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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.

Big Data


Snowflake Data Cloud

Recent enhancements to the Snowflake Data Cloud include new global governance features such as the ability for Snowflake’s classification capability to automatically detect personally identifiable information and then annotate the data, enabling control of access to the data. Other recent updates have included data programmability improvements (such as enabling users to bring custom code and business logic to Snowflake); improved storage economics (through better compression, reducing storage costs); better support for interactive experiences (offering a 6X improvement on query throughput for a compute cluster); and a new usage dashboard, which allows for better understanding of usage and costs on the Snowflake platform.


Ahana Cloud for Presto

With the cloud-native Ahana Cloud for Presto offering, startup Ahana is working to enable broader adoption of Presto—an open-source, high-performance SQL query engine. Ahana Cloud for Presto simplifies deployment and management of Presto, while also making it easier to integrate the SQL query engine with databases, data catalogs and data lake systems running on AWS.

Couchbase Server 7.0

Aimed at meeting database needs for highly interactive enterprises, Couchbase Server 7.0 brings together key elements of relational databases—such as ACID transactions—with NoSQL database flexibility. Key updates include the addition of SQL transactions to Couchbase’s N1QL query language and a new dynamic data containment model that enables both structure and flexibility.

Domino Enterprise MLOps Platform

New features in the Domino Enterprise MLOps Platform include Durable Workspaces, which allow users to keep multiple development environments open simultaneously instead of being restricted to one workspace at a time. Another new feature, CodeSync, provides automatic tracking for every aspect of data science work—enabling the work to be reproduced, discovered and reused as necessary.

Kyligence Cloud 4.5

Kyligence Cloud 4.5 is a cloud-native analytics platform capable of delivering sub-second response time against petabytes of data. Key functionality includes online analytical processing (OLAP) that pre-aggregates data in multi-dimensional indexes or “cubes,” speeding up queries and analysis of data. New additions in the 4.5 release include an extensible tiered storage architecture.

Monte Carlo Data Observability Platform

With support for both data warehouses and data lakes, the Monte Carlo Data Observability Platform offers automated data validation and monitoring—addressing the issue of data quality and reliability with an all-in-one solution. Using machine learning, the platform automatically learns about a data environment and triggers an alert when an anomaly appears or a pipeline falters.

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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