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Storage Field Day 5: New Vendor Added – Scale Computing

Storage Field Day 5: New Vendor Added – Scale Computing

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This week brings me to San Jose and the next Storage Field Day (number 5) from Stephen and folks on the Tech Field Day team.  I previously posted some background information on the presenting companies and since then the team have announced that Scale Computing has been added to the list.

Scale Computing is one of the hyper-converged infrastructure vendors, offering solutions that bring together hypervisor and storage as part of their HC3 platform.  However unlike the other startups, Scale decided to go with the open source KVM hypervisor for the virtualisation layer.  The most obvious benefit here is that there are no VMware licences to be paid, which should translate to a significant cost saving.  However I’m sure there are other technical reasons why Scale chose the KVM route and I’m looking forward to hearing the details.

Information on the event and presenters can be found through the links at the end of this post.  Remember the hashtag #sfd5 and watch online if you can!

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Disclaimer: My travel costs and accommodation have been paid for by the Tech Field Day team as part of my SFD5 attendance.  However I am not compensated for my time, nor obliged to blog on any of the content of the event.  No editorial previews or control are placed on any content I choose to post.

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About Chris M Evans

Chris M Evans has worked in the technology industry since 1987, starting as a systems programmer on the IBM mainframe platform, while retaining an interest in storage. After working abroad, he co-founded an Internet-based music distribution company during the .com era, returning to consultancy in the new millennium. In 2009 Chris co-founded Langton Blue Ltd (www.langtonblue.com), a boutique consultancy firm focused on delivering business benefit through efficient technology deployments. Chris writes a popular blog at http://blog.architecting.it, attends many conferences and invitation-only events and can be found providing regular industry contributions through Twitter (@chrismevans) and other social media outlets.
  • Rich Cramer

    Scale is an interesting company but based on their record of double-disk failures, I’d be very reluctant to recommend them.

    • http://www.scalecomputing.com David Demlow

      Rich – I run product management @ Scale (3+ years) and would encourage you and others view our SFD5 presentations that describe how our new block storage layer (SCRIBE) and orchestration layer improvements virtually eliminate the risk of double-disk failures. Over the years we have added a lot of technology safeguards including background proactive disk scrubbing to find latent disk errors before data is needed, improvements in how disk errors and returning offline disks are handled that greatly minimize the exposure window for a second failure. (we have also designed in triple mirroring which will be exposed in upcoming releases for additional redundancy where desired for selected VMs).


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