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The 2022 Tech Innovator Awards

Rick Whiting

From among more than 260 applicants, CRN staff selected products spanning the IT industry – including in cloud, infrastructure, security, storage and devices – that offer ground-breaking functionality, differentiation and partner opportunity.

Power Protection And Management

Winner: Eaton 5PX G2 UPS

The Eaton 5PX G2 UPS is a flexible offering designed specifically for a complex range of distributed IT and edge environments including servers, switches and storage. With an increased standard runtime and enhanced surge protection, the new UPS technology delivers enhanced connectivity and cybersecurity protection for Eaton‘s legacy 5PX UPS system such as enabling IT managers to conduct mass firmware updates while protecting connected equipment. With the enhanced connectivity of Eaton’s Gigabit Network Card, users can manage and monitor critical infrastructure in real time through integration with Eaton‘s Intelligent Power Manager disaster avoidance software and PredictPulse remote monitoring service.


CyberPower CP1500PFCRM2U PFC Sinewave UPS System

Janitza GridVis 8.0

Schneider Electric Smart UPS Ultra

Vertiv Liebert GXT5 Lithium-Ion, Model GXT5LI-1500LVRT2UXL



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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