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Scale Computing Enables Mays Chemical to Successfully Execute Affordable Virtualization Project


Scale Computing, a developer and manufacturer of intelligent, clustered storage solutions that are tailored to the needs of the small and medium-sized businesses (SMB), today announced that Mays Chemical, a fully integrated chemical distributor, has deployed Scale’s intelligent storage to complete its virtualization project. Scale’s S-Series, 4TB cluster has delivered a simple, scaleable, VMware Ready™ storage solution. In addition, Scale’s cost-effective storage, combined with VMware’s vSphere™ Essentials Kit, made Mays Chemical’s virtualization project an economic reality.

Mays Chemical is a fully integrated chemical distributor, recognized as an optimal source for chemicals, related raw materials, formulated products, chemical management expertise and outsourcing services. Mays Chemical services a variety of industries including: food and beverage, pharmaceutical, automotive, personal care, electronics and laboratory and healthcare. As the company’s servers aged, several new IT projects emerged that would require new hardware. Mays Chemical’s IT department concluded that virtualization was the best solution and began researching options to virtualize and consolidate the company’s servers.

“As a small business, our budget was more limited than that of a large enterprise. We knew that we wanted to virtualize our servers but were concerned about the costs associated with virtualization solutions and the necessary storage. VMware’s vSphere Essentials Kit was a cost-effective solution to consolidate our servers, but we needed to find a storage solution that had enterprise-level performance and power at a price that was within our budget,” said Tony Davitto, network administrator, Mays Chemical.

To implement virtualization, Mays Chemical needed a storage solution that was VMware Ready, economical, simple and scalable. Mays Chemical’s IT department narrowed the search to three vendors: HP LeftHand, Dell EqualLogic and Scale Computing. “After a thorough review of our top three vendors we ultimately selected Scale Computing’s S-Series cluster because it was the only option that provided all of the features that we needed at a price that fit comfortably within our budget,” said Keith Dix, IT manager, Mays Chemical.

Because Scale Computing is 100 percent channel, Mays Chemical’s IT department turned to Leonard-McDowell, a provider of sales and IT solutions. “While virtualization is an incredibly cost-effective technology, the price of the storage systems necessary to support virtualization can often prohibit SMBs from utilizing this technology,” said Frank Leonard, managing partner of Leonard-McDowell. “Scale’s Intelligent Clustered Operating System™ (ICOS) is standard with every product and provides parallel performance necessary for virtualization’s large and unpredictable workloads at an economical price.”

Mays Chemical deployed Scale Computing’s S1 storage cluster with 4 TB of usable storage. Since deploying Scale’s storage, Mays Chemical has nearly completed its virtualization project and has consolidated from 28 physical servers to just eight. Mays Chemical also realized cost savings as a result of selecting Scale as the company’s storage vendor. Not only was Scale’s hardware more economical, there was no need to hire an outside party to setup the storage.

“We found that with other storage vendors, it was necessary to hire a third party to setup and deploy the storage. With Scale, setup was simple and we were up and running within an hour. We were able to keep the entire project in house, ultimately saving thousands of dollars,” said Dix.

To learn more about Scale Computing, visit http://www.scalecomputing.com or call 877-SCALE-59

About Mays Chemical

Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, Mays Chemical is a fully integrated chemical distributor, recognized as an optimal source for chemicals, related raw materials, formulated products, outsourcing services and chemical management expertise. For over 30 years, Mays Chemical has and continues to provide value via customized plans to coordinate the purchase and delivery of products and services. These tailored programs range from basic consolidation to on-site vendor and chemical management programs designed to increase profitability. Industries served include food and beverage, pharmaceutical, automotive, personal care, electronics, laboratory and healthcare, pulp and paper, and chemical processing. Find us on Twitter at, www.twitter.com/mayschem or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mays-Chemical-Company/151779371538282 . For more information, visit www.mayschem.com

About Scale Computing

Scale Computing is a developer and manufacturer of complete, end-to-end intelligent storage solutions for SMEs. The entire Scale portfolio is based on its uniquely flexible Intelligent Clustered Operating System™ (ICOS) technology that offers full-functioning, advanced storage features at a fraction of the price of comparable solutions. Headquartered in Indianapolis, IN with a European office opened in 2010 and presence in APAC, Scale Computing offers its products exclusively through channel partners. For more information visit http://www.scalecomputing.com. Read executives’ blogs at: www.mcstartup.com (Jeff Ready) and www.pioniq.com (Peter Fuller).

About Leonard-McDowell

Leonard-McDowell is an expert provider of sales and IT solutions for the healthcare and life sciences industries. For more info, visit http://leonard-mcdowell.com

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