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Leading provider of critical cloud, production and recovery services, partners with Cloud Industry Forum to celebrate innovation in the UK cloud market
“As one of the first service providers to acknowledge the reality of hybrid cloud computing, we have gained extensive experience in the cloud and look to deliver and endorse good practices to boost confidence in the industry. Cloud is the new normal for so many organisations, therefore it is vital that end-users feel they can trust their providers.”
Sungard Availability Services® (Sungard AS), a leading provider of information availability through managed IT, cloud and recovery services has today been announced as a headline sponsor for the UK Cloud Awards 2017. Established by the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) in association with Cloud Pro, the awards recognise the leading vendors, customers and individuals that have set the benchmark for the UK cloud industry over the past year.
The very best providers, projects and products the UK cloud industry has to offer will be celebrated at the ceremony that will take place at the OXO2 in central London on 15 March 2017. A panel of independent judges will produce a shortlist of contenders and will decide on an overall winner in each category. More information is available at: www.ukcloudawards.co.uk
This is the first time that Sungard AS, which Gartner again positioned as a Leader in the Magic Quadrant for Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service in 2016, has sponsored the UK Cloud Awards, as the organisation continues its support and commitment for cloud excellence.
Speaking of the partnership, Keith Tilley, executive vice president & vice-chair at Sungard Availability Services said: “As one of the first service providers to acknowledge the reality of hybrid cloud computing, we have gained extensive experience in the cloud and look to deliver and endorse good practices to boost confidence in the industry. Cloud is the new normal for so many organisations, therefore it is vital that end-users feel they can trust their providers and for those providers to be exemplars in the work that they do. The UK Cloud Awards reward the very best vendors, customers and individuals – spotlighting the high standards of service and recognising the innovative practices, that have given cloud users the many advantages that technology delivers. This is why we are delighted to be sponsoring this year’s awards. We look forward to spending an evening with many truly exceptional companies in the UK’s cloud community.”
The judging panel – chaired by Cloud Pro’s founding editor Max Cooter – comprises of a number of experts in the field of cloud computing, including consultants, analysts, CIOs, academics and venture capitalists. The full list of judges can be found on the UK Cloud Awards website: http://ukcloudawards.co.uk/
Alex Hilton, CEO of the Cloud Industry Forum, said: “We are very pleased that a company with the experience and heritage of Sungard Availability Services is sponsoring this year’s UK Cloud Awards, and their support is testament to how far we have come since we first launched four years ago. The purpose of these awards is to reward excellence in the cloud and with the support from Sungard AS we will be able to put on the best awards ceremony yet. Interest in the awards grows year on year and I have every confidence this will be our most exciting and rewarding year yet.”