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.

Nutanix spanked as it predicts sales slowdown

Nutanix posted excellent quarterly revenue results – but its outlook for next quarter is so comparatively low that its shares took a hammering. The hyperconverged system supplier's revenues were US$182.2m for its second quarter, ended January 31, up a chunky 77 per cent from the $102.7 million reported a year ago. The …
Chris Mellor, 03 Mar 2017
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HPE spotted splashing its cash at Hedvig's $21.5m funding party

Secondary storage consolidating software startup Hedvig has gained $21.5m in a VC‑round of funding, with HPE putting in some of the cash. The startup was founded by Avinash Lakshman in 2013, and previous $12.5m A‑round/seed funding and $18m B‑round took place in 2015. Total funding is now $52m. It strikes us that $21.5m is …
Chris Mellor, 03 Mar 2017
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Hey Eric, you Schrock! Delphix engineering veep bumped up to CTO

A reliable source tells us that Delphix, the database copy virtualizer, has promoted engineering VP Eric Schrock into its chief technology officer role, finally replacing the somewhat long-ago departed Adam Leventhal. The company hired Chris Cook as CEO in April 2016. No doubt he has had lots to do and has now got around to …
Chris Mellor, 03 Mar 2017
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Why so sad HPE, IBM, Lenovo? Server sales? Let's see... ah. Oh dear

Analysis HPE, IBM and Lenovo each lost their market-share footing in the server box shifting world at the end of 2016, according to Gartner and IDC. Server sales revenues also dropped in the final three months of the year. Gartner says worldwide server revenues declined 1.9 per cent year-over-year in the fourth quarter to $14.84bn, and …
Chris Mellor, 02 Mar 2017
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Dell kills off standalone DSSD D5, scatters remains into other gear

+Comment A year after first shipping the DSSD D5 array, Dell Technologies is axing the standalone product. It will sprinkle the technology into its storage and platforms groups; that will, it is hoped, speed up applications on these systems by exploiting high-speed access to NVMe drives. EMC bought DSSD in May 2014 for a suggested $ …
Chris Mellor, 02 Mar 2017
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Pure: We see a billion dollars in our future. No, not profits, silly!

As Pure’s quarterly results show revenue growth continuing, CEO Scott Dietzen is leading the company out on a highwire towards the billion dollars/year revenue goal, with the FlashBlade sales ramp essential to them not falling off. Revenues grew to $227.9m in its final fiscal 2017 quarter, which finished at the end of January …
Chris Mellor, 02 Mar 2017
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Nimble: Just as well our cloud storage runs in our own cloud, eh, eh?

Explainer Nimble’s Cloud Volumes (NCV) store block data for use by Amazon or Azure compute instances, but the NCVs themselves are not stored in either Amazon’s Elastic Block Store or in the Azure cloud. With remarkable timing – Nimble made these claims just hours before the S3 outages, which had knock-on effects for EBS and other …
Chris Mellor, 01 Mar 2017

Realtime data ingestor DataTorrent gets led Churchward

Former EMCer Guy Churchward has taken the reins at DataTorrent as CEO and president. In December 2016 Churchward resigned as Core Technologies Division president at EMC after its purchase by Dell. He stayed on at EMC, before joining DataTorrent to assist with the transition to its new organisational structure. DataTorrent is …
Chris Mellor, 01 Mar 2017
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Quantum takes on GPFS and Lustre in commercial HPC market

Analysis The entertainment and media market has not been typically seen as a part of the high-performance computing (HPC) market, with the associated massively parallel file access and data set management. In the HPC world file access software such as Lustre and GPFS, now renamed Spectrum Scale are often seen. HPC was an academic and …
Chris Mellor, 01 Mar 2017
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Tuesday's AWS S3-izure exposes Amazon-sized internet bottleneck

Analysis Amazon’s S3 outage is a gift to Azure and Google, on-premises IT, hybrid cloud supporters and multi-cloud gateways. But it has also exposed inadequate business continuance and disaster recovery provisions by Amazon's business customers. All of them can point the finger at Jeff Bezos and say AWS let users down. And now we know …
Chris Mellor, 01 Mar 2017
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Upstart Datrium has a soft blanket to wrap up your data if security is giving it the shivers

Datrium Blanket Encryption combines always-on deduplication, compression and encryption so that data is secure – or so it claims – whether that data is at a host, in flight across a network, or at rest in persistent storage. When it says "at the host," it means that data is deduplicated and compressed and encrypted in the …
Chris Mellor, 01 Mar 2017

Scality guarantees 100% availability

Object storage house Scality is offering a 100 per cent data availability guarantee. How so? It’s for customers using its RING object storage, now in its sixth and S3-focused generation, and involves the use of its HALO Cloud Monitor, along with customer RING installation checking and individual customer pricing. HALO is a …
Chris Mellor, 28 Feb 2017

Imation to fork out $11m in patent suit

A jury has found that flash-flinger Imation must pay $11m damages to ioengine for patent infringement. The US patent in question is number 8,539,047 (the ’047 Patent entitled Apparatus, method and system for a tunnelling client access point). A company called ioengine, which owns the patent, involving secure USB devices, had …
Chris Mellor, 28 Feb 2017
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So. 256GB. 3D NAND. MicroSD. SanDisk. $199. Any further questions?

MWC MWC SanDisk has slapped a price sticker and availability date on its 256GB A1-class microSDXC cards, as well as 256GB USB sticks and a 3D NAND-based embedded flash drive. The new microSDXC card will be known as the Extreme microSD card with A1. Unveiled on Monday at the Barcelona MWC, it is an A1-class device with random read …
Chris Mellor, 28 Feb 2017
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Nimble offers AWS and Azure cloud-wrapper

Nimble Storage claims Azure and AWS clouds aren't ideal for enterprise transaction apps but says it can fix that by wrapping them inside Nimble Cloud Volumes for a $0.10/GB/month starting price. Nimble says it'll provide customers with its Cloud Volumes, which come with six nines (99.9999 per cent) measured storage …
Chris Mellor, 27 Feb 2017

Dell offers crunch-in-a-box set of Edge teeth to Internet of Things things

Dell has developed the Edge Gateway 3000 Series of boxes so IoT customers can do some data analysis at the edge of their IoT network, to make real-time local decisions about the operations of IoT-monitored machinery and reduce bandwidth needs for data transfer to a central site. These embedded systems have been developed from …
Chris Mellor, 27 Feb 2017
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Splitsville: Toshiba prepares to lose its memory

Toshiba confirms its memory business will be separated from the main Toshiba business in preparation for a part or majority stake sale. The memory business, which is part of Toshiba’s Storage and Electronic Devices Solutions Company, includes Toshiba’s SSD operation (development, manufacturing and sales) but not its image …
Chris Mellor, 27 Feb 2017
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Nimble gets, well, nimble about hyperconverged infrastructure

Interview After thinking that stand-alone external storage array vendors might need to get into the hyperconverged market, we received a tip that Nimble Storage was thinking that too. So we asked Nimble's CEO, Suresh Vasudevan, a few exploratory questions. Here's the result. El Reg: How does Nimble view the roles of shared external …
Chris Mellor, 27 Feb 2017

Oh my god, it's nearly Monday. Here's some storage news bytes to brighten your weekend

Sunday storage sum-up It's been one of those overwhelming-tidal-waves-of-news weeks. Here's an attempt to catch up. Amazon Web Services has added a new Elastic Block Store feature it calls Elastic Volumes and is making it available for all current-generation EBS volumes attached to current-generation EC2 instances. AWS says you can increase …
Chris Mellor, 26 Feb 2017
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Brocade SAN sales butchered by hyper-converged upstarts

It was a double whammy. Brocade saw hyper-converged infrastructure eat into its SAN networking sales as Broadcom acquisition-caused uncertainty drove IP Networking sales downwards too. Revenues were $581m in Brocade’s first fiscal 2017 quarter, up by a sliver from the $574m reported a year ago but down 12 per cent from the …
Chris Mellor, 24 Feb 2017

Symbolic IO reveals tech bound to give server old guard the willies

Analysis Symbolic IO has rewritten the server hardware and operating system rule book with its its computationally defined storage (CDS) and says apps like database queries run 60 times or more faster on its system. If these claims are real then server suppliers like Cisco, Dell, HPE and others are in for a mighty market shock as one …
Chris Mellor, 24 Feb 2017
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Managed file transfer peeps Axway gobble sharetakers Syncplicity

French managed file transfer (MFT) company Axway has bought file sync and share supplier Syncplicity. EMC sold Syncplicity to Skyview Capital for an undisclosed sum in June 2015. Now Skyview has sold it to Axway in an all-cash transaction, again for an unrevealed amount. Axway, which has more than 11,000 customers in 100 …
Chris Mellor, 23 Feb 2017
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Become a blockchain-secured space farmer with your hard drive

Startup Storj (pronounced storage oddly enough) has an open source, distributed cloud object storage platform using blockchain technology and end-to-end cryptography across a peer-to-peer network to secure files. The network consists of the internet and a shared community of “farmers”, users who rent out their spare desktop …
Chris Mellor, 23 Feb 2017
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OK, hyperconverged is the new black. But who's winning at it?

A consultancy reports that Nutanix, Simplivity and VMware lead the SDS/HCI market, while Microsoft, Cisco and HPE lag behind. Interesting... now that HPE has bought SimpliVity it must be a top 2 player and could be numero uno (it is). But lead in what? Certainly not in sales units or revenues; this is mainly a product …
Chris Mellor, 23 Feb 2017
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Tosh doubles 64-layer 3D flash chip capacity with a bit of TLC

Toshiba has introduced its first 64-layer 3D NAND device that doubles the capacity of its 256Gb product to 512Gb using a TLC (3bits/cell) design. That means a die holds 64GB. Sample shipping started this month and mass production is slated for the second half of the year. Both enterprise and consumer SSD products are expected …
Chris Mellor, 23 Feb 2017

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