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The Ghost of IT Future – 4 Ways to Future-Proof

It is Christmas season and one of the best known Christmas stories is A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. The main character, Ebenezer Scrooge, is visited by three ghosts representing Christmas past, present, and future. More than anything else, the glimpse of a grim future causes Scrooge to change his ways for a better future, or so the story implies.

Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge

I am not able to see the future and whether you are an IT professional, manager, or business owner, I’m guessing you can’t either.  But I can share a few ideas on how to possibly change some of your ways to future-proof your IT infrastructure.

  1. Have a solid DR plan

Nothing can ruin your future faster than a disaster from which you can’t easily recover.  Take inventory to make sure you’ve covered all of the data and assets that need DR protection. Make sure your backup and recovery tools are adequate for your needs with DR testing. Make sure you have contingency plans for both local and regional disasters. Make sure you are regularly testing your DR plans. Make sure everyone knows how to execute the disaster recovery plan when needed. And last but not least, make sure your most important assets–your people–are covered in your disaster planning.

  1. Eliminate complexity

Complexity can cause many problems in any IT infrastructure, not the least of which is instability. Complex systems always need more babysitting and break/fix which also means they are likely to experience more downtime and can be harder to recover from any problems. Complexity also can make scale out or replacement much more challenging. Too many components and too many vendors can exacerbate complexity. Simplicity is your friend.

  1. Reduce costs

Sounds simple, right? Well, eliminating complexity is a good start, but it also means making sure you are not paying premium prices on solutions just because they have a big brand name markup or you are paying for features you aren’t really using. Many technologies that were innovative 10 years ago like virtualization are now just commodities that you shouldn’t be paying premiums for. Make sure your spending aligns with your needs and you are getting the best value for the technology you are buying and using.

  1. Don’t over-provision

With technology changing as quickly as it does these days, buying infrastructure you’ll think you need in a few years seems like a bad investment. For the same price, you may well be able to get bigger, faster gear in a years time. Buying only what you need now and having the ability to scale out as needed is your best bet for the future. Scaling out doesn’t have to be a complex, cumbersome problem like it has been in the past. New IT infrastructure technologies make it much easier to scale out as needed.

Summary

No one can know the future but we can all take steps to prepare. Technology continues to advance in ways that make it easier to prepare for the future. HC3 hyperconverged infrastructure from Scale Computing helps our customers prepare with disaster recovery, simplicity, cost-savings, and scalability. Take the necessary steps that are right for your business or organization to avoid a grim future in IT.

‘Hyperconverged Solution of the Year’ – That’s Us!

We built our HC3 system with simplicity in mind, integrating storage, servers and virtualisation into one easy-to-use solution – a true data centre in a box. Last month, on November 23rd, the HC3 system was awarded “hyperconverged solution of the year” at the 2017 SVC Awards.

The annual SVC Awards took place in London to celebrate and reward this year’s leading companies in storage, cloud, and digitalisation. The awards recognised end user, channel, technology and innovation success. With thousands of public votes cast and the IT industry’s leading executives in attendance, the ceremony highlighted the achievements and excellence of organisations leading the way in the technology sector.

Combining servers, storage, virtualisation, and backup/DR, HC3 is an all-in-one, hyperconverged infrastructure solution for IT. The HC3 appliance-based design is simple, scalable, and highly available with a low price and low cost of ownership.

Scale Computing is leading the market with innovation in hyperconverged infrastructure, edge computing, hybrid cloud, and highly efficient storage architecture featuring NVMe. HC3 is not only a solution designed to lower costs and reduce infrastructure footprint – it is a whole new way of thinking about IT infrastructure incorporating cloud, on-prem, and IoT into a complete infrastructure solution.

We have always been committed to delivering a leading infrastructure solution, designed to meet customer needs.  We are honoured to have been awarded hyperconverged solution of the year, which recognises and reinforces our continued efforts in the industry.

Scale Computing is constantly looking to work with new partners internationally. Please click here to find out more information.

Welcome to the Scale Legion Online!

Today, I am proud to formally announce the new online Scale Legion User Community.

What is Scale Legion? Scale Legion is a user community that started over a year ago with onsite meetings for users of Scale Computing solutions. Our very own Shane Weinbrecht, Legionnaire Prime, has been the driving force behind Scale Legion and has done a great job bringing users together. This new online community is the next step in enhancing the Scale Computing user experience.

One thing I hear often around the office is that we have the best users/customers at Scale Computing. I haven’t had a reason to disagree. Our customers are not just innovative early adopters of hyperconverged infrastructure, they are also our biggest proponents.

But Scale Computing is not just for our customers and users, it is for anyone interested in hyperconverged infrastructure and the future of IT infrastructure. We have a variety of topics already started under categories like:

  • TechJam
  • HC3 Tips and Tricks
  • VM Backup, Snapshots, Replication
  • Windows and Applications on HC3
  • Linux and Open Source on HC3

So please, join us on the Scale Legion online community in discussing your IT experiences with or without HC3, get your questions answered, and be part of the growing technology movements around hyperconverged infrastructure, edge computing, hybrid cloud, and more.

https://scalelegion.community/

Taking Hyperconvergence to the Edge

In the last few years, we’ve enjoyed a wide variety of options for IT infrastructure including public cloud, private cloud, hybrid cloud, hyperconverged infrastructure, and more. Despite these many options, a new need has arisen in the form of edge computing. What is edge computing and why is it needed? I’m glad you asked.

What is it? Edge computing is the necessity for on-prem IT infrastructure resources outside of the typical datacenter. These edge computing resource needs are small, not requiring a full datacenter or even a small datacenter implementation. Edge computing may require infrastructure as small as an IoT device, or infrastructure as large as a micro-datacenter of multiple compute appliances.

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Innovation, Cost, and Complexity In Tech Future

Innovation, cost, and complexity: competing forces in our shared tech future

Speaking at Schneider Electric’s recent partner event at their HQ, Le Hive, in Paris, Alastair Edwards, chief analyst at Canalys, looked to the future of technology, predicting that we are entering a new era of IT investment.  IT optimization, agility, and innovation, he argued, are driving interest in a range of technologies – from hybrid IT and automation to hyperconvergence, cloud, and edge computing – among others.

For those at the sharp end – the organizations investing in these technologies to bring new products and services to market – the opportunities are enormous.  But rapid change like this also brings major challenges, chief among them being cost control and the exploding levels of complexity. If that wasn’t enough, our collective focus on progress comes in the face of ubiquitous security risks and the fact that many organizations just can’t find or build the skillsets they need fast enough to meet their needs.

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5 Horrifying IT Habits to Break

We are all trying to get the most out of our IT investments, but the IT industry has developed some bad habits when it comes to spending, especially on IT infrastructure. In honor of Halloween, here are 5 terrifying IT habits that can wreak havoc with your datacenter budget.

1 – Holding on Too Long

Like a sturdy house or a reliable car, it makes sense to hold onto some purchases in life long after they are paid off, but that way of thinking doesn’t compute in IT. Technology changes so quickly that equipment and even software can become a liability more quickly than you can plan for. It can be better to think of technology solutions as perishable rather than durable goods that can go bad even before their expiration dates

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The Cherry On Top

IT departments are cost centers. Technology is necessary to do business in the 21st century economy. We accept it but we should also do our best to control our costs in acquiring the technology we need. Too often IT spending can get out of control and we end up with lots of pricey extra features and functions that we don’t really need. How does this happen so easily? Let me explain with couple metaphors.

On a hot summer day you may feel like having some ice cream to cool off. You order two scoops or your favorite flavor and the ice cream vendor asks if you would like whipped cream and a cherry on top. Maybe you do, maybe you don’t. You didn’t know you needed it or even thought about it until the vendor mentioned it. It is available at no extra charge, so why not? Well, whether you get it or not, the cost is already factored into the price of the ice cream. You end up paying for it whether you use it or not.

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HC3 Cloud Unity – Tech Field Day 15

If you are reading this blog post, you probably saw our blog post last week announcing a partnership with Google and an introduction to HC3 Cloud Unity. That announcement coincided with our participation in Tech Field Day 15 and as a result, there are a number of recorded presentations that may answer many of your questions about Cloud Unity.

So rather than go on and on, or even embed the videos here. Just click the image below of our resident genius and CTO, Phil White, (which looks suspiciously like an embedded video) to go directly to the Tech Field Day web page containing videos of all of the Scale Computing presentations.

Stay tuned for more information on HC3 Cloud Unity as we continue moving closer to GA.

HC3 Cloud Unity with Google Cloud Platform

Today we announced HC3 Cloud Unity℠, a new partnership with Google that has been two years in the making. Both companies have committed significant resources and technology to make this happen, and we’re super excited to announce it

So what is it? Simply put, HC3 Cloud Unity puts the resources on Google’s cloud onto your local LAN.  It becomes a component in your infrastructure, addressable locally, which your applications can interoperate with in the exact same way they would with any local system.

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Ring the Bell

Happy Friday! Today is officially the last day of Summer and next week is not only the first week of Autumn, but also the last week of the fiscal quarter for many businesses. The end of a quarter can be a stressful time for employees. For some it may mean long hours helping close deals or hit deadlines, but sometimes what is most stressful is when employees are kept in the dark about sales revenues and financial stability. We do things a little differently at Scale Computing.

Here at Scale, all employees are notified of every deal that closes. We all know our sales goals and where we are in relation to our goals at any time. This knowledge lets us celebrate every deal and know with which new or existing customers we are doing new business. It is knowledge that IT departments like yours are choosing HC3 hyperconverged infrastructure and that knowledge is exciting. That’s where the bell comes in.

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