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The 2021 Tech Innovator Awards

Kyle Alspach

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.

Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure


Cisco UCS X-Series

With its UCS X-Series, Cisco Systems enables customers to transform their data center operations as they move resources to the cloud. The Cisco UCS X-Series was designed with hybrid data center operations in mind, offering rack and blade systems that support workload versatility. The UCS X-Series was also designed to support future generations of technology in terms of processors, accelerators and computing interconnects. Crucially, the system is integrated with the Cisco Intersight cloud operations platform—enabling the use of tools such as the Intersight Cloud Orchestrator. The low-code automation framework simplifies complex workflows, allowing for easier orchestration of infrastructure and workloads and accelerated delivery of services.


Fungible Data Center

Fungible Data Center is a multi-tenant solution that enables data centers to achieve benefits of hyperscale environments such as improved cost efficiency and simplicity. The solution enables the creation of bare metal servers on-demand to meet evolving application needs—offering cloud-like agility, even at massive scale.


The HVR real-time data replication software provides a way to enable improved movement of data in hybrid environments, simplifying the delivery of large amounts of data from on-premise to cloud environments. The software runs in a distributed architecture, allowing for efficient movement of data in hybrid systems by routing data to multiple endpoints simultaneously.

PacketFabric Cloud Router

With the PacketFabric Cloud Router, private and highly efficient connectivity between regions can be enabled within a single cloud platform—without a need for hardware or ports. The solution provides a distributed virtual routing service that delivers connectivity over a software-defined networking platform.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Recent updates in Red Hat Enterprise Linux include new deployment options that are lightweight and targeted at supporting edge environments. Key capability additions have included simplified creation of tailored OS images for bare-metal edge devices; over-the-air updates for delivering crucial code while utilizing less data; and automatic rollbacks of OS images to a previous update to prevent downtime at the edge.

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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