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CRN's 2018 Products Of The Year

Kyle Alspach




Dell EMC’s PowerMax all-flash arrays, formerly known as VMAX, offer a complete architecture refresh of the prior offerings built from the ground up to be ready for the latest storage media technologies—including new NVMe flash storage and future storage-class memory. PowerMax is targeted at next-generation applications such as real-time analytics, genomics, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things and mobile applications. The arrays implement machine learning to improve performance and provide proactive system health monitoring. The PowerMaxOS storage operating system takes advantage of years of collected performance and maintenance data and real-time data within the array itself. The PowerMax 8000 scales to up to 4 Petabytes of effective capacity, with up to 10 million IOPs of performance.

Subcategory Winner—Technology, Revenue and Profit: HPE 3Par StoreServ 20000 

Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s 3Par StoreServ 20000 features stunning scale, availability and performance—with 3.8 million IOPs and sub-millisecond latencies. The flash array also now includes Nimble InfoSight predictive analytics for predicting storage issues and proactively resolving them before they impact the installed base.

Finalist: IBM FlashSystem 9100 

IBM’s FlashSystem 9100 introduces the company’s first storage system featuring embedded high-performance NVMe storage capacity. The system supports both IBM’s proprietary FlashCore flash storage modules as well as industry-standard SSDs, and comes with Storage Insights, IBM’s artificial intelligence-powered analytics software.

Finalist: NetApp AFF A800

NetApp’s AFF A800 NVMe array features latency of less than 200 microseconds, with data transfer of up to 300 Gbps and performance of up to 11.4 million IOPs. The AFF A800 also offers an enhanced version of NetApp’s Active IQ software that provides predictive analytics for technical support.

Finalist: Pure Storage FlashArray//X90 

Pure Storage’s all-NVMe //X90 offers up to 3 Petabytes of effective capacity in a 2U footprint—with latency as low as 250 microseconds and the ability to unite SAN and DAS into a single, consolidated, and shared data-centric architecture.

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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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