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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.

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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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 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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You Have Questions, We Have Answers

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.

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Trust Me, I’m a Doctor

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.

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Aligning the Stars and Planets

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.

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What Shirts Taught Me About Scale Computing

When I started at Scale Computing everything seemed pretty normal. There was a startup vibe. There were Nerf guns everywhere. There was an open office concept going on. It wasn’t until a few days went by that I noticed something that seemed odd. My new coworkers were wearing Scale Computing branded shirts to the office nearly every single day.

Were there some special events going on? Special visitors to the office? No, it turned out that these guys and gals just preferred to wear these shirts. No one talked about it, and it was not suggested or required. It was just part of the culture.

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