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 Nutanix alternative and share feedback from our customers who evaluated both vendors before partnering with us.
Nutanix Evaluation Criteria
When evaluating HCI vendors, customers consistently note these criteria when comparing Nutanix vs. Scale Computing:
Ease of Use
Total cost of ownership (TCO) and price to performance ratio
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 Health & Wellness company had this to say about our ease-of-use:
"[Scale Computing] had the easiest interface to learn and the least amount of hardware. We eliminated any and all setup/implementation costs as we were able to set up the cluster ourselves. All of the other services made me feel like I needed a master's degree to rack the units and set it up."
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. Anthony Martin, SysAdmin at Continental Stock Transfer and Trust had this to say about lowering costs with Scale:
"There are several feasible products in the hyper-converged marketplace (aside from Scale HC3) that review well, and are capable, effective products. However, upon analyzing you will find that just about all of these products/solutions are catering primarily to large organizations with enterprise pricing. Additionally, many of these products come with a significant amount of complexity in regards to use, management, components, and in some cases, licensing models. Scale computing HC3 provides a great product, at a great price, with great customer support, single point of contact, and ease of use. It checked so many of our boxes that it was almost impossible to look away. Scale HC3 was not our initial choice, but it was ultimately our unanimous choice."
Travis Smith, Systems Engineer at Crossaction Computer Specialists, had this to say:
"When researching hyperconverged technology, we looked at several leading providers. In each case, the cost of the system far outweighed Scale Computing's, without providing any additional benefits that we could discern. In some cases, the same price at Scale would only purchase 2 nodes at another vendor, reducing our fail over redundancy. In other cases, only the hyperconvergence software was provided. When comparing prices to purchase the individual machines plus the software, Scale came out ahead again by a large margin."
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 Director of IT for a food production company had this to say about our UI:
"We needed to go with something simple as our environment is not complex. The members of the IT team are lower level from a technical standpoint and can easily administer the system. The GUI is web based so allows us to access the system remotely. One step upgrades available with no downtime."
Zac King, Vice President at GreenBean IT, had this to say about our UI:
"We picked Scale Computing because their product had the price to performance ratio on the features that we needed. The demo of the product showed us the thought and effort they had put into a great UI married with hardware that performed well."
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 goes wrong with your HCI software or hardware, you want to know that you’ll be able to get quality help quickly. Jim Bittel, IT Systems Manager at HSLDA, had this to say about our customer service:
"I researched several HCI solutions from the big players like Dell, Nutanix, VMware, Cisco, and HP. Scale Computing HC3 has the same or better capabilities as their competitors at a fraction of the price, and you won't feel like a number when you call. You'll get the impression that your business is important to them, and that they value you as a customer."
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 Nutanix alternative, check out our customer reviews on TrustRadius.