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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Kaminario flashes service guarantees

Kaminario, the all flash storage array vendor, has come up with six individual guarantees - assurances - that build on its original 2013 Perfomance Consistency Guarantee programme. Basically, Kaminario says you're safer buying K2 arrays in performance and maintenance cost terms than other arrays. These kinds of flash array …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jul 2016

Diablo 'decisive' court victory

A long-running and convoluted breach of contract lawsuit between Netlist and Diablo Technologies concerning flash DIMMS appears to be over, with Diablo prevailing over its former development partner. In a statement, Diablo's law firm McDermott Will & Emery hailed a decisive victory in the US Court of Appeals for the Federal …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jul 2016
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Spectra Logic preserves black pearls in Amazon's deep freeze

Spectra Logic has added direct archive to Amazon's S3-accessed public cloud from its BlackPearl object storage gateway. Spectra is a tape storage company that has been and is evolving into a more general nearline and archive storage supplier encompassing on-premises object storage, tape and nearline disk media, and Amazon's …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jul 2016

Big Blue's boxes: No IBM storage numbers, but it's a drop

+Comment The storage hardware portion of IBM's quarterly revenues continued its long-term decline, with a 13 per cent annual drop. It's a nice welcome for incoming storage boss Ed Walsh with the storage hardware decline glaringly obvious. We don't know the storage software numbers within IBM's systems segment, and nor do we know …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jul 2016

Ex-CTO: Yes, Nutanix is buying PernixData

Exclusive PernixData's outgoing CTO and technology evangelist Frank Denneman says Nutanix has bought PernixData. Sources told us earlier this month that Nutanix was gobbling up Pernix, but neither company would confirm an acquisition was underway. Denneman has now told El Reg he has left PernixData, adding: "Nutanix has acquired Pernix …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jul 2016

Envy NVMe? Mangstor flashes $5m cash to bulk up array line

The NVMe-over-fabrics flash array startup Mangstor has had a $5m funding round. The company connects NVMe flash drives in its NX array to access servers using an NVMe over Fabrics link for access that is practically as fast as accessing local flash drives. It recently added a burst buffer capability to speed data access …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jul 2016
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VCs: Can't see an IPO or acquisition for your startup? Don't throw in the towel

Comment There surely must be an alternative to the two preferred exits for VC-backed startups – IPO or acquisition – in these times of near-VC funding drought and what seems like IPO fatigue. It used to be simple: build a storage startup that could take money and customers from the mainstream vendors, sit back and wait for competitors …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jul 2016

EMC: Sales flat but wallets fat. Ready to vote on the merger?

EMC-Dell deal EMC saw totally flat revenues in its second quarter but profits rose 19 per cent. It could have been better as late orders couldn't be fulfilled. Revenues were a straight $6bn, unchanged from a year ago but up 9.6 per cent sequentially. They were $5.9bn two years ago so EMC is arguably standing still revenue-wise. Net income …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jul 2016
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Lock up yer cargo: Commvault wants to be your container bouncer

Data-protection slinger Commvault has plans to deliver stateful container protection by the end of the year. Although we understood Commvault had an intent to protect containerised servers we didn't know there was a plan to to so. There is. Chief communications officer Bill Wohl said: "We are working to support containers …
Chris Mellor, 18 Jul 2016
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Cancer data firm funded

Proscia, the startup storing cancer patients' biopsy data in the cloud, has gained a million dollars worth of seed funding. The Baltimore-based company was started to ramp up the pace of cancer diagnosis and treatment. It aims to help digital pathology by making biopsy images available for annotation and collaboration. Proscia …
Chris Mellor, 18 Jul 2016

Good gravy, Toshiba QLC flash chips are getting closer

Backgrounder Toshiba is pushing flash chip capacity higher on two fronts: through, er, Through Silicon Vias (TSVs) and by increasing a cell's bit count to four. We covered the TSV notion here and now take a look at quadruple level cell (QLC) flash technology. Toshiba will present on this and TSVs in a keynote session at the August 8-11 …
Chris Mellor, 18 Jul 2016
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Rubrik's tube: Pure play

Rubrik's r300/r500 Series backup appliances now go faster with Pure Storage FlashArray //m arrays in front of them, claims the vendor. The appliances (specs here (pdf)) are called Converged Data Management systems and provide an on-premises and scale-out system that offers backup, claimed instant recovery, data orchestration, …
Chris Mellor, 18 Jul 2016
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Commvault stomps out with protection for Hadoop, Big Data analytics systems

Backgrounder Commvault’s Chief Communications Officer Bill Wohl was in London yesterday, and wanting to emphasise how well Commvault has recovered from the dip in its fortunes caused by customers moving to the cloud faster than anticipated. He said Commvault was, in our words, a bridge between product systems and their data and a protected …
Chris Mellor, 15 Jul 2016

Newbie NVXL flashes takes-a-kicking NVMDurance offering

NVXL is bringing an enhanced endurance SSD to market by using NVMdurance technology. NVMdurance is an Irish startup that uses firmware in an FPGA to control and manage how data is written to an SSD in such as way as to extend its working life up to 10 times longer than before. It has a partnership with Intel to use the Altera …
Chris Mellor, 15 Jul 2016

Springpath to focus on Cisco OEM development

Springpath is becoming a Cisco-only development shop, we hear. It’s going to concentrate on its Cisco OEM deal for the hyper-converged Data Platform product and we’re hearing it will defocus from other marketing and selling activities. The hyper-converged infrastructure area is a high-growth one. EMC converged systems …
Chris Mellor, 15 Jul 2016

Haters gonna hate, hate, hate: Cisco to tailor SwiftStack for UCS object storage cramming

Cisco has decided to get into object storage with its UCS servers – and has done so with a SwiftStack reseller deal, avoiding object suppliers allied to its server competitors. SwiftStack provides the OpenStack Swift object storage software and has been a Cisco partner for some time. In January, Cisco released a SwiftStack …
Chris Mellor, 14 Jul 2016
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FlashBlade is closer than you think

Analysis In Alexandre Dumas' novel The Three Musketeers, a Gascon outsider, D'Artagnan, and three musketeers – Aramis, Athos and Porthos – take on De Richelieu, the French Cardinal, along with his allies and troops. In our flash systems world there is a parallel: swashbuckling Pure Storage, led by Scott Dietzen, with three product …
Chris Mellor, 14 Jul 2016
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All the storage news that's clogged our pipes, flushed onto the page

Here’s a bunch of storage news that shows just how keen our multi-faceted storage world is to fill up our inboxes. Cisco Live and the Microsoft Partners’ Conference have generated a few announcements while the others are independent of these events: Acronis has a Backup Cloud Extension for Microsoft Azure and Azure Stack. …
Chris Mellor, 14 Jul 2016
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Veritas backup appliance sees red

Veritas has upgraded its 5200 deduplicating backup appliance line from the 5230 to the 5240, increasing both capacity and also speed through having faster processors. It has also lowered the energy consumption, increased the number of networking ports, and altered the wavy line scrolling across the bezel from yellow to red. …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jul 2016
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Blocks appear in DigitalOcean's Droplets

Web compute server hoster DigitalOcean is adding block storage to its cloud-based Droplet servers. Digital Ocean offers Droplet virtual servers in the cloud for $5/month to $80/month depending on their configuration. The entry-level is 512MB RAM, 1 CPU, 20GB SSD and1TB transfer. At the $80 level you get 8GB, 4 CPUs, an 80GB …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jul 2016
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Azure Stack-in-a-box for 2017

Microsoft will deliver its Azure Stack in mid-2017, with partners Dell, HPE and Lenovo. Takeshi Numoto, Microsoft Corporate VP for Cloud and Enterprise blogged about this from the company's Worldwide Partner Conference, saying Azure Stack is a hybrid cloud platform. Dell, HPE and Lenovo will partner Redmond "to deliver pre- …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jul 2016
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Hype-filled upstart Symbolic IO hires one-time Micron veep

Rob Peglar, Micron’s departed VP for Advanced Storage, is joining Symbolic IO. Instead of evangelising 3D XPoint memory he’ll be talking about ten times faster IRIS Compute. Peglar becomes an SVP and CTO at Symbolic. CEO Brian Ignomirello said in a canned quote: “ When Rob approached us about joining the company, it reinforced …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jul 2016
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Tintri EMEA VP moves to Gridstore

Doug Rich, VP EMEA at Tintri, has become VP EMEA at hyper-converged vendor GridStore. Rich says CEO Nariman Teymourian has experience, energy and vision and that helped persuade him to make the move. Tintri is a great company with a formidable product, but the level of competition in that external storage market sector is …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jul 2016
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Falling PC tide strands Seagate's disk drive boats. Will WDC follow?

Comment Seagate has announced its latest quarterly results will be unexpectedly good but there will be employee bloodshed. Another 6,500 layoffs on top of the 1,600 announced in June will take place. WDC did say it was cutting 507 US staff in June but these are the tip of an expected iceberg, which will see thousands of positions …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jul 2016
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Backblaze hopes to melt Amazon Glacier customers' hearts

Backblaze has announced its B2 cloud object storage for $0.005/GB/month as an alternative to LTO tape drives. Unlike Amazon’s Glacier tape storage, its disk drive retrieval starts in seconds and takes minutes instead of hours and days, it claims. The first 10GB is free each month and there is no data upload charge. Download …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jul 2016