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.\nDubbed the Scale Computing HC3 Edge Platform on Lenovo Servers, the solution is an integration of Scale's HC3 software platform \u2014 what it calls \u201ca data center in a box\u201d \u2014 on Lenovo server hardware. HC3 brings together compute, storage, and virtualization into a comprehensive system with automated management.\nThe 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.\n\nThere's a lot of activity in the\u00a0edge computing\u00a0world, 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.\nThe 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.\nScale claims no training is necessary to manage an HC3 system, which makes it ideal for the remote locations it is targeting, which likely won\u2019t have any IT staff on site. The HC3 software is fully automated and can be managed remotely, even for disaster recovery.\nHyperconverged infrastructure is one of the fastest-growing segments in the data center hardware space due to its turnkey appeal. The pendulum has a tendency to swing wildly, and after several years of buying and integrating best-of-breed hardware, it seems enterprises have thrown in the towel and are now looking for a fully integrated solution stack \u2014\u00a0hardware, software, compute, storage, and virtualization \u2014\u00a0all in one package.\nAccording to IDC analysts, global revenue in the hyperconverged market jumped 78.1 percent year over year in the second quarter, hitting about $1.5 billion in sales. Hyperconverged solutions account for 41.2 percent of the total converged systems market.\nLenovo new to the HCI space\nLenovo hasn\u2019t really been a player in the HCI space. IDC puts the usual suspects \u2014\u00a0Dell, HPE, and Cisco \u2014in leadership positions, along with top software player Nutanix. But Lenovo is making up for lost grounds to regain its footing as a data center leader. It bought the IBM System x line of servers in 2014 and needed a few years to get its arms around the purchase.\nLenovo has gone its own way, too. Rather than develop its own software solutions, the company is focusing on software alliances with leaders in the virtualization and HCI space, such as\u00a0Nutanix, VMware, Microsoft, and NetApp.