Award Categories

Category 1: Cloud Service Provider of the Year

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Honours the achievements of the leading company in the highly competitive Cloud Services sector during the previous 18 months. The solution provider could be a Public Cloud provider, Datacentre or Telco operator, or creator of cloud operational tools, enabling high-volume, elastic public or hybrid cloud solutions with high reliability. Whether servicing a mass market for tens of thousands of Virtual Private Clouds users, Virtual Machine, Container or Micro-Services based, or enabling enterprise operations for complex workloads in hybrid or public cloud - the winner must demonstrate proven reliability and competitive performance.

  1. Innovation. Please describe how your solution innovates in this competitive sector? What are your proof points? How do you meet the demands of complex, elastic cloud scenarios?
  2. Effectiveness. Why is your solution different from the competition and deserves recognition? Demonstrate how your solution effectively enables the most challenging or demanding cloud workloads with clear metrics such as scale, performance, elasticity, physical resource optimization, public cloud peering, resilience and ‘no touch’ automation
  3. Leadership. What are the business benefits, illustrated by customer case studies in Production that proves you are a market leader?

Category 2: Data Centre Service Provider of the Year Award

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Awarded for excellence in providing colocation services across multiple regions

Note to entrants: To be eligible you must operate colocation facilities in at least two regions (Region A. Europe, Middle East & Africa. Region B. Asia Pacific. Region C. The Americas)

  1. Innovation. What makes your services innovative and/or market leading?
  2. Effectiveness. How do you ensure consistency and excellence in all aspects of your data centre build and service delivery across multiple regions?
  3. Leadership.Would your customers support your nomination for this award? How do you measure customer satisfaction?

Category 3: Data Centre Energy Innovation Award 2019

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Innovation in reducing energy use in data centres. The applicant Data Centre must be fully implemented and operating to provide quantitative evidence of improved actual performance, preferably over one year.

  1. Describe the project, solution or approach. What problems or issues was it meant to address (e.g. improving efficiency, sourcing renewable energy)?
  2. What alternatives were considered? What makes the chosen solution innovative?
  3. Provide quantitative evidence that the innovative solution uses less non-renewable energy than the alternatives considered. The performance of the chosen solution should be based on actual operating data (the alternatives can be estimates). Did it perform as well as expected? Why or why not? If PUE is provided it must be measured consistent with ISO/IEC 30134-2:2016.

Category 4: Data Centre CyberSecurity Award 2019

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Honours the achievements of the leading company in the information security market during the past 18 months, that is the company that stands for excellence, innovation and leadership, in a data centric context, by providing cutting edge cyber security for a digital hub. The solution provider could be an Internet service provider or a managed security provider with a clear focus on the Data Centre eco systems. Regardless of whether the proposed solution speeds up the cyber security attack prevention or investigative/forensic workflow execution, the target is to deliver the ‘best in class’ cyber security solution that provides valuable security measures for enterprise customers with an automated data science concept.

  1. Innovation. How do you describe your innovation, that delivers leading cyber security experience? What the proof points? How do you scale up in an automated approach?
  2. Excellence. Why is your company different from the competition and deserves recognition? How do you differentiate from your competitors?
  3. Leadership. What are the business benefits, illustrated by customer case studies, that no one else is able to offer today?

Category 5: Data Centre for Smart City Award

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Recognising contribution to the shaping and enabling of Smart Cities and the stimulation of their eco-systems. This award relates to the services and technologies used in data centres that enable smart cities. It can include the impact of industrial partners in a data centre set up for a smart city

  1. What is your company’s vision associated with Smart Cities?
  2. How have you impacted Smart City planning and delivery, including infrastructure and services provision?
  3. Have you contributed to local innovation eco-systems, and to support better social, environmental and economic outcomes? Describe how you have done this.

Category 6: Excellence in Regional Data Centre Awards

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Awarded for excellence in providing regional colocation services in one of the following four regions – a. Asia Pacific; b. Europe; c. Middle East & Africa; d. The Americas Important note to entrants: To be eligible you must only operate a colocation facility or multiple facilities in ONE of these four regions. (That is, you do not operate in the other three regions)

  1. Innovation.What makes your services innovative and / or market leading?
  2. Effectiveness.How do you ensure consistency and excellence in all aspects of your data centre build and service delivery in the region?
  3. Leadership.Would your customers support your nomination for this award? How do you measure customer satisfaction?

Category 6a: Excellence in Data Centre Asia Pac Award

Category 6b: Excellence in Data Centre Europe Award

Category 6c: Excellence in Data Centre Middle East & Africa Award

Category 6d: Excellence in Data Centre Americas Award

Category 7: Global Connectivity Innovator of the Year

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Innovation in delivering superior service and experience in connectivity and interconnections driving the interconnection eco-system. Entrants can include, but are not limited to, Carriers, Datacentre Operators, Cloud Providers or Interconnection Exchange Points

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

Category 8: Fibre Innovator of the Year

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Innovation in developing and implementing fibre connectivity services, local, national or international, for cloud users

  1. Provide evidence of innovative development and implementation of advanced fibre technology, whether for metro networks, national networks or international networks, terrestrial or subsea
  2. Describe how you have increased lifespan or reliability, increased bandwidth per wavelength, increased overall bandwidth or otherwise increased the performance of networks
  3. Demonstrate the usefulness of the innovations to meet new or imminent needs of cloud and other users and the expected returns.

Category 9: Hyperscale Innovation Award

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Recognizing innovation of IT architecture, design & construction, and data centre construction including, but not limited to, power supply, cooling supply, setting new standards for the industry. The winner will be a hyperscale datacentre operator, architect or solutions provider that has demonstrated the greatest innovation and delivery success in the previous 18 months.

  1. Innovation. Provide evidence of innovation in technology design, datacentre construction, operational efficiency or service delivery at hyperscale
  2. Performance. Describe how your current or planned hyperscale facility brings exceptional new standards in design, construction or operation with clear metrics and evidence
  3. Leadership. Demonstrate how your hyperscale case study delivers exceptional operational efficiency, reliability, power consumption or environmental impact.

Category 10: Edge Innovation Award

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Awarded for Innovation in delivering superior user experience in connectivity and interconnections for Edge Data Centres or any kind of initiatives or federations using Edge Data Centres

  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 11: Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility Award

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Excellence in leading and implementing CSR

  1. Demonstrate that CSR is embedded in your business strategy
  2. Describe examples of CSR programmes, initiatives or projects for which your company has been responsible
  3. Provide evidence or testimonials of some of the benefits that your CSR activities have delivered.

Category 12: 5G Forerunner Award

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Recognises a company which has made a significant contribution to ‘best practice’ 5G deployment during the past 12 months in a metro-region or in a country

  1. Professional Experience. You should excel in your professional implementation. What are your original concepts which have had significant impact on the quality of 5G experience, quality of service and/or cost containment during the past 12 months? Which pain points will be resolved by implementing 5G?
  2. Leadership. Leadership should be evidenced by promoting 5G within a metro-region or country. What is proof of evidence, what did you achieve by implementing the 5G services?
  3. Recognition of Data Driven Architecture. How do you share/publicise your ‘best practice’ insights in order to create significant impact on 5G services and promote data driven business architectures?

Category 13: Data Centre Location of the Year Award

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Recognizing development agencies, governments and trade associations that have promoted and positioned their location to attract data centre investment

  1. Explain what you’ve done in respect of legislation and regulatory factors to position your location for data centre investment.
  2. How are you helping the data centre build process in respect of issues such as power procurement, zoning and land availability.
  3. Demonstrate how you are promoting your location to attract data centre investment.

Category 14: Edge Leader of the Year Award 2019

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Awarded for excellence in operations of Edge Data Centres in a regional (Metropolitan) market.
The applicant operates an Edge Data Centre in at least one (but not limited to one) regional market.

  1. Innovation.What makes your services innovative and /or market leading in your region?
  2. Effectiveness.How do you ensure consistency and excellence in all aspects of your data centre build and service delivery in the region?
  3. Leadership.Would your customers support your nomination for this award? How do you measure customer satisfaction? What benefits do your customers achieve by using your services?

Category 15: Digital Champion 2019 Award

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Recognizes the customer implementation which has made the greatest impact in the data centre and cloud services sector over the last 18 months. The winner will be a real-world customer story, from public or private sector, which must be in Production today and has made the greatest commercial or social impact in its area. The case study may be proposed by a technology provider, data centre or cloud operator, but will be awarded to the organisation and team at the heart of the story.

  1. Innovation. Describe how your story is a breakthrough of its kind. What are your proof points?
  2. Challenge.What challenges did you have to overcome to deliver this solution, whether in design, technical architecture or implementation?
  3. Impact. What made this such a successful and high impact story? Please provide concrete examples, case study details and clearly describe who benefitted and how they benefitted.

Category 16: Telco at the Edge Award

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Awarded for telecommunications /interconnection services which are at the heart of premium growth at the Edge enabling Edge Data Centre operations to scale up.

  1. How do you describe your innovation – one that delivers the scale up experience? What are the proof points?
  2. Why is your company different from the competition and one that deserves recognition? How do you differentiate from your competitors?
  3. What are the business benefits that you uniquely offer (i.e. no one else is able to offer today)? Illustrated these by customer case studies.

Category 17: Young Digital Leader of the Year

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Recognizing talented young and upcoming leaders from any discipline (entrepreneur/founder, policymaker, innovator, business function, etc) who have driven a noticeable achievement or contribution to the digital industry. [The nominee should be under 40 years of age, as of 4th June 2019.]

  1. Describe what innovation, best practice, or transformative activity the nominee has contributed to that has driven an organisation or an economy digitally forward?
  2. Describe the nominee’s specific contribution to the activity described above.
  3. What has been the impact generated by their work and involvement? Outline the impact in measurable and verifiable statements like “increased revenue by 5%, margin by 10% or increased customer experience by 10% points.”

Category 18: Young Engineer of the Year Award

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Recognizing talented young and upcoming engineers.
[The nominee should be under 35 years of age, as of 4th June 2019.]

  1. Describe what engineering focused innovation, best practice, or development the nominee has contributed that has driven an organisation or an economy digitally forward?
  2. How significant was the person in the engineering or technical role or was the contribution made by the entrant to the success of the company or organisation? Outline the impact in measurable and verifiable statements like “increased speed by 200% or using 50% less energy...”
  3. In what ways did the nominee display innovative, strategic or critical thinking that set their contribution apart from others? Outline the contribution in ways that can be evaluated and verified.