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.
Cloud Tools and Management
Microsoft Endpoint Manage r
A centralized cloud management platform for provisioning, deploying, managing and securing all of an organization‘s endpoints, Microsoft Endpoint Manager unifies the widely used Microsoft Intune and Configuration Manager tools. Recently added features include cloud config, which offers a simplified method for applying configurations that can turn devices into easily managed endpoints. Cloud config brings configurations that are recommended by Microsoft for typical users, enabling faster and easier deployment of cloud-managed endpoints. Other recent updates for Microsoft Endpoint Manager include support for Windows 365, Microsoft’s cloud-based, browser-accessible Windows desktop service. Using Microsoft Endpoint Manager, partners and IT teams can now deploy and manage Windows 365 desktops with the same tool they use for managing physical PCs.
Recent updates to Cisco Intersight include the addition of the Intersight Kubernetes Service, which lets infrastructure teams automate the lifecycle management of Kubernetes and containerized applications across any environment. The recently added Intersight Workload Optimizer service, meanwhile, simplifies application resources management and telemetry data into a single tool that enables customers to balance application performance and cost.Nerdio Manager for MSP
The Nerdio Manager for MSP solution is a multi-tenant management platform for deployment, management and optimization of Microsoft desktop virtualization environments—both Azure Virtual Desktop and Windows 365. The solution enables managed services providers to deploy virtual desktop environments in less than an hour, while existing deployments can be connected to within minutes.NetApp: Spot Ocean for Microsoft Azure
A solution from NetApp-owned Spot, the Spot Ocean for Microsoft Azure solution leverages real-time analytics and machine-learning technologies to provide a hands-free experience for IT teams that are running cloud-native apps on the Azure platform. The solution continuously brings automation and optimization to Kubernetes clusters (along with the cloud compute resources that support them), eliminating the need for hands-on management.Prosimo Application eXperience Infrastructure
Prosimo’s Application eXperience Infrastructure platform offers modernized, simplified application delivery across multi-cloud environments. The platform provides a novel architecture for bringing improved experiences for enterprise applications—across numerous environments—accelerating the adoption of multi-cloud.SkyKick Cloud Manager
With the SkyKick Cloud Manager solution, managed services providers are empowered to maximize their profitability across software-as-a-service, infrastructure-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service. The solution includes automations that offer greater cost-efficiency for reactive operations, with capabilities such as Command Center, an app for enhancing help desk performance and cutting down on costly escalations.