CRN Names Forward Edge To Its 2021 MSP 500 List


Forward Edge, the leading K-12 focused technology solutions provider in Ohio, announced recently that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Forward Edge to its 2021 Managed Service Provider (MSP) 500 list in the Pioneer 250 category. The list, released annually, recognizes the leading North American solution providers that have demonstrated innovative and forward-thinking approaches to managed services. These services help end users improve operational efficiencies and navigate the ongoing complexities of IT solutions, while maximizing their return on IT investments.


With cutting-edge approaches to delivering managed services, MSPs have become an integral part of the success of businesses worldwide. They help empower organizations to leverage complex technologies, keeping a strict focus on their core business without straining their budgets. CRN’s 2021 MSP 500 list identifies the market’s key managed services players who are setting themselves apart with best-of-breed solutions that provide the business outcomes customers need.


The MSP 500 list is divided into three sections: the MSP Pioneer 250, recognizing companies with business models weighted toward managed services and largely focused on the SMB market; the MSP Elite 150, recognizing large, data center-focused MSPs with a strong mix of on-premises and off-premises services; and the Managed Security 100, recognizing MSPs focused primarily on off-premises and cloud-based security services.


Forward Edge focuses on a holistic approach to the services we provide for our customers and our partners; Curriculum Integration, Managed Services, Staff Augmentation, Structured Cabling, Remote Services, and Cybersecurity Operations. We are committed to helping our customers achieve their goals. Specifically, we have used our reviews with customers to drive our business and by concentrating on our processes and model, so we can replicate success and scale respectively. We are seeing a larger growth in business related to our remote managed services and increased interest in managed cybersecurity services.

“Effective MSPs enable companies to focus on their core objectives while improving the quality and reliability of their cloud computing capabilities,” said Blaine Raddon, CEO of The Channel Company. “The solution providers on CRN’s 2021 MSP 500 list deserve recognition for their innovative and forward-thinking approaches to managed services, and the ability to optimize operational efficiencies and systems to maximize return on investments.”


“Due to COVID-19, we are seeing a larger growth in business related to our remote managed services, increased interest in cybersecurity services, and effective integration of technology into the classroom. We’re excited about the upcoming year and look forward to pushing into new territories with our innovative solutions. We were quickly able to adapt to customer needs for remote support and we want to continue embracing new technologies to grow into new opportunities with current and new customers.” – John Waltz, CEO


The MSP 500 list will be featured in the February 2021 issue of CRN and online at