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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 HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10 Plus, Hewlett Packard Enterprise has combined powerful performance, security and management capabilities for partners—all in a compact and lightweight form factor. The server offering has been designed to meet the needs of small and midsize businesses—and the channel partners that serve them—even though it boasts technologies that are fundamentally enterprise-grade. The HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10 Plus has a size similar to a textbook and a weight of just 10 pounds, making it about onethird of the size of existing server offerings in the market. But it still can offer up to twice the performance of its predecessor server, with options for Intel Xeon E processors or less expensive Pentium chips. On security, for the first time on a ProLiant MicroServer, the offering includes HPE’s silicon root of trust technology that protects the system down to the firmware. And in terms of management, HPE’s InfoSight for Servers—an AIpowered management tool that provides predictive analytics— is made available for the first time to SMBs with the offering. Meanwhile, the ProLiant MicroServer Gen10 Plus comes equipped with remote management capabilities via HPE’s Integrated Lights Out (iLO) technology for the first time.

Finalist: Dell EMC PowerEdge XE2420

The Dell EMC PowerEdge XE2420 is a highly configurable, dual-socket 2U rack server featuring two second-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors, with further performance coming from up to four Nvidia acceleration cards. For use at the edge, the PowerEdge XE2420 can leverage the Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller 9 with the optional data center capability to provide streaming telemetry. And for harsh environments, the server is rated at temperatures between 41 degrees and 104 degrees Fahrenheit.

Finalist: IBM Bare Metal Servers

IBM Cloud recently enhanced its IBM Bare Metal Server line with the addition of second-generation AMD EPYC processors. The latest versions for IBM Cloud users include up to 96 CPU cores per platform, up to 4 TB of memory, up to 24 local storage drives, and the choice of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS, Ubuntu or Microsoft Windows Server.

Finalist: Lenovo ThinkSystem SR860/SR850 V2

Lenovo’s SR860 V2 and SR850 V2 feature third-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors with enhanced support for SAP HANA based on Intel Optane persistent memory 200 series, and can be configured with up to 48 2.5-inch storage drives. The ThinkSystem SR860 V2 server also supports four double-wide 300W or eight single-wide GPUs for handling artificial intelligence workloads, virtual desktop infrastructure or data analytics.

Finalist: Supermicro Nvidia A100 GPU-Powered Systems

Supermicro’s Nvidia A100 GPU-Powered Systemssupport up to eight Nvidia A100 PCIe GPUs via direct-attach PCIe 4.0 in conjunction with dual AMD EPYC 7002 processors. They can be configured with up to 8 TB of ECC DDR4 3,200MHz SDRAM and up to 24 hot-swap 2.5-inch storage devices and up to four 2.5-inch NVMe drives. There are nine or 10 PCIe 4.0 slots, depending on whether NVMe devices are used.

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