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About Uptime Institute

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Uptime Institute, an independent division of The 451 Group,  provides education, publications, consulting, certifications, conferences and seminars, independent research, and thought leadership for the enterprise data center industry and for data center professionals.

The Uptime Institute is an unbiased, third-party data center research, education, and consulting organization focused on improving data center performance and efficiency through collaboration and innovation. The Uptime Institute serves all shareholders of the data center industry, including enterprise and third-party operation, manufacturers, providers, and engineers. This collaborative approach, completed with the Uptime Institute's capability to recognize trends on a global basis and to interface directly with owners, results in solutions and innovations freed from regional constraints for the benefit of the worldwide data center industry.

Founded in 1993, the Uptime Institute pioneered the creation and facilitation of end-user knowledge communities to improve reliability and uninterruptible availability—uptime—in data center facilities and Information Technology organizations. In 2009, the Uptime Institute was acquired by The 451 Group, a technology-industry analyst company focusing on the business of enterprise IT innovation.

Uptime Institute has expanded its services and activities around the world:

  • Tier Certifications awarded in over 50 different countries
  • Accredited Tier Designers and Accredited Tier Specialists representing over 60 different countries
  • Uptime Institute Networks are currently in growing North America; Latin America; Asia Pacific; and Europe, Middle East, & Africa
  • Uptime Institute offices in Sao Paulo, Dubai, London, Singapore, Moscow, Taipei, Kuala Lumpur in addition to U.S. Offices (New York, Denver, Seattle, San Francisco)

Professional Services

  • Certification and consulting services based on the Uptime Institute’s proprietary knowledge base and methodology, expertise in data center infrastructure and operations, and hundreds of Certifications around the world adhering to the Tier Standards: Topology and Operational Sustainability.
  • Management & Operations (M&O) Stamp of Approval validates the critical facilities management and operations practices of an existing data center.


  • Today, veterans and reservists are experiencing higher than average unemployment, and more than one million will be returning from active duty in the next two years. At the same time, the data center industry is facing a growing personnel crisis, as demand and capacity continue to increase, while large numbers of seasoned staff continue to retire. Uptime Institute and the members of its North American Network have joined forces to address both of these issues at once, establishing a Veterans Initiative and launching to help introduce military veterans to the industry, and connect former service men and women with data center jobs, training, and career opportunities.



  • The annual Uptime Institute Symposium brings together the wide range of perspectives in the global data center industry to work to address common challenges of improving the efficiency of IT and facilities, while maintaining the most demanding levels of uptime.
  • In 2011, the Institute announced its first Uptime Institute Server Roundup, encouraging organizations to remove duplicate, unused, out-of-date, or obsolete servers. Each year, winners receive a commemorative rodeo belt buckle as well as free registration to and a dedicated presentation slot at Uptime Institute Symposium.
  • A new awards program, the Brill Awards for Efficient IT, continues the late Mr. Brill’s vision of sharing best practices and new ideas to improve data center and IT efficiency. The mission of this project is to recognize efficiency in the broadest sense of the word -- efficiency of capital deployment, technology, design, operations and overall management. The Brill Awards for Efficient IT will showcase companies and technologies that improve the industry's ability to sustainably deliver IT services to the end user.


  • Uptime Institute Brasil enables Uptime Institute to directly serve the Brasilian market from Sao Paulo supported by our experts around the globe.
  • Uptime Institute Russia enables Uptime Institute to directly serve Russia and CIS from Moscow supported by our experts around the globe.
  • Find your regional representatives here.

About The 451 Group
The 451 Group, through its two operating divisions, 451 Research and Uptime Institute, provides thought leadership, syndicated research and professional services that address the dynamic nature of an expanding datacenter ecosystem – from facilities to the hardware and software stacks to 'IT as a service' – and its profound implications for the way enterprises plan, build and manage their IT environments.

In addition, through 451 Events, The 451 Group runs premier technology summits and conferences around the world. The 451 Group is headquartered in New York, with offices in key locations.

The Uptime Institute Journal

Founded in 2013 to promote thought leadership, innovation, and proven methodologies of various disciplines and professions within the global data center industry. Its mission is also to showcase world-class projects, recognize individual- or team-level accomplishments, and further the industry at large. This publication is committed to senior-level, peer-to-peer knowledge transfer—expertise provided by the individuals responsible for development, execution, or oversight of major data center initiatives.

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