Scale started a few years ago, shipping a scale-out NAS/SAN product, and has since grown into a hyperconvergence vendor to compete with the likes of SimliVity and Nutanix. While similar, Scale has taken a slightly different approach, and has a slightly different target market. Nutanix (who is VERY proud of their stuff) would argue that a Nutanix cluster would be suitable for any scale of organization. It would seem that Scale Computing has specifically targeted the SMB market, and is offering a solution that is more affordable for this market segment. That’s not to say that the HC3 product can’t scale; it’s just built to have a lower entry point. One of the reasons for this lower cost point is that HC3 is KVM-based, thus avoiding the licensing fees associated with running vSphere/HyperV on any other major hyperconverged appliance. I’m looking forward to a demo, because I’d like to see how easy and intuitive the deployment/use would be for a customer who would spring for a cheaper solution like this.
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