Re: Open HCI coming out of stealth
Trevor, I'm not complaining, just stating the fact.
Scale do have control over their pricing. We were offered this as a high performance, low-foot print yet cheaper alternative to a typical virtualised stack - Where for just a little more than the entry level Scale (using UK prices), we managed to secure 4 Dell R620's, each with Dual 6 Core Xeon's 64GB RAM, and a EMC VNX 5300 Hybrid SAN with FC/iSCSI. By the time you added resilient switches onto the Scale solution there was no saving and the performance from the VNX just leaves the Scale lack-lustre.
I understand Scales position, they are a smallish company, competing with global vendors, they don't have the margins to go toe-2-toe with Dell, HP and EMC etc on pricing. But from a business perspective, I have to deliver the biggest-bang-for-buck possible.
The other issue though was Scale had moved from IBM's GFS to DRBD (I think it was this), which whilst a capable system, is well known for being troublesome, getting it working reliably is voodoo, and since it was Scales first generation of HC3 we simple would not risk it.