The 20 Coolest Data Management Companies: The 2021 Storage 100

As part of CRN’s 2021 Storage 100, here are some of the companies that tackle data management for analytics, AI, machine learning and more.

Businesses can mine data for analytics or use it for such applications as machine learning or AI.

The value of data requires businesses to manage data copies and data life cycles, as well as adhere to governance and regulatory concerns, across on-premises, edge, and public, private and hybrid clouds.

As part of CRN’s 2021 Storage 100, here are some of the companies that tackle that data management.


Adrian Knapp

Founder, CEO

Aparavi’s cloud-based data intelligence and automation platform finds, automates, governs and consolidates distributed data to tackle growing data demands. The platform then provides secure access to that data, including modern applications such as analytics, machine learning and collaboration tools.


Vic Mahadevan


Buurst , which until last spring was known as SoftNAS, develops the SoftNAS cloud NAS technology for AWS, Microsoft Azure and VMware platforms. The company in January introduced SoftNAS 5 with up to a 60 percent performance improvement, time zone-aware snapshots and more.


Mohit Aron

Founder, CEO

Cohesity is a channel-focused provider that eliminates mass data fragmentation by consolidating silos onto a single, easy-to-manage software-defined platform. That platform hosts enterprise-class services including backup and recovery, file shares, object stores, disaster recovery, dev/test provisioning and analytics.


Felix Van de Maele

Founder, CEO

The Collibra Platform aims to help enterprises find meaning in their data and improve the quality of business decisions. The Collibra Platform is a cloud-native, scalable shared platform that lets IT and business users collaborate to create a data-driven organization and provide security and compliance using the suite of Collibra products.


Sanjay Mirchandani


Commvault’s technology provides the ability to move, manage and use data across diverse cloud and on-premises environments. Commvault in 2020 added Kubernetes capabilities to its Metallic SaaS-based data protection and Hedvig software-defined storage offerings.


Ian Leysen

Co-Founder, CEO

Datadobi’s software helps business mitigate their file or object data between any on-premises or cloud storage platform with its DobiMigrate software. Once migrated, the company’s DobiProtect software protects that data against cyberthreats, ransomware, accidental deletions and software vulnerabilities.

Data Dynamics

Piyush Mehta


Data Dynamics is the developer of StorageX, an unstructured data management technology that provides policy-based data management with no vendor lock-in to help businesses analyze, move, manage and modernize infrastructures to drive cost reduction, risk mitigation and policy automation.


Jedidiah Yueh

Founder, CEO

Delphix develops the Delphix Data Platform that helps automate data for moderinization, migration, and CI/ CD (continuous integration/continuous delivery) deployment. The Delphix Data Platform brings together enterprise-wide data from mainframes to cloud-native applications with data compliance to enable modern workflows.


Vineet Jain


Egnyte’s Content Intelligence Engine delivers secure content collaboration, compliant data protection and simple infrastructure modernization via a SaaS platform. The platform provides identity-aware controlled user access to files, life-cycle management, data security with behavioral analytics and ransomware detection.


David Flynn


Using its global file system that targets hybrd clouds, Hammerspace delivers software-defined storage services for file data on any infrastructure or cloud. The multi-site, multicloud technology makes data accessible activeactive across all sites through a universal global namespace with replication at file-level granularity.


Kumar Goswami


Komprise develops analytics-driven data management that helps customers know, move and control data to save costs and extract business value without disrupting access. Its intelligent data management technology uses analytics to provide instant insight into data across all NAS and object data silos from on-premises to the cloud.


Peter Thompson

Co-Founder, CEO

LucidLink is the developer of the LucidLink Filespaces cloud-native NAS technology that allows users to stream data directly from the cloud, eliminating the need to download or synchronize. The LucidLink Filespaces is specifically built for modern cloud computing environments.


Evan Powell


MayaData develops container-attached storage for Kubernetes. Its Kubera is a SaaS or on-premises portal for letting administrators connect to their Kubernetes clusters for centralized monitoring and data migration as a service. Kubera acts as a graphical user interface for OpenEBS, the open-source project for enabling stateful applications in Kubernetes.


Paul Flanagan

President, CEO

Nasuni developed the first cloud-native global file system, Nasuni UniFS, which scales to fit all files globally, protects data without separate backup or disaster recovery technologies, offers access from any location, supports any performance level, and lets businesses use any cloud, all with single-pane-of-glass management.

Quest Software

Patrick Nichols


On the storage front, Quest offers applications aimed at data management and data -protection, including technology to proactively manage and operate on-premises, cloud, as well as to streamline backup and recovery, recover unused storage and proactively plan business continuity strategies.


Bjorn Kolbeck

Co-Founder, CEO

Quobyte develops a software-defined, POSIX-compatible distributed parallel file system that scales out just by adding more hardware to increase performance and cut latency. The file system deploys anywhere from on-premises bare-metal x86-based servers to the cloud to containers.


Frank Slootman

Chairman, CEO

Snowflake builds a data management platform delivered as a service. The platform features physically separate storage, compute and global services layers that are logically integrated to scale multiple data workloads independently for data warehousing, data lakes and related applications.


Tuukka Ahoniemi


Tuxera develops software for embedded file systems, flash management and networking. Its software is part of flash memory and storage systems from such companies as Micron, Western Digital, Kioxia, SK hynix and others. Tuxera also works with Microsoft, AWS, BlackBerry, and Linux and Android developers.

Veeam Software

William Largent

Chairman, CEO

Veeam develops an integrated data protection and management platform for on-premises and cloud environments. The company’s flagship Veeam Availability Suite automates data protection, monitoring, ransomware protection and compliance in cloud, virtual and physical workloads.


Greg Hughes


Veritas lets businesses manage data in multi-cloud environments. Its Veritas Enterprise Data Management Platform gives customers data visibility to reduce risk, digital compliance to automate data retention and classification, data protection to ensure workloads can be recovered and business continuity for automated resiliency and monitoring.