Best Host Award

For the best hosting provider.
Entrants must offer hosting services to consumers or businesses.
The judging process is formed of two stages: a period technical testing followed to determine the shortlist and then a written entry form used by the judging panel to determine the winner.

Entrants are required to undergo a period of technical testing from 12th February to 29th March. The technical testing (facilitated by thinkbroadband) involves uploading two test files (supplied by thinkbroadband) to servers for periodic downloading and uploading. The highest performing providers will be shortlisted and this data plus an entry form detailing their product, pricing, contracts etc will be used to determine a winner.

Entrants must also submit a written entry form based on the below judging criteria to determine a winner from the shortlisted finalists.
Judging Criteria: 

Technical testing will determine the shortlist and the judges will use the value-added form and technical testing to determine the winner.  

When completing the written entry form some things to consider are:

- Pricing and value for money
- Payment options and contract flexibility
- Account management and hours of support
- Variety of services on offer
- Space offered
- Availability and speed of service
- Firewalls and other information security measures
- Cyber security provision
- Data back-up services
- Domain/DNS management available
- Data centre availability/SLAs
- Energy efficiency and environmental impact.
- Power supply, reboot and administration options
- Provides IPv6 Address
The written entry deadline is 29th March 2018

* 1. Please provide the following:

* 2. In 30 WORDS why should you win this award?

* 3. In what way does your hosting service provide value for money? (150 words)

* 4. In what ways do you ensure the privacy and security of your customers' data? (150 words)

* 5. What investment and innovations have you made in the last 12 months? (150 words)

* 6. How do your services offer choice and flexibility to customers? (150 words)

* 7. How have you responded to customer demand and expectations in the past 12 months? (150 words)

* 8. How do you mitigate the environmental impact of your hosting offering? (150 words)

* 9. What sets you apart from your competitors? (150 words)