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The 50 Coolest Software-Defined Data Center Vendors Of 2021

Mark Haranas

From Citrix and HPE to IP Infusion and Lightbits Labs, here are the 50 hottest IT companies leading the software-defined data center market in 2021.

Palo Alto Networks

Top Executive: Nikesh Arora, Chairman, CEO

Headquarters: Santa Clara, Calif.

The cybersecurity software standout provides artificial intelligence, analytics, automation and orchestration for data centers along with a slew of security products to prevent attackers from getting inside a data center. Palo Alto Networks has a top-notch SD-WAN offering, Prisma, powered by automation and machine learning from its acquisition of CloudGenix last year for $420 million.

 
Mark Haranas

Mark Haranas is an assistant news editor and longtime journalist now covering cloud, multicloud, software, SaaS and channel partners at CRN. He speaks with world-renown CEOs and IT experts as well as covering breaking news and live events while also managing several CRN reporters. He can be reached at mharanas@thechannelcompany.com.

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