Platform9 Joins Intel's Open Retail Initiative
September 6, 2021
joined Intel's Open Retail Initiative (ORI) and launched a new
software-defined store solution. Designed to help retailers accelerate
the rollout of store applications and improve digital experiences for
consumers, Platform9's new retail solution enables retailers to
centrally manage store IT with a converged infrastructure stack.
Intel's Open Retail Initiative (ORI) is a collaborative community of
organizations using open source projects and vendor-proprietary
solutions to drive digital transformation in retail. The ORI's mission
is to enable retail transformation using open source, edge/IoT, and ISV
"The ORI's commitment to open standards and industry collaboration
aligns well with Platform9's vision of delivering open source as a
service on any infrastructure and enabling retailers to accelerate their
software driven store initiatives," said John Jamie, VP Marketing at
Platform9 Launches Retail Solution to Simplify Store IT Infrastructure
and Application Management at Scale
Platform9 launched its software-defined store solution designed to help
retailers accelerate the deployment and management of the applications
that support store consumer digital experiences. The solution now
enables retailers to run a converged infrastructure stack in store –
transforming each store into a software-defined mini-cloud which then
abstracts 1000s of geographically distributed regions and stores into a
single shared global cloud.
the introduction of KubeVirt support (KubeVirt enables VMs to run on
Kubernetes), the solution allows retailers to manage both containers and
virtual machines with a cloud-native approach. Retailers can also ensure
clusters are set up in an identical way across stores with the Platform9
Profile Engine, a new cluster governance and policy management feature.
Additionally, retailer DevOps teams are able to leverage CI/CD tooling,
APIs, and an app catalog to simplify application management at scale.
Provided as a fully-managed SaaS service, Platform9's retail offering is
backed by cloud experts who offer 24/7 proactive support.
"Consumers have come to expect an integrated, omnichannel digital retail
experience in stores, at the curbside and online," said Sirish Raghuram,
CEO of Platform9. "Many of these applications must run inside stores,
due to latency, bandwidth, or uptime considerations. Running this mix of
traditional and modern apps across a store network with a distributed
cloud-native architecture is uniquely supported by our technology. And
equally important, with Platform9, retailers enjoy a managed solution
with 24/7 support."