2021 Edge Computing 100
CRN shines the spotlight on 50 companies paving the way for edge computing with hardware, software and services, 25 driving innovation around IoT and 5G, and 25 addressing the security challenges in edge environments.
From the explosion of data being created and the analytics needed to manage data closer to where it’s gathered to the ever-growing cybersecurity issues for distributed enterprises, it’s no wonder that vendors are investing heavily in new edge computing offerings.
Edge computing provides improved latency, reduces WAN bandwidth and costs, and is often an ideal solution for many Internet of Things and 5G use cases. The largest IT hardware, software and cloud companies on the planet—from Dell Technologies and Intel to Microsoft and Amazon Web Services—are betting big on the edge, while edge startups like EdgePresence and Edgeworx are sprouting up to fi ll any gaps.
The first 50 slides in the following slideshow highlight the 50 companies paving the way for edge computing with hardware, software and services, followed by 25 that are driving innovation around IoT and 5G, and then 25 that are addressing the security challenges associated with edge computing.
Adapdix’s “edge-optimized” platform, dubbed EdgeOps, uses machine learning and AI analytics. It allows for ultra-low latency and adaptive maintenance to reduce unplanned downtime while providing automated control for self-correcting and self-optimizing actions on equipment.
Adlink’s goal is to make it easier to deploy AI in edge devices for machine vision applications.
In September, the company unveiled edge vision analytics software that lets users build a proof of concept for AI-enabled machine vision solutions without having to have AI expertise.
Amazon Web Services
AWS IoT Greengrass helps customers build, deploy and manage device software at the edge. Customers can use the open-source edge runtime and cloud service for their IoT applications on millions of devices across verticals and business units.
AMD is bringing the performance gains of its PC and server processors to edge computing.
Its latest offerings include the Ryzen Embedded V2000 Series, which combines AMD’s Zen 2 architecture and Radeon graphics to deliver high-performance compute and display capabilities plus key security features.
Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company
President, HPE Intelligent
Aruba has been prioritizing edge networking in recent years, including last year’s purchase of SD-WAN standout Silver Peak for $925 million. Aruba’s Edge Services Platform analyzes data across domains and
identifies any issues or abnormalities and self-optimizes—all before users notice any impact.
The BMC Helix Edge platform delivers visibility and actionable insight across IT and OT products.
It is deployed at the edge of the network and interacts with devices, sensors, actuators
and other industrial IoT objects to enable anomaly detection, predictive maintenance and asset life-cycle management.
Cato Networks combines SD-WAN, security and its Zero Trust Network Access technology into a cloud-native SASE platform. Customers can migrate from MPLS to SD-WAN, optimize connectivity to on-premises and cloud applications, and integrate cloud data centers and mobile users into the network.
Cisco offers hardware, software and services for edge computing, including its new line of Catalyst industrial edge routers. Cisco’s Edge Series devices deliver consolidated computing and wired and wireless access, while its Edge Intelligence orchestration software simplifies getting IoT data to the correct applications.
Interim President, CEO Citrix’s Secure Access Service Edge offerings tie together SD-WAN, zero-trust access and cloud-delivered security into a single, centralized architecture.
Its SASE offering provides secure remote access to applications and the internet to ensure users can get the tools they need easily from anywhere.
ClearBlade’s edge software platforms enable enterprises to rapidly engineer and run
secure, scalable IoT applications. ClearBlade provides bundled offerings for asset monitoring and a no-coding-required application that offers edge-native processing and edge artificial intelligence.
Dell has a slew of hardware and software targeting the edge, including PowerEdge servers,
ruggedized laptops, edge gateways and storage infrastructure such as PowerStore. Dell is becoming a leading innovator with new releases of versions of its flagship products tailor-made for the edge.
Eaton provides power management offerings for distributed edge environments to keep
mission-critical applications and devices running longer and prevent servers from data loss. Eaton provides UPSes, gateways and enclosures as well as intelligent power management software.
EdgePresence is deploying purpose-built edge data centers that are designed to include power, distribution, physical security, cooling and interconnection. EdgePresence can deploy a network of edge data centers without the added capital expense and operating complexity.
The Edgeworx ioFog edge platform provides a standardized way to develop and remotely deploy secure microservices to edge devices. Edgeworx enables the same software to run on any device by allowing developers to package and deploy their applications using containerization technologies.
Equinix is one of the world’s leading colocation and edge data center providers. Equinix’s Network Edge offers virtual network services that run on a modular infrastructure platform, optimized for instant deployment and interconnection of network services.
Extreme delivers edge networking hardware and software along with a broad list of edge-focused services. Its Extended Edge Switching lets customers deploy and oversee a more versatile and easily managed switched infrastructure that seamlessly extends advanced network services to the edge.
Gigamon provides network visibility and analytics for the edge along with edge traffic aggregation nodes. The GigaVue TA Series consists of edge visibility nodes that run GigaVue-OS, incorporating core intelligence packet-brokering capabilities to improve the effectiveness of monitoring tools.
Google Cloud’s Edge Tensor Processing Unit (TPU) is a purpose-built ASIC designed to run AI at the edge. Edge TPU complements Cloud TPU and Google Cloud services to provide a cloud-to-edge hardware and software environment for facilitating the deployment of AI-based solutions.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
HPE is one of the top providers of servers, storage, hyperconverged infrastructure, services and security targeting edge use cases. HPE’s Edgeline Converged Edgesystems can bring a data centerlevel compute and managementenvironment to the edge with nearly autonomous operations.
Hitachi Vantara’s Lumada Edge Intelligence software offers real-time insight at remote sites to enable data management at the edge. Hitachi’s Edge Gateway provides connectivity to IoT and edge devices through configurable and ruggedized hardware to enable data-driven solutions.
HP’s new Engage Edge is designed to accelerate edge deployments. Powered by the EdgeX Foundry, HP Engage Edge software supports a sensor- and cloud-agnostic open framework that facilitates easier data ingestion for edge on-site processing.
IBM’s hybrid-cloud-to-edge computing road map enables the co-creation of edge-enabled AI solutions, applications and platforms built on Red Hat OpenShift. Its Edge Application Manager offers common management and orchestration across clusters and the edge
IGEL’s edge services address securing endpoints and managing desktops to deploying virtual desktop infrastructure. IGEL’s OS was created as an edge OS for cloud workspaces and is built on Linux to help customers secure digital workspaces and worry less about securing endpoints.
The chip giant has built processors for heavy edge workloads and high-bandwidth applications with integrated AI accelerators. Intel also provides its Smart Edge portfolio of software
to optimize networking and application workloads at the edge.
Juniper provides hardware and software networking offerings for the edge with improved scaling capabilities and built-in security. Juniper’s Mist Edge extends its microservices architecture to the edge, bringing resilient operations while enabling new edge applications.
Lenovo offers edge application focused ThinkSystem servers, including the ThinkSystem SE350, an Intel Xeon D processor based server in a 1U, half-width and short-depth case. It can be deployed almost anywhere without the need for networking points or specialized power supplies.
LogicMonitor offers a fully automated, cloud-based infrastructure monitoring and observability platform. It provides IT insight, seamless data collaboration and visibility into networks, the cloud, applications and servers from the core to the edge.
Microsoft’s Azure Stack Edge is a purpose-built Azure managed device bringing Azure compute,
storage and intelligence to the edge, while Azure IoT Edge is a fully managed service built on
Azure IoT Hub for deploying cloud workloads on IoT edge devices via standard containers.
Mimik develops edgeCloud, a platform for decentralizing the cloud by enabling all computing devices via its edgeEngine to act as servers. This increases efficiency and processing while helping decrease the latency, cost and energy consumption of edge computing.
Mutable is the developer of what it calls the Mutable Cloud Platform for deploying the public
edge cloud across multiple server and provider locations and transforming them into micro data centers. It provides multitenant cloud isolation and continuous delivery via remote containers.
Nebulon’s smart Infrastructure is server-embedded infrastructure software that is delivered as a service, offering the benefits of the public cloud on-premises for any application regardless of whether it is containerized, virtualized or bare metal.
NetApp is a pioneer in developing technology for transparent migration and management of data from data centers to the cloud and to the edge. It offers software-defined technologies for managing data wherever it is, including at the edge, as well as storage hardware designed specifically for edge deployments.
Nutanix has designed systems specifically for edge deployments. The company’s Nutanix Enterprise Cloud is a private cloud built on its HCI technology that can be consistently deployed across data centers, remote
offices, public clouds and edge computing sites.
Founder, President, CEO
The Nvidia EGX platform combines high-performance GPU computing and high-speed, secure networking in Nvidia certified systems built by multiple partners. The platform brings accelerated AI computing
to the edge with a cloud-native software stack and a range of validated servers and devices.
Ori Global Edge is a distributed cloud platform for deploying and orchestrating applications across multi-cloud, telco edge and enterprise edge environments. It provides the manageability capabilities of the cloud—including consolidated networking, security and application delivery—but are specific to the edge.
Pensando’s platform delivers highly programmable software-defined cloud, compute, networking, storage and security services to wherever data is located. The company said its platform improves performance and scale up 5X to 9X versus current architectures with no lock-in.
PTC specializes in developing technology for edge-optimized industrial IoT. Its ThingWorx Industrial IoT platform provides prebuilt applications and developer tools for connecting edge devices and then implementing remote monitoring and services and asset optimization.
Pure Storage late last year acquired Kubernetes container pioneer Portworx, a container native storage engine that gives customers the ability to run modern container-based applications on-premises, in the cloud or at the edge, either as stateless or stateful microservices.
Updates to Red Hat OpenShift and Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management for Kubernetes improve flexibility and management when deploying workloads from the data center to the cloud to the edge. The company also unveiled Red Hat-validated patterns for simplifying deployment of edge stacks as code.
SAP Edge Services enables microservices with local compute and persistency to extend the processing power of the digital core to the edge. It provides autonomous business processes at low latency, streaming analytics of IoT data, predictive models and the ability to throttle data volumes.
Scale Computing develops a number of hyper-converged infrastructure appliances, including its HC3 Edge line that brings edge computing with high availability and disaster recovery to remote locations. They feature self-healing to manage and enable IT applications outside central data centers.
North America President, CEO
Schneider Electric is driving edge hardware and software innovation with its Smart-UPS Ultra tied
to its EcoStruxure edge remote monitoring, management and service offering. It is pushing partners to offer edge managed power services via its Edge Software and Digital Services partner program.
Section provides what it calls Edge as a Service to access, control and manage distributed edge or multi-cloud environments from a centralized and secure control plane. Its Section AppSpace runs container, serverless and Node.js applications with on-demand edge security and performance modules.
The Splunk Cloud is a cloud platform that provides insight into IT operations for security, fraud, compliance, business and user behavior analytics, machine learning, IoT and more. It has access to over 200 applications for visibility, security and operational insight across cloud and edge environments.
Veeam’s technologies protect data in remote office and branch office environments and at the edge. Its Kasten Kubernetes backup and disaster recovery technology currently protects millions of containers in production in financial, 5G and edge computing environments.
Vertiv offers a host of hardware, software, analytics and services for running critical applications via its portfolio of power, cooling and IT infrastructure products and services. Vertiv’s portfolio extends from the cloud to the edge of the network.
The VMware Telco Cloud lets cloud service providers deploy cloud applications from core data centers to the telco edge. It runs virtual network functions and cloud-native network functions. VMware also offers the VMware Edge Compute Stack to build and manage edge-native applications.
Co-Founder, President, CEO
Wasabi provides low-cost cloud-based storage capacity that forms the back end of many data
protection vendors’ software. It partners with Equinix and Flexential to offer on-demand edge computing as a service featuring Wasabi’s hot cloud for storing massive datasets at the core of a smart system.
Zededa provides cloud-based orchestration for edge virtualization to deliver visibility, control and protection for distributed edge gateways, applications and networks. It works at the enterprise edge as a cloud-based service to deploy and manage any edge compute node and unlock IoT data.
Aarna delivers 5G and edge computing application automation software. Its open-source, vendor-agnostic Multi Cluster Orchestration Platform provides life-cycle management and policy-driven control loop automation of 5G services and edge applications.
Adaptiv Networks provides cloud-managed SD-WAN via a Network-as-a-Service license.
Its product licenses let enterprises target new applications and users at the edge. In June, Adaptiv released an SD-WAN offering for remote and mobile workers.
Telecom giant AT&T’s Multi-Access Edge Computing offering ties together cellular network architecture for real-time high bandwidth, low-latency access to latency-dependent mobile applications. The company is helping businesses harness LTE and 5G at the network edge.
Cambium first went to market as an offering for telecoms and ISPs, but after acquiring Xirrus, its wireless technology became even more of an option for the enterprise. The company is focusing on bringing 5G connectivity to the masses and going after industrial IoT use cases.
Celona came onto the 5G edge scene in 2020 with a platform that lets enterprises create 5G/4G LTE private networks, filling a major gap in the connectivity market. Today, Celona said its 5G O-RAN, edge and core offerings can all be integrated with third-party vendor components.
Comcast comes to market with edge offerings that play into its core competencies: telecom and voice. The company is touting Comcast Business VoiceEdge, a cloud-based PBX, mobility and collaboration offering that works wherever users are and scales to meet the needs of any business.
CommScope, with its Ruckus portfolio, has played a vital role in connecting enterprises and people worldwide. Its 5G and LTE wireless network offerings are deployed in stadiums, campuses and public spaces, and it is delivering Network-as-a-Service offerings to address edge computing use cases.
Cradlepoint, Part of
Cradlepoint, which was acquired by Ericsson in 2020 for $1.1 billion, is bringing its wireless edge networking chops to the telecom equipment giant. It has been focused on unlocking the power of LTE and next-generation cellular technologies and in August unveiled its E3000 Series 5G Enterprise Router.
an Adapdix company
Edge Intelligence’s software processes data in real time to give customers insight into distributed data at the edge from servers, routers and threat intelligence platforms. Its big data and analytics architecture provides centralized management and access to geographically distributed data.
EdgeConnex delivers purpose-built data center offerings for the edge, including small cells, points of presence and customized data centers in remote locations. Its EdgeConneX multi-access edge computing infrastructure is used to test 5G networks and power virtual reality platforms.
EdgeMicro entered the market at the perfect time as it specializes in edge colocation data centers and pandemic-related business challenges, validating the need for distributed content and compute. Its technology facilitates local IP access between cellular radios, cached data and compute services directly at the towers.
EdgeQ, which bills itself as a 5G systems-on-a-chip company, emerged from stealth mode in 2020 with plans to bring AI to the edge of the network with 5G. The company is now letting enterprises buy its feature-rich chips for 5G and AI workloads.
For2Fi got its start when MSP-owner-turned-wireless specialist Gregoire noticed a hole in the market around business LTE. The company now brings wireless LTE and 5G to customers exclusively via the channel, targeting retail, hard-to-reach businesses and those that need connectivity immediately.
Geoverse, a subsidiary of
Next-generation connectivity startup Geoverse has been designing, deploying and operating private LTE core and edge networks for business customers since 2017. Its private 5G/LTE wireless network offering lets users and devices roam across public carrier networks seamlessly and securely.
Infiot burst into the market in 2018 with a new approach to edge networking and connectivity.
Backed by $15 million in Series A funding, the company in Mhaay expanded its portfolio with innovative cloud-delivered cellular gateways as a service, which allow customers to deploy wireless cellular WANs.
Lumen offers a secure platform for next-generation applications with the help of its partners to harness data at the edge. The company in April joined forceswith T-Mobile to help enterprises build, manage and scale applications across highly distributed environments.
Edge computing startup Macrometa believes that edge computing’s shorter latencies, strong security, responsive data collection and lower costs will create a more fluid experience for 5G network users. Macrometa in June raised $20 million in a Series A funding round.
MobiledgeX comes to market with its software platform, MobiledgeX Edge-Cloud 3.0, which connects carriers, developers and cloud providers to edge resources. The startup today is partnering with T-Mobile, British Telecom and Telefonica.
Qualcomm is leveraging its mobility expertise to give its IoT business an edge over the competition, working to develop technologies that transform how businesses connect, compute and communicate. In May, Qualcomm unveiled a purpose-built 5G modem for industrial IoT environments.
Along with helping to get 5G off the ground as an early producer of 5G-capable devices, Samsung has a number of other initiatives related to edge computing. The company last year partnered with network operators to introduce a commercial 5G service in Canada and the U.S.
Sierra Wireless is focusing on IoT software and managed services thanks to its purchase of M2M Group, a series of companies focused on IoT connectivity. Sierra Wireless makes small embedded 5G-capable wireless modules for IoT applications.
Australian-based carrier Telstra has built up its U.S. presence over the past 25 years. Notably in the IoT arena, the company has a partnership with Cisco to provide advanced connectivity management for IoT services with Telstra Control Center powered by Cisco for global enterprises.
T-Mobile, now the third largest wireless provider in the U.S. having absorbed Sprint, has been focused on next-generation connectivity needs and growing its network footprint in the U.S. The carrier giant is seeing high levels of customer satisfaction thanks to its mix of Extended Range and Ultra Capacity 5G.
Verizon has been going strong in edge computing with a little help from a few technology partners, including AWS. In August it debuted Verizon 5G Edge with Microsoft Azure Stack Edge, a cloud computing platform that brings compute and storage services to the edge of the network at the enterprise premises.
SD-WAN-turned-SASE-specialist Versa Networks is helping enterprises tackle challenges around security and connectivity in light of the advent of 5G. Specifically, the company believes that secure SD-WAN can simplify management across an expanding mobile footprint.
Akamai in February reorganized its operations to strengthen its edge technology and $1 billion security business. The company in June debuted Account Protector, which uses Akamai Insight combined with behavioral analytics to shield users from account takeover at the edge.
Appgate updated its software-defined perimeter offering to extend frictionless protection to contractors, vendors and other trusted third parties. The company in September said it will deliver its Zero Trust Network Access tool as a service to U.S. government entities via Rackspace Government Cloud.
Barracuda’s cloud-native SASE platform enables modern security architectures by allowing security inspection and policy enforcement in the cloud, at the branch or on the device. The platform brings together its Secure SD-WAN, Firewall as a Service, Zero Trust Network Access and Secure Web Gateway technology.
Bitdefender has expanded its cloud workload security offering with runtime support for containers and Linux kernel independence. It delivers threat prevention, extended endpoint detection and response, and anti-exploit protection for containers running in private and public clouds.
Bitglass’ SmartEdge Secure Web Gateway for Branch Offices extends the benefits of SWG from remote workers to hybrid deployments across campus networks. The company agreed in October to be sold to Forcepoint to enable more uniform security policies for accessing the web, cloud and private data centers.
Broadcom’s Adaptive Protection endpoint security offering provides key protection and automated policy configuration with no end-user productivity loss. The company’s enhanced endpoint protection is automated and customized for each customer’s environment and reduces costs.
Check Point Software Technologies
Check Point ’s CloudGuard Application Security secures cloud-native applications against known and zero-day attacks via contextual AI technology. CloudGuard Workload Protection, meanwhile, automates security across applications, APIs and microservices.
Cloudflare in July began offering zero-trust cybersecurity to the federal government to help agencies modernize their infrastructure.
Two months later, the company debuted plans to deploy its equipment directly into over 1,000 of the world’s most populated office complexes and multidwelling units.
Forcepoint in May purchased emerging remote browser isolation vendor Cyberinc to give administrators granular controls that allow them to minimize risk without impeding user productivity. A month later, the company bought Deep Secure to eliminate threats from some of the most common attack vectors.
Founder, Chairman, CEO
FortiOS 7.0 delivers consistent security for all networks, endpoints and clouds via SASE and zero-trust network access. The company has updated its FortiGate and FortiExtender tools to deliver security for 5G networks and provide connectivity for SD-WAN and SASE solutions.
Co-Founder, CEO, CTO
Iboss’ license package allows organizations to turn on an unlimited number of core platform features on the company’s SASE Cloud Platform. New features have expanded the Cloud Access Security Broker functionality, security and data leakage protection abilities available on the iboss platform.
Imperva’s data-centric security platform protects organizations’ diverse database environments and dramatically simplifies the security and compliance of cloud data. The company bought CloudVector to help customers discover, monitor and protect all
API traffic in any environment from exploits and breaches.
Infoblox’s updated Network Identity Operating System provides support for advanced security, additional cloud integrations and DevOps automation. In June, the company unveiled Infoblox 3.0 to drive on-premises, virtual, cloud and hybrid deployments tailored to customers’ network modernization needs.
Kaspersky’s updated Endpoint Security Cloud includes endpoint detection and response capabilities for SMBs. The company has rolled out a new version of Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Linux that hardens defenses from exploits and ransomware attacks and extends protection for DevOps.
McAfee’s MVision Extended Detection and Response with cloud and network telemetry optimizes threat detection and response beyond endpoints. It was later enhanced with correlating telemetry from McAfee’s endpoint security offering, Secure Access Service Edge offering and threat intelligence tool.
Menlo Security extended its cloud-based Secure Web Gateway with web isolation for mobile devices to eliminate malware and phishing attacks when users access the internet and email from their smartphones and tablets. Mobile isolation provides data loss prevention and read-only phishing protection.
Netskope in January partnered with Silver Peak to enable enterprises to identify, classify and steer cloud application traffic for verification through its cloud security stack. It also enhanced Netskope Security Cloud, which leverages a common management console, unified client and AI/ML intelligence.
Palo Alto Networks
Palo Alto Networks launched SaaS security, advanced URL filtering, DNS security, a cloud identity engine and ML-powered firewalls to drive zero-trust architecture adoption. It also brought together Prisma Access and Prisma SD-WAN to ensure customers stay secure while at branch or home offices.
Perimeter 81 is partnering with Microsoft to ensure Azure users have secure, policy-based resource access via zero-trust and software-defined perimeter models. As a result, Azure users have access to key networking and security tools in a single platform.
Proofpoint’s enhanced Information Protection and Cloud Security Platform provides data loss prevention, insider threat management, cloud app security broker, zero-trust network access, remote browser isolation and web security.
Radware upgraded its Cloud DDoS Protection Service capacity to absorb DDoS attacks of up to 8 Tbps. The company is partnering with Involta to deploy Radware’s DDoS Protection Service to meet security requirements across health care, manufacturing and financial services.
SonicWall’s cloud-native management and analytics transform threat data into defensive actions to mitigate hidden risks across networks, applications and users. Its virtual offerings and cloud services are paired with on-premises deployments to solve security issues for SMBs, enterprises and governments.
Sophos’ new extended detection and response platform synchronizes native endpoint, server, firewall and email security. The company in July acquired startup Capsule8 to provide runtime visibility, detection and response for Linux production servers and containers covering on-premises and cloud workloads.
WatchGuard in February unveiled a centralized interface for delivering and managing network security, advanced threat detection and multifactor authentication. The company in June finished integrating the Panda Security acquisition into WatchGuard Cloud.
Zscaler bought Smokescreen Technologies to proactively hunt for emerging adversary tactics using deception technology. It is partnering with CrowdStrike to extend zero-trust protection to internal and external applications by leveraging CrowdStrike’s Zero Trust Assessment scores for access policy configuration.