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10 Hot Edge Computing Companies You Should Watch In 2021

Gina Narcisi

The emerging market opportunity is seeing longtime tech and telecom giants, as well as freshly hatched startups throw their hats in the edge computing ring. Here are ten of the hottest companies specializing in edge computing that solution providers should keep an eye on.

Cato Networks 

Cato Networks offers software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) and security at the edge, a deviation from many of its competitors in the SD-WAN space. But unlike many of its competitors which have been scooped up by networking and security incumbents, Cato remains a standalone, self-proclaimed SASE provider.

Cato’s Edge SD-WAN device, Cato Socket, comes in two zero-touch models that can be up and running in minutes, while its Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) converges the function of network and security point solutions into a unified cloud-native service. The Israel-based provider in August secured its largest round of financing yet of $77 million, bringing its total funding to date to more than $200 million. Cato said the funding followed a 220 percent increase in bookings and a very strong first quarter of 2020, despite global pressures, including the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Five-year old Cato Networks does all of its business through channel partners.

 
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Gina Narcisi

Gina Narcisi is a senior editor covering the networking and telecom markets for CRN.com. Prior to joining CRN, she covered the networking, unified communications and cloud space for TechTarget. She can be reached at gnarcisi@thechannelcompany.com.

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