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Kinnami Named as a Cool Vendor in the 2023 Gartner® Cool Vendors™ in Edge Computing

Updated: Feb 1

Kinnami recognized as a Cool Vendor in the 2023 Gartner Cool Vendors for Edge Computing report. We are elated to get this recognition!

What does a Gartner Cool Vendor recognition mean? The Gartner Cool Vendors — Action, Not Just Reaction, Is Key to Coolness: A Gartner Trend Insight Report* explains: “CIOs must take some risk and explore new technologies that will overturn how business problems are solved. Organizations that leverage Cool Vendor capabilities can create and embrace emergent opportunities for competitive advantage.”

Gartner research report Cool Vendors in Edge Computing states that “Edge computing’s growth will drive the need for new cross-industry solutions that manage, secure and orchestrate edge data, applications and platforms”, and that “The biggest technology gaps for edge computing are distributed data management, and simple and highly scalable centralized edge node management.”

This has been Kinnami’s focus from the very start, way back in 2006, when some of the greatest minds in data management came together to research and explore better ways to manage high-value data—data that matters.

Data is the fuel of the digital enterprise and high-value data at the digital edge offers great promise for many industries. It has borne new business models like Uber & Lyft, new conveniences for the consumer as in Waze. Data at the edge fuels autonomous systems, robotics, predictive analytics, and many other process improvements. But, for many of these digital edge applications, local data storage and appropriate data retention, data security and integrity, and resilient and available data—with efficient data transport—are needed to succeed.

The Kinnami team saw back in 2006 that the solutions for data availability, security and protection had grown up separately in the data center and for data availability, security and protection at the digital edge, there needed to be a different approach, a rethinking and a holistic approach to data resilience. The Kinnami team’s focus was put squarely on data security, protection, and management as one system—the goal: for data at the edge to be available where it is needed, when it is needed, to the right person or system, every time.

As the amount of data being created at the digital edge has increased exponentially—from sensors, IoT devices, operational technology—places where the digital world meets the real world—advanced capabilities have expanded well beyond the data center—You can’t stop progress.

Fast forward to today. This data growth has also put a spotlight on the technology gap—secure, resilient data infrastructure for trustworthy data at the digital edge— ensuring data at the edge is available where it is needed, when it is needed, to the right person or system, every time. This is the technology gap we believe Kinnami addresses with our software AmiShare.

Our use cases in the defense domain range from search and rescue, where Kinnami provides the secure data mesh for sharing real-time situational awareness information across a drone swarm, to securely sharing sensor data from critical infrastructure, such as bridges, for analysis. The future includes using such data streams for training AI/ML models for predictive analytics which can be deployed at the digital edge remediating infrastructure disasters before they happen. The defense domain offers extreme environments where security needs are high and data sharing can involve multiple services, security levels and allied commands. We can’t cut corners.

But, valuable data is valuable data, whether or not it is saving lives. As digital transformation of the enterprise continues and the digital edge grows as part of that strategy, IT leaders will also look for efficient ways to manage their valuable data: find it, store it locally, keep it secure and protected, share it as needed, get it to where it needs to be—basically leverage data for maximum value for the enterprise, as efficiently as possible, and get rid of it when it is no longer valuable.

So why do we think we are being recognized now? Gartner Cool Vendor reports aren’t just about getting Cool Vendors attention, though we are absolutely thrilled to be included. With the growth of data at the edge and technologies to support its usefulness, Enterprise IT departments are now tasked with supporting increasingly harsh (austere) and varied environments themselves. On the one hand, they have tight deadlines supporting the business goals of the organization and on the other hand they have the increasingly complex requirements of data resiliency at the digital edge slowing the business down.

Industry 4.0, Smart Cities, Digital Engineering, Smart Grid, autonomous systems and devices, all need advanced data management at the edge with the promise of iron-clad security, exceptional uptime, and cost-conscious design. Kinnami AmiShare secure data mesh is designed to meet these goals.

Gartner assumes “By 2025, more than 50% of enterprise-managed data will be created and processed outside the data center or cloud.”

Read our white paper for more on what separates Kinnami from other solutions out there. To access the Gartner Cool Vendors in Edge Computing report, the Gartner subscribers can visit:

Gartner, Cool Vendors in Edge Computing, Tom Bittman, Bob Gill and Brandon Medford, 24 August, 2023

*Gartner, Cool Vendors — Action, Not Just Reaction, Is Key to Coolness: A Gartner Trend Insight Report, Daryl Plummer, Janelle Hill, Rita Sallam, et al, 30 May 2019

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