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Scale Computing HC3

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Likelihood to Recommend

Citrix Hypervisor

XenServer is well suited for all scenarios for deployment for a modern infrastructure. The weak link it has is of course for classic physical hardware that has key fobs or other telephony cards which aren't properly supported in a virtualized environment. Even if you have one physical server, virtualizing is the best practice to do.
Kristopher Leslie | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scale Computing HC3

I can't speak to large businesses because I'm not familiar with their technology needs, but for any small or medium business with servers and storage on-premises, Scale Computing HC3 is a scalable HCI platform that's cost-effective and easy to manage and maintain. Especially for businesses with limited tech staff, Scale Computing HC3 is a game changer, freeing up valuable time to focus on higher-level projects.
Jim Bittel | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Server Virtualization

Citrix Hypervisor
8.7
Scale Computing HC3
Virtual machine automated provisioning
Citrix Hypervisor
9.3
Scale Computing HC3
Management console
Citrix Hypervisor
6.8
Scale Computing HC3
Live virtual machine backup
Citrix Hypervisor
8.4
Scale Computing HC3
Live virtual machine migration
Citrix Hypervisor
9.5
Scale Computing HC3
Hypervisor-level security
Citrix Hypervisor
9.3
Scale Computing HC3

Pros

Citrix Hypervisor

  • Manages upgrades to the pool of hypervisor hosts with relative ease through a console (if licensed).
  • Makes it easy to create machine templates and clones and move them around within the pool of hosts.
  • Handles failures reasonably well through the use of the pool database copied on each host
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scale Computing HC3

  • The Scale Computing HC3 system is so easy to maintain. We came from another virtual system and the difference in administration is huge. The time we save in maintaining this system allows us to spend more time on other network tasks.
  • We are using the snapshot feature as part of our DR plan. Here again, it is very easy to configure the snapshot plan and the way that Scale manages the snapshots does not require large amounts of additional storage.
  • When we installed the HC3 system, it took longer to mount the equipment in the rack and cable it then to have the system online. Management is very simple using their web-based interface.
Rex Knepp | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Citrix Hypervisor

  • Support - if free is what you need, great support is not what you'll get, keep in mind if support is necessary
  • Upgrades - the upgrade process is buggy and problematic at best
  • Partner Support - if you're looking for a product with multiple parters rolled in, I'd look elsewhere
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scale Computing HC3

  • There are times when the alerts can be a little vague if you don't contact customer support to get a clarification of what might be wrong.
  • I would like to see some integrated backup support at some time, and not have to use a third-party agent on each virtual machine.
Wesley Johnson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Citrix Hypervisor

Citrix Hypervisor 10.0
Based on 3 answers
With the knowledge and usage of solutions from VMware and Microsoft offering more compelling cloud integrated options it makes it more compelling in many environments which I consult. XenServer is a good product and fits the bill in many smaller environments but as clients look to the cloud or a hybrid cloud it can in some cases make it a bit more difficult.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scale Computing HC3

Scale Computing HC3 9.4
Based on 22 answers
Since I have had no issues with downtime; easier management of my cluster and the ability to lower the number of devices in my Infrastructure, I will gladly renew my support contract with Scale Computing HC3 and upgrade my equipment with them when it comes time for it.
Brian Dunk | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Citrix Hypervisor

Citrix Hypervisor 6.1
Based on 2 answers
XenServer is quite usable due to the simplicity the management and installation provide for an administrator. The console for management is very intuitive and can easily be installed on any Windows operating system. There is a relatively simple web console that can be implemented as well that enhances the usability to provide service to non-administrators.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scale Computing HC3

Scale Computing HC3 9.4
Based on 37 answers
Everything you need to do is point-and-click easy. If you are the kind of admin who wants to edit every config file and endlessly customize your environment, then Scale may not be for you. On the other hand, if you just want it to work really well, and do what they told you it will do, then Scale is the ideal system.
David Roden | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Citrix Hypervisor

Citrix Hypervisor 5.5
Based on 1 answer
It's been a little problematic in the past at larger VDI deployments requiring a bit more care and feeding than other vendors. But the latest releases (6.5.x) have brought about huge improvements in the stability and availability.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scale Computing HC3

Scale Computing HC3 9.1
Based on 2 answers
Never had an outage or an error. Once a hard drive failed, but Scale kept on working flawlessly without interruption.
Mark Simmons | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Citrix Hypervisor

Citrix Hypervisor 6.4
Based on 1 answer
When running like a top XenServer is a fantastic hypervisor. There is relatively low overhead on the Dom0 so workloads get the most of the resources.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scale Computing HC3

Scale Computing HC3 9.1
Based on 2 answers
Performance has been just as outstanding as reliability. I have never experienced delays in any aspect of usage.
Mark Simmons | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Citrix Hypervisor

Citrix Hypervisor 8.0
Based on 2 answers
Anytime I had to request support from the Citrix Hypervisor website I had an instant answer and it was straight to the point. I also used the forums available to everyone and always had success from both the technical staff and from the community.
Jean Franco | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scale Computing HC3

Scale Computing HC3 9.4
Based on 348 answers
Scale’s support is quick to respond, knowledgeable, has no problems digging into very complex issues and have the goal of problem resolution. They aren’t getting you off the phone or out of their email queue they are helping you solve your problems and find the right solutions to make sure their products function as intended or better.
Michael Rials | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Citrix Hypervisor

Citrix Hypervisor 2.7
Based on 1 answer
Part of a training for certification to become a trainer for Citrix included an in-person training with a Master CCI. The XenServer training at this time was pretty simplified due to the product primarily being installed however you did have to work with it and mildly configure the system.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scale Computing HC3

Scale Computing HC3 1.0
Based on 1 answer
I did not do in-person training.
Mark Simmons | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Citrix Hypervisor

No score
No answers yet
Haven't given it a real go with any online training however there are some options out there. I have taught a course following Citrix material for XenDesktop which leverages XenServer and it is pre-built so not the best for XenServer specifically for installation but configuration is mildly touched on
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scale Computing HC3

Scale Computing HC3 9.1
Based on 1 answer
Because Scale is so simple, the training is just as quick and easy.
Mark Simmons | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Citrix Hypervisor

Citrix Hypervisor 7.3
Based on 1 answer
Ensure you review the HCL (hardware compatibility list) and reach out to the hardware vendors to ensure they support the platform and in case they have documentation that can be followed for the implementation. Also ensure the prerequisites are completed prior to implementation so that as few unexpected delays occur as you can control.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scale Computing HC3

Scale Computing HC3 9.1
Based on 4 answers
The implementation was very easy. We had Scale support on standby and they were ready and eager to help if needed. The process went so fast the employees in the organization did not even know it was done.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Citrix Hypervisor

The price is very good. Also, the support from the vendor in the process of implementation and maintenance is very important. Citrix offers this support. The implementation was easy, and gave us the ability to manage a large virtual infrastructure while reducing costs. The virtualization solution from Citrix offers more than other solutions had. Citrix is the best!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scale Computing HC3

Scale Computing HC3 was not only cheaper than every solution that we looked at. It also had the easiest interface to learn and the least amount of hardware. We eliminated any and all setup/implementation costs as we were able to set up the cluster ourselves. All of the other services made me feel like I needed a master's degree to rack the units and set it up.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Citrix Hypervisor

Citrix Hypervisor 6.4
Based on 1 answer
The servers latest versions have made massive improvements to scalability. But from past experience there have been issues when running workloads for extended periods of time without reboot on the hosts. I would need to run similar workloads on the 6.5 release which has changed much of the bottlenecks or issues so I'd imagine its far more capable now, Perhaps able to stand near the best in the market.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scale Computing HC3

Scale Computing HC3 9.1
Based on 1 answer
HC3 is one of the best products I have purchased for our district. It is unbelievably reliable to the point that they shoot themselves in the foot on support contracts.
Mark Simmons | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Citrix Hypervisor

  • We noticed a true ROI within the first 2 years of implementation. The longer hardware refresh cycles save organizations like ours a lot of money each year.
Scott McGee | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scale Computing HC3

  • We have experienced cost reduction to our Disaster Recovery solution. The prior expense of 1 year of DR can now cover multiple years using Scale HC3 with Cloud Unity.
  • Our Scale solution is more cost effective than our legacy solution. The cost of 1 major component (appliance) from our legacy solution was approximately half the cost of our production Scale cluster.
Anthony Martin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Citrix Hypervisor

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Citrix Hypervisor Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Scale Computing HC3

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Scale Computing HC3 Editions & Modules

Edition
HC1200$8,5001
HC1250D$15,1701
HC1250$9,6651
HC1250DF$16,7501
HC5250D$25,7001
  1. Per Node
Additional Pricing Details
Pricing shown in U.S. Dollar. Pricing for other regions available on request.

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Citrix Hypervisor
9.3
Scale Computing HC3
9.5

Likelihood to Renew

Citrix Hypervisor
10.0
Scale Computing HC3
9.4

Usability

Citrix Hypervisor
6.1
Scale Computing HC3
9.4

Reliability and Availability

Citrix Hypervisor
5.5
Scale Computing HC3
9.1

Performance

Citrix Hypervisor
6.4
Scale Computing HC3
9.1

Support Rating

Citrix Hypervisor
8.0
Scale Computing HC3
9.4

In-Person Training

Citrix Hypervisor
2.7
Scale Computing HC3
1.0

Online Training

Citrix Hypervisor
Scale Computing HC3
9.1

Implementation Rating

Citrix Hypervisor
7.3
Scale Computing HC3
9.1

Scalability

Citrix Hypervisor
6.4
Scale Computing HC3
9.1

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