Networking startups are launching to address enterprise infrastructure needs that have rapidly become so complex that, without additional assistance, managing an infrastructure has become remarkably challenging.
The rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the increased processing power available to even the simplest network-enabled devices has created an environment where previously unimaginable amounts of data are streaming through networks at every given moment. These networking startups have arrived on the scene to fulfill the hardware and software requirements of broadly interconnected enterprises all over the world.
The networks of production lines and the establishment of software-as-a-service (SaaS) providers are equally complex, and bringing in network monitoring and integration services will drastically cut down on the overhead and labor involved in maintaining these digital backbone networks.
Top Networking Startups
To be sure, the pioneering networking startups listed below are only a snapshot of a larger community – but they do reflect today’s prevailing trends.
COSGrid Networks is an advanced network monitoring company from India. COSGrid Networks develops the RefleX-WAN Platform, which is a network set up with the intent of increasing application performance.
COSGrid uses RefleX Edge and RefleX CloudNF infrastructure to build the RefleX-WAN platform. Together with RefleX Edge and RefleX CloudNF, COSGrid built RefleX Guider, which is a centralized installation, configuration, and real-time monitoring solution that pulls the RefleX wide area network together and simplifies the flow of data to maximize network performance.
COSGrid Networks and its approach to network monitoring gives enterprises and its applications increased application performance, robust network security, and more simple daily operation. In addition, COSGrid and RefleX-WAN pull down overhead in the form of cheaper utilities and lower operating costs.
flexiWAN is an Israeli startup that has developed an innovative and flexible open-source SD-WAN (software-defined wide area network), giving businesses a modular problem-solving approach to their individualized problems.
Instead of relying on a single, rigid software infrastructure, flexiWAN aims to enable flexibility, which should be attractive to hands-on enterprises looking for difficult-to-solve network problems.
The modular, open-source design flexiWAN is built on reduces the processing overhead and latency issues that proprietary excess often leads to. Closed-source competitors with rigid application design have to program for variables that may not be applicable to every network taking advantage of their products, leading to inefficient allocation of computing resources.
flexiWAN is able to do this by standing on the shoulders of already existing, state-of-the-art, open-source software. This collaborative effort to pull open-source efforts together as a single cost-effective and highly efficient SD-WAN has created a simple and inexpensive solution to highly-individualized network management problems.
Also see: Best Network Management Solutions
Zeetta Networks is a British firm that provides network operating systems. The network operating systems that Zeetta Networks have built differ from the typical proprietary operating systems that power many servers and WANs.
By providing an operating system that provides connectivity and inter-operational communication, Zeetta Networks has positioned itself as a startup for enterprises running modular networks. Zeetta Networks includes an operating system that appeals to companies that are searching for the optimal combinations of products and services because it allows them to use a single platform between their network components.
Zeetta Networks provides a number of services along with its operations system. The Zeetta Visualise is a real-time monitoring solution for enterprise networks that employs services from multiple vendors. Additionally, Zeetta Optimise is a protocol for network optimization technologies, across multiple vendors and domains.
Finally, Zeetta Automate for network optimization is an excellent service for networks that spans multiple vendors and domains. This automation solution is a service that is an excellent fit for medium to large businesses.
Zeetta Networks allows for a great deal of flexibility and modular freedom for enterprises that have built their networks out of a wide array of tools.
Alkira is a California-based networking-as-a-service (NaaS) startup that landed in the public eye in 2020. Alkira provides simple network setup with its consumer-minded Cloud Services Exchange (CSX).
CSX is an on-demand, unified network solution that provides network engineers and cloud architects quick and reliable access to tools that allow them to build and deploy multicloud networks in a relatively short amount of time. Alkira has been selected for the Microsoft for Startups program in recognition of the services they provide to Microsoft Azure users.
Alkira’s services are focused on providing rapid network setup and integration. As a NaaS provider, Alkira’s network solutions require zero agent installation, allow for on-the-fly scalability, and encourage connectivity between new and existing sites, clouds, and users.
Commnet is an LTE provider that specializes in working with and connecting to difficult-to-reach rural American markets. Commnet typically caters to enterprises looking to cover underserved American markets, businesses looking to bridge the digital divide in more sparsely populated areas of the United States, or entrepreneurs establishing their developing endeavors in areas with cheaper real estate.
Commnet provides Ethernet virtual private line (EVPL), Ethernet private line (EPL), and internet connectivity to as many places as possible. It also provides cloud-hosted solutions in order to provide enterprises with a high degree of network flexibility in areas where internet connectivity is typically in short supply.
Commnet is able to provide these flexible services by collaborating with Native American Nations, tribal governments, and other local governments. This collaborative approach to providing LTE service to rural communities provides relatively frictionless in-roads to communities that would otherwise be quite difficult to make headway in without assistance.
Commnet’s mobile solutions include VoIP (voice over Internet Protocol) and the establishment of fixed wireless infrastructure.
Celona is a networking startup built on the desire to make LTE and 5G a reliable and viable wireless option for enterprise connectivity. With Celona, enterprises looking to provide predictable and reliable wireless connectivity for their consumer and commercial applications are able to integrate personal 5G and LTE networks with a relatively low barrier to entry.
Celona gives enterprises 5G LAN with full control over how and where connectivity comes into play. Its networks are wide-ranging and robust enough to cover a wide variety of devices and services.
Indoor and outdoor connectivity are both possible with Celona custom 5G networks. These mobile networks provide deterministic bandwidth and latency, providing quick and clear voice communication and high-bandwidth when under load during the work day.
Celona’s background and founders have been part of companies like Qualcomm and Cisco, giving them hands-on experience with the inner workings of chipsets, cloud-based software, and Wi-Fi and cellular solutions implementation.
Permeter 81 is a networking startup based in Isreal. Perimeter 81 is a cloud-based networking and security company at its core, but they have recently began specializing in SASE. Perimeter 81’s suite of offerings can be used to replace any VPNs an enterprise may already have in place when choosing to pivot their network security and edge computing deployments.
In just four years, Perimeter 81 has expanded their business to more than 1,300 customers and is working with more than 100 partners. Their growth can be partially attributed to the broad range of networking solutions and industries that Perimeter 81 is capable of serving. Perimeter provides networking services to everything from healthcare to financial and retail scenarios. This broad range of expertise demonstrates their flexibility and ability to adapt to enterprises of any shape and size.
Infiot is an edge computing network startup that was founded in 2018. Infiot founders were once networking and SD-WAN industry professionals, giving them the background and technical expertise to build and maintain cloud-based edge computing solutions that are hardy and agile. Infiot’s edge computing interoperates well with wired, wireless and cellular connectivity.
Infiot brings solid cybersecurity practices to the networks they work with by providing a zero trust security model that makes security breaches difficult to execute and easy to spot while they are in progress. Remote users, sites, and any other devices that come into contact with Infiot’s networking infrastructure must go through rigorous security authentication.
Infiot provides IoT security for enterprises looking to expand with increased interconnectivity, advanced analytics for network optimization and security, and ZTNA private access among a wide range of additional products and network solutions.
Also see: Containing Cyberattacks in IoT
Prosimo and its Application eXperience Infrastructure (AXI) platform bring connectivity and and security to multi-cloud environments. Prosimo’s AXI platform works with a wide range of vendors, allowing their clients to mix and match their network infrastructure to fit their needs without compromising on the bits that best suit their needs. Bringing Prosimo into an enterprise will lower technical overhead and time spent working to connect or troubleshoot networks; it accomplishes this by replacing security tools and centralizing features like zero-trust security and cloud peering.
Prosimo as a startup is focused on pulling together multi-cloud networks in a simple and secure manner. Any enterprise finding their network sprawling out of control or generally looking to pull their network under a single easily-managed umbrella will find that Prosimo is a potential provider.
Arrcus has stepped onto the scene with investing from Samsung Next and SoftBank, and in 2020 it became the first recipient of the Network Innovation Award. Arrcus earned the Network Innovation Award with its disaggregated routing OS, ArcOS. Arrucus’s mission as a networking provider is to democratize networking. One strategy to accomplish this mission is to offer their software-based routing architecture as an alternative to the network routing titans like Cisco. Their flexible offerings also work toward the goal of democratizing networking solutions. Enterprises looking to use Acccus for their network routing solutions can opt for a software-only solution if they have hardware in place already or Arrcus can provide a hybrid hardware/software solution.