Emerging Cloud Vendors To Know In 2021

As part of CRN’s Emerging Vendors for 2021, here are 21 hot cloud startups, founded in 2015 or later, that solution providers should be aware of.

The New Generation Of Cloud Companies

Public clouds and private clouds, hybrid cloud systems and multi-cloud systems, and Saas, PaaS and IaaS. While some pundits once touted cloud computing as a way to simplify life for IT managers, the reality is that with applications and data increasingly sprawled across cloud and on-premises environments, IT complexity has increased compared with the days when everything was running in the basement data center.

That means businesses and organizations today need a new generation of IT for managing cloud infrastructure and software, developing and deploying cloud applications, and managing data that’s dispersed across multi-cloud/hybrid cloud environments.

While IT managers often look to cloud giants like Amazon Web Services and VMware for the tools they need to manage cloud systems, some of the most innovative cloud technologies are being developed by a new generation of startups. As part of CRN’s Emerging Vendors for 2021, here are 21 hot cloud startups, founded in 2015 or later, that solution providers should be aware of.


Founded: 2016

Top Executive: Kabir Shahani, Co-Founder, CEO

Amperity develops a customer data platform, used by leading consumer brands, that leverages AI to develop a unified view of customers for a range of customer identity management and multi-channel customer engagement applications.


Founded: 2019

Top Executive: Rohit Gupta, Co-Founder, CEO

Auditoria.AI is pioneering “autonomous finance” with an AI-driven SaaS offering for corporate finance teams. Auditoria automates back-office business processes and accelerates cash performance for vendor management, accounts receivable and collections, planning, treasury and audit.


Founded: 2018

Top Executive: Andrew Miller, Co-Founder, CEO

Cameyo’s secure virtual application delivery platform for digital workspaces provides a simple, secure and cost-effective way to deliver Windows and internal web applications to devices from the browser without the need for VPNs.


Founded: 2016

Top Executive: Ammar Bandukwala, Co-Founder, CEO

DevSecOps startup Coder offers its developer workspace platform for moving software development to the cloud, centralizing development initiatives, and improving developer speed and enterprise security.


Founded: 2017

Top Executive: Kilton Hopkins, Co-Founder, CEO

Edgeworx’s hardware and software development system, including Darcy Cloud PAAS and Darcy Edge Platform, is designed for developing, deploying and managing applications and containerized microservices from the cloud to the edge.


Founded: 2017

Top Executive: Daniel Wendlandt, Co-Founder, CEO

Isovalent is focused on cloud-native networking and security. The company’s Cilium provides eBPF-based networking, observability and security with optimal scale and performance for platform teams operating Kubernetes environments across cloud and on-premises infrastructure.


Founded: 2016

Top Executive: Oleg Chunikhin, Co-Founder, CTO

Kublr develops an enterprise-grade Kubernetes management platform that automates the deployment and management of production-ready, secured Kubernetes clusters and environments. Kublr extends upstream Kubernetes capabilities while improving resilience, security and observability.


Founded: 2015

Top Executive: Joe Alapat, Co-Founder, CEO

Liongard’s Roar IT automation platform gives MSPs complete IT visibility, including cloud and on-premises systems, networks, applications and services, by discovering, auditing and documenting the entire IT stack.


Founded: 2016

Top Executive: Peter Thompson, Co-Founder, CEO

LucidLink’s Filespaces is a secure, high-performance file system that transforms the cloud into a local storage system, providing direct access to files stored in the cloud from anywhere and streams them to applications on demand.

Morpheus Data

Founded: 2015

Top Executive: Jeff Drazan, CEO

Morpheus markets a cloud application management and orchestration platform, giving IT managers, developers and DevOps professionals full control over virtual machines and container-based systems across any cloud or IT infrastructure.


Founded: 2016

Top Executive: Vadim Vladimirskiy, CEO

Nerdio was founded to help MSPs and enterprises build successful cloud practices in Microsoft Azure. Its offerings empower MSPs and IT professionals to deploy, manage and optimize Windows Virtual Desktop environments.


Founded: 2019

Top Executive: Marcin Kurc, CEO

Nobl9’s service-level objectives platform helps software developers, DevOps practitioners and reliability engineers deliver reliable features faster through software-defined SLOs that link monitoring, logging and tracing data to user satisfaction and business KPIs.


Founded: 2017

Top Executive: Jeremy Burton, CEO

Observe, which emerged from stealth in October 2020, has developed a versatile observability platform that monitors the performance of Software-as-a-Service applications by collecting and monitoring application output such as log data, metrics and traces.


Founded: 2017

Top Executive: Swapnil Jain, Co-Founder, CEO

Observe.AI develops an AI-powered agent enablement platform for voice customer service. Leveraging speech and natural language processing technologies, Observe.AI enables organizations to evaluate and score customer interactions, analyze contact center performance and enhance agent training.


Founded: 2015

Top Executive: Dave Ward, CEO

PacketFabric’s Network as a Service leverages a massively scalable private optical network, the latest in packet switching technology, and end-to-end automation to deliver on-demand, private and secure connectivity between hundreds of premier colocation facilities and cloud providers.

Pensando Systems

Founded: 2017

Top Executive: Prem Jain, Co-Founder, CEO

The Pensando Distributed Services Platform is a next-generation distributed computing system that delivers software-defined services to the edge, transforming enterprise IT infrastructure into cloud-like environments that securely extend to the public cloud.


Founded: 2019

Top Executive: Ramesh Prabagaran, Co-Founder, CEO

Prosimo, founded by some of the people who launched SD-WAN company Viptela, exited stealth in April with its Application eXperience Infrastructure platform for modernizing and simplifying application delivery across multi-cloud environments.


Founded: 2018

Top Executive: Mark Hinkle, Co-Founder, CEO

TriggerMesh’s cloud native integration platform, built on open-source Kubernetes and Knative, ties together cloud computing, SaaS and on-premises applications. Developers can build applications that are composed of services from multiple cloud providers and on-premises systems.


Founded: 2017

Top Executive: Moti Rafalin, Co-Founder, CEO

The vFunction platform for software developers and architects intelligently and automatically transforms complex monolithic Java applications into microservices. With vFunction, leading companies are accelerating their journey to cloud-native architecture and optimizing the benefits of cloud.

Wasabi Technologies

Founded: 2015

Top Executive: David Friend, CEO

Cloud storage company Wasabi is delivering disruptive storage technology that is one-fifth the price of Amazon S3 and faster than the competition with no egress fees. Wasabi says it’s on a mission to commoditize the storage industry.


Founded: 2016

Top Executive: Justin Antonipillai, Founder, CEO

WireWheel develops a data privacy management technology that helps businesses comply with data privacy regulations like GDPR in Europe and CCPA in California with their on-premises and cloud data stores.