Celebrating global data center projects and the individuals behind them.
As the DCD>Awards enter their 13th year, DCD remain committed to recognizing the fantastic array of projects, innovations and crucially, individuals that make up our ever-growing industry. The global awards program gives us a chance to reflect and recognize the fantastic achievements of all those who continue to ensure our sector moves forward and meet the ever-growing demands of the digitized world.
Our expert team of independent judges have been kept incredibly busy with over 400 entries globally to whittle down and finalize the shortlist in each of our 16 categories. The winners will be revealed at our annual
Awards Gala in December.
“The annual ceremony represents a fantastic opportunity to reward, celebrate and empower the teams and individuals driving our industry forward,” said Heather Dooley, Global Director, Business Operations, Learning and Tools, Google Data Centers.
“The shortlist reflects the passion and drive at the heart of the sector, pushing the industry forward. Congratulations to all the finalists and all the very best for the awards ceremony!”
The finalists were originally announced at the
DCD>London conference and expo at the Old Billingsgate Market on Tuesday, November 5 and represent projects from over 20 different countries.
DCD>London attracted over 1,500 delegates on Day 1, with a 20 percent year-on-year increase in data center operators onsite. With 70+ speakers to hear from on Day 2 including Mark Thiele, Ericsson, Mark Howell, Ford, and Andy Lawrence, Uptime Institute, why not
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Edge Datacenter Project
From a rooftop in Manhattan to a car park in New Delhi, from a factory floor in Frankfurt to a mobile mast in Manila;
the edge is beginning to usher in a new era in the architecture of IT delivery. This category seeks to celebrate the rising tide of edge data centers in all their forms.
SWIM.AI SK Telecom Dell EMC HDFC Bank
Enterprise Data Center Award
Contrary to many headlines, the enterprise data center remains key to the sector. Cloud and colocation may get the media attention, but on-premise facilities are still growing - and still innovating.
Enterprise data centers must meet a single company’s specific needs, and track those needs as they evolve. As such, those building them will face unique design challenges.
DownUnder GeoSolutions Rajasthan State Data Center China Life Insurance Shanghai Stock Exchange
Multi Tenant Data Center Design Award
As one of the fastest growing sectors in the data center industry, multi-tenant data centers - also known as colocation facilities- come in many forms. This category encompasses them all; from modest sized inner city data centers, to high rise multi-story facilities, to massive campus style wholesale developments ready to house the biggest clients in the world. What they have in common, is each of these projects delivered a building that far exceeded project expectations.
Airtrunk Green Mountain Global Switch Cloud HQ
Hyperscale Data Center Award
Hyperscale data centers stand out. These giant facilities are often located outside urban environments in regions like Scandinavia, the Midwest US, and even the Andes, where abundant renewable sources can meet their demand for hundreds of Megawatts of power. As well as forging new data center design concepts, they are evolving new ecosystems with their local energy grids.
ChinData CyrusOne Digital Realty Baidu
Hybrid IT Project of the Year
Almost all organizations now have a hybrid approach to IT services delivery that can include both public and private cloud, on-premise data centers, and a multitude of infrastructure, platform and software services. This award highlights innovative service models and successful applications of new technology.
Provident L&T Metro Rail Hyderabad China Life Insurance SK Telecom
Modernization Project of the Year
The upgrade and retrofit of existing data centers has become more important as legacy data centers grow older and the business requirements of IT evolve. It can be more complex than a new build, as it entails keeping services running and accommodating existing staff. This award highlights projects that have delivered the desired operational and business outcomes.
Digiplex Manchester Airport ServerFarm Sanger Institute
Energy Smart Award
This award recognizes the world’s most energy-aware and innovative approaches to building sustainable digital infrastructure. It rewards projects driven by energy efficiency and sustainability outcomes, ranging from innovative ecosystem partnerships, to fresh data center designs, to innovative products.
CoolDC Huawei WindCORES Digital Realty
Mission-Critical Tech Innovation Award
This award recognizes cutting-edge technology solutions from the world of critical power, cooling tech, monitoring and operational management systems. The winner will be the technology that in the opinion of the judges, makes the most positive difference to data center design, operation and management practices.
Zutacore Compass Data Centers Investec Teraco
Operations Team of the Year
No one runs a data center in isolation and teamwork is a crucial skill alongside the technical know-how the job requires. The operations team has to work on behalf of clients inside and outside their organization, and make sure the operation runs reliably and effectively.
Rack Centre Airtrunk GDS CBRE DCS
Data Center Manager of the Year
The modern data center manager has to span the chasm between IT and facilities, while juggling the consequences of their immediate surroundings. Wherever they work, their responsibilities are to prevent failure through great planning, react superbly to the unexpected, communicate the facts and take the right actions - making sure the team can cover when they are not there. The finalists are exceptional managers who triumphed in an abnormal situation, or prevented a catastrophic failure through lightning-fast thinking. They have created stronger teams or a better workplace.
Farooq Al-Jwesm, Saudi Aramco Roscoe Abrahams, Teraco Simon Binley, Wellcome Sagner Institute B Perumal, STT
Data Center Construction Team of the Year
The birth of a data center is a race against the clock, as time is money. It’s also one where no corners can be cut, and the eventual product must not fall below the agreed quality. The finalists reflect projects that demonstrated commitment and initiative in their building their facility, and delivered successful projects on-time and on-budget.
QTS Airtrunk Nxtra Data Virtus
Nonprofit Industry Initiative of the Year
Government departments, NGOs, professional bodies and universities are all fertile sources of great ideas; these can produce industry growth, develop new standards, or produce useful tools for development. This award celebrates initiatives that go beyond creating a good idea, to deliver real benefits.
Boden Type DC London South Bank University IEIC
Young Mission Critical Engineer of the Year
The data center community needs a new generation, ready to pick up the baton and take the sector on towards the next-generation. Past winners have gone on to build successful careers while raising the profile of the companies that employ them.
New technologies and new platforms require new skills, so this year we are opening up this category to the whole mission critical “stack”, to include not only M&E but also systems, architecture and software professionals.
Sarah Davey Skyler Holloway Sam Caton Christopher Martin
Corporate Social Responsibility Award
This award recognizes organizations that have managed to forge a winning strategy for the triple bottom line: people, planet and profit, aligning their business goals with those of the wider community. The finalists are the projects that have driven a positive change in the world around them and can act as an exemplar for others.
Salute Mission Critical Iron Mountain coolDC QTS