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Scale Computing HC3

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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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VMware ESXi

VMWare is well suited for a mid sized company that absolutely has to have technical support however other most other hypervisors based on KVM have caught up and in many cases surpassed VMWare's offerings in performance and affordability. I also can't recommend VMWare ESXi in it's current state with the web client the way it is from a Linux administration perspective.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Server Virtualization

Scale Computing HC3
VMware ESXi
8.2
Virtual machine automated provisioning
Scale Computing HC3
VMware ESXi
8.7
Management console
Scale Computing HC3
VMware ESXi
8.5
Live virtual machine backup
Scale Computing HC3
VMware ESXi
8.9
Live virtual machine migration
Scale Computing HC3
VMware ESXi
8.1
Hypervisor-level security
Scale Computing HC3
VMware ESXi
6.9

Pros

  • The best thing about Scale is its simplicity. I used a VMWare solution for the past 5 years and never really felt like I had a grip on how to fully use it. I've had Scale in place for less than 6 months and am so confident in it, I feel as though I could almost train someone else on how to use it.
  • Scale's technical support is second to none. I've had a couple of issues with it and everyone I've spoken with is knowledgeable, friendly and eager to help resolve any issue.
  • With previous solutions, updating firmware is a large endeavor compared to Scale. Scale actually recommends doing it during production time instead of scheduling downtime during evenings or weekends. It makes managing everything easier without me having to come into work on my off time.
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  • VMware ESXi does a great job of getting multiple VMs setup quickly. The interface is intuitive and simple to use.
  • ESXi is a stable platform where mission critical VMs can run without concern.
  • ESXi is free. Really, it's free.
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Cons

  • It would be nice if we could add a storage only node with very little or no processing power. This would be nice because we wouldn't have to acquire server CALs every time we add storage.
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  • The management software is PC only, and does not seem to work with Wine for Linux or MacOS.
  • No on server interface to start/monitor/or reset machines.
  • Free license limits it to physical 2 CPU's.
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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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VMware ESXi3.8
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 HC38.8
Based on 4 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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Support

Scale Computing HC39.8
Based on 153 answers
Customer support at Scale is outstanding overall. My only complaint would be there are several alerts and notices with ambiguous terminology that have a tendency to generate panic. To further the problem, the guides available through the customer portal do not do a good job of explaining what is going on exactly and often have statements saying you can ignore the problem. If I can ignore the problem, then why am I getting alerts about it?
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VMware ESXi9.0
Based on 1 answer
The few times I have had to call, support group was fantastic, and fast to resolve issues.
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Alternatives Considered

When researching hyperconverged technology, we looked at several leading providers. In each case, the cost of the system far outweighed Scale Computing's, without providing any additional benefits that we could discern. In some cases, the same price at Scale would only purchase 2 nodes at another vendor, reducing our fail over redundancy. In other cases, only the hyperconvergence software was provided. When comparing prices to purchase the individual machines plus the software, Scale came out ahead again by a large margin.
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Return on Investment

  • When considering providing the ability to provide redundancy and fail over protection, nothing comes close to Scale for overall price. As a comparison, we considered getting two physical servers as opposed to this Scale system. We found that, in order to provide the computing power needed, each server would be in the area of $15k each, before operating systems. Additionally, each server would need to handle multiple services and applications that can cause problems when run on the same machine.
  • We have immediately felt the positive impact this system has provided as we lost the outgoing server sooner than anticipated. I was able to immediately regain control of the domain, finalize the move and retire the old system with little impact to the end-user.
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  • Great return in savings on physical systems
  • Great savings not having to buy so many physical machines, when you can just build new VM systems at no cost and a few minutes
  • Turning P2V had really helped out again saving money not having to replace old or failed systems
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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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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
VMware ESXi
Additional Pricing Details