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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.




As SD-WAN increasingly serves as a key part of the broader area known as Secure Access Service Edge (SASE), VMware SDWAN by VeloCloud has been advancing its offering to deliver a powerful SASE platform for businesses. The platform brings together VMware’s hyperscale SD-WAN architecture, which is based on thousands of VMware SD-WAN Cloud Gateways, with a wide network of cloud services. The combination delivers an ideal user experience through identifying each client and optimizing application traffic across the cloud. VMware SD-WAN by VeloCloud also provides robust, integrated security with its SASE platform, including key capabilities such as zero-trust network access, cloud access security broker and secure web gateway. Ultimately, VMware SD-WAN by VeloCloud provides all users and devices with a secure and consistent experience, even across a distributed workforce.

Subcategory Winner—Revenue and Profit: Palo Alto Networks CloudGenix SD-WAN

In April, Palo Alto Networks completed its acquisition of SD-WAN heavy-hitter CloudGenix to bolster its Secure Access Service Edge platform. CloudGenix is enhancing Palo Alto Networks’ capabilities around intelligently performed on-boarding of remote branches and retail stores into its SASE platform, Prisma Access.

Finalist: Aryaka SmartServices

With the SmartServices global managed SD-WAN platform, Aryaka offers features such as SmartManage for global orchestration and visibility; SmartConnect for connectivity that includes dedicated backbone, broadband internet and MPLS; SmartSecure for edge and cloud-based security; SmartOptimize for multisegment network and application optimization; and SmartCloud for direct connectivity to the major cloud platforms.

Finalist: Cisco SD-WAN

Cisco’s recently launched Secure Access Service Edge offering features integration between the company’s flagship SD-WAN offering, powered by Viptela, and its cloud-based secure web gateway, Cisco Umbrella. The fully integrated SASE offering includes an SD-WAN dashboard that can be used to rapidly deploy Cisco Umbrella security across all sites and users.

Finalist: Silver Peak Unity EdgeConnect

Silver Peak, acquired by Hewlett Packard Enterprise in late September, recently refreshed its Unity EdgeConnect SD-WAN edge platform—which now has been injected with Unity Orchestrator Global Enterprise management software, a SaaS-based application designed for large-scale global enterprises with multiple divisions, business units or subsidiaries that each require a dedicated SD-WAN fabric.

Finalist: Versa Networks Secure SD-WAN

Versa Networks recently expanded its Secure SD-WAN offerings with the addition of the Versa Secure Access offering, which provides highly scalable remote access for customers to securely connect to applications in both public and private clouds. The offering combines security functions with SD-WAN including a stateful firewall, DOS protection, a next-generation firewall, an intrusion prevention system and URL filtering on end users’ devices.

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