Emerging Data Center Vendors To Know In 2021

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

The New Generation Of Data Center Companies

While businesses and organizations continue to shift applications, data and IT workloads to the cloud, data centers remain the core of IT operations for many.

But that doesn’t mean data center technology isn’t changing. Data centers today are more complex and more challenging to manage. They need to connect with increasingly distributed networks, cloud systems and edge computing nodes. And data center equipment itself might be virtualized, software-defined and/or running in containers.

Established IT vendors such as IBM, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Cisco Systems have long dominated the market for data center hardware and software. But a new crop of IT startups is providing innovative technologies to power and manage today’s data centers.

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

Bamboo Systems

Founded: 2019

Top Executive: Tony Craythorne, CEO

Bamboo Systems’ next-generation, Arm-based Parallel Arm Node Designed Architecture (PANDA) servers run open-source Linux applications and saves up to 50 percent of acquisition costs and 75 percent of energy consumption compared with x86-based servers.


Founded: 2018

Top Executive: Adam Pettit, Founder, CEO

Kandji’s Apple device management software focuses on managing time-consuming device management tasks, such as renaming devices and meeting security and compliance requirements. The company’s offering has more than 200 prebuilt automations.


Founded: 2017

Top Executive: Charles Fan, Co-Founder, CEO

MemVerge’s Memory Machine software virtualizes memory for enterprise-class in-memory data services, allowing applications with large volumes of fast-moving data to forgo traditional storage in favor of abundant, persistent and highly available pools of memory.


Founded: 2017

Top Executive: Uri Beitler, Co-Founder, CEO

The Pliops Storage Processor key value-based technology enables data-intensive applications to access data up to 100 times faster using just a fraction of the computational load and power consumption of traditional systems.

Quantum Computing

Founded: 2018

Top Executive: Robert Liscouski, President, CEO

Quantum Computing is working to apply quantum computing technology to real-world business solutions. Qatalyst, the company’s flagship software, bridges traditional and quantum computing to help solve complex computation problems such as life sciences analytics.

SambaNova Systems

Founded: 2017

Top Executive: Rodrigo Liang, Co-Founder, CEO

SambaNova Systems builds advanced integrated hardware/software systems for running AI applications from the data center to the cloud and the edge, commercializing AI innovations developed by advanced research organizations.