The 10 Hottest Kubernetes Startups Of 2022 (So Far)

Joseph F. Kovar

Here are 10 Kubernetes startups looking to stand out in this key slice of a container management that market research firm Gartner said is growing 34 percent annually and could reach $944 million by 2024.

No Slowing Down The Kubernetes Wave 

Kubernetes burst onto the IT developer scene in 2014 when Google released it as an open-source version of its Borg technology it developed as a way to run thousands of jobs and applications across multiple clusters and machines. Since then, the technology has spread far and wide. It is a key part of managing applications and data via containers, a market that research firm Gartner in mid-2020 projected would reach $944 million by 2024, with a compound annual growth rate of 34 percent.

The popularity of Kubernetes has led to some of the early leaders being acquired by larger vendors looking to add containers to their application management or data protection capabilities. For example, VMware in May 2020 acquired Octarine, a Kubernetes security startup. Pure Storage in September 2020 acquired Portworx, at the time the leading developer of Kubernetes-focused end-to-end storage and data management technologies. Veeam less than one month later acquired Kasten, a leading developer of Kubernetes-focused data protection.

Last year saw IBM acquire StackRox, which develops Kubernetes security technology, and BoxBoat, a DevOps and Kubernetes startup.

The year also saw Rapid7 acquire Kubernetes security startup Alcide, Microsoft acquire Kubernetes tool developer Deis, Cisco acquire Kubernetes governance and cost-management startup Replex, and DataCore acquire Kubernetes storage developer MayaData.

However, every acquisition of a startup developer in a hot market like containers, particularly related to Kubernetes, seems to convince entrepreneurs that there are as-of-yet untapped opportunities in the business. So far, there seems to be no letup in the number of Kubernetes-related developers entering the business.

CRN looks at 10 startups looking to fill in the gaps in the Kubernetes ecosystem caused either by the departure of a slightly older startup that either found an exit through an acquisition or found that investing its resources in other areas is a better plan. Despite the acquisitions, startups are moving in to fill any gaps in the Kubernetes ecosystem.


* ContainIQ

* Fairwinds Ops 

* Isovalent 

* Komodor 

* Loft Labs 

* Ondat 

* Portainer 

* Rafay Systems

* Stackwatch

Joseph F. Kovar

Joseph F. Kovar is a senior editor and reporter for the storage and the non-tech-focused channel beats for CRN. He keeps readers abreast of the latest issues related to such areas as data life-cycle, business continuity and disaster recovery, and data centers, along with related services and software, while highlighting some of the key trends that impact the IT channel overall. He can be reached at

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