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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.

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Networking - Enterprise

Winner:

Cisco Catalyst 8000 Edge Platform

With the Catalyst 8000 Edge Platform, Cisco Systems addresses the complicated requirements of modern networking environments, including edge application support, evolving SD-WAN needs and multi-cloud architectures. Included in the series are the Catalyst 8500 Series Edge Platform, aimed at large-scale data center or colocation sites with integrated 40G and 100G Ethernet ports in a single rack unit. The 8500 is powered by Cisco’s proprietary ASIC for high-performance, scale and integrated security. The Catalyst 8300 Series Edge Platform brings a focus on enabling connectivity at branch sites, offering a variety of connectivity choices as well as enhanced SD-WAN performance. The Catalyst 8000V Edge Software provides the capabilities of the 8500 and 8300 in a software format, and can be deployed in a cloud or virtualized environment.

Finalists:

Ciena 5168 xHaul Router

Ciena 5168 xHaul Router enables faster, simpler deployments of private 5G using a common infrastructure and 1/10/25GbE to 100/200GbE aggregation. The router offers support for both hard and soft network slicing (FlexEthernet and Segment Routing), and combines current-generation Broadcom ASIC and Intel FPGA to offer high programmability and a powerful feature set.

Extreme Networks: ExtremeSwitching 5520 Series

With the ExtremeSwitching 5520 Series, Extreme Networks offers high-performance universal edge and aggregation switches—with options including 24- and 48-port, 1-Gigabit models; 1-, 2.5- or 5-Gigabit multi-rate model; and a 24-port, 10-Gigabit model. Key features include secure, end-to-end network segmentation, as well as multi-watt power over Ethernet (PoE).

Fortinet FortiGate Rugged 60F

Focused on taking SD-WAN to new locations, Fortinet’s FortiGate Rugged 60F enables operational technology (OT) environments to deploy SD-WAN by bringing together advanced routing and firewalls with SD-WAN in a compact-sized appliance. The solution is also designed for OT sites that require specific mounting and power options.

Pluribus Adaptive Cloud Fabric

A solution for data center fabrics with network virtualization and automation, the Pluribus Adaptive Cloud Fabric brings cloud-like benefits such as efficiency and agility to data center networks. Recent updates include support for automation capabilities that enable multi-vendor interoperability as well multi-fabric interconnection.

WiteSand

A cloud-native, multi-tenant solution, WiteSand offers capabilities including network access control, asset discovery, monitoring and analytics, and wired/wireless provisioning. The functionality—all of which is available through a single, cloud-based interface—also includes a unique feature that reveals the full history of changes and events in the network.

 
 
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