Scale Computing Connects Hyper-Converged Infrastructure To Google Cloud

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Hyper-converged technology specialist Scale Computing on Thursday unveiled a relationship with Google aimed at making it easier to move enterprise application workloads between on-premises infrastructure and the cloud.

The company has debuted Cloud Unity, a new offering that combines Scale Computing's HC3 on-premises appliance-based hyper-converged infrastructure with the Google Cloud Platform.

Cloud Unity allows businesses to use resources in the cloud and on-premises simultaneously, and it allows on-premises applications to run in the cloud via virtual machine instances of HC3, Scale Computing said.

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With the new relationship, Google resources are incorporated in the HC3 cluster but look as if they are on the corporate LAN, said Jeff Ready, CEO and co-founder of Indianapolis-based Scale Computing.

"So to integrate the HC3 to Google, just click a button and integrate as if you were on your own LAN," Ready told CRN. "The movement of workloads is transparent, so customers can work on their workload as it is migrating. And the workloads can migrate both ways."

This allows for seamless disaster recovery, Ready said. "Since it's running on the same LAN, the IP address of the workload looks the same in Google," he said. "There's no need for a VPN. If a workload goes or has a short period of inactivity, it's backed up with the same IP address."

Scale Computing's HC3 has built-in software-defined networking (SDN) to simplify the disaster recovery setup, Ready said. "This is great for disaster recovery," he said. "When there's a failover, the customer comes up on the cloud, but is still on the same LAN."

Because the HC3 appliances can include high-performance NVMe flash storage along with seamless integration with the Google cloud, businesses get a true hybrid environment where performance workloads can run on-premises and other workloads in the Google Cloud, Ready said.

"But they all run on the same LAN, and apply the same procedures for backing up of data," he said. "We're bringing the cloud to customers' LAN instead of moving the workloads to the cloud."

Hybrid clouds like Cloud Unity are an important part of how many customers take their first serious steps towards using the cloud, said Stanton Girod, principal and solutions architect at AR Consultant Group, a Monroe, Ga.-based solution provider and channel partner to both Scale Computing and Google.

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