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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In EU, Veritas: Post-Symantec firm flogs data protection 'safety' to biz

Veritas has announced a major release of NetBackup, v8.0, and says it's ready to help businesses respond to the 2017 EU General Data Protection Regulations. The firm has been spun out of Symantec, energised under new ownership and management to develop and sell its products into today's heterogeneous and hybrid on-premises/ …
Chris Mellor, 05 Dec 2016

HPE launches two-pronged attack on hyper-converged market

Analysis HP has two hyper-converged systems for two different but overlapping markets – SMB, ROBO, and LOB at the low end, and LOB/data centre at the high end. Both the HC 250 and HC 380 are based on ProLiant server hardware and have different software environments layered on the common Store Virtual SAN. Their branding seems the …
Chris Mellor, 05 Dec 2016

DDN claims burst buffer bashes 'past 1TB/sec bandwidth'

This is a we-can-pee-up-the-wall-higher-than-anyone-else story – one which we'd normally give a miss - only the numbers are past 1TB/sec – head-scratchingly high. The Oakforest-PACS T2K massively parallel 25 petaflop superdupercomputer machine is number 6 in the TOP500 list at SC16 in Salt Lake City. It's operated by the Joint …
Chris Mellor, 05 Dec 2016

Violin Memory axes staff just before Christmas, gives CFO $150k bonus

Violin Memory is cutting staff while rewarding chief financial officer Cory Sindelar with a bonus to persuade him to stay for another two months. Merry Christmas, Silicon Valley style. Chief marketing officer Amy Love told The Register today: “Violin is resizing the company as part of its overall turnaround efforts. More news …
Chris Mellor, 02 Dec 2016

Dell EMC kills off VxRack Neutrino

EMC is end-of-lifing its hyper-converged, rack-scale, scale-out, turnkey VxRack Neutrino product. VxRack Neutrino was announced in February this year as a product on which to run cloud-native apps and Big Data analytics workloads in large data centres. The component storage pieces in the VxRack 1000-based product were ScaleIO …
Chris Mellor, 02 Dec 2016
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Pure Storage is betting its FlashArray farm on NVMe

+Comment At a high level, Pure believes NVMe is poised to unlock the next generation of performance and density gains, and any modern all-flash array needs to be ready to take advantage. It plans to enable NVMe with tier 1 resiliency and enterprise data services for everyone, refusing to see it as expensive, exotic, high-performance …
Chris Mellor, 02 Dec 2016
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HyperGrid's ex-ice hockey player evangelist wants to slot the puck

Analysis It’s said that hockey players wear numbers because you can’t always identify the body from dental records, or that someone went to a fight and a hockey game broke out. Kelly Murphy is a hard man, a Regina, Saskatchewan-born ex-professional ice hockey player, forced by injury to follow the puck off the hockey field and into an …
Chris Mellor, 02 Dec 2016
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NVMe too brigade update: DDN sees limited appeal in NVMe fabrics

Interview How does HPC array vendor DataDirect Networks view NVMe drives and NVMe over Fabrics? We are running a series of interviews with vendors as NVMeF is looking increasingly likely to be the future way to access Fibre Channel SAN storage, replacing the current Fibre Channel implementations, either the hardware or the HBA software …
Chris Mellor, 01 Dec 2016
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Post-IPO Pure doing all right, says NVMe is the new flash

Pure Storage all-flash arrays continue to rise, with revenues up 50 per cent year-on-year in Pure's third fiscal 2017 quarter. Pure beat Wall Street estimates, and says it has achieved a near $800m run rate. It must be hoping for similar growth in its current quarter and, by its own reckoning, it could be a billion dollar a …
Chris Mellor, 01 Dec 2016
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Qumulo gets head transplant

Qumulo CEO and co-founder Peter Godman is transitioning to a CTO role as Bill Richter is hired to be the new CEO and Presidenp. Godman, recent CTO Aaron Passey and VP Engineering Neil Fachan, all ex-Isilon execs, founded scale-out file startup Qumulo in 2012. Richter is another ex-Isilon exec. He left his president role at EMC …
Chris Mellor, 30 Nov 2016
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Nutanix makes thundering great loss, stock market hardly blinks

A thundering great loss: that’s the first thing to notice about Nutanix’s latest quarterly results. It’s more than three times worse than the loss of the previous quarter: $162.2m vs $49.9m and the year-ago quarter’s $38.5m loss; sales grew only 19 per cent sequentially so the rate of loss-making would seem to have accelerated …
Chris Mellor, 30 Nov 2016

Gartner: It's tough out there for server-sellers

Gartner's number-crunchers say the server market declined in the third quarter, with only Cisco and the Others supplier category showing revenue growth. Worldwide server revenue slumped 5.8 per cent from a year ago with shipments sliding 2.6 per cent. In the x86 category, there was a 1.6 per cent decline in revenue and 2.3 per …
Chris Mellor, 30 Nov 2016

Well, FC-NVMe. Did this lightning-fast protocol just get faster?

+Comment A walk through the vast and spacious exhibition arena at HPE Discover in London can bring you to Cavium's stand. There Roberto Angelo Polacsek, a senior account exec, will tell you why he believes NVMe over Fibre Channel will be important. Cavium bought Fibre Channel HBA vendor QLogic recently, and Polacsek says its 16Gbps HBAs …
Chris Mellor, 30 Nov 2016
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HPE: Keep cool, cloud peeps. Store hot data in on-premises flash

HPE is pushing its 3PAR Flash Now initiative to customers to buy 3PAR StoreServ all-flash storage array technology starting at $0.03 per usable Gigabyte per month. It claims this is a fraction of the cost of public cloud alternatives. In full market-speak glory, a canned quote from HPE's Bill Philbin, VP and GM for Storage, …
Chris Mellor, 29 Nov 2016
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K2 promises faster data avalanche with NVMe drives

Interview NVMe adoption by array and storage software vendors is shaping up to be one of the single biggest transitions in the storage industry as the long-lived Fibre Channel SAN becomes the NVMeF SAN. How does non-NVMe SSD-using all-flash array vendor Kaminario view NVMe adoption? We asked CTO Shachar Fienblit how and why and when …
Chris Mellor, 29 Nov 2016
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HPE getting long-term archives taped

Fancy that – flash-loving HPE is getting into big tape boxes. It's extending its high-end tape portfolio by reselling SpectraLogic tape libraries. The Spectra products involved are the T950 and TFinity ExaScale Edition, one of, if not the largest tape libraries in the industry. We're told this will drive down long-term storage …
Chris Mellor, 29 Nov 2016
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Scality reinvents the RING, adds extra Amazon S3 polish

If you're in the object storage game, you'd better ensure your kit has Amazon S3 functionality and security. Storage software flogger Scality is no fool and says it has improved both with its latest RING 6.4 version. Giorgio Regni, CTO at Scality, claims: "We designed Scality RING 6.4 to be the most secure object storage ever …
Chris Mellor, 29 Nov 2016
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Double-DIMMed XPoint wastes sockets

Analysis A Xitore white paper compares coming XPoint DIMMs and Xitore's own flash DIMMs, and claims each XPoint DIMM needs a companion DRAM cache DIMM, obviously halving XPoint DIMM density. The startup has its own tech to push – NVDIMM-X – but, even so, is revealing about XPoint DIMMery. Doug Finke, director of product marketing at …
Chris Mellor, 29 Nov 2016
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RIP HPE's The Machine product, 2014-2016: We hardly knew ye

HPE lab boffins have finally, after years of work, built a proof-of-concept prototype of their fairytale memory-focused computer, The Machine. The achievement is bittersweet. A decision has been made within Hewlett Packard Enterprise management to step back from manufacturing and selling the much-hyped fabled device as a …
Chris Mellor, 29 Nov 2016
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SwiftStack, Cohesity add public cloud on-ramps

+Comment On-premises IT storage suppliers are actively working to water down the importance of on-site hardware by building on-ramps to the public cloud. SwiftStack's Cloud Sync syncs on‑premises object-stored data with the AWS S3-accessed and Google Cloud Storage public clouds. Cohesity's Data Platform has had a Cloud Edition added …
Chris Mellor, 28 Nov 2016

Storage newbie: You need COTS to really rock that NVMe baby

NVMe drives need NVMe fabrics to give shared arrays the data access latency killing benefits of NVMe. Unlike Nimble architect Dimitris Krekoukias, storage startup E8 believes putting NVMe SSDs in today’s all-flash arrays will be futile; it claims we need NVMe fabrics to get the NVMe performance boost. And NVMe over fabrics- …
Chris Mellor, 28 Nov 2016
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I'm not having a VMware moment – there's just something in my eye

Analysis SAP VP Renu Raman thinks 2U, 24-drive, NVMe storage boxes could provoke a storage VMware moment. Raman looks after HANA cloud computing at SAP and his interests include high-performance persistence architecture for in-memory databases. What he's clocked is that there is storage hardware now in the same position as the 2U 2- …
Chris Mellor, 25 Nov 2016
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HDS kicks flash array baby out of pram

We’re hearing HDS is retiring or downgrading its 11-month-old HFS A-Series all-flash array. We understand this 60 x 2.5-inch slotter is an OEM’d version of a Raid Inc. box which has 30 side-mounted drives either side of a 2U tray. There are six rows of five stacked SSDs per side. Nimbus Data also uses the hardware in its …
Chris Mellor, 25 Nov 2016
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Hello, SAN-shine. You and NVMe are going to have a little chinwag

Analysis A sea change is gathering pace in storage, powered by NVMe drive-level and fabric-level connectivity, the two declaring war on data access latency, and combining to bring data closer to compute and get more applications running in servers faster. The change we are facing is that from the SAS/SATA drive array accessed over …
Chris Mellor, 25 Nov 2016
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Nimble: Thank flash for sweet, sweet AFA

Analysis A considered look at Nimble Storage's latest quarterly results show that its all-flash array (AFA) sales are rising but hybrid product sales are falling, suggesting some cannibalisation is going on. We need to provide a few numbers to show this, and the ones for the recent quarter come from Nimble's shareholder letter (PDF). …
Chris Mellor, 24 Nov 2016