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SPONSORED WEB SEMINAR DIGEST

CRAIG THERIAC
Director of Product Management
Scale Computing

KEN MUNFORD
Network and Security Manager
Iron County School District (Utah)

The common things we hear about are low
budgets, a small staff and increased responsibility, including with security and privacy.

since 2008, and we launched our HC3 product in
2012. The trend of hyperconvergence has been
around since about then. The result is very happy
customers, with a Net Promoter Score of 91. We've
had a lot of success in education, but also in health
care, financial services, manufacturing and government, with over 2,000 customers and over 5,500
systems out in the field.
We asked ourselves, "If the goal is high availability, how do we solve for that in a unique way that will
provide simplicity for the administrator?" Instead of
having a separate storage device somewhere that's
using specific storage protocols to connect into,
we've moved that storage into the local servers running virtual machines. Then, we've architected a storage layer so that it's redundant so that data that's sitting on this drive is also represented on one of the
other drives elsewhere in the cluster. Then you can
still have high availability; if this server fails, virtual
machines still running on the server will pop up.
You set it up, and initially you'll probably monitor
it carefully for a month, just to gain comfort with it.

Then all of a sudden it's been six months since you
logged into the system to do anything other than
maybe create a new virtual machine.
Ken Munford: We scaled up pretty quickly. We started out with five nodes the first year and about 40 to
50 different VMs. We had some developers on staff
who create dozens of VMs for experimenting with the
products they're producing. We also created the DR
site, which is located in a high school about 20 to 30
miles away from us-that's our primary data center.
We have gigabit Ethernet between all of our schools,
and that was adequate for us to replicate VMs from
our central data center.
We got a lot of benefit out of this. We have a lot
fewer physical servers to deal with. Our power consumption dropped by about 90 percent, and the ambient temperature went down, so we didn't have to
worry too much about environmental controls. And
we can build VMs on the fly-different people from
different departments inside of IT can perform their
tasks very quickly, very easily.

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