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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Hyperconverged infrastructure is a fairly new but rapidly growing technology. It’s natural to want to research new technologies like hyperconvergence and unless you are an insider, you likely have questions. Here at Scale Computing, we are experts in hyperconverged infrastructure. We were not only an early innovator in hyperconvergence but we were the first to combine a purpose built hypervisor with a hypervisor-embedded storage system designed specifically for hyperconverged infrastructure.
Okay, I’m not really a doctor, but my nickname here at Scale Computing is Doctor P. Regardless, your trust is very important to me and everyone else here at Scale. We work hard to provide products like HC3 along with services and support you can trust.
Trust can be hard to quantify but I believe our ratings and reviews we receive from our users and partners are a good reflection of that trust. Having been involved for several years in the online user community of Spiceworks, we have received 49 reviews from users and partners. All 49 reviews have given Scale Computing a 5 out of 5 star rating. Those reviews are all available on Spiceworks here.
Hurricane Harvey is an on-going disaster of epic proportions. Flood waters are still receding in the hardest hit areas of Texas and Louisiana while the remnants of Harvey are dumping rain in Tennessee. The flooding has affected millions of people and the devastation affecting their lives may take years to recover from. Relief agencies that are working to help the victims of Harvey need support now and will continue to need support for many months to come.
In addition to acknowledging the cost in human suffering, we shouldn’t ignore the financial costs dealt to businesses affected by this disaster. Some of these businesses may never recover from this disaster because of the extent of the devastation, and in some cases, because of insufficient disaster preparedness.
This week, on Monday, there was an alignment of the Earth, Moon, and Sun that caused a total solar eclipse across North America. Here in Indiana we didn’t get the total eclipse, but I sat on my porch and watched it with my eclipse glasses, anyway. It was pretty cool. Another thing that happened this week was a call with an IT shop that wasn’t ready to adopt hyperconvergence because of too many sunk costs. These seemingly unrelated events clicked with me on a topic I have been talking about a lot recently. When is it time to make a change.
Here is a photo of the partial eclipse peeking through the clouds, taken from southern Indiana and courtesy of Jana Bowers.
Last week, we held a webinar to talk about what is new in HC3 these days. We are doing these “What’s New” webinars every six months so if you want to be informed and have the chance to ask questions to our product management team, you should attend. Today I am going to summarize some of the topics from last week’s webinar for you.
If you have been following along closely, you’ll have noticed we’ve been leaking mentions of our newest HC3 models in previous webinars.
The first new model we have available is the HC1150DF, our first ALL-FLASH appliance. If your applications need screaming fast performance, you can’t get much faster than the HC1150DF. Like the HC1150D, the HC1150DF has dual processors for higher performance computing. The HC1150DF can be mixed and matched with existing HC3 product lines which allows users to dial in the exact amount of flash needed in their environment. See the latest support matrix for specifics.