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CRN's 2017 Products Of The Year

For this year's Products Of The Year, CRN editors selected five product finalists among 20 top technology categories for the IT channel. After a survey that netted more than 4,000 responses, here are the hot products that stood out from the rest in 2017.

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HYBRID CLOUD

IBM CLOUD FOR VMWARE

WINNER: OVERALL

IBM Cloud for VMware enables extension of VMware environments to the SoftLayer public cloud, an integration that marks a major hybrid cloud offering for VMware's technology. IBM's offering simplifies provisioning through the IBM Marketplace; adds migration, automation and management capabilities; and integrates billing so partners don't need to obtain separate licenses. "IBM started with VMware before AWS, and as a result has a bit of a head start in terms of maturity," said Clayton Weise, director of cloud services at Agoura Hills, Calif.-based Key Information Systems.The management offered by IBM Cloud for VMware is "really the key," Weise said. "It becomes a matter of treating that cloud as an extension of your own data center. That's an area that public cloud has pretty much lacked completely."

 
 
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