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Lenovo and Scale Computing Partner on Edge Computing Platform

The new offering is designed to help retail stores, bank branches, and other distributed sites support on-premises workloads, hybrid cloud environments, and Internet of Things deployments cost-effectively. By Rich Freeman

Lenovo and Scale Computing have unveiled a new jointly-delivered solution designed to simplify the deployment and management of edge computing infrastructures.

Available now, the new offering combines server hardware from Morrisville, N.C.-based Lenovo with Indianapolis-based Scale Computing’s HC3 Edge hyperconverged software platform.

Use cases for the system include retail stores, bank branches, and other distributed locations with limited onsite IT support. Such organizations need compact, easily-managed local infrastructure solutions capable of supporting on-premises workloads, hybrid cloud environments, and Internet of Things deployments cost-effectively, according to Wilfredo Sotolongo, vice president and general manager of IoT at Lenovo Data Center Group.

“In today’s global economy, businesses and governments are instrumenting the edge with ever greater intelligence, so the desire for reliable, scalable and agile edge infrastructure solutions continues to grow,” said Sotolongo in prepared remarks. “Together with Scale Computing, Lenovo is addressing this market by providing edge infrastructure that has the capacity to run various IT and OT workloads, is space conscious and can be managed at each individual location by generalists. This reduces the time and budget spent managing technology and allows companies to focus more on growing their business and serving their customers.”

Introduced late last year and based on Scale’s self-healing hyperconverged HC3 software platform, HC3 Edge is a turnkey platform for running multiple virtualized applications in remote settings. The system comes with centralized management and replication to either a centralized cluster or cloud, among other features. Pricing is calculated on pay-as-you-go basis.

Scale, which in June launched an MSP partner program aimed at helping channel pros offer infrastructure-, disaster recovery-, and remote management-as-a-service offerings, shipped a “Micro Data Center in a Box” solution in partnership with APC by Schneider Electric last month.

Lenovo, for its part, released a family of composable “cloud-in-a-box” systems called the ThinkAgile CP Series together with private cloud software maker Cloudistics Inc., of Reston, Va., in July. The company is in the midst of an extended campaign to drive awareness and adoption of its data center offerings among hardware resellers.

Gartner expects global sales of hyperconverged systems to climb from nearly $4.4 billion this year to over $6.3 billion in 2019.

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