HPE SimpliVity vs. Scale Computing Platform

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
HPE SimpliVity
Score 8.5 out of 10
N/A
HPE SimpliVity is a hyper-converged infrastructure solution. HPE acquired SimpliVity for its Omnicube line of products in January 2017.N/A
Scale Computing Platform
Score 9.4 out of 10
Mid-Size Companies (51-1,000 employees)
Scale Computing offers edge computing, virtualization, and hyperconverged solutions for customers around the globe. Scale Computing HyperCore software promises to eliminate traditional virtualization software, disaster recovery software, servers, and shared storage, replacing these with a fully integrated, highly available system for running applications. The vendor says that, using patented HyperCore™ technology, the SC//HyperCore self-healing platform automatically identifies, mitigates, and…
$3,300
per node
Pricing
HPE SimpliVityScale Computing Platform
Editions & Modules
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HE151
$3,300
per node
HE501
$6,800
per node
HC1300
$11,900
per node
HC3350F
$13,400
per node
HC5450D
$26,500
per node
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
HPE SimpliVityScale Computing Platform
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeOptional
Additional DetailsPricing shown in U.S. Dollar. Pricing for other regions available on request.
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HPE SimpliVityScale Computing Platform
Considered Both Products
HPE SimpliVity

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Scale Computing Platform
Chose Scale Computing Platform
Scale Computing was easier to spec out, as well as much much more of a positive experience when trying to purchase and support. Much better ROI as was highly competitive in pricing vs competition and their HCI solutions. It was even cheaper than non-HCI traditional …
Chose Scale Computing Platform
We ended up choosing Scale Computing Platform 4 years ago because that had better pricing than the other players and would offer everything we elected as pre-requisite for our system to work. Today, after several years using their system with no major issues, we can say it was …
Chose Scale Computing Platform
Each system I evaluated has its own strengths and weaknesses. I ended up choosing Scale because of the features and the price. I feel Scale has the best value for the money. I also like to support smaller businesses and I feel that you often get better customer support, which …
Chose Scale Computing Platform
To put it simply, Scale HC3 does most of what the big guys do at a much lower cost. Their deduplication may not be as strong as some competitors, but there are diminishing returns with it as the costs go way up with the other solutions. With Scale, I found I could buy double …
Chose Scale Computing Platform
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 …
Chose Scale Computing Platform
As a long-time HPE shop, we did look at Simplivity (even knowing that HPE's lackadaisical support was likely to poison Simplivity post-acquisition), but we were very underwhelmed by the demonstrator's lack of expertise in the product, and some basic limitations surrounding the …
Chose Scale Computing Platform
We replaced our 5-year-old SimpliVity hyper-converged solution with two 3-node Scale clusters in 2018. We went with Scale Computing HC3 over a new HP/OmniStack solution due to cost and feedback from other Scale users who were very happy with the product. We also liked the …
Chose Scale Computing Platform
Multiple vendors, multiple systems, multiple contracts, multiple licenses, maintenance and support, all gone with a Scale Computing HC3 system. One system, one vendor, one support, fewer headaches and problems to solve. Devote your time to running the business and not minding …
Chose Scale Computing Platform
Lean and mean. For simple and smaller infrastructures, it meets all the bullets of a complex hyper-converged or converged solution at a very reasonable budget, and is MUCH easier to implement.
Chose Scale Computing Platform
Simplivity is not true hyper-converged, it keeps all the complexity of VMWare and SAN and the required management.
Nutanix is not open about their system performance.
Scale won the race by sending a test unit and letting us have a go at it. They are fully open about what their …
Chose Scale Computing Platform
Scale Computing HC3 was way better than the competition in price and features and ease of use. What they give up on certain more advanced features they make up in ease of use and reliability and I wasn't going to use those advanced features anyways. They also are light years …
Chose Scale Computing Platform
We chose Scale because of the people first, and the product second. The desire to truly want our business and the commitment to be hands on in our deployment was a huge factor. The product also is a much less expensive solution to the others I mentioned but packed with …
Chose Scale Computing Platform
We selected Scale over the two mentioned companies based on price, support, ease of use, user reviews, and customer reference calls to Scale customers. It was over 2 years ago that I did the research, so I'm sure some things have changed. But, I'm happy with our selection of …
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User Ratings
HPE SimpliVityScale Computing Platform
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(7 ratings)
9.4
(235 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
9.4
(22 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
8.6
(40 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
5.5
(2 ratings)
9.4
(235 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
1.0
(1 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(2 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
HPE SimpliVityScale Computing Platform
Likelihood to Recommend
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
I only know what I know...which is my IT world. Having two datacenters that were physical servers attached to a SAN that "attempted" to replicate and then migrating. For a SMB small IT shop that happens to have two datacenters already in place...this has been ideal. I can have a generalist maintain the system and we have a private cloud for DR with hardly any effort...the biggest gain by far!
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Scale Computing
I would recommend it to anyone who has three or more servers. We just received another quote as I am about to deploy Scale at City Hall as well. This will replace my 8-year-old VMware cluster that hosts 20 servers.
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Pros
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Deduplication and Compression - SimpliVity keeps the space consumption to a minimum. We currently have 60 servers running virtually and we still have room to grow. This really helps with the backups as we can have longer retention.
  • Backups - Ability to keep backups for longer and to create multiple backup policies for a VM is a breeze. You can have a backup policy for each datastore as well as a separate backup policy for the same VM.
  • Creating Datastores is very easy. No more messing around with LUNS and iSCSI. Just go to the SimpliVity tab and select create datastore and it's done. You can also increase the datastore on the fly as well as have a datastore bigger than 2TB.
  • File level recovery is included as well. The whole backup process in SimpliVity can help you do away with other software.
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Scale Computing
  • Snapshots are lean and fast, so restore time is simply amazing. When you don't have time to wait after a crypto attack to restore, I have found nothing faster!
  • Clients can never fully know their growth for years to come, and sometimes it is only a year after the original install. This is no problem we can build on to the system like Lego blocks. Just simply adding a node or two and there is no downtime!
  • There are many functions that can be done while servers are running that help to maintain the most uptime, as an example disk size on the primary disk can be expanded without shutting down the server.
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Cons
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Upgrades are better than they used to be, but still complex.
  • Make existing RapidDR product integral, versus a separate licensed component.
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Scale Computing
  • It exposes no backup API. You have to treat VMs as physical machines, with all the drawbacks. This is a huge problem, since the official partner Acronis can't deliver. If you ever worked with Veeam you want it back very very badly.
  • Assigned RAM is used RAM. The hypervisor can't share memory or only allocate what is used etc. It's wasted RAM most of the time.
  • No logging and auditing. (There is, but not visible to the customer).
  • The GUI is quite bad. It looks like done by a designer instead of an IT expert. But it's improving constantly.
  • The company relies heavily on KVM, but seems to have no developer in the open source community. This leads to answers like "we can't do anything about QEMU drivers". Yes, you can. Have delevopers working on it.
  • You can't do basic things like list all of your VMs and see how much RAM/disk, etc. they are using (e.g. in a list view).
  • No rules on which VMs start on which nodes, which VMs to prioritize, etc.
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Likelihood to Renew
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
No answers on this topic
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
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
No answers on this topic
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
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
No answers on this topic
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
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
No answers on this topic
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
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Support is very good. With proactive support, you are supported by an engineer in North America who answers the phone and immediately begins assisting with your issue. The folks I have dealt with in the last several years have been very skilled and it is rare to have a ticket open for more than a day or two. Issues affecting production are dealt with appropriately and are escalated within the support organization.
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Scale Computing
The support team deserves major props for how cordial and professional they were with our implementation. We were assigned a project manager and engineer. Everything was scheduled with our kick-off call, and our engineer got us up and running in no time.
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In-Person Training
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
No answers on this topic
Scale Computing
I did not do in-person training.
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Online Training
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
No answers on this topic
Scale Computing
Because Scale is so simple, the training is just as quick and easy.
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Implementation Rating
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
No answers on this topic
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
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
We have decided to sign with Nutanix. We feel they are improving technology and are just a better software now.
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Scale Computing
At the end of the day, and in the environment we are in, Scale just fits the bill, both price-wise and functionality-wise. Upgrading our VM environment was always a week-long process, now, it is a twenty-minute process, implementing, converting VMs, and rolling everything over to Scale was completed in less than a week's time, and that included training.
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Scalability
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
No answers on this topic
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
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • 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
  • 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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ScreenShots

Scale Computing Platform Screenshots

Screenshot of Scale Computing Fleet Management Dashboard - 
At-a-glance summary of the health of the fleet upon login.Screenshot of Cluster Details -
Details of a particular cluster, including health, fleet manager connectivity, nodes, and VMsScreenshot of Scale Computing Fleet Manager -
Manages an organization’s fleet of Clusters.Screenshot of Hypercore UI -
Simple Web Interface for Local Management of the Cluster and its Workloads