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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When should I run backup, robot overlord? Autonomous Hadoop and NoSQL backup is now a thing

Machine learning data management company Imanis Data has introduced an autonomous backup product powered by machine learning. The firm said users can specify a desired RPO (Recovery Point Objective) and its SmartPolicies tech then set up the backup schedules. The tech is delivered as an upgrade to the Imanis Data Management …
Chris Mellor, 19 Sep 2018
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Quantum: We've got that accounting probe taped. Now about refinancing...

Timing is everything: Quantum Corp is renegotiating a refinancing package that could, if not agreed, take the business down. At the same time, it is nearing the end of an accounting probe that has highlighted serious revenue recognition errors in multi-year results that will need to be rectified. An investigation by the firm's …
Chris Mellor, 17 Sep 2018

The quickening: Qumulo speed with software boost for new kit

Qumulo says improvements in its QF2 software means its products will run faster – 20 per cent faster than Dell EMC Isilon boxes by one measure. The company first announced all-flash systems in November last year, in the shape of the P-Series. The old hardware was a 2U Intel box that can run up to 24 NVMe SSDs in U.2 format, …
Chris Mellor, 14 Sep 2018
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Datrium takes $60m D-round as it tries to distance self from cutthroat HCI scene

Near-hyperconverged system startup Datrium has gained $60m in D-round funding. The round was led by Samsung Catalyst Fund, with participation from Icon Ventures, and existing investors NEA and Lightspeed Venture Partners. Michael Mullany of Icon Ventures will join the Datrium Board. The company was founded in 2012 with a $10m …
Chris Mellor, 14 Sep 2018
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Quantum gets MESHy, speeds up StorNext with Excelero NVMeOF tech

Quantum has near-doubled StorNext speed by using Excelero’s NVMESH to provide faster data access than it’s capable of providing on its own. StorNext is a scale out, multi-tiered file data management product, including software and hardware such as the Xcellis arrays, popular with Media and Entertainment (M&E) customers. NVMESH …
Chris Mellor, 14 Sep 2018

Dell EMC has me-too moment with three new ME4 PowerVault arrays

Dell EMC's new PowerVault ME4 Series has been tailored for small and medium businesses – apparently installable in 15 minutes, configurable in 15 more, and usable as either SAN array or direct-attached PowerEdge server storage. Compared to the previous entry-level PowerVault arrays, the ME4 has 75 per cent more drives, 122 per …
Chris Mellor, 13 Sep 2018
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NetApp takes slow boat to China: Inks deal with Lenovo on arrays, software

NetApp has cut an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) deal with Lenovo, and nabbed itself a new, ready-made global channel. School of six finger threadfin fish BLAM! IBM drags its NetApp OEM deal horse outside, gunshot heard READ MORE The two are co-developing Lenovo ThinkSystem-branded storage products combining NetApp's …
Chris Mellor, 13 Sep 2018
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More millions poured into maws of Sysdig, Burleywood, HyperGrid

Container software startup Sysdig has followed up its new CEO hire with a $68.5m D-round of funding, taking total cash raised to $121.5m - it is one of a trio of emerging tech outfits to this week agree cash injections. Sysdig was founded in 2013 with $2.3m seed funding, and received additional investments of $10.7m in 2015, $ …
Chris Mellor, 13 Sep 2018
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By gum: Supermicro's Samsung storage ruler server uses secret SSD

Analysis Supermicro's latest Samsung ruler-based thin storage server can cough up 10 million IOPS, has a 20GB/sec throughput and 576TB capacity, which is all very well, but its Intel ruler one can provide 13 million IOPS, 52GB/sec and a whole petabyte. The new Sammy ruler-based product, the SSG-1029P-NMR36L, has 36 x 18TB NF1 format …
Chris Mellor, 11 Sep 2018
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Seagate passes gassy 14TB whopper: He He He, one for each of you

Seagate has spread its 14TB, 7,200rpm helium-filled disk drive tech across the PC, NAS, enterprise capacity and surveillance market sectors. A few years ago the idea of having a PC or workstation with a 14TB disk drive was fantasy. Dream no more: the 14TB helium-filled BarraCuda Pro (PDF) does cost about $580, though. The …
Chris Mellor, 10 Sep 2018
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Cisco shoves more GPUs in AI server for deep learning, still doesn't play Crysis

Cisco has beefed up its C480 AI/machine learning sever, adding a faster GPU interconnect and more GPU slots while losing two CPU sockets. Fairy in the woods If you've got $1m+ to blow on AI, meet Pure, Nvidia's AIRI fairy: A hyperconverged beast READ MORE The C480 M5 is a 4U rackmount 4-socket Xeon modular server with up to …
Chris Mellor, 10 Sep 2018
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Virtual SAN-worshippers aren't eating external storage's breakfast... yet

Server SANs aren't eating into the external SAN market, at least as far as analyst IDC's storage tracker numbers are concerned. It has been predicted that server SANs, which aggregate local storage in a cluster of servers into a virtual SAN, would gradually take over the SAN market. Products such as VMware's VSAN, and …
Chris Mellor, 10 Sep 2018
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x86 marks the spot: Dell reports upswing, keeps mum on going public

Dell outearned IBM in its latest quarter, reporting revenues of $22.94bn in Q2 2019 ending 3 August, compared to the $20.1bn turned over by Big Blue in its own latest quarter. However, the firm expressly refused to answer the question on everyone's lips – about the potential Dell plans to go public – in the earnings call. …
Chris Mellor, 10 Sep 2018
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You've been served: Market rakes in $22bn, Dell does rather well – IDC

It's money for DRAM time at Round Rock server HQ, which we hope is buying the beers this afternoon. Dell dominated the server space and raked in the most revenues in 2018’s second quarter, according to IDC. The PowerEdge-flinger flashed the top revenues in the period: $4.25bn, up 53 per cent year-on-year. It shipped 574,600 …
Chris Mellor, 7 Sep 2018
Fatal Fury throws a whirlwind

Prepare to have your minds blown, storage industry. 5 words: Client access Optane DIMM caching

Analysis Super-fast storage array access looks to be coming, with persistent memory front-end caches in the accessing servers. Persistent memory (PMEM), also known as storage-class memory, is non-volatile solid-state storage in DIMM format, with DRAM-like access speeds but, hopefully, prices somewhere between DRAM and NAND. It’s used …
Chris Mellor, 7 Sep 2018
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HTBASE struts into diner, thumps Juke box: Eyyy, let's migrate some containerised apps

HTBASE has pulled the covers off Juke, its hybrid and multi-cloud container deployment and migration kit. The Canadian startup said it can be used to move containerised applications between microservices environments on-premises and in public clouds. The flavour of the thing can be seen in the diagram: HTBASE_JUKE Juke is …
Chris Mellor, 6 Sep 2018
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Huawei wants to print data centres for telcos to fling at governments

At Huawei's Operations Transformation Forum 2018 gabfest in Munich, Germany, this week, the Chinese giant teased "ShapeCloud" – a concept designed to help telcos build bit barns for government customers. Huawei's grandly titled Data Center Integration Solution Domain General Manager Wang Wei said ShapeCloud has three flavors …
Chris Mellor, 5 Sep 2018
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Dust yourself off and Tin-try again: DDN buys Tintri biz remains for $60m

DDN is forking out more than $60m for Tintri's business and will begin supporting the trembling, sweaty owners of the bankrupted firm's arrays this week, it confirmed today. The plan is to hire 100 new bodies before year end to populate global engineering, support, field technical, sales and marketing teams at "Tintri by DDN …
Chris Mellor, 5 Sep 2018
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IBM Cloud Private user wanting containerised storage? It's all yours

MayaData has linked arms with IBM to make OpenEBS storage available to IBM Cloud Private users, giving Big Blue an answer for those that want containerised storage. OpenEBS is open-source, container-native software that provides block storage and uses Kubernetes as the underlying framework for scheduling and storing …
Chris Mellor, 4 Sep 2018

UK-based Veritas appliance support is being killed off

Veritas is planning to disband its UK-based specialist NetBackup Appliance support teams in favour of setting up new ones in the US and India. This is all part of a grand plan devised by Veritas's parent Carlyle Group and restructuring specialist Axil Partners some months ago to bolster profits, in part by lowering operating …
Chris Mellor, 4 Sep 2018
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The week in storage, lovingly crafted by our machine-learning algos. loljk, we had to write this

El Reg has once again curated a selection of storage news tidbits for all you thought leaders out there. Surely there's some sort of machine learning algorithm that can find the stuff and write it by now, hm? Anyway, grab a cup of your favourite caffeinated beverage and absorb this perfectly formed and organic summary of the …
Chris Mellor, 3 Sep 2018

NetApp puts the pedal to the metal with Plexistor

Analysis NetApp hopes to have a MAX Data server persistent memory product announced before the end of the year, with single digit microsecond latency using Optane DIMMs, and tiering data to NVMe over Fabric-attached ONTAP all-flash arrays. MAX Data, it is daring to hope, might actually be a silver bullet competition killer. …
Chris Mellor, 31 Aug 2018
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Post-HCI hardware vendor Nutanix keen to show its soft side as it flashes Q4 numbers

"We expect to achieve Red Hat-like sales* by fiscal 2021," said Nutanix CEO and chairman Dheeraj Pandey in an earnings call as the company reported its Q4 and full year fiscal 2018 results. Invoking a software firm was not a coincidence, it seemed, as the exec and his CFO continued to push the message that the firm is moving …
Chris Mellor, 31 Aug 2018
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Who wants to read 34 pages about getting VMware Private Cloud to run on NetApp HCI?

NetApp has produced a verified architecture for VMware on its Element hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI), promising deployment in under 30 minutes if its rules are obeyed. VMware Private Cloud (VPC) is basically VMware installed on-premises. NetApp's Element HCI is, as we understand it, a converged system, with separate …
Chris Mellor, 31 Aug 2018

Micron to shove $3bn in Virginia fab to support manufacture of hardy chips for IoT-type stuff

Semiconductor giant Micron is investing $3bn in its Manassas, Virginia foundry to develop DRAM and flash for autos, IoT, drones and industrial automation. Micron's site is located about 65km (40 miles) west of Washington DC and the company said the development would create around 1,100 jobs. President and CEO Sanjay Mehrotra …
Chris Mellor, 30 Aug 2018

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