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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SanDisk's little microSD card sucks up 400GB

WDC has the highest-capacity microSDXC card at 400GB – pumping up mobile device storage space – and has launched a natty little iPhone charger that backs up the phone’s data. The SanDisk Ultra Plus microSDXC UHS-I card comes in a range of capacities, from 16GB through 32, 64, 128, 200, and 256 to 400GB. The read speed is up to …
Chris Mellor, 31 Aug 2017

The down low on why Coho Data is a no-go

Exclusive Compute-assisted storage array startup Coho Data has shut up shop. Coho Data was founded in 2011 by CEO Ramana Jonnala, CTO Andrew Warfield and chief architect Keir Fraser. It picked up $65m in funding in three rounds, the third one being for $30m in 2015. Andrew Warfield notified friends that it had closed down on August 29 …
Chris Mellor, 31 Aug 2017
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Western Digital has cloudified the NAS and shoved it in a trendy box

+Comment WDC has released a home NAS that syncs with devices for storing, streaming and sharing wherever there's an internet connection. It comes in a single-disk version called the My Cloud Home or a dual-disk version called My Cloud Home Duo, which uses a RAID 1 scheme to copy data from one disk to another for safer keeping. The …
Chris Mellor, 31 Aug 2017
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WDC's biz banquet has made it a chips-to-disks-to-systems monstrosity

Analysis Western Digital Corporation under CEO Steve Milligan's rule is becoming an aggressively expanding chips, disks, systems and cloud storage business. It's trying to buy Toshiba's flash foundry joint-venture interest and has just announced it's buying storage array-maker Tegile and personal cloud storage provider Upthere. …
Chris Mellor, 31 Aug 2017
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Veeam follows Virtzilla's cloud up the Amazon

Veeam now backs up VMware Cloud data on Amazon Web Services (AWS). VMware has an arrangement with Amazon whereby it supplies AWS incarnations of servers running the VMware Cloud Foundation product bundle of vSphere, VSAN, NSX and vCenter. Cloud Foundation can run on premises or in AWS. As Veeam prides itself on backing up …
Chris Mellor, 30 Aug 2017
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Caringo's 100TB cost-free Swarm licence foot in the door

Object storage software shipper Caringo is offering free 100TB licences to media and entertainment companies. A 100TB licence for Caringo’s Swarm object storage software is being offered to recording studios, content creation and post-production houses, broadcasters, studios and other M&E businesses. Swarm installs on any mix …
Chris Mellor, 30 Aug 2017

Scale unveils ludicrously fast HCIA with 20μs latencies

Scale Computing has run lab tests showing hyperconverged virtual machine IO performance using NVM express (NVMe), achieving mean IO latencies as low as 20μs delivered to a guest virtual machine. Scale sells HC1000, HC2000, HC4000 and HC5000 series hyperconverged infrastructure appliances (HCIA) with a HyperCore operating …
Chris Mellor, 30 Aug 2017

It's make-your-mind-up time! Toshiba to decide if WDC gets its flash biz

Some details have leaked about the bid consortium negotiating to buy Toshiba's interest in the flash foundry joint-venture it owns with WDC. Toshiba has been dragged to the negotiating table by WDC's time-consuming legal delay tactics because it faces a March 2018 deadline for resolving recapitalisation issues that threaten …
Chris Mellor, 30 Aug 2017

Western Digital continues buying spree by snapping up Tegile

After dropping $1.4bn to try and buy Toshiba’s stake in the WDC-Toshiba flash foundry joint-venture, WDC has just bought the Tegile storage array business. Oh, and it bought the Upthere cloud consumer storage business for a guesstimated $100m-plus yesterday as well. Tegile sells IntelliFlash-branded hybrid flash/disk and all- …
Chris Mellor, 29 Aug 2017
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Dell EMC shoves more VMware in hybrid cloud, hyperconverged stuff

Dell EMC is refreshing its hyperconverged and hybrid cloud offerings to use the latest VMware and Dell server technologies. Dell EMC says the hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) area is hot, quoting IDC research data showing that, for the first quarter of 2017, HCI is the fastest growing converged systems segment, accounting …
Chris Mellor, 29 Aug 2017

Whatchu doin' Upthere? Western Digital moves on cloud storage space

Western Digital Corporation has bought Upthere, a consumer data storage startup with its own public cloud. Upthere was founded in 2011 by director Bertrand Sarlet, VP for business development Alex Kushnir, and Roger Bodamer. CEO Chris Bourdon joined Upthere as VP products in August 2012 after being Apple's senior product line …
Chris Mellor, 29 Aug 2017

Fancy a free breakfast buffet? Tuck in to this storage smörgåsbord

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so start yours right with a balanced meal of software-defined, hyper-converged, hardware-accelerated, containerised, and virtualised storage industry news. Get feasting right away. Acronis Acronis, the data protection company that's added AI and blockchain smarts to its product …
Chris Mellor, 29 Aug 2017

Another dimension, new galaxy. Intergalactic planar-tary: Join us on our 3D NAND journey

Analysis Part one of my attempt to understand the transition from 2D to 3D NAND started out by trying to understand how 2D NAND is made, so that its development towards 3D NAND can be understood. To recap just a little, a crucial aspect of 2D or planar NAND is that it is made up of bitline strings – individual cells connected in series …
Chris Mellor, 28 Aug 2017

Hitachi rack servers get VMware Cloud treatment

There's some new wine in Hitachi's Unified Compute Platform of converged and hyperconverged server bottles – specifically VMware Cloud Foundation software added to its converged rack-scale (RS) product and Xeon SP processors to its hyperconverged systems. There is no Xeon SP upgrade news for its CB2500 and CB500 blade chassis …
Chris Mellor, 25 Aug 2017
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Pats on the back all round as Pure Storage announces new CEO and growing revenues

As Pure Storage boasted strong second-quarter sales yesterday, the company also revealed that CEO Scott Dietzen would be stepping down to become chairman of the board. Dietzen's replacement, Charles Giancarlo, was an EVP and chief technology and development officer for Cisco between 1993 and 2007. He then became a board member …
Chris Mellor, 25 Aug 2017

Gather round, kids, and let's try to understand the science of 3D NAND

Backgrounder The world of flash is moving to 3D NAND, chips with 36, 48, 72 or 64 layers of flash cells, and 96-layer chips being prototyped. How has it developed from 2D NAND? To say 2D or planar NAND is a single layer of flash cells is true, as is saying that 3D NAND is layered, but 3D NAND is not actually manufactured from layers of 2D …
Chris Mellor, 25 Aug 2017

Cisco sheds Euro execs to 'evolve and simplify'... or, y'know, chop costs

Change seems to be the one constant at Cisco as it battles to maintain relevance amid the new ways tech is sold and consumed. With this in mind, it is initialising another restructure that has cost three execs their job. Switchzilla confirmed to El Reg today that it is waving goodbye to Michael Ganser, senior veep for central …
Chris Mellor, 24 Aug 2017

El Reg gets schooled on why SSDs will NOT kill off the trusty hard drive

Interview Some commentators think saying SSDs will kill off disk drives is wrong. Here is an exchange El Reg had with a storage media industry insider who wished to remain anonymous Commentator: I read your article about SSD replacing HDD and I think you completely underestimate the challenges of increasing NAND capacity to meet the …
Chris Mellor, 24 Aug 2017

Dell, BT alchemists turn bog-standard HW/SW to flexible, open networks

Analysis Dell EMC is supplying network switches to a proof-of-concept research project at BT Labs in Adastral Park, Suffolk. The concept to prove is that programmable disaggregated open-switching hardware can create more adaptable and flexible networks than ones using proprietary integrated hardware and software network switches. Dell …
Chris Mellor, 24 Aug 2017

Western Digital hauls out weighty tome with 20TB external storage

Western Digital has bundled a pair of slow Red drives into a My Book Duo external storage product, using RAID to get the speed up. It has an up to 20TB capacity rating, massive, and great for digital content storage and/or backup. Sven Rathjen, VP of product marketing, Client Solutions, said: "We see it within new content …
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2017
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Toshiba, Western Digital talking again but they'd better agree lickety-split

Toshiba has restarted talks with Western Digital Corporation about buying its flash joint-venture interests after their CEOs met in Tokyo. Toshiba and WDC have a set of joint ventures based on the Yokkaichi flash foundry in Japan's Mie Prefecture. Facing a crippling need to recapitalise after its US nuclear power station- …
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2017
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Micron's new storage division lead is third former SanDisk recruit

Micron has replaced its storage business unit VP, Darren Thomas, with a former SanDisk exec, Anand Jayapalan. Micron's recently appointed CEO Sanjay Mehrotra, who arrived in April, was SanDisk's CEO when it was acquired by Western Digital, staying on at WD for a time and then joining Micron to succeed Mark Durkan, who retired …
Chris Mellor, 22 Aug 2017
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End-point backupper Druva stuffs sack with another $80m in VC cash

End-point backup and data governance starup Druva has just raked in an $80m funding round less than a year after it pulled in $52m. Why is the VC community doubling down on Druva, with total funding now at the $200m level? The company is growing strongly,with 300 per cent annual growth in server data protection. It has more …
Chris Mellor, 22 Aug 2017

If there's a hole in your S3 bucket, data thieves will be sprayed by Macie

Analysis Data loss prevention is about to get a whole lot smarter. Macie is an Amazon Web Services bot that safeguards the sensitive contents of S3 buckets. Amazon bought the company behind it, Harvest.ai, surreptitiously in January this year, paying a rumoured $19m. Neither Amazon nor Harvest.ai confirmed that anyone bought anything …
Chris Mellor, 22 Aug 2017
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Biz sends apps to public cloud, waves 'bye to on-premises server folk. NO! WAIT!

Research has found businesses need to hire more server staff – but they're in limited supply. In the latest Voice of the Enterprise: Servers and Converged Infrastructure study, 451 Research finds that 64.7 per cent of its respondents are wanting to recruit server-focused staff, up from 62.1 per cent a year ago, due to business …
Chris Mellor, 22 Aug 2017

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