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Most Recent Uptime Institute Publications

NEW! The Uptime Institute Journal, Volume 3

Volume 3 of The Uptime Institute Journal focuses on data center design. As with previous issues, Volume 3 provides a range of perspectives on design issues that matter to the data center industry, particularly facility owners and operators. Articles include case histories, perspective from industry leaders and Accredited Tier Designers (ATDs), official Uptime Institute publications, and technical papers from Uptime Institute staff. Topics include analysis of design trends, discussion of tools available to improve facility design and metrics. At least two stories attempt to address commonly held, but incorrect, industry viewpoints. Authors and participants come from Canada, Russia, the U.S., EMEA, China, South Africa, and other parts of the world.

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NEW! Uptime Institute FORCSS Case Study 1

This case study was developed in close collaboration with a participant in the FORCSS Charrettes and early adopter of the methodology. Confidential and sensitive information has been withheld. The case study participant (Enterprise) is a global financial organization offering retail, personal, commercial, and wealth management services to over 12 million customers. The Enterprise is aggressively expanding in terms of both geography and revenue. Learn more about Uptime Institute FORCSS™.

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NEW! Start With The End In Mind

However well designed a data center appears on paper, ultimately its success stands or falls on day-to-day operations over the lifespan of the facility. Successful operations over the long term begins with having an Operations advocate at every stage of the planning and development process who deeply understands the integrated mesh of systems, technology, and human activity in a data center. By starting with the end in mind and giving Operations a strong voice from the outset, organizations will reap the benefits of maximum uptime, efficiency, and cost effectiveness year after year.

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Tier Standard: Operational Sustainability

The Uptime Institute has released the latest version of the Tier Standard: Operational Sustainability effective 1 April 2013. The updates to the Standard are the result of discussions and voting by the Owners Advisory Committee. The Committee consists of those organizations that have successfully achieved Tier Certification. The changes to the Standard reflect the experience of those organizations completing certification and the experience of the Uptime Institute.  Mostly administrative in nature, the changes to the Standard removes the bonus behaviors (they were eliminated or became required for Tier III and/or Tier IV) and removes the Operational Sustainability Rating Section.  The current Gold, Silver, and Bronze Operational Sustainability ratings are still applicable for Certification. Uptime Institute's Tier Standard: Operational Sustainability establishes the behaviors and risks beyond the Tier Classification System (I, II, III, IV) that impact long-term data center performance. This Standard unifies the site management behaviors with the Tier functionality of the site infrastructure in order to achieve the organization's business objectives or mission imperatives.


Tier Standard: Topology

The Uptime Institute has released the latest version of the Tier Standard: Topology effective 1 August 2012. This 2012 update to the Standard (previous update was 2010) is the result of discussions and voting by the Owners Advisory Committee. The Committee consists of those organizations that have successfully achieved Tier Certification. The changes to the Standard reflect the experience of those organizations completing certification and the experience of Uptime Institute Professional Services which conducts the Tier Program for the Institute. Mostly administrative in nature, the changes to the Standard clarify the intent of the Institute regarding engine generators, communications, fuel oil systems,and makeup water for evaporative cooling systems.


Accredited Tier Designer Technical Paper Series: Continuous Cooling

The Accredited Tier Designer Technical Paper Series supplements the Data Center Site Infrastructure Tier Standard: Topology by providing additional clarity on the Tier consequences of specific subsystems. This technical paper provides additional detail regarding the Tier consequences of continuous cooling

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Accredited Tier Designer Technical Paper Series: Makeup Water

The Accredited Tier Designer Technical Paper Series supplements the Data Center Site Infrastructure Tier Standard: Topology by providing additional clarity on the Tier consequences of specific subsystems. This technical paper was prompted by the interactions at the 2009 Accredited Tier Designer sessions and industry comments and queries. This technical paper provides additional detail regarding the Tier consequences of makeup water source.

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Accredited Tier Designer Technical Paper Series: Engine-Generator Ratings

The Accredited Tier Designer Technical Paper Series supplements the Data Center Site Infrastructure Tier Standard: Topology by providing additional clarity on the Tier consequences of specific subsystems. This technical paper was prompted by the interactions at the 2009 Accredited Tier Designer sessions and industry comments and queries. This technical paper provides additional detail regarding the Tier consequences of engine-generators and their ratings.

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Natural Disaster Risk Profiles for Data Centers

The highest level of functionality in a data center can easily be defeated by a local or regional disaster. Natural Disaster Risk Profiles presents an outline of the data center consequences expected from specific types of severe weather. The Natural Disasters Risk Locations Map geographically indicates degrees of vulnerability by type of disaster and data center location within the U.S.

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Data Center Industry Surveys
2013 Data Center Industry Survey    
This third annual report will feature responses from over 1,000 data center owners and operators from around the world, and will focus on technology adoption rates, data center costs, and trends in IT operations and management.

The survey covers the following topics:
  • Data center capacity and cost
  • Enterprise cloud computing adoption
  • Data center energy efficiency
  • Data center infrastructure management (DCIM)
  • Data center design trends
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2012 Data Center Industry Survey   

Uptime Institute recently completed its second annual datacenter industry survey, which collected data around Digital Infrastructure deployment trends, procurement plans, measurement and standards practices, and other topics that impact the mission-critical datacenter industry.

Key findings of the survey included:

  • 55% of organizations reported a datacenter budget increase over 2011.
  • Nearly 50% of organizations have deployed private cloud; 25% have deployed public cloud.
  • Cost reduction is the primary driver for organizations to pursue cloud computing.
  • Average PUE of respondents' largest datacenter is between 1.8 and 1.89.
  • Modular datacenter deployment doubled over 2011, but is still in single digits (9%).

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2011 Data Center Industry Survey

Uptime Institute conducted its first annual data center industry survey collecting data from mission critical data center owners and operators worldwide. Participants were contacted by email from March-April 2011, and over 1,000 industry representatives responded. The Institute filtered vendor and consultant responses, focusing on the results from 525 data center executives. Respondents were primarily North America-based, and largely represented by the financial industry, colocation providers, and government agencies. Approximately one-half of the respondents manage over 2,000 servers.

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Uptime Institute Annual Report: Data Center Density

Data center owners and operators have been cautioned about the imminent rise in power density of computing equipment, and the drastic consequences of accommodating racks at 30 kW each. In Uptime Institute’s field experience, pockets of high density requirements exist, but are not pervasive. Based on this apparent divergence between dire predictions and limited deployments, Uptime Institute determined to confirm actual owner experience in operational, high availability data centers. Accordingly, members of the Uptime Institute Network in North America and EMEA participated in a survey on power density in their data centers.

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Technical Paper: Biodiesel

The Uptime Institute Technical Paper series responds to data center owner and operator concerns regarding future regulations, emerging or established technologies, or other issues specific to facilities operations. The objective of the Biodiesel Technical paper is to provide context, insight, and industry experience with biodiesel fuel(s). The use of biodiesel fuels has been mandated in select U.S. states and is anticipated to be mandated in additional states and countries shortly.

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Changing Cooling Requirements Leave Many Data Centers At Risk

As uptime expectations continue to grow and new computer technology replaces mainframe chilled water with air-side cooling, the performance demand on data center HVAC systems is rapidly increasing.

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How to Meet "24 by Forever" Cooling Demands of your Data Center

Matching IT expectations with facility staffing and site infrastructure capabilities is critical to ensure the reliability of data center operations. This paper tells you how to reconcile expectations with resources.

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Reducing Bypass Airflow Is Essential for Eliminating Computer Room Hot Spots

As hardware heat densities continue to increase, hot racks or cabinets will increasingly be a serious threat to IT reliability and performance.

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IT and Facilities Initiatives for Improved Data Center Energy Efficiency

This paper:

  • Presents five IT-related efficiency initiatives
  • Presents an additional five facilities-related efficiency improvements
  • Cautions data center operators that efficiency should be pursued carefully, to avoid negative reliability impacts
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Opinion of the Institute: Clean Computing

Clean Computing is not just about alternative energy sources and recycling e-waste. The challenges of global warming and energy independence mean that companies that do not adopt Clean Computing practices may soon find themselves under increased government scrutiny, or worse, targeted by eco-savvy consumers. Clean Computing means the manufacture, packaging, use, and disposal of IT equipment does not use hazardous materials or produce harmful waste—at any stage.

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ITIL: How to Manage the Coming Convergence of IT and Facilities

The communication gap between Facilities and IT can be closed by using the principles based on the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) framework. This paper proposes that IT organizations and building facilities teams are being driven closer together by the demands of power and cooling in today’s data centers. This process is creating a mutual interest in each other’s projects, plans, processes, and overall business management.

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Executive Director's Report: The Findings of the 2007 Charrette

The Charrette demonstrated that our industry challenge right now is not in coming up with fundamentally new site-infrastructure systems, but is to be found in improving the actual operational efficiency of what we already have deployed. This report highlights some of what we learned in the Tracks and working groups of the Charrette.

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Pre-approval Checklist for Alternative Cooling Solution Deployment

Beyond a limit, rising computer room load densities conflict with the physical ability of traditional air cooling as a transfer medium to rapidly remove heat from computer rooms.

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Alternating Cold and Hot Aisles Provides More Reliable Cooling for Server Farms

As uptime expectations continue to grow and new computer technology replaces mainframe chilled water with air-side cooling, the performance demand on data center HVAC systems is rapidly increasing.

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Fault-Tolerant Power Certification Is Essential When Buying Products For High-Availability

IT organizations report that 25 percent of all information downtime results from the interaction of computer hardware with its physical environment.

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