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.
HPE ARUBA EDGECONNECT
Following the acquisition of Silver Peak, HPE Aruba has made the Aruba EdgeConnect SD-WAN platform available to partners and customers while enhancing the offering through integration with Aruba management and security offerings. Key capabilities for Aruba EdgeConnect include application-specific routing—with automatic programming for app routing, performance and security policies to all sites—as well as centralized SD-WAN management via Aruba Orchestrator, consistent application experience and continuous adaptation based on real-time conditions. Recent integrations include with the Aruba ClearPass Policy Manager— offering an automated way of defining roles that are enforced across the network—as well as with Aruba Threat Defense, extending capabilities for advanced intrusion detection and prevention to EdgeConnect appliances.
Finalist: Cisco SD-WAN
Recent updates to the Cisco SD-WAN offering include an extension of the secure SD-WAN fabric from Cisco Meraki MX appliances into Cisco Umbrella. The appliances now provide a unified solution for optimal SD-WAN connectivity that brings together on-premises security and cloud-driven security intelligence.
Finalist: Masergy SD-WAN Secure
Recent enhancements to the Masergy SD-WAN Secure solution have included updated AIOps capabilities for automation of network management and boosted performance for cloud apps. The AIOps functionality enables capabilities such as prediction and prevention of service outages.
Finalist: Palo Alto Networks CloudGenix SD-WAN
Formerly CloudGenix SD-WAN, Palo Alto Networks Prisma SD-WAN provides visibility, policy and path decisions at Layer 7; automation powered by data science and machine learning; and cloud-delivered branch services. The company recently enhanced Prisma SD-WAN with an updated web interface, app switcher and new time series features.
Finalist: Versa Titan
Versa Titan aims to deliver SASE services for branch and network edge management and security, bringing cloud-aware and software-as-a-service that’s accelerated for direct-cloud access with major cloud operators. Titan also has a mobile app that enables monitoring, configuration, troubleshooting and other actions on-the-go.
Finalist: VMware SD-WAN
VMware SD-WAN offering brings together capabilities including WAN edge, edge compute and cloud-based security. The offering has received a number of recent enhancements, including in the realm of security—with the platform seeing the addition of capabilities such as Secure Web Gateway and Zero Trust Network Access.