The 2021 Tech Innovator Awards
From among 373 applicants, CRN staff selected products spanning the IT industry—including in cloud, infrastructure, security, software and devices—that offer both strong differentiation and major partner opportunities.
Data Protection Software
The Zerto Platform
With the recent Zerto 9 release, the cloud data management and protection solution has introduced new capabilities aimed at defeating malicious modification or deletion of data, such as in a ransomware attack. The Zerto 9 user interface includes 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; a new instant restore feature, for easily restoring virtual machines directly into production; and simplified management of backups for MSPs.
Arcserve Unified Data Protection 8
Arcserve Unified Data Protection 8 includes capabilities for stopping ransomware, restoring data and performing disaster recovery. The solution brings together server protection powered by deep learning with immutable storage and business continuity that is scalable and offered both onsite and off-site. Recently added features include Oracle backups and support for Microsoft Teams.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.Barracuda Cloud-to-Cloud Backup
Offering protection of data in Microsoft 365 apps, including Teams, Barracuda Cloud-to-Cloud Backup runs natively in the cloud and offers simplified management—enabling easier monitoring of backups and faster restoration of data. And as a cloud-native platform, the solution offers massive scale and resiliency.Commvault: Metallic Backup and Recovery Solution
Key capabilities of Commvault’s Metallic backup and recovery solution include an architecture for enabling both storage infrastructure and the cloud to be utilized as part of adopting the data protection as a service offering. Recently added options include the Metallic Cloud Storage Service, which allows customers of Commvault on-premise software and HyperScale X appliances to back up data to the Metallic Cloud on Microsoft Azure.Rubrik Cloud Data Management Platform
The Rubrik Cloud Data Management Platform offers a vendor-agnostic approach and a focus on immutability, preventing data from being modified by any external or internal force. Updated capabilities on the platform include streamlined disaster recovery and quicker recovery from attacks.Veeam Backup and 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.