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Scale Computing HC3 is #16 ranked solution in HCI Software. IT Central Station users give Scale Computing HC3 an average rating of 8 out of 10. Scale Computing HC3 is most commonly compared to Nutanix Acropolis AOS: Scale Computing HC3 vs Nutanix Acropolis AOS. The top industry researching this solution is Computer Software Company, accounting for 31% of all views.
What is Scale Computing HC3?

HC3 is an appliance-based hyperconverged infrastructure solution. HC3 combines servers, storage, virtualization, and backup/disaster recovery into a single appliance. This hyperconvergence of technologies radically simplifies IT infrastructure making it easier to implement and manage and significantly reduces the total cost of ownership of infrastructure. The HC3 hyperconverged appliance approach allows seamless, non-disruptive infrastructure scale out and automated, non-disruptive software and firmware updates. Our customers choose HC3 to reduce complexity and cost from IT infrastructure so they can focus their IT administration on improving applications and process rather than managing and maintaining complex infrastructure.

Buyer's Guide

Download the Hyper-Converged (HCI) Buyer's Guide including reviews and more. Updated: October 2021

Scale Computing HC3 Customers

Edgetec Systems, Triton School Corporation, Anamosa Community School District, Standard School District, Iron County School District, Sevier County Bank, St. Richard’s Catholic College, Stoke Park School and Community Technology College, City of St. Cloud Minnesota, Presbyterian Mo-Ranch Assembly, KIB Electronics, Chaitons LLP, Reading Muhlenberg Career & Technology Center, Penlon, American College of Education, Steel Summit Holdings, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Canadian Museum of History, Canadian War Museum

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IT Director at a renewables & environment company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 10
Good stability with a straightforward setup, but scaling is difficult

Pros and Cons

  • "The initial setup is pretty straightforward."
  • "I've had so many issues with the sales team when I was looking to make some improvements, and improve the performance. They would create so many excuses to force me to buy new nodes all the time and not let me add more memory to each node."

What is our primary use case?

We were running Dynamics AX, so my environment had 12 VMs. We had one or two 2012 Windows servers and I had two 2012 SQL servers, and an R2 as well.

What is most valuable?

The initial setup is pretty straightforward.

The stability is very good.

What needs improvement?

I've had so many issues with support. 

I've had so many issues with the sales team when I was looking to make some improvements, and improve the performance. They would create so many excuses to force me to buy new nodes all the time and not let me add more memory to each node. 

For example, we would have three cluster nodes, and I was trying to figure out a way to have one more terabytes of space. Instead of letting me do some sort of higher performance, I ended up buying another three nodes, and after I bought those three nodes, then I was stuck with the six nodes, and I migrated everything to the new nodes, and after all that, they did not let me upgrade the hard drives.

The sales department told me "you can just add another cluster. We'll move everything to the other clusters, then you can replace the hard drives." When I did everything, then they came back and they said, "Oh, no. It was a mistake. We did not authorize this. You have to change the hard drives."

It would be great if we had the ability to attach external sends and use another vendor send. We should not just have to buy scale nodes. On top of that, we need the capability to do full back up and exports to those external stores.

The backup solution is sub-par. They make you back up inside the cluster. I would like to have a backup in another environment and scale with the other HCI solution. They just want you to do backups between their environments, which makes no sense nowadays, when we have everything going to the cloud. I don't need to back it up inside the cluster.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for three and a half years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is very good. I have no complaints there. There aren't bugs or glitches. It doesn't crash or freeze.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is pretty scalable so long as you are willing to buy new equipment every time. It can get expensive and frustrating. The biggest gap for scaling is not letting you use external sends. That is the biggest gap. If they don't let you do that, you will always need to buy expensive nodes. They don't sell the nodes for a cheap price.

In the company, in general, we have about under 100 users. There are around 3,000 employees at the company overall. Everybody has been pulling data from our server. I know our manager loves to scale, so we need something that can scale when we need it to.

How are customer service and technical support?

We had issues with sales support. They told us how to do something one way, then told us something else once we bought the technology. I don't trust them. I'm completely unhappy with their level of service.

In terms of technical support, I've had the opportunity to work with a couple of technicians that were really good and that really know HC3. That said, I sometimes called the help desk, and I got people that really don't know anything about the solution or about Linux (which the solution runs through). Overall, I'd rate the solution six and a half out of ten. The support really isn't balanced. It can be great or awful.

How was the initial setup?

I've been in IT for 20 years. Therefore, for me, the initial setup wasn't too complex. It was pretty straightforward. I can't speak to how easy it would be for everybody, however.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

If you need to scale, you need to buy more nodes, and those are not cheap at all. They are very expensive.

What other advice do I have?

We're just customers. We don't have a business relationship with the client.

I'm not sure which version of the solution we use, however, it has been fully updated.

All our servers were co-hosted in another location, and I decided to bring everything on-premise due to our need to have the best performance.

They need to change that mentality that they just want to sell the box. It is what it is, that they don't allow us to do upgrades. I think this mentality is like an Apple mentality where you have to buy whatever you want at the beginning and you cannot change, and nowadays, everything is so interchangeable. We need to be able to adapt it to whatever we need. That said, this product and its salespeople are not flexible.

I'd advise others to make sure you buy as fast and as big as possible at the beginning. You won't have many opportunities to do upgrades in the box that you have. For example, if you need 64 GIGs of RAM, buy 128 - at least double. Don't get it back to the wall where you don't have an option to increase.

I would rate the solution seven out of ten. 

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Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Fast with excellent stability and fantastic technical support

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution is scalable."
  • "Scale HC3 improvements would involve literally fixing up the replication."

What is most valuable?

Technical support is great.

Scale shows you the network switches already configured, which is better than Nutanix, where you really have to have someone who is doing the networking properly and double-checking all your network configurations within Nutanix.

The solution is scalable.

The stability is excellent. 

The solution is fast. For example, Nutanix reads and writes are slower than Scale.

What needs improvement?

Scale HC3 improvements would involve literally fixing up the replication. It's the Holy Trinity of snapshot, replication, and bandwidth monitoring. All three must be aligned.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've dealt with the solution for six months or so at this point. It hasn't been that long. I've used it for less than a year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is quite stable. It's rock solid. There are no bugs or glitches. It doesn't crash or freeze. it's quite reliable. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is very good. If you need to expand it, you can. 

In Scale, with scaling, there's a different way of scaling in Scale than in Nutanix. With Nutanix if you were going to be doing new mass amounts of machines, meaning you were going to do 1,000 machines, 2000 machines, I would not recommend Scale. Scale limits the cluster nodes to eight nodes. You literally have to put on servers and you have to balance your servers off on the system.

How are customer service and technical support?

While Nutanix support is good, Scale tech support responds faster and acts faster. We are quite satisfied with them overall.

Scale support is 100% American-based, which is great in terms of language and time zones.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have both Nutanix and Scale, which are two competitors. Scale does some things better than Nutanix. Nutanix does some things better than Scale. That's why we use both.

How was the initial setup?

I have a staff of two. I have three others on my staff right now that currently know the system. They might only deal with it half an hour a week. The maintenance is minimal. It's pretty self-repairing. 

It literally takes maybe two hours to get them fully acquainted with either system. Nutanix is harder to restore. The problem with Nutanix is when you want to restore data and you only want to restore selected data, much more tedious. Where Scale, it's a simple GUI and takes seconds.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate Scale at an eight out of ten. 

Scale has major improvements that they need to fix up. However, it is pretty good in terms of capability and scalability.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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