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Podcast #108: HCI at the Edge

by Harold Fritts

Brian invites Jeff Ready to talk about //Scale Computing and their HCI product and edge computing during this very informative podcast. StorageReview.com recently profiled //Scale Computing and created a short youtube video showing the steps to set up the //Scale Computing HCI cluster. Let’s say it works as advertised.

Brian invites Jeff Ready to talk about //Scale Computing and their HCI product and edge computing during this very informative podcast. StorageReview.com recently profiled //Scale Computing and created a short youtube video showing the steps to set up the //Scale Computing HCI cluster. Let’s say it works as advertised.

Jeff describes himself as “a high-tech executive with a passion for entrepreneurship.” He is the founder and CEO of //Scale Computing, delivering edge computing, virtualization, and hyperconverged solutions. Jeff continues to lead after 15 years through multiple rounds of funding, explosive growth, and many industry changes.

Jeff is passionate about entrepreneurship and startups in technology and non-tech ventures. To keep himself busy, he sits on the board of three companies and is chairman of the GEO Foundation, a non-profit organization that creates innovative schools across the country in the communities that will benefit the most. And he is co-founder of Centerpoint Brewing Company in Indianapolis.

After watching this podcast, it will be evident that Jeff is passionate about //Scale Computing and technology. This is an interesting conversation, and Jeff is forthcoming on all the topics. The podcast will seem to fly by, but if you need to hop around, the timestamp is listed below.

00:00 Introduction

  • Centerpoint Brewing Company
    • Jeff is Co-founder
    • Tech vs. Brewing
  • Who is //Scale Computing
    • Simplifying IT infrastructure
    • Jeff’s vision for the company
    • Create a system that can heal itself
    • Build a system as reliable as the AS400
    • Create a company as successful as IBM

10:00 Categorize //Scale

  • How did Jeff communicate what //Scale did
    • The initial product was storage
    • Integrating open-source Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) into the storage system
    • Why not run the applications on that system? And Hyperconvergence is born!
    • How //Scale coined the phrase Hyper-Converged Infrastructure
    • Differentiating from other vendors

16:00 Disaggregation

  • Open source community
  • Getting into open source projects
  • Shifts in workloads
  • Open source projects are typically difficult to manage

20:00 It should be easy to use

  • //Scale may not be the first to develop products because it needs to be wrapped into an easy-to-use system
  • The system needs to take care of itself
  • Everything is NOT going to the cloud – now we know that
  • One size fits all rarely happens

25:00 Mid-Market focus

  • Sometimes the mid-market lags behind
  • Blue collar mentality in mid-market businesses
  • Making the most of available tools
  • What pieces go to the cloud and what stays on-premises
  • Point use cases that make sense to move to the cloud

30:00 The abstraction

  • Use case example
    • Metalworks
    • LAN traffic
    • Industrial edge
    • How open source helps mid markets
      • Affordability
      • How did //Scale weather the storm?
      • //Scale was always different
        • The leading competitor was VMware
      • Keeping it simple

39:00 //Scale messaging

  • It was complex selling into a VMware market
  • //Scale was successful because of the simplicity
  • Looking for Operating System alternatives
  • With the focus on edge, //Scale was the right solution

44:00 Broadcom purchase of VMware

  • Companies will think about it more before signing a new contract
  • The purchase was not for R&D
  • How will VMware support the smaller customers
    • Using IBM as an example
    • MS came in with client/server and took the business
  • Customers might be nervous about renewing contracts
  • Support is vital to //Scale
    • Spending more on support than other companies
    • A real person answers the support line

52:00 //Scale has a different approach

  • Apple would be jealous of //Scale’s customer base
  • //Scale is still an unknown to many
  • Customer fear of acquisition
  • //Scale has survived while larger competitors were bought up
  • Taking an active position in supporting the customer community

1:00:00 How are customers using //Scale

  • Existing users will respond immediately when a question pops up in the community.
  • There is a sense of community
  • It works as advertised
  • The new edge use case is opening the door for //Scale

1:06:00 Wrap-up

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