Our first HCI system
October 02, 2020

Our first HCI system

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Scale Computing HC3

It was used at our main datacenter to replace the traditional three-tier outdated architecture. All of our mission critical applications reside on the HC3 system.

We also are using the DR HC3 system at a remote site and have replication enabled for our critical VM's.

It addresses the issue of redundancy, performance and TOC.
  • Spin up new VM's.
  • Easy of use.
  • Allows for grouping of VM's.
  • Natively support NLB.
  • Native support for Veeam/Zerto.
  • Allow for different types of snapshots (eg. application consistent for SQL).
90% of the time I called support they are very helpful and will handle the issue cradle to grave. They were very responsive.
During implementation I would suggest to raise issues through your project manager vs direct to support as they have more intimate knowledge of your system and can guide you better through the issue.
Our mission critical applications include the following. Everything so far has been running as it should. It was a bit painful to migrate our existing VMware VM's over. We decided to do the cold migration to save on costs. You have to be ready for some downtime with this method.

RDS Farm.
Exchange on prem.
SQL production and test environments.
Telnet servers.
  • Less technical knowledge staff have the ability to admin the system.
  • Set up once and leave it.
  • More time to do other IT tasks.
Ease of use and TOC.
We needed to go with something simple as our environment is not complex.
The members of the IT team are lower level from a technical standpoint and can easily administer the system.
The GUI is web based so allows us to access the system remotely.
One step upgrades available with no downtime.
Small to medium sized organizations where the functionality of Scale meets the business requirements.
TOC - as Scale was a more cost effective solution then the other bigger players.
No hypervisor licensing costs.
Lower technical level staff.

I would not go with Scale:
If a mission critical 24/7 hot DR requirement. Your IOPS requirements is greater then 10,000.