I think Scale Computing is hard to beat in terms of ROI. If you go with a cheaper solution you will most likely spend more time supporting and managing. Go with a more expensive solution and you buy features you may not need. Scale Computing was the perfect balance for us and provided the best ROI.
Prior to using HC3, our disaster recovery options were limited to replicating to out-buildings. With HC3 we now also replicate hosts to our other facilities, ensuring continuity should the worst occur.
Managing an environment consisting entirely of physical hosts is time-consuming and limiting, since CPU and storage resources cannot be easily adjusted based on needs.
Control technicians can perform nearly all system administrator functions, eliminating the need for a dedicated system administrator -- instead, we share our corporate system administrator resources to provide escalation support when needed.
I try to look at ROI in terms of how much time and effort a solution saves me during operation. Scale has practically removed downtime during upgrades and this is a solution we believe will run for a 10+ year period. So the ROI not just improved for us but we have assurance that we can continue to upgrade and add more Scale Computing Solution as needed.
For a company which is growing, Scale provides us with sufficient room for growth. With their solution, we are insured for a growth for up to 50% in the next 10 years when in reality we would hardly meet that goal. We are looking at 10%-15% in 5 years.
Considering the short time I've had Scale, it's hard to speak to ROI but before purchasing we did compare costs of our previous solution in terms of licensing costs and future hardware costs and Scale was the less expensive option.
From purely a power consumption perspective, the Scale solution is definitely a cost saving feature. I find myself with additional circuits that aren't needed any longer in my server room.
Even in the short time I've had Scale in place, I can already tell that the uptime is better than with our previous solution.
So far the primary ROI has been in electricity usage. The sheer number of physical servers we were able to power down after moved to the cluster has reduced our monthly power bill by approximately 20%.
Being able to remotely manage the cluster has been a huge perk. Some days where I would typically work from home have been squashed by the need to come to the office to physically restart a single-host server. This has not been an issue since the switch to Scale.
With one set of hardware and 3 HC3 servers clustered we manage 10 servers and one legacy PC. So that works out to save us 3/1 on power supplies = 1/3 power utilization, not to mention the cost savings in hardware upkeep.
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
Mix and match new nodes
Incremental resources improve performance of existing workloads