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Likelihood to Recommend

Scale Computing HC3

Scale definitely has a market where it fits and is a great solution (small to medium-sized businesses). Very large organizations may be better suited to a different solution. For the market that Scale fits into, it really is a perfect solution. I had compared Scale to Nutanix and while Nutanix had some additional features, I couldn't justify the additional costs. However, a large organization may find that additional feature set very useful and worth the additional costs.
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Hyper-V

Hyper-V is well-suited to smaller environments and those that have budgetary constraints. It's also very good for those businesses that need an inexpensive virtualization solution but also doesn't want to go open source. There are a few limitations with using Hyper-V but careful planning and good administration can overcome most of them. If I were asked to build a large (>100 systems) mission-critical environment, I wouldn't use Hyper-V. It's good for smaller installations, but VMware is really more scalable and better suited to large environments. Some might disagree that Hyper-V falls short but for my money, VMware is the better choice in those situations. I really like Hyper-V, but you have to be ready to make some concessions for its shortcomings.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Server Virtualization

Scale Computing HC3
Hyper-V
8.0
Virtual machine automated provisioning
Scale Computing HC3
Hyper-V
7.7
Management console
Scale Computing HC3
Hyper-V
7.7
Live virtual machine backup
Scale Computing HC3
Hyper-V
8.2
Live virtual machine migration
Scale Computing HC3
Hyper-V
8.3
Hypervisor-level security
Scale Computing HC3
Hyper-V
8.2

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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  • The greatest good the use of Hyper-V has done for our company is to significantly reduce the cost of SQL Server licensing.
  • Clustering in Hyper-V is well done, once you get used to the differences between Microsoft's way and VMware's way. Log into one of the hosts or at the cluster level, and get to work. In VMware, you have to log into a vCenter host first, then open the vSphere tool and wait for it to authenticate you.
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Cons

  • Automatic Exports. Although they have the ability to create scheduled snap shots, I am waiting on the tool to allow us to automatically create exporting schedules to a 3rd party NAS
  • Historical Reports, the Hypervisor allows us to see real-time reports of our cluster, but it would be nice to have detailed historical reports of this data to look for patterns in our software resources
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  • Migrating files from one Hyper-V host to another can be tricky if the VM has snapshots. In testing environments most VMs will have snapshots and it can be a headache to move a VM from one host to another.
  • Export/Import process is a bit clunky. There are various options when exporting and Hyper-V doesn't do the best job describing them for new users. Once you have done this a few times it is easier but the first few times may be more difficult.
  • Cloning VMs causes issues. This is more of an issue with Windows and the system ID that Windows has but cloning a VM is not as easy as just copying the files and pasting them in another folder. The VM setting will clone just fine but the VM hard drive (VHD or VHDX) could cause issues.
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Likelihood to Renew

Scale Computing HC38.8
Based on 6 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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Hyper-V9.1
Based on 3 answers
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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Usability

Scale Computing HC38.8
Based on 4 answers
General ease of use.
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Hyper-V8.0
Based on 2 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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Reliability and Availability

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Hyper-V9.0
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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Performance

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Hyper-V9.0
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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Support

Scale Computing HC39.8
Based on 153 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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Hyper-V8.9
Based on 2 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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In-Person Training

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Hyper-V8.0
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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Online Training

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No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Hyper-V9.0
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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Implementation

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No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Hyper-V9.0
Based on 1 answer
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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Alternatives Considered

VMWare is great, but much more complex and licensing is not a simple process.
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If someone asked me to choose between the two I probably would go with VMWare. Maybe it is just personal preference but I am more familiar with VMware, it seems to be used across the industry more widely. We have also had to contact support before and they were helpful. However it all came down to cost, and the organization did not want to pay for it. So we went with Hyper-V.
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Scalability

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Hyper-V9.0
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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Return on Investment

  • As a one person IT department I always try to streamline and automate whenever possible. The Scale HC3 has reduced time spent on maintaining multiple physical servers and the overall ease of use is great.
  • At the time of purchase their system was at least 10-15,000 less than their competitors.
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  • Cost - We've been able to save money by deploying Hyper-V
  • Speed - We've been able to quickly deploy servers at multiple locations
  • Reliability - While the systems have been stable, a concern still exists that if something goes wrong we may have to turn to Google. Or contact Microsoft which isn't always as direct with their support.
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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
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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