Award Categories

Category 01: Cloud Service Provider of the Year 2020

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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 02: Data Centre Service Provider of the Year Award 2020

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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 03: Data Centre CyberSecurity Award 2020

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Honours the achievements of the leading company in the information security market during the past 18 months, that the company that stands for excellence, innovation and leadership, in a data centric context, by providing cutting edge cyber security experience, protecting assets in data centres. 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 (facts and figures)? How do you scale up in an automated approach (please provide facts)?
  2. Excellence. Why is your company different from the competition and why does it deserve 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 04: Enabling the Connected World Award 2020

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Recognising exceptional results and contribution of a data centric deployment to enabling the growth of a highly connected eco system and its commercial viability in a vertical industry. The usage of such an innovation demonstrates the ability to fundamentally change the user experience. Based upon factual results, entrants may include, but are not limited to contributions to the education sector, automotive industry, financial industry, healthcare industry, cities or Internet industry, R&D with partners. Innovative deployments may also include HPC, machine learning or IoT.

  1. Innovation. What makes your services innovative and market leading? What are the business challenges that you solved with your innovative implementation?
  2. Effectiveness. How has your deployment impacted changes within the relevant eco-system? Demonstrate the delivery of business effectiveness, cost effectiveness, business agility and market growth. What have you changed and why is this market changing?
  3. Leadership: What is your vision for a highly connected eco system? Demonstrate customer appreciation, based upon facts and figures as well as upon customers´ testimonials.

Category 05: Excellence in Regional Data Centre Awards 2020

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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 operate a colocation facility or multiple facilities in ONLY ONE of these four regions. (That is, you do not operate in any of 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 5a: Excellence in Data Centre Asia Pac Award

Category 5b: Excellence in Data Centre Europe Award

Category 5c: Excellence in Data Centre Middle East & Africa Award

Category 5d: Excellence in Data Centre Americas Award

Category 06: Inward Investment Initiatives for Data Centres 2020

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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 07: New - Data Centre Construction Award 2020

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This award recognises excellence in the construction of a data centre or phase of a data centre development. Data centres constructed in different locations may face different challenges including regulatory environment, climate, labour and material availability and logistics. A data centre constructed, for example, in a location where the climate may be hot would face different challenges to a facility constructed in a location with a cool climate. Construction of the data centre is not limited to the materials and systems used nor the construction methodology deployed, but also takes into account items such as design and construction timeline, people flow, delivery handling and physical security. The architectural value of the data centre is not considered in this award. The winner will be a data centre that is constructed and operational and where it can be demonstrated that the construction of the building has been designed and delivered to meet the specific challenges of the location where it has been built.

  1. Describe the specific challenges that needed to be met with the construction of the data centre. Why were these different and why did the construction need to overcome them?
  2. If any special materials were used in the construction, why? What did they add and what are the benefits? If the construction required any special circumstances to be taken into account, what were they and what was needed to address them? What was the timeline for construction? How were locally available materials and labour utilised?
  3. Provide a summary of the construction of the data centre. What construction techniques were used? What special materials were used and why? Was the floor layout important? If so, for what reason? Why is the construction of this data centre different and what sets it apart from others?

Category 08: New - Innovative Technology Deployment Award 2020

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This award recognises delivery of clear pioneering and transformative technology that has been used to drive better efficiency and productivity as well as overall business performance within the last 12 months. It might have been launched by a new company, or it could be a brand-new product launched by a well-established name within the sector. Examples of innovative technology include: Liquid Cooling; Fuel Cells; Battery Technology; Software Defined Power; AI/ ML Assisted-Cooling; Predictive Analytics; Digital Supply Chain; Network/ Connectivity.

  1. Provide a clear narrative that demonstrates why technology was implemented and how it is linked to broader business strategy and is a genuine innovation considering the organisation’s context
  2. Demonstrate evidence of success: return on investment and how it has strengthened the organisation – please use metrics, anecdotes and case studies
  3. Please show how your products/projects clearly demonstrate specific business impact.

Category 09: New - Green Data Centre Award 2020

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Awarded for operator excellence in providing a sustainable data centre operation with a low carbon footprint and/or energy reduction program that utilises new energy efficient technologies for the entire data centre, in particular, but not limited to; solar, wind, hydro, fuel cell. The solution must be fully implemented and operating to provide quantitative evidence of improved actual performance, preferably over one year. The winner will be a data centre operator that demonstrates how the use of the technology helps to reduce their carbon footprint and has provided measurable improvements in their overall operation.

  1. Describe the solution/technology. What area or areas of operation was it designed to address (e.g. improving efficiency, sourcing energy, reducing cooling costs, etc.)?
  2. Why does the technology deployed reduce the overall carbon footprint of the data centre? What, specifically, does it address?
  3. Provide quantitative evidence that the solution uses less non-renewable energy than it did prior to its deployment. The performance of the chosen solution should be based on actual operating data and must be evidenced. If PUE is used as part of the evidence base it must be measured and consistent with ISO/IEC 30134-2:2016.

Category 10: New - Energy Solution Provider Award 2020

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The use of non-renewable energy to power data centres is under intense scrutiny by many governments and other authoritative bodies as well as society as a whole. New innovative solutions need to be found to address the energy needs of data centres now and into the future, through the creation of energy eco-systems and use of alternative energy sources. The winner of this award will be a company or organisation that can demonstrate why what they are doing is different and how that brings benefit to the data centre and the energy supply network. They may be an operator or an energy provider.

  1. Describe what makes you an energy solution provider. What is it that you do?
  2. Describe the way in which you provide your energy solution. Is it through technology or is it through the method in which you generate and/or deliver power?
  3. Provide evidence that your energy solution is good for the data centre and good for the environment. Provide a comparison of your energy solution against others and demonstrate what sets you apart.

Category 11: New - Artificial Intelligence in the Data Centre Award 2020

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Recognizing AI driven innovations that impact architecture, solution offerings, data centre design & construction, or operations, setting new standards for the data centre and cloud industry. The winner will be a datacentre operator or cloud provider that has demonstrated the greatest innovation and delivery success in the previous 18 months by using AI (Artificial Intelligence), which may include but not limited to applied Service Automation, Natural Language Processing, Computer Vision, Incident Monitoring, Demand Forecasting or Infrastructure Optimization using advanced Data Science and Machine Learning techniques, to deliver tangible benefits:

  1. Innovation. Provide evidence of the AI outcome, in the given context. What were the challenges before using AI and how did you solve these with the use of specific AI techniques? What was distinctive in the choice of technique, solution or training that is worthy of recognition?
  2. Performance, functionality, quality and cost improvements. Describe how the AI deployment improves your performance, service quality, and cost structure or even enables new solutions offerings. Please provide factual results, with clear metrics and evidence of impact internally or for end-customers.
  3. Leadership. Demonstrate how your AI implementation delivers exceptional operational efficiency, functionality, service quality, reliability, improved power consumption or environmental impact in advance of current industry norms and expectations. Were there obstacles or resistance to deployment which you had to overcome?

Category 12: Connectivity Innovator of the Year 2020

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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 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 13: Edge Innovation Award 2020

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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 14: Excellence in Community Engagement Award 2020

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This award is intended to reward the efforts of data centre service providers activities in leading and implementing community engagement projects. Community has a broad definition. Projects could be local, regional or global.

  1. Demonstrate that Community Engagement is at the heart of your business
  2. Describe examples of community engagement projects, initiatives or programmes for which your company has been responsible
  3. Provide evidence / testimonials of the benefits that your community engagement activities have delivered.

Category 15: Digital Champion 2020 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: 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. Definition of ‘Young’: The nominee should be under 30 years of age, as of 3rd June 2020.

  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 17: Young Engineer of the Year Award

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Recognizing talented young and upcoming engineers.
Definition of ‘Young’: The nominee should be under 30 years of age, as of 3rd June 2020.

  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.

Category 18: New - Commitment to diversity and talent development within the data centre sector.

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This award will be presented to a company that can demonstrate commitment to developing talent within their existing workforce, to promoting the sector as a career destination of choice, facilitating access to the industry and supporting diversity within it

  1. What steps have you taken to expand access to the data centre sector to a wider community and fostered diversity in recruitment and/or in an operational environment?
  2. What steps have you taken to develop talent in-house, for instance through apprenticeships, graduate programmes and traineeships, technical training, cross-training and professional registration?
  3. Describe what you have done to demonstrate that your organisation (and the data centre sector at large) is a career destination of choice.

Category 19: New - Creative Marketing Campaign Award

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Honours the achievements of the marketing teams responsible for creating and communicating an exceptional marketing campaign over the past 18 months. Ideally applicants will be able to demonstrate or articulate how their campaign has raised the profile of the industry as a whole during its lifespan. This award is open to teams working for a data centre or cloud services provider either locally, regionally or globally. The campaign must be able to be clearly defined, objectives and aims must be stated and ROI demonstrated. Examples of aims and objectives include: Generating Brand Awareness / Generating Industry Awareness / Lead Generation / Positioning or Re-Positioning / Increasing Market Share / Targeting a New Audience.

  1. Aims and Objectives: Please provide full details as to the overall aims and objectives of the campaign. Who were the target audience, what strategic objectives were behind the creation of the campaign, which tactics were employed to meet these aims.
  2. ROI: Please provide full details as to the outcomes of the campaign. These outcomes and any ROI must be directly linked to the strategic aims and objectives Examples include – increased brand awareness amongst a defined target audience / increased awareness of the overall industry /increased sales lead generation etc.
  3. Creativity: Please describe how your campaign meets the creativity criteria of the category. What makes your campaign creative in the context of the marketing efforts of the industry as a whole. Please provide full details as to how your campaign is innovative in its approach.

Category 20 – Sustainability Award 2020

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The winner demonstrates excellence by using innovative measures when it comes to protect the environment and all resources used in a data centre business, promoting circular industry best practice. The award will recognize a company, with a demonstrable track record of improvement during the last 18 months, both operationally and across the whole lifecycle of impacts, but not limited to cooling. The leader should be able to showcase the results as a beacon of sustainable business acumen for the global datacentre industry.

  1. Excellence. Why is your company different from the competition and deserves recognition? How do you differentiate from your competitors regarding sustainability aspects?
  2. Innovation: How will sustainability strategy and measures impact planning and delivery, including infrastructure and services provision? Nominations should describe the challenges confronted, how they were overcome using a new product or methodology/process, and providing clear evidence that sustainability has been delivered, based on factual results.
  3. Leadership. What are the business benefits, illustrated by customer case studies plus facts and figures, that no one else is able to offer today?

Category 21: The Judges’ Award 2020

The Judges’ Award honours an individual for his or her outstanding contribution to the industry.
It is made at the discretion of the Global Datacloud Award’s panel of International Judges