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.

Killer performance numbers on software and flash drives, StorONE ...

StorONE has claimed its TRU storage technology and S1 storage software ran at 1.7 million IOPS in a two-node ESXi server system. There was no independent verification of these numbers. The two 2U dual-x86 processor Supermicro servers were in a high-availability configuration and a Western Digital 2U24 (2u x 24 slot) flash …
Chris Mellor, 30 Aug 2018

Samsung's sleek 'n' sporty X5 SSD pledges blazing transfer speeds

Samsung has teased its X5 2TB portable SSD, which can transfer data at 40Gbit/s, four times faster than USB 3.1's 10Gbit/s. The drive is an update on the Korean firm's T5 SATA portable SSD, which also has a 2TB capacity. It connects to its host with a cable plugged into a Thunderbolt 3 port, and only a Thunderbolt 3 port. …
Chris Mellor, 30 Aug 2018
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Apple sees the (augmented) light, buys holo-glass tech startup

Apple has reportedly snaffled holographic glassware biz Akonia Holographics for an undisclosed fee, presumably to use its tech in augmented reality gadgets. Akonia is a six-year-old company with roots that extend back to InPhase and its holographic optical disks. It moved on from holographic storage to displays, and has …
Chris Mellor, 30 Aug 2018
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DDN day approaches for Tintri: Storage-flinger finalising rescue buy

In potentially sphincter easing news for Tintri customers facing abandonment after the company's collapse, DDN is finalising its acquisition of the failed business. The purchase should be completed in the next few days. DDN said it would bring support and product continuity to Tintri’s 1,600-strong customer base, and enlarge …
Chris Mellor, 30 Aug 2018

Rubrik says bye to global sales boss

Cloud data management biz Rubrik has split with its worldwide sales boss who, according to the company, hung up his boots to spend more time with his family after breaking quarterly "booking" records. Mark Smith joined Rubrik in February 2017 as exec veep for global sales and business development, and now, 19 months later, he …
Chris Mellor, 30 Aug 2018
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VMware 'pressured' hotel to shut down tech event close to VMworld, IGEL sues resort giant

VMware has been accused of slyly shutting down and evicting a partner's four-day tech event running this week alongside the VMworld US conference in Las Vegas. Just as IT industry bods were biting into their lunch at the Border Grill restaurant in the Mandalay Bay hotel during the second day (27 August) of enterprise software …

Lacklustre HPE storage sales fail for flash fans

Analysis Updated HPE storage products products and more sales heads should bring in the dollars and end the storage growth doldrums, if analysts are to be believed. Its 2018 third quarter results showed 4 per cent revenue growth, which is okay, and 173 per cent profits growth, which is great. But storage results were ho-hum, …
Chris Mellor, 29 Aug 2018
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Toshiba crams 14TB into another helium drive, this time with SAS boost

Toshiba has added a helium-filled 3.5-inch form factor SAS disk drive alongside its equivalent SATA product. Like the SATA-using MG07ACA, the catchily named MG07SCA comes with 12 and 14TB capacities but uses a dual-port 12Gbit/s SAS interface instead of the 6Gbit/s SATA link. The MG07ACA has already spawned an MN07 NAS drive …
Chris Mellor, 29 Aug 2018
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Object storage sweetheart Cloudian bags another $94m funding in E round

Cloudian has sucked up $94m in yet another funding round that takes the total amount raised to $173m – higher than the $152m so far bagged by arch-rival Scality. The two object storage suppliers are hogging most of the investment in the sector with their individual funding dwarving that of Swiftstack's $23.6m. This E-round at …
Chris Mellor, 29 Aug 2018
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SaaSy! Panzura emits global on-prem and public cloud file indexer

Cohesity has Helios, Rubrik has Polaris, Druva has DCP, and now Panzura has, a SaaS-delivered file data management service. File sync 'n' share player Panzura has developed the product to catalog and index a customer’s entire global file estate, and then optimise its management. That is at least what it says on the …
Chris Mellor, 29 Aug 2018
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FPGA-making Lattice Semiconductor names AMD man as CEO

Lattice Semiconductor has hired a shiny new CEO, Jim Anderson, to plot a way forward for the silicon, reference designs and boards maker. Potted history 1983 – Lattice Semiconductor founded 1987 – files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy 1989 – IPO 2010 – Billerbeck appointed CEO 2012 – bought Silicon Blue and its FPGA tech for $ …
Chris Mellor, 28 Aug 2018
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Everything you might like to know about storage (this week) but were too afraid to ask

Amid the inexorable flurry of storage industry releases this week, Datera announced increasing revenues and new hires, DriveScale attempted to crack Europe, Maxta touted its Hyperconverged (Un)Appliance, which looks pretty much like any old HCI, and Rubrik got chummy with Cisco bigwig John Chambers. But let us begin at the …
Chris Mellor, 28 Aug 2018
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EMC adopts cloudy and VMware-friendly kit at VMworld Vegas shindig

VMworld US EMC has been singing off a multi-cloud and hyper-converged songsheet at sibling VMware’s Glitter Gulch VMworld event. At its Las Vegas jamboree VMware is pushing the notion of a multi-cloud world needing common infrastructure platforms, services and tools across the on-premises and public cloud worlds to facilitate workload …
Chris Mellor, 27 Aug 2018
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Xeon-bashing Tachyum claims its Prodigy CPU will run AI jobs as well as traditional apps

Tachyum is developing a processor that it alleges will run everyday applications as well as AI code that would normally require a GPU-like hardware accelerator. Anandtech live-blogged the biz's Prodigy CPU presentation at this week's Hot Chips conference in California, where a lot of promises were made. We don't yet know if …
Chris Mellor, 24 Aug 2018
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Cohesity's Helios tool tells you when your cluster's in a fluster

Secondary storage hyper-converger Cohesity has introduced a SaaS management tool. Helios is designed to provide a global view of a customer's Cohesity Data Platform sites; local and remote, on-premises and in the public cloud. Cohesity_helios Helios components It has a single dashboard with analytics and machine learning …
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2018

HiveIO claims latest HCI software 'eliminates' complexity... Isn't that the whole point of HCI?

HiveIO, which bought failed Atlantis Computing's hyperconverged and virtual desktop infrastructure (HCI, VDI) tech, has released v7 of its software, claiming it eliminates traditional HCI vendor complexity. Hive Fabric is HCI software based on KVM. v7.0 brings a Cluster Resource Scheduler (CRS) and virtual servers, which …
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2018
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StorageCraft sounds like an arty handmade set of drawers – but it's spun up a Cohesity-Rubrik type box for small biz

StorageCraft has flung a converged scale-out box at small and medium businesses – in the hope that there's room in the market for Cohesity and Rubrik-style enterprise storage and data protection for those with a modest budget. The firm has pitched its OneXafe box as a converged scale-out storage and data protection system for …
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2018
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Everything's great at Supermicro, just small matter of impending NASDAQ delisting

Supermicro will not meet this week's deadline imposed by NASDAQ to file delayed financial results to regain compliance with its regulations, and expects its common stock to be suspended on the exchange by 24 August. The latest admission came as the server maker reported abbreviated preliminary numbers for Q4 ended 30 June that …
Chris Mellor, 22 Aug 2018

Do you NVMe? Pure Storage smirks at rivals amid 34% sales surge

Pure Storage may still be losing tens of millions of dollars each quarter but has signed off on its first acquisition as a public outfit, buying cloudy dedupe biz StorReduce. The California-based firm, founded in 2014, will help Pure tap further into hybrid cloud integrations to manage large-scale unstructured data. Western …
Chris Mellor, 22 Aug 2018
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Igneous Systems says bye-bye to proprietary hardware, hello to data management services

Igneous Systems has set its sights on becoming a data management supplier using commodity hardware. Data protection vendors, especially ones like Igneous with proprietary hardware, face stronger competition from players treating data protection as an entry to the wider data management market, offering analytics and insight, …
Chris Mellor, 21 Aug 2018
The big fish eats the little fish

Newcomer StorCentric gobbles array flinger Nexsan and prosumer storage vendor Drobo

Freshly incorporated investment vehicle StorCentric today confirmed it is the new private equity owner of Nexsan and Drobo, respective array and prosumer storage businesses. Mihir Shah, CEO of Drobo, will head up StorCentric as CEO. The firms will be run as separate divisions: Gregg Pugmire is to be global veep of sales at …
Chris Mellor, 21 Aug 2018

Dell EMC stumbles into composable systems late waving MX7000 box

After some engineering soul searching, Dell EMC has finally arrived late to the composable system market with a box comprised of OME-M software and an MX7000 chassis for servers, storage and networking. This long-awaited tech joins HPE's pioneering Synergy – mooted in late 2015 – along with competing systems from DriveScale, …
Chris Mellor, 21 Aug 2018

Amaze your colleagues, confound customers and perturb partners with your encyclopaedic storage news knowledge

Yes, you can become an instant storage thought leader with our unique highly available, deduplicated, cloud-native and multi-region storage newsfest. Here's everything worth knowing in the land of storage for the last week. Kaminario supports WD's composable infrastructure gear All-flash array supplier Kaminario has said it …
Chris Mellor, 20 Aug 2018
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Shiver me timbers: Symantec spots activist investor Starboard side

Security slinger Symantec is facing a bruising battle with activist investor Starboard Value, which has nominated five directors to the security firm's board after having amassed a 5.8 per cent shareholding. Mellanox flushes three directors at behest of activist investor READ MORE Symantec is the outfit that spun off its …
Chris Mellor, 17 Aug 2018
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Pavilion compares RocE and TCP NVMe over Fabrics performance

Analysis Pavilion Data says NVMe over Fabrics using TCP adds less than 100µs latency to RDMA RoCE and is usable at data centre scale. The biz is an NVMe-over-Fabrics (NVMe-oF) flash array pioneer and is already supporting simultaneous RoCE and TCP NVMe-oF transports. Head of Products Jeff Sosa told El Reg: “We are … …
Chris Mellor, 16 Aug 2018

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