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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Google Ventures-backed sync-'n'-share firm changes direction. Got your attention?

File sync 'n' share startup Egnyte is starting a move to expand from file management into content intelligence, entering the domain of Commvault and Veritas. Egnyte was founded in 2007 by CEO Vineet Jain, VP Product Management RAjesh Ram, and VP Operations and Chief Security Officer Kris Lahiri. It has amassed $62.5m in …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jun 2016

Scality waggles finger, shows off sixth RING

Scality's sixth RING object storage software version adds S3 compliance to Active Directory and AWS identity and access management support. It says it's the object storage supplier with all this so you can have enterprise production deployments of S3-based apps. We're told object storage deployments have been limited to date, …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jun 2016

Woah: NetApp is number two in the all-flash market, says IDC

NetApp is now second in the all-flash array market, according to IDC numbers we have been given. The numbers are for vendor revenues and the first quarter of 2016. The figures show NetApp having $181.1m revenues and a 22.8 per cent share, second to EMC’s $245.6m and 30.9 per cent share. It grew its all-flash business 238 per …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jun 2016
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SolidFire's thin flash density eats more racks than HPE. What gives?

Analysis NetApp's SolidFire arrays needs four times more rack space than HPE and EMC for equivalent amounts of flash storage. It has 1U hardware boxes and these appear to be limited in what capacity SSDs can be supported. With SolidFire arrays being scale-out nodes, then low flash density per rack unit means you need more nodes to …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jun 2016
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Is that how you define a flash array, IDC?

Comment An IDC all-flash array (AFA) supplier numbers table, forwarded to us by EMC, appears to contain a few oddities, such as the exclusion of Dell, HDS, Kaminario and Violin products. We asked IDC and it has explained its reasoning. Our question to IDC was this: "The table doesn't mention Dell, HDS, Violin or Kaminario. That's odd …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jun 2016
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Big Data: analyse this

The Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) has announced availability of the TPCx-BB benchmark. It is designed to measure the performance of Hadoop-based systems including MapReduce, Apache Hive and Spark Machine Learning Library (MLlib). TPCx-BB executes frequently performed analytical queries in the context of …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jun 2016

HPE bolts hi-capacity SSD support onto StoreServ

HPE is boosting all-flash 3PAR capacity with support for high-capacity SSDs, adding persistent storage for containers, and improving snapshots and file management services. At HPE Discover in Las Vegas, HPE announced StoreServ is getting: Hi-capacity SSD support - 7.68TB and 15.36TB 3D SSDs from, we understand, Samsung using …
Chris Mellor, 07 Jun 2016

Flashy startup Apeiron wipes Splunk floor with XtremIO... says Apeiron

All-flash array startup Apeiron claims it blows EMC’s XtremIO away when it comes to Splunk speed testing. Splunk's software searches and analyses Big Data. Apeiron has an ADS1000 NVMe over fabrics-connected flash array built from NVMe flash drives. It does not use Fibre Channel or iSCSI switches to connect to accessing servers …
Chris Mellor, 07 Jun 2016
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Cisco: 'No truth' to rumour of Nutanix software on UCS servers

We are hearing Cisco is going to partner with Nutanix and have Nutanix hyper-convergence software sold on UCS servers, echoing similar meet-in-the-channel partnership deals it has with SimpliVity and others. The company has denied it, though. The last hyper-converged infrastructure appliance (HCIA) news from Cisco was …
Chris Mellor, 07 Jun 2016
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Distributed database defence: Datos IO delivers its distinctives

Datos IO has announced the launch of its RecoverX distributed database protection and recovery tool, designed, we're told, to specifically protect against the sort of AWS outage in Sydney El Reg reported on Monday. Enterprises, Datos IO declares, need dedicated cloud-native data protection to recover applications quickly and …
Chris Mellor, 07 Jun 2016
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HDS freezes high-end storage hardware investment

According to IT Pro Nikkei, Hitachi is freezing further investment in its VSP high-end storage because it is a low-profit business and Hitachi wants to increase its operating margin. The report quotes Keiichi Shiotsuka of Hitachi, Ltd, the Executive Officer Senior Managing Systems & Services Business Vice President. He said …
Chris Mellor, 07 Jun 2016
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HPE subject to SUSE objects

SUSE Enterprise Storage v3 is available, and HPE and SuSE will deliver a Scalable Object Solution based on it. SUSE Enterprise Storage v3 is based on the Jewel release of Ceph. It adds unified block, object and file storage with the POSIX-compliant Ceph filesystem (CephFS). There is asynchronous multi-site object replication …
Chris Mellor, 07 Jun 2016
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Lenovo embiggens storage offerings with Cloudian and Nexenta

Chinese smartphone, tablet, notebook, PC, server and storage vendor Lenovo is spreading its storage wings, striking software deals with Cloudian and Nexenta. It has announced factory-integrated products in OEM-style deals using Lenovo servers: DX8200C – Cloudian-based object storage DX8200N – Nexenta-based unified file and …
Chris Mellor, 07 Jun 2016
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Brit upstart Arkivum gets new CEO

UK Archiving-as-a-Service product startup Arkivum has a new CEO, Guy Yaniv, who has been appointed three months after its new chairman, Jim McKenna, took office. Yaniv was general manager of customer experience analytics at NICE Systems, recently leading its cloud-based Big Data Customer Analytics Division. He moves into the …
Chris Mellor, 06 Jun 2016
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WDC CEO buys $1m shares

Stephen Milligan, WDC’s CEO has bought 22,500 WDC shares for $1,024,425. Stifel Nicolaus analyst Aaron Rakers notes this is Steve Milligan’s first open market purchase and the first open market purchase by any key Western Digital executive since at least 2008. There’s confidence in the firm’s strategy for you. ® stack of …
Chris Mellor, 06 Jun 2016

IDC, IDC, o crystal ball. Who's storage's biggest cheese of them all?

IDC’s number crunchers have crunched their quarterly enterprise storage numbers and found HPE has done very well, while the storage market has declined somewhat and ODM supply to hyperscalers has plunged downwards. The overall enterprise storage market was worth $8.2bn in the first 2016 quarter, down seven per cent on a year …
Chris Mellor, 03 Jun 2016

Western Digital to axe 507 California staffers

Western Digital is planning to lay off 507 workers, according to paperwork submitted to California's department of employment. Under the US state's Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) system, employers must give a 60-day heads-up to affected staff plus state and local representatives prior to a plant closing …
Chris Mellor, 02 Jun 2016
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Unprecedented number of customers swimming off to cloud, says Barracuda

Comment Barracuda customers have started moving data and applications to the public cloud at a surprisingly fast and unprecedented rate, with on-premises IT facing a rocky road to becoming a wasteland. So says Michael Hughes, the company’s EVP for worldwide sales. For every app and accompanying data that is moved to the public cloud …
Chris Mellor, 02 Jun 2016

Reduxio office-opening spree

Hybrid array startup Reduxio has opened sales offices in Boston, Atlanta, and New York, plus ones in Holland and Israel and a new HQ in San Francisco. The company says it has seen a 200 per cent growth in new customers since, we understand, the start of the year, and has recruited 15 VARs since then as well. Mike Grandinetti …
Chris Mellor, 02 Jun 2016
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'Limitless enterprise storage'. Really? Digging deeper into Symbolic IO

Backgrounder Remember the company we wrote about yesterday? The startup with the startling technology which claimed its storage and compute technology could run database queries 60 times or more faster than other systems, and offers ”limitless enterprise storage". Well here's a Q&A that sheds a little more light on the tech. The main …
Chris Mellor, 02 Jun 2016
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SolidFire brushes up its OS with Fluorine

NetApp’s SolidFire unit has announced a new appliance, an operating system refresh, and a software licensing change separating its software from specific hardware products. NetApp and Cisco FlexPods will get a SolidFire array option for existing systems and a SolidFire-based FlexPod configuration will be announced in the …
Chris Mellor, 02 Jun 2016

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Chris Mellor, 02 Jun 2016
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PAYG Druva Phoenix pricing

Druva has announced consumption-based pricing for Phoenix, its product for cloud-based backup, archival and disaster recovery. It’s a pay-for-what-you-use plan and applies to storage used after deduplication. Phoenix, Druva says, stores data indefinitely with limitless snapshots and flexible retention policies, and continuous …
Chris Mellor, 01 Jun 2016
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Caringo updates Swarm

Caringo’s Swarm gets hierarchical data protection policies, historical metrics and usage metering. The updated Swarm 8.1 object storage and cloud storage software has hierarchical data protection policies allowing users to set policies through Swarm’s UI or via an API across clusters, domains, buckets or objects. Features …
Chris Mellor, 01 Jun 2016
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This storage upstart knows its technical onions: Symbolic IO

Analysis Symbolic IO is a startup that claims its storage and compute technology can run database queries 60 times or more faster than other systems, and offers ”limitless enterprise storage.” It was founded in 2012 by Brian Ignomirello, a former CTO of Hewlett Packard’s Global storage unit, and secured $1.4m in debt financing in 2013 …
Chris Mellor, 01 Jun 2016