It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day operations of running a mission critical facility, but it’s important to take a step back and examine the things that make it possible. So, without further ado, I'm excited to announce the Top Tier Products awards are back! The Top Tier Product awards recognize manufacturing excellence in mission critical equipment that embraces safety, energy efficiency, and innovative solutions to ensure reliable uptime for the data centers of today and tomorrow. Products will be judged by a panel of third-party industry experts who have pledged to volunteer their time to research the new technologies and share their findings with our readers.

Winners will be awarded across 10 categories:

  • Batteries
  • Cabinets
  • Cables/Cable Management Systems
  • IT Equipment
  • Power Systems/Products
  • Racks
  • Security Systems
  • Software
  • Thermal Management Systems
  • UPS Systems

We are looking for more judges to join our advisory board in taking a deep-dive look at the products of today and the footprints they leave behind on their way to the data centers of the future. If you are an expert in one of these categories and would like to serve on our panel of judges, contact me at Manufacturers interested in putting the spotlight on their products should apply now. To find out if you’re eligible, visit Early bird entries are due Feb. 15 at a discounted rate of $119 per product. All other submissions are due April 30 at a rate of $149 per product. The judges rate the products on ease of installation, use, and maintenance; reliability; competitive difference; design flexibility; energy efficiency; security features; and other defining characteristics unique to each category/application. Mission Critical will reveal the winners of each category in the August issue of our e-magazine. “Being able to recognize manufacturing excellence in products and services that are key to the success of our professional readers is an important role for our team,” said Mike Murphy, publisher of Mission Critical.