Do you have customers looking for compute power outside the data center that doesn’t take up much space? Intel and Scale Computing have your solution.
Scale Computing is an edge-computing specialist. Founded in 2008 and based in Indianapolis, the company offers products for edge computing, virtual machines, disaster recovery, and cloud-hosted monitoring and management. These products are sold by VARs, integrators and service providers worldwide.
Scale Computing’s customers include leading grocers (Delhaize), fast-food restaurants (McDonald’s) and resorts (Sandals). The company also runs an extensive partner program that features not only Intel, but also IBM, Lenovo and NEC.
About a month ago, Scale Computing and Intel announced their intention to jointly develop a fully integrated, easy-to-deploy edge computing platform. Called the Intel NUC Enterprise Edge Compute (EEC) Edition, it’s based on the Intel NUC 11 Pro and includes software from Scale Computing.
Intel NUC EEC Edition: Scale Computing inside
The Intel-Scale solution was demo’d last month at Intel’s Vision 2022 event (which you can watch on demand). It’s aimed at distributors, resellers and system integrators, and the intended uses include general-purpose, industrial and IoT applications.
NUC 11 under the hood
The new solution is based on the Intel NUC 11 Pro, which is available as a mini PC, kit and board. All feature 11th gen Intel Core processors, Intel Iris Xe graphics and support for up to four 4K displays.
Scale and Intel say the solution combines the power of the Intel NUC 11 Pro with the simplicity and reliability of Scale Computing’s software. The result, they say, is an on-prem edge computing solution that offers high-availability and disaster recovery to remote locations, and that’s also affordable. (But retail prices haven’t been announced yet.)
In addition, Scale says the system can be deployed quickly, managed either locally or centrally, and is able to self-heal almost instantly.
Small yet fully functional
The Intel NUC EEC product is designed for sites that need highly available infrastructure outside the data center. It can be deployed almost anywhere, without requiring a rack or server closet.
The Intel NUC EEC is small — taking up the space of just 3 smartphones. And it consumes a small amount of power. Yet the system provides a fully functional, integrated platform for running applications that includes high-availability clustering, rolling upgrades and integrated data protection.
The solution includes Scale Computing’s HC3 edge-computing software. It features centralized fleet management, rolling upgrades, ease of deployment and VM creation, and automated intelligence for maximum uptime.
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The Intel NUC EEC Edition will be available in the third quarter, initially under a pilot program with select Intel distributors.