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.

Why XPoint SSDs won't meet original speed claims: A guide

Comment Objective Analysis analyst Jim Handy has come up with a theory which he claims explains why Intel and Micron’s 3d XPoint memory will not meet its original performance claims. As Intel marketing droids have said, there is a difference between raw media access latency and SSD product access latency. Handy takes a (heh heh) handy …
Chris Mellor, 29 Sep 2016
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Dell-EMC's dual server supply problem... is not a problem, it reckons

+Comment You might have thought it did not compute, Dell having its own in-house server operation for its acquired EMC kit to use while EMC’s VCE operation uses Cisco server-powered Vblocks in its converged systems. But no, having a dual server supply is fine. In a blog post, Chad Sakac, president of the Converged Platforms and …
Chris Mellor, 29 Sep 2016
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Disaster biz inhales $51m

End-point data protector, file-sharing and disaster recovery startup Druva has gained $51m in E-round funding. This takes total funding to a heady $118m. Cash raising was led by Sequoia Capital India, with new investor Singapore Economic Development Board (EDBI), the Singapore government agency for market development. Other …
Chris Mellor, 29 Sep 2016
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WANdisco's CEO dances off

Enterprise replication software house WANdisco has had its CEO, Dave Richards, suddenly resign. Non-exec chairman Paul Walker is interim CEO and a CEO search process has been initiated, so the departure is unexpected. Richards said in a canned quote: “The business is now at an appropriate juncture, place and scale for a new …
Chris Mellor, 29 Sep 2016
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More 20nm MRAM

Spin Transfer Technologies (STT) has fabricated perpendicular MRAM magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) at the 20nm size. The startup, a competitor to EverSpin, is developing Orthogonal Spin Transfer Magneto-Resistive Random Access Memory technology (OST-MRAM), MRAM chips with MTJs as the primary component. STT has moved its MRAM …
Chris Mellor, 29 Sep 2016
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Lenovo: Entry-level 1U pitch

Lenovo’s ThinkServer RS160 (PDF) is an entry-level 1U rackmount server optimised for cost. This thin box has a single CPU socket, for fitting Intel Pentium to Intel Xeon E3-1200 v5 processors, the latter with 4-cores, up to 3.7 GHz core speeds and up to 8MB cache. The RS160 supports up to 64GB of DDR4 DRAM and 16TB of internal …
Chris Mellor, 29 Sep 2016

Colour us shocked: Dell EMC rules converged systems like a boss

Dell EMC rules the converged systems roost in IDC’s latest storage tracker converged systems revenues in the second 2016 quarter. The market amounted to $2.9bn and grew 12.1 per cent year-on-year (y/y). IDC’s beancounters cut converged systems into four categories: Integrated Systems - pre-integrated, vendor-certified combos …
Chris Mellor, 28 Sep 2016
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Surprise! Leading 4-socket server vendor isn’t Dell or HPE

Gartner gave the 4-socket server market lead to a surprising vendor in its recent worldwide server market report*. Huawei is telling everyone it's the 4-socket server number 1: “Huawei scored a year-on-year (2015 Q2 and 2016 Q2) growth rate of 150.17 per cent with its x86 4-socket server shipment volume, which ranked first in …
Chris Mellor, 28 Sep 2016

Fresh-faced startup promises bigger, faster non-volatile DIMMs

Early-stage startup Xitore says it is developing bigger and faster non-volatile flash DIMMs to give servers a performance boost so they could run more VMs and containers and run them faster by sidestepping high latency storage IOS. It is taking up the baton brought onto the field by Netlist and Diablo Technologies and …
Chris Mellor, 28 Sep 2016
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Wow, still using disk and PCIe storage? You look like a flash-on victim, darling – it isn't 2014

Comment For generations of PowerEdge, ProLiant, UCS and other x86 servers, the future has been fairly simple: more powerful multi-core processors, more memory, more PCIe bandwidth and shrink the space and electricity needs. For example, a Gen8 ProLiant DL3603 server had 1 or 2 Xeon E5-2400/2400 v2, with 2/4/6/8/10 cores, and 12 x DDR3 …
Chris Mellor, 28 Sep 2016

Startup iguazio launches NVMe-propelled missile at enterprise analytics

iguazio’s Data-as-a-Service Enterprise Data Cloud converges different storage access protocols and use cases behind an access abstraction layer and claims to out-perform Amazon and all-flash filers at lower costs. The startup’s pitch is that Big Data analytics data, input, extraction, loading and storing is grossly complex and …
Chris Mellor, 27 Sep 2016
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Seagate Beijing demo

Seagate is showing off its NVMe over Fabrics storage system technology at the Beijing Open Data Centre Summit. The summit is open today and Seagate will show a range of its SSD and HDD products, such as its 60TB SSD and Nytro brand NVMe flash drives. The NVMe over Fabrics demo will provide millions of IOPs and “extremely low …
Chris Mellor, 27 Sep 2016

Nutanix's 'expected' IPO date is 30 September

Nutanix is letting the Nasdaq do the talking regarding when the tech upstart will launch its stock-market debut: the New York exchange says it's expected to be September 30. The company is the foremost hyper-converged infrastructure appliance and software startup and is taking on major incumbent vendors such as Cisco, Dell, …
Chris Mellor, 27 Sep 2016
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Sonos' Apple Store creds

Sonos Play:1 and Play:5 speakers are being sold in Apple Stores. The streaming Wi-Fi speaker firm has expanded its collaboration wih Apple to have its speakers sold in 486 Apple Stores around the globe. This follows on from the provision of the streaming Apple Music service on Sonos in February. Last month Sonos announced …
Chris Mellor, 27 Sep 2016

NetApp is hyped about its under-wraps hyper-converged system

Albeit late to market, NetApp is developing a hyper-converged infrastructure product, The Register has learned. We're told that NetApp will sell this new gear to ensure the company is not late to the next big inflection point in the storage market: storage-class memory (SCM). Speaking to El Reg from NetApp’s Insight event in …
Chris Mellor, 26 Sep 2016
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Violin hunts for elusive key to regrowth

Analysis The elusive hunt for renewal and regrowth at Violin Memory has moved into a new phase – with a product launch holding up sales, sales leadership change, and the CEO focusing on finding funding for the future. Violin has cleverly managed to avoid falling off a cliff despite falling sales revenues and investor despair. It …
Chris Mellor, 26 Sep 2016

NetApp facelift: FAS hardware refresh and a little nip ONTAP

NetApp has comprehensively refreshed its all-flash FAS and hybrid FAS arrays, adding performance, capacity and scalability upgrades, and supporting 32Gbit/s Fibre Channel and 40GbitE connectivity. ONTAP also gets upgraded, with Azure support for ONTAP Cloud This follows on from the E-Series launch of the entry-level all-flash …
Chris Mellor, 26 Sep 2016

IO, IO, it's profiling we do: Nimble architect talks flash storage tests

Interview We interviewed Dimitris Krekoukias, Nimble Storage's global technology and strategy architect, on the subject of storage array performance claims – he has some strong opinions – particularly about Pure Storage's approach to performance. Pure provided a response to Krekoukias' points which has been added after the interview. …
Chris Mellor, 26 Sep 2016
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DDN shines up EXAScaler Lustre box with new software

DataDirect Networks has upgraded its EXAScaler array to run the latest version of Intel’s Lustre software. EXAScaler is DDN’s high-performance computing (HPC) array, with GRIDScaler being the companion hardware running IBM Spectrum Scale (GPFS, that was); Lustre being a distributed file system used in high-performance …
Chris Mellor, 26 Sep 2016
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The wise Hedvig owl heads aloft with a Universal Data Plane

Hedvig has updated its software-defined storage to version 2.0 and is flying with a Universal Data Plane concept. Its Distributed Storage Platform Version 2.0 adds a VMware vSphere Web Client Plugin, Docker Volume Plugin and Mirantis Fuel Plugin, each of which help to provide application-specific high-availability policies. …
Chris Mellor, 23 Sep 2016

Double-dating VMware lover Tintri brings Hyper-V closer to its bed

Hybrid and all-flash array vendor Tintri is expanding Hyper-V support, extending its existing VMware virtual machine-aware facilities. Tintri pioneered VVOL-class storage admin for its arrays, meaning VMware admins could provision, operate and manage its hybrid flash/disk array storage, a long time before VMware delivered …
Chris Mellor, 23 Sep 2016
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Nasuni revs its cloud

Version 7.5 of Nasuni’s File Services extends and improves app support, edge appliance migration, monitoring facilities, and adds side-loading. Individual storage volumes within UniFS have been qualified up to one billion files, with no tech’ restriction on expanding further and no volume creation number limit. The management …
Chris Mellor, 23 Sep 2016
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Impala beats Amazon

Cloudera says Apache Impala is 10x faster than Amazon Redshift and has 275 per cent better cost efficiency. Impala is an incubatory native analytic database on Apache Hadoop that runs in the cloud. It claims Impala offers elastic scalability, better flexibility, and direct Amazon S3 query-ability that are unavailable from …
Chris Mellor, 23 Sep 2016

Intel XPoint over-selling criticism surges as Chipzilla hits back

You might have noticed that El Reg has suggested Intel and Micron’s non-volatile XPoint memory claims are a tad overblown – for example here and here. Now Charlie Demerjian is giving Intel a good kicking in SemiAccurate, alleging the original claims were inaccurate and that “Intel’s Xpoint is pretty much broken”. For example, …
Chris Mellor, 22 Sep 2016
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Nexsan's new salesman

Imation storage array subsidiary Nexsan has a new worldwide sales boss. Tony Craythorne has been hired as SVP Sales at Nexsan. He has more than 25 years of sales experience, running sales teams in the USA, Europe and Asia. Most recently he was SVP of worldwide sales at NexGen Storage, which was sun out by SanDisk and then …
Chris Mellor, 22 Sep 2016