Award Categories 2018

The deadline to submit nominations for the Datacloud Awards is 30th March 2018
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Category 1: Data Centre Leader of the Year (Award will be given by the Judges Panel)

This year, these Awards will be given by the Judges Panel to the leader of a company nominated for one of the other Awards.

Category 2: Cloud Leader of the Year (Award will be given by the Judges Panel)

This year, these Awards will be given by the Judges Panel to the leader of a company nominated for one of the other Awards.

Category 3: Excellence in Data Centre Service Award with Global Impact

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Awarded for excellence in operations in multiple markets.

The applicant operates in (at least but not limited to) multiple markets within EMEA, GUS, Africa, LATAM and Scandinavia. Please note that the North American and Asian markets are covered separately by other award schemes and do not qualify per se.

Criteria:

  1. What services are you delivering? What are your metrics for success? How can you prove that you deliver them with an excellent recognition? Provide evidence/examples
  2. What makes your operation innovative or market leading services?
  3. What benefits do your customers achieve in using your excellent data centre services?

Category 4: Excellence in Data Centre Service Award with Local Impact

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Awarded for excellence in operations in a single, local market.

The applicant operates in a single market within EMEA, GUS, Africa, LATAM and Scandinavia. Please note that the North American and Asian markets are covered separately by other award schemes and do not qualify per se.

Criteria:

  1. What services are you delivering? What are your metrics for success? How can you prove that you deliver them with an excellent recognition? Provide evidence/examples
  2. What makes your operation innovative or market leading services?
  3. What benefits do your customers achieve in using your excellent data centre services?

Category 5: Best Data Centre Energy Solution Award 2018

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Excellence in energy use in data centres

Criteria:

  1. Describe the project, solution or approach. What problem or issue was it meant to address (e.g. improving efficiency, re-using waste heat).
  2. Explain how it was delivered in a data centre environment. Outline its key features and include any challenges to deployment and how they were overcome.
  3. Demonstrate what sets this approach apart from others and what it has achieved in energy terms.

Category 6: Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility - Company of the Year

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Excellence in leading and implementing CSR

Criteria:

  1. How embedded is CSR in your business model?
  2. How does the company meet its CSR requirements in the use of data centres
  3. Please demonstrate examples of excellence when judged against your peers and beyond

Category 7: Data Centre Above and Beyond Award

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Recognizing excellence in exceeding value goals for customers through services or solutions

Criteria:

  1. How did you go about it? What did you do?
  2. In what way did your service or product go beyond the call of duty?
  3. What was the outcome? What difference was made through the service or solution?

Category 8: Excellence in Data Centre Architecture and Design Award

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Defining excellence in data centre architecture and design – data centre, network or building

Criteria:

  1. The data centre architecture and design must have brought demonstrable benefit in either customer experience, operational savings or increased availability. The benefits must be fully explained.
  2. The data centre architecture and design must be different. It must be new, not only to the organisation, but to the industry.
  3. The outcome of the introduction of this architecture and cutting-edge design must be demonstrable and measurable.

Category 9: Hyperscale Award

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Recognizing innovation of IT architecture, design & construction, and data centre construction incl. but not limited to power supply, cooling supply, setting new standards for the industry

Criteria:

  1. Provide evidence of innovation in IT design, data centre construction or cooling.
  2. Describe how your current or planned hyperscale facility brings exceptional new standards in design and construction.
  3. Demonstrate how your current or planned hyperscale facility brings innovation in cooling.

Category 10: Data Centre Geographical Location Award

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Recognizing excellence in the geographical location for data centres in EMEA, provided by development agencies or governmental agencies or investors at least

Criteria:

  1. Explain why data centre/cloud investment is important to your region or location.
  2. Outline the plans you have made to ensure that your location is attractive to operators and cloud services providers in terms of geographic location, fibre infrastructure and connectivity, energy availability, taxation and skills pool.
  3. Explain why your location is uniquely competitive.

Category 11: Circular Economy Leadership Award

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Recognizing innovation in design for re-use (e.g. heat re-use)

Criteria:

  1. Provide evidence of how your data centres are achieving excellence in design for creative re-use of elements within your data centre operation
  2. Demonstrate how the Circular Economy has influenced your business strategy and why it is important.
  3. Demonstrate how you are leading the industry in sustainability and efficiency.

Category 12: Connectivity Provider of the Year Award

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Innovation in delivering superior user experience in connectivity and interconnections

Criteria:

  1. Provide evidence of quantifiable, proven ability to deliver innovative, ultra-high scale connectivity demanded by today's cloud users
  2. Describe how you meet or exceed the most stringent user demand for availability, scalability and latency
  3. Demonstrate the delivery of business effectiveness, cost effectiveness, business agility and high levels of customer experience to users

Category 13: Best programme for Data Centre training and professional development

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Recognizing industry leadership in people

Criteria:

  1. What is excellent about your data centre training or professional development programme? Provide evidence or examples.
  2. How do your training or professional development programmes deliver the best workforce in the industry?
  3. What steps are you taking to promote a career in Data Centres and how are you encouraging people to join our industry?

Category 14: Excellence in Cloud Service Award with Global Impact

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Recognizing outstanding performance in delivering cloud services in multiple markets.

Criteria:

  1. What is the nature of the solution, how innovative is the offering and how high impact is this for clients? Provide examples of customer use
  2. Describe how flexible to demand, burstable, scalable, performant, efficient, secure and reliable is your service? Provide relevant metrics and evidence
  3. What was the demand that your cloud service was designed to fulfil? Why is it more successful or different from competition?

Category 15: Excellence in Cloud Service Award with Local Impact

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Recognizing outstanding performance in delivering cloud services in local markets

Criteria:

  1. What is the nature of the solution, how innovative is the offering and how high impact is this for clients? Provide examples of customer use
  2. Describe how flexible to demand, burstable, scalable, performant, efficient, secure and reliable is your service? Provide relevant metrics and evidence
  3. What was the demand that your cloud service was designed to fulfil? Why is it more successful or different from competition?

Category 16: Enterprise Cloud Adoption Award

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Achieving excellence in adopting and implementing cloud services within the Enterprise

Criteria:

  1. What have been the key issues and challenges? How did you overcome these?
  2. What best practices were used in adopting cloud services?
  3. What results were achieved?

Category 17: Upcoming Engineer of the Year Award

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Recognizing talented young and upcoming engineers

Criteria:

  1. How significant was the person in the engineering or technical role or contribution made by the entrant to the success of the company?
  2. In what ways did the nominee display innovative, strategic or critical thinking that set their contribution apart from others?
  3. Describe demonstrated abilities to problem solve, manage people, skills or processes.

Category 18: Marketer of the Year Award

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Recognizing outstanding marketing contribution in the data centre and cloud industry

Criteria:

  1. How has the nominee contributed to communicating, connecting with customers, brand building, lead generating and being the best?
  2. Describe how the nominee has contributed significantly to the growth, visibility and advancement of the industry.
  3. How has the nominee introduced a new innovative marketing approach or a campaign or new services, adding value to the company? How has the nominee measured and quantified the success delivered and benchmarked this against reference points?

Category 19: Individual Industry Contribution – Ambassador Award

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Recognizing an EMEA ambassador for the Data Centre and Cloud Industry for 2018-2019

Criteria:

  1. How has the nominee demonstrated positive influence to the data centre or cloud industry over the past five years?
  2. How has the nominee communicated the value of the data centre and/or cloud industry to those outside the industry?
  3. What has been the impact generated by their work and involvement in the industry?