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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.




Amazon Web Services, the largest public cloud platform by market share, brought its on-premises version of its public cloud into general availability last December with the launch of AWS Outposts. The offering entails AWS installing and managing a server rack in its customers’ data centers, and addresses the needs of enterprises that must keep applications close to home. Outposts launched with AWS EC2 instances and EBS block storage, as well as two hosted container services, ECS and EKS. S3 storage on AWS Outposts became available in September. The first variant of Outposts is the “AWS native” option for customers that want to use the AWS APIs and control plane alongside their deployments in AWS regions. A second variant of AWS Outposts, for customers that want to use a VMware control plane, is expected in 2020.

Subcategory Winner—Customer Demand: VMware Cloud on AWS

Among the recent changes to VMware Cloud on AWS is a reduction in the minimum size of a deployment, and availability of a storage-optimized AWS EC2 instance—both of which make it easier for partners to sell the service to smaller customers. The changes have also included the ability to deploy and manage VMware Cloud on AWS instances with vCloud Director.

Finalist: Dell Technologies Cloud

Recent enhancements to the Dell Technologies Cloud have included the addition of a direct path to Kubernetes container orchestration from a single environment with support for containerized workloads and traditional virtual machines on the same VxRail infrastructure. The Dell Technologies Cloud also extended its networking capabilities with new updates from the Dell EMC SD-WAN Solution powered by VMware.

Finalist: HPE GreenLake Cloud Services

With GreenLake Cloud Services, Hewlett Packard Enterprise provides pay-per-use, self-service and scalability for applications and data regardless of whether they’re located on-premises, in colocation or at the edge. The offering covers everything from container management, storage and virtual machines to networking, compute and data protection while also providing pre-integrated building blocks as well as a choice of configurations for its services.

Finalist: Lenovo TruScale Infrastructure Services

Lenovo TruScale Infrastructure Services is a pay-per-use subscription offering for Lenovo data center products based on electrical consumption, which allows customers to use and pay for on-premises data center hardware and services without having to purchase the equipment. Customers never take capital ownership of the hardware or other IT assets, and there is no minimum capacity requirement for TruScale.

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