DCD has today announced the winners of the first global edition of the DCD Awards, recognizing excellence in the data center industry.

The very best of the industry have been recognized with Awards presented at a gala dinner in London’s Royal Lancaster Hotel tonight. The worthy winners were selected from hundreds of applications from around the world, by an independent panel of judges - with one category, the Beautiful Data Center, determined by a popular vote. 

International recognition

The fifteen categories determined by the judges attracted entrants from countries including India, Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong, China, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Spain, South Africa, Djibouti, Germany, United Arab Emirates, UK, Poland, Switzerland, Turkey, Norway, Sweden, Italy, Netherlands, Finland, Estonia, Iran, Saudi Arabia and USA. 

The World’s Most Beautiful Data Center Award
Sponsored by Quality Uptime Services
Winner: Mare Nostrum Barcelona Super Computing Center

MareNostrum is the name of the main supercomputer in the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC). It is the most powerful supercomputer in Spain and is housed in the most stunning location - The 19th Century Chapel Torre Girona in Barcelona, which has been operational since 2005, demonstrating that beauty doesn’t age.

 Living at the Edge Award
Sponsored by Panduit
Winner: Vapor IO
Project name: Project Volutus

Project Volutus is Vapor.io’s proof of concept in Austin,Texas. It puts one of Vapor.io’s unique cylindrical designs inside a cell tower, to offer services using a retail colocation model. It is ready to roll out in multiple cities across the USA

The Infrastructure Scale-Out Award
Sponsored by STULZ
Winner: İşbank
Project name: Project ATLAS

Isbank has dedicated 800,000 man-hours to this state-of-the art 38,500 sq m data center in Istanbul completed in June 2017. It is the first Uptime Institute Tier IV constructed facility in Turkey

The Smart Data Center Award
Sponsored by Uptime Institute
Project name: DCIM and Analytics Project

Indian bank ICICI’s data center drives more than 14000 ATM’s and 4700+ branches globally. The Bank has combined IoT based data center environmental management, centralized BMS, adaptive capacity management and predictive analytics into a comprehensive software defined data center tool

The Data Center Eco-Sustainability Award
Sponsored by Schneider Electric
Winner: Hydro66
Project name: Hydro66 Data Center Sweden

Hydro66 is led and financed by Internet industry veteran David Rowe, founder and CEO of Easynet. Its first data centre is located in the leading cloud and data center cluster in the Nordics and is powered using locally generated clean green hydropower

Energy Efficiency Improvers Award
Sponsored by StarLine
Winner: Teraco
Project name: Isando Data Centre 7 in collaboration with Stulz

Teraco is a vendor neutral data center operator in South Africa making energy efficiency one of its highest priorities. Working closely with Stulz on upgrading their Isando Data Centre 7 in Johannesburg they managed to achieve PUE values of up to 1.1 in a very challenging climate

Mission Critical Innovation Award
Sponsored by CBRE
Winner: Microsoft
Project name: The Stark and Simple Datacenter

Microsoft’s ‘Stark and Simple’ design collapses the entire energy supply chain, into a small fuel cell at the top of each rack. The result is a very efficient generator that produces electricity and by-products that can be reused; like clean water, high grade heat, and pure CO2

The Open Data Center Project Award
Sponsored by Rittal
Winner: Sardina Systems
Project name: FishOS

FishOS is an energy-optimizing and utilization-improving automation system for OpenStack clouds. It addresses the full lifecycle automation requirements of OpenStack, encompassing deployment, operation and upgrade phases. It contains OpenStack software and has been validated to provide API compatibility for OpenStack core services

Cloud Journey of the Year
Sponsored by Anixter
Winner: Repsol
Project name: Hybrid Ready Project

Repsol’s IT transformation project has successfully moved it from a traditional IT operating model to a service-oriented cloud model meaning the business can be more cost effective and agile in meeting capacity demands globally

Data Center Operations Team of the Year - Enterprise
Sponsored by Future-tech
Winner: Indra Sistemas S.A.
Project name: Indra DCSO, Keystone Services Delivery Project

Indra systems - The Spanish Information technology and defense company - convened a team to develop a highly successful infrastructure management capability at their San Fernando Data Center in Madrid, originally commissioned in 2011

Data Center Operations Team of the Year – Colo+Cloud
Sponsored by Eaton
Winner: DigiPlex
Project name: DigiPlex Norway - Ulven Upgrade Team

Ulven was the oldest and worst energy performing of all DigiPlex’s data centres. In summer 2016, a team was convened to improve the facility’s performance, whose work resulted in annual energy cost savings of £400,000 for a capital outlay of £1.2million

Design Team of the Year
Sponsored by Vertiv
Winner: Page
Project name: RagingWire Dallas TX1 Data Center

RagingWire selected Page to partner on the design of a new 1 million sq ft TX-1 campus in Garland, Texas. Whilst the client has traditionally used in-house design and construction personnel, this unique hybrid integrated project delivery model was developed to work at scale which improved design, quality, speed-to-market, and saved costs

Best Data Center Initiative of the Year
Sponsored by DCPRO
Winner: RISE SICS North AB
Project name: RISE SICS North Research Data Center

RISE SICS is a leading research institute for applied information and communication technology in Sweden, founded in 1985. Its new ICE research data center supports universities and industrial companies with an experimental environment for cloud and infrastructure technology.

Young Mission Critical Engineer of the Year
Sponsored by Microsoft
Winner: Shea McKeon from Morrison Hershfield

Many say that one’s problem solving isn’t best tested until ‘the “proverbial” hits the fan’. When Superstorm Sandy hit New York, a disaster that had epic repercussions for the local data center market, Shea was on call and selflessly braved a flooded home and the chaos of an unprecedented natural disaster to serve his local client.

Business Leader of the Year
Sponsored by DigiPlex
 Octave Klaba of OVH

Octave Klaba is founder and CEO of OVH, a European cloud  provider specializing in open technologies. In particular OVH has spearheaded the use of services based on the OpenStack open source cloud platform. OVH also picked up the VMware’s public cloud, vCloud Air, when VMware tired of it. After all, you should always have options! 

Outstanding Contribution to the Data Center Industry
Sponsored by Mercury
Winner: Dean Nelson, Uber Compute

As well as founding the Infrastructure Masons group of distinguished data center engineers, Dean built data centers for organizations including eBay. He is now Head of Uber Compute