Feeds

Nimble Storage gets a little clustered

Scale-out coming

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

Flash-enhanced iSCSI array startup Nimble Storage is going to add scale-out clustering to its boxes.

At a press briefing in Silicon Valley, CEO Suresh Vasudevan said "Scale-out is very relevant to our customers who want to offer cloud services ... We're not in the cloud." He didn't add the implied "yet."

We understand that the Nimble array is architected for scale-out and that scale-out functionality will be released next year as a software upgrade for existing users. A group of Nimble nodes can then be turned into into a cluster and run as a single system that can be scaled up, or down. Nodes can be added or removed without disruption. All the hardware Nimble ships is scale-out clustering capable. Our understanding is that it will use Ethernet as the cluster inter-node link.

Nimble thinks it has a sustainable lead over existing iSCSI array vendors, and believes that they can't catch up with its technology because their original data layout schemes prevents them from doing so. Marketing VP Dan Leary said: "EqualLogic's large page layout makes it very difficult for them to change." They won't be able to achieve Nimble's price/performance profile because of this. The impression being given here is that Nimble thinks it can become the leading iSCSI storage array vendor in the world because of this; it's just a matter of time.

There are no OEM contracts in prospect for Nimble at the moment. Vasudevan said of mainstream potential OEMs: "They're all conflicted. It occurs to us in El Reg Analytics that Cisco is not conflicted, as it has no storage line let alone an iSCSI one. Possibly neither is IBM as it has no separate iSCSI storage line, apart that is from its resold NetApp systems, but it is said to position them as filers.

Vasudevan said Nimble should become cash-flow positive without returning to the VC market. The latest VC, Artis Capital, is a known pre-IPO funder. Vasudevan said that the valuation it placed on Nimble was so high that any attempt to buy it before it had an IPO and started trading properly was unlikely to be made. This latest infusion of funds resembles a form of poison pill in this respect making an early acquisition prohibitively expensive.

The Nimble founders and backers want to get a great return on their investments and hard work. Our impression is that they are not averse to being acquired, but are not looking for an early exit when a later one could get them a hundred million dollars extra or even more. ®

3 Big data security analytics techniques

More from The Register

next story
This time it's 'Personal': new Office 365 sub covers just two devices
Redmond also brings Office into Google's back yard
Kingston DataTraveler MicroDuo: Turn your phone into a 72GB beast
USB-usiness in the front, micro-USB party in the back
AMD's 'Seattle' 64-bit ARM server chips now sampling, set to launch in late 2014
But they won't appear in SeaMicro Fabric Compute Systems anytime soon
Microsoft's Nadella: SQL Server 2014 means we're all about data
Adds new big data tools in quest for 'ambient intelligence'
BOFH: Oh DO tell us what you think. *CLICK*
$%%&amp Oh dear, we've been cut *CLICK* Well hello *CLICK* You're breaking up...
prev story

Whitepapers

Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.