Q: How did ScaleOut Software get started - what's in the name and what is its focus?
A: ScaleOut Software was founded by William Bain after he left Microsoft and first product was shipped in January 2005. He saw that applications running on server farms were encountering increased workloads that slowed application response times. Simply adding servers did not improve performance because data access bottlenecks, such as central database storage, were slowing performance. Storing data on each server didn’t help either since load balanced servers require uniform access to data that might be on another server.