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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HPE Labs manufactures monster memory Machine system

HPE's Machine research project has debuted an ARM-powered, 160TB monster memory system prototype, calling it the world's largest single-memory computer. Back in November, HPE built a proof-of-concept prototype of The Machine and said it no longer intended to sell an actual product version but would integrate its component …
Chris Mellor, 16 May 2017
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Toshiba draws back from fab foundry lock-out foolishness

+Comment The latest twist in the Toshiba Memory Business auction sale is that Toshiba has not barred access to the foundry or its online facilities from partner WDC employees. The flash foundry is jointly owned by Toshiba and WDC, with Toshiba wanting to include its share in an auction of its Memory Business to raise billions of yen in …
Chris Mellor, 16 May 2017

WTH? Veeam retires one CEO, two pop up in his place

+Comment Backup firm Veeam has retired its freshly promoted CEO to a board committee chair role and promoted two other execs to be co-CEOs. The organisational structure changes are: CEO Bill Largent exits to become Chairman of the Finance & Compensation Committees on Veeam's board President, COO and board member Peter McKay becomes …
Chris Mellor, 15 May 2017
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Google Cloud boss to speak at ... hang on, Nutanix conference?

Nutanix has booked Google Cloud supremo Diane Greene to talk at its .NEXT 2017 conference, leading to speculation that a deal – possibly around hybrid cloud – is being cooked up between the two. Nutanix tells us: ".NEXT showcases how innovations in enterprise cloud and datacenter technologies are transforming the way …
Chris Mellor, 15 May 2017
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Infinidat benchmarking beatdown: Glugging slimfastq? Not us!

Analysis Infinidat recently ran a benchmark in which it claimed to have beaten EMC and Pure systems. We spoke to its rivals as well as research sources in the industry, and more than one source contested the results, claiming they had found out a few things about the test. They suggested that the Infinidat system was unrealistically …
Chris Mellor, 15 May 2017
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Oh my Tosh: Western Digital takes Toshiba to arbitration

Updated WDC is taking Toshiba to an arbitration court process, potentially blocking Toshiba's sale of its Memory Business, which owns Toshiba's share in a flash foundry joint venture with WDC. The JV has an arbitration clause in its contract terms and conditions which gives WDC the right to agree or disagree any sale of Toshiba's JV …
Chris Mellor, 15 May 2017

If you printed out this week's storage news and laid it end to end, it would stretch to the end of, er, your desk

Our weekly storage news roundups are threatening to become multi-page books. Here's a further collection of updates that covers NVMe-over-Fabrics, AI processors, software-defined storage, file-sharing, OpenStack, the public cloud, performance management, a new storage array, and startup investment and tape, with three sets of …
Chris Mellor, 14 May 2017
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Pleased HPE clutches two hot Java server cups – but oh dear MultiJVM

Mirror, mirror on the wall, which is the fastest x86 Java server of them all? HPE leads in two categories but lags far behind in another. The Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC) says: "The SPECjbb2015 benchmark has been developed from the ground up to measure performance based on the latest Java application …
Chris Mellor, 12 May 2017
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Toshiba and WD execs sheathe blades, start talking over memory biz

Top Western Digital and Toshiba execs are talking after brandishing legal daggers over who can do what in Toshiba's memory business sale. The Nikkei Asian Review reports that WDC CEO Stephen Milligan and Toshiba president Satoshi Tsunakawa have entered negotiations at Toshiba's HQ. It's not kiss-and-make-up time yet, but they …
Chris Mellor, 12 May 2017

The world (of backup) is not enough for Barracuda

Analysis Data protection and security player Barracuda is being affected by customers moving away from point products, and the resulting combined data protection plus security themes could mean other pure-play backup suppliers are going to be left behind. At EMEA TechSummit in Alpbach, Austria, CEO and president BJ Jenkins outlined a …
Chris Mellor, 12 May 2017
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Stumbling StorNext ruins Quantum's solace

Quantum almost failed to meet its revenue expectations in its final fiscal 2017 quarter, as a StorNext revenue dip added to a seasonal decline. That StorNext dip was ascribed to fewer large deals than the same quarter a year earlier. Quantum’s fourth fiscal 2017 quarter showed annual growth, but only just, as the firm slipped …
Chris Mellor, 12 May 2017
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IBM wheels out bleedin' big 15TB tape drive

IBM has brought out a TS1155 tape drive as an update on the existing TS1150, offering 15TB raw capacity, half as much again. These are proprietary IBM format tape drives. For comparison the open standard LTO-7 format offers 6TB raw capacity (15TB compressed at 2.5:1), with the coming LTO-8 reaching 12TB raw, well below IBM …
Chris Mellor, 11 May 2017
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HPE bows to inevitable: Integrity servers get latest Itanium engine and container off-ramp

HPE is introducing a new generation of its mission-critical Integrity/HP-UX servers and providing a Linux container migration route to x86 server-land. The Integrity i6 models represent an entire refresh of the Integrity server line, and use Intel Itanium 9700 series processors, otherwise known as the Kittson line. These …
Chris Mellor, 11 May 2017

Wedded bliss... ball and chain – how's that Dell EMC honeymoon going?

Analysis At the Dell EMC World event in Las Vegas, the two put a good face on it, with no apparent resentment bubbling underneath, as was the case for Symantec and Veritas. Michael Dell and Joe Tucci drove the integration with Rory Read, the chief integration officer at the time. Both Dell and EMC were experienced company acquirers …
Chris Mellor, 11 May 2017

Memory biz Nantero is a right Dell raiser: IT giant flushes cash down RAM carbon nanotubes

Space-age memory developer Nantero has pocketed millions in funding from Dell Technologies Capital. Nantero's non-volatile RAM chips are built out of carbon nanotubes, and are described as a universal memory with DRAM speed, NAND non-volatility, better-than-NAND endurance and lithography-shrink prospects down to 5nm. Read more …
Chris Mellor, 10 May 2017
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Dell EMC World: 14G servers are going to be great and... that's about all we can say

Analysis Dell EMC cannot say anything about the upcoming 14G server line because Intel has blasted it with non-disclosure agreements. Server division president Ashley Gorakhpurwalla told us that he and other product area presidents in Dell EMC all know about the new 14G technologies but can't tell anyone. That tells us a few things, …
Chris Mellor, 10 May 2017

Toshiba tears WDC a new one for meddling in memory business sale

Toshiba, threatened wth financial calamity, has told WDC to butt out and stop interfering in its bid to sell its memory business. This memory business forms Toshiba's share of the flash foundry jointly owned with WDC CEO Steve Milligan's firm. The Japanese conglomerate has been financially devastated by overruns and losses …
Chris Mellor, 09 May 2017

NetApp and Cisco are pumping mad dollar into data protection startup

NetApp and Cisco are investing millions of dollars in a 30-person data protection startup. The happy recipient is Datos IO, an early stage startup founded in 2014. It has just extended its RecoverX product from protecting distributed databases to relational ones and the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS). The company's …
Chris Mellor, 09 May 2017
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NetApp seals up object storage garden wall with gap-filling products

NetApp is trying to plug up the gaps in its object storage wall. There are plenty of object storage suppliers keen to get into NetApp's customer base. They might see container support or OpenStack integration as a way of gaining entry. Each tactic represents a potential hole in NetApp's customer base. So the company has stuck …
Chris Mellor, 09 May 2017
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Michael Dell? More like Michael in-Dell-nial: No public cloud, no future

Opinion You look at Michael Dell, as he gazes out on an audience of 13,000 attendees at this week's Dell EMC World event in Las Vegas, and you think it's like looking at a Sun King and his worshippers. The audience stretches from side to side in front of him in a 180-degree arc. The multiple video screens on either side relay every …
Chris Mellor, 09 May 2017
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Phew! We had to order a new array to hold all of this week's Dell EMC announcements

Dell EMC World Dell EMC is pumping out, among other things this week, updated arrays from five product families: VMAX, XtremIO, Unity, SC and Isilon. This new gear features a heavy dose of flash, new controllers, denser enclosures, higher capacities, and refreshed software. As the main revenue-earning engine of the $74bn run-rate Dell …
Chris Mellor, 09 May 2017

You may now kiss the server-side: Dell EMC marries storage software to PowerEdge 14Gs

Dell EMC World Dell EMC is updating three storage software products, previewing a fourth, and refreshing its Ready Nodes storage software and server bundles. And we're told the Dell PowerEdge servers to run this software are getting updated over the next few months to the 14G generation, with NVMe flash and NVDIMM options, and can be …
Chris Mellor, 08 May 2017
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A 'Transformational License Agreement' – what merry Dell is this?

Dell EMC World Dell Financial Services has today announced a string of sales and licensing deals to help customers avoid paying for stuff outright, even inventing a new TLA – "TLA," in fact. Here's a rundown of the buzzword-riddled agreements on offer: Flex on Demand – Customers pay only for the storage capacity needed, with a low-capacity …
Chris Mellor, 08 May 2017
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Dell sneaks speeds-and-feeds-free peek at 14th-gen PowerEdge servers

Dell EMC World Dell EMC has previewed the 14th generation of its PowerEdge server line, indicating there will be significant incremental advances in performance and usability, but with an almost complete absence of any product details. The new boxes will use the upcoming Intel Xeon Processor Scalable family. Apart from that we're told the …
Chris Mellor, 08 May 2017
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Always late to the party, IBM reveals itself to be NVMe fanboy

+Comment IBM says it's developing systems with NVMe across its storage portfolio, and wants to ignite an industry-wide leap in system performance. Its NVMe-using products will come to the market in the first half of 2018. That's a year away. Apeiron, Excelero, E8, Micron and many others already have NVMe SSD supporting systems and are …
Chris Mellor, 08 May 2017

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