m in early May, and $76.5m in February – there has been a decline of around 88 per cent in value since then. Violin …
Chris Mellor, 24 Oct 2016
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Gartner's seers pass judgement on storage industry leaders

Gartner has published a distributed file systems and object storage magic quadrant with the top three suppliers being Dell EMC, followed by IBM and Scality. The research consultancy defines distributed file systems and object storage as "software and hardware solutions that offer object and/or scale-out file technology to …
Chris Mellor, 21 Oct 2016

Acronis: Yep, we're using blockchain for backup now

Acronis's Storage software product for businesses and service providers uses blockchain technology to prove data has not been altered. Acronis, known for its backup software, uses the Storage product in its own cloud infrastructure, which has 12 data centres around the globe, protecting over 50PB of hot and cold data for more …
Chris Mellor, 21 Oct 2016
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EMC moves into Dell house: Where'd I put the spoons?

Comment We've learnt how the EMC organisation has been fitted into its new Dell house, at least at a top exec and product level, and here is an org chart set to show what we believe we know. At the top is Dell Technologies, and that's split into seven product area entities. Dell Client Solutions is the notebook and PC business unit. …
Chris Mellor, 21 Oct 2016

File this: XtremIO to fling forth filer functionality

Analysis XtremIO's rush to revenue glory is going to get accelerated with coming file data services added to its block base. The story starts when Israeli startup XtremIO started developing an all-flash array, block-access product in 2009. The product's capabilities included global in-line deduplication, snapshotting, and InfiniBand …
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2016

Scality flogs RING

Scality grew its RING object storage software revenues 100 per cent year-on-year in the third quarter, with indirect sales accounting for 86 per cent of the revenue. COO and Prez Erwan Menard said: "The open source S3 Server has been a huge success with more than 400 weekly downloads and 3000 downloads since June." Scality …
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2016
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EMC Dell deal: They're loved up and living together, but whose house rules?

Comment Dell and EMC are culturally separated by their different approaches to product development, to servers in Dell and storage in EMC. In the combined house, what will be the effect? Dell's forte, or at least the chief of them, is a superbly executed supply chain, box-development and shifting at a level no one has bettered - well …
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2016

Flash reaches the enterprise tipping point

Comment The use of disk drives to store performance data for enterprises is declining and, flash drives - SSDs - are taking their place. A wave of all-flash array (AFA) to disk array migration is starting to wash across data centres as generations of disk drive arrays give way to ones built with NAND flash drives. The tipping …
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2016

Cisco is still making hay while the SAN shines

Cisco is updating its storage networking gear to hopefully improve data protection, increase bandwidth and simplify end-to-end storage management. Away from the storage industry hype around hyper-converged infrastructure, NVMe over fabrics and persistent memory, the legacy SAN area still has room for incremental improvements. …
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2016

Jumpin' AppFlash! Actifio's devops gear rolls onto Pure kit

+Comment Actifio's AppFlash DevOps Platform will run on Pure Storage's FlashArray. The AppFlash DevOps Platform has been jointly developed by Pure and Actifio. It marries Actifio's copy data virtualisation with Pure's hardware, and there are three pre-tested configurations to accelerate the provisioning and refresh of databases for …
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2016

Wow, everyone loves our drives, says Seagate sitting on a pile o' cash

Seagate's latest quarterly revenues benefited from an upsurge in disk drive demand – but still declined slightly year-on-year. The biz managed to bank a five-fold increase in profits, though. Revenues for Seagate's first fiscal 2017 quarter, ending September 30, were $2.8bn, a 4.3 per cent decline from the year-ago's $2.92bn. …
Chris Mellor, 19 Oct 2016