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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DCIG mid-market array guide: Why we left those companies out

Analysis Conversations with DCIG have revealed why seemingly obvious companies and their products were left out of a mid-range storage array buyers' report. DCIG analyst Ken Clipperton told us about the inclusion/exclusion criteria DCIG used when compiling its report. The initial criteria for selecting suppliers and products were: …
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2016

The TPC-C/SPC-1 storage benchmarks are screwed. You know what we need?

Comment The storage benchmarking world is broken because there are no realistic and pratical storage benchmarks with realistic workloads customers can apply to systems. So says storage analyst Howard Marks, and he aims to fix this mess with the help of a consortium of industry players. He says the world of storage …
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2016
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Dropbox IPO prospect

Bloomberg reports Dropbox has talked to advisors about an IPO. The privately owned file sync and sharer's CEO and co-founder, Drew Houston, has previously dissed the IPO idea. Apparently the talks were exploratory with no decision being made. Dropbox does not make a profit but it is free cash flow-positive. It has half a …
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2016
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Facebook backup, anyone?

Acronis TrueImage 2017 has announced it can incrementally backup Facebook to protect a user's timeline and photos. This is better than native Facebook backup, according to Acronis. The product is an evolution of its full image backup technology which protects everything on a user's computer and can restore it to the same or a …
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2016

Ovation claps together private cloud storage service with HGST, Versity basis

An Ovation Data Services private storage cloud for media and entertainment and oil and gas industries is based on HGST's Active Archive System and Versity Storage Manager. We wrote about the Versity Storage Manager system in June, saying it was an archiving package with an S3 interface to a backend store. This store could be a …
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2016
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Maxta goes Freemium and enlarges VP count with new hires

Determined to stand clear of the noise in the hyper-converged market and forge itself a distinctive identity, Maxta has announced a freemium business model for its MxSP hyper-converged software. It has also extended its exec count with two VP hires and an internal promotion, envisaging surging growth. Herb Schneider, VP …
Chris Mellor, 22 Aug 2016
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Actifio adds replication tool to its data copy Swiss army knife

Actifio has added replication to its copy data management software, calling it StreamSnap. StreamSnap is provided as part of Actifio's Copy Data Virtualization platform, which takes a copy of master data and can then generate virtualized copies for test and dev, protection, etc, thus saving the storage space needed for …
Chris Mellor, 22 Aug 2016
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Backup biz Arcserve: Private equity... there's nothing like it

Private equity ownership has given anodyne old backup biz Arcserve a huge energising kick in the behind. Over the past year, Arcserve says it has seen a 61 per cent increase in UDP (Unified Data Protection) product sales, a 41 per cent increase in general overall new sales. Of this 47 per cent was in EMEA and 22 per cent in …
Chris Mellor, 22 Aug 2016
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Kaminario partners MongoDB

All-flash array biz Kaminario has become a certified MongoDB Partner. MongoDB is the world's most popular non-relational database, having a humongous market share [No - Ed], and Kaminario sees the certification giving its resellers an additional way to sell its arrays. They can handle mixed workload performance for business …
Chris Mellor, 22 Aug 2016
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Plexistor unveils storage-stack-perplexing PMoF tech

Plexistor has unveiled specs on its Persistent Memory over Fabric (PMoF), which it says gives app servers access to disaggregated persistent memory in fabric-connected PM Bricks. Plexistor’s software-defined memory combines DRAM and flash in one memory address space to deliver a higher “memory” capacity with persistent storage …
Chris Mellor, 19 Aug 2016

Nutanix scoops Cisco. Everyone's really happy ... but Cisco is strangely quiet about it

Nutanix has independently validated Cisco UCS C-Series servers to run its hyper-converged Enterprise Cloud Platform software. The hyper-converged product market leader says its software is now available on the platforms of three of the four leading x86 server vendors, meaning Dell and Lenovo, which we knew about in June. …
Chris Mellor, 19 Aug 2016
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Scality loses marketing veep

Scality’s VP for corporate marketing, Leo Leung, has decamped to Oracle for a Director, Products and Strategy slot. He joined the Redwood Shores business behemoth this month. He’d been a marketing veep at Scality for two years. That leaves Scality with a marketing hole to fill. Meanwhile Cloudian is looking for a Product …
Chris Mellor, 18 Aug 2016

Nutanix has swallowed something. Cough once if you're OK, guys

We’ve been banging on about Nutanix buying PernixData. Now tech consultant Justin Warren has noticed this nugget in an amended Nutanix S1 filing to the SEC: Acquisition On August 5, 2016, the Company entered into a stock purchase agreement to purchase all shares outstanding of a technology company in exchange for 528,517 …
Chris Mellor, 18 Aug 2016
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'Disciplined' NetApp cuts weight, turns in a prettier spreadsheet

NetApp revenues dropped 3.7 per cent year-on-year to $1.29bn for its first fiscal 2017 quarter, ended July 29, but it turned a year-ago loss of $30m into a $64m profit as it reined in expenses. CEO George Kurian referred to this in his prepared quote: "We are pleased with our first quarter results. Our focus on disciplined …
Chris Mellor, 18 Aug 2016

Hyper-converged top-of-the-pops list is out: Guess who hasn't crushed it?

Surprise, surprise: EMC is not top of the hyper-converged charts … yet. Forrester’s Hyper-converged Infrastructure (HCI) Wave report for 2016’s third quarter looks at the top dozen HCI suppliers and rates them into four categories – leaders, strong performers, contenders and challengers. A square sectioned into four quarter- …
Chris Mellor, 17 Aug 2016

Pivot3 tries to butter up sysadmins with policy-driven protection

Ageing startup Pivot3 has added policy-driven data protection to its hyper-converged systems. The firm said the move is part of the Quality of Service (QoS) function. It has extended its QoS functions to include this data protection, plus application integration, scheduling and performance enhancements. Customers can define …
Chris Mellor, 17 Aug 2016
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Nasuni adds sync 'n' share to its cloud file gateway

Nasuni has added file sync and share to its cloud storage gateway. Enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) capabilities are now included in its Nasuni File Services (NFS) offering. Users of iOS, Android, OS X and Windows fixed and mobile devices can sync and share with Nasuni's file services courtesy of apps on their devices. …
Chris Mellor, 17 Aug 2016
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Price drop in flash

Certified IOmark-VM benchmarks for hyper-converged Intel X86 systems with Intel NVMe flash drives have hit a price/performance record. The IOmark-VM-HC is a benchmark that certifies hyper-converged systems for virtual server workloads. It measures and reports application specific storage workloads and the price per VM instance …
Chris Mellor, 17 Aug 2016
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Rubrik's extra funding as Firefly extended data management flies out of the coop

Bucking any notion of down rounds and funding droughts, Rubrik has completed a massive $61 million C-round – taking total funding to over $112m – and released its Firefly Cloud Data Management platform. The data management company was founded in January 2014 and took in a $10m A-round, plus a $41m B-round in 2015. With the …
Chris Mellor, 16 Aug 2016
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Coho Data: You know what's BDaaS? Getting rid of noisy multi-tenant neighbours

Coho Data has added concurrent Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) to its block and file access on the DataStream array system, along with multi-tenancy quality of service. Its scale-out DataStream MicroArrays are servers with all-NVMe flash and hybrid flash and disk storage, which can run storage-related applications such …
Chris Mellor, 16 Aug 2016
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Intel's Optane XPoint DIMMs pushed back – source

In the week of Intel's Developer Forum we have heard its Optane XPoint SSDs and DIMMs may be delayed. We are hearing that the first version of XPoint chips can only be used for SSDs. A second, more developed version is needed to make XPoint for DIMMs. That means XPoint DIMMs may not appear until 2018, which would give …
Chris Mellor, 16 Aug 2016

WD: Resistance is not futile

Analysis WD, with its acquired SanDisk operation, is squaring up to Intel and Micron’s XPoint with ReRAM - Resistive RAM technology. Back in October last year, the then independent SanDisk joined forces with HPE to fight XPoint. The two signed an agreement to develop Storage-Class Memory (SCM*), a non-volatile storage medium with DRAM- …
Chris Mellor, 16 Aug 2016
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Excelero gets in a right non-volatile mesh over SSD-server connection

Analysis Excelero is working on its new NVMesh software to connect shared NVMe SSD storage with accessing servers and their applications. The aim is to deliver a centralised, petabyte-scale, block storage pool with local, directly-connected NVMe SSD access speeds, using commodity server, storage and networking hardware. The company …
Chris Mellor, 16 Aug 2016
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HPE StoreVirtual gets low-cost ARM-powered variant

HPE has lowered prices for its SMB storage array customers by building an ARM-powered StoreVirtual array, eschewing X86 CPUs, and by bundling some previously optional components into an MSA 2042 product version. The StoreVirtual 3200, which has a starting price of just over $6,000, has two active:active controllers with …
Chris Mellor, 15 Aug 2016
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Pivot3 positions itself for possible IPO

Is an IPO being planned? Hyper-converged system supplier Pivot3 says it had record growth in the first half of 2016, with a 103 per cent revenue increase and more than 400 new customers, and has hired a new CFO. Bill Stover has been appointed Pivot3's finance head. Mike Dansby was the prior CFO, serving from June 2014 to July …
Chris Mellor, 13 Aug 2016