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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Check in my all-flash server-storage system? You must be mad! I'm taking it on-board

X-IO has devised a portable Axellio all-flash server/storage system that you can take on an airline, with the flash in the overhead locker and the main enclosure in checked luggage in the hold. Er, why? So disaster relief teams have the compute and storage power they need to help plan a better disaster relief response. But …
Chris Mellor, 14 Sep 2017

Servers sales are up. Nope, you read that right

In the server sales growth stakes the big Chinese brands appear to be winning the war against their US rivals, at least if Gartner’s latest stats covering calendar Q2 are to be believed. The global market edged up 2.8 per cent year-on-year in revenue terms to $13.93bn as unit shipments climbed 2.4 per cent to 2.82 million …
Chris Mellor, 12 Sep 2017

Goldman Sachs tips $38m into Nasuni's hat

+Comment Cloud storage gateway business Nasuni has picked up $38m in extra funding to boost research and development, customer success, and go-to-market efforts, taking the total raised to around $120m. Here is what we know of Nasuni’s funding progress: 2008 - founded, 2009 - $8m A-round, 2010 - $15m B-round 2012 - $20m C-round …
Chris Mellor, 12 Sep 2017

Western Digital and pals win Toshiba chip unit bid, claims report

Comment Japan’s Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun newspaper says a WDC bid group has won the Toshiba Memory Business auction. NKG claims Toshiba will decide in favour of the ¥2 trillion ($18.2bn) bid on September 13 and sign a formal contract following a Toshiba board meeting on September 20. If it goes through, the sale would be completed by …
Chris Mellor, 12 Sep 2017
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Rubrik to hit enterprise with double whammy

Analysis Rubrik CEO Bipul Sinha says there are two ways of looking at backup and recovery: loosely they are hardware or storage-centric and software-centric. The hardware-centric view was centred on Data Domain. Its arrays were connected directly to data sources, such as databases, and took a data dump from them, deduplicating it and …
Chris Mellor, 11 Sep 2017
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Esoptra pimps pluglets for thin file contents provisioning

Esoptra has invented a thin content provisioned virtualized filer sitting in front of object storage. The Esoptra software product and company have been created by co-founders CEO Paul Carpentier and CTO Jan Van Riel. The two originally defined and developed the principles of object storage at FilePool, EMC (Centera) and …
Chris Mellor, 11 Sep 2017

Geepers, Huawei: New AI-tastic G series servers to hold up 'intelligent cloud'

Huawei has added two G-series boxen with GPU acceleration to its server portfolio, with a focus on AI-type work and video analytics, saying they are going to be used to build a cloud hardware platform. This company's server portfolio includes RH series modular rack servers, X series high-density servers, E series blade servers …
Chris Mellor, 11 Sep 2017
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What's a storage burrito, you ask? Why all the newsy tidbits chopped, cooked and wrapped up

+Comment Good morning, storage fans. Last week we were buzz-bombed with a barrage of storage updates, but we kept quite a few aside to wrap up into something easily digestible. It's a bit more substantial than the blob-dropping treat you might grab at the food truck, though, so get a napkin, plate, and some cutlery, find a quiet room and …
Chris Mellor, 11 Sep 2017

Huawei claims shooting mission-critical apps to its cloud will be a cinch

Huawei is delivering an enterprise storage service in its public cloud to which enterprises can transfer mission-critical apps from on-premises without changing their applications or processes at all. It argues that existing public cloud storage services are bare bones in style and don't provide enterprise-class storage …
Chris Mellor, 08 Sep 2017

Tintri stock plunges as first results since IPO show mounting losses

+Comment Hybrid and all-flash array supplier Tintri is haemorrhaging cash – the latest quarterly results show every $1 of sales costs it $1.50. And its been getting worse. In the previous quarter $1 of sales cost it $1.01. Revenues for its second fiscal 2018 quarter, ended July 31, were $34.9m, up 27 per cent on a year ago and 14.9 per …
Chris Mellor, 08 Sep 2017
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Huawei's storage hardware future: Fancy some cosy NVMe over Fabrics this winter?

Analysis Will NVMe over Fabrics nuke the storage array into a JBOF winter or will array technology extend itself into new combinations of compute controllers, media and network links? Huawei has both technology strands in development with a high density 1U JBOF and a 4U x 16-blade Barreleye system. The hardware demonstration systems …
Chris Mellor, 08 Sep 2017
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Storage sicked up on Dell Technologies' second quarter results

Weakness in traditional disk array sales held Dell Technologies back as it posted otherwise solid results for the second quarter of its FY 2018, the numbers for which were released a year on from the formal conclusion of its EMC acquisition. Revenues were US$19.3bn, compared to $13bn a year ago; a 48.5 per cent rise, but of …
Chris Mellor, 08 Sep 2017

Smart cities? Tell it like it is, they're surveillance cities

Opinion A smart city is, inherently, a surveillance city, and citizens' privacy could potentially be the cost of the efficiency gains. Could it be worth the trade-off? A mass of sensors and systems monitor a city's infrastructure, operations and activities and aim to help it run more efficiently. For example, the city could use less …
Chris Mellor, 07 Sep 2017
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Tintri havin' it large with all-flash EC6000 boxen

Tintri has refreshed its all-flash arrays with a four-model EC6000 series. EC stands for, we understand, Enterprise Cloud, and the new line goes faster and stores more data than previous hardware, as well as inheriting all the Tintri OS and services updates since the T5000s were launched back in August 2015. That means …
Chris Mellor, 06 Sep 2017
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File software-flinger Elastifile stretches funding further to $65m

Elastifile, an Israeli startup developing a distributed file system for hybrid clouds, has picked up $16m in a funding round led by Western Digital Capital. The other contributors are also heavyweights – Battery Ventures, CE Ventures, Cisco Investments, Dell Technologies, and Lightspeed Venture Partners. Total funding is said …
Chris Mellor, 06 Sep 2017

Huawei's many-headed beast of a cloud wants a serious bite of the action

Analysis More details have emerged about Huawei's public cloud. It is like a hydra, a creature with many heads. The company will build a global cloud network based on its own public clouds and those it has built with partners. Outside China Huawei is partnering with companies such as Deutsche Telecom, Orange and Telefónica. They will …
Chris Mellor, 06 Sep 2017
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Huawei developing NMVe over IP SSD

Analysis Huawei is developing an NVMe over IP SSD with an on-drive object storage scheme meaning radically faster object storage and a re-evaluation of what object storage's very purpose. At the Huawei Connect 2017 event in Shanghai, Guangbin Meng, Storage Product Line President for Huawei, told El Reg Huawei is developing an …
Chris Mellor, 06 Sep 2017

Amazing! Is WDC giving in to Tosh pressure?

WDC has told Toshiba it will leave the consortium bidding for the stricken Japanese company's memory business, on the condition that the two companies co-invest in a new flash factory that will give WDC a stronger position in the JV. Toshiba's selling its memory business to help smooth over a mess in its nuclear energy …
Chris Mellor, 06 Sep 2017

Arcserve left headless as CEO Mike Crest splits for pastures greener

Analysis Arcserve CEO Mike Crest has abruptly left the three-year-old CA Technologies spinout, leaving board chairman Dave Hansen holding the reins while the search for a new chief exec starts. Arcserve wants us to know Crest left on his own terms and is pursuing another growth opportunity, similar to when he led Arcserve's split from …
Chris Mellor, 05 Sep 2017
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Hey, cloud big three! AI-wielding Huawei says it's coming for you

Huawei is gearing up to deliver public cloud services with an AI component, both directly and with partners in China, and provide plumbing for partners abroad. Details were presented by Guo Ping, Huawei's deputy board chairman and rotating CEO, at the Huawei Connect 2017 event in Shanghai. Guo_Ping Guo Ping Four cloud …
Chris Mellor, 05 Sep 2017

Whoosh, there it is: Toshiba bods say 14TB helium-filled disk is coming soon

Toshiba stand staff at the Huawei Connect conference 2017 in Shanghai said a 14TB helium-filled disk drive would arrive "very soon". They confirmed that meant before the end of the year. Such a capacity would leapfrog Seagate's 12TB helium-filled drive. Currently Toshiba's largest disk drive, the MN series NAS drive, holds …
Chris Mellor, 05 Sep 2017
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Detox from your weekend kebabs with a healthy storage golubtsy

Comment Did you overdo it with the bacon and buttered toast at the weekend? Never mind, who among us can resist cooked cabbage leaves wrapped round nutritious meaty storage fillings? Get your knife, fork, spoon and napkin ready and load up your plate with what we have in store. Rubrik NBA basketball champ Kevin Durant has joined …
Chris Mellor, 04 Sep 2017
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WDC to Toshiba: We're sorry about the memory thing (see you in court)

+Comment Western Digital boss Steve Milligan has apologised to Toshiba's CEO in an August 11 letter. The companies have been knocking lumps off each other as WDC tried to delay Toshiba's sale of its interest in the pair's flash foundry joint venture. Toshiba had threatened to deny WDC access to chips from the foundries. It had said it …
Chris Mellor, 01 Sep 2017

Nutanix reports record revenues for first year since going public

Nutanix closed its first year as a public company with a beat-and-raise quarter, firing on all fronts and heading confidently to a billion-dollar run rate next quarter. It was a record FY17 final quarter for Nutanix with revenues reaching $226.1m, beating last quarter's guidance of $215m-$220m. GAAP net loss was $90.7m, down …
Chris Mellor, 01 Sep 2017
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FFS: Toshiba snubs WDC, goes crawling back to Bain, Hon Hai

It ain't over till the fat lady sings and Toshiba isn't singing yet, failing to meet its own August 31 deadline and resuming talks with Bain and Hon Hai bid groups alongside the WDC consortium. A Toshiba statement said: While Toshiba exercised its best efforts to reach a mutually satisfactory definitive agreement with one of …
Chris Mellor, 01 Sep 2017

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