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The 10 Hottest Tech Startups Of 2020 (So Far)

From cloud to big data to security, here are CRN's picks for the top tech startups that solution providers should know about right now.

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CEO: Amir Khan

Multi-cloud networking startup Alkira emerged from stealth mode in April, bringing to the market a consumption-based cloud connection offering that can be up and running in minutes. Alkira, based in San Jose, Calif., was founded in 2018 by CEO Amir Khan and his brother and best friend, Atif Khan, Alkira's CTO. The two previously created and co-founded SD-WAN provider Viptela, which was bought by Cisco in 2017 for $610 million.

Alkira burst onto the scene with Cloud Services Exchange (CSX), a unified, on-demand offering that lets cloud architects and network engineers build and deploy a multi-cloud network in minutes. Alkira CSX offers cloud networking in an as-a-service format with the flexibility to turn services on and off as the business requires, with no up-front Capex purchase necessary.

Alkira CSX can give enterprises resilient network connectivity from their premises-based environments to the public cloud, such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform, as well as cloud-to-cloud connectivity. The platform also combines global multi-cloud network services, such as security, load balancing and IP address management on one dashboard. Alkira CSX can simplify billing of multi-cloud networking and services for enterprise customers and channel partners, the company said.

The startup said it is going to market primarily through channel partners, including global systems integrators, solution providers, and master agent and agent partners.

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