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The 2023 Tech Innovator Awards

Rick Whiting

From among more than 250 applicants, CRN staff evaluated and selected products spanning the IT industry – including cloud, IT infrastructure, networking security, storage and software categories – that offer ground-breaking functionality and partner opportunities.

Edge Computing And IoT

Winner: Scale Computing SC//Fleet Manager

Available as part of the Scale Computing Platform, SC//Fleet Manager consolidates real-time conditions for cluster fleets, including storage and compute resources, for edge computing deployments and MSPs. It quickly identifies concerns using a single pane of glass, scaling from one to over 50,000 clusters. In February 2023, Scale Computing unveiled a zero-touch provisioning (ZTP) feature, simplifying the task of centrally configuring clusters of edge computing infrastructure in SC//Fleet Manager prior to nodes arriving on-premises and decreasing installation time by 90 percent or more. Nodes and clusters no longer require manual initialization with ZTP and can be easily installed with non-IT resources.


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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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