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Score 10 out of 10
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We are using Scale for our whole organization. We are currently utilizing two clusters which operate independently but replicate snapshots between them, so we have a fail over option if need be. We are running 90% of our approximately 30 application and database servers on these clusters. We couldn't be happier with the support Scale provides; they will walk you through every step of the setup and maintenance without any issues. It is the easiest solution I've used.
  • Support is # 1
  • Simple, intuitive interface
  • Consistently releases updates, and takes customer suggestions for improvements.
  • The ability to reduce hard drive size, online, would be nice.
  • The ability to upgrade old hardware's physical disks would be great.
I wouldn't use Scale for a file server, do to the fact that hard drives are not able to be upgraded and I might run out of space in the future. Of course, the newer models do handle much more disk space, so it might not be an issue for some environments. Being a virtual solution, the savings on resources are super. We are running 15 windows servers on our new 3 node Scale environment without any performance hits or complaints from our users.
We have several MS SQL databases 100GB - 300GB, an Exchange server with a 350GB mailstore, a POS system with 25 terminals. No problems with performance.
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Score 10 out of 10
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It is used across the whole organization. We use it as our core VM platform. It is a major component of our Disaster Recovery policy as well with live snapshot replication. The capability to live migrate between nodes and to instantly spin up snapshots made this an easy decision for my organization
  • Snapshotting - Scale is great at scheduled snapshots to add a layer of redundancy to any DR plan. it can also send snapshots to a remote scale system to act as a VM platform and a DR platform all at once
  • Cloning - If there is an issue with a machine, it is extremely easy to clone it and work on it outside of production
  • Ease of use - overall getting it set up required 2 or 3 command line commands and the nodes did all the work themselves. Uploading ISOs is easier in Scale than any other hypervisor I've ever used
  • Replication - We utilize a second set of nodes in our DR site that all core servers replicate to hourly. We have never had an issue with failed replications over a VPN
  • More support for importing VMs from XenCenter
  • I wish the main interface was more organized, I know the users can make it very organized by using tags and such, but by default, it is very chaotic
  • Better logs for admins to understand what is going on. The current logs don't let us know anything outside of knowing we need to contact support
  • The ability to expand drive size instead of requiring cloning
Any virtual environment, scale works great. highly recommended based on my experience with it
Everything from active directory to banking software. It is easy to scale up, not so much to scale down.
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Score 10 out of 10
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We implemented Scale Computing HC3 to replace our aging EMC data centre. The infrastructure hosts all of our servers and file stores.
  • Extremely easy layout. I can spin up a VM within a few minutes.
  • Zero management. I rarely have to check the infrastructure and receive emails if there is a status change/issue.
  • Support is fantastic. The support team is always quick to respond.
  • To be honest, I haven't come across any negatives of the infrastructure.
HC3 is extremely easy to setup, install and maintain straight out the box. Very quick to spin up a VM and you're able to set up snapshots and replication to additional clusters. We have three clusters on site, one of which is assigned for disaster recovery. We have tested this and were able to have systems back online at the DR site within 15 minutes.
We migrated all of our physical servers to the HC3 cluster. In doing so, we have increased our system uptime stats and in the last 24 months, we have had zero downtime. The infrastructure has proved to be an incredibly resilient and reliable solution. We host all of our server farms split across two clusters and the third is assigned to Disaster recovery.
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February 19, 2019

Make it easy on yourself.

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We have modernized our entire system's infrastructure using Scale HC3. It was a very easy and straightforward transition thanks to Scale. The hardware came in as scheduled, the techs walked me through all different steps of the set-up, and I was up and running in a matter of hours. It then allowed me to focus on the virtualization and the upgrade of my internal systems. Their GUI web-based interface is brilliant in ease of use. I'm not certain of the amount of custom controls that would be available for highly customized solutions, but it's the perfect plug-and-play set-up.
  • Plug-and-play. Web-based GUI makes for extremely easy management and dynamic configuration.
  • Fast. The hardware works for you with very little overhead to run the hypervisor.
  • Budget. Great quality/price for infrastructure requiring strong performance relative to company size.
  • Linux Scripting. Define standard procedures to adapt normal installation scripts to the hypervisor disk and virtual hardware settings.
  • VM Snapshots Automatic Export. The VM Snapshots feature is incredibly easy and an ideal backup solution, but it doesn't come with an automatic export feature unless to a different HC3 Cluster.
Plug-and-play solutions, infrastructures with few admin staffs or straightforward installs. Perfect for set and forget infrastructures or high performing small environments.
We have run multi-server dependent applications with a very high level of performance while also maintaining a solid performance on all mission-critical domain services. Setting-up a complex (high degree of resources interdependence) but straightforward environment (windows and linux based OS standardized deployments) is easy and very efficient. Performance and performance monitoring are both very solid.
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February 19, 2019

Scale for redundancy

Score 9 out of 10
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We use Scale at Royal ISD. We have over 25 Virtual Servers that are Windows and Linux based. It is used by teachers and administrators in the district and is maintained by our IT department. It has helped with storage and redundancy as we have three in a cluster. It has allowed us to get rid of many old pieces of equipment to free up rack space.
  • Creating virtual machines is very fast.
  • Moving machines if one node goes down is quick. We know this as we have shut down one node for testing to see how fast it was, and we were not disappointed.
  • IO reads are incredibly fast!
  • Being able to use kvm virtual machines would be nice to import. We currently use Aruba cCearpass and have to have this on a Windows-based server Hyper V, as Scale does not support kvm.
Scale works really well with Windows and Linux based machines. However, the only server where we were not able to import or build was kvm-based, which was our Aruba Clearpass server.
All of our SQL servers and Domain Controllers are on Scale. Never have we had an issue where speed or performance is a problem. Our security cameras are all on Scale as well, and we have over 250 cameras in the district that perform flawlessly.
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Score 10 out of 10
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We have deployed Scale Computing as our hyper-converged solution to support our manufacturing company's total business. We currently have two clusters deployed in a production and disaster recovery setup. As we have grown Scale has allowed us to easily add nodes needed without the worry of complicated licensing and operation issues.
  • Scale Support is responsive and knowledgeable.
  • Scale will grow as your company needs grow.
  • Scale is easy to use with minimal training.
  • I would like the ability to schedule exporting of VMs for backup purposes.
Scale Computing HC3 is well suited for small to medium-sized businesses that are looking for a VM environment that is easy to use and provide high availability.
We are currently running all servers and applications on our Scale HCS cluster. We have easily added new servers to our cluster to support our ERP application.
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Score 10 out of 10
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We are currently using HC3 as the server backbone for a new location that is in the works. HC3 allows us to easily start up server instances and manage them just as easily.
  • Snapshot management.
  • Organization of VMs.
  • Cloning/deleting VMs.
  • Shrinking disk sizes.
Well suited: Great for IT staff that don't want to be tied down by physical machines since starting up a VM instance is a snap.
We have (as of now), a Domain Controller, an Application Server, a Backup Server, and a Remote Desktop Server. Setting them up was easy since we cloned them all from a template, and after running into an issue with a server, we cloned it from a snapshot and it was perfect.
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Score 9 out of 10
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We use the SCALE platform across our whole Organization, It has helped us be more flexible , and faster to respond to issues. The smaller footprint has helped us with heating and cooling issues. Updates and patching has become less of a chore, and a more approachable task. Downtimes are becoming a thing of the past..reboots are amazing..!!
  • Implementation was smooth and their technicians were very knowledgeable
  • the training videos were very helpful
  • They responded to every issue, question, and situation very promptly.
  • Getting from our primary cluster, to our DR cluster through the console is kinda clunky, requires a login.
  • Adding different colors for each VM in the console, would be awesome ( or some way to differentiate them).
  • Possibly make it so the dashboard layouts are configurable??
For smaller facilities, pricing is attractive. We were able to move to a Virtual environment, which we likely couldn't jump to on an environment from someone like VMware. Upgrading when needed, due to space or ram requirements, looks like it could be concerning due to additional costs. Operating system licensing is very confusing..!
We are planning on moving most of our mission critical Apps to SCALE. So far our migrations have gone well, and changing resources and moving servers has been fairly easy. Cert server, DC and DHCP are up and running. Plus HUGS, ( for infant security ) all run better and have had less reboots while running on the scale platform.
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March 12, 2019

Scale HC3 Review

Score 10 out of 10
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We use a Scale cluster for our internal data center. We use it for mainly corporate headquarters and have been pleased with its performance. We replaced a retiring Vmware data center setup.
  • Support is great
  • Easy to add a node
  • Snapshotting is simple
  • Recovering a VM from a snapshot is cumbersome.
Scale is good for a small to medium company's data center. Easy to deploy and maintain. If you want to keep your servers and storage separate, this would not be the best solution.
Scale provides a IO/disk latency setting you can tweak to increased performance. This can be for a specific server or multiple.
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Score 9 out of 10
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Scale Computing HC3 is currently being used for multiple departments and is planned to be used for the entire organization. It allows near immediate spin-up and provisioning of VMs, hourly fail-over/disaster recovery, and file level backup of all VMs.
  • Of all the hyper-converged infrastructure I have tried (Microsoft, VMware, and Nutanix), Scale is the least complex and easiest to manage. It requires very little training to utilize efficiently
  • Support is top notch
  • It is a powerful tool that requires very little external management infrastructure
  • Is not BYOD compatible
Scale is well suited for anyone that needs a virtualization platform but doesn't want to spend a fortune and doesn't have time to learn a complicated system.
I have a File Server, Accounting Software, RDP Infrastructure, EMR, Accounting, PBX, and Access Control all running on Scale. Everything is snapshotted hourly giving a very granular level backup if needed. All roles get their own VM, giving flexibility when dealing with restores, troubleshooting, and testing. Since spinning up clones and new VMs are a click away, it makes scaling up very easy.
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March 07, 2019

Great solution!

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We use the HC3 for server deployment across our entire organization to increase fault tolerance and our disaster recovery.
  • Support is responsive and helpful.
  • Set up of the system itself and VMs is as easy as it can be.
  • I have not run into anything yet that I dislike.
The set up for replication to a DR is terribly easy and is one of the reasons we went with Scale.
Our tax collection system is currently installed on the scale cluster and running well.
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Score 10 out of 10
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[It's being used for] SANs, and ESX.

We replaced our entire data center with Scale HC3. It supports our all locations and departments. Our IT staff required zero training. We have gained valuable time now that we are no longer supporting a complex VMWare system with fiber switches, and ESX boxes.
  • Support. Support tickets are handled quickly.
  • System updates are fully automated.
  • Small footprint.
  • Simplified backups.
  • Backups. One to many is a big need for us. SQL, exchange agents would be helpful.
Scale is well suited for a company with a small IT staff. It is not suited if you have operating systems that are not supported on KVM.
Our wastewater treatment plant Uses SQL to gather 100s of inputs every 5 seconds to monitor plant SATA. HC3 does this very well.
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We have replaced most of our physical servers with virtual machines running on 2 Scale systems in two locations. We will be adding a third in the next year. We run domain controllers, file servers, email server and application servers virtually. We have a DR solution by using the remote connections. Additionally we use the snapshots to protect against malware/ransomware attacks.
  • Redundancy
  • Maximum uptime
  • Scalability
  • Dependability
  • Multiple Remote connections options for the same virtual machine
  • Online storage of snapshots for DR purposes
  • Allow higher speed transfer of snapshots between remote connections
Scale is the best solution for small to medium size businesses that want to protect their data and increase their uptime. The only real flaw I see is with the limitation to only have a VM backup to one remote location. With larger businesses, it would be critical to have more than one location to protect your data. Even in our situation, our two locations a fairly close to each other so a natural disaster could possibly take out both locations.
The first systems that I created on the HC3 clusters was a backup server and a file server. We were able to quickly get the data transferred and now have several layers of protection from lost, corrupted or maliciously attacked files. Since then we have added several domain controllers at each location and other business critical application servers. Eventually I plan to have 90% of my servers running as VMs on the Scale systems.
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HC3 replaced our organization's single server allowing for multiple servers to be built and maintained for separate uses. Going from a single server to nine has allowed Intervine to grow while protecting resources, increasing security, and streamlining processes. With ease of duplication, server buildout, and scaling, Scale has been instrumental in our organization.
  • The ability to duplicate a server or spin up a server from an existing snapshot within minutes has saved our organization and the IT department countless hours when we have had a server failure. Simply starting up a snapshot, most users do not even realize there has been an issue and it makes support seamless.
  • Updating is a breeze, you are notified when there is an issue and you follow the directions. The downtime is limited and it doesn't take hours to complete.
  • Customer support is top notch!
  • I am very happy with the product. I wish I could tell you I had cons, but I truly don't. I am very happy with the product, its ease of deployment and the overall experience. I would purchase again.
As a small organization, Scale has been a no brainer. Easy to install and maintain. Easy to add servers and move servers. I can't imagine its scalability wouldn't fit in any organization. If you are in a single server environment and aren't looking to break out functionality into multiple servers or need redundancy and disaster recovery options than this may not be for you.
For security reasons I rather not list applications we are running but rest assured our entire organization is on Scale. From AD, DNS, Fileservers, to security software we use Scale for everything and without issue. I was worried that some of our applications would not work on Scale but I have never had an issue and look forward to a long partnership.
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Scale Computing HC3 is being used across the whole organization. The previous virtual hardware and environment were at the end of their lives. The processing power, performance, and storage capability were not adequate to continue production. Multiple vendors, devices and integration caused the prospect of migrating to a newer current virtual system to be overwhelming. Scale computing solved the problem with one vendor, one stackable device, and built-in integration.
  • Initial setup and configuration was simple and straight forward. It was actually less than two hours from unboxing equipment to creating virtual servers in a live environment.
  • Scale's dashboard is intuitive and easy to understand. Management of the system is level one simple. Monitoring performance and capacity of the stack is a single screen, simple and powerful tools.
  • Backup and recovery of the servers and data is a hidden strength of Scale. Replication between the two Scale stacks is "Amazon Easy", a few clicks to select, schedule and submit. Monitoring progress and verifying status are all done from the dashboard, plus email notification of events if there are any issues.
  • Built-in remote support by Scale was very valuable. Being US-based and having knowledgeable engineers, any issue can be quickly diagnosed and corrected. No need to create reports or download and send event logs. Scale support can see exactly what you are seeing on the stack.
  • Scale Product delivery was also impressive. Yes, it's just a box you will eventually throw away, but the Scale Suitcases were easy to handle, unpack and provided secure transport of the stacks. Very nice touch.
  • The only issue was the migration from other virtual environment required third-party software for advanced configurations (multiple partitions). As great as the Scale system is, providing an easier experience of moving off other virtual systems with built-in tools would be a bonus.
Scale is well suited for the 1-10 employee small business to the 1000+ and beyond. The SMB that could benefit from a virtual environment but may think they are too small for it to be feasible, is very well suited for a Scale stack. Large enterprise businesses are well suited as the Scale stacks can grow with a company. The powerful yet simplistic management of the system means fewer man-hours are required to operate and they are freed up for other projects. Scale would be less appropriate in an organization with other virtual certification holders unwilling to discover the powerful system and ease of use until the price and performance are made known to management.
For a financial institution, the core banking system is mission critical. Scale Computing HC3 was loaded with the application, database and production servers to operate the in-house core banking system. As the core required adjustments for storage, memory or performance, the ease to which the Scale system accomplished this was remarkable. Most often these adjustments were completed with no downtime thanks to Scale's capabilities.
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We use our Scale cluster across all departments. The ease of use really does seem almost too good to be true....but this is one of those rare times that it really is just that easy and that good. While I completely appreciate that the initial investment can cause a bit of sticker shock, the amount of time and money saved in the long run far outweighs the initial costs. Our C-Level people are still impressed that I can have a new fully updated server ready to go in under an hour.....and honestly it is closer to 20 minutes if everyone would leave me alone for a bit.

We have been able to move about 85% of our servers to this solution - with the remainder only being on physical because they are fairly new or awful close to EoL and timing has been an issue.

I still think my favorite thing is being able to reboot a server and only waiting about 2-3 minutes for it to be fully loaded again instead of the normal 15-20 minutes a physical machine takes. My service windows have been able to be escalated since the downtime is so low now.
  • Quick restarts. In our tests with other solutions, a restart could still take 8-12 minutes, which was pretty much on par with physical.
  • Great VM snapshot schedules. I can set it to backup just about any time of day I want....with multiple schedules available (that I get to create).
  • Easy to use management console. It took me a couple of hours to get very comfortable with the interface. Now I can walk people through it over the phone for the times I am not in the office.
  • Sticker Shock. Not the biggest con since you can do so much for that price, but it was probably the biggest hurdle I had in going this way....but it is still so much more affordable that some of the other options.
  • Lack of USB functionality. It can be done, but additional hardware is required to get any sort of USB functionality out of these. The USB ports on the cluster are not for end user use.
We went this route because we needed to move to a more virtual environment - reduce costs - streamline setup of new servers (we were growing quite a bit) - all without adding unnecessarily complicated software and licensing issues. If you are looking to have some of the security and peace of mind that virtual will give you, this should really be your first stop along the way. We have not outgrown our initial setup just yet, but once we do, adding another node (or 2) is a pretty painless prospect.
We have everything from web servers to exchange running on our cluster; about 26 VM's running at any given time. Never had any sort of bottleneck or performance issues. Every test we have done has come back with flying colors. The only thing we have in house that we do not have some sort of VM for is SQL....and that is only because the DBA is old school and wants is physical for now. We have tested it with out DB and performance is not an issue....slowly but surely I will get him converted as well.
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In a multi-site, highly secure industrial control environment, we needed a solution that would simplify administration, provide test/development cloning capability, N+1 redundancy, and allow for host replication between sites for disaster recovery. Scale's HC3 delivered everything as promised and the solution truly is easy enough for a non-system administrator to manage on a day-to-day basis. Scale is an absolute home run for SCADA/ICS infrastructure, and offers unprecedented flexibility, especially if upgrading from a non-virtualized infrastructure.
  • The world's simplest host and storage administration, period.
  • Built-in site-to-site replication for one-click DR.
  • Excellent performance, easily surpassing the "big guys" -- more cost-conscious hardware solutions get the job done just as well, if not better, than top-tier systems using much more expensive hardware.
  • A support experience that cannot be rivaled. Just open a trouble ticket and see for yourself!
  • At-rest encryption currently requires a 3rd-party product.
  • Would really benefit from a user interface or wizard for creating boot media/migrating common hosts to HC3 (maybe options for physical, Hyper-V, VMWare).
Just like any HCI application, if your storage, compute, and memory needs can be quantified and accurately forecasted, comparing HCI to a traditional infrastructure stack is simple and generally easy to architect. In our case, the HCI solution cost even less than a comparable multi-vendor infrastructure solution, but with added benefits: Single vendor/tested solution, no additional software or management tools needed, and it's the easiest to manage/maintain/secure.
Most SCADA vendors are behind the times in terms of utilizing modern infrastructure. If your application runs on common Windows or Linux distributions, you can absolutely run them on HC3. Scale certifies about two dozen operating systems on the HC3 platform, ensuring compatibility and supportability. If the SCADA solution utilizes software replication, there are architectural decisions that should be made regarding how to design for true DR, but the beauty of HC3 is its flexibility -- you can use the built-in software replication, let HC3 replicate guest VMs, or use a combination of those two approaches, like we do.
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March 27, 2019

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We are moving all possible units to Scale (except for phone system, and legacy systems).
  • Hyper-converged systems mean everything is redundant
  • Excellent support
  • Warranty services are quick and easy
  • Integration with a backup vendor, Unitrends, was noted in a press release but still waiting
  • Support for legacy operating systems to keep legacy apps running
  • Update/upgrade process needs some work for high IOPS usage
  • Afterhours support goes to an answering service
All workloads can be moved into Scale on operating systems from 2008 and later. It also handles Linux distros as well. The interface is great, easy to use, and now has role-based permissions to have multiple accounts with different access. Maximum of 8 nodes per cluster. We haven't reached the limit yet but would like to see that expand in the future.
Exchange and our business-critical applications on SQL. One of our domain controllers resides within the Scale cluster for extra redundancy.
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We migrated our VMs to Scale from SimpliVity. The VMs on our Scale clusters are used across our whole organization.
  • Simple to manage
  • No VMWare complexity or licensing costs
  • Fast and stable
  • More statistics and analytics
  • When using a VM console in a web browser, you cannot copy and paste information to and from the VM in the console
We found Scale to be suitable for all of our computing needs including Active Directory, SQL Server, File Servers, and various app servers.
Active Directory, SQL Server, File Servers, Kronos, MySQL, and various application servers have all been running great on our Scale clusters.
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Scale is the main Server infrastructure at our company. They have two locations, and we have Scale at both. The sites replicate to each other for DR. and it works great!! We decided to move a server from one site to the other, and it was as easy as shutting it down on one side and booting it up at the other.
This has been very reliable. Scale serves as our main infrastructure and DR.
  • Disaster Recovery is excellent.
  • Server provisioning is easy and quick with templates.
  • Server backups are easy.
  • For our purposes, we don't have any cons.
If you are going to virtualize your server infrastructure Scale is an excellent choice. If you only have one server I don't see the need.
They have their main accounting systems on Scale as well as their business process server. They run LaserFiche and have a large database. To recover this used to be a pain, but now it is easy. We have also tested DR with this server and it has been flawless.
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Our Scale Computing HC3 is being used across the whole organization. It is currently delivering our server computing needs for all departments. From file and print to Exchange and SQL. We were looking for a solution that met a number of criteria. A secure, cost-effective, reliable solution that delivers a disaster recovery component. It delivers on all these and more.
  • Disaster Recovery: Ability to pair it with a secondary cluster for snapshot replication offers peace of mind.
  • Ease of Deployment: Plug in a few IP addresses and you're up and running on the platform.
  • Secure: The HC3 platform delivers a secure and robust solution.
  • Easy to use and no licensing fees: No more worrying about Standard, Enterprise, and Enterprise Plus licensing. One price for all.
  • Support: Their support team is knowledgeable and good to work with should you have issues or simple questions.
  • Could use some polishing in some of the functionality. Example being the ability to power on a virtual server on a specific Host. Currently not able to do that as it picks the server with the most available resources. We have one server in our cluster that has less RAM than the other 2 units so we would like the ability to utilize that more.
  • Pricing on components after the fact. Was a bit of a sticker shock when I asked for pricing to increase the Ram in one of our hosts so it would match the other hosts in our production cluster. We could buy a new server with that cost.
  • Deployments and pre-sales. When we deployed, there was a grey area on how this was done. Using Move licenses that cost extra dollars that weren't part of the original quotation. We thought we were getting more than we received.
It is a fantastic solution. Well suited for any sort of workload depending on the type of hardware you require. The snapshot replication to a DR cluster was a great feature.
We run our entire environment on HC3 platform. From simple File and Print to SQL and Exchange. Experience so far has been great, the ability to scale out will assist us when adding future workloads. We currently run 35 virtual servers off a 3 host production cluster.
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Scale Computing HC3's hyper-converged platform is the heart and soul of our on-premise infrastructure. With it we are able to run numerous virtual servers on a small cluster of hardware and manage it all from a single pane of glass. Furthermore, the builtin snapshot and replication functions allow us to easily setup offsite backups.
  • The HC3 platform is very stable. In 5 years our Scale Computing HC3 cluster has never gone down.
  • The HC3 management console is straightforward and extremely easy to use. Plus, network, server, and storage resources are all managed from that single pane of glass.
  • Scale Computing's support is, hands down, the best I have ever experienced in 19 years in IT. They are proactive, responsive, and very thorough. They go above and beyond the call of duty every single time.
  • While it is not extremely important to me, their VDI integration solutions are lacking. However I know from conversations with them that they are working on it.
  • Advanced management of virtual networking inside the solution is not as robust as other solutions.
Scale Computing HC3 would be a great solution for small/medium-sized organizations that have typical to moderately advanced computing needs. On the other hand, organizations which are extremely large and/or have highly advanced networking/system needs would likely not be able to achieve their goals with Scale Computing HC3 on its own.
We have run all of the following systems on HC3:

  • Active Directory
  • Oracle Database
  • File Server
  • Print Server
  • Unidata Database
  • Universe Database
  • Document Imaging
  • IIS
  • Apache

All of these systems have run as well as, or better than on our former VMware vSphere platform which required us to manage a separate storage system.
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Scale Computing is being used as the primary server structure at our company.
Everything from our Domain Controller, to DNS, to File servers, are hosted on Scale.
This addresses our concerns for redundancy, easy backups, and scalability.
  • Fast Support.
  • Easy to use, deploy and manage.
  • Great pricing.
  • Individual nodes are not upgradable. I'd like to see us be able to swap out drives for larger volume drives, rather than need to purchase new nodes to increase capacity.
  • Not enough control. If we choose to stop using Scale Support, we have no access to manage the back end of the servers in case of a failed node.
Scale is well suited to a medium-sized business needing easy to use server clusters for their organization.
Large Enterprise users will find that the system is too rigid to help with providing an easier administrator for the customer.
DNS Services, in house ticketing systems, and pretty much any memory or CPU intensive products that require fast failover in case of a node failure.
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March 09, 2019

Scale HC3 vs. VMware

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Scale has been used in our environment to replace VMware. We decided to go with Scale because of the cost and the ease of use. All of our Server Infrastructure sits in Scale, and we also use a Secondary cluster at an offsite location for DR. This allows us to no longer have to support a Data Center full of physical servers or to pay obscene licensing fees for VMware, NetApp, and our Cisco UCS cluster.
  • Snapshots between clusters is fast, and functions without notice.
  • Management of all VMs through a single pane of glass in a web browser is very convenient.
  • Cloning machines from a "Golden" template is extremely quick and easy.
  • Scale could improve when it comes to increasing Virtual Disk size. Instead of having to create a second disk and then convert them into dynamic disks in Windows applications.
  • Allowing more than 4 HDDs to be assigned to a machine is also a pain point, as we have some DB servers that require at least 4 HDDs to function properly.
  • Making migration from a standard vmdk file easier than the current method would also be a good way to improve. Paying for Carbonite licensing is not something feasible for all organizations, and the other method is not guaranteed to work and can be quite tricky also.
Scale is well suited if you are looking to slim down a NOC or data center environment with large numbers of physical machines, to decrease the need for manually updating or upgrading machines on a regular basis. It also is well suited if you're looking for a way to escape the licensing costs associated with products like VMware. Also, if you cannot afford the ingress/egress fees of a Cloud solution, this also provides a reasonable alternative.
We run many web applications, file servers, and database servers using Scale HC3. All of them perform just as well if not better than in VMware. Scale HC3 allows us to determine how much of the machine is run off of Flash storage vs. Spinning Disk storage, which increases performance on mission-critical machines. We have several massive DB servers that run almost exclusively off of Flash storage now, and the performance increase on the Web Apps associated with these DBs has been remarkable compared to what it used to be when we were using VMware.
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Score 9 out of 10
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We use Scale Virtualization to host our core on-premises infrastructure. We have significantly reduced our physical server footprint.
  • Thorough and knowledgeable support staff.
  • Great pre/post support from sales/engineers.
  • Significant cost savings.
  • Further VM categorization options.
  • On-demand reporting.
  • Additional integration with cloud providers like Azure, AWS, Google.
Excellent for mid/large enterprises where virtualization is beneficial and costs savings is scrutinized. Ease of use and implementation allows for various IT staff to use the product.
Basic high demand applications: Print Server, File Server, Voicemail Server, Domain controller. Complex High Demand applications: IBM Cognos, Field Sales tool (CIS), MS-SQL.
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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)


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

Small Businesses (1-50 employees)
Mid-Size Companies (51-500 employees)
Enterprises (> 500 employees)

Scale Computing HC3 Support Options

 Paid Version
Live Chat
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