Stories by Chris Mellor

  • The Big Switch: Rewiring The World, From Edison To Google.

    Nick Carr's The Big Switch suggests that every organisation concerned with computer storage will find that the everyday business market for storage will cease to exist. You who are reading this will no longer be involved with buying, operating, managing or servicing DAS, NAS, SAN, clustered file systems, tape backups or optical storage. I who am writing about it now won't be in the future. Techworld (and Computerworld) itself will undergo substantial modification or die.

  • Intel 'energy-efficient' claim debunked

    After Intel CEO, Paul Otellini, bragged that Intel's Xeon chip was the most energy-efficient processor, Neal Nelson compared it to AMD's offering and found that Intel wasn't being exactly truthful.

  • FalconStor and Virtual Iron buddy up

    In a move that reinforces the connection between server and storage virtualization, Virtual Iron has announced a global alliance with FalconStor. Each company will reference-sell the other's products.

  • CentricStor combines disk and tape backup

    Fujitsu Siemens Computers (FSC) has overhauled its CentricStor virtual tape appliance and now offers backup to either disk or tape with the product. It is the only product to combine automated tape and disk backup in one offering.

  • Rackspace: a realistic green pioneer

    Rackspace provides datacentre facilities under a managed hosting scheme. It is building a new UK datacentre and has had a green aspect to its business for about a year and a half. How is that affecting its operations?

  • Carbon nanotube memory coming

    Startup Nantero has built a carbon nanotube-based memory wafer using standard semiconductor fabrication processes. This removes a significant hurdle in commercializing the seemingly exotic NRAM (non-volatile RAM) that could replace DRAM, SRAM and flash memory with a universal memory design.

  • SanDisk vaults over hard drive limitations

    SanDisk has announced Vaulter, an 8GB to 6GB capacity flash memory solid state disk (SSD) from which to boot a PC's operating system. It is in PCI Express mini-card format and works in parallel with a PC's hard drive.

  • Honeycomb comes out of Sun's hive

    Sun has announced its long-awaited StorageTek 5800, code-named Honeycomb as its fixed-content repository. Sun claimed the product would provide faster and better access to terabytes of unstructured information through metadata processing.