Emerging Data Center Vendors To Know In 2019

As part of CRN's Emerging Vendors for 2019, here are 11 hot data center startups, founded in 2013 or later, that solution providers should be aware of.

The New Generation Of Data Center Leaders

Data Centers of the past were pretty straightforward: servers, data storage, networking hubs and routers. But data centers today are highly distributed, with workloads running on-premises and in public and private clouds. Some components of an IT system may be virtualized, software-defined or running in containers. And data centers increasingly link up with networks of mobile and IoT devices.

All this increases data center complexity, and IT managers are turning to their technology vendors and solution providers for help. While many big vendors offer products to help resolve data center challenges, a wave of startups is developing leading-edge technology for building and managing next-generation data centers.

As part of CRN's 2019 Emerging Vendors coverage, here are 11 hot data center companies, all founded in 2013 or later, that solution providers should be aware of.

Catalogic Software

Founded: 2013

Top Executive: Ken Barth, CEO

Catalogic Software offers copy data management tools that provide access to business operational data for backup, disaster recovery, test and development, and big data analytics tasks across physical, virtual and cloud environments.


Founded: 2014

Top Executive: Tom Barton, CEO

Diamanti provides a Kubernetes-based, bare-metal container infrastructure platform for running stateful containerized applications in production. In April the company launched a global channel program and named Bill Cordero vice president of worldwide channels.

Drive Scale

Founded: 2013

Top Executive: Gene Banman, CEO

DriveScale's Composable Infrastructure next-generation server system provides the ability to create, adapt, deploy and redeploy logical servers using pools of disaggregated, heterogeneous compute, storage and network fabric. DriveScale works with partners to help data-driven companies create elastic, bare-metal clouds for data-intensive applications.


Founded: 2016

Top Executive: Zack Blum, Co-Founder, CEO

Fleetsmith automates device setup, fleet intelligence, app and OS updates, and security across Apple device fleets. Fleetsmith ensures visibility and security and streamlines mobile device management, helping organizations running in the cloud automate tedious work, save time and focus on high-value tasks.

Founded: 2015

Top Executive: Tamas Cser, Founder, CEO

The Functionize software testing platform leverages AI technology, creating an autonomous intelligent test agent that transforms plain English language test cases into AI-driven assets. Functionize provides a complete storage and execution infrastructure for midmarket and global enterprise customers.


Founded: 2015

Top Executive: Joe Alapat, Founder, CEO

Liongard’s Roar automated IT system discovery and documentation platform is purpose-built for managed service providers, creating visibility for MSPs across customer IT systems. In May the company raised $4.5 million in Series A funding to accelerate product development and better support MSP partners.


Founded: 2014

Top Executive: Greg Mark, Founder, CEO

Markforged is a leading provider of metal and carbon 3-D printers and related software. In March the company closed a Series D round of funding with a value of $82 million.


Founded: 2013

Top Executive: Ariel Maislos, Founder, CEO

Stratoscale provides a lineup of hybrid cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service software for enterprise IT management, development teams and service providers, enabling IT to operate as an internal cloud service provider. In May the company launched Stratoscale V5.


Founded: 2013

Top Executive: Keith Olsen, Co-Founder, CEO

VXchnge provides Data Center as a Service, operating a network of strategically located, software-defined, edge, co-location data centers the company says deliver better than 99.99999 percent uptime. Services include infrastructure, site monitoring, hybrid cloud, and risk and compliance.

Founded: 2014

Top Executive: Alexis Richardson, Co-Founder, CEO

The Weaveworks Enterprise Kubernetes Platform provides a way to connect, operate and manage production-ready containers and microservices, making it easier for developers and DevOps teams to build and operate containerized applications.

Founded: 2014

Top Executive: Liran Zvibel, Co-Founder, CEO

WekaIO offers a fast, parallel file system to handle AI and technical computing workloads. The company's Matrix flagship product is designed to surpass traditional NAS storage architectures. The company recently updated the file system with advanced security features for enterprise high-performance computing.