In what promises to be a bumper year for datacentre and cloud innovation and service excellence, the Datacloud Awards shortlist has been released. The results will be announced at the dinner and ceremony in Monaco on the evening of 7th June hosted by international celebrity Ms Ruby Wax.
As the bellwether for the industry, Datacloud Awards are globally relevant, and seek to recognize genuine innovation, service excellence and the continuing evolution of the sector and IT transformations underway.
Both the Data Centre Leadership and Cloud Leadership Awards, and the Cloud Above and Beyond Award will be announced at the event.
The shortlisted companies are as follows (in alphabetical order):
The awards this year bring new recognition for datacentre locations. Many agencies across Europe compete not only with each other, but also internationally and the award will offer a first in denoting industry distinction. The shortlisted locations were nominated by: Fife Council, Host in Ireland and The Node Pole.
The Most Innovative Energy Solution Award will showcase the use of a disruptive energy innovation and the shortlisted companies are: Cloud&Heat Technologies GmbH, DigiPlex, Infosys Bangalore and LuxConnect
Excellence in Connectivity Award recognizes high levels of service reliability and availability provided by cable, dark fiber and Internet Exchange providers. The shortlisted companies are: Cinia Cloud Oy, Equinix, Level 3 Communications and PCCW Global.
The ceremony will also include the annual BroadGroup Awards to an individual or company for achievement of the exceptional, and the European Commission will make awards for the European Code of Conduct.
“The global data center and cloud industry have truly come of age,” commented Gerd Simon, chairman of the Judges Panel, “and the Datacloud Awards, as the premier pan-European and MEAI event, uniquely reflects its importance and the ambition to achieve excellence in technologies and services. The Judges were delighted by the quality and breadth of this year’s nominations.”
Companies can benefit by attending the Awards dinner and ceremony, sponsoring one of the Awards, or with the recognition of being shortlisted, start making contact with a global network of potential customers and partners to jump start the success of their innovations.
Taking place in the exceptional backdrop of Monaco, the ceremony promises to be the most exciting night of the year celebrating the best and most innovative in the multi-billion dollar global industry that data center and cloud have now become.
Access to the dinner and ceremony is open to Gold ticket holders attending Datacloud Europe 2016.
Ireland has retained its status as the European Union’s fastest-growing economy, according to European Commission forecasts published this morning.
The Commission’s triannual analysis of the EU’s 28 economies predicts that Irish gdp (gross domestic product) will grow by 4.5 per cent this year, before slowing to 3.5 per cent in 2017.
Following growth of 6.9 per cent in 2015, Ireland continues to be the fastest-growing economy in Europe. The projected growth rate of 4.5 per cent in 2016 leaves Ireland just ahead of Malta and Luxembourg in terms of gdp growth, with 1.8 per cent growth forecast in the euro zone’s largest economy, Germany, 1.3 per cent for France, and 2.1 per cent in Britain.
As originally written and published by Rich Miller on Data Center Frontier
In the western suburbs of Dublin, as you cross the M50 highway that rings the city, the housing developments thin out and yield way to large industrial estates. This is where the cloud meets the earth.
This area of Ireland is one of the best places in the world to use fresh air to cool servers. That’s why it is home to a cluster of huge data centers that bring cloud services to European users, including server farms for Microsoft, Amazon Web Services and Google.
And now Facebook as well. On Sunday CEO Mark Zuckerberg confirmed that Facebook will build a huge new data center in Clonee in County Meath. Describing the company’s data centers as “some of the most complex machines ever created,” Zuckerberg said the new facility would be fully powered by renewable energy.
Ireland’s supply of renewable energy has also attracted Apple, which opted to bypass the Dublin cluster and build a massive data center near Galway on Ireland’s west coast. Ireland has 229 wind farms spread across its 27 counties, with total generation capacity of more than 3,000 megawatts of electricty.
“Ireland’s ability to generate and distribute energy from the wind banks to the data centres clustered around Dublin is cited as one of the attractive points when hosting from Ireland, for sure,” said Garry Connolly, President of Host in Ireland, an industry group seeking to boost data center development. “In the case of Apple, they have built in Galway, which is closer to the wind farms themselves.”
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