100 edge computing companies to watch in 2022

This year’s list has grown even bigger to highlight some of the edge companies to watch in 2022. As always, the list was based on self-submission and features companies from across the edge value chain.

In this article, we spotlight 100 companies (in alphabetical order) who are making waves in edge computing and have exciting developments coming in 2022.

This list was created by asking companies to submit themselves, therefore this may not be comprehensive and representative of the full spectrum of edge companies making waves in 2022.

All of those featured below entered our “Edge companies to watch in 2022” competition. Entrants spanned from global, established companies to new ventures that only began last year, providing a rich snapshot of the growing edge computing ecosystem.

1.1000 Realities

Position in edge ecosystem: Application/Software (Software application)

Notable achievements in 2021: 1000 Realities has developed a prototype platform, Edge Realities 2.0, that will allow for creating AR content in a fully automated way, without knowledge of advanced algorithmics. They showcased Edge Realities during the docomo Open House 2021 and demoed Edge Realities for museums in a MEC computing environment at the NTT DOCOMO History Exhibition Square in Tokyo.

Ambitions for 2022: 1000 Realities is continuing to work with AR developers to build content for their SDK, and are preparing to launch off-the-shelf applications for lightweight smart glasses in industrial use cases like inspections, navigation, and machine maintenance. They are also working on popularising AR and its synergy with edge computing through a campaign of articles, webinars, and podcasts.

2. Aarna Networks

Position in edge ecosystem: Edge Cloud Infrastructure (IaaS;Multi-cloud platform); Application/Software (Analytics & APIs); Integration & Services (Design & engineering)

Notable achievements in 2021: Highlights of 2021 include securing $3.5M in seed funding, acquiring nine new customers and publishing three new releases of the Aarna Networks Multi Cluster Orchestration Platform (AMCOP) with the last one supporting the O-RAN Service Management & Orchestration (SMO) use case. Throughout the year, Aarna Networks has also maintained active participation in the Linux Foundation (LF) Networking and LF Edge Communities.

Ambitions for 2022: In 2022, Aarna Networks plans to work on a new SaaS product for cloud edge and MEC application orchestration based on the LF Edge Akraino Public Cloud Edge Interface blueprint. The company also plans to do a major push into the SMO use case with a SMO-as-a-Service launch anticipated. Finally, Aarna Networks intents to develop a fully productised version of the LF Networking 5G Super Blueprint.

3. ADVA

Position in edge ecosystem: Hardware (Server); Network (IoT platform;Edge gateway;Cloud connect); Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Edge aggregation & orchestration;Operating system;Multi-cloud platform;Virtualisation & containers); Application/Software (Software application); Integration & Services (Systems integration;Design & engineering;Professional services)

Notable achievements in 2021: ADVA has rolled out its uCPE offering to both telco and enterprise customers, including STC. ADVA also launched their Ensemble SmartWAN solution, providing a turnkey SD-WAN solution.

Ambitions for 2022: ADVA is aiming to build out and enhance its platform for edge compute applications. This includes adding features including broader support for COTS servers and NICS, dynamic orchestration and improve secure networking capabilities.

4. aicas

Position in edge ecosystem: Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Edge aggregation & orchestration;Multi-cloud platform;Virtualisation & containers); Application/Software (Software application)

Notable achievements in 2021: The company launched its aicas EdgeSuite, a DevOps product for embedded software and released a commercial offering in collaboration with AWS. aicas EdgeSuite is available on AWS Wavelength for 5G automotive, mobile edge computing and IoT use cases. aicas also signed new collaborations with technology leaders such as AWS, Google, Red Hat, NXP, MathWorks and Phoenix Contact to develop joint solutions.

Ambitions for 2022: aicas is strengthening its embedded and cloud-to-edge software solutions for automotive manufacturers and industrial IoT. The company is also expanding its Industrial IoT and edge solutions.

5. Alef

Position in edge ecosystem: Network (Interconnect;Edge gateway;Cloud connect;Content & application delivery); Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Edge aggregation & orchestration;Multi-cloud platform;Virtualisation & containers); Application/Software (Software application)

Notable achievements in 2021: Example awards and accomplishments of 2021: Intel Network Builders Winner, Circle Gold 2021, Gartner Cool Vendors in Edge Computing 2021, 2021 Communications Solutions Products of the Year, The Edge Event – Biggest Individual Contribution to Edge Computing Development, Frost & Sullivan – 2020 Global Product Line Strategy Leadership Award.

Ambitions for 2022: Alef is going to release a suite of APIs in 2022: compute, security, video to name a few. The company is also looking to release an updated developer platform to connect enterprises, partners, and developers to build for the edge.

6. Amdocs

Position in edge ecosystem: Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Edge aggregation & orchestration;Multi-cloud platform)

Notable achievements in 2021: In a collaboration between 5G Open Innovation Lab partners, including Amdocs, Microsoft, Dell, T-Mobile, VMware and Innov8.ag, Amdocs collectively demonstrated the first drone-to-cloud data gathering and analysis that provides farmers with insights about the health of their crops in real-time. The entire process was orchestrated by Amdocs Intelligent Networking Suite to make service, network and application deployment at the edge and across all network domains possible. Amdocs also integrated its Intelligent Networking Suite (formally named NEO) with Microsoft Azure for Operators. This platform will enable service providers to automate and virtualize their network, as well as offer their enterprise customers private and public edge solutions, such as private enterprise networks and multi-access edge computing (MEC).

Ambitions for 2022: Amdocs is now working with AWS to complete its Intelligent Networking Suite integration with the AWS automation framework. This will enable Amdocs customers to use the End-end Service & network Orchestration solution to orchestrate edge and network services using AWS edge and cloud environments.

7. American Tower

Position in edge ecosystem: Facility (Real estate;Data centre;Rack systems;Power & cooling;Site maintenance & operations); Network (Interconnect;IoT platform;Edge gateway;Cloud connect;Content & application delivery)

Notable achievements in 2021: American Tower completed the acquisition of DataSite, an owner-operator of data centres, adding two data centre locations to its growing portfolio of collocation facilities. American Tower also completed the acquisition of Coresite Realty Corporation, it expects to leverage CoreSite’s highly interconnected data centre facilities and critical cloud on-ramps to drive strong, consistent, recurring growth while enhancing the value of its existing tower real estate through emerging edge compute opportunities. American Tower also launched its Data Center Channel Partner program, expanding its market reach for collocation and carrier-neutral data centres.

Ambitions for 2022: The 2021 acquisitions of Datasite and Coresite support American Tower’s commitment to meeting the growing demands of customers by expanding critical connectivity services. The company’s metro data centres are critical to the company’s edge strategy as they contain the carrier hotel that provides interconnectivity access to internet exchanges and cloud services. The combination of its leading global distributed real estate portfolio and CoreSite’s high quality, interconnection-focused data centre business will help position American Tower to lead in the 5G world.

8. Arctos Labs

Position in edge ecosystem: Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Edge aggregation & orchestration)

Notable achievements in 2021: Developed a patented workload placement optimisation engine that dynamically optimises how micro-service components are distributed across the edge-to-cloud continuum.

Ambitions for 2022: Arctos Labs is aiming for some real-world PoCs and integrations into larger orchestration solutions.

9. AtlasEdge

Position in edge ecosystem: Facility (Real estate;Data centre;Rack systems;Power & cooling;Site maintenance & operations)

Notable achievements in 2021: AtlasEdge launched in September 2021 and by the end of 2021, AtlasEdge had launched carrier-neutral colocation services across 11 European markets, connecting to more than 50 carriers, and servicing more than 700 customers. It made strategic relationships with Digital Realty, Zayo Group, Virgin Media O2, and completed successful acquisition of 12 data centres across Europe from Colt DCS. It was awarded Digital Infrastructure Deal of the Year at the TMT Awards and named in Top 10 Edge Providers Data Centre Magazine.

Ambitions for 2022: AtlasEdge will continue its ambitious M&A expansion strategy, backed by shareholders DigitalBridge and Liberty Global. The company will also continue to develop its extensive assets across the continent, welcoming a wide variety of content, technology and enterprise companies into its facilities.

10. Avesha

Position in edge ecosystem: Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Multi-cloud platform); Application/Software (PaaS)

Notable achievements in 2021: Avesha released the KubeSlice (earlier called Global Application Slice) platform that is being used in trials and POCs for various edge use cases with enterprises including for medical research, hybrid cloud on bare metal and gaming.

Ambitions for 2022: Avesha will launch the Community Edition and Open Source version of KubeSlice in 2022.

11. Azion

Position in edge ecosystem: Network (IoT platform;Edge gateway;Content & application delivery); Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Edge aggregation & orchestration;Multi-cloud platform;Virtualisation & containers); Application/Software (Software application); Integration & Services (Systems integration;Design & engineering;Professional services)

Notable achievements in 2021: Doubled network footprint and headcount. Expanded edge computing capabilities, including: edge functions with JavaScript support, CLI, simplified user on-boarding, and a number of enterprise features. Launched edge orchestrator which enables customers to manager own edge nodes. Strong placement in the Forrester New Wave for Edge Development Platforms, Q4 2021.

Ambitions for 2022: Will be launching an education initiative focused on edge compute to train thousands of software developers globally and develop a community to help customers and open-source software. Plan to double network footprint again from 100 PoPs to 200 PoPs. New features to be launched in 2022 will focus on improving developer experience, such as improving its CLI, native integration with git, code debugging, and support to more programming languages.

12. Bridge Alliance

Position in edge ecosystem: Network (IoT platform;Edge gateway); Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Edge aggregation & orchestration)

Notable achievements in 2021: Bridge Alliance completed the first phase of the Federated Edge Hub (FEH) with Singtel and SK Telecom. FEH enables interconnection of edge clouds across multiple telcos and markets to provide enterprise customers and developers with a unified access to edge compute resources such as compute, storage, networking and specialised hardware such as GPUs. To ensure they were building the FEH platform in line with the market and customer needs, the Bridge Alliance also performed market validation for gaming use cases with 2 partners Gameye for low latency multi-player gaming and Gamegrid for graphic intensive cloud gaming.

Ambitions for 2022: In 2022, the Bridge Alliance will complete phase 2 of the POC by interconnecting FEH with another hub as a part of the GSMA TEC forum trials. Such hub-to-hub Interconnection accelerates telco’s edge cloud coverage in multiple regions as they can offer multi-market edge services to their customers.

13. CanaryBit

Position in edge ecosystem: Network (IoT platform); Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Edge aggregation & orchestration); Application/Software (PaaS); Integration & Services (Systems integration;Design & engineering;Professional services)

Notable achievements in 2021: CanaryBit has been building out its Confidential Cloud service and published a first public API that customers and partners can integrate with. The company has expanded the range of edge platforms supported by its service and has become a general member of the Confidential Computing Consortium.

Ambitions for 2022: In 2022 CanaryBit will enable confidential data processing on a broad range of devices on the network edge to minimise data transfers to cloud back-ends.

14. Capgemini

Position in edge ecosystem: Facility (Data centre;Rack systems); Network (Interconnect;IoT platform;Edge gateway;Cloud connect;Content & application delivery); Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Edge aggregation & orchestration;Multi-cloud platform); Application/Software (PaaS); Integration & Services (Systems integration;Design & engineering;Professional services)

Notable achievements in 2021: Capgemini built the first global edge compute solution that demonstrated inter-connected business models between telcos and was selected by GSMA as a major initiative of the year in 2020 with key telco partners: Telefonica, Telstra, KT, China Unicom. Capgemini has also supported the first international MEC roaming based on its Ensconce platform (with Telefonica, KT, China Unicom). Ensconce is being used by major tier-1 telcos including TIM, BT/EE and Telefonica. In 2021 Capgemini integrated the Intel Smart Edge Open toolkit into the platform to improve its performance.

Ambitions for 2022: Capgemini is continuing to reinforce and invest in the development of the Ensconce platform to answer new market needs. This includes leveraging its software framework assets to launch a unique 5G Smart Connected Platform mixing edge Computing, AI and IoT for Smart Cities and Private Networks to support telcos. Capgemini is also collaborating with Intel, Advantech and Nvidia to develop Road Side Unit (RSU) solutions and use cases for smart Cities leveraging Ensconce for MEC Platform. Finally, Capgemini is collaborating with international tech leaders and those in the public sector (5GAA, Telefonica, BT/EE, TIM) to support live trial of connected cars with new roaming technology for traffic safety.

15. Cellnex

Position in edge ecosystem: Facility (Real estate;Data centre;Rack systems;Power & cooling;Site maintenance & operations); Hardware (Server;Switchers & routers;Hardware maintenance & operations;Processor); Network (IoT platform); Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Edge aggregation & orchestration;IaaS;Operating system;Virtualisation & containers); Application/Software (Software application); Integration & Services (Systems integration;Design & engineering;Professional services)

Notable achievements in 2021: Delivered a number of projects in collaboration or for blue chip companies, including: with Vodafone a fruit picking robot using on site edge computing and 5G communications to process sensor data and control the robot; with Bouygues, deployed edge data centres in France; rural edge deployment to enable local processing and IoT services for agriculture; for BASF in Spain, deployed a commercial Edge solution to provide real time vehicle guidance; and for the Port of Algeciras, deployed an edge solution for traffic guidance, security, and real time information.

Ambitions for 2022: Will commercialise edge data centre through own private networks business to provide low latency edge computing; will offer edge computing to MNOs in order to reduce backhaul costs to/from centralised cores (in venues such as stadiums) and provide them with shared edge facilities to support 5G network developments. Innovative projects will include: for Bristol Ports, a private OpenRAN network to provide smart port solutions including real time good tracking, drone surveillance for security and smart junctions for traffic management; 5G solutions in Catalonia that utilise OpenRAN and edge capabilities; edge deployment for the port of Valencia.

16. Ciena

Position in edge ecosystem: Hardware (End-device); Network (Interconnect;Edge gateway;Cloud connect); Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Edge aggregation & orchestration;Multi-cloud platform); Application/Software (Analytics & APIs); Integration & Services (Systems integration;Design & engineering;Professional services)

Notable achievements in 2021: During 2021, Ciena expanded its Virtualized Edge Solution to include virtualisation of business applications along with virtual and containerised network functions, at the enterprise customer branch premises or in an edge micro data centre. This solution was sold to customers in the finance and healthcare sectors. Ciena also initiated discussions and POCs with enterprise customers in various industry sectors, including retail, finance and pharmaceutical. Additionally, Ciena expanded its Routing and Switching portfolio to include cost-effective platforms that offer customers fully programmable, scalable and SDN-ready solutions that support open interfaces and stream real-time telemetry.

Ambitions for 2022: In 2022, Ciena will expand its Virtualized Edge Solution Multi-Service Edge Software Stack to enable multi-tenant/multi-cloud integration. Ciena also plans to launch its Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) offer, which combines SD-WAN networking with cloud-based security that can be deployed at the enterprise branch premise, in edge micro data centres or from employee homes in work-from-home environments. Ciena will also continue to expand its entire portfolio of programmable infrastructure and software solutions.

17. Clearblade

Position in edge ecosystem: Network (Interconnect;IoT platform;Edge gateway;Cloud connect;Content & application delivery); Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Edge aggregation & orchestration;Multi-cloud platform); Application/Software (Software application); Integration & Services (Professional services)

Notable achievements in 2021: Clearblade signed major agreements with several big industrial enterprises, oil & gas firms, and transportation companies to provide asset tracking and retail and industrial control solutions powered by Clearblade Edge.

Ambitions for 2022: Clearblade will be helping with rollouts of oil & gas, asset tracking, and retail and industrial control solutions for a range of customers in 2022.

18. CloudOps

Position in edge ecosystem: Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Edge aggregation & orchestration;Multi-cloud platform); Application/Software (PaaS); Integration & Services (Professional services)

Notable achievements in 2021: In 2021, CloudOps announced the general availability of the SaaS version of CloudMC and was selected to develop Cloud Infrastructure for Telesat Lightspeed LEO Network. CloudOps strategic partner and CloudMC customer, Cox Communications, launched Cox Edge; CloudMC customer, cloud.ca, was acquired by CloudOps’ strategic partner, Hypertec Group, to create Hypertec Cloud; and CloudOps was for a second year in a row, named one of the Financial Times’ Fastest Growing Companies in America.

Ambitions for 2022: CloudOps will use the proceeds generated from the cloud.ca acquisition to continue the firm’s significant investments in the CloudMC software business and ecosystem. CloudMC will announce an integration with Pure Storage’s Flashblade for enabling object storage at the edge and CloudMC will continue collaborations with telcos and Service Providers in launching new edge-to-cloud offerings in their regional and global markets.

19. Colt Technology Services

Position in edge ecosystem: Network (Interconnect;Edge gateway;Cloud connect); Edge Cloud Infrastructure (IaaS;Virtualisation & containers)

Notable achievements in 2021: In 2021, Colt made progress towards a fully software-defined, automated and intelligent network by implementing Colt Distributed Edge with virtualisation and Cloudification at customer on-premise and at network nodes and core. Colt also expanded the network edge to additional cities in North and East Europe and the US, plus increasing density in existing cities in the EU and Asia. Colt launched its customer on-premise Edge solution, offering networking VNFs such as on SD-WAN, Firewall, Routers and WAN optimization at customer premises, along with network connectivity.

Ambitions for 2022: In 2022, Colt will be launching a Lean Network Edge as part of Colt’s On-Demand proposition. It seeks to accelerate the integration of new applications to an existing IT environment, improve operational agility and product development time and acts as a satellite to centralised edge. Colt will also be expanding edge service nodes to new locations and onboarding applications, such as security and reporting. It will continue testing solutions with partners to run edge applications such as on cloud extension and private 5G on Colt Distributed Edge.

20. Cox Edge (Cox Communications)

Position in edge ecosystem: Facility (Real estate;Data centre); Hardware (Server;Switchers & routers); Network (Interconnect;IoT platform;Cloud connect;Content & application delivery); Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Edge aggregation & orchestration;IaaS;Operating system;Multi-cloud platform;Virtualisation & containers); Application/Software (PaaS); Integration & Services (Systems integration;Design & engineering;Professional services)

Notable achievements in 2021: Launched on of the first public edge clouds in North America, achieving Contender ranking in the Forrester New Wave: Edge Development Platforms, Q2 2021 report. Cox Edge also won the Light Reading 2021 Leading Lights Awards program for the best New Cloud Product or Service.

Ambitions for 2022: In 2022, Cox will aim to build additional partnerships with start-up communities, focus on its core markets, invest in additional sites and continue its partnership with the Cloud Native Computing Foundation.

21. Deeplite

Position in edge ecosystem: Application/Software (Software application); Integration & Services (Professional services)

Notable achievements in 2021: Launched its Deeplite Runtime (DeepliteRT) product which accelerates AI on Arm CPUs using ultra-compact quantisation and is a new addition to Deeplite’s Neutrino AI optimisation platform that makes AI models smaller and faster in production deployment. This enables the use of device edges (mobile devices or security cameras) to run AI vision models. Deeplite also announced a $6 million Series Seed funding round which has accelerated its R&D development, expanded the team and accelerated market expansion for its optimisation software.

Ambitions for 2022: Deeplite will provide more edge AI optimisation tools that will accelerate the adoption of edge computin, e.g. ultra-compact models for Arm CPUs and expanding the library of pre-optimized computer vision models. Deeplite is also developing strategic partnerships with organisations such as Arm and TinyML to get AI on more devices at the edge.

22. Dell Technologies

Position in edge ecosystem: Facility (Real estate;Data centre;Rack systems;Power & cooling;Site maintenance & operations); Hardware (Server;Switchers & routers;Hardware maintenance & operations;Processor;End-device); Network (Edge gateway;Content & application delivery); Edge Cloud Infrastructure (IaaS;Multi-cloud platform;Virtualisation & containers); Integration & Services (Systems integration;Design & engineering;Professional services)

Notable achievements in 2021: Dell Technologies launched several server/storage products e.g. the XR-12 that were designed for the edge, as well as new edge gateways that were announced at VMworld. Dell has also played a part in a series of manufacturing edge solutions in collaboration with PTC and Litmus.

Ambitions for 2022: In 2022 Dell will focus on designing scalable and replicable solutions for specific industry challenges in retail, manufacturing, and more. Dell will also be deploying newly developed IP that will solve some of the most common problems customers face at the edge and lower the cost and complexity of managing distributed compute networks.

23. Deutsche Telekom

Position in edge ecosystem: Facility (Real estate;Data centre;Rack systems;Power & cooling;Site maintenance & operations); Hardware (Server;Switchers & routers;Hardware maintenance & operations;Processor); Network (Interconnect;IoT platform;Edge gateway;Cloud connect;Content & application delivery); Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Edge aggregation & orchestration;IaaS;Operating system;Virtualisation & containers); Application/Software (PaaS); Integration & Services (Systems integration)

Notable achievements in 2021: In addition to developing Datacenter Connect to facilitate getting connected to the Edge, DT developed Intercloudlet Communication which supports connecting DT’s Edge infrastructure with other telco provider’s infrastructure. The operator tested these products with Telefonica and Continental with their collision avoidance application. DT also launched a project to further enhance provider’s edge offerings by using each other’s infrastructure whenever one operator has no local edge footprint. Together with Ericsson, DT tried to further stabilize the latencies with its product “Adaptive Managed Latency”. DT also launched a Campus Edge solutions to provide Edge Computing for the industry.

Ambitions for 2022: DT will do a PoC and further its work on the topic of interoperability and cross border activities. This will also include roaming cases. The operator is planning to expand its offerings and develop to get more customers on its platform.

24. DriveNets

Position in edge ecosystem: Network (Interconnect;IoT platform;Edge gateway;Content & application delivery); Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Edge aggregation & orchestration;IaaS;Operating system;Multi-cloud platform;Virtualisation & containers)

Notable achievements in 2021: DriveNets has commercially deployed its solutions in 5 tier-1 service providers around the globe. The company secured a second round of investment funding at $208M and established key partnerships.

Ambitions for 2022: DriveNets plans an Open API for 3rd party multiservice applications and application acceleration via CPU-to-NPU offload.

25. Edge Centres

Position in edge ecosystem: Facility (Data centre;Rack systems;Power & cooling); Hardware (Server); Network (Interconnect;Edge gateway;Cloud connect); Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Edge aggregation & orchestration;IaaS;Virtualisation & containers); Application/Software (PaaS)

Notable achievements in 2021: In 2021, Edge Centres launched 8 co-location facilities in Australia. 3 of these were facilities acquired, and 5 were greenfield builds. Their solar powered data centre in EC1 Grafton was a world first, and won them Data Centre Dynamics’ “Edge Project of the Year”.

Ambitions for 2022: Edge Centres intend to move into Asia in 2022, launching in Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia and Thailand. They will continue to grow in Australia, opening 2 additional locations.

26. EdgeConneX

Position in edge value chain: Facility (Real estate;Data centre;Rack systems;Power & cooling;Site maintenance & operations); Network (Interconnect);

Notable achievements in 2021: EdgeConneX entered over a dozen new markets in 7 countries including India, China, Israel, Belgium, Spain, Colombia, and Mexico and expanded in 8 existing edge markets including Amsterdam, Warsaw, Miami, Phoenix, Detroit, Portland, Seattle, and Chicago. All of this was part of building out a global edge data centre platform.

Ambitions for 2022: Further market expansions in all 3 main regions of the world; innovation around renewable energy integrated into data centre solutions; and building out autonomous vehicle platform solutions.

27. EDGENeural AI

Position in edge value chain: Facility (Data centre); Hardware (Processor;End-device); Network (Interconnect;IoT platform;Edge gateway); Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Edge aggregation & orchestration;Virtualisation & containers); Application/Software (PaaS); Integration & Services (Design & engineering)

Notable achievements in 2021: EDGENeural AI was one of eight start-ups selected for Semiconductor Startup Incubation and Acceleration Program 2021 Cohort by NXP & FabCI (IIT Hyderabad). They successfully executed 5 POCs with significant results improving model performance. Their most recent product was showcased at NVIDIA GTC 2020, NASSCOM NTIC 2021, NASSCOM NPC 2021.

Ambitions for 2022: EDGENeural.ai provides a edge AI neural network as-a-Service (aaS) platform called ENAP Studio, which integrates end-to-end workflow to build, train, optimize and deploy edge AI applications. Their ambition for 2022 is to accelerate edge AI adoption through their unified, hardware-agnostic platform. To this end, EDGENeural is partnering with various chip manufacturing companies and launching the beta of their platform for developers to build, train, optimize edge AI through ENAP.

28. EDJX

Position in edge value chain: Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Operating system)

Notable achievements in 2021: In 2021, EDJX and Atrius Industries in partnership with Autonomy Institute engaged to deliver autonomous solutions for the Texas Military Department at Austin’s Camp Mabry. EDJX also partnered with Cubic Corporation and Blueforce Development to deliver the Internet of Military Things (IOMT) Edge Platform, which has significant implications for IoT and advanced AI solutions at the far edge of the network. Additionally, EDJX was named one of The 10 Coolest IoT Software Companies in 2021 and was listed in 2021 Cloud 40.

Ambitions for 2022: In 2022, EDJX will move into the next phase of its partnership with Cubic Corporation and Blueforce Development in showcasing the initial results of the Autonomy Institute Alpha Lab at Camp Mabry TMD. EDJX will contribute to the Vision Zero Network with its membership and participation in standing committees at not-for-profit organisation ITS America. The company will also continue with the global expansion of edge PoPs (soon to be 1000s of locations) and the commercialisation of EdjNet for developers and enterprises.

29. fledge.io

Position in edge value chain: Network (Interconnect;Cloud connect;Content & application delivery); Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Edge aggregation & orchestration;Multi-cloud platform;Virtualisation & containers); Application/Software (PaaS)

Notable achievements in 2021: In 2021, Fledge.io worked on collaboration partnerships with Equinix Metal, Kinetic Edge Alliance, and Google Cloud. The company also made product announcements – App SDWAN (connectivity, security fabric across cloud and edge), data fabric (blockchain based file sharing, kafka across cloud and edge, plug and telemetry) with orchestration – all offered as a turnkey solution for applicationss spanning cloud and edge.

Ambitions for 2022: Fledge.io has more partner and customer engagements in the pipeline for 2022. The goal is to enable customers to distribute applications across any provider and location while saving time, efforts and costs for geo-distributed application infrastructure management.

30. floLIVE

Position in edge value chain: Facility (Data centre); Hardware (Server); Network (Interconnect;IoT platform); Edge Cloud Infrastructure (IaaS;Virtualisation & containers); Application/Software (PaaS)

Notable achievements in 2021: During 2021, floLIVE built its global platform and signed agreements with many mobile operators globally, and now hosting a large connectivity library. It also onboarded several enterprise customers – some public knowledge and some et to become public.

Ambitions for 2022: In 2022, floLIVE will continue deployment of local breakouts in several countries and regions, for global customers that are performance sensitive (mainly around latency), using its global network infrastructure and technology stack.

31. Geoverse

Position in edge value chain: Hardware (Server;Switchers & routers;Hardware maintenance & operations;Processor;End-device); Network (Interconnect;IoT platform;Edge gateway;Cloud connect;Content & application delivery); Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Edge aggregation & orchestration;Multi-cloud platform;Virtualisation & containers); Application/Software (Analytics & APIs); Integration & Services (Systems integration;Design & engineering;Professional services)

Notable achievements in 2021: Geoverse continued its leadership in private LTE networks with additional edge developments in 2021. Of note, Geoverse developed an edge compute-based Kubernetes private LTE evolved packet core (EPC) and router solution, which has been deployed to deliver enterprise data, IP-PBX voice over LTE (VoLTE) and SMS messaging for its customers.

Ambitions for 2022: Ambitions for 2022 include advancing the capabilities of Geoverse’s GeoCore Neutral Host product range, which improve indoor cellular signal strength in building and campus settings and offer a new economic model for network densification.

32. Google Cloud

Position in edge value chain: Facility (Data centre); Network (Cloud connect); Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Edge aggregation & orchestration;IaaS;Operating system;Multi-cloud platform;Virtualisation & containers); Application/Software (PaaS)

Notable achievements in 2021: Google Cloud launched Google Distributed Cloud Edge (GDCE) in 2021 providing a platform focused on running Edge and Network workloads GDCE has a broad ecosystem of partners including network equipment providers (NEPs), hardware Providers, and independent software vendors (ISVs). Google Cloud has formed strong partnerships with publicly mentioned telcos, such as Orange, AT&T, Bell Canada, Verizon, Reliance JIO.

Ambitions for 2022: Continued growth of the ecosystem of ISV partners and providing a consistent developer environment from data centre to edge with use cases across all verticals. Google Cloud is taking the Android-based ecosystem and developer model and applying it to 5G Edge. 2022 will also bring increased cloudification of networks and go live deployments of core and RAN on GDCE. Additionally, Google Cloud will seek to accelerate enterprise adoption through joint telco and Google Cloud GTM strategies.

33. GT Systems

Position in edge value chain: Hardware (Server;Switchers & routers;Hardware maintenance & operations;Processor;End-device); Network (Interconnect;IoT platform;Edge gateway;Cloud connect;Content & application delivery); Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Edge aggregation & orchestration;IaaS;Operating system;Multi-cloud platform;Virtualisation & containers); Application/Software (PaaS); Integration & Services (Systems integration;Design & engineering;Professional services)

Notable achievements in 2021: 2021 featured GT Systems being selected by Laser Light Systems Inc. as the fully distributed, content based, intelligent, virtual, network operating system and protocol for their global medium earth orbit satellite constellation and ground fibre network. The company was invited by the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) to present on the technology.

Ambitions for 2022: Will focus on the beta trial of the Laser Light Systems global satellite and terrestrial fibre network.

34. Guavus

Position in edge value chain: Application/Software (Analytics & APIs);

Notable achievements in 2021: Guavus has launched the first edge-to-core-to-cloud 5G Network Data Analytics Function (NWDAF) solution available on the market. They have been involved in bringing critical edge infrastructure (as part of the Open Grid Alliance) to cities like Las Vegas to accelerate digital transformation. Guavus’ real-time edge streaming analytics solutions have been leveraged for use cases including smart metering, rail transportation, connected cars in smart cities.

Ambitions for 2022: Guavus SQLstream real-time edge analytics capabilities will accelerate adoption of edge computing and drive new 5G telco, Industry 4.0 and other vertical industry use cases enabling distributed data collection, AI-based analytics deployed at the network edge, and low-code/no-code dashboards for customer ease of use.

35. HARMAN

Position in edge value chain: Application/Software (PaaS)

Notable achievements in 2021: In 2021, HARMAN acquired Savari to expand the its strength in V2X, 5G, MEC and smart infrastructure solutions. Throughout the year, HARMAN has worked on/participated in a number of partnerships (e.g. with Verizon & Amazon to test 5G connectivity & edge infrastructure for automotive applications; with Telefonica working on a MEC-based pilot to minimise the risk of collisions between heavy machinery and personnel in port environments), collaborations & field trials (e.g. with the 5G Automotive Alliance, MEC4Auto etc.), and industry events.

Ambitions for 2022: In 2022, HARMAN intends to expand on its partnership network and make significant investments in testing the network infrastructure in collaboration with these partners. The company plans to advance the development of 5GAA MEC4AUTO use cases while shifting focus to low-latency, high-bandwidth use cases with a wider availability of 5G connectivity and MEC infrastructure in major metro cities. HARMAN intends to continue its participation in various 5GAA working groups, especially MEC4Auto. The company is aiming to start the field trials of latency-critical safety & productivity use cases delivered from the Edge. Finally, HARMAN is working with automotive OEMs for a broader commercial rollouts in CY23/24.

36. HGC

Position in edge value chain: Facility (Data centre); Hardware (Server;Switchers & routers;Hardware maintenance & operations;Processor;End-device); Network (Interconnect;IoT platform;Edge gateway;Cloud connect;Content & application delivery); Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Edge aggregation & orchestration;IaaS;Multi-cloud platform;Virtualisation & containers); Application/Software (PaaS); Integration & Services (Systems integration;Professional services)

Notable achievements in 2021: HGC is dedicated to driving transformation at the edge with an experience-driven ultra-low latency network architecture – Eyeball-as-a-Service (EaaS). The EaaS coverage extends from Hong Kong to Singapore and the Philippines. HGC aims to strengthen the peering network experience in the US and Asia by partnering with Internet Exchange providers. For example, HGC and AMS-IX expanded their collaboration for both AMS-IX Bay Area and AMS-IX Chicago in the US. HGC also partnered with hyperscalers such as Google Cloud. Applications cover global big data streaming processing, machine learning, and other interactive OTT applications.

Ambitions for 2022: HGC aims to roll out the Eyeball-as-a-Service to a further 400 million users, amid the US$100bn internet boom in SEA. HGC’s fully-meshed global network digital infrastructure is built to serve an increasingly verticalised economy to maximise the value of innovative cloud-based capabilities across data blending, AI, IoT and Smart City development.

37. Hivelocity

Position in edge value chain: Hardware (Server;Switchers & routers); Network (Content & application delivery); Edge Cloud Infrastructure (IaaS;Virtualisation & containers)

Notable achievements in 2021: Launched cloud-native orchestration of its bare metal servers via API and Terraform provider. Began partnership with vapor.io to provide compute on demand at their edge locations.

Ambitions for 2022: Deployment of 24 additional locations including first locations in India, Africa, and South America. Continued deployment of automation and self-service for networking.

38. Holo-Light

Position in edge value chain: Facility (Data centre); Hardware (Server;End-device); Network (Edge gateway;Cloud connect); Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Virtualisation & containers); Application/Software (PaaS)

Notable achievements in 2021: Holo-Light launched its immersive streaming platform for augmented and virtual reality (XR) applications, XRnow, which brings the power of the cloud to mobile XR devices. In November 2021, it became the first Unity Verified Solutions Partner for streaming entire AR and VR applications, and finished the year by a funding round totaling $6 million with existing investors.

Ambitions for 2022: Holo-light will be exhibiting at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) alongside Deutsche Telekom, where it will showcase its XR streaming solution in combination with their rate adaption technology. In 2022, Holo-light also plans to develop their streaming SDK into a streaming platform, XRnow, and is aiming for a Series B round with international investors.

39. HPE

Position in edge value chain: Hardware (Server;Switchers & routers;Hardware maintenance & operations;End-device); Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Edge aggregation & orchestration); Integration & Services (Professional services)

Notable achievements in 2021: Established HPE Communications Technology Group (CTG) which brings together HPE’s telco infrastructure team with its communications & media solutions portfolio and launched HPE Open RAN Solution stack to enable the commercial deployment of Open RAN at scale in global 5G networks.

Ambitions for 2022: Unable to provide specific roadmap information, however HPE is certainly going to keep focusing on products evolving and enhancing domain coverage evolutions in the coming year.

40. HyperBlox

Position in edge value chain: Network (Interconnect;IoT platform;Edge gateway;Cloud connect;Content & application delivery); Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Edge aggregation & orchestration;Multi-cloud platform); Application/Software (Software application); Integration & Services (Systems integration;Professional services)

Notable achievements in 2021: HyperBlox completed development of a converged ecosystem that eliminates many of the operational complexities in application delivery for industry digitalization use cases for Enterprise/Verticals. For Enterprise market, it launched a SaaS offering to deliver 5G Core & IoT application services inside the Enterprise firewall for a truly private network that gives full control to the customer. The HyperBlox platform concept is also being trialed with a leading Tier-1 cable operator in the US for Wireline/Wireless convergence use cases.

Ambitions for 2022: HyperBlox will complete the trials around the various different use cases with Enterprise/Verticals, and continue to expand the commercial footprint with targeted Edge and on-premise deployments. HyperBlox will continue to explore partnerships to extend the HyperBlox concept offering to simplify use case deployments. HyperBlox will also pursue its first round of institutional funding to scale its market development activities.

41. Iceotope

Position in edge value chain: Facility (Power & cooling)

Notable achievements in 2021: Iceotope announced a number of partnerships with OEMs including Hewlett Packard Enterprise to provide liquid cooling at the edge. It also launched a highly scalable, GPU-rich, liquid-cooled solution for deploying variable-scale HPC and AI workloads in Colocation with Lenovo. It launched the industry’s first, all-in-one liquid cooled, modular data centre with Schneider Electric.

Ambitions for 2022: Iceotope has more edge projects in the pipeline with Lenovo and HPE which widen the scope and ambition of the 2021 projects. Additionally, it will deepen its relationship with nVent and create a global presence for the edge micro data centres. It will also have exciting new inventions that greatly assist the adoption of ever more types of IT at the edge including storage arrays and switches.

42. Inseego

Position in edge value chain: Hardware (Switchers & routers;End-device); Network (IoT platform;Edge gateway;Cloud connect); Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Edge aggregation & orchestration;Multi-cloud platform;Virtualisation & containers); Application/Software (PaaS); Integration & Services (Systems integration;Design & engineering;Professional services)

Notable achievements in 2021: Inseego launched a broad portfolio of 5G WAN solution including mobile broadband and fixed wireless access (FWA) products with cloud management. The company also expanded its global footprint with new customers in North America, EMEA and APAC including mobile network operators, distributors and resellers.

Ambitions for 2022: In 2022, Inseego will focus on industry-focused, intelligent (AI) edge-to-cloud solutions that improve security and operational efficiency.

43. KX

Position in edge value chain: Application/Software (Analytics & APIs); Integration & Services (Professional services)

Notable achievements in 2021: KX partnered with Ori Industries to provide an ultra-low latency streaming analytics solution for edge devices, leveraging Tier 1 telco networks to get closer to application users. It also announced a partnership with Telit, a global enabler of the Internet of Things (IoT), to deliver an end-to-end, enterprise-grade industrial analytics platform that combines KX’s real-time streaming analytics capabilities with Telit’s deviceWISE® Industrial IoT platform. Already deployed at a large manufacturing site in Europe, the joint solution enables manufacturers to significantly enhance operational performance by applying advanced AI models to all production data regardless of type of machine or format of data.

Ambitions for 2022: KX is powering the Urban Institute’s UrbanPulse data analytics platform, enabling it to process and analyse rapidly-growing data volumes in real-time, which aids the delivery of infrastructure benefits that are critical to the health of modern cities and their residents. 2022 will also see the continuous development of the KX Insights platform to benefit from the edge. As part of that development, it will continue to build upon its partnerships with the cloud hyperscalers; AWS, Google Cloud Platform and Azure.

44. Leading Edge Data Centres

Position in edge value chain: Facility (Data centre)

Notable achievements in 2021: Leading Edge Data Centres is building a network of highly connected edge data centres across Regional Australia. In 2021, it opened three Tier III data centres, each data centre has 75 racks and is designed and built sustainably by Schneider Electric. Its speed tests have shown 10x faster connectivity, 100% uptime and with customers paying 30-40% less than they were paying before these data centres.

Ambitions for 2022: It will continue its rollout of data centres across Australia, with plans to build at least 8 more Tier III data centres in 2022, across NSW and Victoria.

45. Lenovo

Position in edge value chain: Facility (Real estate;Power & cooling;Site maintenance & operations); Hardware (Server;Switchers & routers;End-device); Network (IoT platform;Edge gateway;Cloud connect); Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Multi-cloud platform;Virtualisation & containers); Application/Software (Analytics & APIs); Integration & Services (Professional services)

Notable achievements in 2021: Lenovo expanded their edge hardware portfolio, enhanced their infrastructure automation software (Lenovo Open Cloud Automation) and onboarded new technology partners. Lenovo also began working on new edge propositions with customers such as Cellnex and Etisalat.

Ambitions for 2022: Lenovo will look to further enhance their edge portfolio (including hardware, software and Lenovo’s Open Cloud Automation product) and expand the use cases they can support.

46. Litmus

Position in edge value chain: Network (IoT platform)

Notable achievements in 2021: Litmus released the latest version of its industrial edge computing platform, Litmus Edge, at the beginning of the year. Litmus Edge 3.0 increased the number of device drivers to exceed 250, with enhanced analytics, improved integration connectors, digital twins support, and expanded device management features. Litmus also partnered with CESMII on an edge computing project and announced an edge collaboration with Dell.

Ambitions for 2022: As an edge-first Industrial IoT platform, Litmus will continue to broaden the digital twin features and out-of-the-box analytics to drive industrial digital transformation from the edge. Litmus will also be expanding its Kubernetes offering to include the ability to deploy Litmus Edge itself as a container, making it easier and more flexible for large-scale, enterprise-wide deployment.

47. mimik

Position in edge value chain: Application/Software (PaaS)

Notable achievements in 2021: Closed a USD 14.3 million USD Series A funding round and launched mimik freeRTOS microcontroller edgeSDK, which completes the hybrid edge cloud ability to include sensors for IoT use cases. Mimik has been working with its customers closely in 2021 – having launched the first version of mimik developer portal and academy, two customers developed and launched solutions with mimik hybrid edge cloud platform, six start-ups signed up to develop solutions with the platform and mimik also successfully delivered a proof-of-concept for smart homes with a major telco.

Ambitions for 2022: Mimik plans to advance three proof of concepts projects with telcos to commercial launch in 2022. It is also planning to launch mimik health, which will build and commercialize specific microservices and capabilities targeted at the healthcare sector leveraging its core platform, plus launch an incubator called mimik-x to enable entrepreneurs build and launch disruptive solutions. Outside of these, mimik is looking to build on its community development, which includes submitting source code to the Open Horizon open source project in 2022 (part of LF Edge).

48. MobiledgeX

Position in edge value chain: Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Edge aggregation & orchestration;Multi-cloud platform;Virtualisation & containers); Integration & Services (Systems integration)

Notable achievements in 2021: MobiledgeX was chosen as the edge cloud computing standard by one of the world’s largest operators for subsequent national roll-out in Europe. It expanded operator edge cloud vendor choices with support of Google Anthos and provided the multi-cloud edge computing platform for a number of GSMA mobile network operator trials.

Ambitions for 2022: This year’s focus spans 3 main domains: federation (to facilitate heterogeneous operator platform interconnect to extend reach of MNO edge cloud capabilities); Core network integration (integrate edge cloud with MNO core network to enable edge native service delivery); continue to expand number of edge sites with operator partners as edge services continue to move from pilot to commercial roll-out.

49. NCS

Position in edge value chain: Hardware (Hardware maintenance & operations;End-device); Network (IoT platform); Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Edge aggregation & orchestration;Virtualisation & containers); Application/Software (Software application); Integration & Services (Systems integration;Design & engineering;Professional services)`

Notable achievements in 2021: NCS developed an edge camera and Mm Wave sensor that is currently trialed in public hospital and nursing homes, to predict and prevent patients falling. It also developed a 3-tier architecture prototype of consisting of edge devices, network edge (5G MEC) and backend cloud. Furthermore, NCS has won a government innovation challenge as the Finalist with a smart edge IoT solution and data analytics on the edge.

Ambitions for 2022: NCS offers an end-to-end video/data analytics solution, covering from edge device/on-prem analytics and 5G MEC and backend cloud, for all public and large enterprise customers. NCS is Leveraging the Singtel 5G and 5G MEC deployment nationwide, by providing full scope of services from consultancy to implementation/maintenance, from Level 1 to 3 support.

50. Nearby Computing

Position in edge value chain: Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Edge aggregation & orchestration;Multi-cloud platform;Virtualisation & containers); Integration & Services (Systems integration)

Notable achievements in 2021: Selected by Etisalat UAE to be a solution provider for edge-in-a-box Mobile Private Networks, together with Lenovo and Casa Systems; deployed the first edge computing MPN in the BASF production plant in Tarragona (Spain), in a project led by Cellnex; participation as the orchestration layer in the first Edge-Cloud data centres network in KSA and formalised numerous global strategic relationships with key SIs, plus the likes of Wind River, Casa Systems, Indra Minsait, WWT.

Ambitions for 2022: Launch of a new orchestration engine at the core of its product NearbyOne, enabling higher scalability and interoperability; and the launch of an SDK giving a way for ISVs to integrate their VNFs/Apps with the orchestration layer.

51. NETSCOUT

Position in edge value chain: Hardware (Hardware maintenance & operations;End-device); Network (IoT platform); Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Edge aggregation & orchestration;Virtualisation & containers); Application/Software (Software application); Integration & Services (Systems integration;Design & engineering;Professional services)

Notable achievements in 2021: In October 2021, NETSCOUT introduced its NETSCOUT Visibility as a Service (VaaS) managed service offering, built on NETSCOUT’s Genius service assurance solutions, the service leverages focuses on helping Network Operations, Engineering, and IT organizations worldwide in managing 5G deployments. In July 2021, NETSCOUT introduced Smart Edge Monitoring which provides IT teams visibility to assure end-user experience in networks and applications regardless of where the user is (home, business office, remote location).

Ambitions for 2022: NETSCOUT will be introducing new advanced analytics for 5G RAN and Edge in 2022, seeking to improve how service providers can monitor their networks within domains and across domains. Much of this is built on the Genius platform, NETSCOUT’s Smart Outcome approach and the Smart Data platform.

52. Nife Labs

Position in edge value chain: Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Edge aggregation & orchestration;IaaS;Multi-cloud platform;Virtualisation & containers); Application/Software (PaaS)

Notable achievements in 2021: Nife achieved pre-seed funding of USD $165,000 from Antler, Marl5G, NetApp and Startup Chile. They were also finalists in the Telstra Smart Stadium Hackathon and winners of the 5G Smart Railways Hackathon.

Ambitions for 2022: Nife Labs is aiming to establish partnerships with telcos and others who have invested in edge locations. Nife will also develop specific solutions for OTT and AR/VR solutions on the platform.

53.NodeWeaver

Position in edge value chain: Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Edge aggregation & orchestration;IaaS;Operating system;Multi-cloud platform;Virtualisation & containers)

Notable achievements in 2021: NodeWeaver commenced several POCs with enterprise customers spanning the following key verticals: industrial manufacturing – using high speed thermal cameras and acoustic devices to watch and listen to robotic welding machines and leveraging AI to inference and make corrections/adjustments on the factory floor in real time; transportation/travel – large maritime customer deploying a global distributed edge infrastructure solution across all ship and shore-based operations to support a VNF rollout; retail – global systems integrator using NodeWeaver as the foundation for its “smart retail in a box” service to support operational technology at the store level.

Ambitions for 2022: NodeWeaver claims that with the new release – NodeWeaver 12 – the deployment, monitoring, and management of distributed edge environments at mass scale will be achieved with ease and efficiency. In 2022, the POCs that NodeWeaver started in 2021 will go into production. Additionally, Nodeweaver has developed partnerships with several global technology integrators who will be leveraging NodeWeaver as part of their products/services.

54. Nokia

Position in edge value chain: Facility (Data centre); Hardware (Server;Switchers & routers;Hardware maintenance & operations;Processor;End-device); Network (Interconnect;IoT platform;Edge gateway;Cloud connect;Content & application delivery); Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Edge aggregation & orchestration;IaaS;Operating system;Multi-cloud platform;Virtualisation & containers); Application/Software (PaaS); Integration & Services (Systems integration;Design & engineering;Professional services)

Notable achievements in 2021: Nokia launched an off-the-shelf, mission-critical (MX) Industrial Edge platform to accelerate the enterprise journey to Industry 4.0. This solution is an evolution of their digital automation (DA) edge, which powers the private DAC as-a-service solution (approximately 500 private wireless networks today). Nokia is taking an ecosystem-neutral approach, which integrated edge innovations from public cloud, industrial partner cloud and industrial ISV applications.

Ambitions for 2022: Commercial availability of the Nokia MX Industrial Edge, which uses an Edge as a Service model based on consumption. Nokia’s focus in 2022 centres around adding new Nokia digitalisation applications as well onboarding more industrial and cloud partners’ own applications.

55. NVIDIA

Position in edge value chain: Hardware (Server;Processor); Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Virtualisation & containers)

Notable achievements in 2021: Strengthened portfolio of edge computing solutions in industrial sector, in particular with the launch of NVIDIA Fleet Command, a turnkey edge management solution to allow customers to better provision hardware, deploy applications and manage fleets of edge systems. Expanded NVIDIA-Certified Systems program with new certifications for both enterprise and industrial edge systems, thus giving wider choice to enterprises in the choice of suitable hardware for their edge locations. Launched energy-efficient AI supercomputer NVIDIA Jetson AGX Orin to support far edge use cases including robotics and autonomous machines. Demoed a new project for building AI virtual assistants for kiosks and other edge locations using NVIDIA Metropolis for computer vision, RIVA for natural language processing, and Omniverse for digital avatars.

Ambitions for 2022: Partnership with software company Mavenir to build a converged intelligent video analytics solution (planned launch in early 2022)]. A number of new solutions are expected in 2022 including: Isaac Autonomous Mobile Robot (AMR) platform to optimise operational efficiency and accelerate deployment of robots and autonomous machines in factories; AI-enabled automated order-taking solution built by partner Vistry to be demoed at NRF Big Show. Software and hardware porfolio expansion to include: new features for NVIDIA Fleet Command, new partnerships for its AI software frameworks, as well as new GPU and DPU enabled systems that are designed and optimized to run AI applications at edge workloads. “

56. One Stop Systems

Position in edge value chain: Facility (Data centre); Hardware (Server;Processor)

Notable achievements in 2021: One Stop Systems (OSS) won several programs to provide data-centre-class AI hardware into rugged mobile edge environments without compromising performance such as in Mobile Datacenters and Autonomous Trucks. It also launched the high performance Rugged Compute Server for AI Transportable applications, Rigel.

Ambitions for 2022: OSS will launch a complete Gen 5 PCI set of AI Transportable standard products designed for large scale inference at the rugged edge. Different types of customers, from early adopters to experienced AI edge project managers, would then be able to deploy their sensor data capture, data storage and GPU accelerated compute applications.

57. OptDyn

Position in edge value chain: Hardware (End-device); Network (IoT platform;Edge gateway;Cloud connect); Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Edge aggregation & orchestration;IaaS;Operating system;Multi-cloud platform;Virtualisation & containers)

Notable achievements in 2021: The Subutai platform is being used by thousands of individual, institutional, and government users in 120+ countries, including select NATO States, the Australian Government, universities, research institutions, developers, programmers, small businesses, gaming communities, and more. Notably, 2021 heralded the launch of India’s first multi-city P2P Edge Computing grid, powered by Subutai PeerOS. The Subutai Blockchain Router was recognised by the Mohammed bin Rashid Initiative for Global Prosperity as a model for innovation for the future of economic sustainability.

Ambitions for 2022: OptDyn will continue to advise government agencies on deploying decentralised, defense-grade secured Multi-Edge Cloud infrastructure using Subutai and ensuring a key role in private, globally distributed Government Clouds and forthcoming manned and unmanned Combat Cloud solutions.

58. Opticoms

Position in edge value chain: Facility (Site maintenance & operations); Hardware (Server); Network (Edge gateway;Cloud connect;Content & application delivery); Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Edge aggregation & orchestration;Virtualisation & containers); Application/Software (Analytics & APIs); Integration & Services (Systems integration;Design & engineering;Professional services)

Notable achievements in 2021: In 2021, Opticoms brought into service an ORAN-based 5G co-creation lab. It also received approval to participate in one of the key EU Horizon funding projects and deployed three prototyoe edge computing use cases (image processing, AGV mobility, AGV safety sensor).

Ambitions for 2022: In 2022, Optimcoms is looking to partner with strong orchestration start-ups to incorporate 5G Radio and Core VNFs into the edge, together with industry specific applications via LBO. It also wants to align with its strategic ORAN and Core vendors to distribute the telco network element functions virtually on different cloud locations. Opticoms intend their 2022 roadmap to be aligned with key industry players with regards to critical applications that will run at the edge.

59. Orange Business Services

Position in edge value chain: Network (Interconnect;IoT platform;Edge gateway;Cloud connect;Content & application delivery); Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Edge aggregation & orchestration;IaaS;Multi-cloud platform;Virtualisation & containers); Application/Software (PaaS); Integration & Services (Systems integration;Professional services)

Notable achievements in 2021: Orange delivered the first 2 (out of 5) experimental use cases in the Orange Velodrome stadium in Marseille, using a combination of 5G and AWS Edge Computing. They have also opened an Edge Lab together with Google where customers and ISV’s can test their applications and use cases. They are also partnering with Ericsson and ArcelorMittal to deploy the 5G Steel project, which also includes Edge computing.

Ambitions for 2022: Orange is deploying more applications in the Velodrome stadium during 2022, starting with the 5 use cases that have been chosen, potentially followed by other experiments. Orange is also extending the reach of the Next Gen Hubs in their international network to expand from 30 to 100 PoP’s. They aim to keep expanding their ISV ecosystem with more application providers to be able to offer their business customers turnkey solution in the area of Smart Industry, Smart Retail and Smart Cities/Buildings.

60. Platform9

Position in edge value chain: Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Edge aggregation & orchestration;IaaS;Multi-cloud platform;Virtualisation & containers)

Notable achievements in 2021: Three major edge accomplishments in 2021: 1) A global coffee chain deployed Platform9’s edge solution in their cafes to improve customer ordering experience across 1000 locations expected to cover 3000 locations US nationwide in 2022. 2) A major tier-1 telco has been conducting user trials for the rollout of 5G RAN/core use cases with Platform9 edge solution optimized for telco networking. This is expected to be deployed to more than 10,000+ 5G based servers in the next two years. 3) A hyperscaler partner has successfully piloted Platform9 edge solution for telco 4G/5G rollout.

Ambitions for 2022: Platform9 is working on solidifying existing capabilities for scale and ease of fleet/site management with its advanced profile engine and observability stack capabilities. For example, users being able to define the desired state configuration for their sites, Kubernetes clusters, and applications and then deploy and monitor them at scale using built-in capabilities such as Profile Engine and an observability stack.

61. Pratexo

Position in edge value chain: Network (Edge gateway); Application/Software (PaaS); Integration & Services (Professional services)

Notable achievements in 2021: Pratexo built team with 17 employees across 2 continents and raised $4M capital round. The company launched its first version of Pratexo Platform and initiated global partnerships with Google, Ericsson, ASUS, and Cognizant. Also, Pratexo won the Edge Computing World start-up of the Year 2021.

Ambitions for 2022: Pratexo is planning to enhance the user experience and add Edge AI/ML management capabilities directly to its Platform to ease the development and implementation of models at the Edge. The company also planning to announce a major new partnership with a global telecom relating to 5G and the edge.

62. Proximity Data Centres

Position in edge value chain: Facility (Real estate;Data centre;Rack systems;Power & cooling;Site maintenance & operations); Hardware (Hardware maintenance & operations); Network (Interconnect;Edge gateway;Cloud connect); Integration & Services (Design & engineering;Professional services)

Notable achievements in 2021: In 2021 Proximity introduced a new connectivity solution to support hybrid and edge computing infrastructure. It also developed solutions working with local fibre providers to support low latency services and bandwidth hungry edge applications. Several tier 1 international carriers including Zayo entered into connectivity agreements with Proximity to add more services to the portfolio of data centres to support new edge applications and hybrid cloud implementations.

Ambitions for 2022: Proximity just announced the acquisition of another data centre – Edge 8 in Birmingham, it is engaging with a number of edge applications providers to host their services at this site. It plans to announce 2 more edge data centre sites in the next 2 months, all near major centres of population in the UK. It is also engaging with a number of application developers to develop testbeds for low latency and high bandwidth solutions and progressing partnerships with 5G pilots at multiple locations in the UK.

63. Pulsant

Position in edge value chain: Facility (Real estate;Data centre;Rack systems;Power & cooling;Site maintenance & operations); Network (Interconnect;Edge gateway;Cloud connect); Edge Cloud Infrastructure (IaaS;Multi-cloud platform)

Notable achievements in 2021: Pulsant received investment from Antin Infrastructure Partners in July 2021 and invested £8m in a new high capacity, low latency national network. This will connect a network of 11 regional edge data centres via Zayo’s high-performance fibre network and deliver sub 5 millisecond latency to over 95% of the UK population. Phase one of the rollout was completed in August 2021 with connectivity live at South Gyle, Reading, Newcastle Central and Milton Keynes data centres. In December 2021, the company completed the acquisition of a Manchester data centre and associated clients from M247 Limited.

Ambitions for 2022: Pulsant will have all data centre sites connected to its national edge computing network by the close of Q1 2022. The company is also investing in a Next Generation Enterprise Cloud Platform to improve the way clients host and access different applications.

64. Qwilt

Position in edge value chain: Network (Content & application delivery); Application/Software (Software application)

Notable achievements in 2021: Qwilt deployed its edge cloud for content delivery with many service providers worldwide including TIM Brazil, Telecom Argentina, others. It announced an initiative with NCTC to deploy its edge cloud with Tier 2/3 ISPs throughout the US. It completed Series E funding round, led by Cisco and expanded its strategic partnership with Cisco to jointly sell its solution to Tier 1 service providers worldwide.

Ambitions for 2022: Ongoing strategic partnership with Cisco to sell joint edge solution, and ongoing partnership with NCTC. More service provider customers to announce and a strategic partnership with major streaming platforms to support live and VoD streaming.

65. Rakuten Symphony

Position in edge value chain: Facility (Real estate;Data centre;Rack systems;Power & cooling;Site maintenance & operations)

Notable achievements in 2021: Rakuten is building its nationwide 5G network in Japan with edge computing elements with the use of more than 1,000 edge computing facilities. Building on this experience, Rakuten launched Rakuten Symphony, a new business organization with aims to accelerate the global adoption of cloud-native open RAN infrastructure and services. Rakuten Symphony’s vision is to provide a future-proven, cost-effective cloud connectivity platform.

Ambitions for 2022: Rakuten Symphony, in partnership with Intel and Juniper Networks, announced the launch of Symware, a collaborative effort to pioneer a carrier-grade Open RAN solution for mobile network operators to modernize radio cell sites by leveraging the latest cloud-native architecture. The Symware multipurpose edge appliance combines the containerized cell site routing functionality and a containerized Distributed Unit on a single general purpose server platform. In 2022, Rakuten Symphony are working on a full automation and operation platform that allows us to manage this infrastructure autonomously from zero touch edge datacenter commissioning and provisioning through software lifecycle management, operation and monitoring.

66. Reality AI

Position in edge value chain: Application/Software (Software application)

Notable achievements in 2021: Reality AI achieved the Best of Sensors 2021 award in Automotive/Autonomous, announced a new product (RealityCheck AD) for factory applications, partnered with Advantech and Fujitsu Component Ltd for doppler-radar based, contactless vibration sensing.

Ambitions for 2022: New partnerships for new collaborative solutions in the automotive, HVAC/refrigeration and manufacturing spaces.

67. Red Hat

Position in edge value chain: Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Operating system;Virtualisation & containers)

Notable achievements in 2021: Red Hat introduced Red Hat OpenShift 4.9, which includes single node OpenShift, the 3rd topology option available for edge sites alongside 3-node clusters and remote worker nodes. From a management perspective, Red Hat added further edge-focused functionality into Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management (ACM) for Kubernetes in version 2.4 and an increased number of single node OpenShift clusters approaching 2000 that can be managed by a single ACM hub. Red Hat Enterprise Linux gained the ability to automatically update and rollback containers and Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform 2.1 was released, which adds Automation Mesh, Execution Environments, Private Automation Hub and hop nodes to simplify deployment for edge.

Ambitions for 2022: Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) is introducing a simplified installer that will securely deploy systems whether remotely in the field or at a centralised location, plus a new management capability. RHEL 9 will bring transparent upgrades for keeping the software stack up to date in distributed environments. Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform will be adding additional features for disconnected environments as well as user experience improvements to make the platform easier to use for beginners.

68. Renesas

Position in edge value chain: Hardware (Processor); Network (IoT platform;Edge gateway); Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Edge aggregation & orchestration)

Notable achievements in 2021: Renesa’s standardisation of the IoT Access Protocol (IAP) has allowed real-time digital twin data fabric at the edge. This means that sensor and device data can be interfaced with analytics solutions right at the edge, enabling sustainable and intelligent buildings. With full LoRaWAN support on the SmartServer IoT and running the IAP, hybrid sensor and device protocols can talk to each other in real time at the edge.

Ambitions for 2022: Renesas is working on a SmartServer Edge with 5G capabilities to bring powerful wireless networking with IoT capabilities, right at the edge. This edge, all-in-one-network, in-a-box solution will not only improve mobile coverage, but also optimise building efficiency and sustainability. By proposing a unique green retrofit solution to office buildings, retail environments, warehouses and more, Renesas believes that the SmartServer Edge will be able to lower its carbon footprint, optimise space utilisation through smarter building management systems (BMS) as well as improve customer experience through cleaner air, safer spaces, and better connectivity.

69. Robin.io

Position in edge value chain: Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Edge aggregation & orchestration;IaaS;Multi-cloud platform;Virtualisation & containers); Application/Software (PaaS)

Notable achievements in 2021: Robin was chosen by a service provider based in Germany for the cloud native deployment of their 5G, IoT and edge rollout. They have chosen Ronin’s products including its enhanced Kubernetes platform (Robin CNP), cloud storage (Robin CNS) and bare-metal-to-services automation suite (Robin MDCAP). In partnership with its existing customers, Robin.io has also integrated and deployed over one hundred applications and services.

Ambitions for 2022: Robin.io will continue to work with telcos globally to bring hyper-automation, cloud-native deployment and efficiencies to their edge, Open RAN, and IoT projects. In 2022, Robin.io will enhanced its product roadmap with advancements in automation, AI-based analytics, multi-tenant observability, scale and open standards adoption.

70. AI EdgeLab*

Position in edge value chain: Network (IoT platform;Edge gateway;Network security); Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Operating system); Application/Software (Software application)

Notable achievements in 2021: Raised $7.5M capital round and launched AI EdgeLabs – a new AI cyber security platform for Edge/IoT to ensure data and infrastructure security to protect from data exfiltration, distributed ransomware attacks, unauthorised access, financial losses, and more security risks. The product provides real time advanced network visibility, early threat detection, automated incident response and remediation.

Ambitions for 2022: We are continuing to reinforce and invest in its solution to meet growing needs of customers from Telco, Energy, Oil and Gas, Manufacturing, Retail, Agriculture and more industries.

*Please note, AI EdgeLab was originally in this list under the name “Scalarr” which explains why it is in position #70, despite having a name that starts with the letter “A”.

71. Schneider Electric

Position in edge value chain: Facility (Data centre;Rack systems;Power & cooling;Site maintenance & operations); Hardware (Switchers & routers;Servers;Hardware maintenance & operations;End-device); Integration & Services (Design & engineering;Professional services)

Notable achievements in 2021: 2021 saw Schneider Electric, its APC offers and EcoStruxure IT solutions provide business continuity for customer across different segments during the pandemic: hospitals and healthcare, education, retail, distribution, supply chain, banking, etc. New offerings were introduced to the market last year, for example EcoStruxure Micro Data Center solutions, Expanded ExoStruxure Row Data Center and two single-phase UPS offers, APC Smart-UPS Ultra, plus others. In addition, Schneider launched the Edge Software and Digital Service Partner Program to help Managed Service Providers and Value Added Resellers and was ranked the world’s most sustainable corporation with number one position on Corporate Knights’ 2021 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the world.

Ambitions for 2022: In 2022, Schneider will continue to focus on improving sustainability at the edge of the network. Although Schneider cannot disclose specific details around new offer launches for 2022 and beyond, the company will continue to expand its EcoStruxure Micro Data Center solution portfolio for edge computing and the APC UPS category offerings. SE is also launching new Software and Digital Services capabilities to simplify the remote monitoring and the lifecycle management of critical IT infrastructure at the edge, as well as evolving the mySchneider IT Solution Partner Program.

72. Scurid

Position in edge value chain: Network (IoT platform;Edge gateway); Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Edge aggregation & orchestration;Multi-cloud platform)

Notable achievements in 2021: Scurid completed acquisition of two customers, a Tokyo based smart home designer and manufacturer and a Denmark based market leader in aircraft maintenance. It also secured support and grants from Shibuya Startup Support, an initiative led by Shibuya City Office in Japan, Microsoft for Startups, and Google for Startups. It launched new features powering a second closed beta and executed a closed launch of managed services reducing the infrastructural effort of the customers.

Ambitions for 2022: Scurid is working on enhanced partnering and pricing strategies for customers, enabling faster and easier adoption of Scurid tech stack for enhanced Digital Twin security. It will invest R&D into autonomous features for Scurid Edge Agent to enable edge devices to be even more autonomous in nature (a feature towards distributed authentication and authorization between Edge to Edge). It is also looking to simplified APIs for developers to easily plug Scurid into existing and new systems.

73. Section

Position in edge value chain:Network (Content & application delivery); Application/Software (PaaS)

Notable achievements in 2021: The Kubernetes Edge Interface is built on Kubernetes API primitives, allowing DevOps teams to use standard Kubernetes Client tooling (e.g. kubectl, Helm, Kustomize, etc.) and workflows to deploy their applications across Section’s federated global edge network. Once deployed, Section’s patent-pending Adaptive Edge Engine (AEE) intelligently and dynamically shifts workload placement and routes traffic to meet real-time demands, resulting in more performant and resilient applications.

Ambitions for 2022: In the first half of 2022, Section will release its Kubernetes Edge Interface. With the continued growth of Kubernetes adoption, Section will seek to make it easier for DevOps teams to modernise their containerised applications by evolving from centralised cloud to a distributed edge deployment model.”

74. Shared Tower

Position in edge value chain: Facility (Real estate;Data centre;Rack systems;Power & cooling;Site maintenance & operations); Network (Interconnect)

Notable achievements in 2021: Shared Tower started site development on two edge compute facilities in rural Canadian markets. Its first site is currently under construction at a tower site and will host 8 regional telecommunications operators and a global Software Defined Network platform provider. Its second site is under development in Grande Prairie Alberta, the first Internet Exchange PoP in that community and it will directly link that site to the Seattle Internet Exchange. Shared Tower also established a 5G Edge site partnership with the largest SDN fabric provider in the world in 2021, and have a MOU and exclusivity of rights for multiple years to develop edge sites for them in Canada.

Ambitions for 2022: Shared Tower will be building 10 edge sites to host network workloads, CRAN BBU hoteling, and edge compute services for two of Canada’s largest carriers as they expand westward through network operator acquisition and 5G network densification. Its sites will connect rural network operators to key IX facilities in Seattle, Toronto, and Montreal.

75. SixSq, an Ekinops company

Position in edge value chain: Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Edge aggregation & orchestration;Multi-cloud platform;Virtualisation & containers); Application/Software (PaaS); Integration & Services (Systems integration;Design & engineering;Professional services)

Notable achievements in 2021: SixSq joined the Ekinops group and won a number of clients on Nuvla.io, its B2B SaaS edge management platform. Using the service, users processed >50PB of data at the edge and transferred >1PB in the cloud (data lake) for further processing and insight creation. SixSq, an Ekinops company also added retail and transport to its list of client sectors.

Ambitions for 2022: Sixsq, an Ekinops company is focused on developing its edge-to-cloud solution with the Ekinops OneOS6-LIM CPE solution. SixSq, an Ekinops company will also add an AI/ML app studio service to allow customers to create their own applications at the edge and in the cloud.

76. SMART Wireless Computing

Position in edge value chain: Hardware (Server;Processor); Integration & Services (Systems integration;Design & engineering)

Notable achievements in 2021: Launched two new system-on-module products that enable AI applications to run directly on-device in edge video cameras for video analytics. Ongoing customer engagements in edge video analytics (especially retail applications) and video conferencing and collaboration devices.

Ambitions for 2022: Will continue to launch modules for diverse applications including head-up displays, automated ground vehicles, robotics, all using vision processing with AI/ML at the edge. Preparing a major project for retail applications that connects the edge, core and cloud with video analytics capabilities.

77. SOFTGENT

Position in edge value chain: Network (Interconnect;IoT platform;Edge gateway;Cloud connect;Content & application delivery); Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Edge aggregation & orchestration); Application/Software (PaaS); Integration & Services (Systems integration;Design & engineering;Professional services)

Notable achievements in 2021: SOFTGENT developed and implemented a flexible IoT platform software, FLEXGENT, which allows the efficient deployment of micro-services applications on a distributed EDGE infrastructure. It also created a proprietary solution based on the Flexgent platform, comprised of software and hardware that allows real-time positioning of objects inside buildings with high precision.

Ambitions for 2022: SOFTGENT plans to extend the capabilities of the FlexGENT platform, increasing flexibility and versatility. It will be expanding libraries that support specific sensors and communication media, as well as further integrating proprietary positioning sensors into the non-technical edge infrastructure.

78. Spirent

Position in edge value chain: Application/Software (Analytics & APIs); Integration & Services (Systems integration;Design & engineering;Professional services)

Notable achievements in 2021: Worked with AWS to validate 5G Core on AWS outpost and zones, Telefónica group to validate Edge Cloud distributions for 5G Core in Brazil and DISH Networks to support continuous testing of 5G network hosted on the public cloud with AWS. Demonstrated Edge Cloud 5G slicing service assurance with AWS and Guavus at MWC Barcelona. Working with US Tier 1 telco to benchmark multi-vendor Edge Clouds and geographic distributions for latency planning and SLAs.

Ambitions for 2022: Proposed product developments for 2022 include: a Global 5G edge cloud benchmarking report to help telcos and app developers understand performance characteristics of different vendors and distributions; active assurance solutions hosted on edge clouds and private clouds to proactively monitor cloud performance and SLAs using synthetic traffic generation; edge cloud migration validation solutions to rapidly validate applications migrated to cloud edge distributions; edge cloud resilience and impairment testing solutions to validate failures, congestion, overloads, etc. with the cloud-native microservices architecture.

79. StackPath

Position in edge value chain: Network (Interconnect;IoT platform;Edge gateway;Cloud connect;Content & application delivery); Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Edge aggregation & orchestration); Application/Software (PaaS); Integration & Services (Systems integration;Design & engineering;Professional services)

Notable achievements in 2021: In 2021 Stackpath launched Direct Connect, which provides a dedicated network connection to and from StackPath’s CDN. Stackpath was also recognised by various industry analysts including recognition by Baird in their Bard Disruptors 2021 list and by The Tech Tribute as one of the top five tech start-ups in the state of Texas for 2021. Stackpath was also named a strong performer by Forrester in the New Wave: Edge Development Platforms, Q4 2021 report.

Ambitions for 2022: StackPath has formed strategic partnerships with multiple telcos to introduce its edge computing services into their infrastructure networks and footprints. These telcos will be educating their large customer bases on edge computing while running and reselling its services. This will be a huge force multiplier to accelerate the adoption of edge computing this year.

80. Summit Tech

Position in edge value chain: Application/Software (Software application)

Notable achievements in 2021: Summit Tech’s Odience platform ran a pilot with a leading UK retailer, and it had multiple telco engagements across the world. The platform was profiled as a cutting edge use case by AWS and Verizon at 5G Edge live series and re:Invent and featured at the dot.LA 2021 Summer Series event at the Verizon 5G Labs in LA. Odience service released on AWS, with clients launched on App Store and Play Store.

Ambitions for 2022: Summit Tech will launch a social influencer / creator proposition to enable anyone with a 360 camera to create immersive live events. More Odience events expected in sport, eSports, concerts, retail, and fashion, while the Odience service will go live on other cloud and edge platforms worldwide. It will also have cross operator and cross edge platform pilots.

81. Sunlight.io

Position in edge value chain: Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Edge aggregation & orchestration;IaaS;Multi-cloud platform;Virtualisation & containers); Application/Software (PaaS); Integration & Services (Professional services)

Notable achievements in 2021: Sunlight.io launched the only complete hyperconverged stack that runs on Arm CPUs, as well as launching a centralised remote management and software deployment product (Sunlight Infrastructure Manager). It also signed an OEM agreement with Acer/Altos computing and certified Lenovo edge products (SE350, etc.), Hivecell, LanternEdge to run Sunlight. Named ‘hottest deep tech of the year’ at the Europa awards/Techcrunch.

Ambitions for 2022: Sunlight.io is planning the launch of Sunlight on the NVIDIA Jetson platform. It has a distribution agreement with Avnet for true one-click drop shipping of edge servers fully configured to edge locations. It also plans to launch industry-specific software marketplaces to make deploying edge software products easy.

82. Supermicro

Position in edge value chain: Hardware (Server;Switchers & routers;Hardware maintenance & operations;Processor;End-device); Integration & Services (Systems integration;Design & engineering;Professional services)

Notable achievements in 2021: In 2021, Supermicro had significant wins with its partners in Intelligent Retail, Industry 4.0 and Smart Places/Cities. Jointly with partners, Supermicro strives to provide its customers the ability to run today’s Artificial Intelligence and analytical software and applications in an open computing environment.

Ambitions for 2022: Supermicro plans to rely on its vertical approach to meet the compute, software and application requirements of today’s IoT Edge use cases.

83. Tata Communications

Position in edge value chain:; Network (Interconnect;IoT platform;Edge gateway;Cloud connect;Content & application delivery); Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Edge aggregation & orchestration;IaaS;Operating system;Multi-cloud platform;Virtualisation & containers); Application/Software (PaaS;Software application;Analytics & APIs); Integration & Services (Systems integration;Design & engineering;Professional services)

Notable achievements in 2021: Tata Communications’ offerings within edge are categorised in 2 buckets as of now: 1. A suite of edge offerings based on its ‘in network’ edge roll-out and integrated platform as a service model with edge analytics for ease of deployment and scalability of digital business applications; 2. Verticalised media edge compute offerings. On the network side, 2021 saw Tata Communications set up 3 edge sites and trial the edge multi cluster management capability of its edge platform with 2 customer POCs, plus filing multiple patents for capabilities under development. On the media edge compute side, 2021 saw the launch of several offerings which include: V-VAR (Virtual Assisted Refereeing-as-a-service solution) and VDN (Ultra-Low-Latency Video Distribution), RPAAS (Remote Production as-a-service) and Cloud Edge Compute.

Ambitions for 2022: Tata Communications is currently in the process of setting up an Innovation lab at one of its campuses focusing on 5G+ Edge. It also intends to expand its footprint to 20+ edge sites with 50+ professionals in edge business unit. Tata Communications Edge platform V1 release is also slated for 2022 along with various on prem edge deployments with private 5G. On the Media Edge compute side, it intends to launch the following new products/ offerings: Edge Extreme, Post-proudction workstreams at-the-edge, Interactive video at the edge and Omniverse.

84. Tata Elxsi

Position in edge value chain: Facility (Data centre); Hardware (Server;Switchers & routers;End-device); Network (IoT platform;Edge gateway;Cloud connect;Content & application delivery); Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Edge aggregation & orchestration;Multi-cloud platform;Virtualisation & containers); Application/Software (PaaS); Integration & Services (Systems integration;Design & engineering;Professional services)

Notable achievements in 2021: Tata Elxsi has helped customers with use cases across connected vehicle, connected infotainment, digital health and immersive media applications, by building cloud native unifying platforms and telco cloud automation solutions. It was recognised as a ‘Leader’ and specialised Engineering R&D Service Provider in Zinnov Zones 2021 annual ratings and won product awards under three Categories for Engineering Services Providers at the NASSCOM Engineering & Innovation Excellence Awards 2021, most notably for Next-gen Product of the Year” for its Connected Vehicle IoT platform, Tether.

Ambitions for 2022: It will build on its experience in developing AR & VR and blockchain applications, which will see increased adoption in edge computing applications. It will also to build ecosystem partnerships for providing enterprise networking and private network solutions, which will support the adoption of edge computing.

85. Taubyte

Position in edge value chain: Network (IoT platform;Content & application delivery); Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Edge aggregation & orchestration;Virtualisation & containers); Application/Software (PaaS)

Notable achievements in 2021: Highlights of 2021 include taking to production several edge computing use cases in the Industrial IoT space, closing the pre-seed round from institutional VCs, and priming a global network of proximity edge computing resources for public launch in Q1 2022.

Ambitions for 2022: In 2022, Taubyte will launch public access to its serverless edge computing platform as a service in Q1 2022. According to Taubyte, the platform will considerably lower the cost of ownership and eliminate the need for infrastructure investment enabling rapid innovation in the edge computing space.

86. Telco Systems

Position in edge value chain: Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Edge aggregation & orchestration;Operating system;Virtualisation & containers)

Notable achievements in 2021: Telco Systems added Cemex, one of the world’s leading construction materials companies and e-Qual, a global Managed Services Provider as customers. Telco Systems debuted Edgility, an all-in-one software platform for edge computing that simplifies the deployment, management and operation of services to multiple customers across thousands of edge devices and multiple sites.

Ambitions for 2022: Provide a unified platform for edge computing for enterprises, MSPs, and SPs to simplify the deployment, management and operation of new workloads supporting new business models. Telco Systems will introduce Edgility Extend that enhances Edgility’s capabilities by adding computing power at key points close to the data sources.

87. Telenor

Position in edge value chain: Facility (Real estate;Data centre;Rack systems;Power & cooling;Site maintenance & operations); Hardware (Server;Switchers & routers;Hardware maintenance & operations); Network (Interconnect;IoT platform;Edge gateway;Cloud connect;Content & application delivery); Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Edge aggregation & orchestration;IaaS;Operating system;Multi-cloud platform;Virtualisation & containers); Application/Software (Analytics & APIs); Integration & Services (Systems integration;Design & engineering;Professional services)

Notable achievements in 2021: Conducted a number of POCs in various industries and tested a number of use cases in edge / 5G, mapped the future Norwegian market within edge, established edge as part of its digital platform in its offer to customers and signed the first edge contract with and end-customer.

Ambitions for 2022: Telenor will focus on comprehensive marketing and build awareness within the B2B segment and gain more insight into potential use cases for different industries. It will continue to build competence and further develop the necessary ecosystem for growth and launch more services within edge and private mobile networks.

88. Telstra

Position in edge value chain: Network (IoT platform;Edge gateway;Cloud connect); Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Edge aggregation & orchestration;Multi-cloud platform); Application/Software (Analytics & APIs); Integration & Services (Systems integration;Design & engineering;Professional services)

Notable achievements in 2021: Telstra has deployed pilot sites for both network and customer edge solutions in partnership with Microsoft and AWS. The operator has developed a Customer Edge foundation product construct – initially incorporating Azure Stack Edge, 5G access, SD-WAN and SASE – which has been deployed for trial with initial customers. This has facilitated pilot programs to explore use cases such as edge video analytics.

Ambitions for 2022: Telstra will build on its partnerships with AWS and Azure to expand the range of customers and network edge deployment options available to customers, integrated with cloud offering to deliver secure distributed cloud solutions. The telco plans to deploy network edge sites in synch with distributed core deployment to deliver optimised latency and resiliency outcomes. Telstra is also bridging private 5G and edge solutions, and validating and deploying further use cases in distributed storage/compute, edge IoT analytics, industry vertical and operational IT solutions.

89. TM Research & Development

Position in edge value chain: Application/Software (Software application)

Notable achievements in 2021: Developed as an edge-based solution, EWAR: Early Warning, Alert and Response is a contactless temperature screening solution designed to assist enterprises in tackling the challenges that come with Covid-19. Its platform is equipped with a dual camera (thermal & optical) that is able to detect high temperatures. In addition, EWAR has further expanded to include attendance log and door access via face recognition supporting system sustainability. EWAR is TM R&D’s first smarter solution that has been successfully sold and installed by the company outside of Malaysia.

Ambitions for 2022: The next step will be to market EWAR globally and taking the product to other enterprises, continuing to leverage edge computing.

90. Trilogy Networks

Position in edge value chain: Hardware (Server;Switchers & routers;Hardware maintenance & operations); Network (Interconnect;IoT platform;Edge gateway;Cloud connect;Content & application delivery); Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Edge aggregation & orchestration;Multi-cloud platform); Integration & Services (Systems integration;Design & engineering;Professional services)

Notable achievements in 2021: Trilogy Networks launched their FarmGrid Digital Platform for precision agriculture, which is powered by a distributed cloud and edge computing network, and have deployed edge compute network providing connectivity at the Grand Farm Innovation Site in Fargo, ND. They have secured a $15M USD agreement with Inland Cellular to deploy edge compute / precision agriculture to 18,000 farms, as well as agreements with 30 rural carriers.

Ambitions for 2022: Trilogy is aiming to launch a simplified, standardized, packaged product that includes preset core solutions, edge compute hardware and software, with access to incremental applications. They are planning a commercial rollout of edge infrastructure to 10 rural geographic markets critical to accelerate adoption of edge applications, and to accelerate 5G and edge computing through the deployment of Cloud infrastructure in 10 rural operator networks.

91. Unmanned Life

Position in edge value chain: Application/Software (Software application)

Notable achievements in 2021: Launched eight major projects and POCs, with autonomous drone fleets for search and rescue, inventory management, surveillance.

Ambitions for 2022: Integration to perform analytics and robotic decision making on the edge at low latency. Projects will include drone fleets for wildfire mitigation, infrastructure inspection, surveillance, as well as the combination of drones and robotics in manufacturing use cases.

92. Vapor IO

Position in edge value chain: Facility (Data centre;Rack systems;Power & cooling;Site maintenance & operations); Hardware (Switchers & routers); Network (Interconnect;IoT platform;Edge gateway;Cloud connect;Content & application delivery); Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Edge aggregation & orchestration)

Notable achievements in 2021: In 2021, Vapor IO continued to accelerate the rollout of its autonomous and intelligent internet infrastructure at the edge of the wired and wireless networks. Most notably, the company made significant progress installing its Kinetic Grid platform in 36 U.S. markets, built a national backbone with Zayo to provide an SLA-backed, low-latency network between markets creating a nationwide grid, co-founded the Open Grid Alliance with 33 other technology companies, and launched its INZONE program to accelerate the commercialization of true edge and near-premises applications that are impossible to deliver with legacy infrastructure

Ambitions for 2022: In 2022, its Las Vegas INZONE will be delivering commercial private and public wireless services in the city of Las Vegas and the first Open Grid based application stacks will be deployed in production environments. The economics of shared infrastructure plus the pre-integration of complete services will accelerate the adoption of edge computing. In the first half of the year, it will be launching additional INZONEs in cities like San Diego, Atlanta and Dallas. This will create an economic flywheel that drives the deployment of grid and edge services.

93. Vertiv

Position in edge value chain: Facility (Data centre;Rack systems;Power & cooling;Site maintenance & operations); Hardware (Switchers & routers;Hardware maintenance & operations;End-device); Network (Edge gateway); Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Edge aggregation & orchestration); Integration & Services (Design & engineering;Professional services)

Notable achievements in 2021: Vertiv launched a series of new products, services and solutions to help customers deploy edge computing solutions quickly and smoothly. The company also produced a research paper, Edge Archetypes 2.0 – Deployment-Ready Edge Infrastructure Models, to standardize and streamline edge computing deployments.

Ambitions for 2022: More research and new solutions designed for edge computing are expected in 2022, for example an end-to-end edge solution experience that addresses common infrastructure challenges and tools to configure/buy/consolidate from a single application, and to be delivered together. Plus, other solutions ranging from batteries, UPS and racks/cabinets and edge installation services.

94. Viso.ai

Position in edge value chain: Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Edge aggregation & orchestration)

Notable achievements in 2021: In 2021, Viso.ai launched its Viso Suite for the general public. Viso Suite is an end-to-end computer vision platform for low-code/no-code application development that provides a comprehensive and integrated set of tools and infrastructure for managing the entire application lifecycle.

Ambitions for 2022: Viso.ai is looking to continue to grow its partnerships with the leaders in AI such as Intel and Nvidia to accelerate the democratisation of AI vision and deep learning for every organisation and at any place.

95. VMware

Position in edge value chain: Network (Edge gateway); Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Edge aggregation & orchestration;IaaS;Multi-cloud platform;Virtualisation & containers); Integration & Services (Professional services)

Notable achievements in 2021: VMware launched Edge Compute Stack in October 2021, which helps deploy and manage workloads from core to edge.

Ambitions for 2022: VMware will continue the evolution and execution of the roadmap for Edge Compute Stack including developing and building an ecosystem for edge. VMware will also focus on optimising its offering to make it easily consumable with SaaS models.

96. Vodafone Business

Position in edge value chain: Edge Cloud Infrastructure (IaaS;Multi-cloud platform;Virtualisation & containers); Application/Software (Software application)

Notable achievements in 2021: Vodafone delivered over 20 MEC pilots through the Edge Innovation Programme and continued to refine technical specification for MEC in partnership with other telcos across the globe through the 5G Future Forum, and supported drive for new members in April 2021 to drive adoption. It also launched multiple new propositions and services: the first Distributed Edge Computing on 5G in Europe in June 2021 and then three Distributed Edge Computing sites in Germany in December 2021, plus the Smart Operations proposition in November 2021. In addition, Vodafone continued work with University Hospital of Dusseldorf to deliver Europe’s first 5G clinic including MEC and entered into a new five-year strategic relationship with Microsoft in November 2021 to deliver new end-to-end cloud-based services.

Ambitions for 2022: Continue to extend coverage and market availability for their Edge Computing Services in Europe, and improve the services launched in 2021 based upon customer feedback. These include new services, such as Edge Managed and Professional services, as well as Container Platform Services. Based upon the success of the programme in 2021, it will not only continue its Edge Innovation Programme, but broaden the scope for piloting new use cases with both enterprise customers and ISVs on Distributed and Dedicated Edge services. In addition to third party applications, the Edge Innovation Programme will showcase how Vodafone’s own low latency applications on the edge enable customer use cases, building on last year’s developments in Mixed Reality with a new offering for Visual Inspection.

97. VoerEir

Position in edge value chain: Facility (Data centre); Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Edge aggregation & orchestration;IaaS;Operating system;Multi-cloud platform;Virtualisation & containers); Application/Software (PaaS); Integration & Services (Design & engineering;Professional services)

Notable achievements in 2021: VoerEir’s test suite manager, Touchstone, is a tool fo NFVI benchmarking, certification, and validation. Touchstone comes with a multitude of automated test cases and tools out of the box for testing a cloud environment. The tool allows telco operators to validate and configure their cloud infrastructure and optimise their infrastructure investments to support different VNF(s) from different vendors. During 2021 VoerEir has validated both centralised and distributed cloud NFVI environments including edge data centres with European Tier-1 operators that are preparing towards a more distributed 5G network architecture.

Ambitions for 2022: One of the main targets for 2022 is to use the test suite to validate Cloud RAN and Open RAN architectures at the edge.

98. Zadara Edge Cloud Services

Position in edge value chain: Hardware (Server;Switchers & routers;Hardware maintenance & operations); Edge Cloud Infrastructure (IaaS)

Notable achievements in 2021: In 2021, Zadara launched the Federated Edge program, a new MSP consortium powered by Zadara Edge Cloud services which enables Service Providers to leverage their Zadara deployments to create new revenue streams and compete globally. Every MSP that becomes a member of the Federated Edge is able to deploy applications in and across hundreds of locations worldwide by leveraging other members infrastructure. Zadara also partnered with Alfa Romeo F1 Racing ORLEN and became the Official Cloud Supplier of the ARRO F1 team in 2021.

Ambitions for 2022: Zadara’s two goals in 2022 are to accelerate the Federated Edge program through the continued recruitment of partners/operators as well as launching new Zadara Edge Cloud offerings to broaden its ability to serve more use cases and workloads.

99. ZEDEDA

Position in edge value chain: Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Edge aggregation & orchestration)

Notable achievements in 2021: ZEDEDA announced the GA release of the company’s cloud-native open orchestration solution for the distributed edge. It continued to expand its edge orchestration capabilities with the release of an integration with Microsoft Azure IoT, an OEM supplier agreement with Agora for energy vertical deployments, a partnership with PTC for industrial IoT deployments, and direct integration with Kubernetes. The company also joined an initiative to offer the platform to Google Cloud customers. ZEDEDA also gained industry recognition in the past year winning numerous awards, including the Telecom Council Innovation Showcase.

Ambitions for 2022: ZEDEDA will continue to build out its open ecosystem, enabling customers with deeper integrations with key solution providers, and providing management and orchestration of these solutions through its built-in app marketplace.

100. Zizo Software

Position in edge value chain: Hardware (End-device); Network (IoT platform); Edge Cloud Infrastructure (Multi-cloud platform); Application/Software (Analytics & APIs); Integration & Services (Systems integration;Design & engineering;Professional services)

Notable achievements in 2021: Deployed edge analysis solution at Safran Landing Systems and edge analytics platform for British American Tobacco (BAT) collecting data from multiple connected wearable devices in order to help with harm reduction; was runner-up for National Technology Award for Best Analytics Project (with BAT).

Ambitions for 2022: Will continue to build on existing big data capabilities (historical data analysis, visualisation, data integration at scale) and real time data analysis and sensor management to connect devices cost efficiently wherever there is power. Will explore the use of solar and wind power sources to connect devices.

 

Author: Dalia Adib is a Director in the Consulting team at STL Partners, specialising in 5G and edge computing topics

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