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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.




Last December, Scale Computing launched its HE150 hyperconverged infrastructure offering as a way to provide the benefits of its HC3 virtualization platform but in a compact form factor and with high availability for use in edge environments. The HE150, which offers all-flash, NVMe storage-based compute, does not require a server closet or rack and takes up about the same amount of space as a stack of three smartphones. The appliance leverages Intel NUC mini PCs rather than traditional 1U servers, and includes disaster recovery and integrated data protection capabilities as well as rolling upgrades and high-availability clustering. The HE150 ultimately provides improved availability and power efficiency compared with 1U servers in edge environments, making it an ideal offering for smaller workload requirements at the edge.

Subcategory Winner—Revenue and Profit: Nvidia Jetson Xavier NX

Nvidia said its recently launched Jetson Xavier NX is the world’s smallest supercomputer for artificial intelligence applications at the edge, giving robotics and embedded computing companies the ability to deliver server-class performance in a 10-watt power envelope. The computing board measures just 70 x 45mm, and comes with 384 CUDA cores and 48 tensor cores, allowing it to deliver up to 21 Tera Operations Per Second. (Note: Nvidia Jetson Xavier NX also tied with Scale Computing HE150 as the Subcategory Winner for Technology.)

Finalist: APC by Schneider Electric - 6U Wall Mount EcoStruxure Micro Data Center

The 6U Wall Mount EcoStruxure Micro Data Center from APC by Schneider Electric is an edge computing offering that delivers high resiliency with a compact footprint. The micro data center enables deployment of server and networking equipment at the edge without taking up any floor space, as it only extends 14 inches off the wall. Advanced security options include camera monitoring, keylock doors and intrusion detection.

Finalist: AWS Snowcone

AWS Snowcone is a compact, 4.5-pound, portable and rugged edge computing device for collecting, processing and transferring data to the Amazon Web Services cloud from disconnected environments outside traditional data centers. The offering includes support for AWS IoT Greengrass, the ability to run Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances and local storage.

Finalist: Eaton MiniRaQ

The Eaton MiniRaQ is a vertical wall-mount rack enclosure for edge IT and power management equipment that’s capable of safely mounting equipment up to 35 inches in length--and supports up to 400 pounds. The system features a compact footprint for fitting into confined spaces, and the MiniRaQ is also compatible with a variety of Eaton UPS systems.

Kyle Alspach

Kyle Alspach is a Senior Editor at CRN focused on cybersecurity. His coverage spans news, analysis and deep dives on the cybersecurity industry, with a focus on fast-growing segments such as cloud security, application security and identity security.  He can be reached at

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