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Concerning VMware’s vCloud Air: It's all about choice

Sysadmin blog 'Niche' cloud player in the only niche that matters, says Trevor Pott
Trevor Pott, 11 Sep 09:34

Limits to Growth is a pile of steaming doggy-doo based on total cobblers

Worstall @ the Weekend The Guardian praised it? Right, now we know for sure
Tim Worstall, 07 Sep 13:10

SHIP OF FAIL: How do we right capsized institutions we thought would NEVER go under?

Crawling from the Wreckage We write a proper bug report, for starters
John Watkinson, 07 Sep 11:26

IT jargon is absolutely REAMED with sexual double-entendres

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Let’s bring it back to level pegging
Alistair Dabbs, 07 Sep 09:00

The IT kit revolution's OVER, say beancounters - but how do they know?

Worstall on Wednesday Come on, readers - fill us in
Tim Worstall, 03 Sep 09:04

Pimp my lounge and pierce my ceiling: Home theatre goes OTT

Breaking Fad Soundbars to Dolby Atmos: surround on Freeview, Netflix, Blu-ray et al
Nigel Whitfield, 02 Sep 09:32

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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.

Tegile Zebi chassis

Tegile boots Dell array out of chemical biz. Dell responds: Tegile, who?

Hybrid array maker Tegile has kicked a Dell box out of chemical distributor Hawkins, the storage upstart claims, by replacing a Compellent array with one of its own systems. Tegile says this indicates the power of modern hybrid flash-disk arrays over traditional SANs. Tegile has also replaced a slow FlexPod system at another …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jul 2014
VMware VSAN Concept

Listen bud – crud FUD flood is dud, says Dell: 'We do support VSAN'

We've been in receipt of allegations that Dell is not committed to VSAN, which Dell roundly and strongly denies, saying it's competitor FUD. The allegations included such things as: Dell is shipping ancient LSI firmware that has a queue depth of 25 instead of 600. Performance is poor with a 30ms latency before you hit 400 (yes …
Chris Mellor, 02 Jul 2014
Cisco's UCS customer count over time

Cisco doesn't make hyper-converged gear, but if it did, it'd probably look like this

Cisco is big in converged systems but nowhere in hyper-converged ones. What we mean by that is that Cisco is big in converged systems, such as VCE's Vblocks and the Cisco-NetApp FlexPods, but it doesn't have systems in the Nutanix and Simplivity class, which are more integrated than the Vblock and Flexpod systems. Now that Dell …
Chris Mellor, 02 Jul 2014
A class enjoying the early stages of Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training.

'Failure is not an option... Never give up.' Not in Silicon Valley, mate

Consider these two things: "Failure is not an option," the famous words of the Apollo 13 mission controller in Houston, and a college speech by a US Navy SEAL commander in which he recommended that people never, ever give up. Yet Admiral McRaven would say that, wouldn't he – it worked for him. But he appeared to forget that it …
Chris Mellor, 31 May 2014
Harleys

Object Storage suppliers: Bikers? Dentists? Or Biker Dentists?

Do the object storage suppliers need to band together and collectively educate potential customers so that sales rise? Well, do they? The general perception at the Next Generation Object Storage Summit (NGOSS) in Los Angeles, March 4-5, was that people in general did not understand or appreciate what object storage could do and …
Chris Mellor, 13 Mar 2014
XtremIO array and 4 X-Brick nodes

EMC's XtremIO array: Everything we know about new all-flash box

Mega-vendor EMC is going to launch its XtremIO all-flash array with general availability on 14 November. It has been on limited or directed availability for a few months and there's a fair amount of information coming out about it. Here’s what we know so far. The array is based on acquired XtremIO technology and features: 6U X …
Chris Mellor, 11 Nov 2013