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https://media.trustradius.com/product-logos/8Q/b9/W47TSZK0C41J.PNGReduce Your IT Headache with Scale Computing HC3We use Scale Computing HC3 across all departments within the City of Hudson. The main reason we went with it was because of its built-in replication ability to other Scale Computing clusters, which is perfect for not only a backup solution but also as a disaster recovery solution.,I marvel that I can create a new VM, give it an IP address, a name, and join it to the domain all in about 10 minutes. After the first 3 or 4 VMs, I realized that I can take that freshly installed VM and just clone it to have new VMs under two minutes! I now have a VM that is strictly for cloning to make a new VM servers. If a user accidentally deletes a file, I can clone that VM from a snapshot in about two minutes to recover the file. Or, depending on the replication schedule, I can retrieve the file from another clusters just as quickly. The dashboard for the cluster has great gauges to show the usages of the CPUs, RAM, Disk space, and IOPS. It also has a box for each node in the cluster to show which VMs are on which node and its RAM and disk usages. There is a tile for each VM that also has its own set of gauges to Disk, CPU, and network usage. I like that I manage the cluster from a web browser instead of a KVM in a rack.,The gauges for the cluster could be improved. The Disk Space usage shows the total disk space before the RAID and not the actual usable amount after the RAID. The RAM cluster show a total off 188GB but show be 192GB; each cluster has 64GB of RAM and I have three clusters.,10,10,Our police department has squad car and body cameras that require lots of storage space. Scale Computing HC3 does an excellent job in handling the resources needed for the ability to access those videos without buffering or connectivity/accessibility issues when numerous people are trying to view videos or while videos are being uploaded to the server.,With Scale Computing HC3, we have been able to provide better IT services to the departments in our city. We are able to allocate more hardware resources to all applications to improve the user experience. We are better suited for taking on new applications and new storage needs knowing that we can easily install another node to the cluster rather than trying to upgrade existing hard drives to larger sizes. This allows us to better help other departments provide services to the citizens of our city. With Scale Computing HC3, we have been able to combine three different systems/solutions into one; our servers, our backup solution, and our disaster recovery solution. With two clusters in different locations (soon to be three), it is the perfect system for all three solutions and has saved us tens of thousands of dollars.,Unitrends Recovery Series Backup ApplianceService, Value and Performance of Scale Computing UnmatchedWe replaced our aging VM environment with Scale for a fraction of the cost that was quoted by our current vendor. Implementation time was lower than what was expected to upgrade existing equipment with new hardware and software.,We bought two HC3 so we have DR covered with ease by Scale Snapshots and Replication. Tech support has been phenomenal. We have only called a few times but they have always been available and were able to immediately address our issues. While we were not making the switch for improved performance reasons, our users have noticed speed improvements across several applications. The time that Scale spent helping us with planning and implementation has been better than we have had with other vendors and far exceded our expectations.,If I could resize drive size without a VM shut down that would be great.,10,10,Our ERP software runs completely on Scale. We are serving close to 150 users with terminal services using servers on our Scale hyper-converged infrastructure.,From a cost-saving standpoint, it was probably 30% cheaper after licensing and hardware upgrades if we would have stayed with our current vendor. The performance gains with some of our applications have probably extended the lifetime of existing applications by at least 2 quarters.,VMware ESXi and Nutanix,No,We had an error that was consuming too much of our SSD storage that popped up at 4:45 pm on a Friday of a three day weekend. I called support and they helped me optimize how our replications were set up and the error cleared immediately. The tech kept in touch with me via email the entire weekend to ensure the problem was solved and the SSD storage was to a more reasonable level.Scale ReviewWe utilize two infrastructures. One for our main system that hosts an IIS and SQL server and a secondary cluster for DR. Both clusters support the majority of our businesses functionality.,Their raid set up is pretty neat. When a drive goes out, it permanently moves the information to another. One the drive is replaced, it builds on the new drive instead of transferring information back to the new drive. We were able to cut our server room down from 4 racks to 2. We were able to cut our energy consumption in half. 3 words. Redundancy, redundancy, and redundancy. Excellent setup.,There are some things on the UI that can be implemented.,10,8,Power usage Lowers cost every month Initial cost like always will raise costs Cooling! Less heat emission, the less our air conditioning has to work!,VMware ESXiScale Computing - Why we ditched VMware and Went to HC3Our Scale Computing HC3 cluster is used to provide a virtual host farm for the majority of our storage and services across our small college campus. Ultimately, it is utilized by every single faculty, staff, and student with services ranging from department share folders, LDAP connections, SQL databases, and remote desktops.,GUI - The interface is leagues above VMware and is very easy to use. It also supports OSX, which is something we value. Ease of VM setup - Once you have the ISOs and drivers loaded, it takes almost no time to spin up a new virtual machine. Overview and system alerts - Scale is excellent with providing a snapshot of your system resources as soon as you log in and also sends out timely emails to notify you when there are issues.,Load balancing - Sometimes when a drive goes out, the entire system has to go through a lengthy re-balancing process. Firmware updates - Scale does a great job at improvements on their firmware, getting a swing-cluster to make those upgrades is difficult. Support - Scale has amazing phone support and always has a knowledgeable tech available for critical issues. Smaller issues seem to get lost and it can be difficult to keep track of non-priority tickets.,10,9,We run our main LDAP, SQL, and remote desktop services on Scale. We had an aging installation of SQL server. Because we had it on Scale, we were easily able to make a replacement/upgrade VM and then seamlessly transfer everything over to the new server with no glitches. We can also spin up test VMs in no time at all. And delete them just as easily once we are finished.,We know what scale is going to cost - This has allowed us to focus on other projects. Scale has provided much more value than the cost. We were able to replace 3 older Dell/HP servers and a SAN cluster with less Scale nodes. This saved us thousands of dollars. Scale is expensive, but not unreasonably so. We were easily able to lease their products to fit our budget. Scale does not use the painful licensing of other companies. It is nice paying for hardware and support and not needless proprietary licenses.,VMwareTipping the Scale to HC3Currently we are using Scale HC3 in all our regional offices. All have their own server farm and we wanted to do something with virtualization without the cost of a VMWare cluster. We discovered Scale at a conference and discussed how it would fit with our plans for this office. We currently have two 3 node clusters and a single node in a very small satellite office. We have started replicating between our sites for backup and redundancy.,Ease in creating a new virtual host. Amazingly simple for our support people to create new VMs quickly and efficiently. Easy to manage. Everything for the cluster is on one screen and easily to read and manage. Great support team to help us troubleshoot issues. Easy installation.,Would love to be able to manage all my clusters from one device. Would love to make certain changes live without having to shut down a VM.,8,9,In our satellite office we are migrating all business to the HC3 cluster from email to file and print. To date we have had no issues running any type server on the Scale cluster.,Quicker ROI over VMWare Quicker and easier implementation of virtualization in regional offices. Easier for newer IT professionals to support devices without much training costs.,VMware ESXiScale, keeping it simple and easy.We have a six blade Scale cluster that supports our 20+ servers that are essential in providing the back-end of the Hammock Source e-commerce presence. The servers also provide services to our shipping, receiving, and customer service departments. Our Scale VM cluster addresses our need for a large amount of servers within a limited amount of space. It also allows for business expansion that is continuously going on.,Scale Computing provides a simple and easy to use graphical interface. The VM export feature makes it easy to backup VM images to remote storage servers without having to use external tools. Resource allocation to various VMs is easy and seamless using the graphical interface.,The VM Disk usage meter seems to be broken, we have an in house work around to track this. The cluster logs could provide a little more feedback and be more verbose. Automating VM export would also be extreamly helpful.,8,9,We have multiple servers that provide business-critical applications, almost all of them reside on Scale Computing HC3. For example, our FedEx shipping server, vendor websites, NCR point of sales server all run on the HC3 and we have very little to no downtime for these critical servers. We feel safe knowing we can revert these servers to snapshots at any time if needed and that we have images backed up to remote storage in case of emergencies.,I know that it has reduced management need of over 20+ servers to only two individuals.,Scale reviewWe use SCALE to host our production/test/dev environments across the organization - We are currently in a transition from physical servers to virtual, and have extremely limited resources to manage a virtual environment. We needed a solution that was flexible, affordable, and did not require a lot of dedicated resource commitment.,Simplifies deployment of a resilient virtual platform with minimal dedicated resource commitment on our part. Excellent tech support. Very stable environment that recovers well from unexpected system glitches.,Reverting to a previous snapshot is a bit convoluted, not as straightforward as in VMWare. Increase granularity of visibility into VM operations - they have been adding details to the main GUI, and are making progress, but still leaves a bit to be done as far as monitoring/managing individual VMs - overall system monitoring is good, but would be more useful if we could also drill down to individual BMs. Currently there are unexpected issues with changing networking after the system has been deployed (for example: we need to change our default gateway - same subnet, but a different IP, and under the current version, we are required to take the entire system down for that one small change. SCALE is working on a better modification policy and we are hopeful they can develop a different solution so we do not have to totally shut down the system).,9,9,We primarily host postgreSQL database applications with web-server front-ends -- uptime is critical for us and we have not had any serious issues with the SCALE environment, even when outside glitches (unusual failure of network switches supporting the iSCSI backbone did take the system offline, but SCALE recovered with minimal impact once the failed switches were replaced) - this could have been a very bad incident, but the SCALE environment recovered well with little additional effort on our part.,Has allowed affordable scalability for our on-going transition from physical servers to virtual.,One of the best IT decisions I've ever madeWe first engaged with Scale several years ago as our first dive into server virtualization. We were so impressed we expanded our first cluster within a few months. We have since completed a hardware refresh and to this day we continue to be extremely impressed with Scale Computing HC3! I highly recommend Scale!,Server virtualization I/O performance customer service,None,10,10,Our emergency room medical record system consists of five different servers that we have virtualized on our Scale Computing HC3 solution. Needless to say, these are very important servers that need to have 100 percent uptime. The robust solution that Scale Computing HC3 supplies is the perfect fit for this business critical application.,Peace of mind from servers being in a virtual environment. Good ROI from being able to load multiple servers without having to purchase individual servers appliances. Reduced downtime.Surprise SurpriseWe are using Scale Computing to reduce physical servers and better management of our ressources. Redundant between 2 sitesm Simple and fast. Currently converting all my DC and share to put on the scale...,Simple Fast Always update for better use of the HC3,UI is too simple and not always giving the right info Possibility to have 1 main interface to manage all the Scale/cluster Nest Virtualization,10,10,Domain Controller, Fortinet EMS (antivirus), FortiAnalyzer (Logs), Share... More and more business don't want multiple physical servers for every single use. So when you turn in with a Scale solution you can have all you need in a small 1U HC3 and create cluster redundant so if one fails it transfers to the others. Even a backup solution is needed but if you have bought the right scale you can use it for snapshots schedule and keep it simple,Less purchase of single use server Less energy used (Green) Physical / software backup solution not needed if you have enough disk space on your scale Less intern support time if something happens compare to a physical single use server.,Scale Computing HC3 ReviewScale Computing HC3 has been used by our organization to support virtualization of existing physical servers and migration from another vendor platform. Scale Computing HC3 is being used by all departments in our organization. Scale Computing HC3 has addressed our business problems that occur by unpredictable growth in our departments that requires IT infrastructure upgrade and improvements that were very costly with other vendors. Scale Computing gives us a platform that can easily be expanded to meet immediate needs.,Very simple to use and requires minimal training to operate. Streamlined upgrade process that can update entire site with click of button. Shared storage is present across Scale Computing HC3 system has allowed us to limit investment in expensive SAN storage systems and add resources on demand.,Increased support with VMWare and Hyper-V for customers that are migrating from these systems to Scale over time. More robust backup support with vendors already in the industry. Very little support with existing players in this market.,10,10,We have migrated Exchange, SQL, Oracle, and DFS servers to Scale Computing HC3. These systems are working better than ever and Scale gives us flexibility to increase resources as needed on-demand.,Scale has been great ROI for our organization. Limiting costly investments in infrastructure and being able to make purchase decisions in shorter time frame. Scale has allowed us to increase or infrastructure with growing demands of the business needs. Allowing us to adapt when more resources are needed without overhauling the entire platform.,Scale HC3 ReviewWe are using Scale across the whole of our organisation as we have moved our network to the "cloud". It addresses issues around updating hardware constantly with using Microsoft Hyper-V as in we no longer have to update the Hyper-V server as Scale updates can be carried out on the live system.,Snapshots are very good and give you peace of mind that you can go back to as many points in time as you wish Incredibly easy to set up initially Support line very good,Ability to increase disk sizes of VMs "on the fly" You currently need to shut down the server and clone before you can Being able to plug in USB drive and get files off,9,9,We run ConnectWise on a server and also our management software.,We have only had our Scale solution for a few months so have not had a chance to see a return on our investment yet.Scale was easy for meWe migrated to the Scale so my company would have failover capabilities and cost savings over traditional servers. We have moved many of our company's applications to the Scale cluster (Domain, Exchange, etc.).,Easy to start up and migrate systems. Failover capabilities.,The display of usable hard drive storage shows actual space left not the usable space. I would like to have the ability for the snap shots to be stored on a NAS as well as on the cluster.,10,10,I have a small 3 node system but I am looking to expand the number of nodes and I know that the expansion will be as simple as pulling in the power and setting an IP on the new nodes and the system will be online. There is nothing else to do.,I have moved 7 servers onto a 3 node system. The cost of the 3 nodes was a fraction of the cost of 7 servers.,Scale Computing HC3 ReviewI used it for hosting small critical servers for a production environment. It is not used by other departments. We had a cooling problem back then in our data center and Scale Computing has a small footprint and generates less heat compared to Dell servers.,Easy to create VM and install OS. Storage is already clustered and ready to be used. Excellent support tools. I email the problem and they take it from there.,Major firmware upgrade may require shutting down all VMs. Backup not supported by Netbackup.,7,9,We are not using HC3 for business-critical applications although I believe I will consider it in the future.,We met our objectives by using HC3 to resolve our data center cooling problem back then.,Scale HC3 ReviewWe use Scale to virtualize 50 servers across the whole organization.,Easy to manage and stand up machines Easy to migrate machines from one node to another No VMware costs,Additional networking ability,7,8,We use it for XenApp.,Able to have a much denser virtual environmentIt's worth checking out...We don't have an HC3 implementation in-house but we sell, manage, and support it for our customers. Our implementations have been organization-wide and address the issue of needing a highly available virtual infrastructure.,Cost - very competitive on cost vs. the competition Pre-sales support - very thorough in understanding the environment and providing assistance in right-sizing the solution Post - sales support - very responsive with any issues,Migrating existing virtual workloads into the cluster could be easier. Relies on third-party software to work.,10,10,We have a customer that needed the run their ERP application in a highly-available environment. They were not getting the performance needed from their ageing ESX implementation and by migrating onto the HC3 infrastructure, they were able to greatly increase performance.,VMware ESXiBest scalable computing out there.Coming from an IT background I have never used such a dynamic and and versatile system for VM's. Currently our system is running VM's which are used in all departments in my company, from IT to general research. If we need a new system we can immediately implement it for use the same day. It eliminates the need for group computers and management. We are able to integrate it into our network without issues and manage it right from my desk.,The scalability is amazing. The ease of use is great. The flexibility of the VM's helps each department on a daily basis.,I can't think of any areas where it need improvement. The system does everything we need it to do.,10,10,Our bioinformatics department is constantly asking for more power, more RAM, more space. With Scale we can easily adjust the system to accommodate within minutes of the request.,This has saved us so much time and money on new systems. Need a new system, just pop one on to Scale.,SCALE Computing HC3 - Hyperconvergence done rightSCALE Computing HC3 handles about 80% of our server needs across the organization.,SCALE Computing HC3 is easy to manage Has a great support system when needed Provides great built in disaster recovery options,Graphics hardware to support intensive graphic oriented software,10,10,ERP, SQL server and remote access have been easy to deploy with SCALE Computing HC3,Positive return on investment on hardware and server operating systems.,Dell Asset ManagerScale Computing Customer's ReviewWe use Scale Computing at our data center for cloud services that we host for our clients. It has dramatically simplified the management of our IT infrastructure and lowered the management time that the staff spends at our datacenter. We no longer have to worry about data replication or a single server affecting our ability to deliver the highest uptime.,Scale Computing simplifies the management of the critical components in your IT infrastructure. The interface allows you to understand what's going on with a quick glance, giving you the important and relevant information right in front of you. Scale Computing also gives you the flexibility to add the right kind of performance your company needs as it grows. Whether you need more storage, RAM, or compute, the cluster can accommodate your expansion needs. Scale Computing allows your DR facility to be managed in the same way as your production facility. No complicated setups or configurations, just simple point and click.,Upgrades can be expensive at times. Reporting for individual VM's and their usage could be improved in a few small areas.,10,10,We run everything on our Scale cluster including AD, Exchange, SQL, Remote Desktop, and VoIP. Everything just works the way it's supposed to without a lot of fuss. Snapshots of VM's are a breeze to setup and use when you need to test something out.,We spend less time managing infrastructure and more time taking care of our customers. We are better able to plan for the future and calculate the cost of our growth. We don't have to come up with different configurations for different needs. One solutions meets them all.,Nutanix and Zerto Virtual ReplicationHonest Plainly Worded HC3 vs Cisco review, based on multiple years of experience.We use Scale for not only our own infrastructure but our customers and in our data center. Scale provides the perfect 'pay as you grow' approach with IT for our clients. We also use it to support our clients in the data center as a quick off-site restore platform when disaster strikes.,The true pioneers of hyper-convergence. If you are evaluating H/C, or are planning on deploying H/C, explore all the solutions out there, and you will find that Scale is the only one that is doing H/C at the base level, the way it should be. Products like Cisco's and others are add ons or afterthoughts and are not much different or just re-worded UCS models. The "Pay as you Grow" model afforded by Scale is the future of IT. Why would you EVER buy significantly more computing resources than you need for the very short term? Scale gives you the ability to tighten your capacity planning to meet the fiduciary responsibility modern IT demands.,They push third party migration software, that is nearly 100% useless. In the 5 different cases we have tried to use it, we have needed significant tech support and they have not been able to even get the program to work outside of a lab environment. This is not a reflection on Scale other than they push this expensive software that they KNOW 100% doesn't work. We have experienced significant failure rate from the single node, noncluster servers. One device we have had to replace 2 times (we are on the 3rd one) in a month.,10,8,Solid Works Vault. Efolder.,I would never provide you with this information, however, believe me when I say it's significant.,Cisco UCS C-Series and Cisco UCS B-SeriesScale and the SMB SectorWe run 75 virtualized client and server systems across a 4 node cluster, which serves the entire organization. This encompasses our: Active Directory and Exchange stack, virtualized desktop infrastructure, and our production order injection, processing, and rendering systems. The Scale cluster provides simplified management of the virtual machines, and the Scale team provides a strong support infrastructure for the software and hardware.,Single pane of glass management console with the ability to 'Tag' virtual machines into separate groups for organization, making it easy to view resource utilization and VM state. Additionally, direct in-browser remote control without the use of a third party plugin makes direct control seamless. Quick and easy cloning of virtual machines makes life easier, providing the ability to maintain a single master template for a given class of system. Moving a VM from one node to another is as simple as clicking Move, then selecting the target node. Because of the way Scale backend the storage for their VMs, all migrations are Live. Support reps are very friendly, and are available at varied hours of the day, thus not limiting you to a 9-5 window if there is a problem.,On high memory nodes, the current view pane does not provide an easy means by which to view a detailed list of VMs on a given node. I'd love to see an additional view which provides detailed list of VMs per node, or something on the VM 'card' itself with the host node information. I'd like to see the ability to control how many replica copies of data are stored on a given cluster. The ability to configure the environment so that every node has a copy of every VM's data is something that I feel would be beneficial if you have the storage. Scale currently lack a comprehensive in-built backup solution which can communicate with external storage. The snapshot system is good, but the ability to configure an external storage point for redundancy would be appreciated.,9,9,Some of the applications we run on our cluster include:Industry specific production software which injects, processes, and renders order data for output purposesInternally developed middleware for CRM, order management, billing, and reporting purposesPoint of Sale, inventory management, and financial accounting softwareAuto-printing software for dynamically generated order packing slipsMail, instant messaging, and patch management serversWebservers,System uptime has significantly improved after we migrated off of our old virtualization platform, in part due to VM migration times with the ability to Live Migrate, and in part due to the replacement of aging hardware. Management and support time is greatly reduced.HC3 delivers on their promise of fast, easy, flexible deploymentsOur Scale HC3 system is being used for a data-intense multi-server public safety application suite. It is primarily used by our police and fire departments to collect, store and make accessible large amounts of historic incident records. It addresses our customer requirements for high availability while offering ease and flexibility for our system administrators.,Very easy to use. Intuitive and simple web-based administration interface, all the necessary features that we'd expect without any of the clutter that's irrelevant in day-to-day use. Flexible resource allocation between nodes and easy use of available processor, memory and storage capacities. Very fast on-the-fly changes of settings. No worries about separate storage management when compared to basic virtualization solutions (not hyper-converged). N+1 node concept provides for ultimate expansion and contraction flexibilities when designing systems, building out systems, or splitting systems.,No integrated backbone. I'd rather see a node interconnect system similar to network switch stacking (loop of directly attached Twinax cables, for example) than a requirement for multi-gigabit switches with very narrow specification guidelines due to lack of support for some industry leader products. Manufacturer-dependent initial deployments and configurations. The customer is required to coordinate with manufacturer/vendor, which can be inconvenient to arrange. While we have seen perfect reliability in pure storage and backup scenarios we did observe occasional "mysterious" application issues that we do not see on non-HC3 systems. So far we have been unable to better isolate problems and perform root-cause analysis but it has lead to a diminished trust and prevents us from more aggressively deploying the product.,7,5,We are currently using two sets of HC3 nodes. The larger one is located in our primary data center and hosts a large multi-server records management system for our public safety customers. The smaller one is located in our backup data center and serves as an off-site storage location for critical VMs. The HC3 systems have performed wonderfully in this critical 24/7 environment as far as hosting converged interface application servers and storage resources. We do still have some issues with primary client/server application responsiveness, and while our environment is built exactly to HC3 specifications (specific Dell fiber switches etc.) it has not yet been determined if the problems are application, system or network-related.,As our systems are run in a non-profit government services environment it is not possible to quantify an ROI in simple monetary terms. We did observe reduced system administrator time requirements when compared to standard distributed virtualization environments, though. HC3 was (and still is) our first foray into hyper-converged infrastructure. It addressed our business needs nicely when trying to easily implement a vendor solution requiring a larger number of tightly-integrated servers. However, it also forced us to deviate from our internal networking standards due to tight specifications, which is a challenge in our small shop with concentrated staff knowledge and experience in other areas only. One object we have is to improve overall environmental impact within our data centers (ambient requirements for cooling, light, etc.), since we do have staff members working in these rooms. One issue that negatively impacted the quality of the work environment is the very loud and high-pitched fan noise levels of all nodes.,Scale tips the Scale for the Best Hyper-convergence solution on the marketOur entire VMware infrastructure was replaced by the Scale HC3. This replaced all our VM servers, with the exception of a few that were transitioned to the cloud (AWS). It is being used to host servers that are used by 500-600 of our organizations staff. Scale has solved a number of different business problems we faced as a non-profit, one of which was the rising cost of other solutions and other vendors changing their tiering pricing structure forcing us into tiers that were overkill and overpriced for what we actually needed. Scale also allowed us to implement a disaster recovery solution which we did not have previously. Scale has consolidated administratrion of what used to be 4-5 disparate systems into one easy to manage and administer system.,Disaster Recovery - We needed a disaster recovery solution that could get us up and running within hours if a primary node failed, and the disaster recovery tests and simulations we did proved to us the superiority of Scale compared to other onsite VM solutions. The process was very quick, easy, painless to clone and replicate VM's back to our primary nodes. It is so easy to manage VMs and set up automated snapshots. Migration from VMware and other solutions is easy and straightforward.,Implementing true deduplication, though that is actually scheduled for a future release. More granularity in performance reports on servers and VMs. Error logs occasionally aren't helpful, e.g. too vague.,10,9,We run all the following VMs on Scale, our network monitor, Spiceworks, our telephone system admin, our controller for our Wifi system, our DHCP server, our antivirus server, our WSUS server, our firewall analyzer, our printer servers, our finance system servers, our campus access building control server, and several application servers and SQL implementations for customers. We have had no problems and it's been really easy to manage.,Scale has reduced our overall costs of running systems on VMware by at least $30,000.,AppAssure and VMware ESXiScale Computing HC3We use the Scale HC3 platform at our corporate office to host the majority of our virtual machines. We are using it to host many different platforms and applications, such as application servers, file servers, vehicle routing and dispatching software, SharePoint, SQL, terminal servers, utility servers, domain controllers, and VOIP. It hosts both locally accessed applications and remotely accessed applications within the organization. The HC3 platform allows simple and efficient hosting and management of several virtual machines. The platform also provides high availability and disaster recovery.,Disaster recovery/high availability. Useful and essential for data protection and application availability. Ease of use/management. Simple and easy to use and manage virtual machines. High performance. The HC3 platform provides exceptional computing resources.,More information More statistics Ability to download media (ISOs) stored on cluster,10,10,Over time, several of our applications have required more or less hardware resources. The HC3 platform makes it extremely simple and efficient to allocate appropriate resources quickly and easily, with minimal downtime.,Server licensing is simpler and more cost effective. Costs are reduced in regards to hardware failure, etc. due to support contracts. Support services very cost effective.SCALE WON'T BAIL!We use Scale HC3 for multiple departments. We host file servers for 8 departments and over 200 users. The HC3 solution allows us to provide stability are reliability to our entire server environment. Management is easy and the technical support provided by scale is one of the best I have ever worked with!,Stability is key! The HC3 platform allows us to almost never reboot. Thanks to its Linux operating system updates are rarely needed and when they are its a snap! Better availability than others. Scales multi layered system environment ensures that you will not be left with VM getting destroyed. I really can't say enough great things about how their customer service! They are always available when I need them and they provide a professional and quick solution.,The GUI is great, but sometimes I find that I can't do something I wish I could. Like cancelling an export job for example.,10,10,We run two Enterpole servers for out 911 department on our HC3 solution. This type of server is used to locate individuals in need of 911 dispatch services, dispatch police, ambulances and equipment operatoers. As you can imagine these two servers HAVE to be up and running 24/7. That is why we trust Scale for our Hyperconvered needs.,The largest ROI we have seen from the HC3 platform is man-power. The HC3 environment is so stable that we sometimes for get it is there. This allows our employees to focus on other much needed projects and organization of our facility. Another great ROI we have noticed is that though the boxes Scale sold to us are not expensive, they seem to be well made and we expect them to outlast our Dell servers that we used to purchase. Finally, Maintenance is next to nothing. I know that if we ever need to replace a server in our HC3 cluster, I only have to call Scale, purchase a new box and not only are they small and easy to install, they pretty much install themselves to the cluster! Talk about a time saver!,Dell Servers with MS Hyper-VScale Computing, a big thumbs up!It's being used across the firm, housing all our production servers. Scale gives the addition of high availability/failover in case of server outages along with an easier path to replication and DR. Something we did not have in our previous traditional server setup.,Ease of installation. Took us longer to rack and cable than initialize the nodes. I was adding my first system 30 minutes after power on! Ease of use. Being an IT generalist, building out any other similar setup would have taken longer and cost much more $$. I could have the least knowledgeable user in this office adding VM's in 5 minutes with their product! Scale Support. A phone call away from the answers your looking for. No multi vendor support situation with Scale, they support from the hardware up the stack.,Lack of vendor backup support. Due to the APIs in use, there are no backup vendors at this time that can reach in and back up a VM. Have to use client/file level. Little more robust on system history statistics reporting. Can't really see trending system info (past), only whats happening real time.,10,10,Being a small shop, we run traditional stuff like email, file and print and some vendor appliances. Our main move was for the consolidation along with fault tolerance/high availability and snapshotting Scale offers in their product base. Not to mention again, the ease of use.,ROI comes from the things I've mentioned previously. The cost to implement the cluster we have was about the same as replacing the traditional server base that was in need of replacement. The added extra built-in bells and whistles are why we went with Scale.,Nutanix
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We use Scale Computing HC3 across all departments within the City of Hudson. The main reason we went with it was because of its built-in replication ability to other Scale Computing clusters, which is perfect for not only a backup solution but also as a disaster recovery solution.
  • I marvel that I can create a new VM, give it an IP address, a name, and join it to the domain all in about 10 minutes. After the first 3 or 4 VMs, I realized that I can take that freshly installed VM and just clone it to have new VMs under two minutes! I now have a VM that is strictly for cloning to make a new VM servers.
  • If a user accidentally deletes a file, I can clone that VM from a snapshot in about two minutes to recover the file. Or, depending on the replication schedule, I can retrieve the file from another clusters just as quickly.
  • The dashboard for the cluster has great gauges to show the usages of the CPUs, RAM, Disk space, and IOPS. It also has a box for each node in the cluster to show which VMs are on which node and its RAM and disk usages.
  • There is a tile for each VM that also has its own set of gauges to Disk, CPU, and network usage.
  • I like that I manage the cluster from a web browser instead of a KVM in a rack.
  • The gauges for the cluster could be improved. The Disk Space usage shows the total disk space before the RAID and not the actual usable amount after the RAID. The RAM cluster show a total off 188GB but show be 192GB; each cluster has 64GB of RAM and I have three clusters.
Having multiple clusters in the same location that are replicating to one another would be a good fit for a high availability environment. I do not believe it would be suited for a small business environment.
Our police department has squad car and body cameras that require lots of storage space. Scale Computing HC3 does an excellent job in handling the resources needed for the ability to access those videos without buffering or connectivity/accessibility issues when numerous people are trying to view videos or while videos are being uploaded to the server.
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December 18, 2017

Scale Computing HC3 Review: "Service, Value and Performance of Scale Computing Unmatched"

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We replaced our aging VM environment with Scale for a fraction of the cost that was quoted by our current vendor. Implementation time was lower than what was expected to upgrade existing equipment with new hardware and software.
  • We bought two HC3 so we have DR covered with ease by Scale Snapshots and Replication.
  • Tech support has been phenomenal. We have only called a few times but they have always been available and were able to immediately address our issues.
  • While we were not making the switch for improved performance reasons, our users have noticed speed improvements across several applications.
  • The time that Scale spent helping us with planning and implementation has been better than we have had with other vendors and far exceded our expectations.
  • If I could resize drive size without a VM shut down that would be great.
I would recommend to any colleague. I honestly think it is priced at the low end that most mid-sized businesses could afford and I wouldn't doubt the ability for a Scale system to handle a very large implementation as well.
Our ERP software runs completely on Scale. We are serving close to 150 users with terminal services using servers on our Scale hyper-converged infrastructure.
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December 18, 2017

Scale Computing HC3: "Scale Review"

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We utilize two infrastructures. One for our main system that hosts an IIS and SQL server and a secondary cluster for DR. Both clusters support the majority of our businesses functionality.
  • Their raid set up is pretty neat. When a drive goes out, it permanently moves the information to another. One the drive is replaced, it builds on the new drive instead of transferring information back to the new drive.
  • We were able to cut our server room down from 4 racks to 2.
  • We were able to cut our energy consumption in half.
  • 3 words. Redundancy, redundancy, and redundancy. Excellent setup.
  • There are some things on the UI that can be implemented.
It’s great for small to mid size companies, not so much large companies. Scale meeting our budget was crucial for our decision making.
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December 18, 2017

Scale Computing HC3 Review: "Scale Computing - Why we ditched VMware and Went to HC3"

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Our Scale Computing HC3 cluster is used to provide a virtual host farm for the majority of our storage and services across our small college campus. Ultimately, it is utilized by every single faculty, staff, and student with services ranging from department share folders, LDAP connections, SQL databases, and remote desktops.
  • GUI - The interface is leagues above VMware and is very easy to use. It also supports OSX, which is something we value.
  • Ease of VM setup - Once you have the ISOs and drivers loaded, it takes almost no time to spin up a new virtual machine.
  • Overview and system alerts - Scale is excellent with providing a snapshot of your system resources as soon as you log in and also sends out timely emails to notify you when there are issues.
  • Load balancing - Sometimes when a drive goes out, the entire system has to go through a lengthy re-balancing process.
  • Firmware updates - Scale does a great job at improvements on their firmware, getting a swing-cluster to make those upgrades is difficult.
  • Support - Scale has amazing phone support and always has a knowledgeable tech available for critical issues. Smaller issues seem to get lost and it can be difficult to keep track of non-priority tickets.
I think Scale is perfect for small organizations that don't want to buy virtual hosts and storage. They also don't have ridiculous software licensing costs like many other virtual providers.

I am not sure where it would be less appropriate, but they are a lesser known company and there may be scenarios where more known software are compatible with other vendors.
We run our main LDAP, SQL, and remote desktop services on Scale.

We had an aging installation of SQL server. Because we had it on Scale, we were easily able to make a replacement/upgrade VM and then seamlessly transfer everything over to the new server with no glitches.

We can also spin up test VMs in no time at all. And delete them just as easily once we are finished.
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December 15, 2017

Scale Computing HC3 Review: "Tipping the Scale to HC3"

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Currently we are using Scale HC3 in all our regional offices. All have their own server farm and we wanted to do something with virtualization without the cost of a VMWare cluster. We discovered Scale at a conference and discussed how it would fit with our plans for this office. We currently have two 3 node clusters and a single node in a very small satellite office. We have started replicating between our sites for backup and redundancy.
  • Ease in creating a new virtual host. Amazingly simple for our support people to create new VMs quickly and efficiently.
  • Easy to manage. Everything for the cluster is on one screen and easily to read and manage.
  • Great support team to help us troubleshoot issues.
  • Easy installation.
  • Would love to be able to manage all my clusters from one device.
  • Would love to make certain changes live without having to shut down a VM.
The only place we have not been able to use a Scale HC3 is when dealing with a software vendor which will not support VMs on any other software/hardware not related to Hyper-V or VMWare. We have been successful using these devices to replace all types of servers.
In our satellite office we are migrating all business to the HC3 cluster from email to file and print. To date we have had no issues running any type server on the Scale cluster.
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December 14, 2017

Scale Computing HC3 Review: "Scale, keeping it simple and easy."

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We have a six blade Scale cluster that supports our 20+ servers that are essential in providing the back-end of the Hammock Source e-commerce presence. The servers also provide services to our shipping, receiving, and customer service departments. Our Scale VM cluster addresses our need for a large amount of servers within a limited amount of space. It also allows for business expansion that is continuously going on.
  • Scale Computing provides a simple and easy to use graphical interface.
  • The VM export feature makes it easy to backup VM images to remote storage servers without having to use external tools.
  • Resource allocation to various VMs is easy and seamless using the graphical interface.
  • The VM Disk usage meter seems to be broken, we have an in house work around to track this.
  • The cluster logs could provide a little more feedback and be more verbose.
  • Automating VM export would also be extreamly helpful.
A great scenario where Scale computing is almost perfect would be in class room type environment. I am a technical lead for the East Carolina University Collegiate Cyber defense competition, we need to have a lab environment with many different operating systems that can all communicate with each other so that we can practice cyber security techniques. With my experience in using the HC3 I feel that it would be a wonderful environment to practice cyber defense.
We have multiple servers that provide business-critical applications, almost all of them reside on Scale Computing HC3. For example, our FedEx shipping server, vendor websites, NCR point of sales server all run on the HC3 and we have very little to no downtime for these critical servers. We feel safe knowing we can revert these servers to snapshots at any time if needed and that we have images backed up to remote storage in case of emergencies.
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December 12, 2017

Scale Computing HC3: "Scale review"

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We use SCALE to host our production/test/dev environments across the organization - We are currently in a transition from physical servers to virtual, and have extremely limited resources to manage a virtual environment. We needed a solution that was flexible, affordable, and did not require a lot of dedicated resource commitment.
  • Simplifies deployment of a resilient virtual platform with minimal dedicated resource commitment on our part.
  • Excellent tech support.
  • Very stable environment that recovers well from unexpected system glitches.
  • Reverting to a previous snapshot is a bit convoluted, not as straightforward as in VMWare.
  • Increase granularity of visibility into VM operations - they have been adding details to the main GUI, and are making progress, but still leaves a bit to be done as far as monitoring/managing individual VMs - overall system monitoring is good, but would be more useful if we could also drill down to individual BMs.
  • Currently there are unexpected issues with changing networking after the system has been deployed (for example: we need to change our default gateway - same subnet, but a different IP, and under the current version, we are required to take the entire system down for that one small change. SCALE is working on a better modification policy and we are hopeful they can develop a different solution so we do not have to totally shut down the system).
This is a quick way to deploy a resilient virtual environment that has decent specifications and flexibility, but not as good as some other solutions if you need to closely monitor individual VMs or require regular snapshot management.
We primarily host postgreSQL database applications with web-server front-ends -- uptime is critical for us and we have not had any serious issues with the SCALE environment, even when outside glitches (unusual failure of network switches supporting the iSCSI backbone did take the system offline, but SCALE recovered with minimal impact once the failed switches were replaced) - this could have been a very bad incident, but the SCALE environment recovered well with little additional effort on our part.
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December 12, 2017

Scale Computing HC3 Review: "One of the best IT decisions I've ever made"

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We first engaged with Scale several years ago as our first dive into server virtualization. We were so impressed we expanded our first cluster within a few months. We have since completed a hardware refresh and to this day we continue to be extremely impressed with Scale Computing HC3! I highly recommend Scale!
  • Server virtualization
  • I/O performance
  • customer service
  • None
Any application that is I/O intensive or mission critical where a virtualized environment is beneficial. Scale Computing HC3 has been a tremendous asset to our information technology infrastructure. Reliable, efficient, easy to use and administer. We did end up taking a video security system server off this solution as it was still better suited for a stand-alone box.
Our emergency room medical record system consists of five different servers that we have virtualized on our Scale Computing HC3 solution. Needless to say, these are very important servers that need to have 100 percent uptime. The robust solution that Scale Computing HC3 supplies is the perfect fit for this business critical application.
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December 11, 2017

Scale Computing HC3 Review: "Surprise Surprise"

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We are using Scale Computing to reduce physical servers and better management of our ressources. Redundant between 2 sitesm Simple and fast. Currently converting all my DC and share to put on the scale...
  • Simple
  • Fast
  • Always update for better use of the HC3
  • UI is too simple and not always giving the right info
  • Possibility to have 1 main interface to manage all the Scale/cluster
  • Nest Virtualization
All the virtualization without Nesting (a VM in a VM) is great with Scale. We don't have many tools either to control the server so we are always with a small 5% that we can't be autonomous.
Domain Controller, Fortinet EMS (antivirus), FortiAnalyzer (Logs), Share... More and more business don't want multiple physical servers for every single use. So when you turn in with a Scale solution you can have all you need in a small 1U HC3 and create cluster redundant so if one fails it transfers to the others. Even a backup solution is needed but if you have bought the right scale you can use it for snapshots schedule and keep it simple
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December 08, 2017

"Scale Computing HC3 Review"

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Scale Computing HC3 has been used by our organization to support virtualization of existing physical servers and migration from another vendor platform. Scale Computing HC3 is being used by all departments in our organization. Scale Computing HC3 has addressed our business problems that occur by unpredictable growth in our departments that requires IT infrastructure upgrade and improvements that were very costly with other vendors. Scale Computing gives us a platform that can easily be expanded to meet immediate needs.
  • Very simple to use and requires minimal training to operate.
  • Streamlined upgrade process that can update entire site with click of button.
  • Shared storage is present across Scale Computing HC3 system has allowed us to limit investment in expensive SAN storage systems and add resources on demand.
  • Increased support with VMWare and Hyper-V for customers that are migrating from these systems to Scale over time.
  • More robust backup support with vendors already in the industry. Very little support with existing players in this market.
Scale is great for an environment that needs shared storage and organization and lacks resources to invest in a SAN environment.
We have migrated Exchange, SQL, Oracle, and DFS servers to Scale Computing HC3. These systems are working better than ever and Scale gives us flexibility to increase resources as needed on-demand.
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December 08, 2017

Scale Computing HC3: "Scale HC3 Review"

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We are using Scale across the whole of our organisation as we have moved our network to the "cloud". It addresses issues around updating hardware constantly with using Microsoft Hyper-V as in we no longer have to update the Hyper-V server as Scale updates can be carried out on the live system.
  • Snapshots are very good and give you peace of mind that you can go back to as many points in time as you wish
  • Incredibly easy to set up initially
  • Support line very good
  • Ability to increase disk sizes of VMs "on the fly"
  • You currently need to shut down the server and clone before you can
  • Being able to plug in USB drive and get files off
In a business where they need a large amount of VMs that need to be highly available.
We run ConnectWise on a server and also our management software.
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December 08, 2017

Scale Computing HC3 Review: "Scale was easy for me"

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We migrated to the Scale so my company would have failover capabilities and cost savings over traditional servers. We have moved many of our company's applications to the Scale cluster (Domain, Exchange, etc.).
  • Easy to start up and migrate systems.
  • Failover capabilities.
  • The display of usable hard drive storage shows actual space left not the usable space.
  • I would like to have the ability for the snap shots to be stored on a NAS as well as on the cluster.
Good for mission-critical systems. VDI desktops.

Not good for REALLY small business where 1 server is all the resource needed.
I have a small 3 node system but I am looking to expand the number of nodes and I know that the expansion will be as simple as pulling in the power and setting an IP on the new nodes and the system will be online. There is nothing else to do.
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December 06, 2017

"Scale Computing HC3 Review"

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I used it for hosting small critical servers for a production environment. It is not used by other departments. We had a cooling problem back then in our data center and Scale Computing has a small footprint and generates less heat compared to Dell servers.
  • Easy to create VM and install OS.
  • Storage is already clustered and ready to be used.
  • Excellent support tools. I email the problem and they take it from there.
  • Major firmware upgrade may require shutting down all VMs.
  • Backup not supported by Netbackup.
Small foot print area for servers and minimum downtime. The cluster configuration will be a plus for company with part time system administrator.
We are not using HC3 for business-critical applications although I believe I will consider it in the future.
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January 15, 2018

Scale Computing HC3: "Scale HC3 Review"

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We use Scale to virtualize 50 servers across the whole organization.
  • Easy to manage and stand up machines
  • Easy to migrate machines from one node to another
  • No VMware costs
  • Additional networking ability
We use it for Citrix XenApp, file sharing and network services.
We use it for XenApp.
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January 10, 2018

Scale Computing HC3 Review: "It's worth checking out..."

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We don't have an HC3 implementation in-house but we sell, manage, and support it for our customers. Our implementations have been organization-wide and address the issue of needing a highly available virtual infrastructure.
  • Cost - very competitive on cost vs. the competition
  • Pre-sales support - very thorough in understanding the environment and providing assistance in right-sizing the solution
  • Post - sales support - very responsive with any issues
  • Migrating existing virtual workloads into the cluster could be easier. Relies on third-party software to work.
HC3 is well suited for small business clients needing advanced virtual infrastructure pieces but not looking to incur a large CAPEX. It may be less appropriate at the enterprise level.
We have a customer that needed the run their ERP application in a highly-available environment. They were not getting the performance needed from their ageing ESX implementation and by migrating onto the HC3 infrastructure, they were able to greatly increase performance.
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December 20, 2017

Scale Computing HC3 Review: "Best scalable computing out there."

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Coming from an IT background I have never used such a dynamic and and versatile system for VM's. Currently our system is running VM's which are used in all departments in my company, from IT to general research. If we need a new system we can immediately implement it for use the same day. It eliminates the need for group computers and management. We are able to integrate it into our network without issues and manage it right from my desk.
  • The scalability is amazing.
  • The ease of use is great.
  • The flexibility of the VM's helps each department on a daily basis.
  • I can't think of any areas where it need improvement. The system does everything we need it to do.
We have multiple hardware that may need a new computer with its own specific settings, Scale makes this very easy to implement within hours instead of waiting days and weeks for systems and set up.
Our bioinformatics department is constantly asking for more power, more RAM, more space. With Scale we can easily adjust the system to accommodate within minutes of the request.
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December 07, 2017

Review: "SCALE Computing HC3 - Hyperconvergence done right"

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SCALE Computing HC3 handles about 80% of our server needs across the organization.
  • SCALE Computing HC3 is easy to manage
  • Has a great support system when needed
  • Provides great built in disaster recovery options
  • Graphics hardware to support intensive graphic oriented software
Great in consolidating older legacy server hardware and server OS into one system
ERP, SQL server and remote access have been easy to deploy with SCALE Computing HC3
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August 11, 2017

Scale Computing HC3: "Scale Computing Customer's Review"

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We use Scale Computing at our data center for cloud services that we host for our clients. It has dramatically simplified the management of our IT infrastructure and lowered the management time that the staff spends at our datacenter. We no longer have to worry about data replication or a single server affecting our ability to deliver the highest uptime.
  • Scale Computing simplifies the management of the critical components in your IT infrastructure. The interface allows you to understand what's going on with a quick glance, giving you the important and relevant information right in front of you.
  • Scale Computing also gives you the flexibility to add the right kind of performance your company needs as it grows. Whether you need more storage, RAM, or compute, the cluster can accommodate your expansion needs.
  • Scale Computing allows your DR facility to be managed in the same way as your production facility. No complicated setups or configurations, just simple point and click.
  • Upgrades can be expensive at times.
  • Reporting for individual VM's and their usage could be improved in a few small areas.
Scale is great for those who need a simple way to manage their servers without jumping through a lot of hoops or spending weeks or months to get trained on how to use it. It just works and doesn't require you to babysit it to make sure it's doing what it's supposed to.
We run everything on our Scale cluster including AD, Exchange, SQL, Remote Desktop, and VoIP. Everything just works the way it's supposed to without a lot of fuss. Snapshots of VM's are a breeze to setup and use when you need to test something out.
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August 11, 2017

Scale Computing HC3: "Honest Plainly Worded HC3 vs Cisco review, based on multiple years of experience."

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We use Scale for not only our own infrastructure but our customers and in our data center. Scale provides the perfect 'pay as you grow' approach with IT for our clients. We also use it to support our clients in the data center as a quick off-site restore platform when disaster strikes.
  • The true pioneers of hyper-convergence. If you are evaluating H/C, or are planning on deploying H/C, explore all the solutions out there, and you will find that Scale is the only one that is doing H/C at the base level, the way it should be. Products like Cisco's and others are add ons or afterthoughts and are not much different or just re-worded UCS models.
  • The "Pay as you Grow" model afforded by Scale is the future of IT. Why would you EVER buy significantly more computing resources than you need for the very short term? Scale gives you the ability to tighten your capacity planning to meet the fiduciary responsibility modern IT demands.
  • They push third party migration software, that is nearly 100% useless. In the 5 different cases we have tried to use it, we have needed significant tech support and they have not been able to even get the program to work outside of a lab environment. This is not a reflection on Scale other than they push this expensive software that they KNOW 100% doesn't work.
  • We have experienced significant failure rate from the single node, noncluster servers. One device we have had to replace 2 times (we are on the 3rd one) in a month.
  • Pay as you grow model.
  • Digital Cloud Transformation of existing IT departments.
Solid Works Vault. Efolder.
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December 18, 2017

Scale Computing HC3 Review: "Scale and the SMB Sector"

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We run 75 virtualized client and server systems across a 4 node cluster, which serves the entire organization. This encompasses our: Active Directory and Exchange stack, virtualized desktop infrastructure, and our production order injection, processing, and rendering systems. The Scale cluster provides simplified management of the virtual machines, and the Scale team provides a strong support infrastructure for the software and hardware.
  • Single pane of glass management console with the ability to 'Tag' virtual machines into separate groups for organization, making it easy to view resource utilization and VM state. Additionally, direct in-browser remote control without the use of a third party plugin makes direct control seamless.
  • Quick and easy cloning of virtual machines makes life easier, providing the ability to maintain a single master template for a given class of system.
  • Moving a VM from one node to another is as simple as clicking Move, then selecting the target node. Because of the way Scale backend the storage for their VMs, all migrations are Live.
  • Support reps are very friendly, and are available at varied hours of the day, thus not limiting you to a 9-5 window if there is a problem.
  • On high memory nodes, the current view pane does not provide an easy means by which to view a detailed list of VMs on a given node. I'd love to see an additional view which provides detailed list of VMs per node, or something on the VM 'card' itself with the host node information.
  • I'd like to see the ability to control how many replica copies of data are stored on a given cluster. The ability to configure the environment so that every node has a copy of every VM's data is something that I feel would be beneficial if you have the storage.
  • Scale currently lack a comprehensive in-built backup solution which can communicate with external storage. The snapshot system is good, but the ability to configure an external storage point for redundancy would be appreciated.

Scale's feature set targets the SMB sector, particularly those companies without a full-time in-house IT team. This is a good fit, as they offer the ability to replicate VMs to a remote Scale cluster for redundancy and disaster recovery purposes. Their remote support is also well suited to this, as if there's a hardware issue, they will send a replacement chassis/disk, and walk you through the required physical steps for replacement, while they remotely manage the software-level changes required for a node which is joined to the cluster.

In a much larger environment, with a dedicated server team, I think that is where a company begins to outgrow Scale's targeted feature set.

Some of the applications we run on our cluster include:

  • Industry specific production software which injects, processes, and renders order data for output purposes
  • Internally developed middleware for CRM, order management, billing, and reporting purposes
  • Point of Sale, inventory management, and financial accounting software
  • Auto-printing software for dynamically generated order packing slips
  • Mail, instant messaging, and patch management servers
  • Webservers
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December 18, 2017

Scale Computing HC3 Review: "HC3 delivers on their promise of fast, easy, flexible deployments"

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Our Scale HC3 system is being used for a data-intense multi-server public safety application suite. It is primarily used by our police and fire departments to collect, store and make accessible large amounts of historic incident records. It addresses our customer requirements for high availability while offering ease and flexibility for our system administrators.
  • Very easy to use. Intuitive and simple web-based administration interface, all the necessary features that we'd expect without any of the clutter that's irrelevant in day-to-day use.
  • Flexible resource allocation between nodes and easy use of available processor, memory and storage capacities. Very fast on-the-fly changes of settings. No worries about separate storage management when compared to basic virtualization solutions (not hyper-converged).
  • N+1 node concept provides for ultimate expansion and contraction flexibilities when designing systems, building out systems, or splitting systems.
  • No integrated backbone. I'd rather see a node interconnect system similar to network switch stacking (loop of directly attached Twinax cables, for example) than a requirement for multi-gigabit switches with very narrow specification guidelines due to lack of support for some industry leader products.
  • Manufacturer-dependent initial deployments and configurations. The customer is required to coordinate with manufacturer/vendor, which can be inconvenient to arrange.
  • While we have seen perfect reliability in pure storage and backup scenarios we did observe occasional "mysterious" application issues that we do not see on non-HC3 systems. So far we have been unable to better isolate problems and perform root-cause analysis but it has lead to a diminished trust and prevents us from more aggressively deploying the product.
HC3's greatest strength would have to be its tremendous flexibility in scenarios where an erratic or uncertain growth rate needs to be accommodated. While performance can be matched by other vendors or system designs, HC3 shines when it comes to its ease of system administration (creation/sizing/moving of VMs and their storage resources within the system).
We are currently using two sets of HC3 nodes. The larger one is located in our primary data center and hosts a large multi-server records management system for our public safety customers. The smaller one is located in our backup data center and serves as an off-site storage location for critical VMs. The HC3 systems have performed wonderfully in this critical 24/7 environment as far as hosting converged interface application servers and storage resources. We do still have some issues with primary client/server application responsiveness, and while our environment is built exactly to HC3 specifications (specific Dell fiber switches etc.) it has not yet been determined if the problems are application, system or network-related.
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January 22, 2018

Scale Computing HC3 Review: "Scale tips the Scale for the Best Hyper-convergence solution on the market"

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Our entire VMware infrastructure was replaced by the Scale HC3. This replaced all our VM servers, with the exception of a few that were transitioned to the cloud (AWS). It is being used to host servers that are used by 500-600 of our organizations staff. Scale has solved a number of different business problems we faced as a non-profit, one of which was the rising cost of other solutions and other vendors changing their tiering pricing structure forcing us into tiers that were overkill and overpriced for what we actually needed. Scale also allowed us to implement a disaster recovery solution which we did not have previously. Scale has consolidated administratrion of what used to be 4-5 disparate systems into one easy to manage and administer system.
  • Disaster Recovery - We needed a disaster recovery solution that could get us up and running within hours if a primary node failed, and the disaster recovery tests and simulations we did proved to us the superiority of Scale compared to other onsite VM solutions. The process was very quick, easy, painless to clone and replicate VM's back to our primary nodes.
  • It is so easy to manage VMs and set up automated snapshots.
  • Migration from VMware and other solutions is easy and straightforward.
  • Implementing true deduplication, though that is actually scheduled for a future release.
  • More granularity in performance reports on servers and VMs.
  • Error logs occasionally aren't helpful, e.g. too vague.
In a hyper-convergence scenario when hosting in a public cloud such as AWS or Azure is not an option, or doesn't make business sense, or there are security concerns, Scale is simply the best hyper-convergence solution out there for small and medium business. I wouldn't see it being the best solution for us for running virutal desktops, but that's not really what it is designed to be a solution for.
We run all the following VMs on Scale, our network monitor, Spiceworks, our telephone system admin, our controller for our Wifi system, our DHCP server, our antivirus server, our WSUS server, our firewall analyzer, our printer servers, our finance system servers, our campus access building control server, and several application servers and SQL implementations for customers. We have had no problems and it's been really easy to manage.
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January 11, 2018

User Review: "Scale Computing HC3"

Score 10 out of 10
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We use the Scale HC3 platform at our corporate office to host the majority of our virtual machines. We are using it to host many different platforms and applications, such as application servers, file servers, vehicle routing and dispatching software, SharePoint, SQL, terminal servers, utility servers, domain controllers, and VOIP. It hosts both locally accessed applications and remotely accessed applications within the organization. The HC3 platform allows simple and efficient hosting and management of several virtual machines. The platform also provides high availability and disaster recovery.
  • Disaster recovery/high availability. Useful and essential for data protection and application availability.
  • Ease of use/management. Simple and easy to use and manage virtual machines.
  • High performance. The HC3 platform provides exceptional computing resources.
  • More information
  • More statistics
  • Ability to download media (ISOs) stored on cluster
More suited toward large number of VMs where high availability/disaster recovery needed. Less suited for fewer VMs or where high availability isn't necessary.
Over time, several of our applications have required more or less hardware resources. The HC3 platform makes it extremely simple and efficient to allocate appropriate resources quickly and easily, with minimal downtime.
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December 18, 2017

Scale Computing HC3 Review: "SCALE WON'T BAIL!"

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We use Scale HC3 for multiple departments. We host file servers for 8 departments and over 200 users. The HC3 solution allows us to provide stability are reliability to our entire server environment. Management is easy and the technical support provided by scale is one of the best I have ever worked with!
  • Stability is key! The HC3 platform allows us to almost never reboot. Thanks to its Linux operating system updates are rarely needed and when they are its a snap!
  • Better availability than others. Scales multi layered system environment ensures that you will not be left with VM getting destroyed.
  • I really can't say enough great things about how their customer service! They are always available when I need them and they provide a professional and quick solution.
  • The GUI is great, but sometimes I find that I can't do something I wish I could. Like cancelling an export job for example.
Well Suited: 1. Small to medium environments. We have maxed out our ability to add more nodes at 6. (Not sure if that's because of the level of boxes I chose or a limitation of the system. However, I believe that this size works well for us. 2. Anywhere there is a need for high availability. Since we have switched to Scales HC3 environment, about a year ago, we have not had a single server down!

Ill Suited:
1. Large environments.

We run two Enterpole servers for out 911 department on our HC3 solution. This type of server is used to locate individuals in need of 911 dispatch services, dispatch police, ambulances and equipment operatoers. As you can imagine these two servers HAVE to be up and running 24/7. That is why we trust Scale for our Hyperconvered needs.
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December 08, 2017

Scale Computing HC3 Review: "Scale Computing, a big thumbs up!"

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It's being used across the firm, housing all our production servers. Scale gives the addition of high availability/failover in case of server outages along with an easier path to replication and DR. Something we did not have in our previous traditional server setup.
  • Ease of installation. Took us longer to rack and cable than initialize the nodes. I was adding my first system 30 minutes after power on!
  • Ease of use. Being an IT generalist, building out any other similar setup would have taken longer and cost much more $$. I could have the least knowledgeable user in this office adding VM's in 5 minutes with their product!
  • Scale Support. A phone call away from the answers your looking for. No multi vendor support situation with Scale, they support from the hardware up the stack.
  • Lack of vendor backup support. Due to the APIs in use, there are no backup vendors at this time that can reach in and back up a VM. Have to use client/file level.
  • Little more robust on system history statistics reporting. Can't really see trending system info (past), only whats happening real time.
It's well suited for shops that are looking to move from other virtual environments and or had no virtual setup at all. There is some vendor lock-in, but for us, that is not a big deal. We had no existing virtual setup to integrate with. This setup we felt was much more cost effective for what we were trying to accomplish. I'm sure there are the less appropriate scenarios out there, that's up to the IT shops that are doing the evaluations.
Being a small shop, we run traditional stuff like email, file and print and some vendor appliances. Our main move was for the consolidation along with fault tolerance/high availability and snapshotting Scale offers in their product base. Not to mention again, the ease of use.
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About Scale Computing HC3

Scale Computing offers edge computing, virtualization, and hyperconverged solutions for customers around the globe. Scale Computing HC3® software promises to eliminate traditional virtualization software, disaster recovery software, servers, and shared storage, replacing these with a fully integrated, highly available system for running applications. The vendor says that, using patented HyperCore™ technology, the HC3 self-healing platform automatically identifies, mitigates, and corrects problems in the infrastructure in real-time, enabling applications to achieve maximum uptime even when local IT resources and staff are scarce. The vendor says ease-of-use, high availability, and TCO are key differentiators. The product works for distributed enterprises, global retailers, and SMBs alike.

According to the vendor, key features and benefits include:

  • Install in less than an hour
  • Deploy new VMs in minutes
  • Built-in Browser-based Management
  • Software-defined, hybrid storage system with automated tiering
  • Fully integrated, cluster-wide resource utilization and alerts
  • Single vendor support experience, no disparate systems to integrate
  • Integrated all-in-one appliance
  • Scale-out Architecture
  • Mix and match new nodes
  • Incremental resources improve performance of existing workloads
  • Fast and easy to expand, no downtime required
  • No additional licensing required
  • Start small and grow as your business grows
  • No forklift upgrades

Scale Computing HC3 Features

Has featureSimplicity
Has featureHigh Availability
Has featureScalability

Scale Computing HC3 Integrations

Leostream, Cloud Unity - Google

Scale Computing HC3 Competitors

VMware vCenter Server, VMware ESXi, Nutanix, Hyper-V, HPE SimpliVity (formerly OmniCube)

Pricing

Does not have featureFree Trial Available?No
Does not have featureFree or Freemium Version Available?No
Does not have featurePremium Consulting/Integration Services Available?No
Entry-level set up fee?No
EditionPricing DetailsTerms
HC12008,500Per Node
HC1250D15,170Per Node
HC12509,665Per Node
HC1250DF16,750Per Node
HC5250D25,700Per Node

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

Scale Computing HC3 Customer Size Distribution

Consumers
0%
Small Businesses (1-50 employees)
20%
Mid-Size Companies (51-500 employees)
70%
Enterprises (> 500 employees)
10%

Scale Computing HC3 Support Options

 Paid Version
Phone
Live Chat
Email
Forum/Community
FAQ/Knowledgebase
Social Media
Video Tutorials / Webinar

Scale Computing HC3 Technical Details

Deployment Types:On-premise
Operating Systems: Windows, Linux, Unix
Mobile Application:No
Supported Countries:North America, EMEA, Australia
Supported Languages: English