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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Permabit offers deduplication to Linux masses – almost

Permabit has moved beyond OEMs, making the latest release of its dedupe technology available as a Linux software package so that ISVs, professional services folks and systems integrators in its Hybrid Cloud Professional Services partners programme can use it. Previously it was available to OEMs in Albireo (dedupe) and Virtual …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jun 2016
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Atlantis retreats to core VDI software and appliance market

Atlantis Computing, the software house that produced a VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) offering and then expanded into general virtual server acceleration and on into hyper-converged appliances, is scaling its product line back to workspace software and hyper-converged appliances, with consequent job losses. Its current …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jun 2016
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Veeam poster boy and CEO Ratmir Timashev steps down

It's all change at the top of virtual server backup biz Veeam: Co-founder and current chief Ratmir Timashev is stepping back from day-to-day ops by letting exec veep William Largent grab the controls. Veeam said co-founders Andrei Baronov and Timashev, who becomes president, will remain "strategic" to the company but this will …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jun 2016
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Single silo in the cloud, looking to mingle: Axcient takes on Cohesity, Actifio

DR-as-a-Service supplier Axcient has extended its offering to provide a single silo in the cloud for five secondary storage workloads, taking on vendors such as Cohesity and Actifio. Axcient CEO Justin Moore said: “Axcient Fusion [replaces] all non-production IT infrastructure with one elastic, cloud-converged platform. ... we …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jun 2016
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WDC's SanDisk flashes its vSphere speed-up creds to world+dog

Western Digital Corporation’s SanDisk unit has VAIO-compliant flash caching software and hardware for vSphere servers. This announcement represents WDC inheriting a two year SanDisk-VMware partnership to make use of SanDisk’s acquired FusionIO PCIe flash hardware and software. There are two products: FlashSoft 4 software for …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jun 2016
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WANdisco: IBM's our OEM

Big Blue's Big Replicate is little WANdisco's big OEM deal. IBM is now OEM'ing WANdisco's Fusion replication technology to provide continuous availability, streaming backup, uninterrupted migration, hybrid cloud and burst-to-cloud and data consistency across clusters any distance apart. The software features active …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jun 2016
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Data Platform refreshed

Cohesity Data Platform 3.0 delivers improved data centre performance for Cohesity's converged secondary storage offering, says the firm. Its Data Protect v3.0 extends data protection coverage from virtualised environment to physical servers. App-aware Windows backups and app-consistent backups for Microsoft SQL Server mean …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jun 2016
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Never-never chip tech Memristor shuffles closer to death row

Comment Martin Fink’s HPE Labs has been dangling the Memristor in front of us for years. With Fink retiring and HPE Labs losing its independence, becoming part of Antonio Neri’s Enterprise Group, inventing far out blue sky stuff will likely shift to devising technologies that can be realistically productised. The Memristor cannot. The …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jun 2016
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All right, pet? Getting owlish about Hedvig

Comment Trying to position Hedvig's software-defined storage in a market function way is next to impossible as the software is so flexible. And that could be a brilliant position for Hedvig to be in. The startup's distributed storage platform can provide storage for traditional workloads, new-style containerised workloads, hyper- …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jun 2016
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Hyperconverger Springpath pivots to OEM channel. Yes, we said pivots. What of it?

Hyperconverged software startup Springpath is on a Cisco express hurtling to assault the market and bring UCS server-based HyperFlex systems to prominence. Springpath CEO Terry Cunningham joined in May 2015, coming from running EVault, the cloud backup service unit of Seagate, which Seagate folded back into its own …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jun 2016
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Three men and a container engine: Let's commoditise this baby

Backgrounder Portworx Enterprise hits general availability in July to provide containerised storage for containers. The software runs on commodity servers, captures and aggregates their storage into a virtual SAN providing scale-out block storage, then provides storage for containers, at container granularity, and with a global namespace. …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jun 2016
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NetApp loses Lee Caswell to VMware

NetApp's flash marketeer, Lee Caswell, has resigned and joined VMware. A NetApp statement said: “Lee Caswell has decided to leave NetApp. We are grateful for Lee’s contributions to NetApp and wish him success in his new ventures. As we continue our market momentum — including our recent leadership position in flash as …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jun 2016
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Mangstor bursts its buffers

NVMe over fabrics, all flash array startup Mangstor has added a burst buffer capability. Mangstor says its NX-Series storage arrays now feature burst buffer capabilities. The burst buffer holds data until it is required by a compute node. Once the buffered data is requested and accessed by multiple users, it is delivered in …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jun 2016
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NVMe fabric array flasher gets top Tosh flash

Toshiba has quietly made 1.6TB and 3.2TB dual-port ZD6000 NVMe SSDs available to OEMs, and we know this because Apeiron says it has certified them. Apeiron is a startup building an all-flash array linking to hosts across NVMe-over-fabric links. The idea is to use NVMe end-to-end with RDMA over Ethernet used to move data faster …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jun 2016

Violin goes for reverse stock split

As expected, Violin Memory has decided on a reverse stock split to avoid NYSE delisting, as its stock price is too low. The delisting criteria are based on a stock's price being less than $1, on average, for 30 days, and Violin easily passed under that bar back in January, and has stayed mostly under it since. Violin's board …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jun 2016
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SPC says up yours to DataCore

The 1,510,090.52 IOPS DataCore Parallel Server single node result in March this year was the fourth highest SPC-1 reading, and has now been withdrawn. After someone, possibly a competitor, went over the results with a microscope they noticed there was no UPS. While its presence or absence wouldn't affect the IOPS result, it …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jun 2016
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Brit startup adds intelligent search to Amazon storage

A UK cloud storage provider can backup documents, audio and video files to give you real-time access to your files using content-based search as well as video and image streaming. Zoolz is the company and Zoolz Intelligent is its developing cloud product. This will be provided alongside the existing Zoolz Home and Zoolz …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jun 2016
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No software changes needed to use E8's screaming fast arrays

Backgrounder If hero numbers are what you want then E8 Storage's 2U box filled with 24 NVMe SSDS can provide them; 10 million 4KB IOPS using RDMA over an Ethernet fabric connecting up to 100 servers. The company provided more information about the product to an IT Press Tour in Silicon Valley, with CEO and cofounder Zivan Ori and product …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jun 2016
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Considerate CTERA comes running to tell us of a Nasuni outage

A CTERA spokesperson kindly got in touch to tell us cloud storage gateway Nasuni's customers had an outage last week. Nasuni says you have to be a real service provider to have an outage. CTERA's spokesperson said: "Last week, enterprise storage company Nasuni, suffered a multi-day outage. This resulted in customers with no …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jun 2016
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Hedvig hoists Docker flags

Hedvig has released hardware and software design templates for containerised storage. A Quanta CloudScale Reference Architecture integrates the Docker container stack of Docker Datacenter (including Docker Swarm, Engine, Trusted Registry and Universal Control Plane) with Hedvig Distributed Storage Platform software and …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jun 2016
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HDS goes hyper with its latest pile of converged IT Lego blocks

Aiming to stem the Nutanix snd SimpliVity hyper-converged tide, HDS announced the UCP HC V240, its first hyper-converged UCP product, along with the entry-level converged UCP 2000, for its mid-market and enterprise customers. Think of UCP (Unified Compute Platform) systems as being like EMC Vblocks (H-blocks?) and UCP HC boxen …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jun 2016
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Red Hat CEPHalopod gets shiny new software legs

Red Hat Ceph Storage v2 has enhanced object storage capabilities. Red Hat Ceph Storage 2, based on the Ceph Jewel release, has global object storage clusters, which provide a single namespace and data synchronization between clusters operating in multiple regions. There is improved security via integration with Active …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jun 2016
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Pure expands Evergreen

Pure Storage has two additions to its Evergreen storage program: a Capacity Consolidation program and a Right-Size Guarantee. With Capacity Consolidation, customers install new capacity into their FlashArray, and data on the older, consolidated capacity is automatically and non-disruptively migrated by Shelf Evacuation …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jun 2016

Datrium adds insane mode to boost speed

Datrium, the startup disaggregating a SAN by having host-based controller SW and flash caches, has added an Insane Mode to turbo-charge performance. The DVX system strips out virtually everything from an external array, leaving a single box with NVRAM and disk capacity (12 x 4TB 7.2K drives and 48TB raw/29TB usable capacity), …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jun 2016
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Zerto swallows fresh funds

Disasters keep coming and disaster recovery is a great growth business. Zerto proves it again with another contribution to its January E-round's $50m fund-raiser, taking total funding to $130m. This fresh financing was led by CRV and existing investors also participated in the latest round. That means Access Industries via its …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jun 2016