By Alissa Irei, Senior Writer
Even in a global pandemic, these five networking startups continue to impress. Learn how their innovative technologies can help enterprises prepare for unforeseen challenges.
The COVID-19 pandemic pushed networks into uncharted territory in 2020, with an overnight shift to remote work and a sudden surge in cyber attacks bringing unprecedented connectivity and security challenges to the enterprise. As a result, many innovative networking startups received urgent interest from organizations looking for technologies to help them adapt to the new normal. A survey by Enterprise Management Associates, for example, found nine out of 10 tech professionals had to modify the technology they used to support application access because of COVID-19.
The five most recent winners of TechTarget’s Network Innovation Award — an editorially independent distinction that recognizes new and noteworthy products and services in the industry — represent diverse technologies that include disaggregated routing, Secure Access Service Edge (SASE), private 5G and intelligent network automation. These networking startups aim to help enterprises meet today’s challenges and tomorrow’s crises, making them vendors to watch in 2021 and beyond.
“We were a really good vitamin before COVID-19, but intelligent network automation has now turned into a painkiller,” said Jeff Gray, CEO and co-founder of Gluware Inc.
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