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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 - SMB


IBM FlashSystem 5200

A part of the second generation of IBM‘s entry-level, all-flash storage series, the IBM FlashSystem 5200 provides up to 1.7 petabytes of capacity in a 1U chassis and supports 21 GBs per second throughput, or 40 percent greater than its predecessor. The IBM FlashSystem 5200 also offers six nines (99.9999 percent) uptime; IBM’s HyperSwap capability, providing 100-percent availability with as few as three flash modules; and support for migration of data from multiple older IBM and non-IBM arrays, via the the included IBM Spectrum Virtualize software. Additionally, the FlashSystem 5200 supports Red Hat OpenShift, Container Storage Interface for Kubernetes, Ansible automation, Kubernetes and VMware and bare metal environments. The system also includes IBM Storage Insights to provide visibility across complex storage environments, as well as IBM Spectrum Virtualize, for virtualization and consolidation of multi-vendor storage technologies.


DataCore SANsymphony BZ

With SANsymphony BZ, DataCore offers a simplified approach to aggregating isolated storage resources into a single storage services pool, while still providing strong performance and flexibility. The solution enables smaller installations to do capacity provisioning and data placement—across a variety of different storage environments—using a centrally automated and managed approach.

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