Lenovo gets edgy with Scale for hyperconverged retail love-in

Lenovo has teamed up with Scale Computing to jointly sell their edge computing wares to retailers.

And they have already bagged a marquee customer. This is the Dutch multinational supermarket giant Ahold Delhaize, which has deployed their kit in 800 stores in Belgium and is planning more installations next year.

The solution is a hyperconverged take on remote office/branch office (ROBO) IT, combining Lenovo servers and switches with Scale’s HC3 Edge Platform.

And it gets the thumbs up from Ahold head of infrastructure Rolf Vanden Eynde, who says the solution “delivered the stability, support and simplicity we needed. The solution outclassed competition on total cost of ownership and simplicity.”

HC3 is Scale Computing’s hyperconverged software system. It runs apps in KVM virtual machines running under the HyperCore OS and uses Scale’s Scribe software-defined storage.

Lenovo branches out

It looks as if Lenovo’s HCI strategy is to move into edge computing through a series of tactical relationships.

The company has another edge computing partnership with the hyperconverged systems vendor Pivot3. Together they provide a surveillance system for the city of Bogotá, Colombia.

It has also partnered with HCI software vendor Maxta on a hyperconverged appliance for the Chinese market. And it has teed up HCI-flavour deals with Nutanix and DataCore.