Emerging Data Center Vendors To Know In 2020

As part of CRN’s Emerging Vendors for 2020, here are nine hot data center startups, founded in 2014 or later, that solution providers should be aware of.

The New Generation Of Data Center Companies

Pundits once predicted that with the advent of cloud computing, data centers would become a thing of the past. It didn’t quite happen that way: While many IT workloads and processes have been shifted to cloud platforms, data centers live on.

But today’s data centers are more complex and more challenging to manage. They are often more distributed with central systems connecting to cloud systems, branch offices, IoT networks and even “edge” modular data systems. Data center components may be virtualized, software-defined and/or running in containers.

It’s no wonder IT managers are looking to solution providers and IT vendors for help. That includes startups developing leading-edge hardware and software products for building and managing next-generation data centers.

As part of CRN’s Emerging Vendors for 2020, here are nine hot data center startups, founded in 2014 or later, that solution providers should be aware of.

Agile Stacks

Founded: 2017

Top Executive: John Mathon, CEO

Agile Stacks is reinventing how enterprises implement multi-cloud infrastructure-as-code. The company’s cloud-based service helps businesses and organizations accelerate software delivery and data science by deploying composable, automated, full-function software infrastructure within minutes.


Founded: 2015

Top Executive: Mansour Karam, Co-Founder, President

Apstra automates the architecture and operations of data center networks, enabling changes to networks quickly and reliably, while making efficient use of human capital and eliminating hardware vendor lock-in. Apstra‘s advanced intent-based analytics continually validate the network, thereby eliminating complexity, vulnerabilities and outages.

Bamboo Systems Group

Founded: 2019

Top Executive: Tony Craythorne, CEO

Bamboo Systems‘ Parallel ARM Node Designed Architecture (PANDA) is a server architecture designed for next-generation data centers. Bamboo servers deliver high throughput for microservices-based software like containers, with extremely low power and space consumption, delivering 10 times the compute density at a fraction of power usage.


Founded: 2014

Top Executive: Tom Barton, CEO

Diamanti, creator of a bare-metal, hyperconverged platform for Kubernetes and containers, delivers a Kubernetes offering integrated with a patented I/O-optimized architecture. Diamanti Kubernetes is an out-of-the-box offering, allowing organizations to focus on deploying modern applications across on-premises and hybrid cloud infrastructures.


Founded: 2017

Top Executive: Mike Hagan, Co-Founder, CEO

Co-location startup EdgeMicro provides carrier-neutral, modular data centers and the company’s Edge Traffic Exchange technology that puts compute, storage and network resources as close as possible to end users. In May the company raised $5 million in seed funding to fuel its expansion.


Founded: 2015

Top Executive: Tamas Cser, Founder, CEO

The Functionize automated software testing platform leverages AI technology to create a truly autonomous intelligent test agent that transforms plain English language test cases into AI- driven assets. The company provides a complete storage and execution infrastructure for mid-market to global enterprise customers.

IntelliTransit Solutions

Founded: 2017

Top Executive: Manish Bhardwaj, CEO

IntelliTransit is a next-generation transit technology provider specializing in paratransit on-demand offerings, automatic vehicle location system, mobile data terminals, fixed route offerings, fleet management, interactive voice response, mass communication systems and business intelligence offerings.

Rancher Labs

Founded: 2014

Top Executive: Sheng Liang, Co-Founder, CEO

Rancher Labs’ flagship product, Rancher, is an open-source Kubernetes management platform that enables organizations to deploy and manage Kubernetes at scale, on any infrastructure across the data center, cloud, branch offices, and the network edge. On July 8 Linux powerhouse SUSE struck a deal to acquire Rancher Labs.


Founded: 2014

Top Executive: Andy Kalambi

Rize offers industrial 3-D printing systems that drive sustainable innovation in manufacturing, life sciences, consumer packaged goods, architecture, research and education. Rize‘s Augmented Polymer Deposition technology combines filament-based extrusion and functional ink material jetting to address safety, ease of use and security.