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Scale drops three-node minimum for HC3 hyper-converged

Scale Computing customers no longer need to deploy a minimum of three hyper-converged nodes and can now implement only one at SMEs and Robos

Hyper-converged box maker Scale Computing has announced its products can now be deployed as a single box. That means customers do not have to invest in the minimum three nodes as was previously required.

The move is a further push at the small to medium-sized enterprises (SME) and remote office/branch office (Robo) market. In June 2016, Scale launched its HC1150 hybrid flash hyper-converged boxes.

The ability to deploy just one of these instead of three nodes means organisations can implement hyper-converged capacity for less than $25,000.

Scale Computing has been a pioneer of the hyper-converged market, which has seen the development of appliances that combine server and storage capacity with scale-out functionality in which nodes are linked grid-style.

Hyper-converged products are a rising star in the datacentre, with key suppliers including Nutanix, Scale Computing, Simplivity and VMware’s EVO:Rail.

The HC3’s HyperCore operating system includes a centralised and unified management layer that ties together the various elements in the box and drives deployment and provisioning, monitoring and management, for example. HyperCore, which is now in its sixth generation, also includes a free KVM-based hypervisor.

Scale’s appliances range from the entry-level HC1100 with six cores, 64GB of memory and SAS hard disks (an SSD in each is optional) to the top-of-the-line HC4150 with 16 cores, faster processors, 384GB of memory, up to 12TB of disk and 1.6TB of SSD.

Scale’s further SME/Robo push follows hard on the heels of Pivot3, which launched a series of flash-equipped, SME-focused VMware-based hyper-converged boxes called Edge Office earlier in October 2016.

Single-node Scale deployments can link up with Scale clusters elsewhere in the organisation to provide replication and disaster recovery capability. ... ... ...

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