Emerging Vendors 2018: Data Center Companies To Watch

IT Central

Despite the distributed nature of IT today, including the widespread move to cloud computing and the adoption of virtual and software-defined technologies, the data center remains at the heart of many businesses' IT operations.

And while vendors like Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Dell EMC and Cisco may dominate the data center equipment market, there's plenty of room for startups offering converged and hyper-converged systems, IT management tools and other next-generation data center products.

As part of CRN's 2018 Emerging Vendors list, here are 10 hot data center companies, all founded in 2012 or later, that solution providers should be aware of.

Catalogic Software

Founded: 2013

Top Executive: CEO Ken Barth

Emerging vendor details: /rankings-and-lists/ev2018-details.htm?c=32

Catalogic provides copy data management and data protection software used by businesses to manage, protect, recover, orchestrate and make use of their copy data across enterprise and cloud systems in support of mission-critical IT systems such as disaster recovery, DevOps and business analytics.


Founded: 2014

Top Executive: Co-Founder, CEO Jeff Chou

Emerging vendor details: /rankings-and-lists/ev2018-details.htm?c=33

Diamanti developed a bare-metal container platform that extends the benefits of hyper-converged infrastructure for a containerized world with rapid installation, simple management, and container network and storage resources integrated with Docker and Kubernetes. D10 gives the channel a clear path to selling high-margin container offerings.


Founded: 2013

Top Executive: CEO Gene Banman

Emerging vendor details: /rankings-and-lists/ev2018-details.htm?c=34

DriveScale's Software Composable Infrastructure is a next-generation data center technology for big data workloads. DriveScale lets IT teams deploy independent pools of compute and storage resources and easily combine them in any ratio to compose optimally sized clusters, on demand and under software control.


Founded: 2015

Top Executive: CEO Giampietro Tecchiolli

Emerging vendor details: /rankings-and-lists/ev2018-details.htm?c=35

Kaleao is a pioneer in "web-scale" converged infrastructure with its KMAX hyper-converged, integrated hardware and software platforms. The KMAX systems combine computation, storage, networking and virtualization into compact, energy-efficient solutions.


Founded: 2013

Top Executive: Co-Founder, CEO Florian Leibert

Emerging vendor details: /rankings-and-lists/ev2018-details.htm?c=36

Mesosphere's DC/OS (data center operating system) provides a platform for running containerized, data-intensive applications. In May Mesosphere raised $125 million in Series D financing and the company has a growing roster of channel partners, including global and regional systems integrators.

Nautilus Data Technologies

Founded: 2013

Top Executive: President, CEO Jim Connaughton

Emerging vendor details: /rankings-and-lists/ev2018-details.htm?c=37

Nautilus Data Technologies' mainstay product is a transformative, naturally water-cooled data center. Its patented technology integrates proven maritime and industrial water-cooling technology with next-generation data center infrastructure, along with artificial intelligence and machine-learning capabilities.


Founded: 2013

Top Executive: Head, Americas Zack Sexton

Emerging vendor details: /rankings-and-lists/ev2018-details.htm?c=38

Procurri provides data center equipment and life-cycle services, particularly around enterprise storage systems from IBM, EMC, Hitachi and NetApp. A core part of its service offerings is its PROtect third-party maintenance platform.


Founded: 2013

Top Executive: Founder, CEO Ariel Maislos

Emerging vendor details: /rankings-and-lists/ev2018-details.htm?c=39

Stratoscale develops an AWS-compatible suite of cloud services for development teams and a software-defined cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service solution. The offerings help businesses transform their data centers into agile, scalable environments that are aligned with public cloud systems.


Founded: 2013

Top Executive: Chairman, CEO Keith Olsen

Emerging vendor details: /rankings-and-lists/ev2018-details.htm?c=40

The vXchnge Insite platform is the foundation for the company's Data-Center-as-a-Service portfolio, monitoring infrastructure and maintaining business continuity. Insite supplies mission-critical data center information, providing customers with 24x7x365 real-time transparency, governance and compliance capabilities, and reporting on network and power performance.


Founded: 2014

Top Executive: CEO Alexis Richardson

Emerging vendor details: /rankings-and-lists/ev2018-details.htm?c=41

Weaveworks' Weave Cloud operations-as-a-service technology helps DevOps teams connect, deploy and monitor containers and microservices on any server or public cloud, speeding up the delivery of cloud-native applications. The company is backed by Google Ventures and Accel Partners.