Hyper-V vs. Scale Computing Platform

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Hyper-V
Score 8.8 out of 10
N/A
N/A
$24.95
per month
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
Hyper-VScale Computing Platform
Editions & Modules
Developer
$24.95
per month
Bronze
$49.00
per month
Silver
$89.00
per month
Gold
$135.00
per month
Platinum
$199.00
per month
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
Hyper-VScale 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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Community Pulse
Hyper-VScale Computing Platform
Considered Both Products
Hyper-V

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Scale Computing Platform
Chose Scale Computing Platform
After reviewing several options, including upgrading our Hyper-V setup. We determined that the Cost vs Benefit for our setup fell directly to the Scale HC3. We were in a situation where we needed new hardware and new software, so with the other options we were still looking at …
Chose Scale Computing Platform

VMWare & Hyper-V while is obviously enterprise class ready, they have LOT of features. While those may be necessary in some instances, I've found we'd rather fix problems and drive business than attend to that detail of the cluster. Scale simplifies the management to use by …

Chose Scale Computing Platform
Previously, we used Dell servers with Microsoft Hyper-V to create virtual environments and clusters. This was a HUGH time sync and a maintenance NIGHTMARE. Servers constantly needed updating, the cluster was always causing problems. When a physical server would go offline, …
Chose Scale Computing Platform
Citrix was our oldest virtual environment and it was tired when we retired it fully. But when testing newer systems it would have taken more time and was not as easily adaptable to grow our system. Hyper-V may be the basic MS virtual environment but the configuration of LUNs …
Chose Scale Computing Platform
I can't speak to large organizations however Scale seems like the perfect fit for small to medium size organizations. We could not justify the cost of VMWare with our needs, and the uncertain future of Hyper-V led us to pick Scale.
Chose Scale Computing Platform
Haven't honestly used it enough to have a solid opinion. We chose Scale because of the introduction from our Vendor, and the connection that we made immediately with our rep (and subsequent reps since). it was an easy relationship, with no requirements for quotas.
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
Scale is light years ahead in usability, setup and management. Sales people had me a quote while on the call, other suppliers took up to 3 months.
Chose Scale Computing Platform
The price to performance for Scale Computing HC3 is something that made the final decision for our organization easy. While Scale may lack some of the advanced features of VMware, as a shop that had used VMware for over 7 years, I can confidently say that in my time with the …
Chose Scale Computing Platform
So far Scale Computing provides a more reliable and scale-able solution compared to the others.
Chose Scale Computing Platform
Scale has all the benefits of these other systems, but more. It is much more flexible, easier to use, and in my experience, it is more stable.
Chose Scale Computing Platform
I believe there are many pros and cons to each of the stated products but I feel when looking at Scale compared to those products Scale was an easy choice based on its performance, its user-friendly dashboard, their customer service and lastly the price. I felt as if you …
Chose Scale Computing Platform
HC3 is definitely a better alternative for the versatility and scalability that it offers compared to other products.
Chose Scale Computing Platform
We have built out several test environments and have demoed all of these products and we were not able to build out or purchase an environment that performed as well or had the features as Scale HC3 for the same investment.
Chose Scale Computing Platform
HC3x does everything we need it to do at a fraction of the cost of it's nearest alternative. The cost was around 25% cheaper than the nearest alternative and the setup / configuration was pretty much completed within a couple of hours (including racking it). I'd previously …
Chose Scale Computing Platform
Usually you don't make a platform change until you find something that's ten times better (i.e. An order of magnitude better). Scale HC3 is that platform. The Scale Computing HyperConverged Virtualization platform makes virtualization automatic so that you can move on to …
Chose Scale Computing Platform
We looked at EMC's offerings (both storage and hyperconverged solutions) when making our decisions on hardware refresh two and a half years ago.
Chose Scale Computing Platform
Scales manageability of virtual computers is what sets it apart. MS Hyper V was efficient and 'easy' as well but had quirks that resulted in many hours of troubleshooting. I have not encountered quirks like this that have lead to downtime with Scale. The GUI of scale feels …
Chose Scale Computing Platform
HC3 staff performed a very convincing sales presentation and offered a product that was substantially more affordable to us than those of competitors. Hence, HC3 was (and still is) our first evaluated system and we haven't yet compared it directly to other hyper-converged …
Chose Scale Computing Platform
We selected Scale because of price point, ROI and ease of installation, implementation and training IT professionals.
Chose Scale Computing Platform
Scale Computing HC3 is the only vendor we found that allows for integrated storage and not requiring dedicated SAN systems and redundancy that became too costly for our organization.
Chose Scale Computing Platform
Hyper-V is much more difficult to start up. VMware start-up costs are much higher than Scale.
Chose Scale Computing Platform
HC3 is powerful and user friendly but as an experienced tech I do much some of the power features we have in the VMWare/HyperV world.
Chose Scale Computing Platform
-Better UI -Simple Design, yet very powerfull -Better support on the product
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Hyper-VScale Computing Platform
Server Virtualization
Comparison of Server Virtualization features of Product A and Product B
Hyper-V
8.6
70 Ratings
3% above category average
Scale Computing Platform
-
Ratings
Virtual machine automated provisioning9.258 Ratings00 Ratings
Management console6.570 Ratings00 Ratings
Live virtual machine backup9.762 Ratings00 Ratings
Live virtual machine migration8.465 Ratings00 Ratings
Hypervisor-level security9.165 Ratings00 Ratings
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User Ratings
Hyper-VScale Computing Platform
Likelihood to Recommend
8.9
(71 ratings)
9.4
(236 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.0
(6 ratings)
9.4
(22 ratings)
Usability
8.3
(7 ratings)
8.5
(40 ratings)
Availability
9.0
(1 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Performance
9.0
(1 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
7.5
(16 ratings)
9.4
(236 ratings)
In-Person Training
8.0
(1 ratings)
1.0
(1 ratings)
Online Training
9.0
(1 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
5.0
(3 ratings)
9.1
(2 ratings)
Configurability
9.0
(1 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Ease of integration
7.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
9.0
(1 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
9.0
(1 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
9.0
(1 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Hyper-VScale Computing Platform
Likelihood to Recommend
Microsoft
If budgets are stretched, Hyper-V is a very cost effective solution. Any veteran MS Windows administrators will have little issue in getting to grips with this. If you are familiar with VMware solutions, then you may find Hyper-V a little frustrating as it does lack some of the functionality of those products, however nothing that will prevent you from managing your virtual workloads and estate. Since rolling out Hyper-V 2019 we have had no real issues with it; ESXi seemed to have more issues and was less forgiving with hardware compatibility.
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Scale Computing
I believe Scale Computing Platform shines in the small enterprise environment and it would work well in a medium/edge environment enterprise environment. Based on my experience with VMWare, I believe Scale Computing Platform's solution would struggle to meet the needs of a larger enterprise that relies on more robust, industry standardized system integrations for automation and management. The Acronis backup solution is robust, but Veeam is the industry standard for a reason.
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Pros
Microsoft
  • Easy to use GUI - very easy for someone with sufficient Windows experience - not necessarily a system administrator.
  • Provisioning VMs with different OSes - we mostly rely on different flavors of Windows Server, but having a few *nix distributions was not that difficult.
  • Managing virtual networks - we usually have 1 or 2 VLANs for our business purposes, but we are happy with the outcomes.
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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
Microsoft
  • The only issue I have with Hyper-V is I am unable to use Veeam on my Windows 2016 Server to backup my FreeBSD HAProxy VM.
  • There is some sort of checkpoint issue that I have been unable to figure out, but it works just fine on my Windows 2012 Servers. I do believe this is a Microsoft issue and not a Veeam issue though.
  • Another thing that could be useful that Hyper-V does not have would be some sort of GUI that shows the status of all the VM's on a given server to help us manage them easier and know what is going on. However, I do have Zabbix for this and that does a good job at monitoring all my servers.
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Scale Computing
  • We have used Scale for just under a year and have not yet noticed any area that needs improvement.
  • I actually joked with my Scale rep that the system is so easy to manage and foolproof that we don't login to the console often enough and can never remember the password
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Likelihood to Renew
Microsoft
Cheap and easy is the name of the game. It has great support, it doesn't require additional licenses, it works the same if it is a cluster or stand-alone, and all the servers can be centrally managed from a system center virtual machine manager server, even when located at remote sites.
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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
Microsoft
It is very easy to configure new virtual machines and manage them. But you have to use different interfaces to perform various tasks. Especially as soon as it comes to clustering you have to use at least two different interfaces (Hyper-V Manager and Failover-Cluster Manager) to perform all necessary tasks. The newly released Windows Admin Center is a way into the right direction to get all management tasks into one single interface.
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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
Microsoft
In the past 2 years our Hyper-V servers have only had a handful of instances where the VM's on them were unreachable and the physical Hyper-V server had to be restarted. One time this was due to a RAM issue with the physical box and was resolved when we stopped using dynamic memory in Hyper-V. The other times were after updates were installed and the physical box was not restarted after the updates were installed.
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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
Microsoft
Hyper-V itself works quickly and rarely gave performance issues but this can be more attributed to the physical server specifications that the actual Hyper-V software in my opinion as Hyper-V technically just utilizes config files such as xml, and a data drive file (VHD, VHDX, etc) to perform its' duties.
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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
Microsoft
Hyper-V is greatly supported by techs around the world. There are tons of forums, help websites and individuals ready to answer questions. I've never needed to contact Microsoft for help...because help is so easy to find out there. Do a search online for anything related to Hyper-V and you will certainly find an article with spelled out steps on how to do what you are looking to do.
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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
Microsoft
We had in person training from a third party and while it was very in depth it was at a beginner's level and by the time we received the training we had advanced past this level so it was monotonous and redundant at that point. It was good training though and would have provided a solid foundation for learning the rest of Hyper-V had I had it from the beginning.
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Scale Computing
I did not do in-person training.
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Online Training
Microsoft
The training was easy to read and find. There were good examples in the training and it is plentiful if you use third party resources also. It is not perfect as sometimes you may have a specific question and have to spend time learning or in the rare case you get an error you might have to research that error code which could have multiple causes.
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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
Microsoft
initial configuration of hyper-v is intuitive to anyone familiar with windows and roles for basic items like single server deployments, storage and basic networking. the majority of the problems were with implementing advanced features like high availability and more complex networking. There is a lot of documentation on how to do it but it is not seamless, even to experienced virtualization professionals.
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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
Microsoft
VMware is the pioneer of virtualization but when you compare it with Hyper-V, VMware lacks the flexibility of hardware customization and configuration options Hyper-V has also GPU virtualization still not adequate for both platforms. VMware has better graphical interface and control options for virtual machines. Another advantage VMware has is it does not need a dedicated os GUI base installation only needs small resources and can easily install on any host.
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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
Microsoft
Nothing is perfect but Hyper-V does a great job of showing the necessary data to users to ensure that there is enough resources to perform essential functions. You can also select what fields show on the management console which is helpful for a quick glance. There are notifications that can be set up and if things go unnoticed and a Hyper-V server runs out of a resource it will safely and quickly shut down the VM's it needs to in order to ensure no Hardware failure or unnecessary data loss.
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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
Microsoft
  • Hyper-V has provided for an extremely cost-effective virtual environment with disaster recovery. For the size of our business, it's all we need to ensure our desired level of continuity of services and protection against hardware failures.
  • Since we are a Windows shop, deploying Hyper-V means we don't have the added cost of a hypervisor, since it's included in the cost of the Windows Server license. It's all we needed to achieve our goal of running all our virtual machines on a single server with another, less expensive server on tap for replication and failover.
  • We wanted easy deployment and management with disaster recovery while having the ability to leverage our years of Windows SysAdmin experience. Hyper-V fit the bill.
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Scale Computing
  • We have a huge ROI because of saving on manpower for setup, maintenance, administration, updates, extensions, support calls and also our backup strategy.
  • Saving on administration time is at least 99% compared to the market leader.
  • The Hypervisor cluster can be extended without any planning, downtime and about 30 min of setup time.
  • Very good addition to our backup strategy. We generally don't need to restore from disk/tape, but just go back in time to a snapshot or mount any snapshot from any disk from any server to any other server to check for deleted files, etc.
  • Support calls are hassle-free, fast and have no overhead of collection logs or dealing with first-level support, etc.
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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