Scale Computing has introduced the HC3250DF, the first of a new class of HC3 appliances designed to enhance support for performance-intensive use cases such as database analytics and high density Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) deployments. With faster storage, more CPU, and faster networking options, the HC3250DF is specifically designed for the needs of performance computing for both the enterprise and the SMB and from the core data centre to the edge.
“Enterprise and SMB customers have a need for an HCI solution that can service larger databases, mid-range VDI, and other performance-intensive use cases,” said Steve McDowell, Senior Technology Analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy. “Scale Computing hits the mark with this latest addition to its core HC3 virtualisation system, which has become well-known for its ability to be quickly deployed and easily managed and scaled.”
The HC3250DF stands out from other HCI solutions designed for performance computing with its ease of use, and brings a high amount of speed, density, throughput, and power to enable VDI for many more users per node while keeping future growth in focus. Unlike more complex infrastructure solutions that try to emulate classic SAN storage infrastructure, the Scale Computing HC3250DF is easier to deploy, manage, scale out, and its NVMe storage architecture requires no manual configuration and consumes less system RAM, resulting in more RAM being available to virtual machines and their applications.
“Easy to deploy and manage, the all-NVMe HC3250DF helps organisations run a wider range of applications with varying performance needs and supports higher VM density, increasing efficiency and allows IT departments everywhere to meet increased end-user expectations. Both persistent and non-persistent VDI workloads thrive on the newly redesigned underlying storage layer, which is created to maximise performance,” said Dave Demlow, Vice President of Product Management, Scale Computing. “With the new pressure on IT to enable remote work whenever necessary, this appliance is an excellent foundation for VDI deployments from a several hundred users to a few thousand.”
Like all Scale Computing HC3 appliances, the HC3250DF features intelligent automation for self-healing and high availability to keep clusters running through component and appliance failures, as well as integrated disaster recovery capabilities to protect data and workloads to remote sites for fast failover and recovery. These capabilities enable applications to achieve maximum uptime even when local IT resources and staff are scarce, making the HC3250DF the ideal application platform for core data centre and edge computing use cases where IoT, ease-of-use, high availability and TCO matter. This includes retail, industrial, finance, remote office/back office, and mobile platforms.