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Likelihood to Recommend

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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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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Pros

  • Simplified management. Management of the cluster is via a single web interface, it is simple and does not require extensive training to navigate or operate making it accessible to mid-level staff.
  • The flexibility of the hardware mix within a cluster. Allowing a variety of hardware levels and ages within a cluster and the system's ability to assigned loads to best leverage this mix of hardware allows us to manage cost by not "over buying" hardware capacity to meet a few high demand workloads.
  • Support by Scale. We have had few needs to contact support which is the first plus, but secondly, when we have had needs or questions responses have been prompt and accurate with first contact resolution.
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  • 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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Cons

  • The tools for migrating to the HC3 platform have a few issues and caused issues with some security keys and certificates. After a couple issues we ended up migrating key servers by using a fresh build and migrating data with was more disruptive but more successful.
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  • Expensive
  • Not scalable from a storage standpoint after implementation. Well, not easily.
  • Nothing else I can think of
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Likelihood to Renew

Scale Computing HC38.8
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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

Scale Computing HC38.8
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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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Support

Scale Computing HC39.8
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Support calls have been few but all have been answered by US-based technicians that were knowledgable and in most cases resulted in first call resolution of the issue.
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Alternatives Considered

We looked at EMC's offerings (both storage and hyperconverged solutions) when making our decisions on hardware refresh two and a half years ago.
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In our testing, HPE SimpliVity had slightly better data redundancy than Nutanix.
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Return on Investment

  • Scale was a much more cost-effective option than other hyperconverged solutions we looked, or when compared to the cost of refreshing our previous environment of HP servers and a SAN. And that is before you look at the cost savings of not having to pay for a recurring VMWare license!
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  • 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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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.

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