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Lenovo Backs Scale Computing

October 29, 2018

Scale Computing has secured $34.8 million in Series F funding. New and existing financial investors participated in the round along with strategic investors to bring intelligent edge computing to global retailers, distributed enterprises, and SMBs. .

Scale’s patented HyperCore technology identifies, mitigates, and corrects infrastructure problems in both hardware and software in real time, using machine intelligence and automation to keep applications running without human intervention. This capability is especially critical in distributed enterprise edge computing, retail, and SMB deployments, where onsite IT staff may be very limited or non-existent. As such, Scale’s HC3 Edge platform has emerged as the leading platform for running mission critical applications in these environments.

“We have experienced tremendous growth over the past two years, driven by our unique capability to completely automate the administration of a fully converged platform,” said Jeff Ready, CEO of Scale Computing. “This round of funding enables us to instantly reach customers at a global scale.”

Recently announced customer wins include Ahold Delhaize, a global supermarket retailer with nearly 7,000 stores; Genting Group, the third largest casino company in the world; Jerry’s Enterprises, a large North American food retailer, and Farm Bureau Insurance.

“What makes Scale unique is that it really is a set-it-and-forget-it platform. It just takes care of itself,” said Jeff Miller, IT Director for Jerry’s Enterprises, a Scale customer operating 50 retail stores across the United States. “When we deploy Scale, not only do we eliminate the need for VMware, backup software, and DR software at that location, but we also eliminate 90 percent of the time previously spent managing infrastructure. Scale gives us a platform that can be used in all of our locations, whether it’s a very small deployment at a gas station, servers at a big box store, or a large cluster in our datacenter.”

Fueled by the growth of both edge computing and the desire to bring automation to IT systems, Scale’s revenue has more than doubled over the past two years, with sales in the retail sector specifically up 4x, closely followed by other distributed enterprises. “Scale is a company which has exceeded its plans for more than two years,” said Don Aquilano of Allos Ventures, who led Scale’s Series A and also participated in this investment round. “We are absolutely thrilled with the company’s performance and market leadership as edge computing moves to the forefront of IT. No company is better positioned to take advantage of this global trend. Scale is a true success story with much more to come.”

Lenovo and Scale Computing also inked a global partnership and a new joint product providing a solution for edge infrastructure for global retailers, distributed enterprises and small and medium-sized businesses.

The solution is ideal for highly distributed, on-premises environments, such as retail stores or bank branches, with multiple locations managed by the enterprise from a central location. Lenovo’s broad range of servers combined with efficient, intelligent edge infrastructure software from Scale Computing deliver a simple, self-healing, highly-available platform for running applications at the edge or hybrid edge-and-cloud. The Scale Computing HC3 Edge Platform on Lenovo Servers replaces traditional complex and expensive on-premise infrastructure with a modern solution optimized for environments where application uptime is critical, yet on-premise IT resources are highly limited.

“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 Wilfredo Sotolongo, Vice President and General Manager of IoT at Lenovo Data Center Group. “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.”

Among the growing customer base that have chosen the Lenovo and Scale Computing edge infrastructure solution for their IT needs is Ahold Delhaize, an international food retail group headquartered in Zaandam, Netherlands. The company operates supermarkets and e-commerce businesses across 35 brands, 6,600+ stores, 369,000+ employees and 11 countries, serving over 50 million customers each week.

With a large multi-national retail operation, Ahold Delhaize wanted to reduce time spent deploying and managing edge IT infrastructure and needed a solution that could host traditional and IoT applications on the same hardware. They ultimately chose the Lenovo-Scale solution and have deployed it in 800 stores in Belgium, with more planned in 2019.

“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, Head of Infrastructure innovation at Ahold Delhaize. “The Scale Computing HC3 software, in combination with Lenovo servers and switches, delivered the stability, support and simplicity we needed. The solution outclassed competition on total cost of ownership and simplicity.”

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