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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WD disk revenues spin slower as its flash fireworks go off

WDC beat its own better-than-expected preliminary results estimates with a $3.495bn quarter but swung to a $351m loss with fewer disk units sold. Layoffs are coming. Revenues for the fourth fiscal 2016 quarter, ended July 1, were 9.2 per cent higher than a year ago and 24.8 per cent up on the previous quarter. This quarter …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jul 2016

Samsung NAND flashes its hot measurements: 64L 4G 3D 2C by EY

Samsung will have 64-layer 3D NAND in mass production before Western Digital (WD)/Toshiba and is looking into 3D XPoint memory alternatives. With WD/Toshiba announcing that their 64-layer 3D NAND has started production, the timing is exactly right for Sammy to say it will have its own 64-layer 3D NAND in mass production by the …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jul 2016

XtremIO soap opera latest: Cofounder Ehud Rokach steps aside

Ehud Rokach, XtremIO's general manager and previously CEO before EMC bought it, is going to take a break from the biz he cofounded. His replacement is Dan Inbar, once CEO at N-trig, which Microsoft acquired, and a SanDisk exec. EMC announced Inbar’s appointment as CEO of XtremIO this week in Israel, where XtremIO is …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jul 2016

Quantum leap: A good quarter for disk backup gear, and yeah tape's OK

Quantum’s first fiscal 2017 quarter – the three months to June 30, 2016 – showed revenue growth as the tape market stabilized and big deals came good. Revenues of $116.3m were five per cent higher than last year’s $110.9m. There was a net loss of $3.8m, better than the $10.8m loss recorded a year ago and the unfortunate $52.4m …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jul 2016
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Sweating Springpath fails to defuse SimpliVity's patent bomb

Hyperconverged software biz Springpath has lost an attempt to have SimpliVity's patent infringement case against it thrown out. If SimpliVity wins its legal fight at trial, Springpath's Data Platform product could be banned from sale, triggering the collapse of its Cisco OEM deal. Cisco's HyperFlex product is based on …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jul 2016
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Seagate: We've doubled flash capacity without density changes

Seagate’s 2TB XM1440 M.2 NVMe flash drive doubled the previous 960GB maximum capacity and we asked Seagate how that was done. Senior Product Marketing Director Ken Smith told us: “The flash density did not change from the initial Nytro XM1440 product introduction, just the number of placements. The initial 1TB Enterprise …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jul 2016

QLC flash is tricky stuff to make and use, so here's a primer

QLC flash primer Quad-level cell (QLC) flash stores 4 bits per NAND cell and is very tricky stuff to use, far trickier than TLC (3 bits/cell) which is harder to user than 2 bits/cell MLC which, you guessed it, is more difficult to use than 1bit/cell SLC. Why is QLC the hardest of all to use? It is the slowest to read and write …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jul 2016
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QLogic boosted profits 700% in a year. What's that chomping sound?

In its last quarter as an independent company, QLogic grew revenues 2.6 per cent and profits by 700 per cent in a year. Its future lies inside Cavium and it has to deal with a declining Fibre Channel business. Revenues of $116.4m were ahead of the year-ago $113.4m but down on the seasonally-higher prior quarter’s $119.4m. Net …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jul 2016
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Get yer gnashers round 64-layer 3D NAND, beam WDC and Toshiba

Western Digital, via its acquired firm SanDisk, along with Toshiba, has started pilot production of 64-layer 3D NAND. These third generation BiCS3 chips are being fabbed at the Yokkaichi, Japan facilities, operated in a joint venture between WDC and Toshiba. Currently Samsung is shipping 48-layer 3D V-NAND chips. 64 layers is …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jul 2016
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Commvault's growing, even if profits dipped into losses this quarter

Commvault has sustained its recovery for a third quarter although it has recorded a loss after a much smaller income tax benefit was applied than a year ago. The first fiscal 2017 quarter saw a 9.6 per cent rise in Commvault's revenues to $152.4m: they were $139.1m a year ago, and $159.6m in the seasonally higher preceding …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jul 2016
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Gridstore deal done: Wrap your mouth around HyperGrid HCIaaS

Gridstore has gone ahead and bought DCHQ. It's also renamed itself HyperGrid and says it delivers the first "HyperConverged Infrastructure-as-a-Service (HCIaaS), an application aware offering that brings the simplicity and ease-of-use of HCI together with a pay-as-you-consume pricing model that scales elastically." CEO and …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jul 2016
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Panzura primps file sync 'n' share replication tech

File sync and sharer Panzura has announced its new SMARTSync tech, which it says will reduce the amount of info sent between sites in a sync-and-share network and speed sharing. The company's CloudFS technology is based on a single name space and global filesystem with on-premises or cloud-based tiered GFS controllers acting …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jul 2016
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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 spokespeople declined to comment on the matter, Ken Claffey, veep and general manager of the company's SSG unit got in touch. He had this to say about the Havant factory closure in the UK …
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