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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.

Storage - Enterprise


Hewlett Packard Enterprise: HPE Alletra

With its recently launched HPE Alletra storage systems, Hewlett Packard Enterprise offers a cloud-native data infrastructure that brings a cloud-like experience for operations and consumption. The two all-NVMe Alletra systems—the HPE Alletra 9000 and 6000—are managed by the company’s Data Services Cloud Console for unified data management across hybrid cloud deployments along with automated infrastructure management. Alletra offers more than 99.9999 percent guaranteed availability and provides the architectural flexibility needed to run any application—whether modern or traditional—with strong performance, efficiency and resiliency. HPE Alletra can also be managed from any location, and can be delivered as-a-service via HPE’s GreenLake pay-as-you-go consumption offering.


Dell EMC PowerMax

With its flagship Dell EMC PowerMax enterprise storage array, Dell Technologies offers an end-to-end NVMe scale-out architecture combined with built-in machine learning for massive performance (up to 15 million IOPS) and bandwidth (350 GB) as well as ultra-low latency. Key updates have included support for more than 16 million immutable snapshots, improved data availability efficiency and granular data efficiency reporting.

IBM Elastic Storage System 3200

IBM’s Elastic Storage System 3200 is a 2U storage system with performance of up to 80 GB per second per node. Performance scales linearly so that a 10-node system offers up to 800 GB per second. It also comes with IBM Spectrum Scale software, which allows customers to mix-and-match the ESS 3200 with older ESS systems.

Infinidat InfiniBox SSA

The InfiniBox SSA is Infinidat‘s first 100-percent solid-state technology, and is targeted at storage tasks that require consistent low latency. The all-flash array offers boosted performance through the extensive use of DRAM cache, enabled by Infinidat’s patented Neural Cache software.

Pure Storage: Pure as-a-Service

Recent enhancements to Pure-as-a-Service--Pure Storage‘s flexible storage consumption model--include the introduction of its first service catalog, which gives users granular service selections and breaks down the costs of the services to provide clear pricing per GB. Other updates have included the ability to easily tier between on-premises and the cloud.

SoftIron HyperDrive Performance+

With its HyperDrive Performance+ storage appliances, SoftIron enables high performance and low latency for edge computing environments. The appliances are powered by the AMD EPYC 3000 processor, consume less than 250W of power and offer 25GbE network connectivity.

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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