UK Cloud Awards 2018 shortlist announced

The judges have whittled the entries down and the shortlist has been unveiled

The UK Cloud Awards 2018 judging process has now finished and the shortlist of contenders for the accolades has been unveiled.

The awards, which are designed to recognise talent, achievement and innovation in the UK cloud industry, are now in their fifth year, and winners will be announced at the awards ceremony, which will take place at County Hall, London on 16 May.

Alex Hilton, CEO of Cloud Industry Forum, co-host of the awards along with Cloud Pro, said: "This is the fifth year we have run the UK Cloud Awards and we are delighted to announce that we had a record number of entries this year, confirming our belief that the UK Cloud Awards are now a recognised feature of the technology industry's awards calendar.

"Over the past decade we have witnessed phenomenal innovation and the truly transformational use of cloud services. The depth, strength and maturity of the cloud industry in the UK is apparent. It's going to be extremely difficult to pick the winners in each and every category and we would like to congratulate everyone that has got this far. I would like to take the opportunity to wish everyone that has made the cut the best of luck on the night."

The shortlist for the UK Cloud Awards 2018 is as follows:

BEST IN CLASS

Security Solution of the Year

Alienvault USM Anywhere by AlienvaultAmazon GuardDuty by AWSCipherTrust Cloud Key Manager by Thales eSecurityDarktrace Cloud by DarktraceVerify by Aspect Software

Storage Solution of the Year

Ceph Storage 3 by Red HatFlashBlade by Pure StorageRubrikScality RING7 by Scality

Collaboration Solution of the Year

BlueJeans with Dolby VoiceFreshdeskLifesize App by Lifesize

Business Continuity Solution of the Year

Druva Cloud Platformiland Secure DRaaS by iland CloudSolarWinds Backup by Solarwinds MSP

Most Innovative Enterprise Product

Adaptive Insights Business Planning CloudApttus ''Max'' by ApttusBoomi by DELLInteroute Edge by InterouteiPortalis Control PortalNew Relic by New RelicRubrikSilver Peak Unity EdgeConnect SD-WAN solution

Most Innovative SMB Product

Advanced Voice Services by NatterboxCloudMigrator Go by Cloud Technology SolutionsGoSimpleTax by GoSimple Software Limited

Unified Communications Product of the Year

Advanced Voice Services by NatterboxGlobal Office by RingCentralstorm DTA by Content Guru

Fintech Solution of the Year

AccountsIQExpenses by SelenityFreeAgentGoSimple Tax by GoSimple Software LimitedMambuSage Business Cloud Financials (formerly known as Sage Live

Cloud Platform Solution of the Year

Anypoint PlatformCrowd Release by MuleSoftBoomi by DELLCloud Platform Solution by BoxCloud Protection Manager by N2W SoftwareOpenShift Container Platform 3.7 by Red HatSpotinstThousandEyes

BEST DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION PROJECTS

Best Public Sector Project

CityVerve supported by Chime-TechHealth and Social Care digital meal planning with Kafoodle KareManchester City Council supported by Cloud Technology SolutionsNHS in association with Kahootzstorm Citizen Engagement Hub with Content Guru

Best Private Sector Project (SMB)

Brother International Europe supported by EnsonoStephen James Group supported by Charterhouse Voice & Data

Best Private Sector Project(Enterprise)

Big Data European Concept Platform (UK) supported by ANSNuffield Health supported by Silver PeakThe Lidl UK Winebot supported by Aspect SoftwareSYNLAB Laboratory Services and AncorisUbisoft supported by Aspect

Most Innovative Emerging Technology

Project Freq by AmidoPulse by FinancialForce

CLOUD SERVICE PROVIDER

Best Cloud Managed Service Provider (MSP)

4D Data CentresCenturyLinkClaranetDatabarracksEnsono

Best Cloud Service Provider (CSP)

CSI LimitedContent GuruIngram Micro CloudInterouteSesui LtdTechQuartersUKCloud Ltd

Best G-Cloud Public Sector Provider

KahootzUKCloud Ltd

ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

Cloud Visionary of the Year

Apay Obang-Oyway,Ingram MicroCraig Joseph,intYSimon Ratcliffe,Ensono

Cloud Entrepreneur of the Year

Geoffroy De Cooman, ProxyclickMitchell Feldman, RedPixieSimon Hansford, UKCloud Ltd

Frank Bennett, head judge for the UK Cloud Awards, said: "Entries for the UK Cloud Awards have improved year on year as the technology has continued to transform the business landscape. When we started the awards, cloud technology was in its infancy and companies had yet to realise the potential benefits that it has to offer.

"That is no longer the case and this year's entries have emphasised the outstanding work that vendors, suppliers and individuals have contributed to the UK cloud market. I would like to congratulate everyone that has been shortlisted and let everyone know that the process of choosing the winners is going to be the most challenging decision yet."

Paul Franklin, group publisher of Dennis Publishing's technology division, added: "The calibre and sheer volume of entries that we received for the awards this year demonstrates that the UK cloud industry has come of age. These awards were established to highlight innovation and achievement in the British cloud computing sector, benchmarking the amazing cloud leadership in the UK.

"A big thank you is owed to everyone who has helped make the awards possible and I have every confidence that this will be our best ceremony yet."

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