Scott Lowe of Virtualization Software writes:
Nimble began their session with a presentation by Umesh Maheshwari (Founder and CTO) around the company’s new scaling opportunities. He indicated that many vendors provide scale up capabilities, which provides scaling of resources in just a single dimension. While simple to implement, it can only scale to a point and eventually requires a forklift upgrade to get to the next scale unit. With scale out, on the other hand, all resources are scaled in all dimensions, enabling the product to refresh perpetually. But, while scale out is often a desired feature, it’s tough for vendors to create all of the constructs that are necessary to enable all of the nodes to act as a cohesive, singular whole.
Nimble may not be a darling of the industry from a hot technology perspective, but they are consistent and reliable. Their scale out demo showed that they may have found a way to provide a much-needed feature without significant impact to the customer.