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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.

PUBLIC CLOUD

MICROSOFT AZURE

WINNER: OVERALL

Microsoft’s Azure public cloud is thriving because the company truly understands how businesses want to use it, said Kelly Yeh, president of Phalanx Technology Group. “That’s what I always say is the best thing about Microsoft,” Yeh said. “We do both Azure and AWS. With AWS, we only use it for our customers that are e-commerce sites or websites. The Microsoft Azure environment is far superior if you’re trying to move your on- prem server farm. So unless you’re heavily invested in Linux servers on-prem, of course you’re going to spin it up in Microsoft’s Azure. It’s just so much easier to manage than AWS.” Solution providers ranked Azure No. 1 in Technology and Customer Demand and No. 2 in Revenue and Profit.

Subcategory Winner—Revenue and Profit: Oracle Cloud

In CRN’s 2020 Products of the Year survey, solution providers gave Oracle Cloud the No. 4 overall ranking among public cloud providers. However, Oracle Cloud did rank at No. 1 in the Revenue and Profit subcategory. The platform also ranked at No. 4 in Technology and at No. 4 in Customer Demand in the survey.

Finalist: Amazon Web Services

In CRN’s 2020 Products of the Year survey of solution providers, Amazon Web Services ranked at No. 2 overall among the five public cloud providers included in the survey—a tie with Google Cloud. AWS ranked at No. 2 in the Technology subcategory while ranking at No. 3 in Customer Demand and at No. 4 in Revenue and Profit.

Finalist: Google Cloud

As mentioned, Google Cloud tied with AWS in getting the No. 2 overall ranking from solution providers for Public Cloud in CRN’s 2020 Products of the Year survey. Google Cloud ranked at No. 2 in the Customer Demand subcategory, at No. 3 in Revenue and Profit, and at No. 3 in Technology.

Finalist: IBM Cloud

IBM Cloud was ranked by solution providers at No. 5 overall in Public Cloud in CRN’s 2020 Products of the Year survey. IBM Cloud ranked at No. 5 in all three subcategories in the survey for Public Cloud.

 
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