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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Hey blockheads, is an NVMe over fabrics array a SAN?

Analysis What is a SAN and is an NVMe over Fabrics (NVMeF) array a SAN or not? Datrium says not. E8 says... maybe. A Storage Area Network (SAN) is, according to Wikipedia, "a network which provides access to consolidated, block level data storage... A SAN does not provide file abstraction, only block-level operations. However, file …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jun 2017
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Vblock tags in Vxblock: Move is a 'simplification' for punters

Dell EMC's converged infrastructure portfolio is changing. The Vblock – with its Cisco Nexus 1000v switch – is going away, while VxBlocks – with software-defined networking – are taking over. Cisco 1000v switches out, VMware switches in, Cisco-Dell relationship gets flakier; is that the story? The Vblock and VxBlocks are …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jun 2017
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Hybrid storage newbie: It's storage Jim, but not as you know it

Reduxio, the startup that stories data in unique indexed, tagged and timestamped chunks, has introduced v3.0 software with unified primary and secondary storage. It has built-in replication for disaster recovery, copy data management, restores data with near-zero Recovery Point and Recovery Time Objectives (RPO/RTO) and …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jun 2017

Flash-based and Dell-free: NetApp trots out SolidFire FlexPod

NetApp has introduced an all-flash SolidFire-based FlexPod. FlexPod is a converged infrastructure reference architecture jointly produced by Cisco and NetApp, and sold by partners. It has achieved $8bn in sales for Cisco and NetApp, with more than 8,400 customers and 140+ validated designs. Up until now FlexPods have used …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jun 2017
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Flash array startup E8 whips out benchmarks, everyone will complain

NVMe over Fabrics flash array startup E8 says its box out-performs Dell EMC and Pure arrays by up to 20 times. E8 is now selling and shipping a 2U by 24 NVMe SSD and NVMe over Fabrics-accessed array, with dual controllers and some logic agents in the accessing servers. It provides a claimed 10 million IOPS with 100 microsecond …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jun 2017

Avere: You're going to see tighter integration between us and Google

Analysis NAS acceleration and cloud on-ramp supplier Avere is facing a surging cloud on-ramp business, now at parity with its data centre business, and growing much faster, with a Google relationship looking key. Avere makes FXT filers which are a multi-tiered (RAM-to-flash-to-disk, etc) products featuring fine-grained IO type …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jun 2017
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WDC wants in on Japan-backed consortium to buy Toshiba's chip biz

WDC may have a way back into Toshiba's memory business auction although Toshiba has selected the Japanese state-backed INCJ consortium's ¥2tn ($18bn) bid group, which excluded WDC. The bid group includes Bain Capital and SK Hynix, with Bain contributing ¥850bn ($7.7bn), making it nominally the largest cash contributor. Half of …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jun 2017

Toshiba chip biz auction: Picks Japan-Bain fund bid

Toshiba has reportedly picked a home-grown Japanese state-backed fund to buy its memory business, and has frozen out flash foundry joint-venture partner WDC. Read the background to this convoluted and complex Memory Business saga here. The Foxconn (Hon Hai Precision Industries) bid group looks to be getting rejected, because …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jun 2017
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Another FalconStor CEO out as storage software firm hunts for growth

FalconStor CEO Gary Quinn has resigned with Todd Oseth coming in to run this somewhat sickly storage software firm. Quinn became CEO in July 2013, and stabilised a company nearing collapse. The saga started when founding CEO ReiJane Huai was accused of fraud and committed suicide. Jim McNiel became the new CEO and president …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jun 2017
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Software 'submarine' surfaces data protection for the Nutanix hypervisor crowd

Comtrade Software’s HYCU is an app-aware data protection product tailored for Nutanix’s Acropolis hypervisor (AHV) with fast deployment, backup and recovery. HYCU (Hyper-Converged Uptime) is purpose-built for Nutanix systems and auto-detects applications running in virtual machines. But who or what is Comtrade Software? …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jun 2017
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Datos IO gets nimbler vision at board level

Ex-Nimble president and CEO Suresh Vasudevan has joined Datos IO's board. HPE bought Nimble for $1.2bn in March this year, and effectively took away Vasudevan's job. Datos IO says Vasudevan will work closely with its cofounder and CEO Tarun Thakur, and "will play a critical role in helping Datos IO scale to meet the exploding …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jun 2017

Pure suggests dishing out intelligence to dumb storage shelves

Update At Pure's Accelerate conference last week, the company talked about distributing intelligence to its NVMe fabric-accessed storage shelves. Pure's all-flash arrays have a dual-controller design, with the controllers talking to dumb storage shelves. The idea seems to be that some controller intelligence could be implemented at …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jun 2017
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We grill high-end backup kid on its cloudy data protection stake

Interview Datos IO has a unique approach to data protection that is at odds with legacy media-server-based data protection and the use of purpose-built backup appliances. It says its emphasis on how applications store and manage their data makes it different from newer data protection vendors such as Cohesity, Rubrik and Veeam. We …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jun 2017

What can you buy with 12 bucks? Avocado on toast? A slice of Tintri?

All-flash and hybrid array startup Tintri has set out its IPO pricing terms, and they look quite modest. With 8.7 million shares to be sold and priced between $10.50 and $12.50 each, it’s hoping to raise $100m. At the $11.50 mid-point in its stock price range, Silicon Valley-based Tintri would have a market capitalization of $ …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jun 2017
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And now, in alphabetical order, all the storage news you may have missed

Another week, another week of storage news laid out in our farmer’s market on groaning stalls full of free-range and organic produce. Walk around and check it out. Actian says the the newest version of its NoSQL database combines object technology and enterprise-class database features to provide complex data models to …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jun 2017
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Burying its head in the NAND: Samsung boosts 64-layer 3D flash chip production

Samsung says it is boosting its 64-layer V-NAND flash chip production after Toshiba and WDC have introduced 64-layer NAND drives. Micron and flash foundry partner Intel also have 64-layer product coming. The Samsung V-NAND 3bits/cell (TLC) chips have 256Gbit capacity and are being punted at mobile, PC and server applications …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jun 2017
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EPYC leak! No, it's better than celeb noodz: AMD's forthcoming server CPU

Media site VideoCardz has leaked two AMD EPYC 7000 server CPU slides revealing core, thread and clock details. EPYC, the renamed Naples, is AMD's forthcoming server CPU design, to be followed by updates codenamed Rome and Milan. It features: Up to 32 Zen cores 8 DDR4 Channels/CPU – up to 2,666 MHz Up to 2TB Memory per CPU …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jun 2017
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DDN burst buffer to bimble along more briskly after boost

HPC storage system supplier DDN has enhanced the performance and protection on four of its products – storage array software SFAOS, flash cache burst buffer IME, EXAScaler Lustre and the WOS object storage system. The IME, using NVMe technology, now burst buffers faster and better with: Protection against compute node …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jun 2017

Stop trying to make The Machine happen, HPE. It's not going to happen

Comment HPE will use a research grant awarded today by the US Department of Energy to develop blueprints for a Machine-based exascale supercomputer. An exascale system is a beast that can hit at least one exaflops – a billion billion floating-point math operations per second. Uncle Sam is bent on getting at least one of these mega- …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jun 2017
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Blade Runner time: Retail replicant buys into WANdisco’s Fusion product

Data replicator WANdisco has won a US$2mn contract with a "major American multinational retail corporation," claimed to be "one of the world’s largest retailers". That sounds like a Walmart/TJX Cos-class organisation. It’s unlikely to be Amazon. This customer will deploy WANdisco’s "big data" and cloud service, WANdisco …
Chris Mellor, 15 Jun 2017

WDC fires another shot at Toshiba in flash foundry spat, whispers: Pick me, Tosh!

Analysis Western Digital Corporation continues its strange make love and war approach to getting a slice of Toshiba's Memory Business action by opening a new legal attack on its joint venture partner. WDC announced today several of its SanDisk subsidiaries had filed an injunctive relief motion in the Superior Court of California for …
Chris Mellor, 15 Jun 2017

IBM will soon become sole gatekeepers to the realm of tape – report

Spectra Logic's Digital Data Storage Outlook 2017 report predicts IBM will emerge as the sole tape drive manufacturer. The 24-page report is available for download (PDF) with no registration. This is Spectra Logic's second such annual report. It reviews the rise of flash and its effect on disk, tape and optical storage media …
Chris Mellor, 14 Jun 2017
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Toshiba bowls out small but nippy enterprise spinner

Toshiba has a high-speed enterprise disk drive that ships data 20 per cent faster than the model before it. The 2.5-inch form factor AL14SX is an update on the prior AL13SX, launched in March 2015 with capacities of 300GB, 450GB and 600GB. The AL14SX spins at 15,000rpm and uses a 12Gbps SAS interface. Capacities are 300GB, …
Chris Mellor, 14 Jun 2017
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Toshiba memory unit drama alert: SK Hynix chips into Japanese consortium bid

Korean chipper SK Hynix is joining a Japanese state fund-led consortium to bid for Toshiba's memory business, and WDC could be out. The background to this bewildering and lightning fast game of musical chairs is that Toshiba is selling its NAND chip and SSD-making unit for at least ¥2tn ($18bn) to recover from cost overruns at …
Chris Mellor, 14 Jun 2017
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IBM deep-sixes DeepFlash 150

IBM has withdrawn its Spectrum Scale-based DeepFlash 150 product from sale. The product was launched in August 2016 and has Spectrum Scale running on all-flash array InfiniFlash hardware OEM'd from WDC-owned SanDisk. It was launched as a fast access parallel file system array. InfiniFlash is a flash equivalent of a JBOD, just …
Chris Mellor, 14 Jun 2017

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