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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.
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VMware ESXi

VMware ESXi is well suited in almost every environment. Even the smallest of organizations can benefit from the ease of migration and backup/business continuity that this product allows for. Where it struggles for these small businesses is in the cost model. The redundant hardware and licensing can be cost-prohibitive to a small business. Beyond that, I wouldn't run a business without it if I could scrape up the resources.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Server Virtualization

Scale Computing HC3
VMware ESXi
8.7
Virtual machine automated provisioning
Scale Computing HC3
VMware ESXi
8.5
Management console
Scale Computing HC3
VMware ESXi
8.1
Live virtual machine backup
Scale Computing HC3
VMware ESXi
8.6
Live virtual machine migration
Scale Computing HC3
VMware ESXi
9.3
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
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VMware ESXi

  • Virtualization allows us to create machines that handle specific tasks rather than a bare metal OS that uses the entire hardware; on bare metal, an admin has to use the machine to handle multiple tasks which is confusing to administrate.
  • VMware is fantastic at migrating systems between hosts. This is important to distribute load and for consideration in case of hardware failure.
  • VMware makes automation a snap, we currently use puppet & kickstart for our automation software. Virtualization allows us to be agile in creating systems and destroying them. Before VMware we had to provision machines by hand which is costly in labor costs.
  • VMware has some exciting verticals that integrate well with its hypervisor, VSan comes to mind which helped us address our need for resiliency in case of a hardware fault.
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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.
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VMware ESXi

  • They continue to improve on moving from Flash to HTML 5 based management.
  • I'd like to see more flexibility in how multi-site VCSA redundancy can be deployed.
  • I'd like to see some of the automation and orchestration tools become more affordable for the small to mid-sized business market. vRA/vRO/vCloud..
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Likelihood to Renew

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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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.
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Usability

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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VMware ESXi

VMware ESXi 10.0
Based on 1 answer
The interface is fairly intuitive for most things, and the areas that are a little less obvious usually have fantastic documentation in the online knowledgebase. In 3-4 years of managing our ESXi hosts, I think that I have only opened 4-5 support cases for things that I could not figure out myself or find answers to on the website.
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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.
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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.
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VMware ESXi

No score
No answers yet
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Support

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.
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VMware ESXi

VMware ESXi 7.9
Based on 19 answers
If VMware ESXi support is needed and you have the correct support contract, the support is fast and usually very straightforward. But it is, in most cases, possible to find helpful troubleshooting information or tips with a well-defined Google search.
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In-Person Training

Scale Computing HC3

Scale Computing HC3 1.0
Based on 1 answer
I did not do in-person training.
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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.
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VMware ESXi

No score
No answers yet
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Implementation

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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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.
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VMware ESXi

The only alternative I see is the Microsoft Hyper-V, however in our case we have used VMware products for years and have not thought of migration mainly because of the great stability level and ease of management they provide to us. Also it fully integrates with our hyper-converged infrastructure as no other products can do.
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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.
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VMware ESXi

No score
No answers yet
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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.
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VMware ESXi

  • When speaking about ROI, it is excellent to think about all the hardware maintenance that you save.
  • It also saves when you are getting an A.V. solution since some technologies need only to license the number of CPU cores.
  • it helps to reduce the costs of backup since you can backup many severs within the same technology.
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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

Edition
HC1200$8,5001
HC1250D$15,1701
HC1250$9,6651
HC1250DF$16,7501
HC5250D$25,7001
  1. Per Node
Additional Pricing Details
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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
9.0

Likelihood to Renew

Scale Computing HC3
8.2
VMware ESXi
3.8

Usability

Scale Computing HC3
9.0
VMware ESXi
10.0

Reliability and Availability

Scale Computing HC3
9.1
VMware ESXi

Performance

Scale Computing HC3
9.1
VMware ESXi

Support

Scale Computing HC3
9.9
VMware ESXi
7.9

In-Person Training

Scale Computing HC3
1.0
VMware ESXi

Online Training

Scale Computing HC3
9.1
VMware ESXi

Implementation

Scale Computing HC3
9.1
VMware ESXi

Scalability

Scale Computing HC3
9.1
VMware ESXi

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