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Oxfam, you're full of FAIL. Leave economics to sensible bods

Five families own more than 20% of the UK do? Rubbish
Tim Worstall, 20 Mar 10:03

Amazon wants me to WEAR NAPPIES?! But I'm a 40-something MAN

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Online retailers might slurp your data but they still don't know jack
Alistair Dabbs, 14 Mar 11:27

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

Blocks and Files These rebels need to find a cause, says the Sage of Storage
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Chris Mellor, 13 Mar 08:28

Will the blighters pay this time? Betting big on developers

Comment After lying in a deathlike slumber for years, the developer market is twitching
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Michael Coté, 07 Mar 14:46

How AGILE DIPLOMACY will spike PUTIN'S GUNS

¡Bong! While Crimea teeters on the edge, a plan is being hatched in Shoreditch...
Steve Bong, 07 Mar 12:57

Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Blow me a fuse, darlin’, I got 499 more where that came from
Alistair Dabbs, 07 Mar 10:59

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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.

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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
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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
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Acronis CEO: Anyone can undercut Amazon. Reg hack: Prove it

Data backup company Acronis Storage is going to enable cloud storage service providers to undercut Amazon S3 storage pricing, according to its CEO. When the storage desk at El Reg expressed doubt, and even disbelief, based in part on Amazon's price-cutting history, Serguei Beloussov, Acronis' chief exec, said we didn't know what …
Chris Mellor, 17 Oct 2013
Dell chairman and CEO, Michael Dell

The only thing holding Dell back is ... er, Mickey D himself

Uncertainty abounds at Dell's Texas HQ as Michael Dell struggles to take the company private. Sources keep whispering that there's a "plan" in the offing – but what is that plan? My personal prediction – reading the tea leaves at the bottom of the Dell teacup – is that the deeply fractured organisation wants to dance with the …
Chris Mellor, 04 Sep 2013

Is that a flash stick in your pocket, VMware, or are you pleased to see us?

VMware has, in your correspondent's opinion, punched below its weight in data storage. Undue respect for drive arrays has inhibited its ambitions. This is about to change, though, as the company begins to take responsibility for providing primary storage to applications, and also networking. Let's consider the basic IT trio of …
Chris Mellor, 15 Aug 2013
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Reg boffins: Help us answer this Big Blue RAID data recovery poser

IBM's research department haz released a research paper on RAID 5 that has intrigued and baffled our correspondent in equal measure. The paper, by IBM Almaden researcher Mario Blaum, professes to solve a problem where RAID 5 is insufficient to recover data when two disks fail. Blaum's solution claims to do so better than a RAID …
Chris Mellor, 02 May 2013