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Why does Scale focus on midsize companies?

I can remember spending time as a kid with my dad at work.  He was the “Manager of Information Systems” (what we now call an IT guy)  for an industrial construction company.  The server room was loud, had a raised floor, a towering multi-head line printer that shook the room, and a massive IBM mainframe. There were dumb terminals built into the tabletops that ran the perimeter of the room and a punch card machine in a small separate room that overlooked the whole thing.

And there were people. Quite a few people doing data entry and managing the system and changing the reel-to-reel tapes.  It definitely had the look of a pretty significant operation.

Over time, I saw that mainframe supplemented and then replaced by PC servers.  The data entry people were replaced with software and automation. Before you knew it, remote construction sites needed modem-based access into the systems at the headquarters.

But this was a midsize company, and then, budgets were limited – just as they are now. Remote access was provided via programs like PC Anywhere coupled with consumer-type BBS software. Integration and migration of data between systems was done with homespun scripts backed by hours of me watching dad on the couch, debugging source code printed on green-lined paper. Continue reading

Scale Computing Closes $12 Million in Funding; Reports Record Q3 Results

Scale Computing, the leading provider of seamlessly integrated IT infrastructure for small to medium-sized organizations, today announced it has closed $12 million in Series D funding, led by Heron Capital Venture Fund. Reservoir Venture Partners also contributed to this round as a new investor to Scale, joining existing investors who also contributed to Series D, including: Allos Ventures, CID Equity Capital, Spring Mill Venture Fund, Northgate Capital, Benchmark Capital Partners and Scale Venture Partners. Funding will be used to further accelerate the growth of HC3 (Scale’s new ‘datacenter-in-a-box’ product), continued product development and the launch of a new partner program later this year.

“Scale Computing is at the forefront of virtualization hyperconvergence,” said Bill Gurley, partner at Benchmark Capital, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm in Menlo Park, CA. “Scale is able to remove both the complexity and cost of CPU/storage virtualization with their HC3 product. The hypervisor isn’t merely commoditized — it elegantly disappears inside the intuitively simple interface.”

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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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A New Program for the New Era of IT Infrastructure

By: Peter Fuller, VP of Corporate Development and Alliances

Scale Computing is very excited about the release of HC, the world’s first truly hyper-converged infrastructure for midsize companies. While the product brings fundamental changes in the way IT managers will forever architect their infrastructure, it also creates a new variety of alliance partnership opportunities that can quickly and efficiently bring value to IT consumers.

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