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.

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

NetApp facelift: FAS hardware refresh and a little nip ONTAP

NetApp has comprehensively refreshed its all-flash FAS and hybrid FAS arrays, adding performance, capacity and scalability upgrades, and supporting 32Gbit/s Fibre Channel and 40GbitE connectivity. ONTAP also gets upgraded, with Azure support for ONTAP Cloud This follows on from the E-Series launch of the entry-level all-flash …
Chris Mellor, 26 Sep 2016

IO, IO, it's profiling we do: Nimble architect talks flash storage tests

Interview We interviewed Dimitris Krekoukias, Nimble Storage's global technology and strategy architect, on the subject of storage array performance claims – he has some strong opinions – particularly about Pure Storage's approach to performance. Pure provided a response to Krekoukias' points which has been added after the interview. …
Chris Mellor, 26 Sep 2016
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DDN shines up EXAScaler Lustre box with new software

DataDirect Networks has upgraded its EXAScaler array to run the latest version of Intel’s Lustre software. EXAScaler is DDN’s high-performance computing (HPC) array, with GRIDScaler being the companion hardware running IBM Spectrum Scale (GPFS, that was); Lustre being a distributed file system used in high-performance …
Chris Mellor, 26 Sep 2016

The wise Hedvig owl heads aloft with a Universal Data Plane

Hedvig has updated its software-defined storage to version 2.0 and is flying with a Universal Data Plane concept. Its Distributed Storage Platform Version 2.0 adds a VMware vSphere Web Client Plugin, Docker Volume Plugin and Mirantis Fuel Plugin, each of which help to provide application-specific high-availability policies. …
Chris Mellor, 23 Sep 2016

Double-dating VMware lover Tintri brings Hyper-V closer to its bed

Hybrid and all-flash array vendor Tintri is expanding Hyper-V support, extending its existing VMware virtual machine-aware facilities. Tintri pioneered VVOL-class storage admin for its arrays, meaning VMware admins could provision, operate and manage its hybrid flash/disk array storage, a long time before VMware delivered …
Chris Mellor, 23 Sep 2016

Nasuni revs its cloud

Version 7.5 of Nasuni’s File Services extends and improves app support, edge appliance migration, monitoring facilities, and adds side-loading. Individual storage volumes within UniFS have been qualified up to one billion files, with no tech’ restriction on expanding further and no volume creation number limit. The management …
Chris Mellor, 23 Sep 2016
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Impala beats Amazon

Cloudera says Apache Impala is 10x faster than Amazon Redshift and has 275 per cent better cost efficiency. Impala is an incubatory native analytic database on Apache Hadoop that runs in the cloud. It claims Impala offers elastic scalability, better flexibility, and direct Amazon S3 query-ability that are unavailable from …
Chris Mellor, 23 Sep 2016

Intel XPoint over-selling criticism surges as Chipzilla hits back

You might have noticed that El Reg has suggested Intel and Micron’s non-volatile XPoint memory claims are a tad overblown – for example here and here. Now Charlie Demerjian is giving Intel a good kicking in SemiAccurate, alleging the original claims were inaccurate and that “Intel’s Xpoint is pretty much broken”. For example, …
Chris Mellor, 22 Sep 2016
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Nexsan's new salesman

Imation storage array subsidiary Nexsan has a new worldwide sales boss. Tony Craythorne has been hired as SVP Sales at Nexsan. He has more than 25 years of sales experience, running sales teams in the USA, Europe and Asia. Most recently he was SVP of worldwide sales at NexGen Storage, which was sun out by SanDisk and then …
Chris Mellor, 22 Sep 2016

Seventeen hopefuls fight for the NVMe Fabric array crown

Comment A new phase of disruption is hitting the performance data storage array market, giving new, old, startup and struggling all-flash array vendors a shot at making it big by using NVMe flash drives and NVMe Fabric-class connectivity to provide direct-attached SSD performance from external arrays. The charge is being led by Dell- …
Chris Mellor, 22 Sep 2016

Don't SNIA at my storage specs: Standards body dons goggles, takes the plunge

The SNIA has unveiled its v1.0 Swordfish storage management specification to standardise management of storage products and services in cloud-era data centres. Swordfish extends the Distributed Management Task Force’s (DMTF) Redfish application programming interface (API) to handle the management of storage equipment and …
Chris Mellor, 21 Sep 2016
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Samsung intros super-speedy consumer SSDs, 'fastest M.2s ever'

Samsung has introduced 960 EVO and 960 PRO M.2-format consumer SSDs with an NVMe interface and a promised 2TB capacity. Sammy says these are the fastest M.2 flash drives ever. They come with up to 1TB capacity, for now, and are built with its 48-layer, 256Gbit, 21nm V-NAND technology. We expect that 64-layer V-NAND will be …
Chris Mellor, 21 Sep 2016

OpenIO wants to turn your spinning rust into object storage nodes

Frog object storage startup OpenIO is banging on with supporting Seagate’s Kinetic disk drives, and has certified its software on the drives in a Kinetic Plugfest. Ethernet-addressed Kinetic disk drives implement a Get, Put-based object storage facility at the drive level and, Seagate says, this allows accessing systems to …
Chris Mellor, 21 Sep 2016
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Magneto-resistant upstart Everspin gets itself into an IPO whizz

MRAM startup Everspin has filed for an IPO. Everspin_ST-MRAM_die Everspin MRAM die Magneto-resistive or Magnetic Random-Access Memory (MRAM) is non-volatile RAM that’s faster than NAND; think of it roughly as XPoint-class stuff. It’s been used by server and system vendors for niche needs requiring very fast and non- …
Chris Mellor, 21 Sep 2016

A Clarity cloud gathers around K2. Yes, literally

Unlike real clouds which hide things, Kaminario is adding a Clarity analytics cloud to its K2 all-flash arrays. It’s a set of array management and monitoring functionalities that send data to a Kaminario data centre where application-level intelligence, machine learning and big data analytics are used to get the arrays working …
Chris Mellor, 21 Sep 2016
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Imation faces New York boot

Imation is facing ejection from the New Your Stock Exchange because its share price is too low. Imation, a holding company with the Nexsan storage array subsidiary, has been sent a note by the NYSE authorities saying it could be booted out of the exchange because its share price has been less than a dollar for 30 days. It has …
Chris Mellor, 21 Sep 2016

Ubuntu tees up OpenStack on IBM's iron

Canonical’s OpenStack spin has landed on IBM’s Power hardware as part of zSystems' Linux stack. The Ubuntu shop’s cloud has been released for IBM’s zSeries IBM LinuxOne and on IBM Power Systems. Canonical’s cloud will run on IBM’s planned LC servers, announced in April. The servers run OpenPOWER – from the group building …
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1TB SanDisk flash cam card

Western Digital's SanDisk unit has developed a prototype 1TB capacity SDXC camera flash card. SanDisk intoduced a 512GB SDXC format card in 2014. The doubled capacity product is suited for 4K and 8K photo and video use, and operators can store more on a card before having to change it. We might expect the product to ship in …
Chris Mellor, 20 Sep 2016

We read Nutanix's homework... and the numbers look good

Analysis Nutanix has filed an amended S1 IPO form with the SEC and data within it shows a strongly growing business well-set for an IPO if the financial environment is supportive. The company's latest results show satisfactory quarter-on-quarter and annual revenue growth with net losses growing less sharply and becoming a smaller …
Chris Mellor, 20 Sep 2016
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Avere builds on-premises object store all smothered in NAS

NAS accelerator and cloud storage gateway shop Avere has got itself its very own on-premises NAS system wrapped around an object storage core with a passage to the public cloud. Up until now, Avere has focussed on accelerating data access to on-premises filers and, latterly, cloud or object stores. Now it is providing its own …
Chris Mellor, 20 Sep 2016

The Rector reckoning – DataDirect loses CMO

HPC and enterprise high-performance storage company DataDirect Networks has lost Molly Rector, its chief marketing officer, who has moved to take up a VP marketing role at Quantum. Robert Triendl has been promoted to DataDirect's SVP global sales, marketing and field services from a position as SVP for HPC strategy. He tells …
Chris Mellor, 19 Sep 2016

Data-updater CTERA handed $25m: Overheated sector could get NASty

Cloud storage startup CTERA has gained $25m in a funding round, following on from a similar one in 2014, and taking its total funding to almost $70m. It was founded eight years ago and has developed a cloud storage gateway and NAS appliance with sync and share and end-point protection capabilities, which it calls an enterprise …
Chris Mellor, 19 Sep 2016

EMC: King of storage needs to shore up defences

IDC’s latest storage tracker says the enterprise storage market was flat in the 12 months since 2015’s second quarter, but HPE now ties with EMC for first place, with IBM and NetApp in equal fourth place after Dell. EMC (18.1 per cent) lost -5.5 per cent points of revenue share in the year, HPE (17.6 per cent) gained 8.8 per …
Chris Mellor, 19 Sep 2016