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https://media.trustradius.com/product-logos/8Q/b9/W47TSZK0C41J.PNGScale Computing - A+ on cost and function.It is the backbone of our network. We use it for our ERP and we have Scale at our DR site that we replicate to and can spin up servers in that environment in the case of a disaster. We also have most of our file sharing on the Scale hardware.,Snapshots and replication Ease of configuration and use Cloning of new servers Support,Cannot run Windows 2003 Servers Cannot run 1 of our ShoreTel servers for conferencing,9,9,ERP - SQL based and critical to our business - SQL performs better and faster for our internal clients than our previous VM environment which was current HP based servers and a traditional SAN connected via fiber channel. Creating or cloning a new server is such a quick process also. It uses the snapshot to create clone and the old VM world used to copy the .vmdk files and that takes time. This allows us to solve problems and test solutions quicker.,1st, We didn't have to purchase additional VMWare software which saved us about 40% up front. Also no ongoing maintenance costs for that add-on layer of software. We spend much less time in our Scale management software than we did in VMWare managing resources and server issues so our internal support time is cut drastically. I would say we spend at least 50% less time maintaining our virtual environment than we did in the past. A fully functional Disaster Recovery plan was affordable using Scale. This gives us the relief knowing that we are protected from a disaster and it is more cost-effective. To replicate the environment we have now with other hardware and VMWare licensing for both our main computer room and disaster recovery site would have almost doubled our project costs.,Scale - what others are weighed against!Most of our environment is virtualized - all on Scale. The performance and ROI have been phenomenal! Their support shines above all vendors that I have dealt with over 25 years. Their system monitoring is proactive and they fix problems before they are even apparent.Scale is considered a key vendor in our infrastructure.,Ease of configuration. Spin up a new server with ease. Stability - rarely even have to think about this environment. ROI - the Scale environment let us get into virtualization for a very cost effective value.,Lower cost on the SSD solution. But then don't we always want the latest for less.,10,10,Almost all of our environment is on scale. With peak demands placed on our web application, this handles those peaks without a glimmer of issues. As we have added additional machines, some with legacy applications we have encountered zero issues.,Best ROI of any infrastructure software that I have encountered. We were looking at upgrading servers and the various virtual licenses and found the Scale solution a much better solution.,Scale Computing HC3 ReviewFor our company, we running most of our application servers on our Scale HC3. Most of the servers were migrated from VMware and the rest of them were virtualized from physical servers.,High Stability Super easy to manage VMs Automatic failover when node fails,I wish they could have more log features, for example, graphical statistics for hardware usage over time. Overall, the Scale HC3 is preforming really well for us.,10,10,We migrated our telephone system and reporting system from physical servers to Scale last year, we never had any issue with it.,Reduced management cost,VMware ESXiScale saved me from a VMware upgrade nightmare!We moved our entire VMware environment onto HC3. We use it to run our Windows servers. We are about to spin up our DR site as well. All of our Active Directory servers, FileCloud server, print servers, QuickBooks run on it. We will also be using it to replace Splashtop for users logging in remotely.,HC3 is easy to set up. The administration is so simple that you can give admin to less experienced employees. The VMs are very fast!,The interface needs more color. Integrate the Doubletake software into the system. Cloud replication?,10,10,We run only basic things like QuickBooks, Sage and file and print services on our stuff,Prevented expensive VMware upgrade My boss loves no monthly fees Cost so much less - I used the money for network upgrades too,VMware ESXiReview of our Scale HC3 systemWe use the Scale Computing HC3 platform across our whole organization. With its ease of use, we are able to obtain 99.9% uptime as well as a full DR site with 100% of our data. It solves the need by not requiring complicated switching equipment, advanced networks, etc. All of the systems are essentially self-contained and require near 0 maintenance.,DR - Scale does DR really well. With a few clicks, you can have a (or more) multiple DR sites. Ease of use - The system is extremely easy to use through it's GUI. With a few clicks, you're able to spin a VM up and have it set up snapshots and replication to other sites.,Ability to share or use dynamic memory.,10,10,We run our entire environment on the HC3 system. Primary & Backup domain controllers, application servers, file servers and most importantly our terminal servers. I have been blown away by the ease of use, performance and redundancy with the system.,To be honest - It's still a bit early to accurately tell our ROI -- But so far, we are happy.,VMware ESXi and XenServer,Deploying new VMs,Some back-end changes or console configuration changes.,No,10Scale delivers manageability and power savingsWe use Scale to visualize our whole server environment including database, exchange, and terminal servers. Each user is impacted directly by the performance of the cluster. Scale helps us simplify our server infrastructure as well as provides redundancy and backups. With a simple GUI, the Scale nodes are easy to manage as well as add resources such as memory or virtual hard drives. As the name implies, Scale is a solution that will be easy to add additional nodes should our capacity needs change, this helps us budget future years with more certainty.,Scale care support provides, by far, some of the best support of any issues that arise. No downtime for Scale updates. Migration of virtual machines and cloning machines is incredibly simple.,I'd really like an Android app where I can view the status of and manage nodes. Their GUI is perfect for this use case. During sales, I would have liked to be up sold to SSD's in each node.,10,10,I'll decline on the basis of giving too much information about our company. The points of redundancy and high availability are all valid. We've come to trust that Scale will always have out OSs up and running.,Power Savings, really quickly we noticed we have to air condition less. Our UPS is also able to add additional run time to Scale when compared to the 9 servers we had previously, now just 3 nodes. Less time looking at hardware issues. Quick resolution of any issues that have cropped up (not many),Microsoft Hyper VScale HC3 - It's for me.All our VMs (except 1) are on the Scale Computing HC3 system across the organization. It lives in our colocation facility and snapshots across the network to a remote site. It is our virtual platform and storage area network and hosts SQL, SharePoint, Exchange, File/Print, Citrix, payroll, DHCP, DNS, and other miscellaneous. servers.,Easy to snapshot servers offsite and recover - We actually had to test this in real-time as we had a corrupted file server that had been snapshotted previously. Easy to log in and turn on the snapshot'd server, verify and re-replicate it back to replace the production server. What could have taken hours only took a few minutes. Support - Scale has always been responsive to any questions or needs we have had and are easy to work with. We've done several os upgrades have had no issues. Easy - it's just an easy platform to manage. Not too complicated. Visually appealing to manage through the GUI.,Using the GUI is good, however, when I have several servers on a box, it's sometimes hard to tell which node the server is connected to. It does not clearly, visibly display which node. If you hover over the node, it will give the name of the server.,10,9,SQL2016 / SharePoint 2016 - our SharePoint2010 and 2016 environment runs on the system with no issues.,Improved UPtime Allows us to focus on other issues since this is not a time-consuming or difficult task,HC3 is a cost effective solution to deploy and operate in a manufacturing environmentOther than the ERP system, all other services are implemented in the Scale cluster, domain controller, file sharing, HR applications, EDI - FTP server etc.,The main strength of the system is that the system is fault tolerant. We have had issues on one server in the HC3 cluster (it went down!), no production downtime, end users did not even know that we had issues. The support from the ScaleComputing team has been excellent. User interface to manage the cluster is simple, the migration from various sources (VMware, stand alone servers was simple). Requires just common sense knowledge to manage the system.,Like to see an option to export a VM external to the cluster, like to a NAS.,8,9,After we migrated some VMWare and standalone servers to the Scale Cluster we noticed that not all of the initial setups on the Scale cluster was correct, adjusting them was painless and easy to execute.,With the high availability features built into the Scale Cluster the backups are less critical. That is why an option to export a VM to an external storage device would be great! This will reduce the overall cost of operations. When comparing the total cost of ownership/maintenance and for VMWare base servers and standalone servers, the cost of the Scale Cluster over a five year is very competitive. Add to this the education requirements of the personnel operating/managing the cluster you will be further ahead with the Scale Cluster.,VMware ESXiReduce 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.,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 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 RulesIt is used in our department for a variety of services. We have created different data storages and even created VM machines.,Their service technicians are very professional. They assisted us with issues that we have encountered with our Scale product.,At the present time, I do not see any missing functionalities with this product.,9,10,We do not run any business critical applications on the HC3.,It has saved us a lot of money on RAID cabinets that we had before we purchased Scale. Our return on investment was less then 3 years.,It'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 HC3 - You won't Be SorryOur servers, physical and VMware VMs, have all been migrated to Scale HC3. Our engineering, assembly and machining departments depend on our Scale system for access to their 3D data. Our self-developed ERP system and in-house Wiki both exist in our Scale environment as well. Additionally, our software and training departments request VMs to be created to aid in development and testing of our applications.,Scale provides a solid worry free VM environment for any SMB. We were looking to upgrade our VMware environment and found it quite daunting trying to piece together all the components necessary for a vm environment as well as the inevitable support contracts that would be scattered across different vendors. Scale combines everything you need into one turnkey solution. One appliance, one vendor, one support contract. Companies with a limited IT staff or who would rather free their staff from the administration concerns of a typical vm environment will benefit greatly from a Scale HC3. It truly is plug and play. Even the system updates are automated, moving vms around the nodes in realtime while each node updates with no disruption to the VMs. Built in High Availability, built in Load Balancing. Storage, Servers, VM os.. it's all self contained. Working with the VMs (creating, deleting, cloning) is easier on an HC3 than on anything else I have seen.,I would like to have some access to the host system itself but I can see why it is locked away from the user. One of the main selling points of the system is it's hands free reliability. End users mucking things up would work against that. I would like to see a bit more robust back up system to have a truly 100% self sustained VM environment. The system allows you to create snapshots very easily, both manual and scheduled. But it would be nice to be able to set up a backup/restore with deduplication to external locations.,9,9,Our engineering data needs to be available to our machinists, cnc programmers, and assemblers as well as our engineers. We run Autodesk Vault on a Windows Server vm on our HC3 and we have no issues with access to the data. We also run a complete ERP system of our own design and development. This system handles everything from employee clock in/out to inventory to scheduling, to accounting, to HR. It is the lifeblood of our company and it runs on a dedicated vm in our HC3 system. An internet facing version of this ERP system also running in our HC3 is being set up for demo'ing to potential customers. We also run various other systems unique to different departments (an inhouse wiki, jira issue tracking, customer support, software R&D),Our HC3 system has completely freed us from the daily requirements of basically babysitting our previous VM system. Where I had to check in daily to see what service or function was having a problem in our previous system I do not even have to log in to the HC3 unless it's to use the console functionality to access a vm that needs attention. When it was brand new I would log in daily at first but after finding everything purring along the same day after day I do not bother any more. :) There was always the worry of a server or storage device dying with our previous system. We also had to watch our different updates so we didn't update ourselves out of support because of our hardware falling off of the HCLs. With our HC3 we have no worry at all. If any component of a node(memory, storage, motherboard, nics, power supply, etc) dies, the system carries on using the other nodes with no downtime. Then we just need to unplug the bad node and plug in the replacement and the system goes back to normal. (We have not had to do this so I have no realtime experience with just how painless this would be but I would be surprised if it was any harder than installing it in the rack, connecting the cables, and pushing the power button.),VMware ESXi and NetGear ProSafe Managed SwitchesHC3 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.,
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I hate VMware with all my passion. The expense is way too much! Overly costly and complex, and dependent on MS SQL server? Are you kidding me? That is not acceptable to me. I need to have something I can understand and teach others how to use. I am not going to school to learn how to run a datacenter!
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  • Microsoft Hyper V
Scales manageability of virtual computers is what sets it apart. MS Hyper V was efficient and 'easy' as well but had quirks that resulted in many hours of troubleshooting. I have not encountered quirks like this that have lead to downtime with Scale. The GUI of scale feels complete, regardless of it's simplicity. The HyperV interface was simply another program.
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January 10, 2018

Scale HC3 - It's for me.

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Compared to VMware - it's so much easier and simpler to manage. It may not have all the bells and whistles of VMware but we don't need all that. It is also more economical.
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Score 8 out of 10
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We looked at increasing the deployment of VMWare to serve the needs of the company. The license cost and skill level requirements will make a VMWare solution too expensive to deploy and operate. We have not compared the HC3 solution with other Hyperconversion solutions. It was procured based on a couple of demos I witnessed from Scale Computing,
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We looked into various systems but the one that stood out was a Unitrends backup system and I liked what I saw at the time. But when I discovered Scale Computing HC3, I realized I could get more out of it than Unitrends and at a lower cost. Scale has reduced the number of devices we have had to learn to use and maintain, the number of vendors we have had to use, and reduced the overall cost of our infrastructure.
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  • VMware
VMware works. But it is not pretty and the licensing is awful. We often had to sit around waiting for VMware's clunky interface to load before we could do anything and it would only work on Windows. VMware's licensing was ok (not great, but ok) at 3 nodes. However, it massively spiked after 3 due to our educational pricing. This is ultimately what made us decide to go to Scale Computing and we have not once regretted it. We are currently sitting on 6 nodes and planning to add 2 more. How much have we had to add on for licensing for additional nodes? Nothing.
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December 12, 2017

Scale review

Score 9 out of 10
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Back in 2012-2013 we evaluated multiple products, but decided on SCALE because of the overall cost and flexibility of the system. SCALE provided a turn-key system that required minimal dedicated resource commitment from us, and has been a stable component in our environment for us ever since.
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December 11, 2017

Surprise Surprise

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I used to work a lot with VmWare in the past from my old workplace. Since I started here I was a bit septic of what ScaleComputing was able to do. And seriously for the price and value its another game from VMWare. Scale is better for a tiny amount compares to Vmware!. Fast, simple, intelligent and the support is AMAZING!.
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We chose Scale primarily because it was a completely self contained system. That meant one vendor and one support contract. Researching the different hardware components required for a vm system and multiple vendors of each component quickly got old. And thinking ahead toward maintaining such a system we did not want to deal with the headache of tracking down which component was causing us trouble and then having to prove that to the vendors.
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HC3 staff performed a very convincing sales presentation and offered a product that was substantially more affordable to us than those of competitors. Hence, HC3 was (and still is) our first evaluated system and we haven't yet compared it directly to other hyper-converged offerings. We do, of course, have comparisons to non-hyper-converged virtualization solutions in use here, such as Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware ESXi. HC3 promised (and delivered) on ease of implementation and no need for tertiary add-ons, such as additional NAS or DAS storage requiring further integration.
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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