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CRN’s 2021 Products Of The Year

Wade Tyler Millward, Kyle Alspach

CRN staff compiled the top partner-friendly products that launched over the past year, then turned to solution providers to choose the winners.




Major updates to Nutanix HCI have included a new ability to run Google Cloud’s Anthos managed applications platform; an enhanced storage summary widget for improving consumption visibility; a configurable capacity alert threshold to increase efficiency; and a new rebuild progress indicator that shows administrators how long until clusters restore full resilience. Meanwhile, the launch of Nutanix’s AOS 6.0 has brought new disaster recovery capabilities, expanded workload support for big data and analytics applications and resiliency improvements. The capabilities include a native, always-on data loss offering for Nutanix HCI applications and Acropolis Dynamic Scheduling support for virtual machines with virtual GPUs. In addition, a new partnership between Nutanix and Microsoft now allows Azure management capabilities for Nutanix HCI on-premises Kubernetes clusters.

Subcategory Winner—Technology: Scale Computing HC3

Scale Computing recently introduced a video surveillance and security solution for video storage, management and analytics through its HC3 product. The company also announced new availability with Parallels Remote Application Server 18 to speed up virtual desktop infrastructure solution use.

Finalist: Cisco Hyperflex HX-Series

Cisco updated HX this year with new snapshot creation support, native iSCSI protocol support and a way to manage and monitor HyperFlex clusters from VMware vCenter Web UI. The company announced new full depth server offerings for HyperFlex Edge, new container storage interface support, new boot drives support and a new command-line shell, among other upgrades.

Finalist: Dell Technologies VxRail E Series

Aimed at smaller remote branch offices and edge locations, the Dell Technologies VxRail E Series offers hybrid and all-flash models. Dell Technologies enhanced the VxRail E Series this year with 50 percent more PCIe slots for more resources.

Finalist: HPE SimpliVity

Hewlett Packard Enterprise added new native integration for SimpliVity with the company’s Cloud Volumes service for more options in backup policy creation, virtual machine data restoration and backups management. The company added a bandwidth throttling mechanism to prevent off-site backups from saturating the wide area network. HPE also added a persistent volume feature to SimpliVity Container Storage Interface to help Kubernetes administrators.

Finalist: Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series

Lenovo enhanced ThinkAgile VX Series this year to simplify deployment and management and allow faster HCI cluster deployment. The company also improved monitoring, troubleshooting, reporting and graphical mapping, as well as introducing full integration with VMware vSphere Lifecycle Manager for improved lifecycle management.

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