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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.




FlashArray//X90 is the top-of-the-line model in Pure Storage’s FlashArray//X portfolio of all-flash, all-NVMe arrays. The FlashArray//X90 offers a 5:1 data reduction average, up to 3.3 PB of effective capacity, ultra-low latency (as low as 150 microseconds), 99.9999 percent availability and artificial intelligence-powered management. Pure Storage recently updated the Purity software used by the FlashArray//X series with improvements that include acceleration of Windows applications and reduced downtime from ransomware. The reduced downtime comes through the addition of SafeMode snapshots—which provide immutable snapshots, retention-based policies (which can secure data for as long as 30 days) and the ability to rapidly restore expired data.

Finalist: Dell EMC PowerStore 9000

Dell EMC’s PowerStore 9000 is the company’s most powerful storage solution, providing a unified platform for block, filed and vVol data, with intelligent scale-up and scale-out capability of appliance clusters. The PowerStore 9000 contains up to four Intel CPUs, NVMe, and capacity of 11.5-TB. The storage platform has automated management of resources across the cluster for top-notch storage utilization and simplified administration.

Finalist: HPE Alletra 9000

With its all-NVMe HPE Alletra 9000 storage system, Hewlett Packard Enterprise offers a cloud-native data infrastructure that is managed by the company’s Data Services Cloud Console for unified data management across hybrid cloud deployments. Alletra offers more than 99.9999 percent guaranteed availability and provides the architectural flexibility needed to run any application with strong performance, efficiency and resiliency.

Finalist: IBM FlashSystem 9200

The IBM FlashSystem 9200 combines flash performance and end-to-end NVMe with IBM FlashCore and IBM Spectrum Virtualize, enabling low latency, predictive storage management and proactive support. The 2U all-flash array is enabled for hybrid cloud with data resilience and access to IBM Storage Expert Care.

Finalist: NetApp AFF A700

NetApp recently introduced back-end NVMe storage for the A700 to support low latency and simplify NVMe SSD technology adoption. A700 systems can connect to high-speed 100GbE and 25GbE host networks, and they come with self-encrypting disk technology for data-at-rest encryption in all deployments.

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