The annual international Datacentre Awards have been announced by the Judges Panel for the 2013 gala ceremony, which takes place in June in London. And as one of the members of the Judges panel I’m looking forward to judging nominations for these awards. The organizers of the event, Broadgroup, have announced an extended panel of expert Judges for the Awards, now in its 6th year. There are 12 award categories and an online entry form is now available at the website datacentreawards.com
Awards 2013 categories:
Category 1: Public Cloud services and Infrastructure
Achieving hundreds of thousands of customers globally, many large businesses are deploying public cloud applications. Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) is the most active segment of the public cloud services, but more offerings have been launched, with Platform as a Service (PaaS) advancing rapidly. The Award will recognize a Company, Internal Division or functional team with a demonstrable track record established in the last 12 months that can be used as an exemplar to the global datacentre industry that has achieved transformation of traditional compute.
Category 2: Private Cloud Services and Infrastructure
Private Cloud Services are gaining significant credibility offering dedicated services providing IT flexibility and scalability. The capability to host business applications and services is highly dependent upon the infrastructure offering, services wrapper and extent of automation. The judges are looking to identify a business that has an established Private Cloud service. The Award will recognize a Company, Internal Division or functional team with a demonstrable track record established in the last 12 months that can be used as an exemplar to the global datacentre industry that has achieved transformation of traditional compute.
Category 3: Energy Efficiency and Environmental Sustainability
The industry is under increasing challenges to ensure energy efficiency and environmental sustainability is at the core of the data centre design and most critically during the lifecycle operation. Data Centre performance is now a crucial measure in the use of the resources spent in the operation of the facility – spanning both new entrants and the existing built environment. The award seeks to identify a business that has significantly demonstrated energy efficiency in the data centre industry. The award will recognize a Data Centre facility, or a team within the owning company with a demonstrable track record established in the last 12 months, that can be used as an exemplar to the European data centre industry of energy efficiency innovation.
Category 4: Co-location Provider of the Year
The award is aimed at carrier neutral co-location providers operating shared facilities for multiple customers ranging in size from a single cabinet upwards. You can operate a stand-alone site or multiple locations. The award will be given for the best operator in the marketplace. The judges will be looking at what the extra dimension is that you have brought to the co-location market over and beyond the delivery of the technical aspects of your facility.
Category 5: Datacentre Retrofit of the Year
The Judges are seeking to identify an exemplar of best practice in datacentre retrofit over the past 12 months. In providing your case study, the panel will assess technical, environmental, cost, energy efficiency and customer value. If possible please identify the financial scale of the project.
Category 6: New Datacentre of the Year
New datacentres are being developed at an increasing rate globally. This award is designed to recognise a new datacentre, either commercial (co-location, hosting, managed services, etc.) or enterprise of any size, which has been deployed in the past 12 months. The award will be given to a datacentre that demonstrates innovation, awareness of its environmental impact, integrated thinking and can show how the facility was developed to meet current and future needs.
Category 7: Managed Services Award
The award is aimed at all managed service providers, both large and small. The award will be given for the best operator in the marketplace. In particular the judges will be looking to identify the extra dimension brought by the nominee company to the global managed services marketplace.
Category 8: Operational Excellence of the Year
Data centre Operational Excellence is a philosophy of organizational leadership that stresses the application of a variety of principles, work processes, and tools toward the sustainable improvement of data centre key performance metrics (IT and/or Facilities) in combination with lower operating expense. These results may have been achieved by improvements in daily operations and/or maintenance activities.
The judges are looking to identify a business that has significantly demonstrated operational excellence in the datacentre industry. The award will recognize an IT operation team or a Facilities operation team with a demonstrable track record established in the last 12 months, that can be used as an exemplar to the global datacentre industry of operational excellence.
Category 9: Modular Award
As performance of devices rapidly increases and the ubiquity of the Internet unfolds, strategies around building the IT infrastructures to support them needs to rapidly evolve too. With a range of modules available, installation is easy with little more than a power connection, a water connection (for cooling) and a data connection. One of the main advantages for modular datacentres the operation of pay as you grow models, as power, cooling and IT scale together. Effectively this delays capital costs but also eliminates unused capacity as the datacentre fills up. With a key objective of achieving the lowest total cost of ownership with time efficiencies, and carbon savings and the opportunity for swift implementation using the latest technologies, modular deployments can offer significant advantages. This Award will be given to the best modular product offering.
Category 10: Entrepreneur of the Year
The Award recognises the passion and drive behind entrepreneurial businesses whether private or listed, or private equity backed.
Category 11: CxO of the Year
The judges are seeking to identify an inspiring CXO and a true leader example. The person nominated will have a demonstrable track-record of recent industry achievements over the past 12 months, which represent marketing flair, commercial success, significant business growth, uniqueness in approach and industry leadership.
Category 12: Young Talent of the Year
This award will recognise a young individual who during the past 12 months deserves singular recognition in regards to their impact on their organisation, their sector and/or the industry. This could include but is not limited to an individual who has demonstrated innovation, significant change, first mover advantage, in term of new services, new business model, or new technology development or deployment. The award is worthy of recognition to someone who has demonstrated courage, tenacity, and creativity in front of established subject matter experts. The judges will be looking for qualitative and quantitative information to support the admission. The young individual will also show significant potential and is likely to be a future leader in the industry. This award may be nominated regardless of affinity or relationship with the person or company.
Category 13: Judges Award
This Award is given at the discretion of the Judges Panel. It will recognise an Individual or organisation whose contribution during the past 12 months deserves singular recognition. This could include an industry ‘Ambassador’ or an organisation that has demonstrated first mover advantage; or a contributor: – an award worthy of recognition to someone who has demonstrated tenacity, or a product that has caused a disruptive effect within our industry. This award is frequently the hardest for the Judges to assign. This award may be nominated regardless of affinity or relationship with the person or company.