2018 Awards Shortlist

The Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) and Cloud Pro have today announced the shortlist for the UK Cloud Awards 2018, having narrowed down the hundreds of entries to a select few. 

The awards, first launched in 2014, celebrate innovation, entrepreneurialism and technical excellence from the leading cloud suppliers, technologies and projects in the in the UK cloud sector. The ceremony, which is being sponsored by Ingram Micro, will reward the best in the industry as chosen by a panel of expert judges. The winners will be revealed at a ceremony at County Hall, London on 16th May 2018. 

Alex Hilton, CEO of CIF, 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."


Best-In-Class Products

In this category we have chosen to combine core components of the cloud technology stack—such as security and storage—with the search for companies addressing the need to deliver on business continuity.

In a world where work isn’t a place any more who is delivering the collaboration and mobility we need with a user experience that delights and keeps the support desk idle. Is innovation a buzzword or alive and kicking? We are looking for innovation that not only trips off the tongue but also delivers quantifiable value.

For the first time we introduce a category for FinTech, leaving it wide open for interpretation and for our FinTech judges to run the numbers. Best-in-Class is a subtle combination of innovation with a deep understanding of real world needs wrapped up in an articulate story to capture the imagination. 


Those shortlisted include:

Security Solution of the Year

Alienvault USM Anywhere by Alienvault

Amazon GuardDuty by AWS

CipherTrust Cloud Key Manager by Thales eSecurity

Darktrace Cloud by Darktrace

Verify by Aspect Software 


Storage Product of the Year

Ceph Storage 3 by Red Hat

FlashBlade by Pure Storage 


Scality RING7 by Scality


Collaboration Solution of the Year

BlueJeans with Dolby Voice


Lifesize App by Lifesize


Business Continuity Solution of the Year

iland Secure DRaaS by iland Cloud

Druva Cloud Platform

SolarWinds Backup by Solarwinds MSP


Most Innovative Enterprise Product of the Year

Adaptive Insights Business Planning Cloud

Apttus ''Max'' by Apttus 

Boomi by DELL

Interoute Edge by Interoute

iPortalis Control Portal

New Relic by New Relic


Silver Peak Unity EdgeConnect SD-WAN solution


Most Innovative SMB Product of the Year

Advanced Voice Services by Natterbox

CloudMigrator Go by Cloud Technology Solutions

GoSimple Tax by GoSimple Software Limited


Best Unified Communications Product of the Year

Advanced Voice Services by Natterbox

Global Office by RingCentral

storm DTA by Content Guru


Financial-tech Solution of the Year (Fin-tech)


Expenses by Selenity


GoSimple Tax by GoSimple Software Limited


Sage Business Cloud Financials


Best Cloud Platform Solution of the Year

Anypoint Platform Crowd Release by MuleSoft

Boomi by DELL

Cloud Platform Solution by Box

Cloud Protection Manager by N2W Software

OpenShift Container Platform 3.7 by Red Hat





Best Digital Transformation Projects

Everyone has a digital transformation project – right?

It is the project that will disrupt your business before another disrupts it! There is no one size fits all and it is not as though you can buy a box with ‘your digital transformation project’ inside. So we are looking for the best examples of what start off as ideas and through sweat and tears deliver transformation. You might not want to share the secret sauce of your transformation project, and we get that. What is of interest is the process and the delivery of the outcome against expectations.  People, Process, Technology, Brains – what else made a difference?

Check out our new ‘emerging technology’ category and open the door on your work in the field of AI, IoT, blockchain or whatever is topical for you and amaze our judges.


Those shortlisted include:

Public Sector Project of the Year

CityVerve supported by Chime-Tech

Health and Social Care digital meal planning with Kafoodle Kare

Manchester City Council supported by Cloud Technology Solutions

NHS in association with Kahootz

storm® Citizen Engagement Hub with Content Guru


Best Private Sector Project SMB

Brother International Europe Supported by Ensono

Stephen James Group and Charterhouse


Private Sector Project Enterprise

Big Data European Concept Platform (UK) supported by ANS

Nuffield Health supported by Silver Peak

The Lidl UK Winebot supported by Aspect Software

SYNLAB Laboratory Services and Ancoris

Ubisoft supported by Aspect


Most Innovative Emerging Technology

Project Freq by Amido

Pulse by FinancialForce




Best-In-Class Cloud Service Providers

Tried and tested, and we love this category.

In an uber-competitive market we are looking for the provider that delivers a rock solid service with something else – you know what your customers want and you know how to deliver that. You don’t have to be the biggest, and to impress our judges think about how you tell your story that leads to that ‘a ha’ moment – I get it and that is really smart.


Those shortlisted include:

Best Cloud SErvice Provider

CSI Limited

Content Guru

Ingram Micro Cloud


Sesui Ltd


UKCloud Ltd


Best Cloud Managed Service Provider

4D Data Centres






Best G-Cloud Public Sector Provider

UKCloud Ltd




Achievement Award

The robots may be coming, but until then we will recognise and celebrate human endeavour.

We are looking for a cloud visionary that are often storytellers and define our future in ways that somehow reduce complexity to something that everyone can relate to. The word entrepreneur should not be used casually — it is reserved for people that have often gone out on a limb and done something amazing.

We invite your nominations, and a select panel of judges will likewise invite worthy nominees. These achievement awards also bestow the winners Honorary Membership of the Cloud industry Forum.


Those shortlisted include...

Cloud visionary of the Year

Apay Obang-Oyway, Ingram Micro

Craig Joseph, intY

Simon Ratcliffe, Ensono


Cloud entrepreneur of the year

Geoffroy De Cooman, Proxyclick

Mitchell Feldman, RedPixie

Simon Hansford, UKCloud Ltd 




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