VDC names Wind River edge compute OS leader

July 23, 2020
The company has surpassed Microsoft as the overall commercial leader in the edge compute OS market.

Wind River, a company known for delivering software for the intelligent edge, upholds its ranking as the technology leader in the real-time operating system (RTOS) and commercial Linux categories with its VxWorks and Wind River Linux, according to VDC Research. The company has surpassed Microsoft as the overall commercial leader in the edge compute OS market.

"The next generation of compute will rely on the intelligent edge, infusing AI to automate processes and drive autonomous decision making," said Wind River president and CEO Kevin Dallas. "With all this activity flowing through the edge, ensuring the right selection of architectures and technologies will be critica. We are committed to helping our customers realize the digital transformation of their business with industry leading edge compute technology that includes cloud native capabilities for the full lifecycle of their products."

In VDC’s latest report, “The Global Market for IoT & Embedded Operating Systems,” Wind River is ranked as the market leader total IoT and embedded OS revenue, commercial embedded Linux global revenues and RTOS global revenues.

The report covers the global market for IoT and embedded operating systems and related services by OS type, geographic region, and vertical market.

"Even with the unprecedented market consequences of COVID-19, we foresee high demand for real-time capabilities across markets for mission-critical applications," said Chris Rommel, executive vice president at VDC Research. "Wind River leads the overall embedded OS market with an extensive portfolio of products and services that is able to meet the diverse range of edge compute needs across the telecommunications/networking, industrial automation, and aerospace and defense vertical industries." 

According to recent research by Wind River conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic, enterprises focused on digital transformation have a much higher propensity to accelerate key technology investments compared to those who are merely trying to survive the current economic climate. Technology leaders in the U.S. are realigning their focus during the pandemic and increasing spend on areas such as 5G (by 37%), cloud-based application development (35%), container-based development (38%), IoT (33%), and applications at the edge (25%).