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The 10 Coolest Networking Startups Of 2020

Gina Narcisi

With digital transformation at an all-time high, here are ten of the hottest networking upstarts that made their mark in 2020.

 Changing the Networking Game  

It‘s safe to say that 2020 was a year of unexpected challenges that required the IT industry to step up like never before.

The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic forced many businesses around the globe to close their doors and send most—if not all—employees to work remotely from home. This meant that almost overnight, enterprise networks, which largely consisted of traffic coming from corporate headquarters and branch offices, saw brand-new traffic and usage patterns from teleworking. At the same time, edge networking was on the rise. New use cases emerged as healthcare facilities and schools required connectivity in parking lots and retail and restaurants needed curbside services, not to mention, the uptick across the board in IoT. The new requirements paved the way for networking upstarts new on the scene to make their mark on the industry with multi-cloud networking solutions, data center software offerings, networking as a service, and those that are harnessing cellular technologies, like LTE and 5G.

From those specializing in managed IT to connectivity and 5G, here are 10 of the hottest enterprise networking startups of 2020.

 
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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