In 2021, many organizations are re-thinking how to build future-proof hyperconverged infrastructure systems. With so many options in the market today, it’s important to focus on what your organization truly needs out of an HCI system. In this blog, we outline why Scale Computing is the leading VMware alternative and share feedback from our customers who evaluated both vendors before partnering with us.
VMware Evaluation Criteria
When evaluating HCI vendors, customers consistently note these criteria when comparing VMware vs. Scale Computing:
- Ease of Use
- Total cost of ownership (TCO) and overall value
- User interface (UI)
- Reliability and customer experience
Ease of Use
Due to the increase of edge computing and decentralized datacenters, IT leaders are looking for hyperconvergence solutions that are easy to use and maintain. An IT Manager for a Government Administration Company had this to say about our ease-of-use:
“When it was time to refresh our old previous virtual environment, we looked at traditional server/storage, server/san, as well as other HCI competitors. We evaluated many solutions, but decided on Scale Computing for its simplicity to manage, use and setup, cost, but most of all it's functionality, like its ability to recover data in the event of a disaster. We hope to be using this solution for years to come!”
Mike Maner, Network Systems Engineer at National Manufacturer, said this about our robust, yet simplified, HCI solution:
“The Scale Computing solution is easier, vastly simplified, more robust and fault tolerant, and faster than any other solution we've tried.”
TCO and Price to Performance Ratio
IT budgets are some of the most heavily scrutinized of any department. That’s why evaluating HCI vendors on total cost of ownership (TCO) and price-to-performance ratios is key. At Scale Computing, we’ve perfected the features you truly need in order to keep costs low. Tracy Burton, Network Administrator at Insight Lighting, had this to say about the value of partnering with Scale Computing:
“Scale Computing replaced a VMWare solution. We compared Scale Computing against a new VMWare solution as well as against a Nutanix hyper-converged solution. After looking at the costs, features, support, and hardware, Scale Computing was the easy choice for our business. It fit every need we had and after 6 months of having it in place, I have no regrets with our decision.”
Tom Blazek, IT Manager at Rancilio, had this to say:
“Each system I evaluated has its own strengths and weaknesses. I ended up choosing Scale because of the features and the price. I feel Scale Computing has the best value for the money. I also like to support smaller businesses and I feel that you often get better customer support, which is what I have experienced in this situation as well.”
Collin Coe, Lead Engineer of Technology Services at Greenleaf Hospital Group, explains Scale Computing’s superior price-to-performance over VMware:
“The price to performance for Scale Computing HC3 is something that made the final decision for our organization easy. While Scale may lack some of the advanced features of VMware, as a shop that had used VMware for over 7 years, I can confidently say that in my time with the organization the capabilities of Scale Computing HC3 have more than kept pace with what we used daily in other solutions.”
User Interface (UI)
Software is only as good as its user interface, especially when being administered by folks with little IT experience (as often happens when deploying at the edge). A C-Level Executive in IT for an Education Management Company had this to say about our simplified, combined compute and storage solution:
“Scale Computing offered an all in one solution, with its own hypervisor. Having a single pane of glass for storage and computing makes it way easier to support. As a one man IT dept I was looking for as simple, yet robust as possible option. Scale fit that need, as well as came in under budget.”
Bruce Rosen, Principal and Founder at IT Service ArchiTechs, said this about the ease of configuring and managing our platform:
“We have used VMWare and Simplivity platforms for virtualization and hyperconverged. Scale Computing offers significantly lower licensing costs then VMWare and the platform is much easier to configure and manage then Simplivity. For storage we have used EMC and Equallogic. Scale Computing is less expensive and performs very well in comparison.”
In recognition of our UI, TrustRadius awarded Scale Computing the “Best Usability” reward for 2021!
Reliability and Customer Experience (CX)
In IT, every second matters, which is why we’ve built in native backup, storage, and data protection into our system. But, if something does go wrong with your HCI software or hardware, you want to know that you’ll be able to get quality help quickly. Durgesh Kalya, Senior IT, I&C Systems Coordinator at JX Nippon Chemical Texas Inc., had this to say about our customer service:
“The vendors that I mentioned offer solutions very close to Scale Computing however, we found out that their solutions had many pieces and a lot of overhead. The overall ability to consolidate different pieces such as Backup-replication, Storage, Virtualization Software, Availability, licencing and support beats any other solution out there. I highly recommend this solution to anyone looking for simplicity, reliability and effortless migration and implementation.”
An IT Consultant in the Banking industry had this to say about consolidating management with one HCI vendor:
“Multiple vendors, multiple systems, multiple contracts, multiple licenses, maintenance and support, all gone with a Scale Computing HC3 system. One system, one vendor, one support, fewer headaches and problems to solve. Devote your time to running the business and not minding the infrastructure. Scale made it an easy choice to build a virtual environment.”
In recognition of our commitment to customer service, TrustRadius awarded us the “Best Customer Support” award for 2021!
To learn more about why Scale Computing is a strong VMware alternative, check out our customer reviews on TrustRadius.