Chris Mellor

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Chris Mellor covers storage and allied technology areas for The Register. After 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, moved onto IDG's Techworld, then started up Blocks & Files, a blog bought by The Register. 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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Pure: Let's be direct about attached storage. Hyperconvergence is not for us

Pure Storage posed widened losses of $64.3m in its Q1 ended April 30, up 12.5 per cent from $57.2m at the same time last year, while it saw an upswing in all-flash array sales. Revenues for its first fiscal 2019 quarter were $255.9m, up 40 per cent on the year. The storage firm also posted an attendant upswing in product and …
Chris Mellor, 22 May 2018
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The great Dell EMC storage slimdown: Giant to trim off product bloat

Dell EMC is hitting refresh on its bloated storage portfolio to simplify the number of lines on sale, and one of the early examples, say sources close to the matter, will be the merger of ScaleIO and XtremIO. This consolidation will be a multi-year process designed to bring some clarity to the range following years of Dell and …
Chris Mellor, 22 May 2018
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Primary Data says stop, Hammerspace, Innodisk cooks some SSDs, and Fujitsu goes blockchain

As ever, it has been a heavy storage week. Here's our curated collection of goodies, goings-on and glitches. Barracuda This now data security-focused and private equity-owned company has pushed out its Web Application Firewall as a service – WAFaaS. WAFaaS  is built on Barracuda's web application security technology, and …
Chris Mellor, 22 May 2018
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NAND I... will always love you, says Micron as it emits 7.68TB QLC SSD

Micron has whipped out the 64-layer 5210 ION SSD – apparently the industry's first QLC NAND flash drive – opening a new front in the SSD-HDD marketing war. QLC (quad-level cell) flash stores four bits per cell, one more than today's TLC chips that use three bits per cell. The capacities of this 2.5-inch product are 1.92TB, 3. …
Chris Mellor, 21 May 2018
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Penetration tester pokes six holes in Dell EMC's RecoverPoint products

Infosec outfit Foregenix has uncovered six vulnerabilities in Dell EMC's data protection platform RecoverPoint, three of which have been fixed. Paul Taylor, a senior penetration tester at Foregenix, found five zero-day vulnerabilities in RecoverPoint devices, as well as an insecure configuration option. The flaws, one of …
Chris Mellor, 21 May 2018

Reduxio gets head transplant as co-founder and other execs hit highway

The board at storage startup Reduxio has hired a shiny new CEO amid a wave of senior exec changes, sources have told El Reg. Mario Bros style plumbing pipe topped with single pixelated gold coin against a naturalistic painted landscape - clouds in the background Holds up Reduxio roadmap: What the cloud? Oh! It's a level 2 …
Chris Mellor, 21 May 2018
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Dell EMC's PowerMax migration: Let's just swaaap out this jet engine mid-flight

Analysis This month Dell EMC introduced a new technology and rebranded VMAX array called PowerMax. It's more than a software upgrade, though, meaning that you may need to replace a VMAX with a PowerMax array. Those who choose to upgrade have to swap out their old storage hardware due to an array architecture change – as occurred with …
Chris Mellor, 17 May 2018
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Veeam thinks it has found backup nirvana, hoses customers with 'hyper-availability' hyperbole

Veeam customers have been hit by a wave of "hyper-availability" hyperbole. The data protection outfit insisted businesses need to move from insurance-based, reactive data backup to a more behaviour-based system – its Veeam Hyper-Availability Platform (VHAP). The concept was introduced at its VeeamON 2018 customer conference …
Chris Mellor, 16 May 2018
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Enterprise backup bods treat kit for ransomware code lurk

Backup software crew Asigra has put out a new version of its product which disinfects scanned backup files for ransomware to prevent restoration reloading code that screws with your data. V14 of Asigra's backup product, called Cloud Backup Evolved (CBE), has added ransomware scanning to its backup and restore stream processes …
Chris Mellor, 15 May 2018
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Curiouser and curiouser: Quasi NVDIMMs, GDPR-tastic SaaS and more

"The time has come," the roundup read, "to talk of many things: Of caching tech – and Optane drives – of in-memory computings..." A lot has happened in storage over the past week. Viking Tech introduced an NVDIMM-like 2.5-inch persistent memory drive; Sphere3D sold off Overland; HPE's SimpliVity moved onto Azure; and Violin …
Chris Mellor, 15 May 2018
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If you like Nutanix and you think it's XC... Bit barn boxes or ROBO

Nutanix .NEXT attendees were this week furnished with details about a heavy duty server and skinny ROBO box – two new Nutanix-based hyperconverged systems from Dell. Dell's XC series consists of hyperconverged systems powered by Dell servers using OEM'd Nutanix software. Dan McConnell, Dell veep in the converged platforms and …
Chris Mellor, 11 May 2018

IBM's storage biz wakes up, smells dedupe coffee

IBM is again playing catch up with rivals by adding a heavy sprinkling of dedupe dust to its near two-year old Storwize arrays and other products. The all-flash array (AFA) line provides data block storage and runs Spectrum Virtualise software, which can be bought for use on-premise or via IBM's cloud. The software, along with …
Chris Mellor, 11 May 2018

Beam, Flow and Era: Not a yoga class, silly, Nutanix's move into copy data management

Nutanix has moved into SaaS-based compliance, Acropolis SDN-based security and PaaS-based automated database operations with its new Beam, Flow and Era products. Beam technology is based on the acquired Minjar Botmetric  service, a SaaS multi-cloud governance platform to manage spending, security and regulatory compliance …
Chris Mellor, 10 May 2018

Google borg gobbles Israeli cloud migration startup

Israeli multi-vendor cloud migration startup Velostrata might not be so agnostic about which data centres it shifts workloads to after agreeing to be gobbled by Google for an undisclosed financial sum. Velostrata was launched in 2014 by CEO Issy Ben-Shaul and chief architect Ady Degany. Its tech decouples compute from storage …
Chris Mellor, 10 May 2018

Array with you: Hitachi's Vantara begins rip-and-replace rampage

Hitachi Vantara has updated its VSP all-flash and hybrid storage arrays and their SVOS operating system, and provided AI-based operations tools to make operating them easier. The arrays are divided into all-flash F-series and hybrid flash/disk G-series. The previous F-series used either SSDs, maxing out at 3.84GB or …
Chris Mellor, 9 May 2018

NetApp goes all in on Fibre Channel-based NVMe-over-Fabrics

NetApp has announced a real biggie for storage wonks: support for Fibre Channel-based NVMe-over-Fabrics (FC-NVMe) access to all-flash ONTAP arrays using Brocade gear. The firm also released a faster flash array, deeper public-private cloud integration, plus an object storage update. NetApp claimed it now has the first …
Chris Mellor, 9 May 2018
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What a pain for poor old Bain: Toshiba $18bn flash chip biz sale stalls

+ Comment A delay in antitrust approval by Chinese regulators has stalled Toshiba's sale of its TMS flash business for $18bn to a Bain-led consortium - and analysts have said this might be best for the business. Options being considered by Toshiba, according to senior Wells Fargo analyst Aaron Rakers, include listing the chip unit on a …
Chris Mellor, 9 May 2018
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It's a wrap: Gone Gartner part II, Flashdance and, er, Hardware Hackers

It has been an eventful week in storage with the introduction of a "hardware-defined storage" platform, a blast of helium, another Gone Gartner moment and more. So slap on those 3D glasses, get your popcorn ready – and enjoy our rapid-fire shorts and entertaining trailers. Storage newcomer Storbyte is introducing – wait for it …
Chris Mellor, 8 May 2018
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HPE makes Nimble nimbler and fatter, its mutants get dedupe

HPE has condensed, upgraded, future-proofed and guaranteed Nimble storage, both its all-flash and hybrid product lines. These Nimble arrays are positioned underneath the main 3PAR arrays and top-end XP arrays, OEM'd from Hitachi. The 3PAR arrays have a broader feature set than Nimble arrays which have out-of-the-box simplicity …
Chris Mellor, 7 May 2018
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Supermicro serves up another foggy quarterly report

Supermicro has estimated revenue growth in its Q3 of fiscal '18 ended 31 March but the final audited numbers are still being worked out as part of a multi-quarter dispute with NASDAQ over reported transactions. The motherboard and whitebox server maker reckoned its revenues were somewhere between $785m to $795m, up roughly 25 …
Chris Mellor, 4 May 2018
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High-Optane thrills for 3D XPoint wanna-haves: Intel fattens gaming SSDs

Intel has tuned its Optane gaming drives with the 905P upgrade on the 900P, broadly doubling capacity and slightly boosting topline performance. The Optane 900P came in a 2.5-inch (U2) format with 280GB capacity and a half-height, half-length add-in card (AIC) format with 280 and 480GB capacities. Chipzilla has given the 905P …
Chris Mellor, 3 May 2018

The Fibre Channel NVMe cookbook: QED from a storage whizz's POV

Interview OK, you think Fibre Channel-based NVMe fabric access is a good idea. How do you implement it? Where is the FC-NVMe cookbook? Consulting technologist Greg Scherer told us about NVMe over Fibre Channel and Ethernet in what has become the first interview of two. He said FC-NVMe was a practical proposition, and we asked him how it …
Chris Mellor, 2 May 2018
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Who needs NAND when rust never sleeps? Seagate dines out on nearline disk drive boom

Seagate's top line number bounced and profits took off in its third quarter as it made the most of increased nearline disk drive demand. The big question for us, the big question for everyone [about the nearline market]... is how long is it going to last and how big is the peak? Revenues for Q3 ended 30 March were $2.8bn, 4 …
Chris Mellor, 2 May 2018
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We just wanna torque: Spinning transfer boffins say torque memory near

California-based Spin Transfer Technologies has claimed recent results of its "precessional spin current technology" – three years in the making – will make it easier to write data to spin transfer torque magnetic memory (STT-MRAM) and for that data to be retained more than 10,000 times longer. STT claimed "the results confirm …
Chris Mellor, 2 May 2018
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Painful Hammer blow: Commvault CEO ousted, costs and staff face cuts as financial figures falter

Activist investor Elliott Management has this week claimed the scalp of Commvault CEO Bob Hammer, as the storage biz accedes to its demands in the wake of disappointing financial results. Data-protecting Commvault has agreed to change its chief executive, cut costs, lay off some folks, shake up its organizational structure, …
Chris Mellor, 2 May 2018

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