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CRN’s 2020 Products Of The Year

Kyle Alspach

CRN editors compiled the top partner-friendly products and services that launched over the past year, then turned to solution providers to choose the winners.




Enhanced insight, visibility and control—as well as new automation capabilities for IT administrators— come together in the ExtremeCloud IQ application from Extreme Networks. The enterprise network management app provides full visibility into every user and device in a network, as well as unified policy management across devices and sites. ExtremeCloud IQ also uses machine learning and AI to deliver actionable insight derived from the 3 PB of data that’s ingested by the company’s cloud instances each day. In addition, the new Co-Pilot feature provides automation capabilities that dramatically reduce the amount of context-gathering needed by IT administrators for handling support calls.

Subcategory Winner—Technology: Cisco Meraki MS390

With the Meraki MS390 next-generation access switch, Cisco launched its first Meraki switch that leverages the company’s Catalyst switching advancements—such as improved scalability and performance—paired with the simplified Meraki dashboard. The Cisco Meraki MS390 is also extendable for adopting new security policies and other new features.

Finalist: CommScope Ruckus Analytics

CommScope recently unveiled Ruckus Analytics, a cloud subscription-based service built on a foundation of AI that offers network intelligence while simplifying service assurance for MSPs managing their customers’ environments. The service uses AI derived from Ruckus networking elements, including access points and switches, to classify issues based on severity.

Finalist: HPE Aruba ESP

The HPE Aruba ESP (Edge Services Platform) provides a cloud-native approach for unifying, automating and protecting edge environments. Core components include AIOps, zero-trust network security and a unified infrastructure for campus, data center, branch and remote workers. The platform continuously analyzes data across domains, identifies anomalies and self-optimizes, while providing visibility and security for unknown devices on the network.

Finalist: Juniper Networks AP63

One of Juniper Networks’ latest Wi-Fi 6 access points is the AP63, a high-performance option for outdoor environments that can handle extreme weather conditions and temperatures. This access point also offers location-based services via a vBLE antenna, and can help educational institutions or medical facilities as they extend connectivity out into their parking lots or campuses.

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