For years software updates have been seen as a necessary evil – a chore of the IT workforce, synonymous with late nights and missing a BBQ on holiday weekends. In the storage world, software updates historically have required application downtime, and in many cases still require customer support engineers to be actively involved in the update. Worse yet, all too often software updates only provide bug fixes, which may not offer much perceived value. Not so for Nimble Storage customers.
Since joining Nimble, I have consistently been impressed by software updates. Nimble OS software updates are non-disruptive events that often come with significant positive advantages. For many customers, being able to upgrade with no downtime, and the ability to perform the update themselves would be enough… but wait, there’s more!
Because Nimble’s CASL (Cache Accelerated Sequential Layout) file system leverages CPU for performance instead of disk spindles, customers often also benefit from performance improvements as code is optimized based on telemetry data collected by InfoSight. Traditional vendors would require customers to purchase new hardware to “go faster”; for Nimble customers this has been just another included benefit over time. Software updates also give customers access to new features and data services capabilities available, thanks to our all-inclusive licensing model. As an example, when Nimble added scale-out capabilities to the file system in version 2.0, it allowed customers to non-disruptively scale from single array systems to multi-node clusters!
For this reason, customers are excited about new versions of Nimble OS Software, and the 2.1 software update will be no exception. To give customers an overview of some of the new features available in the 2.1 update, we’ll be publishing a series of blog posts over the next two weeks covering key capabilities, including: