The accolades and awards for Wasabi keep rolling in. Today, we are proud and honored to have been named as one of the 100 Coolest Cloud Vendors of 2018 by CRN, a leading source for IT channel news, trends, and best practices. Each year, CRN recognizes the most innovative cloud vendors in an effort to help the channel industry navigate the ever-expanding cloud market to identify solutions and partners that can best help them grow and evolve their cloud businesses.\r\n\r\nThe CRN editorial team selects winners across five major cloud categories: infrastructure, platforms and development, security, storage, and software. Selection criteria include creativity and innovation in product development, partner program and service quality, and a demonstrated ability to help customers realize the full promise of the cloud: flexibility, agility, scalability, and cost savings. Wasabi was selected for the storage category based on the disruptive value proposition of our hot cloud storage solution.\r\nA hot new value proposition for the cloud storage channel\r\nIf you\u2019re new to Wasabi, our value proposition is simple: We offer the industry\u2019s most affordable (1\/5th the price of Amazon S3) yet highest performing (6x faster than S3) cloud storage solution on the market. Our cloud storage 2.0 technology collapses complex storage tiers and pricing models into one, universal, cloud storage utility that we call hot storage.\r\n\r\nWasabi\u2019s breakthrough economics and cloud-storage-as-a-utility vision change the game for channel partners, enabling them to offer compelling new services to accelerate their businesses and their customers' migration to the cloud. For instance, solution providers can now offer the industry\u2019s first active cloud archive, providing customers with an economical long-term storage solution that offers real-time access to assets without the delays and extra costs associated with traditional cold storage solutions.\r\n\r\nEven providers in the decades-old backup and disaster recovery services market can breathe new life into their business models by offering higher performance and lower prices to customers, while substantially increasing their margins in the process!\r\nA growing ecosystem of hot cloud storage partners\r\nIn less than a year since we opened our doors, Wasabi has attracted more than 100 solutions partners, integrators, and managed service providers. We\u2019ll be highlighting many of these solutions and providers in upcoming posts, including opportunities for MSPs and the steps we take to ensure simple, reliable application integration with Wasabi. (If you\u2019re interested, subscribe to our blog so you don\u2019t miss them.)\r\n\r\nThe word is spreading: Hot storage is the future of cloud storage. And thanks to CRN\u2019s recognition, the word will no doubt spread even faster.\r\n\r\nThe new 100 Coolest Cloud Computing Vendors list is available on the CRN website, and will be featured in their February 2018 issue.