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Simplified Virtualization For Small Business

Managing datacenter solutions for small and midsized businesses can be a complex, frustrating experience. Delivering high-availability for your applications requires powerful servers, complex virtualization software and expensive SAN components. Once established, expanding this infrastructure can be even more frustrating: VM migrations may not work between server configurations; storage performance may degrade as new VMs are deployed; switching infrastructure may be overloaded by a new SAN requirement; additional components may take you to an entire new tier of expensive virtualization software licensing. The list goes on and on.

At Scale Computing, we believe this complexity is an unnecessary, expensive burden on the IT department of SMB businesses. Through deep integration of components - from hardware to virtualization software to management components, and through an automated management paradigm which takes away the complexity of clustering - we have developed an entirely new way of deploying a virtualization-based infrastructure – a trend analysts are calling "hyperconvergence."

A Better Way

Scale's HC3 is an entire infrastructure in an easy, yet powerful, turnkey package. Looked at another way, it is "infrastructure as an appliance" or a "datacenter in a box." It is an application of our technology designed to deliver the promise of hyperconvergence.

With our hyperconverged solution, utilizing our patented ICOS™ technology, Scale's HC3 delivers a clustered, scale-out, highly available infrastructure that is as easy to manage as a single server. Rather than treat storage, servers, virtualization, and management as different datacenter silos, HC3 brings these all together. It then further automates the management of these components so that IT is focused on managing applications, not infrastructure.

Windows applications, Linux applications, or other x86-based apps can be deployed on HC3 in minutes, without any knowledge of virtualization, shared storage, or clustering required. Once deployed, these applications inherit high-availability automatically, in that, should the hardware an application is running on fail, the application would be live migrated when possible, or automatically rebooted on other nodes in the cluster - keeping your applications running even in the event of complete node failure. Likewise, adding new resources to a cluster is easy: simply plug in additional nodes to deliver storage, server capacity or both, and they will automatically be added to the cluster. All of these resources are pooled together to deliver a simple, easy to understand, and easy to administer management paradigm.

Cost and Control

HC3 delivers radical simplicity in management, scaling, and in achieving high availability. In addition, HC3 is often less expensive than less powerful, more complex solutions. These other solutions require multiple components of SAN and server, along with expensive virtualization licensing and management tools. By integrating these components, not only is the system simplified, but it often will cost less due to the more efficient use of available hardware resources.

Even a small IT department can now afford, deploy and manage a scalable, highly available, virtualized infrastructure. Gone are the days of storage protocols, SANs and storage subnets. Gone are expensive virtualization licensing schemes that are unfriendly to the needs of SMB IT. Gone are the headaches of achieving high availability, expanding the resources of an existing environment, and of budgeting for "fork-lift" upgrades every few years.

Instead, HC3 delivers these benefits without the cost and complexity: The Easiest, Most Affordable Virtualization System Built Specifically for Midsize Companies.

Simplified Virtualization For Small Business:

For IT professionals in small and midsized businesses (SMBs), ensuring application continuity and uptime is anything but a small responsibility. Like businesses of any size, SMBs are faced with tight IT budgets and limited resources, and require an infrastructure that is highly available, scalable, and easy to use. For many small businesses, threats of extensive downtime are very real, especially when viewed against a challenging backdrop of budgetary restrictions and personnel limitations. In many cases, old infrastructures have been nursed along, protected by little more than a single backup tape. Enter Scale Computing’s HC3 - delivering infrastructure as an appliance.

Scale Computing & SMBs

With Scale Computing’s integrated virtualization solution, HC3, SMBs have access to enterprise-class high availability and scalability, and a modern virtualized infrastructure, delivered in an automated, easy to manage appliance cluster at a fraction of the enterprise price tag. Powered by Scale’s ICOS™, all servers, storage, and virtualization capabilities are pooled together to form a single cluster – managed as a single server – and bringing with it turnkey scalability and automated high available for the applications running on HC3.

Benefits of Scale Computing

  • Scalability – All of the resources of every node in an HC3 cluster are aggregated together into a single pool of resources. This delivers the feel of a single server solution. But this “super server” brings with it significant benefits to your environment. Scalability is on of these benefits. As new resources are required, new nodes can simply and easily be added to an existing cluster without requiring a maintenance window to do so. If more storage capacity is required, simply add storage-heavy nodes to the existing HC3 environment, and the capacity of those nodes is pooled together with the existing cluster. Likewise, if new compute resources are needed for new or expanding virtual machines and applications, compute-heavy nodes can be added to the existing environment, adding new compute power to the existing environment.

  • Availability – Scale’s patented ICOS technology is continuously monitoring thousands of variable conditions within the HC3cluster. Should a problem be identified on a node, applications running on that node will automatically be live migrated to other nodes in the cluster. If necessary, the problem node will be removed from the cluster entirely for maintenance. Likewise, even in the event of a complete and sudden power failure on a node, the VMs which were running on the failed node will automatically be rebooted on other nodes in the cluster, bringing your environment back online in automated fashion.

  • Simplicity – In order to achieve a highly available infrastructure, multiple components are required - each with their own costs, management paradigms, and operating overhead. SANs, external servers, virtualization software, management tools, and complex networking all play a role in creating high availability, but this high availability is achieved at the cost of significant complexity. Attempting to expand and scale such an infrastructure often introduces even more costs and complexity to the environment.

With HC3, all of these disparate systems are collapsed into a single, integrated, easy to use system. As the administrator, HC3delivers high availability and scalability, with radical simplicity. Instead of a complex network of pieces and tools, HC3 feels like managing a single server solution which runs all of your applications – but this server brings with it scalability and high availability for your applications.

Healthcare IT Infrastructures Made Easy:

Healthcare IT professionals are faced with a myriad of challenging tasks. IT applications are a critical component of the patient care continuum and high availability for these applications is a must-have. Regulatory requirements, overwhelming data growth, and rapidly changing technologies each provide significant challenges. While large institutions may have resources at their disposal, the less-armed health care organization, whether a small hospital, lab, clinic or physicians group, all have similar challenges but limited budgets and resources.

How HC3 Brings Virtualization to Healthcare IT

HC3 is built for three things: high availability, growth and ease of management. The challenges of HA and scalability need not be replaced with a complex, difficult to administer infrastructure. Scale’s HC3 was designed specifically the needs of smaller IT departments in mind, with ease of deployment, ease of growth, and ease of management all being key design considerations.

Benefits of Scale Computing

  • Scalability – All of the resources of every node in an HC3 cluster are aggregated together into a single pool of resources. This delivers the feel of a single server solution. But this “super server” brings with it significant benefits to your environment. Scalability is on of these benefits. As new resources are required, new nodes can simply and easily be added to an existing cluster without requiring a maintenance window to do so. If more storage capacity is required, simply add storage-heavy nodes to the existing HC3 environment, and the capacity of those nodes is pooled together with the existing cluster. Likewise, if new compute resources are needed for new or expanding virtual machines and applications, compute-heavy nodes can be added to the existing environment, adding new compute power to the existing environment.

  • Availability – Scale’s patented ICOS technology is continuously monitoring thousands of variable conditions within the HC3 cluster. Should a problem be identified on a node, applications running on that node will automatically be live migrated to other nodes in the cluster. If necessary, the problem node will be removed from the cluster entirely for maintenance. Likewise, even in the event of a complete and sudden power failure on a node, the VMs which were running on the failed node will automatically be rebooted on other nodes in the cluster, bringing your environment back online in automated fashion.

  • Simplicity – In order to achieve a highly available infrastructure, multiple components are required - each with their own costs, management paradigms, and operating overhead. SANs, external servers, virtualization software, management tools, and complex networking all play a role in creating high availability, but this high availability is achieved at the cost of significant complexity. Attempting to expand and scale such an infrastructure often introduces even more costs and complexity to the environment.

With HC3, all of these disparate systems are collapsed into a single, integrated, easy to use system. As the administrator, HC3 delivers high availability and scalability, with radical simplicity. Instead of a complex network of pieces and tools, HC3 feels like managing a single server solution which runs all of your applications – but this server brings with it scalability and high availability for your applications.

Cost Effective Virtualization for Education:

Educational institutions require flexible and scalable computing environments. Classroom success is often married to application availability and uptime, but tight budgetary requirements, limited personnel, and widely varied application requirements put a strain on IT resources. Educational institutions are in dire need of a modern computing infrastructure that delivers high availability and is scalable, while at the same time being easy to administer and affordable.

HC3 in Education Infrastructures

HC3 is built for three things: high availability, growth and ease of management. The challenges of HA and scalability need not be replaced with a complex, difficult to administer infrastructure.

Educational institutions spend millions of dollars on less than ideal solutions and in maintaining aging infrastructures because migrating to the “modern datacenter” is too costly and complex. HC3 changes this paradigm by delivering a ‘datacenter-in-a-box’ - a robust, scalable, highly available environment for applications that is as easy to use as a single server.

As K – 12 schools, colleges and universities seek to upgrade their infrastructures, HC3 offers an alternative from the complex world of deploying and managing external servers, virtualization stacks, and external storage subnets. Instead, HC3 offers an integrated, automated, scalable solution specifically designed for small and medium IT organizations.

Benefits of Scale Computing

  • Scalability – All of the resources of every node in an HC3 cluster are aggregated together into a single pool of resources. This delivers the feel of a single server solution. But this “super server” brings with it significant benefits to your environment. Scalability is on of these benefits. As new resources are required, new nodes can simply and easily be added to an existing cluster without requiring a maintenance window to do so. If more storage capacity is required, simply add storage-heavy nodes to the existing HC3 environment, and the capacity of those nodes is pooled together with the existing cluster. Likewise, if new compute resources are needed for new or expanding virtual machines and applications, compute-heavy nodes can be added to the existing environment, adding new compute power to the existing environment.

  • Availability – Scale’s patented ICOS technology is continuously monitoring thousands of variable conditions within the HC3 cluster. Should a problem be identified on a node, applications running on that node will automatically be live migrated to other nodes in the cluster. If necessary, the problem node will be removed from the cluster entirely for maintenance. Likewise, even in the event of a complete and sudden power failure on a node, the VMs which were running on the failed node will automatically be rebooted on other nodes in the cluster, bringing your environment back online in automated fashion.

  • Simplicity – In order to achieve a highly available infrastructure, multiple components are required - each with their own costs, management paradigms, and operating overhead. SANs, external servers, virtualization software, management tools, and complex networking all play a role in creating high availability, but this high availability is achieved at the cost of significant complexity. Attempting to expand and scale such an infrastructure often introduces even more costs and complexity to the environment.

With HC3, all of these disparate systems are collapsed into a single, integrated, easy to use system. As the administrator, HC3 delivers high availability and scalability, with radical simplicity. Instead of a complex network of pieces and tools, HC3 feels like managing a single server solution which runs all of your applications – but this server brings with it scalability and high availability for your applications.

Easy to Manage Virtualization for Government Agencies:

Information technology is key to the operation of any agency, including maintaining application uptime. Many government agencies are looking to virtualization technologies to provide a path to high availability, but they must also deal with the challenges of data growth and scalability on a backdrop of tight budgets and limited personnel.

Why HC3 for Virtualization in Government?

Scale Computing’s HC3 provides government agencies with an integrated, highly available and scalable system. The complexities of the typical virtualization infrastructure melt away with the power of Scale’s Intelligent Clustered Operating System™ (ICOS), automatically managing and monitoring the environment. Likewise, the cost of deploying and managing multiple disparate systems and the cost of licensing virtualization software are eliminated. These newly freed IT resources can be focused on running applications and providing IT solutions that improve the efficiency of the agency.

Benefits of Scale Computing

  • Scalability – All of the resources of every node in an HC3 cluster are aggregated together into a single pool of resources. This delivers the feel of a single server solution. But this “super server” brings with it significant benefits to your environment. Scalability is on of these benefits. As new resources are required, new nodes can simply and easily be added to an existing cluster without requiring a maintenance window to do so. If more storage capacity is required, simply add storage-heavy nodes to the existing HC3 environment, and the capacity of those nodes is pooled together with the existing cluster. Likewise, if new compute resources are needed for new or expanding virtual machines and applications, compute-heavy nodes can be added to the existing environment, adding new compute power to the existing environment.

  • Availability – Scale’s patented ICOS technology is continuously monitoring thousands of variable conditions within the HC3 cluster. Should a problem be identified on a node, applications running on that node will automatically be live migrated to other nodes in the cluster. If necessary, the problem node will be removed from the cluster entirely for maintenance. Likewise, even in the event of a complete and sudden power failure on a node, the VMs which were running on the failed node will automatically be rebooted on other nodes in the cluster, bringing your environment back online in automated fashion.

  • Simplicity – In order to achieve a highly available infrastructure, multiple components are required - each with their own costs, management paradigms, and operating overhead. SANs, external servers, virtualization software, management tools, and complex networking all play a role in creating high availability, but this high availability is achieved at the cost of significant complexity. Attempting to expand and scale such an infrastructure often introduces even more costs and complexity to the environment.

With HC3, all of these disparate systems are collapsed into a single, integrated, easy to use system. As the administrator, HC3 delivers high availability and scalability, with radical simplicity. Instead of a complex network of pieces and tools, HC3 feels like managing a single server solution which runs all of your applications – but this server brings with it scalability and high availability for your applications.

Easy to Deploy Virtualization for Manufacturing:

Manufacturing companies are known to have some of the worst ratios of IT personnel to overall company size in all of business. Despite small staffs and limited budgets, the IT needs of manufacturers are critical and application uptime is key. Virtualization provides a gateway to achieving high availability for applications but unfortunately, this gateway also leads to expensive virtualization software licensing, storage subsystems and servers. While at the same time, creating complex environments which are expensive to manage and maintain. Scale Computing’s HC3 eases the pain of this complexity while also delivering a virtualization solution perfect for these smaller IT teams.

HC3 Delivers on Manufacturing Virtualization

Scale Computing’s HC3 provides a datacenter-in-a-box: a simple, scalable, and highly available application infrastructure delivered as an appliance. For manufacturers where IT applications are critical, HC3 is a turnkey way to deliver high availability while at the same time providing a radical simplification of the overall IT infrastructure, allowing the small IT departments of manufacturing companies to focus on applications and services rather than hardware and backend systems.

Benefits of Scale Computing

  • Scalability – All of the resources of every node in an HC3 cluster are aggregated together into a single pool of resources. This delivers the feel of a single server solution. But this “super server” brings with it significant benefits to your environment. Scalability is on of these benefits. As new resources are required, new nodes can simply and easily be added to an existing cluster without requiring a maintenance window to do so. If more storage capacity is required, simply add storage-heavy nodes to the existing HC3 environment, and the capacity of those nodes is pooled together with the existing cluster. Likewise, if new compute resources are needed for new or expanding virtual machines and applications, compute-heavy nodes can be added to the existing environment, adding new compute power to the existing environment.

  • Availability – Scale’s patented ICOS technology is continuously monitoring thousands of variable conditions within the HC3 cluster. Should a problem be identified on a node, applications running on that node will automatically be live migrated to other nodes in the cluster. If necessary, the problem node will be removed from the cluster entirely for maintenance. Likewise, even in the event of a complete and sudden power failure on a node, the VMs which were running on the failed node will automatically be rebooted on other nodes in the cluster, bringing your environment back online in automated fashion.

  • Simplicity – In order to achieve a highly available infrastructure, multiple components are required - each with their own costs, management paradigms, and operating overhead. SANs, external servers, virtualization software, management tools, and complex networking all play a role in creating high availability, but this high availability is achieved at the cost of significant complexity. Attempting to expand and scale such an infrastructure often introduces even more costs and complexity to the environment.

With HC3, all of these disparate systems are collapsed into a single, integrated, easy to use system. As the administrator, HC3 delivers high availability and scalability, with radical simplicity. Instead of a complex network of pieces and tools, HC3 feels like managing a single server solution which runs all of your applications – but this server brings with it scalability and high availability for your applications.