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Cloud Pro and the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) revealed the shortlist for the UK Cloud Awards 2015 today, having narrowed down hundreds of entries to a few dozen contenders.
The 54 finalists will compete in their own shortlists across 16 categories, vying for awards including Security Product of the Year, Best Public Sector Project and Personality of the Year.
Alex Hilton, CEO of CIF, said the volume and quality of entries this year was a sign of the maturity of the UK cloud sector.
“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," he said.
"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 to everyone who has helped make this possible and I’d like to take this opportunity to wish those on the shortlist the best of luck.”
Cloud Pro founding editor Max Cooter is a judge for the second time on the UK Cloud Awards after the success of the first event in 2014, and said that the contest has grown in size and popularity.
He added: “It is clear that there is a real appetite for this kind of ceremony in the UK cloud industry.
“The level of interest in this year’s UK Cloud Awards has been higher than anyone could have hoped, and the quality of the entries made for a difficult judging process.
"What started as a way for those in the industry to be recognised has now become a fixture in the industry awards calendar, and we look forward to celebrating with the winners on the night itself.”
In the 2014 awards, the big cloud players were notable by their absence from the nominations list, but that's certainly not the case this year.
The 2015 shortlist features the likes of Amazon, Salesforce, Dell, IBM, VMware and Microsoft.
Speaking to Cloud Pro, Cooter said the vendor community certainly seems to have taken a bigger interest in the awards this year.
“It was good to see so many entries from different vendors this year. We had nominations from small start-ups to well-established vendors and saw a range of impressive products.
"We were particularly pleased to see an abundance of well-managed cloud projects, [and] saw some excellent examples of forward-thinking customers: the only downside was it made judging them much more difficult.
"There were also some superb projects that failed to make the grade,” he added.
The shortlist is as follows:
The UK Cloud Awards are sponsored by Microsoft, HP Helion, Ingram Micro, and Spreckley.