Chris Mellor

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Chris Mellor covers storage and allied technology areas for The Register. After 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, moved onto IDG's Techworld, then started up Blocks & Files, a blog bought by The Register. 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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Pull on yer wellies and let's wade through the week's storage news

A mudslide of storage news has mired Vulture Central and we're up to our waists in it. Alas, this seems to be becoming a weekly occurrence. We waded through it, sorted it out, tidied it up, and mopped the floors. Datrium Fancy backup startup Datrium has added support for Red Hat Virtualization to its DVX platform and Data …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jul 2017
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What is this – some kind of flashy, 3-bit consumer SSD? Eh, Seagate?

Seagate has a new line of Nytro consumer SSDs coming using 3-bits/cell flash. These 2.5-inch form factor consumer SSDs are typically positioned as PC/notebook disk drive upgrade products, providing a data access, app load and boot time performance boost for such disk-bound products. A 256GB Nytro 141 appears to be available …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jul 2017

Shut up and take my money! AI luminaries go gooey for Graphcore's smart chip tech

Bristolian AI chip startup Graphcore has had a fast B-round 12 months after its $32m A-round funding was first revealed. The May 2017 A-round involved big names like Dell Technologies Capital along with Robert Bosch Venture Capital, Samsung Catalyst Fund, Amadeus Capital Partners, Foundation Capital, Pitango Venture Capital, …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jul 2017

Huawei reckons it can strong ARM its way into AI world with new chips

Chinese systems colossus Huawei claims it is developing chips optimized for artificial-intelligence tasks. The silicon will combine an application CPU, a graphics processing unit, and a hardware engine for accelerating machine-learning algorithms, it's reported. Technical details are scant, unfortunately. The components will …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jul 2017
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Toshiba's spat with WDC over chip biz is now a song of strife and ire

Toshiba regained a right to lock WDC (SanDisk) employees from their joint-venture fab in Yokkaichi, Japan, reversing WDC's court-obtained Temporary Restraining Order, which was won earlier this month. Toshiba, in dire need of billions of yen through nuclear power station-building misadventures in the USA, is trying to sell its …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jul 2017
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White boxer is a white racker: Supermicro touts Rack Scale Design

Building servers, switches and storage are a good racket for ODM Supermicro but building Vblock-like rack scale systems is an even better one. It has launched a complete Rack Scale Design system using its server and storage building blocks in standard racks, with multiple rack PODs. Supermicro first talked about its RSD ideas …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jul 2017
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Oracle's FS1 storage array fades into cloud like tears in rain

+Comment Oracle is refocusing its FS1 storage array into its own public cloud away from on-premises sales. Oracle all-flash FS1 The FSI-2 was introduced in September 2014 as a sort of redesigned Pillar Axiom. It was a hybrid flash/disk array in a rack with dual active/active controllers, fans, power, and non-volatile mirrored cache. …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jul 2017

Who the funk is Hive-IO? It's where Atlantis assets have buzzed off to

Hive-IO has bought certain assets of Atlantis Computing, a struggling supplier of VDI and hyperconverged infrastructure software, for undisclosed financial terms. Atlantis found itself in difficulties and was in financial negotiations about its future in late June. New York-based and early-stage startup Hive-IO's website is …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jul 2017
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190 Cray employees hosed down with shower of pink slippery

Supercomputer supplier Cray is giving 190 employees the elbow in a restructuring exercise to cut operating costs. The laid-off folks, some 15 per cent of Cray's 1,312 headcount at the end of last year, will come from all parts of Cray and in all its geographies, some being executives, and the majority let go by July 21. A …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jul 2017
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NAND then there was a second growth quarter... IBM reports flash surge

Analysis IBM's systems segment brought in $1.7bn, 10 per cent down year-on-year. Systems hardware was $1.3bn with operating systems software at $400m. z Systems – down 33 per cent annually Power – down 3 per cent year-on-year Storage – up 8 per cent annually at, we estimate, $592m CFO Martin Schroeter said: "The Power growth rate …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jul 2017

IBM signs up for EU Cloud Code of Conduct, opens four data centres

IBM has signed up to an EU Cloud Provider Code of Conduct initiative and is announcing four new data centres in the UK, Australia and Silicon Valley for the IBM Cloud. There are two in London, one in Sydney and the fourth in San Jose and they are open now. They take the IBM Cloud global data centre total to almost 60 in 19 …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jul 2017

The Lord saw that man was wicked and sent a flood of storage news

Another storage news flood has been washing over us. In between the waves we caught our breath and penned this catch-up. Arcserve Private equity-owned Arcserve has bought cloud disaster recovery/backup-as-a-service supplier Zetta. Transaction terms were not disclosed. Zetta was founded in 2008 by Jeff Treuhaft (ex-CTO who …
Chris Mellor, 18 Jul 2017
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Hypervisor kid Scale Computing ups hyperconverged smarts

Entry-level and mid-market KVM-hypervisor-based Scale Computing has upped its HCIA game with dual CPU systems and a tripled disk capacity product. Scale had three kinds of hyperconverged infrastructure appliances (HCIA): the entry-level HC1000, and mid-market HC2000 and HC4000 products. At the entry level it has added an …
Chris Mellor, 18 Jul 2017
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Gartner's Magic Quadrant flashes up pure flash array-pusher prize-plucker. It's Pure

Rickety rectangle house Gartner has promoted Pure Storage to the top of the all-flash array pack in its latest Solid-State Array (SSA) Magic Quadrant, and yanked Kaminario into the leaders' quadrant for the first time. Gartner_SSA_MQ_July_2017 Gartner MQ for Solid-stare arrays, July 2017 - click chart to embiggen The first …
Chris Mellor, 18 Jul 2017
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Western Digital wins California court skirmish against Toshiba

A California court has told Toshiba not to transfer its flash memory joint venture interests to anyone else without advance notice to WDC subsidiary SanDisk, so that the issue is preserved for arbitration. Toshiba is trying to sell its NAND memory business, which owns three individual joint venture (JV) interests with SanDisk …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jul 2017
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Flash firm Kaminario lays off half of UK team

Kaminario has left UK sales in the hands of an sales engineer and a chief technology officer following the redundancy of more than half of the local staff, a number of sources have told The Register. According to our insiders, two end user sales people and the channel boss Mark Walker were laid off at the end of last week - …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jul 2017
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Presto crypto: IBM releases gruntier, faster Z14 mainframe

IBM has launched its latest, newest, biggest, baddest mainframe, the z14 system. It features the next generation of IBM's CMOS mainframe chip technology, with 10-core processors using 14nm silicon-on-insulator technology, and running at 5.2GHz, claimed to be the fastest processor in the industry. Each core has hardware …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jul 2017
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Huawei servers hitch ride with Intel's Xeon SP

Huawei has announced a Xeon Scalable Processor conversion of its FusionServer portfolio, with a blade server leading the charge. The FusionServers are moving to a v5 generation, powered by Intel’s latest Xeon SP. Huawei’s server portfolio includes: RH modular rack servers X series high-density servers E series blade …
Chris Mellor, 14 Jul 2017
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Alan Turing Institute bags a Cray Urika-GX to crunch numbers for next-gen tech boffinry

Cray is supplying an Urika-GX analytics machine to the UK’s Alan Turing Institute for data science research. The supercomputer appliance – the GX in the model name indicating it has a graph engine – is an x86-based monster with OpenStack, Apache Mesos, Spark, and Hadoop installed. Its CPUs are 18-core Intel Xeon E5-2600 v4s. …
Chris Mellor, 14 Jul 2017

What did OVH learn from 24-hour outage? Water and servers do not mix

An external water-cooling leak crashed a Dell EMC VNX array at an OVH data centre in Paris and put more than 50,000 websites out of action for 24 hours. OVH is the world's third largest internet hosting company with 260,000 servers in 20 data centres in 17 countries hosting some 18 million web applications. The failure took …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jul 2017

Barracuda's so solid crew: We got three more quarters to go

Ransomware helped backup and security firm Barracuda to a solid first fiscal 2018 quarter, with revenues and subscribers both growing. Barracuda grew revenues 8.7 per cent year-on-year to $94.2m although profits were almost flat at $2.7m compared to $2.8m a year ago. Revenue growth rate stepped up a bit from the prior quarter' …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jul 2017
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Meet Zenko: No, it's not a discount super hero. It's Scality's benevolent, celestial fox... er?

Object storage slinger Scality has announced an open-source public cloud gateway and controller called Zenko. Why "Zenko" as a name? It's allegedly Japanese for a benevolent, celestial fox that has occasional supernatural powers. Yes, we're none the wiser, either. Essentially, Zenko is based on Scality's implementation of the …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jul 2017
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IO, IO, it's off to Weka.io we go: Let's take a look at a file system upstart

Weka.io claims its file storage device can scale out to billions of documents. Rather than rely on object storage to cope with this kind of data, you just need to reinvent the filer, which it reckons it has done. The WekaIO Matrix is said reinvented filer: it's software that runs on any SSD-packed commodity server or cloud …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jul 2017

Server vendors board the Xeon SP party bus

As expected when Intel processors power virtually all x86-class servers, the vendors all hopped on the Skylake Xeon SP party bus. They hope to ride the server update into the market better than each other, and get every last upgrade penny they can pocket. Cray Cray's XC50 supercomputers and CS line of cluster supercomputers …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jul 2017
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WD gets court order: Toshiba can't block access to shared database

Western Digital Corp has won a temporary restraining order (TRO) preventing its flash joint-venture partner Toshiba from impeding the shipment of engineering wafers and samples to WD in Milpitas, CA, as well as preventing it from blocking certain Western Dig employees from accessing shared databases. The two parties are in an …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jul 2017

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