International Recognition for Ark in Data Centre ‘Oscars’
Ark, provider of the UK’s most efficient data centres, has been honoured as one of the best in Europe after being shortlisted in the industry’s premier international awards.
Ark is one of five companies vying for the Modular Award in the prestigious International Data Centre and Cloud Awards 2013 – the Oscars of the Data Centre industry.
The shortlist, which was confirmed this week, puts Ark in competition with three other firms across the continent and based in countries including Poland, Ireland, Scotland and Belgium.
Now in its sixth year, the Awards, staged by the Broad Group, has reported a record number of entries from data centre and Cloud companies from around Europe.
Huw Owen, Ark CEO, said: “Being recognised in these awards, the industry Oscars, is testimony to the hard work, brilliance and expertise of my team at Ark.
“Ark’s offering is about world class levels of efficiency, high integrity and security.
“We are truly thrilled – but also very comfortable – to be held in such high regard amongst competitors across the whole of Europe.
“We obviously believe we would be worthy winners and look forward to the awards ceremony next month.”
The Modular Award will be presented to the company with the ‘best modular product offering’, with judges looking for the winner to show their product is different to any other on the market.
The glittering black-tie awards ceremony will be held in the historic settings of One Whitehall, close to London’s Houses of Parliament, on Thursday June 13.
The categories for entrants are: Public Cloud Services & Infrastructure; Private Cloud Services & Infrastructure; Energy Efficiency and Environmental Sustainability; Co-location Provider of the Year; Datacentre Retrofit of the Year; New Datacentre of the Year; Managed Services Award; Operational Excellence of the Year; Modular Award; Entrepreneur of the Year; CxO of the Year; Young Talent of the Year; Judges Award 2013.
Ark delivers the UK’s most efficient data centres, known as The Arks. Established in 2002, Ark is rapidly expanding to serve the needs of organisations with demanding operational excellence. The newly appointed senior leadership team have all been hand selected for their unique backgrounds and are driving the company to become the market leader in delivering high integrity data centres (Arks) in the UK.
Ark currently operates data centre facilities across two campuses in the South of England. The Spring Park and Cody Park data centre campus locations house a variety of high integrity data centres offering a flexible approach to organisations who appreciate the need for security, flexibility and sustainability. With an aggressive expansion programme in place, the entire Ark team is focused on delivering sustainable, flexible data centres both directly and through its partners.
The Arks are all delivered and endorsed to a minimum standard of Impact Level 3 (IL3). This security can be increased on demand and falls in line with the company’s zero tolerance approach to anything that puts client business at risk.
Driven by the new CEO, Huw Owen, the company’s culture is to put the customer front and centre in everything that Ark does. Ark is well positioned to take advantage of an industry fuelled by the continued explosion in personal and corporate data usage, big data analytics, cloud computing and technology services, particularly where security is a key requirement.