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Scale Computing Launches HC3 in UK: Servers, Storage and Virtualization Seamlessly Integrated Into a Single Cluster for Applications

Scale Computing, the leading provider of seamlessly integrated IT infrastructure for small to medium-sized organizations, today announced at IP EXPO the UK availability of HC3 - the easiest, most affordable virtualization system for midsize companies. With no virtualization software to license and no external storage to buy, HC3 lowers out of pocket costs by as much as 75 percent and radically simplifies the infrastructure needed to keep applications running. HC3 makes the deployment and management of a highly available and scalable infrastructure as easy to manage as a single server.

“After launching HC3 in North America six weeks ago, we’re excited to offer this high-availability ‘datacentre-in-a-box’ to the UK market,” said Patrick Conte, EVP and GM of Worldwide Field Operations at Scale Computing. “The UK is a strategic market for us so it’s only appropriate to make investments in the market and personnel to reflect that opportunity. As we help midmarket companies make the transition into a virtualized IT environment with HC3, we look forward to continuing, as well as expanding, our UK presence and making it a key part of our success moving into Q4.”

Scale Computing has transformed its affordable scale-out storage cluster into a hyperconverged solution that combines servers, storage, and virtualization into the industry’s first product that delivers virtualized infrastructure-as-an-appliance. As a fully integrated appliance, HC3 eliminates the need to separately purchase virtualization software, external servers, and shared storage - resulting in significant reductions in both costs and complexity. As a scale-out solution, additional compute or storage resources can be added to a cluster within minutes, with applications and data failing over between nodes in the event of equipment failure. “The result is a turnkey method to deploy a modern infrastructure,” said Conte. “Gone are the days of pulling together a collection of hardware components and software licenses. For our customers, HC3 delivers a new kind of solution with fully integrated hardware and software. Applications can be deployed in minutes, in a scalable and highly available environment, that eliminates the need to license VMware, purchase a SAN, or buy traditional servers. HC3 is a cloud architecture, delivered as an appliance, that provides radical ease-of-use and flexibility for IT administrators.”

“Scale Computing has seamlessly blended compute virtualization and storage management together to such a degree that they’ve reduced virtual server configuration time by 8x compared to traditional vSphere infrastructures, and all but eliminated the need for virtualization expertise,” said Jeff Boles, Senior Analyst Sr. Analyst and Director of Validation Services at the Taneja Group. “In our assessment, HC3 may take as little as one-tenth the effort to set up and install compared to traditional infrastructure, one-fourth the effort to configure and deploy VMs versus traditional infrastructure, and can eliminate the planning, troubleshooting, and reconfiguration exercises that can consume as much as 25 to 50 percent of IT administrator time in the midmarket.”

With over 20 customers and partners participating in the beta program over the past three months, HC3 users are touting the simplicity and cost savings. "We are extremely impressed with the simplicity of the HC3 product. It can be managed remotely so we can focus on our core business responsibilities,” said Rob Titley, IT Manager, Breedon Aggregates. “The support and expertise provided by Scale Computing has been invaluable in supporting our virtualization strategy.”

“Virtualization is a highly beneficial tool for all businesses but also a complicated one,” commented Jeff Rhys-Jones, Technical Director, ACC International. “HC3 gives us the opportunity to take virtualization to our customers, all packaged up in a ready to go infrastructure solution. It is an additional revenue stream for us and something that our customers are showing a lot of interest in.”

Ideal for first-time virtualizers and small IT departments, a complete 3-node HC3 cluster capable of 15 – 30 virtual workloads starts at under £19,449 and includes all necessary servers, storage and virtualization, along with 24x7 premium support. For a complete HC3 demo, visit the Scale team at IP EXPO, Stand F7. To learn more about Scale Computing, visit www.scalecomputing.com.

Published Wednesday, October 17, 2012 6:41 AM by David Marshall
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