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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Delphix sends database virtualization sailing up the Amazon

Delphix is integrating Amazon's Relational Database Service (RDS) into its database virtualizing platform. The company started out provisioning virtual copies for test and dev and so forth. It then evolved into a supplier of personal virtualized data environments, covering on-premises and public cloud environments. RDS …
Chris Mellor, 1 Dec 2017
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Toshiba soups up XG5-P NVMe SSD with 2TB and chunky read/write boost

Toshiba has doubled the capacity of its M.2 form factor XG5 flash drive to 2TB with an XG5-P (premium) model. The XG5, announced last May, comes in 256GB, 512GB and 1TB versions, using 64-layer, TLC (3bits/cell) 3D NAND like the XG5-P. There is an SLC (1bit/cell) cache in the XG5 and the same is true for the premium model, …
Chris Mellor, 1 Dec 2017

Datrium tries to tempt Amazon cloud backup folk: Psst, buddy... you want HCI?

Hyperconverged system startup Datrium has spun out a DVX cloud instance for AWS. DVX is Datrium's on-premises hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) system, with storage controller software in server nodes and a shared DVX storage array. This is different from most HCI systems, which have local storage in each HCI server node. …
Chris Mellor, 1 Dec 2017
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WDC to move all its stuff to RISC-V processors, build some kind of super data-wrangling stack

Analysis Western Digital has grandly announced its will use the open-source RISC-V processor architecture in all future products and "intends to lead the industry transition toward open, purpose-built compute architectures to meet the increasingly diverse application needs of a data-centric world." Western Digital, aka WDC, CTO Martin …
Chris Mellor, 1 Dec 2017
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Core blimey: Dell dunks hyperconverged server lines in Skylake

Analysis Dell is increasing the performance of its hyperconverged product lines by adding 14G PowerEdge servers amid triple-digit VxRail revenue growth. Is this just a short-term spurt or something deeper? Dell's VxRail and XC Series appliances will use the latest Xeon Scalable Processor CPUs. The XC Series is also being given new NVMe …
Chris Mellor, 30 Nov 2017
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HPE inks object storage reseller deal in EMEA – with Cloudian

+Comment Not content with having one object storage partner, Scality, HPE has linked arms with a second – Cloudian. HPE has signed a reseller agreement with Cloudian – and will resell Cloudian HyperStore software in the EMEA region through its Pointnext services business. The Cloudian software runs on HPE's ProLiant and Apollo server …
Chris Mellor, 29 Nov 2017

FlashBlade runner Pure charges NetApp's legacy filer fortress

Analysis Pure Storage had a great growth quarter and sees itself taking on NetApp filers with its unstructured data FlashBlade product. The company reported $278m in FY 2018 third-quarter revenues, which was a 41 per cent year-over-year increase and beat the midpoint of Pure's estimated revenue range for the quarter of $271m. It was 23 …
Chris Mellor, 29 Nov 2017
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Soon enough, Toshiba drives will stash vid footage of all of us

Toshiba has taken its MG06 10TB enterprise capacity disk-drive technology and used it to update its surveillance line. The 6, 8 and 10TB versions of the MD06ACA-V SV surveillance drives succeed the 4 and 5TB MD04ABA-V drives. Like them, they have a 6 GBit/s SATA interface, a million-hour mean time between failures and spin at …
Chris Mellor, 28 Nov 2017
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Someone has fixed the ESX 'VM stun' problem

Comtrade's latest HYCU Nutanix backup product version has a fix for the VM stun problem. An ESX virtual machine is quiesced (stunned) when a backup is taken. This can cause IO latency problems as IO requests come in to the "stunned" VM, are stored, and then consolidated into the stunned VM when the backup completes and …
Chris Mellor, 28 Nov 2017
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HPE and ABB, sitting in a tree, doing lucrative industrial IoT

HPE has an Internet of Things alliance going with industrial giant ABB with the two pushing industrial IoT to make smarter, more efficient industrial products. ABB is ASEA Brown Boveri, a Global 500 company head-quartered in Switzerland, and one of the world's largest engineering companies. It makes heaving electrical gear, …
Chris Mellor, 28 Nov 2017

One love, OneSphere: Let's give thanks to the cloud and HPE, all right?

Analysis With OneSphere, HPE has attempted to take a multi-silo, on-premises, hybrid and public cloud pain in the proverbial and "fix it" through one pane of glass. It claims to provide a control plane covering on-premises/private cloud and the public cloud for the building, deployment, movement and management of traditional, …
Chris Mellor, 28 Nov 2017
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Storage uber alles: SoftBank chucks $20 mill into Nexenta's hat

Software-defined storage biz Nexenta has picked up another $20m in funding. It is effectively an H-round, following last year's $7.7m G-round and takes total funding, we think, to $141.5m. The main funder in the latest round is SoftBank and there is a strategic distribution and go-to-market agreement between it and Nexenta. …
Chris Mellor, 28 Nov 2017
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Right, HPE. You've eaten your hyperconverged Simplivity breakfast. Will it blend?

Interview How does Hewlett Packard Enterprise view hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) now that it has bought and is digesting SimpliVity? In particular, how do its hyperconverged products, with aggregated components, fit in with its Synergy composable infrastructure ideas? Synergy uses disaggregated components which are composed into …
Chris Mellor, 28 Nov 2017
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You've feasted for days but the courses keep on coming: Let's talk storage turkey

Tasty storage dishes for your Thanksgiving table include starter from Hazelcast, entree from HPE, a side from Qubole and dessert from Rubrik. Place your napkins in your lap and start dining. Hazelcast Jet In-memory data gridder Hazelcast has been working on its Jet product. Jet is a low latency, directed acyclic graph engine …
Chris Mellor, 28 Nov 2017
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Barracuda gobbled up by private equity sharks

Private equity biz Thoma Bravo is buying slow-growth Barracuda Networks for $1.6bn in cash. Barracuda is a $400m-run-rate business based in Campbell, California, USA, that sells data protection and security products. It has been making a move to flogging subscriptions as its customers move away from appliances, preferring to …
Chris Mellor, 27 Nov 2017

HPE GreenLake: Enterprise takes another splash at pay-as-you-go private cloud

Businesses want cloud-style IT, HPE declared as it pushed out GreenLake on-premises everything-as-a-service models – an evolution of its Flex Capacity pay-per-use infrastructure. These GreenLake products are similar to the converged infrastructure idea (servers, storage, networking, hypervisor, OS) but with application …
Chris Mellor, 27 Nov 2017

Activist investor rages at Mellanox for dismissing Marvell's advances

Analysis InfiniBand/Ethernet tech supplier Mellanox is being targeted by an activist investor pissy that it rejected overtures from Marvell. Starboard Value has bought a 10.7 per cent holding in Mellanox, wanting to influence the company's management to create more value for shareholders (increase share price so we can make a profit …
Chris Mellor, 24 Nov 2017
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Summit for the readers who are hot for petaFLOPs: Server nodes flashed at SC17

Analysis IBM offered HPC fans at SC17 a gawk at the server tray for the upcoming Summit supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Tennessee. This is the system slated to knock China's 93 petaFLOPS Sunway TaihuLight system off the top of the supercomputer tree when it goes live. It is slated to pump out a hoped-for 200 …
Chris Mellor, 23 Nov 2017
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StorONE 're-invents' storage stack to set hardware free

Analysis Israeli storage startup StorONE says it has re-invented the storage stack to set hardware free. The software is TRU (Total Resource Utilisation), a storage array controller that provides file, block and object storage on the same drives, 650,000 random read 4K IOPS, and effectively unlimited snapshots. It supports all drive …
Chris Mellor, 23 Nov 2017
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Under par: HPE 3PAR US sales are limping

Comment Did HPE shoot itself in the foot with US 3PAR push? Its fourth quarter results showed storage revenues grew slightly but with sales in the US of the tech limping in a quarter with sales organisation changes. Storage revenues were $871m, up 5 per cent from the $827m of a year ago. In the HPE earnings call, CFO Tim Stonesifer …
Chris Mellor, 22 Nov 2017
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Wounded FalconStor flutters back to life

FalconStor has confirmed its first profit in more than two years, bagged fresh funding and employed a new bunch of new faces in its exec lounge. CEO Todd Brooks, who arrived in August, claimed changes are underway for the software-defined storage developer. Revenues in its third 2017 quarter ended 30 September were $6.1m, 17 …
Chris Mellor, 21 Nov 2017

HPE straps AMD chip into 2P/2U server box with Epyc results

HPE has upgraded its Opteron-using DL385p server with AMD Epyc processors and used it to notch up a pair of record SPEC benchmarks. The ProLiant DL385 is a standard data centre, dual-processor, 2U rackmount, 24-drive bay, chassis, like the Xeon-using DL380. The existing Opteron-based DL385p was classed as a ProLiant Gen 9 box …
Chris Mellor, 21 Nov 2017
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Gulp. HPE's InfoSight self-repairs and makes 'proactive decisions'

HPE is updating its acquired Nimble Storage InfoSight array management system with a machine learning-driven recommendation engine, and adding InfoSight to 3PAR arrays. InfoSight collects data points from sensors (hardware and software) in all installed Nimble arrays and pumps them up to Nimble in the cloud for analysis, …
Chris Mellor, 21 Nov 2017

CEO: 'Claying the ongoing continuous chaos of info into one logical masterpiece'

We start this week's collection of storage news with the marketing buzzwords of the month award, which goes to startup Panoply for outstanding excellence. Panoply emerged from stealth in late 2016 and now wants to announce general availability of its data warehouse product. It exclaims that, after four decades of stagnation in …
Chris Mellor, 21 Nov 2017

First XPoint, then Z-NAND: Oh dear, server-makers. SCM is happening

Analysis Storage-class memory (SCM), in the shape of Optane, is already here and, with Samsung's Z-SSD, set to become available for use by servers. What does this mean and when will it actually happen? SCM, also known as persistent memory (PMEM) is a faster version on non-volatile memory, built using Intel/Micron's 3D XPoint media or …
Chris Mellor, 21 Nov 2017

Biting the hand that feeds IT ? 1998–2017

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