As IT buyers seek answers on ransomware protection and taming unstructured data growth, Lyons helps channel partners deploy, monetize unbreakable storage.


SAN FRANCISCO CA May 8, 2023 Scality announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Melissa Lyons to the Women of the Channel list for 2023. Every year, CRN recognizes women from vendor, distributor, and solution provider organizations whose expertise and vision are leaving a noticeable and commendable mark on the technology industry.

As senior director of channels – Americas, Melissa Lyons was instrumental in Scality’s significant acceleration of its North American channel business in the past year. By helping to launch a new partner program and a new partner portal, she made it easy for partners to grow their storage business with Scality. Lyons helped build channel incentives that reward partners for identifying and closing business in key areas of focus, such as Scality’s acclaimed midmarket ARTESCA product.

Partner enablement has also been a key focus for Lyons in her first year at Scality. Partners in the Americas region can now participate in Scality’s Certified Architect training program, and have an opportunity to work 1:1 with Lyons to develop sales plays that are custom tailored to their go-to-market strategy. She also helped Scality’s marketing group to evolve the Scality lead flow and build an inside sales team that is focused on developing prospects and helping partners to execute demand generation programs – activities that can further expand their revenue streams.

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. Using Scality’s scalable, secure software, channel partners 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.

“Scality has always had strong field activity, but thanks to Melissa’s adroit efforts in building and applying a channel plan during 2022, Scality laid the foundation to significantly up-level partner growth in the months to come,”

Peter Brennan

CRO at Scality

“Channel success is all about listening to partners and driving targeted and strategic alignment with their business models. IT buyers are turning to the channel for help in tackling the rise in ransomware attacks, unstructured data growth and architectural complexity. By making it easy for the channel to turn to Scality when customers need modern file and object storage solutions, Melissa is a key element in Scality’s channel-first focus on growth. We applaud this well-deserved recognition for Melissa, and are grateful to have her on our team,” Brennan said.

The CRN 2023 Women of the Channel honorees bring their creativity, strategic thinking and leadership to bear in a variety of roles and responsibilities, but all are turning their unique talents toward driving success for their partners and customers. With this recognition, CRN honors these women for their unwavering dedication and commitment to furthering channel excellence.

Lyons’ accomplishments in the channel across the past 12 years have been recognized by CRN’s Channel Chiefs in 2023, CRN’s Women of the Channel list from 2014-2022, CRN’s Women of the Channel Up & Comers list in 2017, CompTIA’s ChannelChanger awards in 2017 and CRN’s Top 100 People You Don’t Know But Should list in 2013.

“We are ecstatic to announce this year’s honorees and shine a light on these women for their significant achievements, knowing that what they’ve accomplished has paved the way for continued success within the IT channel,” said Blaine Raddon, CEO of The Channel Company. “The channel is stronger because of them, and we look forward to seeing what they do next.”

The 2023 Women of the Channel list will be featured in the June issue of CRN Magazine, with online coverage starting May 8 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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