Weka Named to Fast Company’s Annual List of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2021

The Weka Limitless Data Platform is among the top-ranked solutions in the Artificial Intelligence category.

CAMPBELL, Calif. – March 10, 2021WekaIO™ (Weka), the fastest-growing data platform for artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML), life sciences research, enterprise technical computing, and high-performance data analytics (HPDA), has been named to Fast Company’s prestigious annual list of the 2021 World’s Most Innovative Companies for AI solution providers.

The list honors the businesses that have not only found a way to be resilient in the past year, but also turned those challenges into impact-making processes. These companies did more than survive, they thrived—making an impact on their industries and culture as a whole. This year’s Most Innovative Companies list features 463 businesses from 29 countries.

“In a year of unprecedented challenges, the companies on this list exhibit fearlessness, ingenuity, and creativity in the face of crisis,” said Fast Company Deputy Editor David Lidsky, who oversaw the issue with Senior Editor Amy Farley.

Fast Company’s editors and writers sought out the most groundbreaking businesses across the globe and industries. The World’s Most Innovative Companies is Fast Company’s signature franchise and one of its most highly anticipated editorial efforts of the year. It provides both a snapshot and a road map for the future of innovation across the most dynamic sectors of the economy.

“We are grateful for this honor bestowed upon us by the editors at Fast Company. The recognition validates the reason we built Weka, which is to future-ready enterprise IT for the demanding storage challenges that workloads like AI introduce,” said Liran Zvibel, Co-Founder and CEO, WekaIO. “Weka’s Limitless Data Platform, built on the Weka File System (WekaFS™), facilitates competitive advantages in the datacenter for creating new revenue opportunities and getting products to market faster. WekaFS is optimized for flash, high-speed networking, the cloud, and compute acceleration technologies and so it delivers the industry’s best performance and cost-efficiencies that empower our customers to extract more value from their data—faster.”

Weka’s Limitless Data Platform is widely used by enterprise customers supporting AI workloads today because it delivers on the requirements of simplicity, speed, and scale. Recent product innovations include Weka AI™ to accelerate edge-to-core-to cloud data pipelines that are powered by GPUs, Kubernetes CSI plugin for cloud-native storage agility, SAS Analytics reference design that reduces wall clock time by 5X for long-running jobs, and reference architectures with leading object storage technologies to simplify data access from flash to object storage to the cloud.

WekaIO has received multiple awards in the past few months including Flash Memory Summit Best of Show, TechTarget Enterprise Data Storage Product of the Year Award, AI Excellence Award, and Aragon Research Hot Vendor in AI.

To coincide with the issue launch, Fast Company will host its first-ever Most Innovative Companies Summit on March 9 and 10. This virtual, multiday summit will celebrate the Most Innovative Companies in business, provide an early look at major business trends, and offer the inspiration and practical insights on what it takes to innovate in 2021. Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies issue (March/April 2021) is now available online here, and on newsstands beginning March 16, 2021.

To find a WekaFS authorized reseller in the Weka Innovation Network™ (WIN), go to https://www.weka.io/partners.

About WekaIO
WekaIO (Weka) is used by eight of the Fortune 50 enterprise organizations to uniquely solve the newest, biggest problems holding back innovation and discovery. Weka solutions are purpose-built to future-ready the accelerated and agile data center. Optimized for NVMe-flash and the hybrid cloud, its advanced architecture handles the most demanding storage challenges in the most data-intensive technical computing environments, delivering truly epic performance at any scale, enabling organizations to maximize the full value of their data center investments. Weka helps the enterprise solve big IT infrastructure problems to accelerate business outcomes and speed productivity. For more information, go to https://www.weka.io

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In a year of unprecedented challenges, the companies on this list exhibit fearlessness, ingenuity, and creativity in the face of crisis.

David Lidsky
Deputy Editor, Fast Company