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Scale Computing Adds Integrated Disaster Recovery and Streamlined UI Workflows with Latest HC3 HyperCore 6.0 Release
Posted: Tue Feb 24, 2015 03:16:40 PM

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Scale Computing, the leading provider of hyperconverged solutions, today announced that it has added built-in VM level remote replication and introduced a new, streamlined user interface to make its HC3® platform an even better fit for small- and medium-sized businesses and enterprise departments looking to overcome the barriers of implementing virtualization, and fast recovery from IT disasters.

As data requirements at organizations of every size continue to require more storage assets and additional compute power, virtualization becomes a more-attractive option. For IT staffs at smaller organizations, the introduction of a virtualization layer can add complexity and management issues beyond what they are often prepared to handle. Addressing disaster recovery is often out of reach due to increased cost and complexity of point solutions. Scale Computing’s HC3 products provide the server hardware, virtualization software and storage needed in a hyperconverged platform that can be managed from a single, unified interface to simplify data center management. Now that same simplicity can extend to remote disaster recovery as well.

Scale Computing’s latest release features built-in remote disaster recovery to allow users to set up continuous replication on a VM by VM basis between two HC3 clusters with space-efficient snapshot technology replicating to a secondary site, tracking only the blocks unique to each manual or automatic snapshot and sending the changed blocks. Testing a DR infrastructure plan is now as simple as cloning a snapshot on the target cluster and starting a VM with no disruption to ongoing replication. In case of disaster, users can simply “clone” a snapshot on the target cluster for the manual failover of a VM that is immediately bootable or simply replicate changed data at a DR site back to the primary site for simple failback.

This capability is built in at no additional charge and is available as a non-disruptive “rolling upgrade” for users of HC3 HyperCore™ version 5.

“DR is out of reach of many SMBs, but now HC3 opens the door and provides an easy and cost effective solution to a major unmet need,” said George Crump, President and Founder of Storage Switzerland. “The new interface is also a big part of the HC3 6.0 release. Scale has created streamlined workflows for administrators, surrounded by a new intuitive design. This is critical for the SME, since the ‘server guy’ of these companies is also usually the ‘storage guy,’ the ‘network guy’ and the ‘desktop/laptop guy.’ Workflows allow an administrator to be guided through whatever virtualization task is needed and get back to doing other things, like troubleshooting the network or providing desktop support.”

In addition, the new user interface deployed in Scale Computing’s version 6 upgrade features an intuitive design with almost no learning curve that allows administrators to employ a “set it and forget it” mentality where they only need to periodically log in to make changes to the system. The intelligence of Scale Computing’s patented HyperCore software handles the heavy lifting of VM failover and data redundancy. Pop-up notifications display in-process user actions, alerts and processes to present users with relevant information about active events on the system.

Scale Computing’s built-in browser-based management console streamlines workflows for administrators with a 60 percent reduction in clicks during the VM creation workflow and quicker access to VM consoles directly from its Heads-Up Display (HUD). Users can now combine VMs into logical groups via tagging and set multiple tags for easy filtering via spotlight search functionality that matches names and descriptions for quick access in larger environments. Snapshot, cloning and replication functionality are now integrated into the card view of each VM for easy administration.

The company’s latest release expands on the feature set first introduced in HyperCore v5 to further overcome barriers of virtualization adoption at smaller companies or departmental organizations. Scale Computing’s HC3 virtualization platform is a complete ‘data center in a box’ with server, storage and virtualization integrated into a single appliance to deliver simplicity, availability and scalability at a fraction of the cost of similar solutions.

“Smaller companies and departments of larger organizations need solutions that provide them with enterprise-class capabilities that can easily be managed with an often limited and generalized IT staff,” said Jeff Ready, CEO at Scale Computing. “With HC3, we’ve removed the complexity associated with traditional virtualization deployments to provide a solution that is simple, available and scalable. The enhancements we’ve incorporated into our latest release further supports this objective with a new UI that is more responsive and added replication functionality that protects businesses from downtime and revenue loss.”

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