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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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
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Kaminario 'shelves' future. Between you and NVMe, it could get flashy

Analysis All-flash array vendor Kaminario has been in business a year longer than Pure Storage but is some way behind in sales, size and funding. However, it has begun expressing a technology vision that could accelerate its growth dramatically. We don’t know what Kaminario’s revenues from its K2 scale-up and scale-out arrays built …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jun 2016
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Cloudian clobbers car drivers with targeted ads

Cloudian object storage is being used to target Japanese drivers with focussed ads as they drive past a digital billboard. Dentsu, a Japanese advertising supplier, has set up an experimental system on a road in the Tokyo area where road gantry-located video cameras capture images of vehicles and drivers. It features deep …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jun 2016
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VC buys 5m Violin shares

Pequot Capital hedge fund man Art Samberg has bought 5.3 million Violin Memory shares, showing faith in the company's future. Samberg was CEO, chairman and president of Pequot Capital, which grew to be a $15bn fund around 2006, the then-largest in the world. That was then and Samberg now runs his financial stuff through Hawkes …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jun 2016
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OpenIO pulls up ARM controller SOCs: Kinetic's Marvellous... can anybody do it?

Comment OpenIO, the French object-storage startup, is progressing its work with Kinetic drives. The idea is that object storage stores data on server nodes, and those nodes could be individual Kinetic disk drives. Such drives have a micro-server, so to speak, running on them, providing direct Ethernet access and an object-style Get: …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jun 2016
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New storage upstart Versity offers S3 object storage interface

Versity is an archiving software startup using multi-threaded SAM-QFS. It was founded in March 2011 by CEO Bruce Gilpin, with a VC background, and CTO Harriet Coverston. She is the tech brains of the outfit and worked at LSC (Large Storage Configurations) from 1986, which developed QFS (Quick File System). QFS grouped disk …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jun 2016

The SPC-1 benchmark is cobblers, thunders Oracle veep

Comment The DataCore SPC-1-topping benchmark has attracted attention, with some saying that it is artificial (read cache-centric) and unrealistic as the benchmark is not applicable to today's workloads. Oracle SVP Chuck Hollis told The Register: "The way [DataCore] can get such amazing IOPS on a SPC-1 is that they're using an enormous …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jun 2016
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What's DriveScale up to? Mix-'n'-match server and disk storage, for starters

Backgrounder DriveScale is a startup that emerged from a three-year stealth effort earlier this year with hardware and software to dynamically present externally connected JBODS to servers as if they were local. The idea is to provide composable server-storage combos for changing Hadoop-type distributed workloads. It is meant to share the …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jun 2016
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Contain yourself – StorageOS is coming

DockerCon StorageOS is a UK-based startup offering simple and automated block storage to stateless containers, giving them state and the means to run databases and other applications that need enterprise-class storage functionality without the concomitant complexity, rigidity and cost. It runs as a container in a Linux system and …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jun 2016
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S3 cloudo-filer created

WDC and CTERA have developed a joint product that combines HGST's Active Archive System (S3-compliant, scale-out object storage) with CTERA’s Enterprise File Services Platform. Enterprises and CSPs can launch enterprise file services. The two say customers can have enterprise-grade file sharing, data protection, and branch …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jun 2016
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You've got petabytes of unused storage, says Formation. Er, do we?

Formation Data Systems says there is stranded storage capacity in virtual server environments., The firm says it can locate this in servers and storage across a data centre, pool it, and provision it as a flexible shared storage pool, giving extra storage capacity with no extra hardware purchase. How much? Oh, terabytes or …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jun 2016
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Start massaging your wallet: DDN buffs up EXAScaler Lustre HPC storage rig

ISC DataDirect Networks' ES14K is claimed to be four times faster than other suppliers' laggardly Lustre kit. The ExaScaler ES14K comes in all-flash and hybrid flash/disk configurations and features: Embedded Intel Enterprise Edition Lustre parallel file system v2.7 Up to 500GB/sec throughput Internal PCIe gen 3 fabric …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jun 2016
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Scale Computing makes play for Nutanix's entry level market

Storage startup Scale Computing is offering a hyper-converged three-node cluster for less than $25,000, and undercuts Nutanix's Xpress SMB entry-level offering by $500. The company, which is is focussed on the SMB/mid-market, has replaced its entry-level HC1000 with an all-disk HC1100 and a hybrid flash/disk HC1150 featuring …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jun 2016
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Quantum is shutting down sync'n'share biz Symform in July

Storage firm Quantum bought the Symform cloud consumer/small business file sync and share business in August 2014 – and is going to close it down on July 31. It has gone from acquisition to closure in 23 months. Why? According to a Quantum FAQ: "Quantum is discontinuing the Symform service due to its strategic business focus …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jun 2016

Vanishing EMC golden handcuffs could cause brain drain

Stock option-incentivised EMC staff could brain drain out of the company as the Dell acquisition will cash-out their stock options, de-incentivising them. We're told by an EMC insider that: "All EMC golden handcuffs disappear at the Dell acquisition. That is, immediately prior to the acquisition, all EMC restricted stock units …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jun 2016
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Persistent containers from Portworx's PX-Enterprise package

Portworx's PX-Enterprise package is persistent storage for containers. The firm claims it can reduce costs by 70 per cent compared to so-called legacy storage products. Startup Portworx says "containers are distributed and fast, while legacy storage is siloed and slow, and cannot be quickly provisioned or scaled to respond to …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jun 2016
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Pivot3 stuffs NexGen all-flash tier into hyper-converged sandwich

Pivot3 has a new vSTAC product combining its hyper-converged infrastructure appliance tech with NexGen Storage’s all-flash array technology and quality of service functions. NexGen was acquired by Pivot3 in a cash-free merger in January. At that point, startup Pivot3 was shipping a range of vSTAC hyper-converged appliances. …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jun 2016