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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.




The Cisco UCS X-Series was designed with hybrid data center operations in mind, offering rack and blade systems that support workload versatility. The UCS X-Series was also designed to support future generations of technology in terms of processors, accelerators and computing interconnects. Crucially, the system is integrated with the Cisco Intersight cloud operations platform—enabling the use of tools such as the Intersight Cloud Orchestrator. The low-code automation framework simplifies complex workflows, allowing for easier orchestration of infrastructure and workloads and accelerated delivery of services. Ultimately, with its UCS X-Series, Cisco enables customers to transform their data center operations as they move resources to the cloud.

Subcategory Winner—Technology: Dell PowerEdge XE8545

The Dell EMC PowerEdge XE8545 server stands out by combining AMD and Nvidia technology designed for accelerated workloads. The server combines the maximum core counts of two third-gen AMD EPYC processors with four of the highest-performing NVIDIA A100 GPUs, making it ideal for machine learning, high-performance computing and GPU virtualization.

Finalist: HPE ProLiant DL345 Gen10 Plus Server

A new server line this year from Hewlett Packard Enterprise, the HPE ProLiant DL345 Gen10 Plus is targeted at applications such as structured/unstructured database management. The server is powered by third-gen AMD EPYC processors and provides up to 128 lanes of PCIe Gen4 to improve I/O throughput and reduce latency in a single-socket design.

Finalist: Lenovo ThinkSystem SR665

The Lenovo ThinkSystem SR665 is a two-socket server powered by AMD EPYC 7002 “Rome” and and AMD EPYC 7003 “Milan” processors—ultimately supporting up to 64 cores per processor and 128 Gen4 PCIe lanes to maximize server performance and decrease network bottlenecks for critical workloads.

Finalist: Supermicro A+ SuperBlade

Targeted at enterprise cloud and high-performance computing use cases, Supermicro’s A+ SuperBlade is available in 8U, 6U and 4U enclosures; supports third-get Intel Xeon Scalable or third-get AMD EPYC processors; and offers up to 48 DIMM slots, with up to 12 TB of DDR4-3200 memory per node.

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