New offering provides mini-data centers at the edge
The Indianapolis-based provider of edge, virtualization, and hyperconverged solutions will demo its HC3 Edge Solution, announced October 2018, at next week’s Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona, Spain.
The Lowdown: The solution allows distributed enterprises to deploy miniature data centers with enterprise-class IT infrastructure at the network edge.
The Details: Scale Computing’s HC3 Edge Solution can run IT and IoT workloads, detect and correct infrastructure errors for maximum application uptime, and be easily managed remotely or at individual locations by non-IT teams.
Distributed Internet connectivity will take center stage at MWC this year as IoT and 5G drive disruptive innovation and accelerate the need for high-caliber infrastructure at the network edge to run critical applications. Distributed enterprises exist today in numerous vertical markets, where customers’ business and connectivity needs will depend on edge infrastructures with the security, scalability, resiliency, and high availability of centralized data centers.
Background: Through its Scale Partner Community (SPC), Scale Computing works with referral partners, VARs, MSPs, and distributors. Scale Computing’s HC3 hyperconverged system allows partners to serve up a single, easy-to-manage virtualization platform to businesses, especially those with small IT shops needing a reliable core infrastructure that won’t take them away from other tasks.
The Buzz: “Whether it’s IoT, the digitization of everything, or consumer experience expectations, we’re seeing an explosion in the demand for IT resources at the edge. However, existing infrastructure in distributed locations are woefully inadequate for running mission-critical workloads,” said Jeff Ready, CEO of Scale Computing. “It’s a performance and service gap that needs a solution as organizations rise to the opportunity presented by global edge computing trends, such as Internet of Things. The work we have been doing has generated a lot of interest globally, and it’s exciting to see results from our early edge customers.”
“We extensively evaluated the market and wanted to take the time to ensure any new IT environment could effectively support our applications and future demands. We continually look to deliver exceptional customer service internationally, and edge computing has a critical role to play in supporting this,” said Rolf Vanden Eynde, manager of strategic infrastructure planning at Delhaize, a food retailer based in the Netherlands. “Scale Computing’s HC3 Edge delivered the stability, support, and simplicity we needed to modernize our stores with IoT for optimizing freezing, heating, and the customer experience. Their solution also outclassed the competition on total cost of ownership and simplicity.”
Channelnomics Point of View: More than 120 new devices – mostly autonomous IoT sensors – connect to the Internet every minute. In the next decade, up to 50 billion connected devices will reshape our lives, pervading every niche, from business operations and health care to manufacturing, agriculture, and urban management. That reshaping will be possible because of edge and fog computing, which have the capacity to imbue everything around us with intelligence.
While edge-fog computing presents a huge opportunity for technology companies and their channels – both traditional and not – vendors need to start thinking creatively about enabling and developing partners with the capacity to take on the edge paradigm and bring it to market effectively.