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Scale Computing has launched their hybrid HC1150 hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) with a three nodes cluster for under $25,000 that will allow the SMB to more freely adopt hyperconvergence, making virtualization as simple and cost effective as a single server.

The HC1150 combines virtualization with servers and high performance flash storage to provide a complete, highly available datacenter infrastructure solution at the lowest price possible. Offering the full line of features found in the HC2000 and HC4000 family clusters, the entry level HC1150 provides the most efficient use of system resources – particularly RAM – to manage storage and compute resources, allowing more resources for use in running additional virtual machines. The sub-$25,000 price point also includes a year of an industry-leading premium support at no additional cost.

“The SMB and midmarket communities are those that Scale Computing has long championed as worthy of enterprise-class features and functionality. The challenge is that those communities also require that the solution be affordable and be easy to use as well as manage,” said George Crump, President and Founder of Storage Switzerland. “Scale Computing has raised the performance bar the its offerings with the addition of SSDs to its entry-level hyperconverged appliances but it did so without stripping out functionality. Scale Computing is ready to be a leader in this space by enhancing their product family while keeping costs within reach.”

The HC1150 nodes are equiped with CPU 8-cores (2.1GHz / 3GHz), 64GB RAM DDR4, NL-SAS3TB (3x1TB) 7200 RPM, 1x480GB all in 1U of form factor. Considering that 3 nodes are the minimum number for the cluster, the available capacity is quite enough for most SMB user cases.

Note that the HC1150 was not the only new addition to the HC1000 family.  The new HC1100 which replaces the previous HC1000 model, provides a big increase in compute and performance.  Improvements include an increase in RAM per node from 32GB to 64GB; an increase in base CPU per node from 4 cores to 6 cores; and a change from SATA to 7200 RPM, higher capacity NL-SAS drives.  With the introduction of the HC1100 comes the first use of Broadwell Intel CPUs into the HC1000 family.  All of the improvements in the HC1100 over the HC1000 model come with no increase in cost over the HC1000.  Additionally, the HC1150 scales with all other members of the HC3 family for the ultimate in flexibility and to accommodate future growth.

“While some vendors are beginning to look to the SMB marketplace as a way to supplement languishing enterprise sales, we have long been entrenched with the small businesses, school districts and municipalities to provide them with user-friendly technology and reasonable IT infrastructure costs to ensure that they can accomplish as much as larger organisations,” said Jeff Ready, CEO and co-founder of Scale Computing.  “We have helped more than 1,500 customers with fully featured hyperconverged solutions that are as easy as plugging in a piece of machinery and managing a single server.  Our latest HC1150 further fulfills that promise by combining virtualisation with high-performance flash to provide the most complete, highly available HCI solution at the industry-best price.”

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