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The Enterprise Data Center Award

The “enterprise” class data center is the IT backbone of many of the world’s largest organizations. Often referred to as “on-premise” or “in-house” facilities, this is typically complex heterogeneous environment, one that runs a multitude of different applications, and will most likely than not have to deal with numerous upg­­­­rades over their lifespan whilst adapting to a plethora of new business requirements and technologies.

The winner of this award will demonstrate an innovative and pioneering approach to the design of a new data center or a major retrofit/upgrade to an existing facility


  • Must be located physically within the relevant Awards region
  • Must be a purpose built data center or located within the company’s own premises and managed wholly or partly by full-time employees of the company
  • Must have a total facility power requirement of at least 50 KW (to IT load)
  • Must have come into operation between June 1 2014 and September 30 2015
  • Only end-user/operators may be the recipients of this award; however, they can enter with project partners in an advisory or technology capacity

Judging Criteria & Entry Requirements

The entrant should supply the following information for Round 1 of the judging process:

  1. An overview of the project, including the business objectives, the problems they were solving, the innovation of the final solution and the benefits to the organization.

  2. Evidence of success in meeting IT, corporate & engineering objectives, including those relating specifically to facility performance and delivery, and including the metrics used. 

  3. Capability of project to act as an exemplar to the wider market in relation to the issues of the “enterprise” data center.

The entrant should provide supporting documentation in the form of PDF and/or JPEG only, to include design presentations, articles, white papers or graphics that will be used in Round 1 of the judging process (limited to 4 documents).

In Round 2, judges will ask further questions about the entries using our new online awards platform. Successful finalists will be expected to provide timely responses in order to meet the required deadlines.

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