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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 Ontap Select, NetApp offers software-defined storage that can be deployed on commodity hardware and provides capabilities for data protection and resilience—as well as simplified management and movement of data across hybrid environments. It leverages NetApp’s Ontap 9 storage operating system and benefits from Snapshot copies and remote backup to protect data, and uses NetApp Volume Encryption for data at rest. Ontap Select can co-locate with application virtual machines to optimize hardware use and allows users to consolidate network file system, common internet file system and internet small computer system interface applications and workloads on local and remote hosts.

Finalist: DataCore Swarm

DataCore’s Swarm object storage software is a tool for deployment streamlining, self-healing and self-managing symmetric architecture and web-based multi-tenant management, with backup and disaster recovery for any S3-enabled service or device. Swarm can handle terabyte-sized video storage and streaming.

Finalist: Dell EMC PowerFlex

Recent updates to Dell EMC PowerFlex have brought enhancements to automation and workload execution, including added Nvidia GPU options; support for OpenShift v4.6 with CoreOS; broader support for Kubernetes distributions and workloads; and VMware NSX-T support for PowerFlex appliances.

Finalist: HPE Cloud Volumes

Within Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Cloud Volumes suite, HPE Cloud Volumes Block is a multi-cloud/hybrid cloud storage solution that supports Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud--offering enhanced durability compared to using public cloud storage alone. Meanwhile, HPE Cloud Volumes Backup provides cloud backup for on-premises, edge and cloud workloads--and was recently integrated with HPE SimpliVity solution to provide edge sites with easier backup directly to the cloud.

Finalist: IBM Spectrum Fusion

IBM Spectrum Fusion brings users general parallel file system technology and data protection software in one product. Spectrum Fusion includes an integrated HCI appliance for containers and Red Hat OpenShift virtual machines, global data access through active file management and the ability to scale to up to 20 servers.

Finalist: VMware vSAN

Improvements to VMware vSAN this year have included a new way for vSAN clusters to share capacity with non-HCI-based clusters; new support for stretched cluster deployments and two-node clusters; and increased scalability to more than 60 hosts.

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