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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.




With its recently launched IoT Gateway Series, Cisco enables IoT connectivity use cases—both for indoor and outdoor environments—at significant scale. The Cisco IoT Gateway Series also offers simplified setup, with the ability to easily connect to assets that hadn’t previously been connected. Notably, the IoT Gateway Series comes packaged with Cisco’s cloud-based IoT Operations Dashboard offering, which provides secure deployment and monitoring of industrial networking devices. Key features include zero-touch provisioning of devices, secure remote equipment access (without the need for added software installation) and support for operational workflows that can be used to configure IoT devices.

Subcategory Winner—Technology: Eaton 5P UPS

The Eaton 5P UPS is an enterprise-class backup power solution available as a tower UPS, wall mount UPS, and rackmount UPS – specifically made for edge computing use cases. The uninterrupted power supply offers flexibility in battery types with two models offering lithium-ion batteries. Customers pair the 5P UPS with an Eaton Gigabit Network card — the first in the industry to comply with the UL and IEC cybersecurity standards – as well as the Eaton Intelligent Power Management platform for seamless management of connected equipment at the edge.

Subcategory Winner—Revenue and Profit: HPE Aruba ESP

Aruba ESP is an intelligent architecture that helps partners and customers to manage their increasingly complex wired, wireless, SD-WAN and security infrastructures. Aruba Central, the network management and analytics platform that sits inside Aruba ESP, was recently enhanced with new AIops features, cloud-based authentication and policy capabilities, and an IoT operations service.

Finalist: Amazon Lookout for Vision

Amazon Lookout for Vision is a recently launched machine learning service that identifies defects and anomalies in visual representations. The service uses AWS-trained computer vision models to analyze images and video streams to find flaws and anomalies in manufactured products or production processes; damage to vehicles or structures; and defects in silicon wafers or any physical item where quality is important.

Finalist: Microsoft Azure Percept

Microsoft recently introduced Azure Percept, a combined hardware and software solution that allows for module deployment on the edge with video, audio and other cognitive feeds. The carrier board features an NXP iMX8m processor and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, while the rest of the solution has an Intel Movidius Myriad X vision processing unit and RGB camera sensor.

Finalist: Schneider Electric EcoStruxure Micro Data Center R-Series

Schneider Electric’s R-series is built to withstand harsh indoor environments and applications, while providing users with remote management capabilities. The solution comes with access control, intrusion detection, security cameras and other security features.

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