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LONDON, UK: Award entries are already rolling in and support is building fast for the Datacentre Leaders’ Awards to be held at The Brewery, Chiswell Street, London EC1 on the evening of 4th December 2007.

Traditionally, awards to the datacentre industry have existed on the fringe of more general awards events. This is perhaps unsurprising given that the datacentre represents the intersection of a range of skills and achievements spanning engineering, technology, innovation, people management, change management and business strategy. Yet the datacentres and smaller data facilities that comprise the industry in the UK are now mission-critical to our economic and social prosperity in their own right. For that reason, the Datacentre Leaders’ Awards has been established as the first awards ceremony dedicated specifically to the datacentre, its success stories and achievements, and, most of all, to its people. George Rockett, Awards Producer, believes the sector is long overdue for recognition:

“The datacentre sector has come of age. Rather than being the handmaiden of IT services, the mission-critical nature of the datacentre means an increasing focus is being placed on all elements of datacentre design, build, operation and management to meet the increasing pressures of resilience, efficiency and performance. While, historically, the datacentre has imported its skills and expertise from analogous disciplines, today the people working in and around the datacentre have evolved the skill sets necessary for the very specific demands of their own environment. That’s what we want to recognise and reward”.

The Awards are being sponsored by a number of the datacentre sector’s leading supply organisations including Rittal, CB Richard Ellis [CBRE], Chloride Power Protection and EDF.

The Awards include ten categories to reward the achievement of people working in this sector and a further category for recently-launched products and solutions. As the only UK Awards that specifically cover the datacentre, the evening will recognise individuals from the youngest through the Young Mission-Critical Engineer of the Year to the more established through the Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Datacentre Industry. The value of people working together is not forgotten with an Award for the Datacentre Operational Team of the Year. And it’s not just about large-scale datacentre projects - there are separate awards for Innovation in the Micro-Datacentre (1 to 20 racks), Innovation in the Medium Datacentre (20 to 200 racks) to complement the Award for Innovation in the Mega-Datacentre (200+ racks).

The thinking that will shape the future of the datacentre will be recognised through the Future Design Concepts Award and the 'Green' Datacentre Award and the achievements of particular segments of the market through an Award for Leadership in the Public Sector and another for Innovation in an Outsourced Environment.

These ten Awards will be open for nominations until 5th October. The international panel of judges that will consider the nominations, compile the short-lists and make the final decisions on the winners include recognised experts from Government, engineering, technology and consulting. They will be announced in the coming weeks.

Alongside the main Awards will run a 'Product Innovation Award', open to entries from companies worldwide. This will be a showcase for any new product or product family from the categories of cooling, power, cabling, software/systems and enclosures. This Award will be based on carefully supervised online voting. The closing date for entries to this category will be 10th September, with online voting beginning on 15th September and closing on 20th November 2007.

DatacenterDynamics will prepare for the Awards night as the culmination of a year during which up to 8,000 datacentre professionals are expected to attend the expanded Global Series programme of 18 conferences and exhibitions across 12 countries in 2007.

For further inquiries on sponsorship, please contact Steve Foley +44 (0)7725 466799 or at s.foley@datacenterdynamics.com .

For category enquiries, please contact George Rockett on +44 (0)207 814 7989 or at g.rockett@datacenterdynamics.com .

Media inquiries should be directed to Nick Parfitt on +44 (0)1892 511413 or at nick@spacomms.co.uk .

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