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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.



Cisco SASE

As Cisco continues building on its intent-based networking strategy, the company recently rolled out an offering that brings together cloud security and networking, enabling partners to move their customers toward a Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) architecture. The Cisco SASE offering features integration between Cisco’s flagship SD-WAN offering, powered by Viptela, and its cloud-based secure web gateway, Cisco Umbrella. The fully integrated SASE offering includes an SD-WAN dashboard that can be used to rapidly deploy Cisco Umbrella security across all sites and users. Partners can deliver protection against web attacks for thousands of customer sites within minutes, bringing cloud-native SD-WAN and security to workers whether they’re in the office or remote.


Aryaka SmartServices

With the SmartServices global managed SD-WAN platform, Aryaka offers features such as SmartManage for global orchestration and visibility; SmartConnect for connectivity that includes dedicated backbone, broadband internet and MPLS; SmartSecure for edge and cloud-based security; SmartOptimize for multisegment network and application optimization; SmartCloud for direct connectivity to the major cloud platforms; and SmartInsights for visibility, configuration management and SLA verification.

Barracuda CloudGen WAN

Barracuda CloudGen WAN enables use of the Microsoft Azure cloud platform and global network for their WAN as a global MPLS replacement—with speed, ease of use and comprehensive security all provided. CloudGen WAN is deployed as a SaaS service directly from the Azure Marketplace for as many regions as needed, and the service is administered in a central portal for all office locations and remote endpoints.

Fortinet Secure SD-WAN

Fortinet Secure SD-WAN is a networking and security offering that solves common application performance, visibility, cost and control challenges associated with multi-cloud deployments, through enabling SD-WAN across multiple clouds and regions. The offering enables a consistent network architecture leveraging SD-WAN capabilities between clouds, and empowers developers and enterprise IT to build a high-speed cloud-to-cloud network and security architecture—including more than 20 Gbps of IPsec performance.

Versa Secure SD-WAN

With Versa Secure SD-WAN, Versa Networks combines SD-WAN, security, scalable routing, multitenancy and analytics across branch offices, campuses, data centers and the cloud. The recent updates to the Versa Operating System include a simplified orchestration portal and enhanced security for work-from-home deployments.

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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