2011 Winners and Runners-Up

We would like to say a big congratulations to our 2011 winners, and indeed a big thank you to everyone who took part. The ceremony was an event to be remembered.

Enterprise Project of the Year

Unilever - Virtual Instruments
Unilever's demand for raw storage was growing by approximately 50 per cent per year. Realising that this level of growth and change in a physical environment was both impossible and unaffordable, the company went down the virtualization route, deploying Virtual Instrument's VirtualWisdom technology to provide insight into the SAN and virtualized infrastructure.


Runners-Up
ARM Holdings - Silver Peak
Manpower - Dell Compellent

Cloud Services Project of the Year

Cobweb - MTI
Cobweb required a scalable and efficient "pay-as-you-grow" virtualisation and compute platform as its current 'Cobweb Cloud' model had seen great traction in the mid-size and enterprise space. Cobweb was attracted to the Vblock 1 package, based on Cisco's Unified Computing System (UCS EMC's CLARiiON storage system and VMware's vSphere 4 platform and supplied by MTI, as it offers all the benefits associated with cloud computing such as lower total cost of ownership and faster deployment.


Runner-Up
Peer 1 Hosting Supercomputing Services - Peer 1 Hosting

Public Sector Project of the Year

British Transport Police - Dell Compellent
The British Transport Police monitors the journeys of over six million passengers each day. Its use of specialist applications such as Command Control Crime Recording and Intelligence produces a huge amount of data which is then combined with written reports case details intelligence analysis and more. BTP has installed two Compellent SANs - the primary at its Camden HQ and a second at Birmingham that replicates the primary. Both SANs leverage Dell Compellent Fluid Data technology to drive maximum efficiency.


Runners-Up
Medway Council - Kent Connects
Sheffield Hallam University - Dell Compellent

Environmental Project of the Year

on365
A large UK based co-location server hosting company has taken practical steps to calculate power consumption levels within its managed service data centre. The objectives were to reduce both costs and power usage within the data centre, improve energy efficiency and tackle the CRC scheme's compliance demands. The on365 team developed a solution and proposed a testing environment that would prove ROI based on statistical evidence of reduced energy consumption using operational data - something not done on this scale in the industry before.


Runners-Up
AXA PPP Healthcare - IT
Barclays - Klima-Therm

Innovative Data Centre Project of the Year

Sudlows
Sudlows has created the Data Centre Innovation Pod - one of the most pioneering micro data centre facilities in the UK. Aimed at clients and manufacturers, this showcases how Sudlows can overcome all engineering challenges associated with complex environments for power distribution, cooling, security and access, as well unparalleled data centre practice by incorporating the latest green technologies.


Runners-Up
Barclays - Klima-Therm
on365

Data Centre Service Provider of the Year sponsored by Emulex

SANpulse Technologies
A major storage vendor requested SANpulse expertise to facilitate a complex migration for a large financial institution in the City of London. The customer had a business critical need for a data storage infrastructure refresh to consolidate legacy storage arrays onto newer denser storage to free up data centre space power and cooling required by the institution for future storage capacity growth. SANpulse partnered with a major OEM vendor to migrate 753 servers of the customer's data in 10 weeks to facilitate data centre consolidation.


Runners-Up
Interxion
TeleCity Group

Storage Virtualisation Project of the Year

Geo Foundation - Scale Computing
Scale Computing was chosen as a trusted provider for The Greater Educational Opportunities Foundation (GEO Foundation) to supply flexible storage solutions and deliver a virtual desktop to every student. By combining storage solutions from Scale and virtualisation products from Citrix the GEO was able to not only find a solution that could handle their growing needs without migrating data or disrupting education services but also enabled them to deploy desktop virtualisation.


Runner-Up
Niedax Group - DataCore Software

Business Continuity Project of the Year

QEII Conference Centre - DataFort
With a turnover in 2009 of £11 million the QEIICC has been providing leading conference facilities for over 24 years. The venue prides itself on its business-supporting technologies including E3 wireless 100 mbs internet connectivity sophisticated telephony and state-of-the-art communications equipment including video conferencing. The QEIICC winner of 'Europe's Leading Conference Centre' award is now relying on DataFort's fully managed services to ensure the company's data availability and business continuity.


Runners-Up
eBay - Raritan
National Film Board of Canada - Atempo Digital Archive

Innovative Storage Project of the Year

Institute of Cancer Research - SGI
The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) is Europe's leading cancer research centre. The organization creates huge volumes of data in its work in researching the causes prevention diagnosis and methods of treatment of cancer. Massive scalable systems are needed to handle 100s of terabytes of data across 1000s of CPUs. The ICR has deployed a tiered network storage solution from SGI to help address these requirements.


Runners-Up
Niedax Group - DataCore Software
Vanquis Bank - ID7 Ltd

DCS Industry Award
Raritan
The DCS Industry Award goes to a company that has made a major contribution in helping data centre owners and operators to address the critical issue of energy efficiency, over a number of years. In a recent project, this company helped eBay to cut its data centre energy costs by 50 per cent, to achieve a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) metric of just 1.4 and to achieve the US Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Gold ranking. Providing precise energy consumption data for power supplies throughout data centres across the world, the winner of the DCS Industry Award is RARITAN.

 

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Key Dates

Nominations Open 5 January
Nominations Close 8 March
Shortlist Announcement 24 March
Voting Starts 27 March
Voting Closes 28 April
Awards Ceremony 18 May

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