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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The hold is filled with storage news! Grab a bucket and BAIL

Behind every great enterprise and technology news website lies storage, humming away in the background heeded by no one. But the industry never stands still and every week El Reg is inundated with news – some significant, some less so. However, we're not solely a storage 'zine and we need somewhere to stack the shorter bits that …
Chris Mellor, 26 May 2017
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Brocade goes bye-bye: Out on a high note ahead of Broadcom slurp

+Comment Say goodbye to Brocade as an independent company. It has just published its last quarterly results before being gobbled up and dismembered by Broadcom. Revenues of $553m were up 6 per cent year-over-year and down 5 per cent quarter-over-quarter. Brocade_revenues_to_Q2fy2017 Brocade said SAN product revenue of $282m was down …
Chris Mellor, 26 May 2017
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Hyper-converged trashes all-flash: Nutanix out-grows Pure Storage

Nutanix is racing on to the billion dollar revenue mark for next year with a $100m net loss fuelled quarter of growth. Third fiscal 2017 quarter revenues were $191.8m, beating the year-ago’s $114.7m by 67 per cent. That’s faster year-on-year growth than Pure Storage, which yesterday reported a 31 per cent revenue increase to $ …
Chris Mellor, 26 May 2017
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Apple fights off iTunes patent spat appeal

Apple is trying to kill off an attempt by Smartflash to reverse a patent panel's ruling and thereby force Cupertino to hand it $533m in a Federal Circuit dispute. Smartflash owns three patents at issue, and had initially won $533m in damages from Apple, on the basis that it infringed these patents in its iTunes product. …
Chris Mellor, 26 May 2017

Pure's punchy first fiscal 2017 quarter opens door to billion-dollar year

All-flasher Pure Storage has a feeling this could be its first billion-dollar year and is moving into tightly coupled co-processing between Pure and big 3 public cloud players. Its first fiscal 2018 quarter revenues were $182.6mi; a 31 per cent annual increase and nicely above last quarter's original guidance range of $171m to …
Chris Mellor, 25 May 2017

Captain Kurian steers good ship NetApp back on course after $8m loss

No drama, no worries, just the slick sounds of a well-oiled machine doing its stuff. That's NetApp with its latest quarterly results. All-flash arrays led the way as NetApp completed its 2017 financial year with annual and quarter-on-quarter revenue and profits growth. It reported fourth-quarter revenues of $1.48bn, up 5 per …
Chris Mellor, 25 May 2017

HPE flashes out 3PAR, Nimble and MSA kit

HPE has announced new mid-range 3PAR all-flash arrays, fifth generation MSA arrays, Nimble Secondary Flash arrays, and cloud-connected StoreOnce data protection. HPE is also announcing availability of Nimble's existing AF series of all-flash arrays. The Nimble so-called Secondary Flash arrays are described here. HPE's 3PAR …
Chris Mellor, 24 May 2017
IBM's new mainframe

Hitachi exits mainframe hardware but will collab with IBM on z Systems

Hitachi has stopped building its own mainframes but will supply IBM z Systems loaded with Hitachi VOS3 operating system software. Hitachi has been in the mainframe business for 50 years and currently its AP series of systems are sold to major organisations across Japan. Hitachi Data Systems used to sell Hitachi-made IBM plug- …
Chris Mellor, 24 May 2017

HPE's Nimble Secondary Flash Array uses... disk?

Analysis Having acquired Nimble Storage and its hybrid and all-flash arrays, HPE is positioning it as a kind of secondary storage. What does that mean? Its mainstream enterprise external storage product is the StoreServ 3PAR line of ASIC-accelerated hybrid and all-flash arrays, an XP7 array OEM'd from Hitachi. The Nimble arrays are …
Chris Mellor, 24 May 2017
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WDC flashes the cash in in Tosh Memory biz bid: 2 treeellion yen

+Comment WDC is partnering with a state-backed Japanese fund and bidding ¥2 trillion ($17.9bn, £13.8bn) to buy Toshiba’s Memory Business. Two days ago, WDC had no skin in the second bidding round game but was rumoured to be setting up some kind of deal. It has joined with the Innovation Network Corp. of Japan (INCJ), one of the second …
Chris Mellor, 24 May 2017
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Travel IT giant Amadeus making eyes at Micron's SolidScale architecture

Analysis Amadeus, the global travel booking business, is testing Micron's SolidScale NVMe flash arrays, thinking they can provide vastly better realtime access to the terabytes of flight information it holds on behalf of airlines and travel operators. Nearly 75,000 travel agencies and more than 11,000 airline sales offices use the …
Chris Mellor, 23 May 2017
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Health data 'vault' app floats into's G-Cloud. *cough* GDPR *cough*

National Health Service trusts can consolidate their data in readiness for GDPR by buying an Analytics Private Health Data Vault service, based on Commvault's Clinical Archive product, says its maker. Flying Binary says its Analytics Private Health Data Vault service can be bought through the G-Cloud 9 app store. We're told …
Chris Mellor, 23 May 2017

SSD price premium over disk faaaalling

The general solid state drive price premium over disk should decline from 6.6x now to 2.2x in 2021, according to new IDC numbers. IDC updated its SSD forecast last week and Stifel analyst and MD Aaron Rakers has had a look at the updated forecast. It says SSD shipments will increase from around 157.5 million units shipped in …
Chris Mellor, 22 May 2017

Ding-ding-ding. Round 2 of Toshiba Memory biz bid fight. Where the heck is WDC?

+Comment There are four bidders for Toshiba’s Memory Business and WDC isn’t one of them. However, Western Digital Corporation is still in the running, according to the Nikkei. The background story can be found here, with its hot links. The four bidders at the end of round two of Tosh’s auction are said to be: Bain Capital + Toshiba …
Chris Mellor, 22 May 2017

Rubrik CEO: It's a passion project, not a hobby and not a 'job'

Profile How did Bipul Sinha, a man with neither entrepreneurial nor operation executive-level tech business experience, become the CEO of a startup? In his teens Sinha learnt English in India, studied, gained an electrical engineering degree then emigrated to the USA as a software engineer. Later he left Oracle and gained an MBA, …
Chris Mellor, 22 May 2017

Formation Data Systems? More like formatted data systems: Upstart shuts down

Startup Formation Data Systems has shuttered its operations, we're told. Sources familiar with the matter said it closed down on May 16. MArk_Lewis Boss ... Mark Lewis Formation was cofounded in 2013 by chairman and CEO Mark Lewis and chief operating officer Andy Jenks, who had been an entrepreneur in residence at EMC …
Chris Mellor, 19 May 2017
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They grow up so fast! Veeam Availability Suite reaches the tenth grade

Veeam has issued the tenth version of its Availability Suite backup and restore product, saying it offers a wider-ranging data protection environment than ever before. The new version features: Veeam Availability for AWS General availability of Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows protects Windows-based physical servers and …
Chris Mellor, 19 May 2017

Who loves tapas? Of course you do. What about storage tapas?

For this round-up of storage news we start with Data Gravity and Veeam, move on to a McLaren super car crash, and pass through company news, some customer wins, news snippets and on to people moves. Did you know Ratmir Timashev has joined a startup's board, or that a blast from the past has arrived at Violin Memory? You will …
Chris Mellor, 19 May 2017
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Broadcom bid for Toshiba Memory Business – report

Broadcom is gearing up to deliver a $20bn (2.2 trillion yen) bid for Toshiba’s Memory Business, reports Bloomberg. The Memory Business was put on the auction block so Toshiba could recapitalise after facing potentially company-destroying losses from its US nuclear power station business, which has filed for Chapter 11 …
Chris Mellor, 19 May 2017

Dell EMC man: Hyperconverged is love, hyperconverged is life, but won't kill SAN yet

Analysis Hyperconverged infrastructure appliances (HCIAs) are ready to take on the bulk of data centre x86 workloads but won't necessarily kill off the SAN. That's the conclusion drawn from a conversation with Chad Sakac, president of Dell EMC's converged platform division, at Dell EMC World in Las Vegas, where hotels hyperconverge …
Chris Mellor, 19 May 2017
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Guess who's getting fat off DRAM shortages? Yep, the DRAM makers

Global DRAM shortages might have proved a pain in the butt for buyers of PCs, smartphones and servers, but – unsurprisingly – they were a boon for the memory manufacturers. Sales of the component hit a record level of $14.1bn in the first three months of 2017, up 13.4 per cent year-on-year, according to the latest numbers from …
Chris Mellor, 18 May 2017

Cisco's servers are stuck in limbo, look likely to stay there

Comment Cisco has missed out on a blade to rack server shift, sales growth has turned negative, it doesn't sell to cloud providers and it has a small market share. Should it invest to grow or get out of servers altogether? Cisco's third fiscal 2017 quarter results were disappointing, with a 1 per cent decline in revenue year-on-year …
Chris Mellor, 18 May 2017

Posting in an EPYC thread: AMD renames Xeon-bashing Naples

AMD has renamed its Zen-based Naples processor as the EPYC brand, pitching it as a data centre server CPU, and hopes to make inroads into both the dual-socket and single-socket server markets. We wrote about Naples in March, when we said it featured: A scalable, 32-core System on Chip (SoC) design, with two threads per core …
Chris Mellor, 17 May 2017

HGST paints go-faster stripes on Ultrastar flash drive range

HGST has released the Ultrastar SS300, an enterprise server SSD that's 1.6 times faster than its predecessor. It follows the MLC-based SS200, which used SanDisk 15nm NAND and came in a 480GB-7.68TB capacity version and a 400GB-6.4TB endurance version. The SS300 is a bewilderingly varied SSD, coming in both 3D MLC (2bits/cell …
Chris Mellor, 17 May 2017
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Flash funds: Micron to rain cash on Excelero – sources

We understand Micron has invested in Excelero, the software supplier for its SolidScale all-flash NVME array. Micron introduced its SolidScale array at the beginning of May, featuring NVME SSDS and an NVMe over Fabrics class access latency, adding 1 per cent to the access latency of a direct-attached NVMe SSD. It uses Excelero …
Chris Mellor, 17 May 2017

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