On Tuesday the Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) announced a best practices competition called Conquering the Cloud Challenge to find the most innovative cloud-related practices by corporations and institutions.
Companies are eligible to submit entries whether they are in the planning stages, developing solutions or have already implemented cloud-practices. A top prize of $10,000, will be awarded to the entry selected by a panel of judges but there is also an online Audience Award determined by public votes received at the Alliance website between November 1 and November 15.
The competition is open to corporations managing data centre resources, as well as government organisations, universities and other non-profit organisations in all geographies. The Challenge is aimed at four separate categories:
Secure cloud enterprise applications
Application resiliency in the cloud
Identity management in the new hybrid cloud world
Interoperability of applications and workloads across many clouds and platforms
Judging for the winners of all awards will take place after October 26, 2011. A total of six prizes will be awarded: four to the winners of each Category Award, one to the Audience Award winner and one to the winner of the Alliance Grand Prize. Full details are on the web site.
It’s a good way to gather innovative and best practice ideas around implementing cloud computing, which is pretty much what the ODCA was formed for. I’m looking forward to seeing the winning ideas.
If you’ve done something better than most, then have a go. Apart from the prize the ideas could well be an inspiration to other data centre managers to adopt better cloud practices. The more efficient cloud services are the greener corporate ICT will become.