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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With this USB stick as my witness: Microsoft's Storage Spaces cluster pool now Olympic-sized

Microsoft has quadrupled Storage Spaces capacity and made other improvements for IoT edge use. Storage Spaces is a way of virtualising disk capacity by aggregating drives in a pool from which virtual disks can be provisioned. These virtual disks can have RAID-like protection such as two and three-way mirrors, parity, which is …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jun 2018
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Hyperconverged hype train is going hard: Kit sales up 76% to $1.23bn

Why go for plain old converged systems when you can hyper the hell out of your infrastructure? That seems to be the question that more and more customers are asking. According to IDC's latest Worldwide Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker, sales went up 19.6 per cent year-on-year to $3.2bn during the calendar first quarter of …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jun 2018
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Tintri terminates 200 staff, cash set to run dry in a couple of days

Tintri has laid off 80 per cent of its staff, including its top sales bod, leaving just 40 to 50 staff behind, however it still expects to run out of cash on June 30. The array maker has struggled since its IPO – sales revenue has been insufficient to end cash burn as its array technology was swamped by the competition. Newly …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jun 2018
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Go forth and break it: Google pushes NASty Cloud Filestore to beta

Google has opened a beta programme offering managed file storage for apps running in its cloud platform. Instead of users provisioning their own storage and providing/obtaining file interface software for their apps, they can now directly mount Cloud Filestore volumes on GCP Compute Engine VMs. The Filestore is also integrated …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jun 2018
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Quantum seems to go through CEOs like a hot knife through butter

Sickly scale-out storage biz Quantum has hired Jamie Lerner as CEO and president, replacing interim head and new CFO Michael Dodson, who in May replaced Patrick Dennis, who replaced Adalio Sanchez, who replaced Jon Gacek in January. Phew. Quantum must be praying for stability in the C-suite after this episode. Dodson was …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jun 2018

Why, hello Rubrik's Trello: Data protection biz leaves productivity tool open to world+dog

Rubrik's internal security controls must have taken an early summer holiday because a Trello page that listed customer case studies and their status has been open for the great unwashed to access. The data protection and management biz has used the popular collaboration tool to detail projects. It is not clear how long it was …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jun 2018

Artificial intelligence? yawns DDN. That's just the new HPC, isn't it?

DDN is upping array capacities and access speeds with one eye on its traditional HPC customer base and the other on businesses that are testing or deploying deep learning architectures. AI, or perhaps more accurately Machine Learning, could be a gift that keeps on giving for storage and systems players as customers try to …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jun 2018

Air Force Won: Nutanix lands $45m deal to ply US flyboys with hyperconverged kit

Nutanix has scored a $45m contract, via an unnamed channel middleman, to supply hyperconverged kit to US Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT)*. So says respected financial analyst Jason Ader, at William Blair, who claimed a Nutanix reseller won the deal late last month. He estimated the $45m "will not all flow to Nutanix" - …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jun 2018
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Veritas to put biz tech support on the slow boat to India – insiders

Exclusive Veritas's support services unit, overseen by executive veep Lenny Alugas's Customer Success organization, will reduce its headcount and redeploy workers, company insiders have told The Register. This is against a background of the enterprise storage business struggling to regain profitability after being spun out of Symantec, …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jun 2018

Taiwanese tech upstarts stole our RAM secrets and staff, claims Micron

Analysis Micron is alleging United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) of Taiwan blatantly stole its intellectual property and gave it to a Chinese DRAM foundry startup, Fujian Jinhua Integrated Circuit Company. Following this alleged theft, Chinese regulators opened an DRAM price-fixing inquiry against memory-makers Micron, Samsung, …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jun 2018

Big Blue's Summit super sits, aptly, at the peak of official Top500 beast list

At the apex of the newly revised list of the world's Top500 fastest publicly known supercomputers is IBM’s aptly named Summit. The list is ranked by High Performance Linpack (HPL) benchmark scores, and Big Blue’s big beast – built for the US government's Oak Ridge National Laboratory – cruised in at 122.3 HPL petaflops. It has …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jun 2018

If you store your data, I tell you I'm your man: You flash some, lose some, all arrays to me

If we've played our cards right, you'll be up to date on the storage goings-on of the week. Otherwise you'll be lost in the shuffle. Here's a hand full of aces, kings and queens – and don't forget the joker. CTERA This secure edge to cloud file services supplier has expanded its appliance product line with faster, larger, and …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jun 2018
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Lazy parent Intel dumps Lustre assets on HPC storage bods DDN

HPC storage supplier DDN has bought Intel's Lustre file system business, including its dev teams and support contracts. Intel bought its way into the parallel file system world by gobbling Lustre developer and supporter Whamcloud in 2012. This was positioned as an aspect of Intel's ambitions to be a bigger player in super- …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jun 2018

Fujitsu kicks off field trials for post-K exascale computing processor

Field trials of Fujitsu's prototype exascale post-K supercomputer CPU have begun. The post-K exascale (1,000 petaFLOPS) system project was started by Fujitsu and Japanese research institute RIKEN in October 2014. It followed the successful development of the K supercomputer, a 10.5 petaFLOPS system with 705,000 Sparc64 V111fx …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jun 2018
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By gum, that's chewy: Samsung's NF1 fattens M.2 card capacity with wider gumstick format

Samsung's 8TB next-generation small form factor (NGSFF) NF1 flash card is to be standardised by the JEDEC Solid State Technology Association in October. It measures 11cm x 3.05cm, compared to M.2's 11cm x 2.2cm. In that space Samsung has fitted two rows of four 256Gbit TLC 3D V-NAND chip packages on each side - 16 chip …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jun 2018

Micron: Hot DRAM, we're still shifting piles of kit, but somebody's missing our XPoint

Micron rode strong demand for DRAM and flash to record revenues and profits for its third fiscal 2018 quarter (PDF), but XPoint chip sales to Intel collapsed. Revenues were $7.8bn, up 40 per cent annually, with net profits of $3.8bn, more than twice last year's $1.7bn. Memory ruled the quarter with DRAM providing 71 per cent …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jun 2018

Qumulo tries to SoC it to nearline with Xeon D integrated systems

Scale-out clustered filer Qumulo has introduced a nearline archive product, the K-144T. The archive box fits alongside its all-flash P-Series and hybrid flash+disk QC filers. All three run its Qumulo File Fabric (QF2) software as does its EC2 implementation in AWS and data can be continuously replicated to, from and between …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jun 2018
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WD's Purple reign continues: 12TB helium disks for vid spy tech

Video surveillance is an insatiable monster, constantly needing more digital storage – and Western Digital is now feeding it 12TB drives. WD's Purple hard disk family this week had a 20 per cent jump in capacity, from 10TB to 12TB, courtesy of incrementing the platter count by one to eight, and an increase in per-platter …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jun 2018

Who dares wins, they say, so Toshiba's SAS drive plans another hit on SATA

Toshiba has sent in a SAS SSD hit team to assault SATA SSDs and their slower interface in the shape of its RM5 vSAS drive. It has priced the drive at SATA levels, referring to it as a vSAS drive, where "v" is for value. OK. SATA interface speeds of 6Gbit/s are not good enough for servers, and cheaper SAS should, Toshiba said, …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jun 2018

New Elastifile CEO: Is taking on Amazon's EFS really such a stretch?

Analysis Hybrid cloud filer Elastifile's co-founder and CEO Amir Aharoni has stepped aside and the new incumbent of the stretchy hot seat, former Scality man Erwan Menard, has said the firm will offer cloud native product optimised for each public cloud. Menard, who took the helm three weeks ago, as Aharoni moved sideways and up to …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jun 2018

CEO of struggling storage biz Tintri quits

Thomas Barton, CEO of struggling storage array supplier Tintri, has resigned, leaving the California upstart leaderless as it heads toward running out of cash by the end of the month. Barton only became Tintri’s CEO at the beginning of April, replacing Ken Klein who took Tintri through its inglorious IPO in June 2017. After …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jun 2018
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Cray slaps an all-flash makeover on its L300 array to do HPC stuff

Cray has announced the L300F, an all-flash array for high-performance computing functioning as a speed booster for ClusterStor installations. ClusterStor is a Lustre-running, scale-out, clustered storage array with L300 disk-only and L300N hybrid flash/disk models. As the flash array leaders build out super-fast NVMe systems …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jun 2018
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Flash industry weather forecast anticipates a stormy few years ahead

Analyst firm IDC has predicted revenue for the flash storage industry will decline for three years. IDC's latest flash revenue numbers predict 2018 revenues of US$58.8bn, $55.6bn for 2019 and $57.3bn in 2020. The previous 2018 estimate was $51.4bn, which has increased by 21 per cent. The revenue growth hiccup was attributed …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jun 2018

PC nerds: Can't get no SATA-isfaction? Toshiba flaunts NVMe SSD action

Toshiba has claimed its new consumer NVMe SSD blasts the performance cobwebs off SATA SSDs. The RC100 is an M.2 card format SSD and was previewed at CES in January. Toshiba has positioned it as a budget drive and hopes it will spread NVMe adoption outwards from the enterprise market to the consumer one. Comparing it with …
Chris Mellor, 18 Jun 2018
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HPE pulls sheets off largest Arm-based supercomputer Astra

HPE is building the world's largest Arm-based supercomputer, Astra – 2.5 petaFLOPS from 2,592 HPE Apollo 70s – for Sandia National Labs in the US, where it will run advanced modeling and simulation workloads in areas including national security and energy. Apollo 70s have four compute nodes in a 2U case. The CPUs are Cavium …
Chris Mellor, 18 Jun 2018

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