Austin’s ClearBlade to partner with Ingram Micro Canada

October 10, 2018

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Austin-based ClearBlade said Tuesday that it will provide its edge computing software to IT distributor Ingram Micro Canada.

The companies said the partnership will allow Ingram Micro Canada to distribute ClearBlade’s computing software to their partners and customers. Edge computing is a tech industry term that refers to processing data from the device where it’s created.

ClearBlade develops edge computing software that allows companies to engineer and run secure “Internet of Things” applications — a tech industry term for internet-connected non-computing devices.

“ClearBlade’s platform aligns with our IoT strategy and fits well into our ecosystem of vendors,” Savio Lee, a business lead for Ingram Micro Canada, said in a written statement.

The two companies kicked off the partnership at Intel Experience Day in Toronto last month. At the event, the companies demonstrated their first integrated solution around smart buildings and smart refrigeration, according to a news release.

“Ingram Micro’s experience and expertise enabled them to recognize the sophistication of our technology and interpret the benefits it could provide for their channel partners,” ClearBlade CEO Eric Simone said in a written statement.

ClearBlade is based in Austin and has 22 employees. In the company’s Series A funding round led by Align Capital, ClearBlade raised $3 million, bringing the company’s total raised to more than $8 million, according to Crunchbase.

ClearBlade is in the middle of a $25 million Series B funding round, which Simone said he hopes will be aided by the partnership with Ingram Micro Canada.

“I’m extremely excited about this especially because we’re going through a Series B round right now,” Simone said, adding that the company plans to grow the Austin office to 70 employees next year. “I think this could lead to deals with other big distributors.”

Simone said the partnership will grow the ClearBlade’s revenue, sales and employee headcount.

“This has been an Austin company since 2007 and hopefully a big success story in the next few years,” Simone said.

Nicole Cobler

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