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.

It's good to be the king: Dell gives HPE hell at top of server charts

Top dog Dell barked loudest in IDC's latest server quarterly tracker, overtaking HPE in both revenue and units, while white boxes made a strong showing on hyperscalers' shopping list. In the lower ranks Inspur surpassed Huawei, Lenovo and Supermicro. But ODMs dwarfed all individual suppliers as hyperscale buyers drove the …
Chris Mellor, 1 Jun 2018
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Double trouble at tape survivor Quantum as CEO and CFO quit firm

Scale-out storage firm Quantum has announced that CEO Patrick Dennis is stepping down to focus on family matters. CFO Fuad Ahmad has also left. Michael Dodson has joined as new CFO and interim CEO effective today. Quantum's board is now actively searching for a permanent CEO. To hire a CFO then lose the new CEO who hired him …
Chris Mellor, 31 May 2018
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The glorious uncertainty: Backup world is having a GDPR moment

"The right to erasure is not absolute," the UK Information Commissioner's Office told us as the question of the backup tech industry's exposure to the EU's General Data Protection Regulation was raised in the week after it came into force. The concerns Just last week, Curtis Preston, chief technical architect at Druva, raised …
Chris Mellor, 31 May 2018
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Alibaba and pals: We all SQream for GPU-powered databases – here, take $26.4m

GPU-accelerated analytics company SQream has won $26.4m in B-round funding with lead investor Chinese multinational Alibaba tossing in cash following its cloud collaboration deal earlier this year. SQream provides a data warehouse DBMS that has repetitive low-level code running on Nvidia GPUs to speed up analytics. The …
Chris Mellor, 30 May 2018
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Hitch a ride on Storship Enterprise's weekly voyage of discovery

Huawei's flash arrays have done well in a SPEC filer benchmark, Pavilion has brought out an NVMe-oF array with 20, yes 20, controllers, Nutanix is growing, and OEMs are reportedly feeling the DRAM pressure. It's your week in storage. These are just a few of the news nuggets encountered in our weekly voyage through the storage …
Chris Mellor, 30 May 2018
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From frog to prince: How private equity may fish Barracuda from the industry's boiling pot

Analysis Seven months ago Barracuda Networks was gobbled up by private equity biz Thoma Bravo because it saw latent possibilities that couldn’t be realized under public ownership. It wasn’t one of your usual private equity buyouts, with a company brought down by weak results and acquired on the cheap, or spun off by a parent hobbled by …
Chris Mellor, 29 May 2018
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Unclip your pager and bag from your belt: We need to make room for a battery-powered 1TB HD

VR folk who feel they haven't got enough gear strapped to their bodies will be please to know Seagate has developed a strap-on portable drive and battery combo for HTC's Vive Focus virtual reality headset. The VR Power Drive has 1TB of capacity and a 5,000mAh battery hooked up to the headset with an integrated MicroB cable and …
Chris Mellor, 25 May 2018

Dell EMC 'years behind' in everything from flash to cloud, hoots NetApp CEO

NetApp has reported full-year revenues for 2018 of $5.91bn, an increase of 7 per cent over fiscal 2017 and the first annual growth it has seen since 2015. Profits for the 12 months shrank to $76m, down from $509m a year ago – NetApp blamed a one-time $850m charge under the 2017 US Tax Reform Reconciliation Act for the fall. …
Chris Mellor, 24 May 2018
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Forward-slash flash: OG upstart Pure Storage shows off fresh models

Nine-year-old flash firm Pure Storage flung out a slew of products to ward off legacy and newbie rivals at its Accelerate event in San Francisco, including – as you'd expect – faster, denser and cheaper arrays. It announced new FlashArrays and Purity OS software, a pay-for-use scheme, an entry-level AIRI converged system and a …
Chris Mellor, 23 May 2018
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AI servers will need much more memory. And you know who's going to be there? Yep, big daddy Micron

Analysis Micron has started to separate from Intel in NAND production, just days after whipping the veil off its 7.68TB QLC SSD, and CEO Sanjay Mehrotra and pals are keen to chat up analysts about their vision of the coming "New Micron". Earlier this week, Mehrotra told an assembly of business-botherers that the markets were …
Chris Mellor, 23 May 2018
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Tintri shares reformatted by investors: 85 per cent plunge in mere weeks

Troubled Tintri admitted it may run out of cash within the next six weeks and go broke – and its shareholders are bailing out fast. Background context Tom Barton became the storage array hardware and software maker's chief exec in March, replacing Ken Klein, who was at the wheel when the Silicon Valley upstart's problematic …
Chris Mellor, 22 May 2018
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Pure: Let's be direct about attached storage. Hyperconvergence is not for us

Pure Storage posed widened losses of $64.3m in its Q1 ended April 30, up 12.5 per cent from $57.2m at the same time last year, while it saw an upswing in all-flash array sales. Revenues for its first fiscal 2019 quarter were $255.9m, up 40 per cent on the year. The storage firm also posted an attendant upswing in product and …
Chris Mellor, 22 May 2018
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The great Dell EMC storage slimdown: Giant to trim off product bloat

Dell EMC is hitting refresh on its bloated storage portfolio to simplify the number of lines on sale, and one of the early examples, say sources close to the matter, will be the merger of ScaleIO and XtremIO. This consolidation will be a multi-year process designed to bring some clarity to the range following years of Dell and …
Chris Mellor, 22 May 2018
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Primary Data says stop, Hammerspace, Innodisk cooks some SSDs, and Fujitsu goes blockchain

As ever, it has been a heavy storage week. Here's our curated collection of goodies, goings-on and glitches. Barracuda This now data security-focused and private equity-owned company has pushed out its Web Application Firewall as a service – WAFaaS. WAFaaS  is built on Barracuda's web application security technology, and …
Chris Mellor, 22 May 2018
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NAND I... will always love you, says Micron as it emits 7.68TB QLC SSD

Micron has whipped out the 64-layer 5210 ION SSD – apparently the industry's first QLC NAND flash drive – opening a new front in the SSD-HDD marketing war. QLC (quad-level cell) flash stores four bits per cell, one more than today's TLC chips that use three bits per cell. The capacities of this 2.5-inch product are 1.92TB, 3. …
Chris Mellor, 21 May 2018
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Penetration tester pokes six holes in Dell EMC's RecoverPoint products

Infosec outfit Foregenix has uncovered six vulnerabilities in Dell EMC's data protection platform RecoverPoint, three of which have been fixed. Paul Taylor, a senior penetration tester at Foregenix, found five zero-day vulnerabilities in RecoverPoint devices, as well as an insecure configuration option. The flaws, one of …
Chris Mellor, 21 May 2018

Reduxio gets head transplant as co-founder and other execs hit highway

The board at storage startup Reduxio has hired a shiny new CEO amid a wave of senior exec changes, sources have told El Reg. Mario Bros style plumbing pipe topped with single pixelated gold coin against a naturalistic painted landscape - clouds in the background Holds up Reduxio roadmap: What the cloud? Oh! It's a level 2 …
Chris Mellor, 21 May 2018
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Dell EMC's PowerMax migration: Let's just swaaap out this jet engine mid-flight

Analysis This month Dell EMC introduced a new technology and rebranded VMAX array called PowerMax. It's more than a software upgrade, though, meaning that you may need to replace a VMAX with a PowerMax array. Those who choose to upgrade have to swap out their old storage hardware due to an array architecture change – as occurred with …
Chris Mellor, 17 May 2018
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Veeam thinks it has found backup nirvana, hoses customers with 'hyper-availability' hyperbole

Veeam customers have been hit by a wave of "hyper-availability" hyperbole. The data protection outfit insisted businesses need to move from insurance-based, reactive data backup to a more behaviour-based system – its Veeam Hyper-Availability Platform (VHAP). The concept was introduced at its VeeamON 2018 customer conference …
Chris Mellor, 16 May 2018
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Enterprise backup bods treat kit for ransomware code lurk

Backup software crew Asigra has put out a new version of its product which disinfects scanned backup files for ransomware to prevent restoration reloading code that screws with your data. V14 of Asigra's backup product, called Cloud Backup Evolved (CBE), has added ransomware scanning to its backup and restore stream processes …
Chris Mellor, 15 May 2018
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Curiouser and curiouser: Quasi NVDIMMs, GDPR-tastic SaaS and more

"The time has come," the roundup read, "to talk of many things: Of caching tech – and Optane drives – of in-memory computings..." A lot has happened in storage over the past week. Viking Tech introduced an NVDIMM-like 2.5-inch persistent memory drive; Sphere3D sold off Overland; HPE's SimpliVity moved onto Azure; and Violin …
Chris Mellor, 15 May 2018
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If you like Nutanix and you think it's XC... Bit barn boxes or ROBO

Nutanix .NEXT attendees were this week furnished with details about a heavy duty server and skinny ROBO box – two new Nutanix-based hyperconverged systems from Dell. Dell's XC series consists of hyperconverged systems powered by Dell servers using OEM'd Nutanix software. Dan McConnell, Dell veep in the converged platforms and …
Chris Mellor, 11 May 2018

IBM's storage biz wakes up, smells dedupe coffee

IBM is again playing catch up with rivals by adding a heavy sprinkling of dedupe dust to its near two-year old Storwize arrays and other products. The all-flash array (AFA) line provides data block storage and runs Spectrum Virtualise software, which can be bought for use on-premise or via IBM's cloud. The software, along with …
Chris Mellor, 11 May 2018

Beam, Flow and Era: Not a yoga class, silly, Nutanix's move into copy data management

Nutanix has moved into SaaS-based compliance, Acropolis SDN-based security and PaaS-based automated database operations with its new Beam, Flow and Era products. Beam technology is based on the acquired Minjar Botmetric  service, a SaaS multi-cloud governance platform to manage spending, security and regulatory compliance …
Chris Mellor, 10 May 2018

Google borg gobbles Israeli cloud migration startup

Israeli multi-vendor cloud migration startup Velostrata might not be so agnostic about which data centres it shifts workloads to after agreeing to be gobbled by Google for an undisclosed financial sum. Velostrata was launched in 2014 by CEO Issy Ben-Shaul and chief architect Ady Degany. Its tech decouples compute from storage …
Chris Mellor, 10 May 2018

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