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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IBM makes clever, safe acquisition, swallows object storage market

IDC has updated its object-based storage marketscape to show IBM has leapt to a chart-topping position through buying Cleversafe. Scality is second. Dell EMC has hustled up the charts to third place, pushing most other players down the rankings. The IDC analysts see “a standardisation and integration of the Amazon S3 and …
Chris Mellor, 14 Dec 2016

Blue sky basic income thinking is b****cks

Storage Blockhead How on Earth did this nonsense about a basic income come about, with its inability to understand governments' thinking on paying benefits? There are three parts to the idea. Firstly, that automation is going to kill jobs by replacing blue collar and white collar human workers with automated machines. Secondly, the basic …
Chris Mellor, 14 Dec 2016
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NEC mentions it has a high-end dedupe disk backup box, stretches, yawns for 40 seconds

Analysis NEC has the biggest, baddest scale-out deduping backup-to-disk array on the planet and we virtually never hear about it. NEC is not a top-six purpose-built backup supplier, according to IDC, being neither a unit ship or revenue leader. Yet there are 1,100 customers and 1,800 installations, around three exabytes under …
Chris Mellor, 13 Dec 2016

Cloudy file-sharing cash rains onto Nasuni

Cloud storage gateway and enterprise file services startup Nasuni has had a funding round to grow its business further expansion in Fortune 500 and Global 2000 companies, meaning expansion outside North America. The startup says it has doubled the amount of customer data under its management to 12PB in the last 12 months. …
Chris Mellor, 13 Dec 2016
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Symantec sets legal wolves upon Zscaler

Having had its patent infringement lawsuits against Veeam seen off by the US courts, Symantec has now filed an IP infringement lawsuit against cloud-based security outfit ZScaler. Symantec claims Zscaler infringes seven of its more than 2,000 US patents – numbers 6,279,113; 7,203,959; 7,246,227; 7,392,543; 7,735,116; 8,181,036 …
Chris Mellor, 13 Dec 2016
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No strings attached: Violin cuts CEO’s salary

Violin Memory has cut its CEO’s base salary from from $750,000 to $150,000 a year – although it's just for three months. The information is contained in an SEC 8K filing (PDF), which states: Effective December 1, 2016, Violin Memory, Inc. (the “Company”) and Kevin A. DeNuccio, the Company’s President, Chief Executive Officer …
Chris Mellor, 13 Dec 2016

It's a ratchet: Old storage guard face incoming tech squeeze

Analysis Squeezed between the giant pressures of hyper-convergence, the public cloud, object storage and software-defined/cheap commodity hardware, the old guard storage suppliers face shrinkage into shadows of their former dominant selves. Ten years ago and before that Dell, EMC, HDS, HPE, IBM and NetApp represented the bulk of on- …
Chris Mellor, 13 Dec 2016

Dell EMC shakes products biz like a snow globe

Dell EMC President David Goulden has reorganised the core products group, re-arranging core and emerging technologies, with consequent executive movement. We saw an aspect of this late last week, with Guy Churchward and CJ Desai leaving to pursue C-level opportunities elsewhere. The old product divisions were: Servers - …
Chris Mellor, 12 Dec 2016
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Someone just chucked another $21 million at carbon nanotube memory techies

Nantero’s 16-year march to carbon nanotube memory products just got another slug of cash to help it on its way, over $21m, to be specific. NRAM (non-volatile RAM) is a DRAM replacement and not a DRAM-flash gap-filler, like, for example, Intel and Micron’s 3D XPoint. The firm was founded in 2000 and its technology involves a …
Chris Mellor, 12 Dec 2016
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Let's talk about NVMe, let's talk to Dell EMC: Let's talk about $1bn baby DSSD

Interview The most high profile NVMe-using array is Dell EMC's all-flash, 10 million IOPS D5, the much anticipated product of its billion-dollar acquisition of DSSD. We asked Mike Shapiro, VP Software for DSSD, questions about how DSSD views NVMe as part of our NVMe interview series. His answers are below. During the process, news hit …
Chris Mellor, 12 Dec 2016
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Shrinkage!? But it's sooo big! More data won't leave storage biz proud

Analysis The enterprise storage market is in a period of data growth according to IDC-forcasted zettabyte heaven, right? Er, no, because it's it entered a recessionary period, with negative growth. Says IDC. Total factory revenue of $8.8bn was reported for the quarter, down 3.2 per cent down on the year while the number of …
Chris Mellor, 09 Dec 2016
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DSSD President quits Dell EMC

The Register's storage desk has learned that DSSD President Bill Moore has left Dell EMC. EMC acquired DSSD in 2014, when the prey company had revealed its intentions to build rack-scale flash storage rigs, but was still in stealth mode. Moore co-founded the company, along with Jeff Bonwick who remains a VP and CTO at Dell …
Chris Mellor, 09 Dec 2016
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Huawei says its NVMe arrays with NVMe drives will be out in 2017

Interview Huawei is a believer in the use of NVMe drives and fabric. Yet it thinks that shared array controller software and hardware will need upgrading to take full advantage of NVMe drives. It does not believe customers are ready to adopt NVMe over fabric-accessed arrays because of problem areas such as routability for ROCE. We asked …
Chris Mellor, 08 Dec 2016
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WDC loads its belt-fed drive cannon, blasts out disks 'n' cards galore

Western Digital Corp wowed analysts with exec spiel and five – or was it six? – product announcements. We have helium gas-filled drives, a 3D TLC NAND microSD card, two SSDs and a promised furiously fast flash platform array overflowing with IOPS. We'll start with the rotating rust and an Ultrastar He12, 12TB helium-filled …
Chris Mellor, 08 Dec 2016
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How DDN benefits from Japan quake anxiety

Case study Yahoo! Japan has teamed up with DDN Storage and IBM Japan to help it avoid the country's relatively high electricity costs – and run a disaster-recovery backup site on another continent for an earthquake rocks the nation. Yahoo! Japan uses OpenStack Swift storage in a Japan-based data center. DDN reckons there's 50PB of …
Chris Mellor, 08 Dec 2016
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Two top EMCers bail from Dell EMC

Two of EMC's most senior product line executives have resigned, deciding that Michael Dell's Dell Technologies and the David Goulden-run Dell EMC business unit is not their ideal future workplace. The two are Core Technologies Division President Guy Churchward and Emerging Technologies Division President CJ Desai. Churchward …
Chris Mellor, 07 Dec 2016
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Erasure coding startup springs forth from Silicon Fjord

Analysis Memoscale is a 6-person Norwegian startup, based in Trondheim, that has developed its own erasure coding (EC) technology. It says it's more efficient than classic erasure coding because it needs fewer hardware resources to run and enables higher storage capacity utilization. All six staff members founded the company in 2015, …
Chris Mellor, 06 Dec 2016

Veritas lays off a third of its sales staff – merry Christmas, everyone!

Veritas has axed 30 percent of its sales staff in the US and Europe, The Register has learned. The data security biz was spun out of Symantec and entered private ownership just after the turn of the year. The company is based in Mountain View, California, and employs about 7,000 people. We asked Veritas about this festival …
Chris Mellor, 06 Dec 2016
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We grill another storage startup that's meshing about with NVMe

Interview Storage startup Excelero is supportive of NVMe drives and of NVMe over fabrics-style networking. It has a unique way of using NVMe drives to create a virtual SAN accessed by RDMA. An upcoming NASA Ames case study will describe how its NVMesh technology works in more detail. We asked Excelero CTO Yaniv Romem some questions to …
Chris Mellor, 06 Dec 2016
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SimpliVity does meet-in-the-channel type deal with Huawei

Hyper-converged infrastructure appliance and software supplier SimpliVity has certified Huawei hardware for its OmniStack software. OmniStack with Huawei FusionServer is an all-flash implementation of OmniStack. Qiu Long, President of Huawei IT Server Product Line, provided a ready-made quote: "Huawei servers running …
Chris Mellor, 06 Dec 2016
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NASA's hyperwall wonderwall uses virtual flash SAN

Case study How do get fast parallel data access to 128 compute nodes doing simulation processing off a slow, although massively parallel access data set? You could employ flash cache burst buffering, as DDN might propose, or try out an NVMe flash drive-based virtual SAN, which is what NASA Ames did in a visualisation situation. NASA's …
Chris Mellor, 06 Dec 2016
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Don't cut yourself on that Edge: Nexenta containerises DevOps

Software-only storage supplier Nexenta Systems has embraced more containerisation with its NexentaEdge DevOps Edition. The NextentaEdge block and object storage software product appeared in May 2015. It became containerised in September last year, and now it has a DevOps Edition as Nexenta extends its micro-services' …
Chris Mellor, 06 Dec 2016
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Nutanix finds Waters flows away

Nutanix has a new head of marketing and corporate communications – Raj Badarinath. He joined in May 2016, having been VP of product marketing, alliances and growth services at Avangate, a SaaS fintech company, since 2012. The previous head of corporate comms, Declan Waters, has or is, we understand, moved/moving on. …
Chris Mellor, 06 Dec 2016
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Datrium: $55m burning hole in its pocket and raring to go global

Datrium has gained $55m C-round funding to grow its business to global scale. The startup was founded in 2012 by Data Domain and VMware vets. Its DVX product is a 2-tier design, revealed in January this year, and involving controller and data services software running in from one to 32 accessing servers, each with at least …
Chris Mellor, 05 Dec 2016
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Micron wheels out 'highest density' SATA SSD on the market

+Comment Micron has introduced a 5100 line of data centre flash drives and promises it will be the highest-density SATA SSD on the market. There are three models and they all use TLC (3bits/cell) 3D flash and have a 6Gbps SATA interface: 5100 ECO – 480GB, 960GB, 1.9TB, 3.84TB and (coming) 7.86TB 5100 PRO – 240GB, 480GB, 960GB, 3. …
Chris Mellor, 05 Dec 2016