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Score 8.6 out of 101

Scale Computing HC3

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Likelihood to Recommend

HPE SimpliVity

It is well suited for smaller departments where there are not dedicated infrastructure engineers. It really makes sense in any small, medium, or even large business that doesn't have specialized infrastructure engineers or virtualization specialists. By implementing SimpliVity we were able to free up IT staff to focus more on keeping VMs up to date and providing quality customer support.
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Scale Computing HC3

Scale Computing HC3 is very well suited to the medium business running multiple, complex business applications needing separation of server instances. Additionally, the ability to create seamless fail over and redundancy make Scale Computing HC3 an ideal choice for business continuity.Scale Computing HC3's price point makes it a difficult sell to smaller business who may have a need, but not the capital to invest at this level.
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Pros

HPE SimpliVity

  • Simple virtual server solution.
  • Easy to deploy new nodes.
  • Easy to configure new nodes.
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Scale Computing HC3

  • The ease of use of the Scale interface is fantastic. All the basics are within easy reach and more complex tools are readily accessible. I'm used to simple interfaces meaning limited scope and simplistic products. But the scale interface is on top of a very sophisticated and powerful system. The interface works so well it needs no training to use - having said that training always helps.
  • Scale's Remote replication is fantastic. Setting up and applying a schedule and setting a lifespan for the replicated images was a breeze. Initiating the replication was a single click and the replication was fast. Replicated VM's could be cloned and started in seconds. Restoring data for users was so fast my users were not ready to deal with the quick results.
  • Scales continually impresses me with the way the product is maturing. Their product road map is not merely a future wish list. New features are regularly being delivered and delivered on schedule.
  • Installation and set up is FAST. the longest part was mounting the hardware and connecting the interfaces. Scale technicians held my hand from power on to instantiating a new VM. It mas more of a formality than a necessity.
  • Their tech support is effective. The best I have ever seen. Their staff are astute and great communicators. Follow up is quick, and they often log in and resolve the problem without my having to generate and upload logs. They minimise my work and maximise interaction. The unusual part is how they communicate among themselves. On a single issue i spoke to multiple staff and they all were aware of case. I never had to repeat the details of the problem or the steps taken.
  • We have been importing all of our VM's fairly easily. There is a need for improvement with the import process for non HC3 VMs. It works but is the only poorly executed part of the HC3 environment i have come across. It's as if in the design of the product Scale only thought companies would be creating and working with new VM's., and forgot completely about migrations from other systems. HC3 easily imports and exports Scale VM's directly from the Interface in a single step. But, non HC3 images, even if they are qcow2 images just like HC3's, require a multi-step process. Having said that, the process is not complex at all. Apparently this will be corrected in a future release.
  • Pricing. Wow! A friend in another company opted for a competing HCI system. It took about 3 months to get the system fully installed and stable. But the ongoing costs of licensing Vmware and paying hardware maintenance have forced them to reconsider their purchase. They are desperate to cut costs and are planning to pull out VMware and go with KVM. With Scale I paid less and got at least equal performance without any configuration headaches.
  • That raises another point. The HC3 system is fully integrated all in one solution. All the components needed for HCI, Virtualisation, VM Management, Integrated and distributed storage, and redundancy are included and fully supported. One neck to wring.
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Cons

HPE SimpliVity

  • As mentioned, HPE SimpliVity has built in backups. The one issue is that those backups are stored on primary storage, so depending on retention schedules, you may find yourself running out of space.
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Scale Computing HC3

  • It does not offer the same level of logical networking, like that of VMware.
  • We have had issues with some software not being able to activate because of the virtual environment.
  • We have to run a separate hardware device for network license dongles.
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Likelihood to Renew

HPE SimpliVity

No score
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Scale Computing HC3

Scale Computing HC3 8.3
Based on 9 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.
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Usability

HPE SimpliVity

No score
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Scale Computing HC3

Scale Computing HC3 9.0
Based on 6 answers
Outstanding product that lives up to all of its claims.
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Reliability and Availability

HPE SimpliVity

No score
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Scale Computing HC3

Scale Computing HC3 9.1
Based on 1 answer
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

HPE SimpliVity

No score
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Scale Computing HC3

Scale Computing HC3 9.1
Based on 1 answer
Performance has been just as outstanding as reliability. I have never experienced delays in any aspect of usage.
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Support

HPE SimpliVity

No score
No answers yet
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Scale Computing HC3

Scale Computing HC3 9.8
Based on 164 answers
Support is pretty solid. They take a very personal approach to understanding your issues and by-and-large chase down issues and fix them.The reason I don't give them a 10 is because I feel like they aren't as polished as they should be around procedure and being careful with customer's deployments. This does vary from technician to technician though as some of their techs definitely are very tight on making sure every "i" is dotted and "t" crossed. They need more of that.When things get deep and issues get pushed up to their engineering department though, I feel like the ball can get dropped and that is a bit frustrating.All-in-all, I work with a lot of vendors and they are by far one of the best. If you talk to most Scale customers, they are raving fans of the platform and the company and the reason is that their platform is excellent and their support is actually quite awesome compared to most vendors.
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In-Person Training

HPE SimpliVity

No score
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Scale Computing HC3

Scale Computing HC3 1.0
Based on 1 answer
I did not do in-person training.
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Online Training

HPE SimpliVity

No score
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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.
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Implementation

HPE SimpliVity

No score
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Scale Computing HC3

Scale Computing HC3 9.1
Based on 2 answers
Purchasing the migration service or tool if one has older systems, a large number of servers, or coming from another VM solution would be a great advantage.
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Alternatives Considered

HPE SimpliVity

In our testing, HPE SimpliVity had slightly better data redundancy than Nutanix.
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Scale Computing HC3

I don't have any real-world experience with Nutanix but we did demo their product and I did a fair bit of research. I also looked heavily at other products in the hyper-converged space.My "end of the day" analysis is that SCALE HC3 is one of the few "full stack" platforms. What I mean by that is that most other products are just some re-mix of existing storage technologies (SAN) that have been virtualized and put into the hyper-visor stack. As a result, the management of the system is fragmented. HC3 on the other hand was built "from the ground up" to be a Hyper-Converged product and as a result, everything is managed under one roof. You don't have to "worry" about 10 different components all being configured correctly to work together, SCALE is a single, unified product and that makes them different than 90% of the other players out there which are pretty much borrowing VMware and then tacking on some kind of VSAN to make a Hyper-Converged stack. This might sound intangible but it results in real-world differences in how the product works and is managed on a day-to-day basis
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Scalability

HPE SimpliVity

No score
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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.
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Return on Investment

HPE SimpliVity

  • HPE SimpliVity provided us with the ability to replace our existing infrastructure with a solution that provided better backup and recovery, and an off-site DR solution, at a lower price point than other solutions.
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Scale Computing HC3

  • Everything has been positive so far with Scale. Our up-time has been the best it's ever been. Out ROI on that alone makes the purchase worth it.
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Pricing Details

HPE SimpliVity

General

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

HPE SimpliVity Editions & Modules

HPE SimpliVity
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

Scale Computing HC3
Edition
HC1200
$8,5001
HC1250D
$15,1701
HC1250
$9,6651
HC1250DF
$16,7501
HC5250D
$25,7001
1. Per Node
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Pricing shown in U.S. Dollar. Pricing for other regions available on request.

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