Even as a Rose-Hulman freshman, Jeff Ready had an entrepreneurial spirit. “My intent from the beginning was to start a company,” he says.
The type of company he would create was less clear. Whatever the product, it was bound to have something to do with Ready’s major in computer science. And, sure enough, he was in business before being handed his diploma in 1996, having connected with equally smart and enterprising students, including his longtime business partner, Scott Loughmiller, another 1996 computer science alumnus.
This collaboration has found success building innovative companies from California to Indiana that tap into the right
market at the right time. The
latest startup, Indianapolisbased Scale Computing, may be the most audacious venture yet.
“We sell data center infrastructure for small and midsize companies,” explains Ready, the company’s CEO. IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and Dell are
already players in this business, but Scale Computing’s new HC3 product offers a whole new way to set up a data center.
What makes HC3 unique and creative is its data center-in-abox concept. Ready draws similarities to someone purchasing a car. You could go out and buy the engine, seats, transmission, and door panels from separate companies. Then, you could assemble your own car.
“That’s what IT professionals do today,” Ready says. Companies piece together a complex data center with servers, storage systems, networking, and other components from a variety of manufacturers. With HC3 they have a system that eliminates ongoing licensing fees for the hypervisor, leverages open-source technologies, and simplifies support with a single
vendor. It helps firms grappling with virtualization,