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Scale Computing HC3

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Likelihood to Recommend

Hyper-V

In education Hyper-V is still the best bet. In our case, it's included in our regular Microsoft licenses. VMware is a whole different issue when it comes to licensing and adds significant cost in our situation. The hardware requirements are also different for VMware. The big question is what you need versus what the virtualization software company wants to make you think you need.
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Scale Computing HC3

I think in a smaller environment, Scale provides a great way to get into a virtualized environment. The setup is very simple and it doesn't require significant knowledge of IT infrastructure in order to get up and running. Scale doesn't offer the advanced insight into storage and application resource groups as their competitors do, however it is not designed for advanced users. It is more of a closed box and support handles most requests or issues quickly, but there is not a way for administrators to easily see advanced details of the cluster.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Server Virtualization

Hyper-V
8.0
Scale Computing HC3
Virtual machine automated provisioning
Hyper-V
7.6
Scale Computing HC3
Management console
Hyper-V
7.8
Scale Computing HC3
Live virtual machine backup
Hyper-V
8.2
Scale Computing HC3
Live virtual machine migration
Hyper-V
8.2
Scale Computing HC3
Hypervisor-level security
Hyper-V
8.0
Scale Computing HC3

Pros

Hyper-V

  • Hyper-V is native Windows, so it's optimized for the Windows platform. Virtual machines are very well behaved in this environment, which is a great benefit for administrators.
  • Hyper-V is very easy to implement and to use. A short learning curve is essential for maintaining a high level of productivity in a business. Even the newest of administrators can become proficient almost immediately with Hyper-V.
  • Hyper-V is flexible in which type of hardware you can use for host systems. This is especially cost-effective in businesses where IT budgets are already stretched. Being able to use a wide range of hardware systems as hosts helps maximize hardware utilization while keeping costs down because small shops don't have to go out and spend tens of thousands of dollars on the latest and greatest hardware. You can pretty much use what you have on hand, with few exceptions.
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Scale Computing HC3

  • The best thing about Scale is its simplicity. I used a VMWare solution for the past 5 years and never really felt like I had a grip on how to fully use it. I've had Scale in place for less than 6 months and am so confident in it, I feel as though I could almost train someone else on how to use it.
  • Scale's technical support is second to none. I've had a couple of issues with it and everyone I've spoken with is knowledgeable, friendly and eager to help resolve any issue.
  • With previous solutions, updating firmware is a large endeavor compared to Scale. Scale actually recommends doing it during production time instead of scheduling downtime during evenings or weekends. It makes managing everything easier without me having to come into work on my off time.
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Cons

Hyper-V

  • Hyper-V doesn't support some of the more cost-effective storage systems such as GlusterFS. It's unfortunate because while Hyper-V is certainly cost-effective, good leveraged storage solutions to support it are not.
  • I wish Hyper-V had the capability similar to VMware's DRS so that VMs could move about to balance utilization without having to use SCVMM and SCOM to get similar capabilities. SCVMM and SCOM are really too expensive and heavy for smaller shops that need DRS without the overhead.
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Scale Computing HC3

  • As with everything, I wish the price was a bit cheaper but by comparison to others but it's not bad when compared to similar solutions.
  • Not that it was needed in my case but the option to have a Scale engineer on site for setup might be nice for some instances.
  • The scheduling of the setup calls and training could be explained a little better and even possibly a quick overview of how to use the scheduling portion of the customer portal.
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Likelihood to Renew

Hyper-V

Hyper-V 10.0
Based on 4 answers
We are a partner with Microsoft and are very integrated with their products and it would be difficult to move away from them since 90+% of our software is from Microsoft.
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Scale Computing HC3

Scale Computing HC3 8.2
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

Hyper-V

Hyper-V 9.1
Based on 3 answers
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 HC3

Scale Computing HC3 9.0
Based on 6 answers
General ease of use.
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Reliability and Availability

Hyper-V

Hyper-V 9.0
Based on 1 answer
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 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

Hyper-V

Hyper-V 9.0
Based on 1 answer
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 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

Hyper-V

Hyper-V 10.0
Based on 3 answers
There is a lot of online support with Microsoft Technet that is available to everyone. It answers a lot of questions and allows a forum for users to ask customized questions where other users can share their experiences and knowledge. Since we are a Gold partner our support level is higher than normal and allows us a more direct path for support issues.
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Scale Computing HC3

Scale Computing HC3 9.8
Based on 164 answers
We had a lot of interaction with Scale support when we were getting started. Since then, we have only had a few (mostly routine) support issues. Every time, no matter which tech we speak to, we always feel like we are Scale's most important customer. The help we receive is excellent and well-informed. We never get the sense that someone is guessing, and most of the time we receive additional help or insight that increases our knowledge of, and appreciation for, the product. The people at Scale love their product.
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In-Person Training

Hyper-V

Hyper-V 8.0
Based on 1 answer
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 HC3

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

Hyper-V

Hyper-V 9.0
Based on 1 answer
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 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

Hyper-V

Hyper-V 10.0
Based on 2 answers
Make sure to test the upgrade on a machine with test VM's that are either backed up or are ok to be corrupted in case of failure. Other than that there are few things to worry about
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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

Hyper-V

Hyper-V is MUCH cheaper and includes all the features without needing to purchase additional features. We have also found it much easier to install and manage, and it has eliminated the need to hire consultants in our business to help manage our virtual infrastructure. We have teamed our Hyper-V with Tintri storage solutions to make our implementation [is] simple which has also reduced the labor costs needed to manage the VM infrastructure and storage.
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Scale Computing HC3

We did previously have VMWare licensing but it was so old (5.1) it did not seem worth it to try and upgrade it.
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Scalability

Hyper-V

Hyper-V 9.0
Based on 1 answer
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

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

Hyper-V

  • We have realized savings of $50K a year in the elimination of VMWare fees.
  • We have realized savings of $100K a year in reduction of hardware.
  • We have realized faster recovery times in full VM restores from backups.
  • We have realized better backout plans for changes using checkpoints on the VMs before making a change.
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Scale Computing HC3

  • We have ended up saving money due to less hardware purchases from the capacity given to us during the initial purchase of Scale Computing.
  • We went from 6 servers and 2 NAS down to a 4 Node Cluster with a single NAS for off site replication. This has dropped our Power capacity by 1/4 saving us costs with our Data Center
  • We are able to mange the Cluster from a single portal. This has cut our management time in half and allowed us to work on other items and less worrying about our Node Cluster.
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Pricing Details

Hyper-V

General

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

Hyper-V Editions & Modules

Hyper-V
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
Additional Pricing Details
Pricing shown in U.S. Dollar. Pricing for other regions available on request.

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