2024 Nominations

The 2024 nomination categories are listed below.
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1.
Data Centre Operator of the Year 2024

The Data Centre Operator of the year recognises an operator; colocation, regional or global, enterprise or hyperscale, that stands out within one or more of the following areas:

Impact: The accolade evaluates the impact of the data centre operator on the industry, the environment, and the society. This could include metrics such as resource usage effectiveness, carbon intensity reduction, clean energy transition, energy savings, social responsibility, customer satisfaction, and or industry leadership. It could demonstrate a willingness to offer innovative developments such as offering customers services tailored to their needs (e.g. Tier III where needed but Tier 1 or Tier II when higher Tier redundancy is not necessary).

Excellence: The accolade showcases the data centre operator that has achieved the highest standards of environmental impact, quality, safety, and professionalism in their projects and operations. This could include new industry standards, compliance certifications, industry accreditations, recognitions of outstanding performance from authorities, or innovation in design or services yet to be recognised as a standard within the industry.

2.
AI Infrastructure Innovator 2024

This accolade creates a new world class status recognising innovation in high performance infrastructure for AI data centres. It applauds demonstrable efficiency gains in energy consumption, reduction of emission impact and optimizing power usage to reduce waste as well as enabling predictive maintenance. This involves excellent choices (optimized by AI) and design disciplines in selecting the best in AI architecture for Machine Learning or/and Inference with thoughtful heat waste management. The winner can be an AI data centre at design stage or in operation who helps to elevate the possibilities of the Future of Data centres using AI technologies, and effectively safeguard humanity and the environment.

3.
Digital Investor of the Year 2024

This accolade seeks to recognise any investor in digital infrastructure that has had a significant impact on the sector during the year to 31st of March 2024. This is not specific to data centres and encompasses investment in any digital infrastructure assets including all types of networks and communications infrastructure as well as underlying power production and delivery infrastructure intended to support digital services.

Entries will not solely be judged on the size of investments made and will include overall impact and benefit to the sector as a whole, as well as innovation and the potential for improvement and change within the sector.

Data Centres and digital infrastructure generally are generally being seen as a strong investment asset class with Technology, Media, and Telecommunications (TMT), being recognised as a specialist area. This accolade will highlight the investor acting as an exemplar in this niche field.

4.
Deal of the Year 2024

This accolade recognises the most impactful deal completed in the year up to March 31, 2024. The intention of this accolade is not necessarily to regard the deal purely in terms of scale, although this may be considered. The judges will be looking at the overall impact of the deal across the digital infrastructure sector, not just data centres. Examples of deals to be considered would include mergers and acquisitions, new partnerships, significant contract awards, deals that challenge current orthodoxy and deals that might result in a significant shift in the digital infrastructure landscape. This list is not intended to be exhaustive, but rather offer broad guidelines and inspiration to potential entrants.

Submissions will need to address why a particular deal stands out from others in terms of uniqueness, sector impact, economic value, and importance.

5.
Law Firm / Legal Advisor of the Year 2024

This accolade recognises a law firm or legal advisor that demonstrates outstanding legal work in the digital infrastructure sector. It is anticipated that a third party will nominate the law firm or legal advisor (e.g. a company may recommend its law firm, or an organisation may recommend an advisor who has helped to influence the industry in some way). The Council ask that, if there is a commercial relationship between the nominator and the nominated party, this is declared – it will not impact the decision process but just provides transparency. The successful establishment of new practice areas in the digital infrastructure arena, expansion into new domestic or international markets, advising governments and legal authorities on how law may be applied to the digital infrastructure sector, or the successful completion of an acquisition or merger are examples of what may be given an accolade, but not an exhaustive list. The accolade will not simply be given for the biggest deal but will be in recognition of excellence in legal practice. Evidence will be required of how the law firm or legal advisor has provided the services described in the submission.

6.
Real Estate Firm of the Year 2024

This accolade recognises excellence and leadership in the delivery of real estate services to the Digital Infrastructure sector. It is anticipated that a third party will nominate the real estate firm (e.g. a customer may recommend its real estate firm, or a law firm may recommend a real estate company that has gone above and beyond simply transacting a deal). The Council ask that, if there is a commercial relationship between the nominator and the nominated party, this is declared – it will not impact the decision process but just provides transparency. Excellence might be demonstrated in several ways including the number and size of digital infrastructure specific deals completed in the year to 31st of March 2024, innovative approaches to the delivery of real estate services to the digital infrastructure sector, the enabling of easy access to new markets beyond the traditional Tier 1 markets etc.

This list is by no means exhaustive, and the Council of Peers will be primarily focussed on recognising those real estate companies going beyond the traditional real estate transaction models in efforts to provide specific services to technology companies operating in the digital infrastructure sector. This accolade will not focus on the Facilities Management services provided by some larger real estate companies; however these may be referenced as part of a larger services portfolio.

7.
Innovation in Digital Infrastructure 2024

This accolade recognises a company/team that has demonstrated risk taking to achieve exemplary results through innovative and cutting-edge solutions for design, construction, operation, or management within the Digital Infrastructure sector. This could include inverting the status quo to achieve the impossible; by inventing new technologies, processes, methods, and leading with best-in-class practices in talent, assets efficiency, resiliency, performance of data centres or Cloud infrastructure.

8.
ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) Sustainability Innovator 2024

This accolade recognises excellence in ESG and sustainability of a data centre. It rewards the data centre from the inception, construction, operations from an environmental, social, governance and sustainability perspective. This involves all aspects of E.S.G. and the sustainability pillars; energy transition from fossil fuels, reducing carbon footprint in construction, operations and decommissioning planning, alleviating water consumption and avoidance of waste in its operations and optimizing the supply chain, implementing E.S.G. best practices to support environmental, social, governance, providing quantifiable benefits and demonstrating no harm to the environment in resources usage and carbon intensity. These aspects are imperative to showcase the quantifiable value of cost-effective, beneficial, processes and a prerequisite for a thriving sustainable data centre in its environmental stewardship, and to scale sustainability for the digital infrastructure industry across regions on a global scale.

The winner will be a data centre designer or operator that delivered evidence-based impact in climate positive results of a sustainable data centre project through new build or retrofit, and is in operation in the year prior to March 31, 2024.

9.
Young Talent of the Year 2024

This accolade recognises excellence in young talent in the data centre industry. It is anticipated that a third party will nominate the individual (e.g. a company may recommend a young talent within its organisation, or a client or advisor may recognise the young talent and want it more widely recognised). The judges ask that, if there is a commercial relationship between the nominator and the nominated party, this is declared – it will not impact the decision process but just provides transparency. The category is open for any individual who is under 35 years of age.

The accolade recognises individuals who have demonstrated excellence in any of the following areas:

  • Technical expertise: Demonstrated exceptional skills and knowledge in the field of data centre development, operations or management.
  • Innovation: Demonstrated creativity and innovation in the development of new technologies, processes, or solutions that have contributed to the advancement of the data centre industry.
  • Leadership: Demonstrated leadership skills and the ability to inspire and motivate others to achieve their goals.
10.
Personality of the Year in Digital Infrastructure 2024

This accolade recognises an individual who has made significant contribution to the digital infrastructure arena. It may be in one of the following areas:

  • Innovative thinking: Demonstrated creativity and innovation in the development of new technologies, processes, or solutions that have contributed to the advancement of the data centre industry.
  • Collaboration: Demonstrated the ability to work effectively with others to achieve common goals and objectives.
  • Leadership: Demonstrated leadership skills and the ability to inspire and motivate others to achieve their goals.
  • Passion: Demonstrated a deep passion for the data centre industry and a commitment to its growth and development.
  • Impact: Demonstrated significant impact on the industry through their work, research, or advocacy.

Nominations for Personality of the Year in Digital Infrastructure 2024 are expected to come from a third party who makes the nomination, i.e. not from an individual him or herself. The Council ask that, if there is a commercial relationship between the nominator and the nominated party, this is declared – it will not necessarily impact the decision process but just provides transparency.

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