Lenovo, Scale partner for hyperconverged edge servers


OEM Lenovo and hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) platform developer Scale Computing have partnered to offer an out-of-the-box HCI platform specifically for edge computing deployments.

Dubbed the Scale Computing HC3 Edge Platform on Lenovo Servers, the solution is an integration of Scale’s HC3 software platform — what it calls “a data center in a box” — on Lenovo server hardware. HC3 brings together compute, storage, and virtualization into a comprehensive system with automated management.

The Lenovo/Scale solution provides “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,” said Wilfredo Sotolongo, vice president and general manager of IoT for Lenovo’s data center group, in a statement.

There’s a lot of activity in the edge computing world, so Lenovo and Scale are entering an increasingly crowded field. However, their approach is different to that of Vapor IO and Schneider Electric. Instead of being a remote data center sitting at a cell tower for a multitude of customers, like car makers, the Lenovo edge systems are designed for a single user’s private corporate network.

The solution is ideal for highly distributed, on-premise environments, such as retail stores or bank branches, with multiple locations managed by the enterprise from a central location, Lenovo said in a statement.

Scale claims no training is necessary to manage an HC3 system, which makes it ideal for the remote locations it is targeting, which likely won’t have any IT staff on site. The HC3 software is fully automated and can be managed remotely, even for disaster recovery.

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