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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.




Though it’s the base model in Dell EMC’s PowerStore offering, the PowerStore 1000T includes the same scale-up, scale-out architecture of the higher-tier models. The all-fl ash PowerStore offering leverages machine learning and automation technologies to provide a programmable infrastructure, improving everything from application development to deployment. The system’s machine-learning engine delivers optimized performance and reduced cost through automation of processes such as initial volume placement and load balancing. The PowerStore 1000T differs from higher-tier models in offering Intel Xeon Scalable processors with fewer cores per array (32) and a lower clock speed (1.8GHz), as well as less memory per appliance (384 GB). Other key components of the Dell EMC PowerStore offering include support for orchestration frameworks such as Kubernetes and Ansible, as well as VMware integration.

Finalist: IBM FlashSystem 5000

Key features of the IBM FlashSystem 5000 include Easy Tier, which uses AI to detect storage usage patterns by workloads and automatically moves data among tiers of storage—ultimately optimizing the use of different media with differing price and performance characteristics.

Finalist: HPE Nimble Storage HF20

With its Nimble Storage HF20 adaptive flash array, Hewlett Packard Enterprise is driving performance gains of up to 65 percent compared with the previous generation. That enhanced performance is paired with HPE Nimble Storage’s signature predictive analytics, which can predict and resolve 86 percent of problems before the issues are discovered.

Finalist: Lenovo ThinkSystem DE6000F

Lenovo’s ThinkSystem DE6000F is an all-flash array that pairs strong performance with an “attractive” cost, Lenovo said. The array provides up to 1 million IOPS with latency of less than 100 microseconds, while offering simplified integration through a suite of application plugins and APIs.

Finalist: NetApp AFF C190

NetApp’s entry-level all-flash offering, the AFF C190, provides benefits such as rapid provisioning of storage and management of file and block data on one system—all at an affordable price point, according to the company. Workloads can be deployed in less than 10 minutes with the AFF C190, NetApp said, thanks to a simplified wizard that guides users through configuration and built-in workflows for key applications.


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