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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.




Built on Cisco’s UCS server portfolio, Cisco’s HyperFlex hyperconverged infrastructure system enables the benefits of cloud (such as agility and a pay-as-you-go model) while also supporting distributed computing across multiple sites. HyperFlex leverages data optimization technologies and integrated fabric networking to help enable many types of workloads and offers configuration options such as all-flash, all-NVMe, hybrid and edge. Key capabilities include comprehensive management via the Cisco Intersight platform, while recent updates have included the launch of the HyperFlex Application Platform.The platform enhances the combination of HyperFlex systems with Kubernetes container orchestration, addressing the issue of how to provide persistent storage to containers.

Subcategory Winner—Technology: HPE SimpliVity

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has upped its hyperconverged price/performance game by outfitting SimpliVity with AMD’s EPYC Rome processors. The updates are targeted at serving the virtual desktop infrastructure markets including work-at-home and medical and emergency services. HPE also recently added its AI InfoSight predictive analytics software to HPE SimpliVity.

Finalist: Dell Technologies VxRail

For the first time, VxRail has been equipped with AMD-based processors with the recent launch of Dell Technologies VxRail E-Series. The new VxRail E-Series includes second-generation AMD EPYC professors that offer customers up to 64 high-performance cores and support for PCIe 4.

Finalist: Nutanix HCI

Nutanix HCI is composed of its software stack, which includes software-defined storage, AOS; an infrastructure control plane, Prism; and its AHV hypervisor. In June, Nutanix added Foundation Central to allow IT teams to deploy private cloud infrastructure on a global scale from a single interface, new life-cycle management features, as well as Nutanix Insights to provide predictive health and automated support services to help streamline operations.

Finalist: Scale Computing HC3

With HC3, Scale Computing offers a highly available and fully integrated offering for running applications that replaces traditional virtualization software, servers, disaster recovery software and shared storage. Scale Computing leverages its patented HyperCore technology to provide self-healing capabilities that identify and fix infrastructure problems in real time—ultimately providing maximum uptime for applications.

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