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Score 9.7 out of 100

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Score 9.1 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

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.
Jeremy Robinson | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware ESXi

ESXi excels at providing stable, highly-available resources for most applications. The vast majority of workloads can be virtualized without a penalty. Hardware accelerated assistance is exposed and effective, and the options are plentiful. Adding memory or compute resources is dead simple. Pooling of resources and defining resource priority is top notch. A key to succeeding with ESXi is to give it more than it needs - more memory, more CPU, more network bandwidth. ESXi will manage those resources effectively so long as you give it room to work.
However, with high-transaction databases and some latency-sensitive applications, ESXi may not be the best solution. I've encountered long snapshot times that have disrupted SQL operations when I/O is frozen to create the snapshot. VMware has documented this and actually recommends avoiding snapshot technology in these situations. While not a common scenario this can result in unexpected production issues without thorough, careful planning. ESXi is also not suitable for devices or environments where outboard hardware (USB and other devices) are required. Lastly, the floppy drive has been dead for years. Why is it still present in the default hardware for a virtual machine in the year 2020? Does anyone actually have a need for floppy emulation?
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Server Virtualization

Scale Computing HC3
VMware ESXi
8.9
Virtual machine automated provisioning
Scale Computing HC3
VMware ESXi
8.9
Management console
Scale Computing HC3
VMware ESXi
8.5
Live virtual machine backup
Scale Computing HC3
VMware ESXi
8.8
Live virtual machine migration
Scale Computing HC3
VMware ESXi
9.4
Hypervisor-level security
Scale Computing HC3
VMware ESXi
8.9

Pros

Scale Computing HC3

  • Simple solution to managing storage, virtualization and snapshots on one page with not more than 3 clicks
  • Excellent technical support with support built into the suite for quick access when required by the Scale Computing Technicians.
  • High performance out of the Flash and Spinning Disks through HyperCore Enhanced Automated Tiering (HEAT)
  • High availability feature helps in ensuring that there is no single point of failure
Durgesh Kalya | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware ESXi

  • ESXi makes management of hosted machines easy. Everything is in one place. If you have a vCenter (which costs extra) to manage all your ESXi hosts, then everything is truly in one place and there is no need to hop around from management tool to management tool. Al the virtual machines' hardware settings, OS information, storage volume information, backup information, even a remote console just like a KVM ... all of it is in one place.
  • ESXi balances workloads well when using vCenter. Behind the scenes, the vCenter allows an ESXi host to "talk to" other ESXi hosts and when one VM has resources usage that gets past a certain threshold, it can move virtual machines around to balance workloads, even while the machines are running and service users. It's completely invisible to the users, who don't experience latency or any kind of interruptions when their VM is being moved.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

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.
Tracy Burton | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware ESXi

  • I would love for some of the features only available within the upper tiers of ESXi licensing to be available for Standard licensing purchases. There is a vast difference between free, standard, enterprise plus licensing.
  • The learning curve might be an issue for some users, but can be overcome with the vast amount of resources available. You might have to train to find all of the resources as well.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Scale Computing HC3

Scale Computing HC3 8.1
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.
Brian Dunk | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware ESXi

VMware ESXi 3.8
Based on 2 answers
Me, not likely as my current company doesn't use it nor do I use it at home. However, I don't see my previous company ever switching away from it.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Scale Computing HC3

Scale Computing HC3 9.1
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.
Brian Dunk | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware ESXi

VMware ESXi 10.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Reliability and Availability

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.
Mark Simmons | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware ESXi

No score
No answers yet
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Performance

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.
Mark Simmons | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware ESXi

No score
No answers yet
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Support Rating

Scale Computing HC3

Scale Computing HC3 9.9
Based on 165 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.
David Roden | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware ESXi

VMware ESXi 8.7
Based on 57 answers
We have had a bit of trouble with support over the last couple versions of ESX. To be fair, some of the issues coincided with a change from detached storage to VSAN. We have had some system level problems (the good news is that we really don't need much normal support) that they have struggled to fix and that support has been slow to respond to and or be proactive to any degree in these issues. Like many companies that I've seen grow so large, this seems to be just what happens.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Scale Computing HC3

Scale Computing HC3 1.0
Based on 1 answer
I did not do in-person training.
Mark Simmons | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware ESXi

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Online Training

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.
Mark Simmons | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware ESXi

No score
No answers yet
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Implementation Rating

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.
Mark Simmons | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware ESXi

No score
No answers yet
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Alternatives Considered

Scale Computing HC3

We chose Scale primarily because it was a completely self contained system. That meant one vendor and one support contract. Researching the different hardware components required for a vm system and multiple vendors of each component quickly got old. And thinking ahead toward maintaining such a system we did not want to deal with the headache of tracking down which component was causing us trouble and then having to prove that to the vendors.
Rob Blackburn | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware ESXi

We have adopted Nutanix Acropolis as a replacement for our NetApp and a long term replacement for VMWare. VMWare will be interoperable with Nutanix in the near future as a datastore to allow us to slowly migrate to Acropolis or continue to utilize VMWare. VMWare is definitely more full featured than Acropolis however there are some things that are not necessary in VMWare(such as VSan) that are completely built in to Nutanix by design. The Nutanix web interface however is much more responsive.
Colby Shores | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

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.
Mark Simmons | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware ESXi

No score
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Return on Investment

Scale Computing HC3

  • The platform saved us 40% at deployment vs. traditional alternative and was a substantially smaller investment that alternative hyper-convergence solutions with similar performance specifications.
  • We have been able to reduce head-count by one with the HC3 platform in place.
  • We have been able to eliminate the annual licensing cost associated with VMware which added to the ROI of HC3.
Marshall Curtis | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware ESXi

  • IT can use its hardware budget efficiently by being able to overprovision and reallocate resources.
  • With the ability to quickly provision and reprovision with templates and automation tools, we are able to provide customers with computing resources and VMs when they need them.
Chris Saenz | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

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.

VMware ESXi

General

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

VMware ESXi Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Scale Computing HC3
9.8
VMware ESXi
9.3

Likelihood to Renew

Scale Computing HC3
8.1
VMware ESXi
3.8

Usability

Scale Computing HC3
9.1
VMware ESXi
10.0

Reliability and Availability

Scale Computing HC3
9.1
VMware ESXi

Performance

Scale Computing HC3
9.1
VMware ESXi

Support Rating

Scale Computing HC3
9.9
VMware ESXi
8.7

In-Person Training

Scale Computing HC3
1.0
VMware ESXi

Online Training

Scale Computing HC3
9.1
VMware ESXi

Implementation Rating

Scale Computing HC3
9.1
VMware ESXi

Scalability

Scale Computing HC3
9.1
VMware ESXi

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