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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 the latest update to its Primera 600 storage system, Hewlett Packard Enterprise is enabling new levels of performance and agility for partners and customers—who can now spend less time managing and tuning mission-critical storage infrastructure. In the past, storage administrators would have had to act on the AI-driven recommendations of the system, but that’s changed with the recent Primera 600 enhancements. Now, thanks to a major upgrade to the InfoSight AI capabilities, the system can take dynamic action to automatically resolve storage management issues. HPE Primera thus goes beyond predictive analytics to take direct actions that optimize resource utilization, dramatically improving storage performance for customers. Ultimately, Primera’s ability to automatically implement solutions to storage issues is providing a critical differentiator for HPE partners to become more strategic with their customers.

Subcategory Winner—Technology, Customer Demand: Dell EMC PowerStore 9000

Featuring built-in machine learning and automation, Dell EMC PowerStore is a programmable infrastructure that dramatically improves everything from application development to deployment. The top-of-the-line PowerStore 9000 offers Intel Xeon Scalable processors with 112 cores per array and a clock speed of 2.1GHz, as well as 2.56 TB of memory per appliance.

Finalist: IBM FlashSystem 9200

IBM’s FlashSystem 9200 offers three to four times the performance and 17 times the rack density of the company’s FlashSystem A9000 line—but at a price that is 40 percent to 60 percent less expensive, depending on configuration.

Finalist: NetApp AFF A800

NetApp’s AFF A800 is an NVMe enterprise all-flash array aimed at offering speedy performance and low latency for applications, including AI and machine learning applications. The array can deliver up to 11.4 million IOPS at 1 millisecond latency, while enabling the management of NAS containers of up to 20 PB.

Finalist: Pure Storage FlashArray//X90

Earlier this year, Pure Storage unveiled its third-generation FlashArray//X portfolio of all-NVMe arrays, including the top-tier FlashArray//X90. Key updates include an increase in performance of up to 25 percent, compared with the prior generation, with updated controllers that include Intel’s latest Xeon Scalable processors.

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