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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Software definer wants you to befriend the 'BFC', do a bit of 'reverse virtualization'

Analysis TidalScale is building a software-defined server product. But how would that work, as it needs to run in a server and you can’t really redefine the server you are running in, can you? Its software creates virtual machines, of course, called TidalPods, and these are used to “right-size” X86 servers dynamically to application …
Chris Mellor, 18 Aug 2017

HPE sales chief Peter Ryan abandons ship amid downsizing ploy

HPE global sales chieftan Peter Ryan has quit the company after just over a year of relentless travel away from his family in the UK. In an internal mail seen by The Reg, Antonio Neri, EVP and general manager of HPE's Enterprise Group, wrote: It's with mixed emotions that I announce Peter Ryan is leaving HPE on September 1. …
Chris Mellor, 17 Aug 2017
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NetApp, you went all-flash, never go all-fla... Hey, wait. It's working

NetApp has managed to go back to what it used to do do reliably: churn out revenue and profit increases as its customer base lapped up new kit. First quarter fiscal 2018 revenues of $1.33bn were 10 per cent up on the year and produced profits of $136m, 112.5 per cent up on a year ago. Traditional seasonality came into play …
Chris Mellor, 17 Aug 2017
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What'll we do tonight, Kieran? Same thing we do every night, Tintri....

Newly-IPO’d Tintri has made its storage array bigger, better and faster by extending it out to the AWS and IBM clouds, speeding VMotion, upping its scalability limit and predicting future capacity and compute needs. It says its on-premises arrays meet autonomous services, rapid elasticity or expansion, automation, and resource …
Chris Mellor, 17 Aug 2017
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Samsung's bantam SSD makes WD's 'passport' drive look passé

Samsung has introduced a 2TB T5 portable SSD you can stick in your shirt pocket. It comes in metallic blue with 250GB and 500GB capacities and black for 1TB and 2TB versions. It measures 74 x 57.3 x 10.5mm and weighs 51g, although precise weight varies by capacity. That's smaller than the average portable disk drive. …
Chris Mellor, 16 Aug 2017
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Toshiba must allow Western Digital access to joint-venture assets

Western Digital Corp has notched up another win in its attempt to force Toshiba to talk turkey about selling its Memory Business to WD, or a bid group with its JV partner in it. Like Gulliver being held down by myriad silken threads, mighty Toshiba is currently being hampered by yet another WDC legal action. The Superior …
Chris Mellor, 16 Aug 2017
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Loss-making storage survivor Sphere 3D looking at 'strategic alternatives'

Sphere 3D is "reviewing strategic alternatives", a sign that it’s open to a sale or being split up. The company is the result of Canadian Sphere 3D merging into the loss-making and tape-heritage Overland Storage-Tandberg Data combo in 2014 with the hope that its Glassware and other virtualisation technologies would transform …
Chris Mellor, 16 Aug 2017
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When is a Barracuda not a Barracuda? When it's really AWS S3

Barracuda's backup appliances can now replicate data to Amazon’s S3 cloud silos. According to the California-based outfit, its backup appliance is now available in three flavors: On-premises physical server On-premises virtual server In-cloud virtual server Barracuda_AWS_Chart Barracuda backup schematic Data can be …
Chris Mellor, 16 Aug 2017
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Datrium claims its split-provisioning DVX array is 'tomorrow calling'

Datrium is providing separate scaling of CPU power and storage capacity in its disaggregated converged storage arrays. These DVX arrays feature controller functionality running in accessing servers – compute nodes – which link to 24-slot drive JBODs – disk-based data nodes. The compute nodes run application software making …
Chris Mellor, 15 Aug 2017

Atomic bonds: Gigabyte, Supermicro fire out boosted Atom CPU range

Gigabyte and Supermicro are bringing out Atom C3000-powered systems, servers and motherboards. These little Atoms have 2 to 16 cores, to 128GB of memory, low power consumption – as little as 8.5 watts – four 10Gbit/s Ethernet ports, up to 20Gbps of compression/encryption throughput, and a virtual chip capability – VT-d …
Chris Mellor, 15 Aug 2017
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Nice guy NetApp's adopting 'disruptive' tech non-disruptively

Analysis NetApp will bring disruptive NVMe-over-Fabrics technology to its customers in a non-disruptive way. NetApp chief evangelist Jeff Baxter gave a presentation at the Flash Memory Summit last week explaining this. He said applications such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and real-time analytics demand lower latency …
Chris Mellor, 15 Aug 2017

A storage giant wants to give you 46,763...

How many pages does it take to list Nutanix’s prices? One hundred? Maybe too few. One thousand – sounds about right. Ten thousand? Don’t be ridiculous. Forty-six thousand, seven-hundred and sixty-three? Well, actually … Yes, really – 46,763 pages are needed for Nutanix to list all its prices (or more precisely: 46,763 pages …
Chris Mellor, 14 Aug 2017

Diablo Technologies sheds three execs

Two co-founding execs and a senior veep for sales have exited flash NV-DIMM startup Diablo Technologies. According to their LinkedIn profiles: Riccardo Badalone, co-founder, ex-CEO and chief product officer, left in July 2017, as did his fellow co-founder and veep of strategic customer engineering Franco Forlini Sales bigwig …
Chris Mellor, 14 Aug 2017

Where's the bloody flare gun? Cast adrift on a swirling gyre of storage

Bobbing around the Sargasso Sea of storage news this week we see cast-off sandals, bits of plastic, seaweed... oh, what's that?! A lifeboat? No, just some Flash Memory Summit jetsam. Let's dive in and see what we have. Attala Systems Attala Systems and Microsemi Corporation say they are developing the industry's first fully …
Chris Mellor, 11 Aug 2017
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Data archiver striver Mimecast reports revenues rise of 40%

Email and data archiver Mimecast reported a year-on-year increase in revenues of 40 per cent for Q1 2018. Revenues for the quarter were $58.2m compared to $41.7m a year ago and $52.4m in the previous quarter. There was a GAAP net loss of $1.9m, which contrasts with the small $244,000 profit recorded a year ago but is better …
Chris Mellor, 11 Aug 2017
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Just kiss and make up already! Toshiba CEO strikes conciliatory note with chip partners WDC

Instead of being set on going it alone, Toshiba is actually willing to invest in Fab 6 foundry development with Western Digital. A translation of CEO Satoshi Tsunakawa's Japanese language pitch at the results conference has been seen by Stifel analyst and MD Aaron Rakers. Tsunakawa struck a conciliatory note, saying Toshiba …
Chris Mellor, 11 Aug 2017

Array-pusher Infinidat boasts of sales hike, says it has petabyte-pushin pay pals

+Comment High-end array startup Infinidat might start attracting acquisitive interest from other suppliers soon. While it has not provided The Reg with any actual revenue numbers, Infinidat claims its second 2017 quarter saw 250 per cent revenue growth from a year ago and was the second highest revenue quarter in the company’s history …
Chris Mellor, 11 Aug 2017
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Toshiba spared delisting after finally getting 2016 accounts approved

Auditors have finally signed off Toshiba's fiscal 2016 and Q1 '17 accounts but with a disputed qualification, so Tosh should avoid Tokyo Stock Exchange delisting on that account. Net sales in FY2016 were ¥4.9tn ($44.6bn) with a net loss of ¥966bn ($8.8bn). The first quarter of its fiscal 2017 saw sales of ¥1.14tn ($10.4bn) and …
Chris Mellor, 10 Aug 2017
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Quantum's scale-out storage revenues didn't scale out enough

Quantum delivered flat results with its business in limbo and awaiting direction and tuning from the new and CEO-less board. Essentially Quantum's revenues and net income were flat on the annual compare, with a trivial rise in revenue and a trivial reduction in net loss.   Q1 Fy2018 Q1 Fy2017 Q4 Fy2018 Revenues $116, …
Chris Mellor, 10 Aug 2017

Horsemen of the disk-drive apocalypse will ride upon 256TB SSDs

Analysis It's not a good week to be in the disk-drive business as solid-state tech news signals their imminent death – all due to a murderous group formed of Intel/Micron, Samsung, SK Hynix and Toshiba/WDC. How so? There are two disk drive formats – 2.5 and 3.5-inch – and three disk drive manufacturers – Seagate, Toshiba and Western …
Chris Mellor, 10 Aug 2017
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Mellanox SoCs it to NVMe over Fabrics with BlueField platform

Mellanox has integrated the hardware needed to frontend an NVMe-over-Fabrics flash array into a single System-on-Chip (SoC) device, making it easier for shared flash storage system builders to put together NVMe JBOFs. A JBOF is, like a JBOD, just a bunch of flash drives – NVMe SSDs in this case. For them to be usable by apps …
Chris Mellor, 09 Aug 2017
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Samsung drops 128TB SSD and kinetic-type flash drive bombshells

Samsung has fired out four flashy announcements with higher capcity chips, faster drives, new packaging format and a flash version of Seagate's Kinetic disk concept. First out of Sammy’s gate was a coming 1Tb flash chip using its V-NAND 3D NAND technology. To put that in context, Toshiba’s shipping 64-layer die is a 512Gbit …
Chris Mellor, 09 Aug 2017
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Kaminario's K2 array flasher now comes with added .N

Kaminario has introduced its K2.N system, the first existing array design to be developed for frontend NVMe-over-fabrics access. Pure Storage has demoed an end-to-end NVMe over Fabrics setup, with Cisco, but has not announced any availability yet. The K2.N is an extension of Kaminario's K2 gen 6 array architecture. We have …
Chris Mellor, 09 Aug 2017
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Seagate preps Nytro with layers of flash and boom...

Seagate has updated two single-layer SSD product lines with 3D NAND, raising capacity fourfold in one case, and demonstrating a single 64TB flash drive at the Flash Memory Summit. The Nytro 5000 is the next version of Seagate’s XM1440 SSDs. These came in three versions spanning a high endurance to high capacity range with …
Chris Mellor, 08 Aug 2017

Toshiba fires off trifecta of SSDs with 30TB range-topping whopper

Toshiba has a three-way SSD news announcement with SATA, and developing SAS and NVMe products, all using 64-layer 3D NAND chips, plus NVMe fabric software claimed to beat open source code. The PM5 Series is a 12Gbit/s SAS SSD with four-port Multilink technology providing close to PCIE speeds. The PM5 starts at 400GB but scales …
Chris Mellor, 08 Aug 2017

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