Jeff Kato, Senior Analyst & Consultant
Recently I was briefed by Scale Computing about their new HCI offerings. What struck me most is it is looking like Scale is starting to make some good traction in the enterprise market. When Scale first came to market several years back it focused entirely on the SMB market in a category I would call “My first server virtualization.” When I talked to Scale customers in the past, often they were small manufacturing companies that for the first time were moving to a virtualized computing platform and away from standalone servers. The cost and simplicity of Scale Computing made perfect sense as compared to buying into the complexity and cost of VMware vSphere ESXi which mostly focuses on enterprise customers.
Now enterprises are starting to take notice of Scale Computing, especially for remote office and branch office (ROBO) environments. Scale has gotten some impressive wins in the retail market. These recent wins make sense as Scale now has a variety of offerings including all-flash nodes and high capacity nodes. They have some of the lowest cost all flash systems on the market and when combined with the new large capacity nodes makes for some interesting hub and spoke configurations needed to meet larger ROBO configurations. In the past year, Scale has both incorporated flash-tiers and remote replication into its HC3 architecture which enables Scale to meet the critical SLA’s enterprises will demand in these ROBO environments. Scale customers can deploy a single very low-cost HCI appliance node in a remote retail shop and have it replicate back to central office for backup and DR (many other vendors require two or more nodes in the remotes office). Scale is now investing in creating multi-cluster management tools to be able to manage hundreds of nodes remotely. As businesses look to lower costs any way they can, Scale Computing, by focusing entirely on their own virtualization stack (based on KVM) can keep it simple and offer one of the most cost effective HCI platforms on the market. Now with the latest release, they even can cover a broader set of customer requirements. Well done.