In addition, Demlow notes, the same centralized administration, automation, and self-correcting qualities that make the platform suitable for IT departments with branch offices to support also make it a good choice for MSPs with multiple client locations to manage. “The needs of most managed service providers are very much like that of distributed organization that have multiple sites,” he says.
Pricing on HE500 devices starts at $16,500 for a three-node cluster. By contrast, Scale’s HE1000 device, which was previously its most affordable entry-level offering, sells for about $23,000 and up.
The HE500 series is fully compatible with both HE1000 and Scale’s larger HE5000 appliances. “Customers are getting future-proofed protection if they start off with one of these lower compute-intensive platforms, but down the line their needs change and they want to add on a higher end [unit],” Demlow says.
Global outlays on converged and hyperconverged infrastructure climbed 14.8% on a year-over-year basis to $4.15 billion during the fourth quarter of 2018, according to IDC.
Scale introduced a solution that combines server hardware from Lenovo with its own HC3 Edge hyperconverged software in February.