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CRN's 2019 Products Of The Year

Kyle Alspach

CRN editors looked at the best new products and major updates of 2019 and then turned to solution providers to choose the winners based on technology, revenue and profit opportunities, and customer demand.




Offering benefits including enhanced battery performance, management and security, Eaton’s 5P Lithium-Ion UPS is primed for deployment in environments such as distributed IT and edge. The addition of new lithium-ion battery technology brings performance improvements over lead-acid batteries, while the inclusion of an on-board battery management system provides insight into the battery’s state of health. Key battery insight surfaced by the system includes charge cycles, performance and temperature monitoring. Meanwhile, an optional Gigabit network card, which is compliant with UL 2900-2-2 standards, also provides enhanced cyberprotection with Eaton’s 5P Lithium-Ion UPS.

Subcategory Winner—Revenue and Profit: CyberPower Smart App Online High-Density UPS Systems

CyberPower’s Smart App Online High-Density UPS Systems provide assurance of maximum capacity output with a lower space footprint. In contrast to competing UPS models that require 3U or 4U rack space allotments, CyberPower’s offering is capable of configuration as either a 2U rack unit or a tower unit.

Subcategory Winner—Customer Demand: Tripp Lite SmartPro UPS Systems

With its SmartPro UPS Systems, Tripp Lite offers lithium-ion battery technology that is 60 percent lower weight and offers improved longevity compared with lead-acid batteries. The batteries can also fully recharge in 1.5 hours, compared with typical 24-hour recharges for comparable lead-acid systems.

Finalist: Schneider Electric EcoStruxure Power 2.0

Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Power 2.0 offers enhanced management of power distribution and energy, with capabilities including a second-generation Wiser Energy System for improved monitoring of energy usage. The Easergy P3 system and arc flash protection relay, meanwhile, serve to limit equipment damage and save operational time.

Finalist: Vertiv Liebert GXT5

With the Liebert GXT5 series, Vertiv offers a power factor of up to 1.0 on certain models, along with efficiency gains in online and Active ECO modes. Liebert GXT5 models are Energy Star 2.0 certified, and offer remote management along with individually controlled sockets for enhanced security.

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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