The New Networking
The time to be an IT startup was 2021. The networking industry learned a few lessons from the past two years that changed the course of many product development road maps for the incumbent players, but upstarts had all the answers to the test. Networking startup companies didn’t have to make a big pivot to start embracing a hybrid cloud or completely cloud-based approach, and they were certainly familiar with the new ways that businesses are looking to buy IT, including subscription-based networking services models.
Networking startups are giving some of the largest vendors a run for their money, while other established companies, such as Aruba Networks and Microsoft, are choosing to team with startups because of their fresh takes on private 5G, managed networking offerings and next-generation connectivity options. Some startups are focusing on filling holes in the market around consumption-based or managed network offerings, as well as edge networking, next-generation data center networking, and Secure Access Service Edge, or SASE, all while tapping the channel on the shoulder for help getting the word out on the news ways to handle networking requirements.
From those specializing in hybrid cloud-based offerings and managed networking services, to connectivity and 5G, here 10 of the hottest enterprise networking startups of 2021.