As Demand for Ransomware Protection Puts Object Storage’s Advantages in the Spotlight, Lyons Helps Channel Partners Deploy and Monetize Unbreakable Storage


SAN FRANCISCO CA  February 6, 2023 — Scality today announced that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has recognized Melissa Lyons on its 2023 Channel Chiefs list. Every year, this list honors the IT channel executives who work tirelessly to advance the channel agenda and deliver successful channel partner programs and strategies.

As senior director of channels – Americas, Lyons helped drive stellar 2022 channel performance for Scality as enterprises search for more effective strategies to defend against ransomware risk and manage unprecedented growth in data volumes – and channel players look for nimble vendors to help.

Ranked by Gartner as the #1 object store for backup, Scality delivers unbreakable storage for the data center. Scality’s RING and ARTESCA solutions help the channel build effective strategies for customers to prevent ransomware attacks, at a time when 94% involved attempts to infect backups, and 68% of those attempts were successful.  As more organizations continue to invest heavily in the public cloud, and their cloud resources become more attractive as ransomware targets, Scality empowers the channel to build robust object storage architectures for customers that span from the cloud to the edge – architectures that are fast, flexible, easy to deploy.

Using Scality’s scalable, secure software, channel partners also can help organizations to better manage the growth in unstructured data, and upgrade storage architectures to serve AI/ML, data capturing and mining, and analytics. With Scality, partners have a single platform for multiple use cases – and the only solution that provides a full S3 presence on-premise. Working together, Scality helps the channel open the door to delivering operational efficiencies for customers, and monetizing the demand for supporting modern data platforms.

“Melissa helped propel our channel presence to a whole new level by enhancing the way we engage, enable and drive velocity through our channel first approach,” said Greg DiFraia, General Manager – Americas at Scality. “Scality spent 2022 building a top-tier inside sales team under our channel umbrella, focusing on solution selling and aligning our staff so we can do what it takes to support our partners.”

“Whether it’s running joint enablement campaigns and field events with tech alliance partners, or building creative programs to help partners capture back-end dollars, Melissa is laser-focused on delivering what the channel needs to be effective. We’re delighted she has achieved this well-deserved recognition.”

A seasoned IT channel leader, Lyons’ accomplishments have earned accolades across the past decade, including by CRN’s Top 100 People You Don’t Know But Should list in 2013, CRN’s Women of the Channel list from 2014-2022, CRN’s Women of the Channel Up & Comers list in 2017, and CompTIA’s ChannelChanger awards in 2017.

Members of the 2023 CRN Channel Chiefs list were selected by the editorial staff based on their record of business innovation and dedication to the partner community. This year’s list represents the top IT executives responsible for building a robust channel ecosystem.


“Once again, this year’s list gives well-deserved recognition to the IT Channel Chiefs who are dedicated to driving the channel agenda and advocating for the development of strong channel partnerships,” said Blaine Raddon, CEO of The Channel Company. “Under their exceptional leadership, influence, and innovation, the IT channel vendor community continues to deliver solutions and services that meet the rapidly evolving needs of their solution provider partners and their customers.”

Blaine Raddon

CEO of The Channel Company

The 2023 CRN Channel Chiefs list will be featured in the February 2023 issue of CRN Magazine and online at

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Scality solves organizations’ biggest data storage challenges — growth, security and cost. Delivering 100% uptime, unbreakable ransomware protection and utmost resilience, Scality RING and ARTESCA make storage infrastructures infinitely scalable in all critical dimensions: capacity, performance, applications and data location. From core to cloud to edge, Scality object storage software is reliable, secure and sustainable. The world’s most discerning companies trust Scality so they can grow faster and execute new ideas quicker — while increasing efficiency and avoiding lock-in. Recognized as a leader by Gartner and IDC. Follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn. Visit, or subscribe to our blog.

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