DATA CENTRE 2011 AWARDS SHOWCASE OUTSTANDING YEAR OF GROWTH FOR SECTOR
London, 3 June 2011 The 4th annual Data Centres in Europe Awards took place in London last night, presided over by the chairman of the Judges Panel, Ashley Davis, and showcased achievement and growth in the sector over the past year.
The winners announced at the gala ceremony include: New Data Centre Award by DCO Data Center Oostkamp, the Colocation Award 2011 by Interxion, Facilities Management for Data Centres by Lamda Hellix Datacenters, Cloud Services Award by Savvis, and the Managed Services Award by Mainroad SA. The Data Centre award for Change and Innovation was presented to Power Assure.
Special awards were announced in the energy and sustainability categories. The Green Grid Award for Sustainability was presented by Roger Tipley, vice president of The Green Grid to SCC, a UK company who had demonstrated exceptional Green IT standards for sustainable IT, above and beyond the quest for energy efficiency.
The European Award for Energy Efficiency in Data Centres was presented by Steve McNab, Partner, Simmons and Simmons to Colt Data Centre Services. Colt received a commendation from the Judges for the impressive results achieved by the UK company in reducing energy usage in their data centres of more than 10%, the equivalent of 30 million kWh and 16,350 Tonnes CO2.
A special award was presented to Rackspace UK by Jonathan Heap, managing director of IX Consulting, for its achievement of quality in process, attention to detail provided on the ground by its engineers and its focus on resilience of technology.
Two new award categories were announced that paid recognition to unique personal achievement over the past year. The Data Centre Entrepreneur of the Year in the SME category was awarded to Andrew Gilbert, managing director of Node4. Mr Gilbert is the youngest person to win an award at the annual event for building a hosted data centre and managed services business in a very short timescale, and now achieving a turnover of GBP11m.
The Data Centre Entrepreneur of the Year award in the Large Enterprise category was awarded to Anthony Foy, Group Managing Director of Interxion. He has successfully steered the company through an IPO on the New York Stock Exchange and grown revenues by 21% in 2010. The company now has 28 data centres across 11 countries.
The Lifetime Achievement Award for Contribution to the Data Centre Sector was presented to Michael Tobin, CEO of TelecityGroup. In presenting the award, Steve Wallage, managing director of BroadGroup Consulting commented that Mr Tobin had been fundamental in building the company to the level it has reached today.
“Over the past decade, Mr Tobin has forged a large business services group, listed the company on the London Stock Exchange, and developed a portfolio of 28 data centres across 8 cities in Europe. This award recognizes his remarkable and unique achievement in the sector.”
Hosted by BroadGroup, next year will be the 5th anniversary of the Awards event, and will feature new categories and provide new opportunities for the data centre and cloud sector.
The Judges panel also included Alex Rabbetts, managing director, Migration Solutions, Rien Dijkstra, Consultant, Infrarati, Andrew Harrison, director, ARUP, Tim Anker, director, Colo-X, and Bernard Lecanu, president, BLIC Consulting.The facilitor was Marion Howard-Healy, senior consultant at BroadGroup.