Emerging Vendors 2013: Data Center Vendors

Dynamite In The Data Center

CRN's annual Emerging Vendors examines the hottest tech startups in multiple disciplines throughout the technology industry. But, it's not all about the technology with these guys. The vendors on this list know the value of a good partnership and have a serious commitment to the channel. The data center category includes innovative companies in everything from server hardware, to IT management systems to development tools. Let's take a look at the hottest tech startups in the data center from the Emerging Vendors list for 2013.


Raleigh, N.C.
John Cowan, Co-Founder & CEO

6fusion has made it easy for partners to deliver pay-as-you-go services to customers with a cloud-based metered offering for cloud, enterprise IT and web applications. Among the company's partners are CRN Solution Provider 500 powerhouse World Wide Technology.


Lexington, Mass.
Andreas Olofsson, CEO

Adapteva develops and builds what it calls the most energy-efficient microprocessor chips and single-board computers in the world. The company said its Epiphany multicore architecture and Parallella credit-card-sized computers are finding their way into everything from compact mobile devices to next-generation supercomputers.


Jim Melvin, CEO

AppNeta provides the PathView Cloud performance management service that allows businesses and MSPs to see across multiple IT infrastructures in one view and identify where problems are occurring and why, according to the company. The core technologies include path analysis (bandwidth monitoring), packet analysis, traffic analysis and device analysis.

Ayehu Software Technologies

Englewood, N.J.
Gabby Nizri, President & CEO

Ayehu Software Technologies develops and markets eyeShare, a lightweight, enterprise-grade product for IT process automation. Ayehu eyeShare helps IT professionals identify and resolve critical incidents up to 90 percent faster, minimizing their impact to the business and saving time for IT operations teams, according to the company.


San Francisco
Gary Read, President & CEO

Boundary offers cloud-based application and network-monitoring software that combines realtime data streaming, alerts, analytics and visualization technology that help businesses manage their cloud and on-premises IT systems. The San Francisco-based company, founded in January 2011, offers a free version of the product with a limit of 1 GB of application traffic.


Orem, Utah
Michael Proper, CEO

ClearCenter builds server, network and gateway hardware running the company's ClearOS software. The company also develops applications and services for those systems, including security audit and intrusion protection, remote system monitoring and remote backup software.


Norwalk, Conn.
Austin McChord, CEO

Datto supplies hybrid-cloud backup, disaster recovery and intelligent business continuity systems. The company's products are targeted at SMBs and sold through its 5,000-plus channel partners in North America and Europe, including MSPs, VARs and IT service providers.

DeskCenter USA

Long Beach, N.Y.
Hans J. Kaemmlein, President & CEO

DeskCenter USA offers the DeskCenter Management Suite, software that optimizes administrative tasks for both physical and virtual desktop and client devices, and the software running on them.


Minnetonka, Minn.
Mac Lewis, CEO

FieldSolutions provides contingent field service resources serving the technology industry. The company has more than 33,000 independent field service technicians throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico serving a broad range of technologies, including PCs, copiers and printers, telephony, routers, cabling, point-of-sale systems and even data center support.

FieldView Solutions

Edison, N.J.
Frederick Dirla Jr., CEO

FieldView Solutions offers browser-based data center infrastructure management (DCIM) software that helps IT execs manage data centers more efficiently with a realtime view into information about their facilities’ capacity, energy and space use.


Tom Noonan, President & CEO

JouleX develops cloud-based IT energy management software for data centers, distributed offices and even PCs. The company is in the process of being acquired by Cisco.


Norco, Calif.
David Parks, Sr. VP of Sales

Netecs designs, builds, implements and supports voice, video, cabling and data center solutions in conjunction with asset management capabilities and fully supported OEM products. The company specializes in the development of custom technology systems.


San Jose, Calif.
Dheeraj Pandey, CEO

Nutanix provides data-center-converged infrastructure systems that the company said are hyperefficient, massively scalable and elegantly simple. The Nutanix Virtual Computing Platform offers combined compute and storage in a single appliance.

Power Assure

Santa Clara, Calif.
Pete Malcolm, President & CEO

Power Assure develops software-defined power management applications that provide visibility, intelligence, analytics and automation to help IT and facilities managers optimize capacity, service levels and power consumption within and across data centers.


Dublin, Calif.
Vu Lam, CEO

QASymphony improves the help desk ticketing process with its qTrace software, a screen capture tool, which incorporates intelligence that allows users to submit an accurate ticket directly to a defect tracking system.


San Jose, Calif.
Larry Lang, CEO

Quorum develops backup, recovery and business continuity systems for SMBs. The company provides its software in appliances and through a hybrid cloud service.


Salt Lake City
Marc Chenn, CEO

SaltStack develops systems and configuration management tools that help enterprise cloud and DevOps IT organizations manage data center infrastructures. The products are based on the Salt open source configuration management software.


San Mateo, Calif.
Nand Mulchandani, Co-Founder & CEO

ScaleXtreme's cloud-based monitoring and systems management products are designed to help IT administrators monitor and manage on-premises and cloud servers. The tools are used to build and control physical, virtual and public cloud servers.


Westborough, Mass.
Doron Kempel, CEO

SimpliVity came out of stealth mode last year and released OmniCube, an appliance that integrates virtualization, networking, server and storage management. The OmniCube platform, according to the company, simplifies deployment and management of virtual infrastructure to allow IT administrators to better manage virtual machines.

SlimWare Utilities

Ocean Springs, Miss.
Chris Cope, Founder & CEO

SlimWare Utilities offers a line of community-based utility software for PC cleaning and optimization, including SlimCleaner, SlimComputer and SlimDrivers.


Richardson, Texas
Praveen Akkiraju, CEO

VCE, formed by Cisco and EMC with investments from VMware and Intel, develops converged infrastructure technology and cloud-based computing models. VCE's Vblock System delivers a completely integrated IT offering.

Virtual Instruments

San Jose, Calif.
John W. Thompson, CEO

Virtual Instruments develops infrastructure performance management for physical, virtual and cloud computing environments. Its VirtualWisdom platform provides realtime performance visibility for the entire open systems stack along with metrics that assess utilization, improving the performance and availability of mission-critical applications.


Salt Lake City, Utah
Jason Sullivan, Founder, President, CEO

Xi3 develops modular computers, including the Z3RO desktop computer, the SLID3 storage system, and the Piston Console gaming system.