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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.

Hyperconverged Infrastructure

Winner:

Dell EMC VxRail

A hyperconverged infrastructure offering jointly developed by Dell Technologies and VMware, Dell EMC VxRail received a revamp earlier this year that added a number of new features and support capabilities. New additions included VxRail dynamic nodes—compute-only systems that can help simplify operations, improve management of storage resources and cut costs. The feature allows for the extension of VxRail environments to include options for external storage, while VMware Cloud Foundation on VxRail can be configured with dynamic nodes to use Dell’s PowerStore, PowerMax or Unity XT as primary storage. Additionally, recent VxRail updates added support for Dell’s latest PowerEdge servers featuring Intel’s third-generation Xeon Scalable processors or AMD’s third-gen EPYC processors.

Finalist:

IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI

IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI is a hyperconverged solution that is pre-built to run containerized workloads, with resources that are optimizable for a variety of AI- and data-centric applications. Key capabilities include the ability to connect data silos and merge compute and storage resources for a lower total cost, as well as support for GPU-accelerated applications with Nvidia A100 GPU nodes.

 
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