Scale Computing has updated its HC3 family of hyperconverged infrastructure systems to offer small and mid-size organisations a solution based on SSDs that can be deployed for less than $25,000 for the first time, the firm claims.
Available immediately, the latest HC1150 system brings an SSD-enabled model to the company's entry-level HC1000 line of hyperconverged infrastructure appliances. This features 64GB of memory, with storage provided by three 1TB hard drives backed by a 480GB SSD for the most frequently accessed data.
All of the firm's HC3 appliances are intended to deliver the benefits of hyperconverged infrastructure to small and mid-size firms. This infrastructure is based on integrating compute and storage into a single box that is clustered with others to build a scalable pool of resources for running virtual machines.
The cluster is powered by Scale Computing's HyperCore platform, which provides an integrated hypervisor for operating virtual machines, plus the HyperCore Enhanced Automated Tiering capability, which uses a combination of built-in intelligence, data access patterns and workload priority to automatically optimise data into storage tiers within the cluster.
A cluster typically comprises a minimum of three nodes for redundancy and protection against failure, and Scale Computing claims that the HC1150 delivers this in an SSD-enabled configuration for under $25,000 (£17,625).
Scale Computing co-founder and chief executive Jeff Ready explained that, unlike other hyperconverged vendors that target large enterprises, his firm's focus has always been the SMB marketplace.
"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," he said.
"Our latest HC1150 further fulfils that promise by combining virtualisation with high-performance flash to provide the most complete, highly available HCI solution at the industry-best price."
The entry level line-up has also been updated with a new HC1100 model that replaces the previous HC1000. This doubles the memory from 32GB to 64GB, increases base compute power from four to six cores and boosts storage capacity with four 1TB drives.
Scale Computing's new appliances are available through the company's channel partners. A year of industry-leading premium support is included in the price at no additional cost, the firm said.
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