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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.




With its fast-growing Autonomous Database offering, Oracle has said it has the makings for replicating the success of its original Oracle commercial relational database that launched the entire business. Autonomous Database, which automates the provisioning, configuration and scaling of databases, runs natively on the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure platform, and comes with capabilities such as automated data protection and self-repair after user errors and system failures. Recent enhancements aimed at taking Autonomous Database to the next level have included the introduction of a dedicated deployment option to provide operational control, reliability and security for all classes of database workloads. Oracle has also updated its Enterprise Manager platform to expand Autonomous Database support, including with guided migrations and a streamlined user experience for moving workloads from on-premises environments to Oracle Autonomous Database.

Subcategory Winner—Revenue and Profit: Couchbase Cloud

Couchbase Cloud is the next-generation database from Couchbase, available as a fully managed Database-as-a-Service running on Amazon Web Services. The offering is based on the Couchbase Server, a multipurpose NoSQL database that combines a high-performance, memory-first, globally replicating cluster architecture with key-value stores, a SQL-compatible query language and a schema-flexible JSON format.

Finalist: MariaDB SkySQL Database-as-a-Service

Earlier this year, MariaDB launched the cloud-based MariaDB SkySQL Database-as-a-Service for both transactional and business analytics applications. The company recently expanded the functionality of the offering by adding the ability to customize database options and configurations as a way to meet requirements for security, high availability and disaster recovery.

Finalist: Snowflake Cloud Data Platform

The Snowflake Cloud Data Platform provides a centralized place for deriving business insight from big data via a data warehouse that was created for the cloud along with secure access to an entire network of data and a core architecture to support versatile data workloads. Recent updates to the Snowflake Cloud Data Platform include the new Snowsight analyst experience for executing queries and commands against Snowflake.

Finalist: Splunk Data Stream Processor

Splunk’s Data Stream Processor rapidly collects and processes data before delivering it to Splunk systems, as well as other platforms, in real time. Benefits include the ability to transform raw data into high-value data prior to sending it elsewhere, along with data protection capabilities through masking sensitive data.

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