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Jerry’s Foods Turns To Scale Computing For In-Store Edge Computing Infrastructure

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Jerry’s Foods, a national grocery store chain that includes Cub Foods, County Market and Save-A-Lot, has implemented Scale Computing HE150 in the HC3 Edge family to power its IT infrastructure for in-store edge computing. Indianapolis-based Scale Computing is a leader in edge computing, virtualization and hyperconverged solutions.

Post-implementation, Jerry’s Foods has reported major improvements in secure disaster recovery, time spent on managing its IT infrastructure and cost savings for its 50 national retail, grocery, liquor and hardware store locations. 

Founded in 1947 at Grandview Market in Edina, Minnesota, by Jerry Paulsen, Jerry’s Foods has a commitment to the customer and a history of excellence. For more than 50 years, Jerry’s Foods has remained an integral part of the neighborhood, focused on being purposeful, family-focused and serving the smart shopper. Jerry’s Foods has 50 national retail, grocery, liquor and hardware store locations in the United States within Minnesota and Florida.

With customer service as its top priority, Jerry’s Foods was in need of a modern business solution capable of keeping pace with the advances in technology, while remaining high-performing, self-healing, simple to manage and able to scale for future demands. 

“With no IT staff on-site, and with potential downtime costing us varying amounts reaching into the tens of thousands of dollars, downtime is not an option for us,” said Jeff Miller, director of IT at Jerry’s Foods. “I was blown away by the simplicity and functionality of Scale Computing HE150, which works extremely well. Our corporate and remote locations have a backup location that we can failover to, and within a minute, it can be turned on and brought up right away. It is safe to say I am sleeping better at night.” 

Before choosing Scale Computing, Jerry’s Foods was using a legacy virtualization system for its IT infrastructure, which was found to be costly, unreliable, and difficult to operate and manage. Jerry’s Foods turned to Scale Computing HE150 for enterprise-class features that could be deployed quickly, managed locally and remotely and provide self-healing technology to provide Jerry’s Foods with almost instant failover and minimal downtime.

With Scale Computing, Jerry’s Foods has: 

  • Reduced its cost per instance by 50 percent over a five-year time period, as compared to previous legacy virtualization systems;
  • Rapid, trouble-free implementation and deployment; 
  • Experienced an estimated 50 percent decrease on the time spent managing IT infrastructure; and
  • Reported major improvements to its DVR security camera system rollout for its multi-grocery store location model, therefore creating a backup and redundancy solution where there was none in place before

With only five full IT team members and no IT staff on-site at its many grocery store locations, Jerry’s Foods needed a solution that could be clustered for high availability, managed remotely with ease and have the computing power needed for on-site applications. After implementing Scale Computing HE150, Jerry’s Foods has reported maximum uptime and connectivity for business critical systems such as point of sales, electronic customer loyalty programs, and electronic benefit transfer (EBT). Jerry’s Foods also turned to Scale Computing for its backup strategy, leveraging the Scale Computing Data Protection Suite. 

“High-performance, simplicity and reliability is of utmost importance for any organization, especially an organization like Jerry’s Foods, where downtime can both stop sales and damage the brand with their customers,” said Jeff Ready, CEO and co-founder, Scale Computing. “With Scale Computing HE150, Jerry’s Foods now has an edge computing infrastructure that provides peace of mind for running on-site applications reliably, while still being easy to operate for a lean IT team.” 

Scale Computing’s HE150 appliance is a small compute appliance that delivers all of the simplicity, efficiency and enterprise-ready virtualization associated with Scale Computing’s HC3 platform. Built specifically for sites that need highly available infrastructure, the HE150 can be deployed almost anywhere, without requiring a rack or server closet. Taking up only the space needed to stack three smartphones, it also includes disaster recovery, high availability clustering, rolling upgrades and integrated data protection.

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