Ekinops buys SixSq in edge computing boost

Ekinops buys SixSq in edge computing boost

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By Nick Flaherty

French telecoms supplier Ekinops has acquired swiss start-up SixSq, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider for edge computing.

Based in Geneva, SixSq has developed an ultra-innovative solution allowing businesses to take full advantage of the added value of Edge Computing. Complementing Cloud computing, SixSq enables smart data processing directly on the company’s site. Combined with its 5G routers, Ekinops will make artificial intelligence available to all companies and use cases, particularly for the Internet of Things, Industry 4.0 and smart retail.

The SixSq range comprises the marketplace, which hosts all types of business applications in container format, and the NuvlaBox software, which converts enterprise routers or other open hardware platforms capable of processing data into smart edge systems.

The marketplace makes available to all NuvlaBoxes deployed in the field inside enterprises all the applications it hosts in the Cloud, similar to the App Store or Play Store for consumers. This way, SixSq makes it possible for all software vendors to reach the enterprise market and sell their software applications.

The alliance is a major step forward in Ekinops’ upscale and software business development strategy. Ekinops and SixSq solutions are already integrated through the Ekinops virtualization offering (OneOS6-LIM). Next, the goal is to integrate NuvlaBox software directly into OneOS6 middleware. All OneOS6 routers will be able to run “container” business applications, downloaded via the marketplace.

SixSq is expected to contribute €1m to €2m in revenue in 2022 from its software business. The company is targeting triple-digit growth in the coming years. In three years, Ekinops aims to generate at least 20% to 30% of its revenue through software and services (versus 12% in H1 2021).

“After enriching OneOS6 middleware with SD-WAN and SBC, it is now possible to extend it to all types of applications through the integration of NuvlaBox into OneOS6 and access to the marketplace. The possibilities are infinite!” said Didier Brédy, CEO of Ekinops. “We are looking forward to presenting this opportunity to our telecom operator customers. It is a new way for them to monetize their presence at enterprise branch sites through our OneOS6 routers.”

“Our solution, already productized, offers a unique value proposition to various verticals such as industry, mass retail and telecoms. For us, joining Ekinops is an enormous accelerator,” said Marc-Elian Bégin, co-founder and CEO of SixSq. “Thanks to Ekinops’ support, we now have the firepower to rapidly move into the B2B market, focusing on large accounts and telecom operators. We have already identified opportunities.”

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