Categories

The SVC Awards 2016 feature 25 categories, providing a wide range of options for organisations and individuals involved in the IT industry to participate


END USER AWARDS

All entries must demonstrate tangible benefits either in terms of cost savings or efficiency gains for the end-user concerned.
Particular attention will be paid to examples of exemplary customer service in the delivery of the project.

Open to any specific data storage related project implemented in any organisation of any size in EMEA.

Project categories entry criteria: Please answer these questions in the general description of your nominations in these categories:

  • What was the driving force behind the project – what business or technology challenge needed to be addressed?
  • How did the solution address the challenges and were there any particularly innovative aspects that made it stand out?
  • What major challenges were faced during the project and how were they overcome?
  • What tangible benefits has the organisation seen as a result of the project’s implementation?

Open to any new datacentre project in EMEA that has incorporated/implemented a ‘software-defined’ infrastructure, be it storage, networking or other relevant technology.

Project categories entry criteria: Please answer these questions in the general description of your nominations in these categories:

  • What was the driving force behind the project – what business or technology challenge needed to be addressed?
  • How did the solution address the challenges and were there any particularly innovative aspects that made it stand out?
  • What major challenges were faced during the project and how were they overcome?
  • What tangible benefits has the organisation seen as a result of the project’s implementation?


Cloud Project of the Year

Awards Category Sponsor

Open to any implementation of a cloud-based project (public, private or hybrid cloud) in a organisation of any size in EMEA.

Project categories entry criteria: Please answer these questions in the general description of your nominations in these categories:

  • What was the driving force behind the project – what business or technology challenge needed to be addressed?
  • How did the solution address the challenges and were there any particularly innovative aspects that made it stand out?
  • What major challenges were faced during the project and how were they overcome?
  • What tangible benefits has the organisation seen as a result of the project’s implementation?


 

CHANNEL AWARDS

Open to any Managed Services Provider operating in the storage, virtualisation and/or cloud technologies market in the EMEA region.

Entry Criteria: Please answer these questions in the general description of your nomination in these categories:

  • How long has this organisation been involved in the IT services and solutions market in EMEA?
  • Are there any key projects delivered in the last year that demonstrate this candidate’s suitability for the award?
  • What key vendor and industry accreditations does the nominee hold?
  • What endorsements does that nominee have from their customers and/or their technology partners?
  • Please highlight any particular aspects of customer services delivered as part of the program(s).



Open to any IT system reseller, distributor or systems integrator who has introduced a distinctive or innovative vendor specific or vendor independent program of their own design/specification to boost sales and/or improve customer service in EMEA.

Entry Criteria: Please answer these questions in the general description of your nomination in these categories:

  • How long has this organisation been involved in the IT services and solutions market in EMEA?
  • Are there any key projects delivered in the last year that demonstrate this candidate’s suitability for the award?
  • What key vendor and industry accreditations does the nominee hold?
  • What endorsements does that nominee have from their customers and/or their technology partners?
  • Please highlight any particular aspects of customer services delivered as part of the program(s).


Open to any IT vendor’s channel program  in the storage, virtualisation and/or cloud technologies market introduced in the EMEA market during 2016 that has made a significant difference to the vendor’s and their channel partners business in terms of storage revenue increases, improved customer satisfaction or market awareness. 

Entry Criteria: Please answer these questions in the general description of your nomination in these categories:

  • How long has this organisation been involved in the IT services and solutions market in EMEA?
  • Are there any key projects delivered in the last year that demonstrate this candidate’s suitability for the award?
  • What key vendor and industry accreditations does the nominee hold?
  • What endorsements does that nominee have from their customers and/or their technology partners?
  • Please highlight any particular aspects of customer services delivered as part of the program(s).


 

TECHNOLOGY AWARDS

All products must have started shipping in EMEA before 1st August 2016

Storage

Open to any solution that’s primary design is to enable data backup and restore or long term archiving.

Entry Criteria: Please answer these questions in the general description of your nomination in these categories:

  • What are your product's / solution's key distinguishing features and/or USP?
  • What tangible impact has your product/solution had on the market and your customers?
  • What are the major differentiators between your product/solution and those of your primary competitors?
  • Please supply any supportive quotes and/or case study materials to demonstrate the value of this product/solution to your customers/partners.


Open to any storage solution that can be classified as using SSD/Flash to store and protect IT data and information

Entry Criteria: Please answer these questions in the general description of your nomination in these categories:

  • What are your product's / solution's key distinguishing features and/or USP?
  • What tangible impact has your product/solution had on the market and your customers?
  • What are the major differentiators between your product/solution and those of your primary competitors?
  • Please supply any supportive quotes and/or case study materials to demonstrate the value of this product/solution to your customers/partners.


Open to any solution that’s design is to enable cloud-based data backup and restore or long term archiving via a service offering.

Entry Criteria: Please answer these questions in the general description of your nomination in these categories:

  • What are your product's / solution's key distinguishing features and/or USP?
  • What tangible impact has your product/solution had on the market and your customers?
  • What are the major differentiators between your product/solution and those of your primary competitors?
  • Please supply any supportive quotes and/or case study materials to demonstrate the value of this product/solution to your customers/partners.


Open to any system management solution that delivers effective and comprehensive storage resource management in either single or multi-vendor environments.

Entry Criteria: Please answer these questions in the general description of your nomination in these categories:

  • What are your product's / solution's key distinguishing features and/or USP?
  • What tangible impact has your product/solution had on the market and your customers?
  • What are the major differentiators between your product/solution and those of your primary competitors?
  • Please supply any supportive quotes and/or case study materials to demonstrate the value of this product/solution to your customers/partners.


Open to any product that delivers a ‘software-defined- storage model’ or any ‘object storage’ product or solution.

Entry Criteria: Please answer these questions in the general description of your nomination in these categories:

  • What are your product's / solution's key distinguishing features and/or USP?
  • What tangible impact has your product/solution had on the market and your customers?
  • What are the major differentiators between your product/solution and those of your primary competitors?
  • Please supply any supportive quotes and/or case study materials to demonstrate the value of this product/solution to your customers/partners.


 

Virtualisation

Open to any solution that delivers effective and comprehensive VDI services

Entry Criteria: Please answer these questions in the general description of your nomination in these categories:

  • What are your product's / solution's key distinguishing features and/or USP?
  • What tangible impact has your product/solution had on the market and your customers?
  • What are the major differentiators between your product/solution and those of your primary competitors?
  • Please supply any supportive quotes and/or case study materials to demonstrate the value of this product/solution to your customers/partners.



Open to any solution that enables a ‘software defined’ set of solutions normally associated with traditional physical infrastructure deployments such as networks, application servers etc..

Entry Criteria: Please answer these questions in the general description of your nomination in these categories:

  • What are your product's / solution's key distinguishing features and/or USP?
  • What tangible impact has your product/solution had on the market and your customers?
  • What are the major differentiators between your product/solution and those of your primary competitors?
  • Please supply any supportive quotes and/or case study materials to demonstrate the value of this product/solution to your customers/partners.



Open to any single or multi-vendor solution that delivers on the promise of an architecture that tightly integrates compute, storage, networking and virtualisation resources for the client.

Entry Criteria: Please answer these questions in the general description of your nomination in these categories:

  • What are your product's / solution's key distinguishing features and/or USP?
  • What tangible impact has your product/solution had on the market and your customers?
  • What are the major differentiators between your product/solution and those of your primary competitors?
  • Please supply any supportive quotes and/or case study materials to demonstrate the value of this product/solution to your customers/partners.



 

Cloud

Open to any product/solution that delivers or contributes to effective Infrastructure-as-a-Service implementations for users of private and/or public cloud environments.

Entry Criteria: Please answer these questions in the general description of your nomination in these categories:

  • What are your product's / solution's key distinguishing features and/or USP?
  • What tangible impact has your product/solution had on the market and your customers?
  • What are the major differentiators between your product/solution and those of your primary competitors?
  • Please supply any supportive quotes and/or case study materials to demonstrate the value of this product/solution to your customers/partners.



Open to any product/solution that delivers or contributes to effective Platform-as-a-Service implementations for users of private and/or public cloud environments.

Entry Criteria: Please answer these questions in the general description of your nomination in these categories:

  • What are your product's / solution's key distinguishing features and/or USP?
  • What tangible impact has your product/solution had on the market and your customers?
  • What are the major differentiators between your product/solution and those of your primary competitors?
  • Please supply any supportive quotes and/or case study materials to demonstrate the value of this product/solution to your customers/partners.



Open to any product/solution that is specifically designed to enable the securing of data within private and/or public cloud environments

Entry Criteria: Please answer these questions in the general description of your nomination in these categories:

  • What are your product's / solution's key distinguishing features and/or USP?
  • What tangible impact has your product/solution had on the market and your customers?
  • What are the major differentiators between your product/solution and those of your primary competitors?
  • Please supply any supportive quotes and/or case study materials to demonstrate the value of this product/solution to your customers/partners.



Open to any company/organisation offering hosting and/or co-location services to end-users and/or service providers in the EMEA market.

Entry Criteria: Please answer these questions in the general description of your nomination in these categories:

  • What are your product's / solution's key distinguishing features and/or USP?
  • What tangible impact has your product/solution had on the market and your customers?
  • What are the major differentiators between your product/solution and those of your primary competitors?
  • Please supply any supportive quotes and/or case study materials to demonstrate the value of this product/solution to your customers/partners.



Open to any product/solution that addresses the specific needs and requirements of ‘Big Data’ and the associated Analytics in a service-based architecture/environment.

Entry Criteria: Please answer these questions in the general description of your nomination in these categories:

  • What are your product's / solution's key distinguishing features and/or USP?
  • What tangible impact has your product/solution had on the market and your customers?
  • What are the major differentiators between your product/solution and those of your primary competitors?
  • Please supply any supportive quotes and/or case study materials to demonstrate the value of this product/solution to your customers/partners.



Companies of the Year

Storage Company of the Year

Awards Category Sponsor

Open to any company supplying a broad range of storage products and services in the EMEA Market.

Open to any company supplying a clearly defined Hyper-converged product set in the EMEA Market

Cloud Company of the Year

Awards Category Sponsor

Open to any company supplying a wide range of cloud services or products in the EMEA Market.

Open to any vendor, VAR, SI, consultant, industry association, industry workgroup, or end user that has made a significant contribution to promoting open technology


Special Awards

SVC Innovation of the Year

Awards Category Sponsor

Open to any company that has introduced an innovative and/or unique service, product, technology, sales program, or project since 1st June 2015 in the EMEA market.


Open to any senior individual working within a commercial organisation manufacturing, selling and/or supporting the storage, virtualisation and/or cloud sectors in the EMEA market that has made a significant contribution to his or her employer’s business or that of their partners or customers.


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Key Dates

Nominations open 1 August
Nominations close 16 September
Shortlist Announcement 30 September
Voting opens 3 October
Voting closes 11 November
Awards Ceremony 1 December