December 7, 2020
We believe in a truly connected world. This can only be facilitated by an all-encompassing Edge ecosystem. Edge will be the most transformative opportunity for the next decade.
NOMINATIONS CLOSE 31 JULY 2020
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.
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).
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.
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.
Awarded for excellence in providing regional colocation services in one of the following five regions – a. Asia Pacific; b. Europe; c. Middle East & Africa; d. The Americas; e. India.
Important note to entrants: To be eligible you must operate a colocation facility or multiple facilities in ONLY ONE of these five regions. (That is, you do not operate in any of the other three regions.)
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 5e: Excellence in Data Centre India Award
Recognizing development agencies, governments and trade associations that have promoted and positioned their location to attract data centre investment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Recognizing talented young and upcoming engineers.
Definition of ‘Young’: The nominee should be under 30 years of age, as of 3rd June 2020.
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.
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.
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.
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.