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Wind River Continues Long-Standing #1 Ranking in Edge Operating System Platforms


  • VDC Research names Wind River the edge OS leader.
  • Wind River maintains its global market leadership in the real-time operating system, commercial embedded Linux, and IoT embedded OS categories.
  • As many industries become increasingly software-defined and complex, Wind River edge software addresses the evolving needs of mission-critical intelligent systems.


ALAMEDA, CA – Dec. 11, 2023Wind River®, a global leader in delivering software for mission-critical intelligent systems, continues to lead the global embedded real-time operating system (RTOS) and commercial Linux categories, according to the latest VDC Research report. Research results reflect the worldwide market leadership of the company’s edge OS platforms, which include VxWorks®, Wind River Helix™ Virtualization Platform, and Wind River Linux.

“We are thrilled to once again top the intelligent edge software market. With market researchers predicting that the vast majority of enterprise data will be processed at the edge in the coming years, platforms designed for the software-defined intelligent machine economy meet the needs of a growing number of industries, including automotive, aerospace and defense, industrial automation, and telecommunications,” said Avijit Sinha, Chief Product Officer, Wind River. “Wind River is uniquely positioned to execute on this tremendous opportunity by bringing together multiple domains of capabilities — from cloud to embedded and across the lifecycle — and help drive new transformational business models.”

In VDC’s latest report, “The Global Market for IoT & Embedded Operating Systems,” Wind River is ranked as the market leader in the following categories:

  • RTOS global revenues at 30.8%, followed by next vendor at 17.0%
  • Commercial embedded Linux global revenues at 44.0%, followed by next vendor at 8.2%
  • IoT and embedded OS global revenues at 28.2%, followed by next vendor at 14.1%


“New software development and deployments paradigms are reshaping the needs of engineering organizations across a range of industries.” said Chris Rommel, Executive Vice President, VDC Research.” At this time of rapid ecosystem change, Wind River’s product innovation has fueled continued leadership within the edge software market, offering their customers the ability to develop cloud-centric applications as well as the capabilities to meet the most stringent safety-critical requirements.”

With the development of the intelligent machine economy — where smart, connected, and autonomous machines and devices carry out production, distribution, and operations activities — companies are embracing cloud-native, edge, and open source–based technologies. Wind River supports customers with its DNA in real-time performance, availability, security, and safety, which are all required in today’s software-defined world.

Wind River award-winning technology’s most recent honors include a 2023 Military + Aerospace Electronics Platinum Innovators Award for VxWorks container support, a 2023 Bronze Stevie for its DevOps solution, the 2022 Grand Stevie American Business Award for highest-rated new product of the year, Leading Lights 5G Technology Vendor of the Year, and the TMC 2022 Communication Solutions Product of the Year award.  

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About Wind River

Wind River is a global leader in delivering software for mission-critical intelligent systems. For more than four decades, the company has been an innovator and pioneer, powering billions of devices and systems that require the highest levels of security, safety, and reliability. Wind River software and expertise are accelerating digital transformation across industries, including automotive, aerospace, defense, industrial, medical, and telecommunications. The company offers a comprehensive portfolio supported by world-class global professional services and support and a broad partner ecosystem. To learn more, visit Wind River at


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