Scale Computing has announced that Goodwill Central Coast, a regional chapter of the wider, well-known nonprofit retailer, Goodwill, has implemented Scale Computing’s HC3 Edge platform for its IT infrastructure for in-store use across it’s 20 locations. Scale Computing HC3 has provided Goodwill Central Coast with a simple, affordable, self-healing and easy to use hyperconverged virtual solution capable of remote management.
Spanning three counties in southern California, Goodwill Central Coast serves Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Luis Obispo. Goodwill Central Coast’s mission is to provide employment for individuals who face barriers to employment, such as homelessness, military service, single parenting, incarceration, addiction and job displacement. To fund its mission, Goodwill Central Coast is also a retail organization, which provides job training and funds programs to assist individuals in reclaiming their financial and personal independence.
As a nonprofit with a small IT staff of three people and 20 locations to service, Goodwill Central Coast was in need of an affordable virtual hyperconverged infrastructure solution capable of managing the region’s file systems and databases out of a central database in Salinas, CA. Since implementation of Scale Computing, Goodwill Central Coast has upgraded its point of sale system, increased drive space, saved resources, and saved 15% on the initial IT budget.
“The cumbersome nature of managing our previous technology led me to look into other solutions, and I’m so glad I found Scale Computing,” said Kevin Waddy, IT Director, Goodwill Central Coast. “Migration from our previous system was so quick and easy! I migrated 24 file servers to the new Scale Computing solution during the day with little to no downtime, spending 20 minutes on some servers. The training and support during the migration was comprehensive and I’ve had zero issues with the system in the six months I’ve had it in place. Scale Computing HC3 is a single pane of glass that’s easy to manage, and it has saved us so much time on projects.”
Before turning to Scale Computing, Goodwill Central Coast was using an outdated legacy virtualization system that required physical reboots every other month. The nonprofit was looking to save management time by replacing their IT infrastructure with a virtual server system capable of simply and efficiently managing remote servers. Waddy was also interested in looking for a hyperconverged system for its ability to migrate from physical servers to virtual, ultimately turning to Scale Computing for its affordability and ability to maximize uptime.
“When an organization is providing a service to its community, the last thing they should worry about is stretching their resources,” said Jeff Ready, CEO and Co-Founder, Scale Computing. “For a nonprofit like Goodwill Central Coast, saving time and money is critical to the work they do. With Scale Computing HC3, Goodwill Central Coast now has a simple, reliable and affordable edge computing solution that is easy to manage with a fully integrated, highly available virtualization appliance architecture that can be managed locally and remotely.”
With Scale Computing HC3, virtualization, edge computing, servers, storage and backup/disaster recovery have been brought into a single, easy-to-use platform. All of the components are built in, including the hypervisor, without the need for any third-party components or licensing. HC3 includes rapid deployment, automated management capabilities, and a single-pane-of-management, helping to streamline and simplify daily tasks, saving time and money.
For more information on Scale Computing HC3, visit: https://www.scalecomputing.com/hc3-virtualization-platform