Category: HC3

Under the Hood – HC3 Architectural Design Goals

The first two posts of this series discussed the high availability and ease of use requirements that went into the design of HC3.  With those overarching user needs as a backdrop, we will now transition into a more technical look under the hood at the hardware and software aspects of the HC3 system.

HC3 and the ICOS (Intelligent Clustered Operating System) that it runs on were designed to put intelligence and automation into the software layer allowing the system to provide advanced functionality, flexibility and scalability using low cost hardware components, including the virtualization capabilities built into modern CPU architectures.  Rather than “scaling up” with larger, more expensive hardware that also requires equally expensive idle “standby capacity” to operate in the event of a failure, HC3 was designed to aggregate compute and storage resources from multiple systems into a single logical system with redundancy and availability designed in. Continue reading

Vendor Programs: Do Resellers Really Give a Damn Anymore?

In my last post, we talked about the difference between evangelists and missionaries, and how the more innovative your product or solution, the more you need missionaries. The idea here is that missionaries do their job not for glory or riches, or even notoriety, but for the belief in the value of the mission itself to those being “converted.” As I said before, the missionary is fearless – he burns with “missionary zeal”. To bring something to market that potential customers (the unconverted) don’t even know can help them, takes that kind of fearlessness – and not just from the sales team, but from everyone in the company. In Startupland, everyone is in sales, every day.

One major challenge young companies have is how to get your channel partners to buy-in to the mission. After all, your resellers are going to represent you to the customer and if they don’t believe, you may never even have a chance to convert that prospect. Continue reading

KVM or VMware: Why KVM is Right for the Times (Part 2 of 2)

The Holy Grail of IT, especially SMB IT, is to have a datacenter that’s simple and easy to use. Preferably, as easy as an iPhone or Android phone with enterprise software that is as easy to access and run as Angry Birds is from an app store.

Thanks to KVM and Scale Computing, that vision is possible. And, well on its way.

This blog continues where Part 1 left off and describes how KVM is implemented within Scale’s HC3.

Strategic for the Customer and Scale Computing

Both commercial developers and consumers need to worry about the EMC trap. The company owns VMware and is well-known in the industry for its aggressive business moves. VMware storage partners who are developing converged solutions based on VMware are tying their company’s future to their competition. It’s quite probable that EMC could create a hyperconverged version of VMware that only runs on EMC storage gear. All other vendors could be locked out, severely limiting choices for vendors, resellers and especially users. Continue reading

KVM or VMware: Why KVM is Right for the Times (Part 1 of 2)

 

The Holy Grail of IT, especially SMB IT, is to have a datacenter that’s simple and easy to use. Preferably, as easy as an iPhone or an Android with enterprise software just as easy to get and run as Angry Birds is from an app store.

Thanks to KVM and Scale Computing, that vision is possible. And, well on its way.

In August 2012, Scale Computing launched the first and only hyperconverged infrastructure based on KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) into the marketplace. Called HC3, the multi-award winning solution integrates servers, storage and networking into a clustered appliance with a single operating system called ICOS® (Intelligent Clustered Operating System). Continue reading

Watch out for an Exploding Market!

I heard a sad, but true story recently from one of our reseller partners. It’s one that has been told thousands of times over the last few years, but one that is also being relegated to the antiquities of IT lore. The partner told of a $160,000 virtualization deal that went sour because the end customer decided virtualization was simply too complex to learn and implement in his limited time frame. Continue reading

Under the Hood – HC³ Ease of Use Design Goals

In the first “Under the Hood” series of posts, I introduced the high level design goal for HC³ and talked about the high availability benefits.

Our HC³ products were specifically designed to lower cost and complexity for IT administrators within small- to medium-sized organizations who need to run their applications in a highly available manner.

But high availability can be provided many other ways if you are willing to spend the money, integrate pieces together and have the human resources and skills to set it up and manage it.  So what does HC³ do differently?

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Under the Hood – HC³ Availability Design Goals

In this “Under the Hood” series of posts, I will walk through some of the key aspects of how HC³ works and how it uniquely addresses unmet needs in the market.  But before we roll up our sleeves, let’s begin by defining what we set out to achieve.

Our HC³ products were specifically designed to lower cost and complexity for IT administrators within small- to medium-sized organizations who need to run their applications in a highly available manner. Continue reading

Scale Computing Launches New HC3 Product at VMworld 2012

“After five years in the scale-out storage business, we’re expanding our role in the datacenter with HC3,” said Jeff Ready, CEO of Scale Computing. “This was our vision for Scale Computing from the very beginning. From our roots as midmarket IT guys ourselves, we understand the frustrations of complexity, management and costs associated with a virtualization deployment – and why less than one-third of these 1.5 million midmarket companies have virtualized. HC3 removes all of the complexity of managing a virtualized environment, eases the challenges of working with multiple vendors, and enables IT departments to actually focus their time on the applications making their companies profitable. We built our company, our culture, and HC3 specifically to solve the problems these customers have.”

VIDEO: Scale Computing HC3 TechField Day Round Table

“After five years in the scale-out storage business, we’re expanding our role in the datacenter with HC3,” said Jeff Ready, CEO of Scale Computing. “This was our vision for Scale Computing from the very beginning. From our roots as midmarket IT guys ourselves, we understand the frustrations of complexity, management and costs associated with a virtualization deployment – and why less than one-third of these 1.5 million midmarket companies have virtualized. HC3 removes all of the complexity of managing a virtualized environment, eases the challenges of working with multiple vendors, and enables IT departments to actually focus their time on the applications making their companies profitable.  We built our company, our culture, and HC3 specifically to solve the problems these customers have.”

VMworld 2012 TFD Roundtable with Scale Computing from Stephen Foskett on Vimeo.

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Visionary Entreprenuership: A Life Story

A few months ago I wrote about how we were preparing to launch a new product at my company, one that was built around the idea of radical innovation – the kind of innovation that changes industries by changing the very foundation of the industries themselves.  Not all innovations are like this, nor should they be.  They are high-risk propositions but they are the kinds of innovations I like best because, success or failure, they are rooted in a core vision. And, I am a “vision” kind of guy.

Right now, I am sitting on a flight en route to the tradeshow at which we will launch this new product.   The product is called the HC3. My company is Scale Computing.  It’s a product that plays in the world of information technology infrastructure – the blinking lights and humming of a server room that is full of stuff.  It’s a world that most of you probably don’t give two hoots about.  But to me, it’s the world I grew up in.

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