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InformationWeek Reveals Top Vendors to Watch in 2018

Five-part series details companies to watch across essential technology sectors

InformationWeek released its second annual list of "Vendors to Watch" in 2018. The companies recognized by InformationWeek's editorial team and Interop ITX's advisory board fall into one of five key themes: infrastructure, security, cloud, data and analytics, and DevOps.

To help business technology professionals navigate where to look for innovative technologies within these five growing sectors, InformationWeek has compiled a list of the top 25 companies per theme.

To read InformationWeek's coverage of top tech vendors, please visit:

IWK-Vendors2Watch"We understand that each enterprise has its unique needs and that there's no one-size-fits-all when it comes to choosing the right products and services. This is why these lists are not qualitative comparisons, ratings, or rankings," says Susan Fogarty, Director of Content for Interop ITX and InformationWeek. "Instead, this series will offer tech professionals an overview of the range of players and products in each market to guide them through the possibilities, depending on the trends shaping those markets."

Each year, tech vendors set new benchmarks of excellence in their tools and services. The vendors selected range from established players making strides in their markets to newcomers setting the stage for the future.

InformationWeek's Top Technology Vendors to Watch

Infrastructure: Businesses are rethinking their IT infrastructures and vendors are looking to software-defined and open source solutions to help them adapt to new paradigms. The list identifies the top companies providing those solutions.

  • 128 Technology
  • A10 Networks
  • Apstra
  • Barefoot Networks
  • Big Switch Networks
  • Cambium Networks
  • Cisco
  • CoreOS
  • Cumulus Networks
  • Dell Technologies
  • Docker
  • ExtraHop
  • Forward Networks
  • Nutanix
  • Nyansa
  • Pluribus Networks
  • Portworx
  • Primary Data
  • Pure Storage
  • Rubrik
  • SnapRoute
  • SwiftStack
  • Veriflow
  • Versa Networks
  • VMware

Security: A wave of companies is making strides in the security field, armed with technologies to help businesses mitigate the next generation of cyberattacks. Here are some of the most innovative security companies to watch across a range of capabilities.

  • Amazon
  • Arctic Wolf
  • Arxan
  • BitGlass
  • Carbon Black
  • Claroty
  • Crowdstrike
  • Cybereason
  • Cylance
  • Cymmetria
  • Deep Instinct
  • DuoSecurity
  • Forescout
  • Illusive
  • Microsoft
  • Netskope
  • Okta
  • PAS
  • Phantom
  • Recorded Future
  • ShiftLeft
  • Stratozen
  • Swimlane
  • ThreatConnect
  • ThreatStack
  • Vectra

Cloud:  Companies seeking to remain competitive in the information age are shifting toward cloud computing and the tools needed to manage multiple clouds. Here are some of the technology providers staying ahead of the curve.

  • Amazon Web Services
  • BMC
  • CA Technologies
  • CenturyLink
  • Cisco
  • Cloudability
  • CloudCheckr
  • Cloud Cruiser
  • CloudHealth Technologies
  • DataDog
  • Dynatrace
  • Google Cloud Platform
  • IBM
  • Microsoft
  • New Relic
  • Oracle Cloud
  • Rackspace
  • Red Hat
  • RightScale
  • SolarWinds
  • Splunk
  • Sumo Logic
  • Turbonomic
  • VMware

Data and Analytics: Enterprises are not only analyzing their data better but using advances in areas such as AI and IoT to improve their businesses and impact their bottom lines. Here are some companies that can help organizations when it comes to data innovation.

  • Alteryx
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Birst
  • Clear Story Data
  • Dataiku DSS
  • Datameer
  • DataRobot
  • HortonWorks
  • IBM Analytics
  • Kinetica
  • MapR
  • MarkLogic
  • Microsoft
  • Microstrategy
  • Oracle
  • Paxata
  • Qlik
  • Rapidminder
  • SAP
  • SAS
  • Sisense
  • Tableau
  • Teradata
  • Trifacta

DevOps: DevOps grew out of the agile development movement, but vendors have quickly adapted to the trend, offering tools and platforms that blend open source and cloud elements. Here are picks for companies offering products organizations should know about when making the move to DevOps.

  • Amazon Web Services
  • Atlassian
  • CA Technologies
  • Chef
  • CircleCI
  • Clarive
  • Docker
  • Electric Cloud
  • GitHub
  • GitLabs
  • Google Cloud
  • HashiCorp
  • IBM
  • Micro Focus
  • Microsoft
  • Nagios
  • New Relic
  • OpenMake Software
  • Oracle
  • Puppet
  • Red Hat
  • SaltStack
  • Slack
  • XebiaLabs

Read InformationWeek's five-part blog series on these companies here:

Interop ITX

The same core industry themes highlighted by InformationWeek will be incorporated into Interop ITX 2018. Building on Interop's 31 years of dedication to providing the technology community with a trusted environment to learn, collaborate and uncover new strategies, Interop ITX is the independent conference for innovative tech leaders. Its new Conference-first model facilitates a trusted environment for IT decision makers to learn, collaborate and uncover new strategies and solutions they need to lead their teams and businesses through constant change and disruption. To learn more about Interop ITX and to register, please visit: 

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