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Score 8.2 out of 100

Scale Computing Platform

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Score 9.6 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Server Virtualization

    8.6

    Citrix Hypervisor

    86%

    Scale Computing Platform

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Citrix Hypervisor ranks higher in 5/5 features

    Virtual machine automated provisioning

    8.0
    80%
    10 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Management console

    9.0
    90%
    11 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Live virtual machine backup

    9.0
    90%
    10 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Live virtual machine migration

    9.0
    90%
    11 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Hypervisor-level security

    8.0
    80%
    10 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Citrix Hypervisor is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Renew, In-Person Training
    • Scale Computing Platform is rated higher in 10 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability, Availability, Performance, Support Rating, Implementation Rating, Configurability, Product Scalability, Vendor post-sale, Vendor pre-sale

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.0

    Citrix Hypervisor

    80%
    11 Ratings
    9.6

    Scale Computing Platform

    96%
    216 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    10.0

    Citrix Hypervisor

    100%
    3 Ratings
    9.4

    Scale Computing Platform

    94%
    22 Ratings

    Usability

    6.1

    Citrix Hypervisor

    61%
    2 Ratings
    9.4

    Scale Computing Platform

    94%
    38 Ratings

    Availability

    5.5

    Citrix Hypervisor

    55%
    2 Ratings
    9.1

    Scale Computing Platform

    91%
    2 Ratings

    Performance

    6.4

    Citrix Hypervisor

    64%
    2 Ratings
    9.1

    Scale Computing Platform

    91%
    2 Ratings

    Support Rating

    8.0

    Citrix Hypervisor

    80%
    4 Ratings
    9.4

    Scale Computing Platform

    94%
    379 Ratings

    In-Person Training

    2.7

    Citrix Hypervisor

    27%
    1 Rating
    1.0

    Scale Computing Platform

    10%
    1 Rating

    Online Training

    Citrix Hypervisor

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.1

    Scale Computing Platform

    91%
    1 Rating

    Implementation Rating

    7.3

    Citrix Hypervisor

    73%
    2 Ratings
    9.1

    Scale Computing Platform

    91%
    4 Ratings

    Configurability

    5.5

    Citrix Hypervisor

    55%
    1 Rating
    9.1

    Scale Computing Platform

    91%
    1 Rating

    Ease of integration

    5.5

    Citrix Hypervisor

    55%
    1 Rating

    Scale Computing Platform

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    6.4

    Citrix Hypervisor

    64%
    1 Rating
    9.1

    Scale Computing Platform

    91%
    1 Rating

    Vendor post-sale

    8.2

    Citrix Hypervisor

    82%
    1 Rating
    9.1

    Scale Computing Platform

    91%
    1 Rating

    Vendor pre-sale

    8.2

    Citrix Hypervisor

    82%
    1 Rating
    9.1

    Scale Computing Platform

    91%
    1 Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Citrix

    The free version is a boon for small businesses that want to have a hypervisor but not the headaches of using something that requires licensing. It is more than adequate to compete with the lesser versions of Hyper-V or VMware. Any small business that wants to lessen its hardware footprint could benefit from this product. If you are a medium or large business it is also a nice addition to the cupboard if you already use other Citrix products and are familiar with the Citrix support process. Shops that are fully committed to VMWare or MS Hyper-V should probably avoid this as it would just act to dilute your system and add unneeded complexity. Citrix Hypervisor is not most common Hardware Hypervisor on the market but it is more than competent for most Enterprise Deployments.
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    Scale Computing

    Scale Computing seems to be a good solution for small to medium size organizations. I can't speak to large organizations and how well it supports scaling with their resources. For our case, we considered VMWare, HyperV, Scale, and others. We were initially going to choose Hyper-V; however, with the rumors of it being discontinued, we with Scale due to its price and ease of management.
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    Pros

    Citrix

    • Resource Monitoring is a good and I am able to monitor my entire infrastructure whether I'm using my iPhone remotely or while on any company-issued laptop to ensure our services run at peak efficiency.
    • CLI - the command line is not hard to use. It can take a little time to get used to the commands but once you have them down managing the environment from the GUI or CLI is pretty easy.
    • Backups are very easy to start and manage with XenCenter or XoA. Keeping business DR scenarios achievable.
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    Scale Computing

    • Customer support and service is outstanding.
    • Updates and upgrades are hassle-free with no downtime.
    • No need to worry about hardware, BIOS, drivers, firmware.
    • Outstanding handling of snapshots with thousands of snapshots possible with almost no disk cost and no IO costs. We snapshot each VM every hour and keep snapshots for 48 hours and 2 weeks.
    • REST API can be used to create your own reports and scripts.
    • The Hypervisor just runs. No downtimes since it was integrated 2 years ago.
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    Cons

    Citrix

    • Adding or presenting additional storage to the host can often be a task that is far more involved than competitive products.
    • The product can require reboots more frequently than competitors due to the DOM kernel getting "hung up".
    • Sometimes when a virtual machine is deleted it still leaves behind orphaned vdisks.
    • Recovering from the loss of a host can sometimes cause virtual machines to require lengthy command prompt scripting to fix so they can be powered back on from another host.
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    Scale Computing

    • One of the things we have to do is manage a group of virtual drives that are attached to our Windows servers. With growth, we find that we need to increase the size of some of these drives. The method used by the HC3 system is cumbersome. I will say that I believe that this has changed in the latest firmware upgrade we did, but I haven't had a need to try it since we did the upgrade recently.
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    Pricing Details

    Citrix Hypervisor

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Citrix Hypervisor editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Scale Computing Platform

      Starting Price

      $0 Per Node

      Editions & Modules

      Scale Computing Platform editions and modules pricing
      EditionModules
      HC1200$8,5001
      HC1250D$15,1702
      HC1250$9,6653
      HC1250DF$16,7504
      HC5250D$25,7005

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Pricing shown in U.S. Dollar. Pricing for other regions available on request.

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      Likelihood to Renew

      Citrix

      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.
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      Scale Computing

      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.
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      Usability

      Citrix

      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.
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      Scale Computing

      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.
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      Reliability and Availability

      Citrix

      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.
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      Scale Computing

      Never had an outage or an error. Once a hard drive failed, but Scale kept on working flawlessly without interruption.
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      Performance

      Citrix

      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.
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      Scale Computing

      Performance has been just as outstanding as reliability. I have never experienced delays in any aspect of usage.
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      Support Rating

      Citrix

      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.
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      Scale Computing

      Scale support has been great; the initial setup was done over a series of scheduled calls, they really hit the nail on the head with their onboarding process, and everything was written out so you were ready to go once your next call started. Kudos to the Scale Support Team and their continued service!
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      In-Person Training

      Citrix

      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.
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      Scale Computing

      I did not do in-person training.
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      Online Training

      Citrix

      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
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      Scale Computing

      Because Scale is so simple, the training is just as quick and easy.
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      Implementation Rating

      Citrix

      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.
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      Scale Computing

      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.
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      Alternatives Considered

      Citrix

      VMware seems to be the standard and is more widely accepted. However, Citrix Hypervisor, is easily learned and cheaper. We have also used VirtualBox to offer up ideas for other free products. VirtualBox seems to be easier for end users who just want simple VMs and not necessarily entire environments. Citrix is good for environment virtualization.
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      Scale Computing

      To be honest hyper-converged infrastructure products dramatically show improvement from start up. Providing a single pane of glass management is important in any of these HCI products. I like any/all of the HCI products I've worked with thus far.
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      Scalability

      Citrix

      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.
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      Scale Computing

      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.
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      Return on Investment

      Citrix

      • Xenserver is easy to learn. We paid for support only for installation and deployment in the first three years, and now our team has the knowledge to solve most problems.
      • Low CAPEX if you have a team that uses open source software day by day.
      • But paid support is necessary to solve critical problems. The open source community is not enough. Actually, we have difficulty solving some bugs without paying for support.
      • Medium OPEX if you have a team that uses open source software day by day.
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      Scale Computing

      • 0% downtime or loss of revenue due to downtime.
      • The simplicity of testing backups in a live environment in the event of a technical catastrophe.
      • Ease of mind and a lot less stress worrying about a raid system within a standalone server dying in the middle of the night.
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