The launch of a range of new Award categories and a new streamlined entry process creates opportunity for recognition across all activities in the growing data centre community.
The Data Centre Leaders’ Awards have since 2007 recognized innovation, leadership and ‘out of the box’ thinking across the data centre industry. They have celebrated data centre projects of all sizes and across all sectors, key people, current and future, and those ideas and strategies which will drive the industry forward.
The success of the Awards in terms of the quality and numbers of entries and the interest generated by their stories are because the values celebrated are those which will enable the industry to move forward. The growth and importance of data centre activity means it is now a foundation of modern life yet as the reliance grows so the challenges presented by new financial, legislative and corporate pressures become more critical. And this is where the requirements for leadership and innovation really kick in.
The Data Centre Leaders’ Awards categories recognize the best in data centre projects, careers and ideas. Across the 14 awards launched today there is truly something of opportunity for anyone involved in the data centre industry.
Full details of each Award and the entry process is now available at http://www.datacenterdynamics.com/awards.
Innovation in new build will be recognized through three established Award, for innovation in the Micro-data centre (fewer than 20 racks), the Medium data centre (20-500 racks) and the Mega-data centre (over 500 racks). An Award will be made also to the incorporation of ‘green’ principles into the design and execution of new data centre projects and two further Awards to projects undertaken specifically within the key Outsourcing and Public Sector categories. As in previous years, the Future Thinking and Design Concepts Award will recognize the ideas and concepts that feed into the development of the best data centre solutions.
Yet one of the key principles of the past year has been that of ‘doing more with less’. Therefore two new Awards have been launched to recognize improvements made within existing facilities and portfolios. The first will acknowledge the process of improvement made to the energy efficiency of one or more existing facilities as the need to bring older facilities ‘up to scratch’ becomes more urgent. The second will recognize best practices in the process of data centre transformation, whether through virtualization, consolidation, relocation or asset management revision.
The Awards to people will include those for the young mission-critical engineer of the year since the need to attract and hold the right people remains as pronounced as ever. At the other end of the career spectrum, the Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Ken Brill last year and Don Beaty in 2007 and this year will throw the spotlight on another data centre luminary. Collective efforts will be recognized through the Operational Team of the Year.
The current economic environment has placed the data centre under greater financial scrutiny. Accordingly, the Data Centre Business Leader Award has been launched this year to recognize the individual who in the opinion of the judges has done the most to build the business case for the data centre.
Entry to each Award has been streamlined using a new on-line form that explains the background and requirements for each as well as a series of ‘write in’ questions based on what the judges are looking for. These are ‘weighted’ using a visible scoring system so the entrant is able to focus on those issues most likely to meet Award criteria. On the basis of the entries received by the end of October 2009, four entrants will be short listed to deliver a short presentation on 1st December 2009 to the judging panel and to answer further questions about their entry.
The judging panel is constituted of 12 recognized industry experts, representing data centre owners, operators, vendors, consultants, media and peak industry organizations. Zahl Limbuwala, Chairman, Data Centre Specialist Group, British Computer Society (BCS) will sit on the Judging Panel to act as a neutral assessor and ensure a consistent evaluation system is adhered to as Award entries are assessed. Commenting on his position as overseer of the judging process Zahl highlights the importance of the values he sees the Data Centre Leaders’ Awards as representing:
“The BCS are pleased to support the Data Centre Leaders’ Awards again this year. We firmly believe in recognising and rewarding individuals and organizations that stand out in the way they innovate, design, manage and operate their data centres. There is a lot of passion and camaraderie in this industry and these Awards will encourage the sharing of knowledge and of experience for the greater good of all. This aligns very well with the mission of the BCS-DCSG to assist in the development of best practice, and with our independent and industry representative position”.
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