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The 10 Hottest Kubernetes Startups Of 2021 (So Far)

Joseph F. Kovar

Here are 10 Kubernetes startups that have made headlines as they came out of stealth or unveiled their first Kubernetes-focused management, storage and Kubernetes-as-a-service offering.

Storming Through The Containerization Movement With Kubernetes

Kubernetes has in the past few years become the primary standard for containerizing applications and data for use in developing, testing and then deploying ready-to-use applications.

In fact, the technology has become so hot that some of the biggest Kubernetes startups have in the past nine months been acquired by larger storage and systems vendors that see the need to add management and data protection layers. For instance, Pure Storage in September acquired Portworx, which was perhaps the leading developer of Kubernetes-focused end-to-end storage and data management technologies. Veeam in October acquired Kasten, a leading developer of Kubernetes-focused data protection. SUSE in December acquired Rancher Labs, a leader in Kubernetes management and IBM Red Hat in January acquired StackRox, a developer of Kubernetes security technology. Meanwhile, multiple vendors, particularly in the storage industry, are developing their own Kubernetes initiatives including NetApp, Zerto and HYCU.

Despite these acquisitions, a number of startups are moving in to fill any gaps in the Kubernetes ecosystem. Following are 10 of the hottest Kubernetes startups of the year so far.

See the latest entry: The 10 Hottest Kubernetes Startups Of 2022 (So Far)

For more of the biggest startups, products and news stories of 2021 so far, click here  .   

 
Joseph F. Kovar

Joseph F. Kovar is a senior editor and reporter for the storage and the non-tech-focused channel beats for CRN. He keeps readers abreast of the latest issues related to such areas as data life-cycle, business continuity and disaster recovery, and data centers, along with related services and software, while highlighting some of the key trends that impact the IT channel overall. He can be reached at jkovar@thechannelcompany.com.

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