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CRN's 2016 Products Of The Year

For this year's Products of the Year, CRN editors selected five finalists among 17 technology categories and then asked solution providers to rate the products to determine a winner. After a survey that netted more than 5,000 responses, here are the hot products that stood out from the rest in 2016.

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CLOUD PLATFORMS

VMWARE CLOUD FOUNDATION

WINNER: OVERALL

With the aim of making private clouds easier to build and maintain, VMware launched Cloud Foundation through integrating several of its technologies -- ultimately making it possible to build a complete cloud in as little as a few hours. Cloud Foundation brings together VMware's vSphere and Virtual SAN hyper-converged software along with network virtualization via VMware NSX. The result is that Cloud Foundation "allows for scalability to accommodate future growth demands" while also providing an up to 8X reduction in installation time, said Eric Barnhart, vice president for Dell EMC and VMware Solutions at Phoenix-based Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas.

Deploying Cloud Foundation also can lead to up to a 40 percent reduction in total cost of ownership, Barnhart said.

 
 
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