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Computer Weekly European User Awards: Datacentre



The Computer Weekly European User Awards for Datacentres aim to recognise innovation in the use of datacentre technologies, virtualisation, and its ecosystem of products.

For instance, entries could demonstrate innovation in areas such as server consolidation, disaster recovery,  datacentre deployment or use of private cloud.

Applicants could also enter if their business has shown innovation surrounding the use of backup power/power distribution, datacentre cooling techniques and systems management.

Other examples of entries include clustering for high availability and high performance computing (HPC), datacentre capacity planning and the use of desktop virtualisation platforms to improve business efficiency.



Judges will be using the following criteria to assess entries:

  • Innovation in technology or business processes
  • Improving IT management capabilities
  • Improving business efficiency or reducing costs
  • Demonstrating best practice
  • Delivering measurable business benefits


A description of each category can be found here. Please refer to the main awards site for further information about the other awards topics running throughout 2014.


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See the 2013 winners here. 


Best Technology Innovation Winner 2013:

University of Leeds (Entered by Iceotope)

A large user of High Performance Computing (HPC) for its research, the University of Leeds was the Iceotope Solution has been installed in a large thermofluid mechanics laboratory at Leeds’ School of Mechanical Engineering, where it is used to perform complex thermal Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations. It is also becoming an experimental apparatus for exploring the possibilities of re-using the waste heat from IT systems.



Supplier of the Year Winner 2013:

Dell (Caterham F1 case study)

Caterham F1 Team is a Malaysian-owned Formula One team based in the United Kingdom which travels the world around the year for races and pre-season testing. To support the complex technology needs demanded by the highly competitive F1 industry, the company needed a powerful HPC environment; a resilient trackside IT environment, which can travel the world; and user-friendly tablets with global technology support at the time of need.



Public Sector Winner 2013:

North East of Scotland Shared Data Centre Entered by University of Aberdeen)

The North East of Scotland Shared Data Centre (NESSDC) is a £1.5m initiative involving the creation of a unique shared primary data centre facility for all four tertiary educational establishments in the North East of Scotland. The project involved extensively upgrading the aging, operational, live University of Aberdeen primary data centre during term-time.



Private Sector Winner 2013:


Located on a brown-field site, the BelleVue Data Centre building was set to become an office development but, during the construction phase, was beefed up to enable it to be used as a data centre site. This combination, while first appearing too small a footprint, simply required some inventive space planning to fulfil the company’s IT requirement for web-hosting and cloud-based service provision. Once designed, the facility was capable of punching far above its weight in terms of both capacity and resilience, given its modest 400m2 footprint.



Cloud Innovation Winner 2013:


Totaljobs Group (TJG) is one of the largest online job boards in the UK. Each day TJG delivers over two million page impressions, 4.5 million emails and processes over 200,000 job applications. Following it purchase by StepStone GmbH in April 2012, TGJ was required to vacate its former owner’s data centres by the end of the year. This was looked on by Totaljobs Group management as an opportunity to build an environment designed to meet ever-changing business requirements while minimising implementation and support costs.



The Judges

NameClive Longbottom, Founder of Quocirca

Clive Longbottom is founder of Quocirca and is a highly respected and globally recognised industry analyst. His primary coverage area is business process facilitation. He has been an ITC industry analyst for over 20 years working with a range of large and small analyst companies, including META Group (now Gartner) as VP Europe. Prior to becoming an analyst he had a mix of end-user experience; working as a process engineer in the chemical and research industries, as well as ITC work and project management in large and medium sized organisations in the UK, as well as work in the US and Europe.


Name John Rakowski – Analyst & Advisor, Infrastructure & Operations, Forrester Research 

As an analyst at Forrester Rakowski writes research for Infrastructure & Operations (I&O) professionals and is advisor to the executive networking group for this role. He has eight years of experience in the technology and consulting industry, with certifications from Microsoft, VMware, Citrix, BMC, and the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL). At Forrester, his research focuses on service management strategy, adoption, and implementation. In particular, he helps IT leaders and their teams understand the business value of service management, develop their strategy, evaluate and select vendor tools, and implement service management processes such as ITIL.


Name Spencer Izard, IDC Research Manager

Over the past 15 years Spencer has worked at several large international organisations. He worked at Marks & Spencer, where he introduced enterprise architecture, IT harmonisation, and cloud strategies. Prior to that, he worked at Microsoft providing strategic end-user consultancy  on enterprise architecture, IT operations, mobility, and cloud computing. Before Microsoft, he spent over six years at BP as a global architecture manager among other roles.