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Likelihood to Recommend

Red Hat Gluster Storage

GFS is well suited for DEVOPS type environments where organizations prefer to invest in servers and DAS (direct attached storage) versus purchasing storage solutions/appliances. GFS allows organizations to scale their storage capacity at a fraction of the price using DAS HDDs versus committing to purchase licenses and hardware from a dedicated storage manufacturer (e.g. NetApp, Dell/EMC, HP, etc.).
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Scale Computing HC3

Scale is obviously well-suited for SMB / SME environments. Larger environments will likely find a reduced need for dedicated storage admins or VM specialists in-house. Environments that rely on SDN or very complex VLANs may find Scale's networking to be somewhat limited.
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Pros

Red Hat Gluster Storage

  • Scales; bricks can be easily added to increase storage capacity
  • Performs; I/O is spread across multiple spindles (HDDs), thereby increasing read and write performance
  • Integrates well with RHEL/CentOS 7; if your organization is using RHEL 7, Gluster (GFS) integrates extremely well with that baseline, especially since it's come under the Red Hat portfolio of tools.
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Scale Computing HC3

  • Scale provides a solid worry free VM environment for any SMB. We were looking to upgrade our VMware environment and found it quite daunting trying to piece together all the components necessary for a vm environment as well as the inevitable support contracts that would be scattered across different vendors. Scale combines everything you need into one turnkey solution. One appliance, one vendor, one support contract.
  • Companies with a limited IT staff or who would rather free their staff from the administration concerns of a typical vm environment will benefit greatly from a Scale HC3. It truly is plug and play. Even the system updates are automated, moving vms around the nodes in realtime while each node updates with no disruption to the VMs.
  • Built in High Availability, built in Load Balancing. Storage, Servers, VM os.. it's all self contained.
  • Working with the VMs (creating, deleting, cloning) is easier on an HC3 than on anything else I have seen.
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Cons

Red Hat Gluster Storage

  • Documentation; using readthedocs demonstrates that the Gluster project isn't always kept up-to-date as far as documentation is concerned. Many of the guides are for previous versions of the product and can be cumbersome to follow at times.
  • Self-healing; our use of GFS required the administrator to trigger an auto-heal operation manually whenever bricks were added/removed from the pool. This would be a great feature to incorporate using autonomous self-healing whenever a brick is added/removed from the pool.
  • Performance metrics are scarce; our team received feedback that online RDBMS transactions did not perform well on distributed file systems (such as GFS), however this could not be substantiated via any online research or white papers.
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Scale Computing HC3

  • The amount of RAM you specify when ordering the system is not completely available for virtual machines. You need to calculate the ability for VMs to fail over to remaining nodes in the event a single node fails.
  • Integration with backup product vendors is severely lacking, causing difficulty in backing up full snapshots off site.
  • The interface login is a simple username and password. It would be nice to integrate two-factor authentication to increase security.
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Likelihood to Renew

Red Hat Gluster Storage

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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

Red Hat Gluster Storage

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Scale Computing HC3

Scale Computing HC3 9.0
Based on 6 answers
I was able to learn how to manage this system in minutes. I can go weeks without touching it and never have a problem. If something comes up like an update, I simply get an email notifying me to login and update my Cluster OS.
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Reliability and Availability

Red Hat Gluster Storage

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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

Red Hat Gluster Storage

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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

Red Hat Gluster Storage

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Scale Computing HC3

Scale Computing HC3 9.8
Based on 164 answers
When you call Scale Computing support you get an experienced knowledgeable engineer who will see your problem through to resolution. That engineer will probably be able to solve the problem but if not, will remain as your single point of contact. None of that irritating passing from engineer to engineer, each time re-explaining everything about your problem, that we've all grown tired of.
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In-Person Training

Red Hat Gluster Storage

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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

Red Hat Gluster Storage

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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

Red Hat Gluster Storage

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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

Red Hat Gluster Storage

Gluster is a lot lower cost than the storage industry leaders. However, NetApp and Dell/EMC's product documentation is (IMHO) more mature and hardened against usage in operational scenarios and environments. Using Gluster avoids "vendor lock-in" from the perspective on now having to purchase dedicated hardware and licenses to run it. Albeit, should an organization choose to pay for support for Gluster, they would be paying licensing costs to Red Hat instead of NetApp, Dell, EMC, HP, or VMware. It could be assumed, however, that if an organization wanted to use Gluster, that they were already a Linux shop and potentially already paying Red Hat or Canonical (Debian) for product support, thereby the use of GFS would be a nominal cost adder from a maintenance/training perspective.
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Scale Computing HC3

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 spend your time and money doing more interesting and valuable things.
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Scalability

Red Hat Gluster Storage

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Scale Computing HC3

Scale Computing HC3 9.1
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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

Red Hat Gluster Storage

  • Positive - Alignment with the open source community and being able to stay abreast of the latest trending products available.
  • Positive - Reduced procurement and maintenance costs.
  • Negative - Impacts user/system maintainer training in order to teach them how to utilize and troubleshoot the product.
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Scale Computing HC3

  • System downtime outside of scheduled updates has gone away. We were struggling with our old system as the age of the system caught up we were experiencing more and more down time. Even once age is equivalent on this system I have a comfort level that if we have a node go down the fail over is so smooth that users will not be affected by the outage.
  • We were so happy with the HC3 system and the benefits that it brought that we updated one of our other systems to another scale unit. The remote management and console support has allowed us to keep our lean staffing and still have up time numbers to be proud of.
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Pricing Details

Red Hat Gluster Storage

General

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

Red Hat Gluster Storage Editions & Modules

Red Hat Gluster Storage
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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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