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Scale Computing’s HC3 Hits the Right Note for Canadian Musical Instrument Retailer Chain
Posted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 03:52:33 PM

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Scale Computing, the market leader in hyperconverged solutions for midsized companies, today announced that Long amp; McQuade, the largest chain of musical instrument retailers in Canada, has deployed its HC3® Virtualization Platform to replace aging equipment, reduce data center footprint and minimize operating expenses.

Long amp; McQuade is renowned for its variety and range of musical instruments and professional audio products. With more than 70 locations from British Columbia to Newfoundland, the geographic reach of Long amp; McQuade means that customers have the benefit of dealing with a familiar store with consistent sales, supply, service and support regardless of where they may be performing.

After having to make do with its aging, predominantly Dell systems, Long amp; McQuade was looking to consolidate to a single virtual machine or cluster system. The company turned to long-time partner Randy MacDougall, president of reseller Expert Systems Resources, to help find a solution that would modernize their infrastructure with high availability and virtualization capabilities but could be managed with limited IT personnel resources.

“Long amp; McQuade had old storage arrays that they had to replace anyhow,” said MacDougall. “The advantage for using Scale is that the storage array is part of the solution. Instead of buying something and then having to implement virtualization software to support it, we have this solution that puts everything in the box. It gives our customers peace of mind and to me, that is what makes Scale a good solution.”

Scale Computing’s HC3 platform brings storage, servers, virtualization and management together in a single, comprehensive system. With no virtualization software to license and no external storage to buy, HC3 products lower out-of-pocket costs while radically simplifying the infrastructure needed to keep applications running. This can save both partners and customers money. HC3 products make the deployment and management of a highly available and scalable infrastructure as easy to manage as a single server.

“Rather than having to buy separate servers and storage, virtualization software and management tools, and then having to network all these components together to achieve a highly available infrastructure, organizations can instead deploy a single clustered HC3 hyperconverged platform to achieve the same results with greater benefits,” said Jeff Ready, CEO and co-founder of Scale Computing. “We are pleased that Long amp; McQuade was able to reduce the complexity, management, and cost of their aging infrastructure by implementing a complete ‘datacenter in a box’ that provides the performance and reliability that they wanted to be combined with the simplicity they needed.”

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