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Synadia Enters SAAS Awards, Driving Innovation at the Edge

Jun 13, 2024
Synadia Enters SAAS Awards, Driving Innovation at the Edge

Synadia Cloud, our global, multi-cloud platform helping developers focus on their applications and services vs worry about cloud infrastructure, entered the annual SaaS Awards program this month. The SaaS Awards program celebrates the best in software and software-as-a-service, attracts many entrants a year, and recognizes outstanding innovation in the SaaS industry, a category in which we know we belong. Our VP of Business Development, Steve Dischinger, supported the lengthy application. In this week’s blog, we’re highlighting our favorite SaaS Awards program prompts and responses:

What significance does the SaaS product have for the future?

Synadia Cloud helps every company as they start deploying their AI applications closer to where the data is created and interacted with. We’re a critical platform for companies seeking to become more “public cloud agnostic” by extending their services closer to the customers and business partners. Synadia Cloud creates a rich and vibrant set of third party services.

Today’s SaaS providers and startups must bet on a single cloud provider but our global presence spans all three major Cloud providers, meaning organizations aren’t locked into a single cloud tech stack nor region. Many innovative startups use Synadia Cloud to build their own SaaS application on—a powerful offering with the rising dispensed workforces and increased connectivity needs across industries.

For example, Synadia Cloud played a crucial role in helping Intelecy, a Norwegian tech company specializing in industrial AI solutions, build a No-Code AI platform that helps their clients optimize factory and plant processes with real-time machine learning insight. Synadia Cloud provided a robust, cloud-native messaging and streaming infrastructure for Intelency’s app.

Synadia Cloud and Synadia Platform help organizations and developers construct their data infrastructure with quality connectivity, vital as they scale and their data infrastructure expands.

What problem does your SaaS solution solve and how does it differ from similar solutions?

Data guides us. A recent Accenture survey “Leading with edge: How to reinvent with data and AI” found 83% of C-suite executives believe that edge computing will be essential to compete in the future. Another 81% believe failure to act quickly will lock them out of the full benefits of edge technology. Only 65% of companies meanwhile use edge to some degree today and only half of those have integrated edge within their digital core. This edge market is emerging during a perfect storm of enterprise: data is growing 300-400% a year, the number of Cloud workloads is approaching 1 billion globally, all while the infrastructure is becoming increasingly distributed.

Synadia meets this cross-industry need for low latency connectivity. We bring a secure, cloud-agnostic approach to deliver real-time applications and services across any cloud, region, or edge environment.

Our difference? Our “edge”? With NATS, we can span an enterprise’s “central nervous system” and extend to the edge with a single platform vs. stitching together multiple technologies. To us, the edge is more of a concept vs. a specific device or compute capacity. It can consist of applications and services running in low-resourced networks and in hardware deployed in automobiles, wind turbines, factory floors or satellites. We bring the enterprise a single global data fabric vs managing multiple platforms for on-premise, cloud, and edge.

All of this feels timely and vital as data and services become increasingly centralized. Organizations risk too much by depending on one provider, especially with increasing cloud costs. Both will result in cloud “lock-in” and limited workload mobility. Synadia Cloud solves it all.

What challenges did you meet and overcome in developing the SaaS product?

We initially based Synadia Cloud on a CLI interface and added Synadia Control Plane (SCP) in 2023, a simple, usable, and beautiful UI for monitoring, alerting and user management. Adding this opened up a much larger market of potential users by reducing the technical barriers and the interactions required via a CLI. We’ve accelerated the pace in which developers can deploy applications and microservices globally.

Synadia Cloud: Account overivew screen

Synadia Cloud: Account overivew screen

Synadia Cloud: Account overivew screen

How has your SaaS product built on or learned from industry practices and innovated your business or user needs?

We’ve built Synadia Cloud on our widely adopted open source platform, a technology that thousands of companies use to simplify their distributed systems to function seamlessly across any Cloud, geography, or edge environment. NATS empowers developers all over the world to focus more on building applications vs worry about infrastructure. To date, users have downloaded NATS over 300 million times. NATS has over GitHub 32,000 stars, an honor reserved for community members contributing above and beyond. Our community notices. Thousands of companies across every industry use NATS in their productions.

What motivated us to build Synadia Cloud? Recurring requests from NATS users wanting to leverage the technology without building and managing a global infrastructure. We wanted to stay cloud-agnostic and with that created multi-tenant capability allowing users to build their own SaaS platform relying on Synadia’s global infrastructure. Companies have scaled—fast. They can service customers globally without worrying about scaling nor localizing their own infrastructure.

We’re expanding, too. The Synadia Cloud Marketplace will help companies sell value-added services and extend Synadia Cloud to other customers.

Finalists for the SaaS Awards get notified in the second week of January and winners by the end of the first week of February 2025 with all information released by July 31. So we have ways to wait and go. But the momentum’s begun. Go, Synadia and thanks again to Steve for entering us and bringing eloquent responses to the competition prompts.