What Is
Scale Computing
HC3 Virtualization Platform?

Scale Computing hyper-converged infrastructure appliance, a.k.a. HC3, is a hardware platform that unites virtualization, storage, backup, servers, and a hypervisor in a single solution. Its primary goal is to simplify IT infrastructure management and boost performance. HC3 promises less expenditure on IT resources and operations while increasing your environment’s productivity and efficiency at the same time. That said, different licenses provide different features and benefits, which may prove too costly for ROBO & Edge locations. StarWind HyperConverged Appliance will be a better fit for a turnkey HCI solution as it comes with one license and all perks immediately unlocked.

What Is StarWind HCA?

StarWind HyperConverged Appliance (HCA) is a turnkey hyper-converged solution that’s integrated and virtualized through an OEM or StarWind-branded server platform. Its software-centric architecture increases the performance of your applications and provides them with constant uptime. Also, StarWind ProActive Premium Support does all the configuration, deployment, migration, and monitoring for you.

Following the “less is more” principle, StarWind HCA exists to optimize your business’ agility by redefining your infrastructure’s output and your budgeting. StarWind HCA will dramatically decrease your CapEx and OpEx by merging network, compute, storage, and software into a nuclear 2-node footprint. Having one physical and one cloud node, you’re fully packed for any workload intensity.

Scale Computing HC3 Virtualization Platform
vs. StarWind HCA

Scale Computing HC3

  • Form

    1U-Rack or Tower
  • Licensing

    Flat payment + DRaaS; capacity and editions differentiation
  • Storage

    Varies per edition; a blend of HDDs or SSDs, or HDD | SSD
  • Hardware
    Compatibility Lists

    Restrictions in networking, capacity, tiering, and mixing SSD/HDD
  • OS Compatibility

    Most Microsoft WS versions and several Linux OS with restricted Virtual Disk features
  • Feature Tiers and
    Restrictions

    More powerful editions provide more performance and features
  • Deployment and
    Support

    Available configuration guides + support assistance
  • Flexibility

    Scaling out is possible only within HCLs and up to 8 nodes within a single HC3 platform

StarWind HCA

  • 2U-Rack
  • Single flat payment for the product, one license
  • All-flash, flash + SSD
  • Can become the basis or be integrated into any infrastructure
  • Compatible with any OS
  • No node-derived licensing, no restrictions on features
  • StarWind ProActive Premium Support included
  • Scalability is available up or out regardless of the type of proprietary components

Scale Computing HC3

StarWind HCA

1U-Rack or Tower
2U-Rack
Flat payment + DRaaS; capacity and editions differentiation
Single flat payment for the product, one license
Different options: a blend of HDDs or SSDs, or HDD | SSD
Editions: all-flash, flash + SSD (hybrid); all-flash only soon
Restrictions in networking, capacity, tiering, and mixing SSD/HDD
Can become the basis of or be integrated into any infrastructure
Most Microsoft WS versions, several Linux OS with restricted Virtual Disk features
Compatible with any OS, as well as with any hypervisor of your choosing
More expensive editions provide more performance and features
No node-derived licensing, all features are unlocked upon purchase
Available configuration guides + support assistance
StarWind ProActive Premium Support included
Scaling (out) only within HCLs, up to 8 nodes in a single HC3 platform
Scalability (up or out) regardless of the type of proprietary components

StarWind HCA Flexibility

Includes ProActive Premium Support, which does all the pre-configuration, deployment, and migration for you
StarWind engineers monitor your environment 24/7/365 to detect abnormal behavior and prevent any issues
Saves you money on a highly skilled IT team, increases ROI, and allows to direct your financing to innovation
Becomes a powerful fault tolerance and HA booster for your infrastructure with additional flexible scalability

Please fill out the form below to download the product. An installer link together with the license key will be sent to the e-mail address that you’ve specified. You may check the Free vs. Paid document if you are unsure about which StarWind Virtual SAN version you would like to try. Aside from this, there is a totally unrestricted NFS (Not For Sale) version of StarWind VSAN available for certain use cases. StarWind Virtual SAN for Hyper-V release notes are available here.

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