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.


Software-defined traditional arrays could be left stranded by HCI

Comment A rising tide lifts all boats and the Nutanix IPO signals that all the hyper-converged infrastructure product boats are going to get a lift. Where does that leave software-defined storage (SDS) – stranded on a mudbank? If your business is providing cheap storage arrays through having customers run your array, controlling …
Chris Mellor, 04 Oct 2016
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Maxta in free-to-play pitch

Hyper-converged software-player Maxta has taken up with freemium ideas, the first such vendor to do so. Customers can download its MxSP software in the US, Canada and select European countries to evaluate, test and quickly deploy hyper-converged infrastructure in their IT shops. The software is fully functional but limited to …
Chris Mellor, 04 Oct 2016

Kaleao's KMAX ARM-based server has legs. How fast can it run?

Kaleao is a startup developing ARM-based servers and hyper-converged appliances under a KMAX brand. Its marketing-speak says it has a “true convergence” approach, it involves “physicalization” and there is a “microvisor” – oh dear, what does this mean? The KMAX product comes in server and appliance forms. The servers use 64- …
Chris Mellor, 04 Oct 2016

Roll over Beethoven: HPE Synergy compositions oughta get Meg singing for joy

Comment HPE's Synergy is, it thinks, the next great advance in servers and is far more capable than hyper-converged infrastructure systems, being able to provision bare metal as well as servers for virtual workloads as well as containerised ones. Getting a grip on this beast is tricky. Is it a form of dynamically reconfigurable …
Chris Mellor, 03 Oct 2016

HyperGrid's CMO loss is Nexsan's CMO gain

Victoria Grey has left her CMO position at hyper-converged vendor HyperGrid to take on a chief marketing officer role at traditional storage array vendor Nexsan. Nexsan is Imation’s storage array product set with added file sync and share capabilities. Grey’s Twitter profile declares she is “Acting CMO for Nexsan.” She was …
Chris Mellor, 03 Oct 2016
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Nutanix, yesssss: Fist-pumping breaks out everywhere storage IPO wannabes are found

Comment There’ll be a spring in the executive offices of Cohesity, Rubrik, Tegile and other storage startups this morning; senior managers will have checked Nutanix’s share price and have that rosy glow that comes when your prospects have suddenly brightened. Hyper-converged market leader Nutanix IPO’d on Friday and, so far, it has …
Chris Mellor, 03 Oct 2016
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Chip-fryer hits 48 layers

SK Hynix is set to produce 48-layer 3D NAND. It has been reported that SK Hynix is completing a 3N NAND fab to produce 48-layer NAND chips. Stacking 2D or planar NAND in vertical layers increases the flash chip’s capacity without increasing its footprint. All NAND foundry operators are moving to 3D NAND as shrinking 2D NAND …
Chris Mellor, 03 Oct 2016

Nutanix slam dunks IPO

Hyper-converged tech upstart Nutanix debuted on the Nasdaq on Friday as NTNX – as expected – opening the day at $26 and closing at $37. That's up 131.25 per cent on its initial offer of $16. The biz, based in San Jose, California, had priced its stock at $11 to $13, but upped that last night just ahead of its initial public …
Chris Mellor, 30 Sep 2016
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Tiery-eyed NetApp previews on-prem storage and cloud tie-up

NetApp has previewed a FabricPool technology which combines on-premises and AWS cloud storage into a single repository. This is part of NetApp's overall Data fabric strategy of converging and integrating on-premises storage with the public cloud. Joe Caradonna, senior technical director at NetApp, presented Fabric Pool at …
Chris Mellor, 30 Sep 2016

Why XPoint SSDs won't meet original speed claims: A guide

Comment Objective Analysis analyst Jim Handy has come up with a theory which he claims explains why Intel and Micron’s 3d XPoint memory will not meet its original performance claims. As Intel marketing droids have said, there is a difference between raw media access latency and SSD product access latency. Handy takes a (heh heh) handy …
Chris Mellor, 29 Sep 2016
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Dell-EMC's dual server supply problem... is not a problem, it reckons

+Comment You might have thought it did not compute, Dell having its own in-house server operation for its acquired EMC kit to use while EMC’s VCE operation uses Cisco server-powered Vblocks in its converged systems. But no, having a dual server supply is fine. In a blog post, Chad Sakac, president of the Converged Platforms and …
Chris Mellor, 29 Sep 2016
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Disaster biz inhales $51m

End-point data protector, file-sharing and disaster recovery startup Druva has gained $51m in E-round funding. This takes total funding to a heady $118m. Cash raising was led by Sequoia Capital India, with new investor Singapore Economic Development Board (EDBI), the Singapore government agency for market development. Other …
Chris Mellor, 29 Sep 2016
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WANdisco's CEO dances off

Enterprise replication software house WANdisco has had its CEO, Dave Richards, suddenly resign. Non-exec chairman Paul Walker is interim CEO and a CEO search process has been initiated, so the departure is unexpected. Richards said in a canned quote: “The business is now at an appropriate juncture, place and scale for a new …
Chris Mellor, 29 Sep 2016
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More 20nm MRAM

Spin Transfer Technologies (STT) has fabricated perpendicular MRAM magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) at the 20nm size. The startup, a competitor to EverSpin, is developing Orthogonal Spin Transfer Magneto-Resistive Random Access Memory technology (OST-MRAM), MRAM chips with MTJs as the primary component. STT has moved its MRAM …
Chris Mellor, 29 Sep 2016
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Lenovo: Entry-level 1U pitch

Lenovo’s ThinkServer RS160 (PDF) is an entry-level 1U rackmount server optimised for cost. This thin box has a single CPU socket, for fitting Intel Pentium to Intel Xeon E3-1200 v5 processors, the latter with 4-cores, up to 3.7 GHz core speeds and up to 8MB cache. The RS160 supports up to 64GB of DDR4 DRAM and 16TB of internal …
Chris Mellor, 29 Sep 2016

Colour us shocked: Dell EMC rules converged systems like a boss

Dell EMC rules the converged systems roost in IDC’s latest storage tracker converged systems revenues in the second 2016 quarter. The market amounted to $2.9bn and grew 12.1 per cent year-on-year (y/y). IDC’s beancounters cut converged systems into four categories: Integrated Systems - pre-integrated, vendor-certified combos …
Chris Mellor, 28 Sep 2016
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Surprise! Leading 4-socket server vendor isn’t Dell or HPE

Gartner gave the 4-socket server market lead to a surprising vendor in its recent worldwide server market report*. Huawei is telling everyone it's the 4-socket server number 1: “Huawei scored a year-on-year (2015 Q2 and 2016 Q2) growth rate of 150.17 per cent with its x86 4-socket server shipment volume, which ranked first in …
Chris Mellor, 28 Sep 2016

Fresh-faced startup promises bigger, faster non-volatile DIMMs

Early-stage startup Xitore says it is developing bigger and faster non-volatile flash DIMMs to give servers a performance boost so they could run more VMs and containers and run them faster by sidestepping high latency storage IOS. It is taking up the baton brought onto the field by Netlist and Diablo Technologies and …
Chris Mellor, 28 Sep 2016
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Wow, still using disk and PCIe storage? You look like a flash-on victim, darling – it isn't 2014

Comment For generations of PowerEdge, ProLiant, UCS and other x86 servers, the future has been fairly simple: more powerful multi-core processors, more memory, more PCIe bandwidth and shrink the space and electricity needs. For example, a Gen8 ProLiant DL3603 server had 1 or 2 Xeon E5-2400/2400 v2, with 2/4/6/8/10 cores, and 12 x DDR3 …
Chris Mellor, 28 Sep 2016

Startup iguazio launches NVMe-propelled missile at enterprise analytics

iguazio’s Data-as-a-Service Enterprise Data Cloud converges different storage access protocols and use cases behind an access abstraction layer and claims to out-perform Amazon and all-flash filers at lower costs. The startup’s pitch is that Big Data analytics data, input, extraction, loading and storing is grossly complex and …
Chris Mellor, 27 Sep 2016
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Seagate Beijing demo

Seagate is showing off its NVMe over Fabrics storage system technology at the Beijing Open Data Centre Summit. The summit is open today and Seagate will show a range of its SSD and HDD products, such as its 60TB SSD and Nytro brand NVMe flash drives. The NVMe over Fabrics demo will provide millions of IOPs and “extremely low …
Chris Mellor, 27 Sep 2016

Nutanix's 'expected' IPO date is 30 September

Nutanix is letting the Nasdaq do the talking regarding when the tech upstart will launch its stock-market debut: the New York exchange says it's expected to be September 30. The company is the foremost hyper-converged infrastructure appliance and software startup and is taking on major incumbent vendors such as Cisco, Dell, …
Chris Mellor, 27 Sep 2016
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Sonos' Apple Store creds

Sonos Play:1 and Play:5 speakers are being sold in Apple Stores. The streaming Wi-Fi speaker firm has expanded its collaboration wih Apple to have its speakers sold in 486 Apple Stores around the globe. This follows on from the provision of the streaming Apple Music service on Sonos in February. Last month Sonos announced …
Chris Mellor, 27 Sep 2016

NetApp is hyped about its under-wraps hyper-converged system

Albeit late to market, NetApp is developing a hyper-converged infrastructure product, The Register has learned. We're told that NetApp will sell this new gear to ensure the company is not late to the next big inflection point in the storage market: storage-class memory (SCM). Speaking to El Reg from NetApp’s Insight event in …
Chris Mellor, 26 Sep 2016

Violin hunts for elusive key to regrowth

Analysis The elusive hunt for renewal and regrowth at Violin Memory has moved into a new phase – with a product launch holding up sales, sales leadership change, and the CEO focusing on finding funding for the future. Violin has cleverly managed to avoid falling off a cliff despite falling sales revenues and investor despair. It …
Chris Mellor, 26 Sep 2016