For all who believe that innovation, exacting standards and leadership are the way forward for the European data centre industry, details and entry forms are available at http://www.datacenterdynamics.com/awards
Now in its fourth year, the Data Centre Leaders’ Awards is acknowledged as representing the premier accolade for innovation, leadership and ‘out of the box’ thinking across the data centre industry. This year is set to continue the impressive precedent of 2007, 2008 and 2009 - there are thirteen Award categories representing all aspects of industry activity and rewarding the ideas, projects and people who have shaped and will continue to shape the European data centre industry.
In 2009, the Awards attracted a record number of entries with over 140 projects and people competing across all Award categories. Entries came from all quarters of the industry and from nine different countries, from the largest global financial services, IT companies, retail and collocation organisations to more local public sector, manufacturing and service organisations. Across all Award categories 2009 saw an unprecedented level of quality of entry and depth of expertise presented for judging.
The thirteen Award categories now open for industry entry represent between them an unparalleled opportunity of recognition for anyone involved in the data centre industry.
Innovation in new build will be recognised through three established Awards:- for innovation in the Micro-data centre (fewer than 50 racks), the Medium data centre (50-500 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 sectors. As in previous years, the Future Thinking and Design Concepts Award will recognise the ideas and concepts that feed into the development of the best data centre design solutions.
Two awards will focus on improvements made within existing facilities and portfolios. The first - Improved Data Centre Energy Efficiency (offered in conjunction with the Green Grid) - acknowledges the process of improvement made to the energy efficiency of one or more existing facilities in order to bring them ‘up to scratch’. The second recognises best practices in the process of data centre consolidation in acknowledgment of the increasing importance of this trend to the data centre industry.
Awards to people will again 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 last year to Dr Roger Schmidt, to Ken Brill in 2008 and to Don Beaty in 2007 and this year will throw the spotlight on another data centre luminary. Collective efforts in running the data centre will be recognised through the Operational Team of the Year.
The current economic environment has placed the data centre under greater financial and investment scrutiny. Accordingly, the Data Centre Business Leader Award will this year recognise the individual who in the opinion of the judges has done the most to build the business case for the data centre. Last year this Award was presented to Mike Tobin, CEO of the Telecity Group.
Entry to each Award has been streamlined using a new on-line form that explains the background and requirements for each category as well as providing 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 October 15th 2010, four entrants per entry will be short listed to deliver a short presentation on 1st or 2nd December 2010 to the judging panel and to answer further questions about their entry. The winners will be announced at the Data Centre Leaders’ Awards Gala Dinner to be held at the Lancaster London Hotel on December 16th 2010.
The judging panel is constituted of 20 recognised industry experts, balanced between data centre owners, operators, vendors, consultants, media and peak industry organisations. Judges have been drawn from across Europe to reflect the growing interest in entry across European markets.
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.
Full details of each Award and the entry process and booking forms for the Gala Dinner are now available at http://www.datacenterdynamics.com/awards
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