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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.




Offering protection of data in Microsoft 365 apps including Teams and SharePoint, Barracuda Cloud-to-Cloud Backup runs natively in the cloud and offers simplified management—enabling easier monitoring of backups and rapid restoration of data. And as a cloud-native platform, the offering provides massive scale and resiliency. Barracuda recently rearchitected its Cloud-to-Cloud Backup offering to provide enhanced performance for searching and restoring data; improved visibility via a redesigned user interface; additional data security functionality including data loss prevention and data classification; integration with Barracuda threat protection and other security services from the company; and capabilities to extend the offering to additional data sources, including new SaaS applications.

Subcategory Winner—Customer Need: Veeam Backup & Replication V11

With Veeam Backup and Replication V11, more than 200 enhancements for data protection across environments include improved disaster recovery with built-in continuous data protection; enhanced ransomware protection via immutable Linux repositories; and native support for Amazon S3 Glacier and Microsoft Azure Archive Storage.

Finalist: Axcient x360Recover Direct-to-Cloud

A business continuity and disaster recovery offering that doesn’t require hardware, Axcient x360Recover Direct-to-Cloud offers backup and cloud-based disaster recovery through a single solution with simplified management. Recently added features include faster pre-configured disaster recovery runbooks and enhanced security via single sign-on and multi-factor authentication.

Finalist: Commvault Metallic for MSPs

Commvault Metallic for MSPs is the company’s first SaaS-based data protection technology targeting SMB customers. The platform enables managed services providers to manage workloads, whether on-premises or in public clouds, with capabilities including flexible recovery, ransomware protection and immutable backups.

Finalist: StorageCraft ShadowXafe

Recent enhancements to StorageCraft ShadowXafe include the ability for partners and customers to use multiple cloud storage providers for their data backup and replication needs. The data protection solution has also been bolstered with improved centralized cloud management and new security measures including two-factor authentication.

Finalist: Zerto 9

Updates in Zerto 9 include a new feature for managing immutability settings on long-term data retention—enabling users to determine how long a backup can stay unaltered and ensuring that backups are kept safe in the cloud. Other key capabilities include new automated protection for virtual machines and a new instant restore feature, for easily restoring virtual machines directly into production.

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