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Scale Computing Platform

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Attribute Ratings

  • Scale Computing Platform is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Renew, Usability
  • StarWind HyperConverged Appliance (HCA) is rated higher in 2 areas: Availability, Support Rating
  • Scale Computing Platform and StarWind HyperConverged Appliance (HCA) are tied in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Implementation Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

9.7

Scale Computing Platform

97%
216 Ratings
9.7

StarWind HCA

97%
58 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.4

Scale Computing Platform

94%
22 Ratings
9.1

StarWind HCA

91%
3 Ratings

Usability

9.4

Scale Computing Platform

94%
38 Ratings
9.1

StarWind HCA

91%
1 Rating

Availability

9.1

Scale Computing Platform

91%
2 Ratings
9.6

StarWind HCA

96%
53 Ratings

Performance

9.1

Scale Computing Platform

91%
2 Ratings

StarWind HCA

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

9.5

Scale Computing Platform

95%
379 Ratings
9.7

StarWind HCA

97%
55 Ratings

In-Person Training

1.0

Scale Computing Platform

10%
1 Rating

StarWind HCA

N/A
0 Ratings

Online Training

9.1

Scale Computing Platform

91%
1 Rating

StarWind HCA

N/A
0 Ratings

Implementation Rating

9.1

Scale Computing Platform

91%
4 Ratings
9.1

StarWind HCA

91%
1 Rating

Configurability

9.1

Scale Computing Platform

91%
1 Rating

StarWind HCA

N/A
0 Ratings

Product Scalability

9.1

Scale Computing Platform

91%
1 Rating

StarWind HCA

N/A
0 Ratings

Vendor post-sale

9.1

Scale Computing Platform

91%
1 Rating

StarWind HCA

N/A
0 Ratings

Vendor pre-sale

9.1

Scale Computing Platform

91%
1 Rating

StarWind HCA

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Scale Computing

Scale Computing seems to be a good solution for small to medium size organizations. I can't speak to large organizations and how well it supports scaling with their resources. For our case, we considered VMWare, HyperV, Scale, and others. We were initially going to choose Hyper-V; however, with the rumors of it being discontinued, we with Scale due to its price and ease of management.
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StarWind

The StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is well suited for environments needing redundancy and high performance. I feel comfortable running virtualized critical servers on the StarWind setup due to the benefits provided by the two-node system. Cost is more along the low-end of pricing compared to other brand-name hyperconverged solutions, so the return on investment is high.
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Pros

Scale Computing

  • Customer support and service is outstanding.
  • Updates and upgrades are hassle-free with no downtime.
  • No need to worry about hardware, BIOS, drivers, firmware.
  • Outstanding handling of snapshots with thousands of snapshots possible with almost no disk cost and no IO costs. We snapshot each VM every hour and keep snapshots for 48 hours and 2 weeks.
  • REST API can be used to create your own reports and scripts.
  • The Hypervisor just runs. No downtimes since it was integrated 2 years ago.
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StarWind

  • It is extremely easy to set up, it comes with most options pre-configured for you. But the support group will walk through your entire setup and migration.
  • It is monitored by StarWind 24x7. Instead of issues being reactive with the monitoring I'm hoping things will be more proactive.
  • The performance has been outstanding. I think disk was our main limiting factor with our hold hardware.
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Cons

Scale Computing

  • One of the things we have to do is manage a group of virtual drives that are attached to our Windows servers. With growth, we find that we need to increase the size of some of these drives. The method used by the HC3 system is cumbersome. I will say that I believe that this has changed in the latest firmware upgrade we did, but I haven't had a need to try it since we did the upgrade recently.
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StarWind

  • Support team has slight accent but is not too difficult to understand.
  • Emphasis on security can be improved. Things like default passwords were not changed initially until requested.
  • Can't really think of much else...If I had to split hairs...on reboots sometimes it took a while to sync with the other node. Max was 30 minutes, but 99% of the time it's 3-4 minutes.
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Pricing Details

Scale Computing Platform

Starting Price

$0 Per Node

Editions & Modules

Scale Computing Platform editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
HC1200$8,5001
HC1250D$15,1702
HC1250$9,6653
HC1250DF$16,7504
HC5250D$25,7005

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

Pricing shown in U.S. Dollar. Pricing for other regions available on request.

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StarWind HCA

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

StarWind HCA editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Pricing Info

    Likelihood to Renew

    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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    StarWind

    It is very simple to use and just simply works. We have had zero issues with our HCA appliances. In the future, we will likely look into a 3-node cluster instead of a 2-node for increased storage space and speed. From quote to implementation, it was a very simple and straightforward process.
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    Usability

    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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    StarWind

    Easy to set up initially and use.
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    Reliability and Availability

    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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    StarWind

    We moved to starwind after our old Hyper-V server had some hardware issues. We experienced about a day of downtime on the old system. Since moving to our HCA in 2019, I can honestly say we haven't had ANY downtime... The system is solid, the support is great. I can't mention that enough. Maintenance is a breeze, since you can update the Hyper-V servers one at a time and stay up. Its just an entire mindset change. Its amazing.
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    Performance

    Scale Computing

    Performance has been just as outstanding as reliability. I have never experienced delays in any aspect of usage.
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    StarWind

    No answers on this topic

    Support Rating

    Scale Computing

    Scale support has been great; the initial setup was done over a series of scheduled calls, they really hit the nail on the head with their onboarding process, and everything was written out so you were ready to go once your next call started. Kudos to the Scale Support Team and their continued service!
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    StarWind

    StarWind's proactive support will notify us of any non-responsive issues that they may see on their end. Thankfully, no serious issues with the HCA's have occurred but several times network connectivity was lost to the HCAs and StarWind's proactive support notified us.
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    In-Person Training

    Scale Computing

    I did not do in-person training.
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    StarWind

    No answers on this topic

    Online Training

    Scale Computing

    Because Scale is so simple, the training is just as quick and easy.
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    StarWind

    No answers on this topic

    Implementation Rating

    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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    StarWind

    Very simple, all you need is a day's worth of time to install the hardware, get the vSAN up and running, and start moving over workloads.
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    Alternatives Considered

    Scale Computing

    To be honest hyper-converged infrastructure products dramatically show improvement from start up. Providing a single pane of glass management is important in any of these HCI products. I like any/all of the HCI products I've worked with thus far.
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    StarWind

    Main reason for swapping away from VMware was cost. Our servers at the point of swapping away from VMware were already old so performance wasn't a consideration. We wanted to have something that Microsoft already provided so being able to leverage HyperV was a solid sell for us.
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    Scalability

    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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    StarWind

    No answers on this topic

    Return on Investment

    Scale Computing

    • 0% downtime or loss of revenue due to downtime.
    • The simplicity of testing backups in a live environment in the event of a technical catastrophe.
    • Ease of mind and a lot less stress worrying about a raid system within a standalone server dying in the middle of the night.
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    StarWind

    • Our CIS software has some poorly optimized SQL logic. Our old Failover Cluster w/ a VNXe3200 SAN would take up to 7 seconds to pull a customer's records up. It now takes only 1-2 seconds. Our front office has been much more pleasant since their install.
    • I would only rarely have to interact with our blade switches and VNXe SAN, so I wouldn't necessarily retain the knowledge of how to configure them. Each time I'd need to make a change, I'd have to refer back to my documentation. That's no longer an issue I have to deal with.
    • The rack footprint for our cluster went from 14U to 4U, and we were able to achieve it with much less network cabling and with lowered power requirements.
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