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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.




A part of VMware’s cloud-delivered secure access service edge (SASE) platform, the VMware SD-WAN offering brings together capabilities including WAN edge, edge compute and cloud-based security. With optimizations for mission-critical apps—as well as its positioning between the app overlay and service provider—the platform enables high performance and availability for applications. The VMware SD-WAN offering has received a number of recent enhancements, including in the realm of security—with the platform seeing the addition of capabilities such as Secure Web Gateway and Zero Trust Network Access, aimed at meeting the security needs of distributed workforces. Other key functionality on the platform includes automation and zero-touch provisioning for simplified operations.


Aryaka SmartSecure Private Access

A recent addition to the Aryaka SmartServices SD-WAN and SASE platform, SmartSecure Private Access offers VPN for all device operating systems—with an orchestration and security architecture that stands out by providing tight coupling of SD-WAN branch and remote office deployments.

Cisco SD-WAN powered by Meraki

Recent updates to the Cisco SD-WAN offering include an extension of the secure SD-WAN fabric from Cisco Meraki MX appliances into Cisco Umbrella. The appliances now provide a unified solution for optimal SD-WAN connectivity that brings together on-premises security and cloud-driven security intelligence.

Masergy SD-WAN Secure

Recent enhancements to the Masergy SD-WAN Secure solution have included updated AIOps capabilities for automation of network management and boosted performance for cloud apps. The AIOps functionality enables prediction and prevention of service outages, recommendations for proactive measures to improve performance and bandwidth utilization alerts in real-time.

Versa SASE Services

Recently added Versa SASE Services include Versa Secure Web Gateway, which provides secure internet access for workers across offices, homes and mobile usage—with capabilities including URL filtering, advanced firewall and malware protection. Another recent Versa SASE addition, Versa Cloud Access Security Brokers, provides protection for critical data both while it’s in transit and in the cloud.

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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