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HC3 (HyperCore 3)

Contributor(s): Matthew Haughn

HC3 (HyperCore 3) is a hyper-converged appliance from Scale Computing.

According to Scale Computing, HC3 is actually a data center in a box that enables appliance-like deployment without requiring a license for a hypervisor. HC3 uses Red Hat's KVM (kernel-based virtual machine) as its hypervisor on the back end. Any platform that can communicate with KVM, including Linux and Windows, can also run on HC3.

Benefits of HyperCore 3:

  • All VMs created are highly available.
  • Automatic failover for node failures.
  • Automatic restriping of data for failed disk.
  • Fully self-healing.
  • Non-disruptive upgrades.
  • No single point of failure (SPOF).

The entry-level configuration of HC3 includes three nodes with 96GB of RAM, three quad-core Intel CPUs and 24TB of storage. That configuration can support up to 30 VM workloads. A 4-node system has 128GB of RAM, 16 cores (4 quad-core Intel processors) and 32TB of raw storage to support up to 50 virtual workloads. A 6-node system has 192GB of RAM, 6 quad-core Intel CPUs and 8-12TB of raw storage to support up to 75 virtual workloads, and an 8-node system has 256GB of RAM, 8 quad-core Intel CPUs and 16-64TB of raw storage to support up to 100 virtual workloads. Comprehensive first-year 24 x 7 hardware and software support is included with the purchase.

HC3 can be set up in under an hour and deploying new VMs takes as little as 15 seconds. In contrast, some other medium-sized business solutions require as much as fou days to manage the software.

Scale Computing was founded by CEO Jeff Ready, CTO Jason Collier and VP of Engineering Scott Loughmiller. The company is headquartered in Indianapolis, IN, with offices in San Francisco, CA and London, UK.

This was last updated in October 2016

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