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Products Of The Year 2023: The Finalists

Rick Whiting

CRN staff compiled the top partner-friendly products that launched or were significantly updated over the last year. Now it’s up to solution providers to choose the winners.

Storage – Software-Defined:

Software-defined storage is, well, defined as technology that uncouples or abstracts storage management and provisioning from the underlying hardware. One benefit is that pools of physical storage resources can be managed as a single system, helping to reduce costs compared to traditional storage area network (SAN) and network-attached storage (NAS) systems.

The global market for software-defined storage solutions reached $16.25 billion in 2022, according to Maximize Market Research, and is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 25.8 precent to $81.04 billion in 2029.

Dell APEX Data Storage Services

Google Cloud NetApp Volumes

HPE GreenLake for Storage Fabric management

Infinidat InfuzeOS Cloud Edition

Pure Storage Pure Cloud Block Store for Azure Windows

Azure Native Qumulo Scalable File Service

Vast Data Platform



Rick Whiting

Rick Whiting has been with CRN since 2006 and is currently a feature/special projects editor. Whiting manages a number of CRN’s signature annual editorial projects including Channel Chiefs, Partner Program Guide, Big Data 100, Emerging Vendors, Tech Innovators and Products of the Year. He also covers the Big Data beat for CRN. He can be reached at

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