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The 2020 Tech Innovator Awards

Kyle Alspach

The delivery of truly differentiated offerings that create opportunities for partners during this unprecedented period is the crowning achievement of our 2020 Tech Innovators.

Data Center Infrastructure


Microsoft Azure Stack HCI

Designed for customers who want to run virtualized applications on hyperconverged infrastructure, Microsoft’s Azure Stack HCI includes the company’s Hyper-V hypervisor, Storage Spaces Direct for storage virtualization and Azure Monitor to get a global view of system health. Customers can utilize Azure Monitor for containers to better understand the performance and health of clusters from infrastructure to application. Recent Azure Stack HCI enhancements include improved manageability through Windows Admin Center; integration with improved security; and day one support for Samsung’s Z-SSD, Intel Optane, AMD’s EPYC and Intel’s Xeon Scalable processors. Notably, Microsoft offers Azure Stack HCI on a variety of hardware from vendors including Asus, Cisco, Dell EMC, HPE, Lenovo and Western Digital.


Cyxtera Enterprise Bare Metal

Cyxtera’s Enterprise Bare Metal platform is a carrier-agnostic alternative to public cloud environments, offering comparable security, control and performance to dedicated colocation infrastructure in an on-demand model. The platform can substantially reduce dedicated infrastructure costs while boosting IT staff productivity with remote configuration and deployment features.

HPE Nimble Storage dHCI

With Nimble Storage dHCI, Hewlett Packard Enterprise delivers improved resiliency, performance and economics than traditional hyperconverged infrastructure. Data efficiency and independent scaling of compute and storage contribute to reduced costs with Nimble Storage dHCI, while the system features 99.9999 percent of data availability guaranteed and sub-millisecond latency.

Nutanix Remote IT Infrastructure Operations

Nutanix’s Remote IT Infrastructure Operations includes Nutanix Foundation Central, Insights and Life Cycle Manager—enabling IT teams to deploy, monitor, troubleshoot and upgrade their cloud infrastructure while working from anywhere. The offering can be used to deploy private cloud infrastructures on a global scale from a single interface, while also providing predictive health and automated support services.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8

For Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8—the widely used platform for bringing the Linux operating system into the enterprise—the platform has been redesigned for the era of hybrid cloud. New additions in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 include new intelligent management and monitoring capabilities via updates to Red Hat Insights; enhanced container tools; and a smoother user experience both for Linux experts and newcomers.


Kyle Alspach

Kyle Alspach is a Senior Editor at CRN focused on cybersecurity. His coverage spans news, analysis and deep dives on the cybersecurity industry, with a focus on fast-growing segments such as cloud security, application security and identity security.  He can be reached at

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