Top Edge Computing Startups | Enterprise Networking Planet

Edge computing startups are launching in a market with essentially boundless opportunity. Those that succeed will clearly find massive investment: companies are all but racing to deploy edge even as the technology is still not fully mature. 

Some background: edge computing is a technology sector that enables maximum value from a far-flung network of distributed computing nodes. Furthermore, as cloud computing and data storage continue to grow, edge computing bolsters the potential of these two sectors.

Edge computing – closely related to the Internet of Things – is a natural extension of cloud-based services. Like cloud, the purpose of edge computing is to make data and computing power more accessible to users, with the end goal of making products and services more efficient and scalable. As this industry grows, expect to see more edge computing developers.

To spotlight the explosive growth of edge computing, here’s a roundup for some of today’s most interesting edge computing startups. For clarity, we’ve divided the list into two sections, Infrastructure Focused, and Hardware Focused. In truth, many of these companies have significant overlap between these two areas.

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Edge Computing Startups: Infrastructure Focused:

Edge Computing Startups: Infrastructure Focused:

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Edge Computing Startups: Infrastructure Focused

Aicas

Providing edge computing infrastructure software applications, Aicas is one of the most exciting edge cloud computing startups on the market right now. From telematics support to logic management, Aicas brings agile and reliable software to consumer and industrial IoT (Internet of Things)-supported products.

Edge computing solutions

  • Telematics/VC2 connectivity
  • Sensor connectivity
  • Abstraction
  • Intelligent data management
  • Application management
  • Logic management
  • Intelligent data management

In 2021, Aicas launched its Aicas EdgeSuite. This DevOps (development and operations) product for embedded software allows for simplified creation, deployment, and operation of cloud-to-edge solutions. This suite of products is designed for data analysts and developers alike, giving them more streamlined access to the logic and data management that runs Aicas’ edge cloud computing platforms.

Aicas is currently expanding its software offerings to Industrial IoT and edge solutions, broadening its range of cloud-to-edge solutions.

AlefEdge

AlefEdge brings a developer-first approach to edge computing solutions. Its software and connectivity solutions focus on bringing simplicity to cloud computing, connectivity, and IoT solutions.

Edge computing solutions

  • Real-time business apps
  • Simplified edge application construction
  • Private mobile connectivity
  • Multicloud edge and data trafficking solutions
  • Data organization and orchestration

AlefEdge puts connectivity solutions in its customers’ hands regardless of whether they have any knowledge of 3GPP standards. Its network solutions are simple to install, and its APIs allow developers to build edge applications without difficulty to implement tech stacks.

AlefEdge uses a software-as-a-service (SaaS) approach to simplify network installation, maintenance, and security.

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Arctos Labs

Arctos Labs provides edge infrastructure to businesses in the form of edge aggregation and orchestration. In 2021 Arctos Labs developed a patented workload placement optimization engine that dynamically optimizes microservices components and its distribution in cloud-to-edge solutions.

Edge computing solutions

  • Automatic distributions of workloads across the edge-to-cloud continuum
  • Model-driven optimization for edge computation and networking
  • Reduced latency and increased performance at a comparatively low price point
  • Scalable business structure via service and delivery automation across the edge-to-cloud continuum
  • Dynamic workload placement optimization solution (ECO), allowing for on-the-fly allocation of most optimal distribution of application components

Actos Labs specializes in optimizing edge computational solutions. Its focus on reducing latency through analysis and distribution of computational resources drives down network costs and computation times for its customers.

Arctos Labs relies on clever load placement rather than larger and more expensive computational solutions, allowing clients to pull more out of their edge computing solutions with less overhead.

Azion

Azion is a full-stack edge computing platform that focuses its efforts on simplification and speed. Azion has set out to build solutions that allow its clients to build faster and more robust edge computing solutions.

With over 100 global edge locations, this edge computing service has ample opportunity to provide the cloud-to-edge solutions that networks need. If Azion’s global edge locations are insufficient, the company will work with businesses to build and orchestrate a multicloud, on-premises, or remote-device network deployment.

Edge computing solutions

  • IoT platforms, edge gateways, content, and application delivery
  • Edge cloud infrastructure
  • Personal edge network installation and orchestration
  • Widely distributed multicloud platforms

Azion has been on the rise. In the last year, its network footprint and headcount have doubled in an attempt to keep pace with the rapid growth of this edge computing startup.

Azion has also recently launched its edge orchestrator, giving customers the ability to customize, manage, and own their private edge nodes for more personalized edge computing solutions. Its JavaScript-supported CLI (command-line interface) and simplified user onboarding have resonated with businesses in need of easily implemented edge computing solutions.

Bridge Alliance

Bridge Alliance is a mobile alliance and edge computing service built by top telecom operators. Its work is pushing mobile services and serving consumers and firms in the Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa. With partnerships in Europe and the Americas, Bridge Alliance is able to work on the world stage to extend its coverage, giving it leads in the market that many other cloud-to-edge services may not be able to match, especially in terms of network coverage, and service.

Bridge Alliance provides a number of unique edge computing services from its IoT platform to its mobile roaming services. Bridge Alliance sits at an interesting nexus of services and partnerships, positioning itself as a unique edge computing service provider.

Edge computing solutions

  • Machine-to-machine and IoT
  • Enterprise mobility
  • Mobile phone roaming
  • Optimization at scale

Bridge Alliance manages international services to give businesses the ability to procure, manage, operate, and optimize mobile services, easily and with full transparency. Its alliance with global members provides a unique, seamless network of coverage that many competitors simply can not provide on a global scale.

Bridge Alliance’s background in telecoms opens up new opportunities in terms of mobility and global commerce for enterprises that often do business across borders. Bridge Alliance’s international connectivity and the structure of its alliance give its customers flexibility and mobility for projects that require international capabilities.

Last year, in particular, Bridge Alliance completed the first phase of the Federated Edge Hub (FEH) with Singtel and SK Telecom. This edge hub initiative brings interconnectivity of edge clouds across multiple telecoms and a broad range of markets to provide customers and developers with unified access to edge resources, and it’s continuing to grow as it provides its unique services.

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Edge Computing Startups: Hardware Focused

ADVA

ADVA specializes in data transportation and latency reduction. Its hardware is designed to give enterprises intelligent, agile software-automated solutions and networks that can scale to meet increasing bandwidth demands.

Edge computing solutions

  • Open optical transport
  • Packet edge and aggregation
  • Disaggregated networking
  • Network virtualization
  • Network infrastructure assurance
  • Timing and synchronization
  • Automated network management

ADVA’s servers are built for the increasing amount of data that modern industries increasingly require. The bandwidth demands of new and upcoming enterprises may quickly outpace initial expectations, and ADVA is built to keep up with rapidly skyrocketing data demands.

It services a wide range of industries, from financial institutions to new-media companies; its hardware builds the backbone of many enterprises that rely on cloud-to-edge enterprises. The hardware ADVA produces enables high-speed connectivity and provides high capacity agility to networks that deploy its products.

ADVA has also recently launched the market’s first NFV management and orchestration (MANO) platform delivered through a SaaS model. ADVA’s Ensemble SaaS MANO provides simplified uCPE services. This push into NFV MANOs is a massive step toward ensuring faster time to revenue for communication service providers and enterprise customers. 

Edgevana

Edgevana uses “blockchain infrastructures” and “ecosystem technologies” to build large-scale, speedy, and secure edge computing solutions. Its approach to business is highly customer-centric at every level. Edgevana developers are experienced and the company stresses the focus its brings to the market. In an industry that requires lateral thinking and collaboration, Edgevana is working hard to set itself apart.

Edge computing solutions

  • Customer engagement-led solutions
  • Easily customized and implemented “instant servers”
  • Quick installation
  • Decentralized and distributed computing solutions
  • Globally distributed servers

Edgevana’s approach to utilizing blockchain technology and embracing Web3 solutions is much more practical than the obsession with cryptocurrency that seems to hold a vice grip on the blockchain industry. Edgevana takes advantage of the security of blockchain technology to provide customers with an edge computing solution that is not only unique and efficient but private and secure.

Its worldwide data centers and colocation facilities make edge computing easy for companies that have integrated Web3 into their foundation. Enterprises like the Solana Foundation have found that working with Edgevana gives it the security and low-latency computing it needs to keep up with high-data computation.

Edgevana’s blockchain platforms provide near infinite scalability and blistering speed, not to mention the resiliency that is hard to obtain with a centralized server structure.

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Edge Centres

Edge Centres provides the hardware edge computing needed to achieve some of the industry’s most difficult tasks. Its facility-based rack systems, power and cooling infrastructure, and servers are robust, and its environmentally friendly approach to providing inexpensive power to its servers where possible earn it a few extra points over the competition.

Edge computing solutions

  • Colocation
  • Interconnection
  • POI Connex
  • Edge matrices
  • Savings on edge computing power
  • 1G, 10G, 40G, 100G, 200G, and 400G network port options
  • Rare inroads to Australian markets

In 2021 Edge Centres launched eight colocation facilities in Australia, bringing its edge computing and networking capabilities to a larger market. Its solar-powered data center in EC1 Grafton was a world first, earning it Data Centre Dynamics’ “Edge Project of the Year.” Additionally, its 2022 initiative to begin growing into Asian markets. The company’s focus on providing inexpensive power to its edge computing solutions makes Edge Centres a promising edge computing startup.

Commnet Wireless

Commnet specializes in connecting difficult-to-reach American markets to provide Ethernet Virtual Private Line (EVPL), Ethernet Private Line (EPL), and internet connectivity to as many places as possible, along with providing cloud-hosted solutions that give businesses a high degree of flexibility with even the most limited supply.

Edge computing solutions

  • Flexible service portfolio facilitated by collaborative work with Native American Nations, Tribal Governments, and local governments
  • Easily allows quick equipment leasing for connectivity expansion
  • Specializes in connecting rural American communities
  • Offers fiber, microwave, and hybrid solutions
  • Connectivity with enterprise or commercial customers

Commnet held onto its leadership position in private LTE networks and built upon that legacy with additional edge computing developments in 2021. Commnet developed a Kubernetes private LTE evolved packet core (EPC) and router solution. This EPC has been deployed to deliver enterprise data, IP-PBX voice over LTE (VoLTE), and SMS messaging for its customers, which is particularly advantageous for rural markets.

Commnet’s penchant for working with locals to build their infrastructure makes it a strong choice for enterprises looking to build out into rural areas while maintaining a positive public perception. It also holds the keys to many niche markets for any enterprising upstarts looking to get their foot in the door in untapped communities. Commnet’s mobile solutions, VoIP (voice over Internet Protocol), and fixed wireless infrastructure also create an ideal network for building new industries from the ground up in underserved markets.

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Top Edge Computing Startups