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Uptime Institute Honors Industry-Leading Companies with 2015 Brill Awards for Efficient IT

Uptime Institute Honors Industry-Leading Companies with 2015 Brill Awards for Efficient IT

United Airlines, Boeing, Raytheon, AIG, and others recognized for IT efficiency achievements

NEW YORK (February 25, 2015) – Uptime Institute, an independent thought leader and Certification body in IT and data centers, today announced 15 winning projects in the second annual Brill Awards for Efficient IT. The Brill Awards seeks to showcase end users, service providers, and technologies that improve the industry's ability to sustainably deliver IT services to end users while minimizing cost and other resources. These Brill Awards are judged by a panel of more than 90 distinguished industry professionals who evaluated submissions from leading enterprises around the world.

These projects exhibited notable advancements in increasing the efficiency of IT assets in the broadest sense of the word -- efficiency of capital deployment, technology, design, operations and overall management.

“I was most impressed about the creativity we are seeing from entrants relating to new ways to adapt old and emerging technologies together, to provide ingenious solutions to enable IT and data center facility efficiencies,” said Brill Awards judge Steve Press, Vice President at Kaiser Permanente. “The sharing of information made possible by this forum has created a ground swell of collaboration between traditional IT and Facilities groups and caused the vendor community to listen and provide products never before available. It's nice to see this level of positive change in the industry.”  

Uptime Institute will host a Brill Awards VIP dinner at Uptime Institute Symposium 2015 (May 19-21 in Santa Clara, CA). Symposium is the industry’s only opportunity to see many of the innovative Brill Awards case study presentations.

WINNERS

Global Leadership: Each year, Uptime Institute elevates certain applications out of the individual entry categories to honor with a Global Leadership Award. The winners of the Leadership Award category span multiple disciplines or regions.

  • The Boeing Company
  • United Airlines, Inc.

Brill Awards entrants are judged by region (North America, Latin America, EMEA & Russia, and Asia Pacific) and entrants may submit in as many as five categories: Data Center Design, Operational Data Center Upgrade, Data Center Facilities Management, IT Efficiency, and Product Solutions.

The winners are:

  • AIG, American International Group, Inc. (Operational Data Center Upgrade, North America)
  • Banco Bradesco S.A. (Operational Data Center Upgrade, LATAM)
  • Chesapeake Energy Corporation (Data Center Design, North America ) *tie
  • DuPont Fabros Technology (Data Center Design, North America ) *tie
  • EBRC, European Business Reliance Centre (Data Center Facilities Management, EMEA)
  • Falabella (Data Center Design, LATAM)
  • Itaú Unibanco (IT Efficiency, LATAM)
  • Morgan Stanley (Data Center Facilities Management, North America)
  • NEXTDC (Product Solutions, APAC)
  • Nomura Research Institute (Data Center Design, APAC)
  • Porto Seguro S.A. (Data Center Facilities Management, LATAM)
  • The Raytheon Company (IT Efficiency, North America)
  • Swisscom AG (Data Center Design, EMEA)

“Entries for the 2015 Brill Awards exceeded my expectations, with many of the winners focusing on holistic sustainability projects that addressed both IT utilization and facilities improvements,” said Kevin Heslin, Chief Editor of The Uptime Institute Journal and Brill Awards Program Director. “The awards include winners from many regions, facility types, and vertical industries, demonstrating that efficient IT projects are attainable and valuable across the entire spectrum of the industry.”

For more information about these projects, please visit the Brill Awards website.

About Uptime Institute
Uptime Institute, an independent division of the 451 Group, is an unbiased advisory organization focused on improving the performance, efficiency, and reliability of business critical infrastructure through innovation, collaboration, and independent certifications. Uptime Institute serves all stakeholders responsible for IT service availability through industry leading standards, education, peer-to-peer networking, consulting, and award programs delivered to enterprise organizations and third-party operators, manufacturers, and providers. Uptime Institute is recognized globally for the creation and administration of the Tier Standards & Certifications for Data Center Design, Construction, and Operational Sustainability along with its Management & Operations (M&O) assessment and award, FORCSS™ methodology, and energy efficiency initiatives.
Uptime Institute -- The Global Data Center Authority® has office locations in the U.S., Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil, U.K., Spain, U.A.E., Russia, Taiwan, Singapore, and Malaysia. Visit www.uptimeinstitute.com for more information.

Press Inquiries:
Kevin Heslin
Senior Editor, Uptime Institute
(518) 731-2357
kheslin@uptimeinstitute.com

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Uptime Institute to Certify All of CenturyLink’s 57 Data Centers for Management and Operations (M&O) Excellence

Uptime Institute to Certify All of CenturyLink’s 57 Data Centers
for Management and Operations (M&O) Excellence

CenturyLink is First Data Center Hosting Provider to Commit Globally to
Uptime Institute’s M&O Guidelines

NEW YORK / MONROE, La. (December 2, 2014) – Uptime Institute today announced that CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) will be the first company to be evaluated and awarded at the global portfolio level for Management & Operations (M&O) certification. CenturyLink has pledged its commitment to data center operational excellence by pursuing the M&O Stamp of Approval for all 57 of its global data centers.

The M&O Stamp of Approval is an outcome-based guideline that centers on operational excellence and was developed based on analyzing the root cause of 20 years of outages in high-performance data centers. M&O moves beyond a subjective “best practices” approach, looking at why data centers fail and how to minimize, if not eliminate, operator errors and management shortfalls. Uptime Institute has long held that the leading cause of data center failures is operations related, and a well-run, legacy data center may out-perform a poorly run data center featuring a more robust or modern design.

“We view Uptime Institute as the preeminent global authority on data center standards and believe that businesses should hold their data center providers to high standards for operational excellence,” says David Meredith, senior vice president at CenturyLink. “A data center’s design is a strong foundation, but keeping businesses running 24/7 requires solid processes and highly qualified staff. CenturyLink is resolute in our commitment to our data center teams—excellence in training, processes and procedures—and the proven results of high-availability data centers.”

“This commitment shows that CenturyLink has the confidence to be open and transparent about its industry-recognized data center facilities, operations and management, and we are honored that the company will use our Management & Operations Stamp of Approval as the standard across its global footprint,” says Lee Kirby, CTO of Uptime Institute. “By adopting an industry standard for existing operations, CenturyLink assures its clients that retirement, turnover, and contractor selection will not disrupt the fundamentals of the operations—and that availability levels remain steady. We applaud CenturyLink for volunteering for a level of scrutiny that no other company has undertaken at this scale, which inherently challenges others in the marketplace to reveal themselves as openly. As organizations evaluate data center providers, M&O certification should be noted as a meaningful competitive differentiation.”

In addition to committing to M&O Stamp of Approval across its portfolio, CenturyLink has also received several Tier Certifications from Uptime Institute for recent data center build projects in the U.S., Canada, and Hong Kong.

About Uptime Institute
Uptime Institute, The Global Data Center Authority®, is an unbiased third-party data center research, education, and consulting organization focused on improving data center performance and efficiency through collaboration and innovation in data center design, management, and operations. Uptime Institute serves all stakeholders of the data center industry, including enterprise and third-party operators, manufacturers, providers, and engineers to ensure that strategic objectives are met. Uptime Institute is best known for its creation and global administration of the Tier Standards for Data Center Design, Constructed Facility, and Operational Sustainability along with its Management and Operations (M&O) reviews, and FORCSS™ methodology.

Uptime Institute has office locations in the U.S., Costa Rica, Brazil, United Kingdom, Spain, Dubai, Russia, Taiwan, Singapore, and Malaysia. Uptime Institute is part of The 451 Group, a leading technology-industry analyst and research company. Visit www.uptimeinstitute.com for more information. 

About CenturyLink

CenturyLink is the third largest telecommunications company in the United States and is recognized as a leader in the network services market by technology industry analyst firms. The company is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprise customers. CenturyLink provides data, voice and managed services in local, national and select international markets through its high-quality advanced fiber optic network and multiple data centers for businesses and consumers. The company also offers advanced entertainment services under the CenturyLink® Prism™ TV and DIRECTV brands. Headquartered in Monroe, La., CenturyLink is an S&P 500 company and is included among the Fortune 500 list of America’s largest corporations. For more information, visit www.centurylink.com.

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CenturyLink's Minneapolis-St. Paul Data Center is First and Only Colocation Facility in Minnesota to Earn Tier III Certification of Constructed Facility

CenturyLink's Minneapolis-St. Paul Data Center is First and Only Colocation Facility in Minnesota to Earn Tier III Certification of Constructed Facility

Solidifies CenturyLink's Worldwide Commitment to Uptime Institute's Globally Recognized Certification Services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEW YORK (July 16, 2014) – CenturyLink recently announced the opening of its newest data center in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MP2, which received Uptime Institute's coveted Tier III Certification of Constructed Facility. MP2 is the first colocation data center in Minnesota to receive this award, which signifies that the design, construction, and commissioning meet the Uptime Institute's rigorous criteria for Concurrent Maintainability. Delivered with technology partner Compass Datacenters in Shakopee, MP2 addresses the need for premium colocation service in Minneapolis and adjacent markets.

Tier Certification from Uptime Institute assures businesses that all elements of the critical infrastructure of a data center are capable of enterprise-grade performance. CenturyLink's strategic global commitment to the Tier Certification process also includes the recently successful completion of Tier III Certification of Constructed Facility for the second phase of its OC2 data center in Irvine, California, making it the first and only Uptime Institute Tier Certification, of both Design & Facility, in the southern California colocation market. CenturyLink is also working toward Tier III Certification of Constructed Facility for colocation data centers in Elk Grove, Illinois; Markham, Ontario; and Hong Kong by the end of 2014. The Hong Kong data center, delivered jointly with Digital Realty Trust, would be the first data center to receive that award in its region.

"CenturyLink provides businesses with incredible, distinctive data center experiences, and our commitment to official Uptime Institute Tier Certification reflects our ongoing dedication to innovation and excellence in data center design and project delivery," said David Meredith, SVP and global manager of CenturyLink. "Uptime Institute Tier Certification of Constructed Facility confirms what CenturyLink and our technology partners have always known to be true: that data center design and implementation has no tolerance for missing links or shortcuts."

"We congratulate all those who were responsible for delivering the Minneapolis and California projects, as the successful completion of Tier Certification of Constructed Facility speaks to the capabilities of CenturyLink's design and build teams," said Julian Kudritzki, COO of Uptime Institute. "Tier Certification of Design Documents is not easy, but building to that design—and certifying that build—is a key confidence factor for CenturyLink itself and its client base. When a longstanding colocation leader commits to Tier Certification, it endorses its relevance to the end-user community. The successful implementations of Minneapolis and California have us looking forward to the expanding relationship with CenturyLink, its project teams, and technology partners around the world."

About Uptime Institute
Uptime Institute, The Global Data Center Authority®, is an unbiased third-party data center research, education, and consulting organization focused on improving data center performance and efficiency through collaboration and innovation in data center design, management, and operations. Uptime Institute serves all stakeholders of the data center industry, including enterprise and third-party operators, manufacturers, providers, and engineers to ensure that strategic objectives are met. Uptime Institute is best known for its creation and global administration of the Tier Standards for Data Center Design, Constructed Facility, and Operational Sustainability along with its Management and Operations (M&O) reviews, and FORCSS™ methodology.


Uptime Institute has office locations in the U.S., Costa Rica, Brazil, United Kingdom, Spain, Dubai, Russia, Taiwan, Singapore, and Malaysia. Uptime Institute is part of The 451 Group, a leading technology-industry analyst and research company. Visit www.uptimeinstitute.com for more information.

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Uptime Institute and TIA agree on clear separation

 
Uptime Institute and TIA agree on clear separation between their respective benchmarking systems
to avoid industry confusion and drive accountability



New York, NY & Arlington, VA—The Uptime Institute and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) today announced steps to bring success to the future of the data and communications industry by establishing a clear and concise lexicon for the design of data centers as they are planned, constructed and operated worldwide.  Both the Uptime Institute and TIA believe that it is in the best interests of the industry to permanently differentiate their respective data center infrastructure benchmarking systems and going forward, TIA will revise the ANSI/TIA-942/TIA-942A Standard to remove the word ‘Tier.’
 
“We appreciate the willingness of TIA and the TR-42 Engineering Committee to work together on this matter,” said Julian Kudritzki, Uptime Institute COO.  “Clear ownership of a benchmarking system is key to its utility, consistency, and accountability.  By disentangling our respective terminologies, both TIA and Uptime Institute are better able to pursue the independent development of standards and programs as each sees fit.  We are confident that this is the lasting and public solution for the issue.”
 
“TIA and the Uptime Institute share the vision of greater efficiency to data center designs.  TIA’s TR-42 Engineering Committee will continue to establish and improve voluntary consensus-based standards that enable the data centers which our consumers and businesses demand,” said Grant Seiffert, President of TIA. “Working with the Uptime Institute on this and other issues demonstrates the best aspects of what TIA can do to help the communications industry meet tomorrow’s challenges.”
 
The Uptime Institute created the standard Tier Classification System in the mid-1990s as a means to effectively evaluate data center infrastructure as it relates to business requirements for system availability.  The Uptime Institute’s Tier Classification System provides a consistent method to compare typically unique, customized facilities based on expected site infrastructure performance, or uptime.
 
TIA member company experts have long focused on the need to support the deployment of advanced communications networks.  TIA’s TR-42 committee leads the industry in expertise for structured cabling and it is their designs, ideas and vision which create the foundation for robust networks in all areas of our built environment.

About Uptime Institute

Uptime Institute, a division of The 451 Group, provides independent thought leadership, certification, education and professional services for the global data center industry. Uptime Institute is best known for its creation and global administration of the Tier Standard for Data Center Design, Construction and Operational Sustainability. Uptime Institute has office locations in the U.S., Costa Rica, Brazil, United Kingdom, Spain, Dubai, Russia, Taiwan, Singapore, and Malaysia. Visit www.uptimeinstitute.com for more information.

About TIA

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents manufacturers and suppliers of global communications networks through standards development, policy and advocacy, business opportunities, market intelligence, and events and networking. TIA enhances the business environment for broadband, mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite and unified communications. Members' products and services empower communications in every industry and market, including healthcare, education, security, public safety, transportation, government, the military, the environment, and entertainment. Visit tiaonline.org for more details.
 
TIA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and is a proud sponsor of ANSI’s Standards Boost Business campaign. Visit www.standardsboostbusiness.org for details.

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Uptime Institute and CNet Training form a Global Educational Alliance

Uptime Institute and CNet Training form a Global Educational Alliance

Enhancing careers and fortifying the data center industry 

NEW YORK (October 16, 2014) – Uptime Institute and CNet Training announced today that they are working together to transform education throughout the global data center industry. Through a Global Educational Alliance they are providing vision, direction, and education to enhance professional development and advance careers within the worldwide data center industry. This alliance will provide access to a progressive and comprehensive set of training programs for all skill sets ranging from entry level to senior-level experts, including a Master's degree, and will expose participants to advanced topics such as Accredited Tier Training. The Accredited Tier Training will continue to be administered and taught by Uptime Institute providing participants an opportunity to learn from leading industry consultants, and the suite of CNet Training data center programs will continue to be developed and delivered by their expert instructors throughout the U.S. and around the globe.

The synergy between the two organizations became apparent early – with Uptime Institute's veterans placement initiative and CNet's history that began as a military transition service and their parallel efforts to make entry-level training available to veterans who were seeking to establish careers in the data center industry. The Global Educational Alliance grew from this foundation to serve the industry as a whole. The severe personnel shortage in the industry has to be solved with a sound long-term investment in training by all organizations that allow candidates to enter at any level, and gain greater knowledge and progress in responsibility.

The data center industry has a growing personnel shortage due to rapid industry growth of 15+ percent per year and the aging of its current workforce. "The need for a progressive training regime is obvious and with the other programs that we are pursuing on behalf of the industry, I believe this new Global Educational Alliance can make a significant contribution to solving this problem," says Lee Kirby, Uptime Institute Chief Technology Officer.

Andrew Stevens, CEO/Managing Director at CNet Training, adds, "I believe our Global Education Alliance with Uptime Institute can really make a difference to the data center industry. It unites two highly trusted global organizations to provide easy access to proven and reliable training for data center professionals resulting in industry recognized credentials and qualifications, which can enhance career progression and help with the standardization of skills and knowledge throughout the data center industry."

About Uptime Institute
Uptime Institute is an unbiased advisory organization focused on improving the performance, efficiency, and reliability of business critical infrastructure through innovation, collaboration, and independent certifications. Uptime Institute serves all stakeholders responsible for IT service availability through industry leading standards, education, peer-to-peer networking, consulting, and award programs delivered to enterprise organizations and third-party operators, manufacturers, and providers. Uptime Institute is recognized globally for the creation and administration of the Tier Standards & Certifications for Data Center Design, Construction, and Operational Sustainability along with its Management & Operations reviews, FORCSS™ methodology, and energy efficiency initiatives.

Uptime Institute – The Global Data Center Authority®, a division of The 451 Group, has office locations in the U.S., Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil, U.K., Spain, U.A.E., Russia, Taiwan, Singapore, and Malaysia. Visit www.uptimeinstitute.com for more information.

About CNet Training
Founded in 1996, CNet Training is highly trusted by the global data center industry and recognized around the world for their quality of delivery and technical excellence. They are the only dedicated data center training provider in the world to award both industry recognized qualifications and official credentials for their professional programs, allowing program participants to enhance their industry skill sets and their professional credentials. CNet Training's programs are delivered by highly experienced instructors with years of first-hand knowledge from working within data center facilities, which allows them to provide added value to students as they share their real-life experiences. A significant part of CNet Training's history is the development of the highly acclaimed Global Center & Network Infrastructure Education Framework, which offers industry professionals an opportunity to map training, qualifications, and credentials throughout the data center industry spanning from entry level to a Masters degree in Data Center Leadership & Management from the prestigious Lord Ashcroft Business School, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, U.K.

CNet Training – Leading global data center education provider, has office locations in the U.S., U.K. and Singapore. Visit www.cnet-training.com for more information.

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Press Inquires:
Clinton Gage, Marketing Director
cgage@uptimeinstitute.com
+1 206.706.4647

Sarah Parks, Director of Marketing
sparks@cnet-training.com
+44 (0)1284 767100

Uptime Institute Launches 2015 Brill Awards Program

Uptime Institute Launches 2015 Brill Awards Program

New Global Leadership category among significant changes

NEW YORK (Sept. 24, 2014)—Uptime Institute today issued a Call for Entries for the 2015 Brill Awards for Efficient IT. The 2015 Brill Awards will recognize IT efficiency in six categories, across four global regions: North America, EMEA, Latin America and APAC.  Entry forms may be downloaded from Uptime Institute’s website.

The Brill Awards, which were established in 2014, honor the memory of Uptime Institute’s founder Ken Brill by recognizing IT efficiency in the broadest sense of the word—efficiency of capital deployment, technology, design, operations and overall management. The Brill Awards showcase companies and technologies that improve the industry’s ability to sustainably deliver IT services to the end user.

In its first year, the Brill Awards attracted 100 worthy entrants from 19 countries. More than 90 industry professionals evaluated project submissions from leading enterprises around the world, choosing the projects they thought best exhibited efficiency in data center and IT operations.

In 2014, Uptime Institute granted 15 regional Brill Awards, as well as three Global Leadership Awards. Brill Award winners last year included Morgan Stanley, Kaiser Permanente, Telefonica, Taiwan Mobile, Fidelity Investments and others.

“Ken Brill believed that sharing information about innovation and best practices in IT would ultimately benefit not only the industry but also society in general,” said Kevin Heslin, Uptime Institute’s Senior Editor and longstanding data center industry observer, who will oversee the awards process. “I think the Brill Awards will honor Ken’s legacy by attracting more enterprises to share their ideas, and also by disseminating information about exciting innovation in the industry around the world.”

Categories will be judged by in-region experts and global authorities with local expertise. Judges will be drawn from the end user, vendor, and consulting communities so that the panel includes a wide variety of perspectives.

The categories are:

  • IT systems efficiency
  • Data center facilities management
  • Data center design
  • Operational data center upgrade
  • Product solutions

Brill Awards winners will be recognized at a VIP dinner to be held at Uptime Institute Symposium 2015. In addition, winners will be invited, at Uptime Institute’s discretion, to present at premiere events, including Uptime Institute Network meetings, regional summits and Uptime Institute Symposium. Winners may also be invited to publish their projects in The Uptime Institute Journal. The deadline for submitting a project to the program is December 15, 2014.

Application forms and more information about the Brill Awards, including application questions, descriptions of awards categories and judging criteria, are available from Uptime Institute at http://uptimeinstitute.com/brillawards.  Additional questions should be directed to brillawards@uptimeinstitute.com.

 

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About Uptime Institute
Uptime Institute is an unbiased advisory organization focused on improving the performance, efficiency, and reliability of business critical infrastructure through innovation, collaboration, and independent certifications. Uptime Institute serves all stakeholders responsible for IT service availability through industry leading standards, education, peer-to-peer networking, consulting, and award programs delivered to enterprise organizations and third-party operators, manufacturers, and providers. Uptime Institute is recognized globally for the creation and administration of the Tier Standards & Certifications for Data Center Design, Construction, and Operational Sustainability along with its Management & Operations reviews, FORCSS™ methodology, and energy efficiency initiatives.

 

Uptime Institute -- The Global Data Center Authority®, a division of The 451 Group, has office locations in the U.S., Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil, U.K., Spain, U.A.E., Russia, Taiwan, Singapore, and Malaysia. Visit www.uptimeinstitute.com for more information.

For more information on the Brill Awards, please contact:
Kevin Heslin
Uptime Institute
+1 518.731.2357
kheslin@uptimeinstitute.com

Barclays, Sun Life Financial win Uptime Institute’s 3rd annual Server Roundup

Barclays, Sun Life Financial win Uptime Institute’s 3rd annual Server Roundup

Barclays and Sun Life Financial take top honors in contest to improve IT efficiency; Barclays saves over US$6M decommissioning obsolete IT equipment in 2013.

NEW YORK (May 1, 2014) -- Comatose IT equipment is hiding in plain sight within even the most sophisticated IT organizations. The severs, abandoned by application owners and users but still racked and running, represent a double threat in terms of energy waste—squandering power at the plug, but also wasting data center facility power and capacity.

“Comatose servers are like weeds in a garden—rampant, insidious—and abatement is an ongoing responsibility,” said Matt Stansberry, Uptime Institute Director of Content and Publications. “This is why Uptime Institute challenged companies around the globe to help address and solve the problem of comatose servers by participating in the Server Roundup, an initiative to promote IT and Facilities integration and improve IT efficiency. "

“The Server Roundup honorees are leading their peers in the industry on the issue of reducing data center resource consumption, and their lessons learned are highly transferable to the industry at large. Uptime Institute is honored to award these companies with the Server Roundup Awards Showcase at Uptime Institute Symposium, May 20-22, 2014 in Santa Clara, CA.”

Barclays removed 9,124 physical servers in 2013 alone. This was the financial organization’s most successful year yet in terms of server decommissioning across its global portfolio. Barclays is also closely scrutinizing server replacement, thereby ensuring that stranded or low-utilization assets are minimized.

“We are seeing reductions in power, cooling, rack space, and network port utilization—all of this while our usable compute footprint goes up, giving us the room to continue to grow the business,” said Paul Nally, Director at Barclays. “Servers eliminated in 2013 directly consumed an estimated 2.5 megawatts of power. Left on the wire, our power bill would be approximately US$4.5M higher than it is today. Installed together, these servers would fill up 588 server racks.”

Barclays also saved approximately US$1.3M on legacy hardware maintenance costs, reduced the firm’s carbon footprint, and freed up more than 20,000 network ports and 3,000 SAN ports due to this initiative.

“Increasing reliance on internal virtual private cloud technologies has allowed us to continue to remove physical servers from the environment, resulting in significant savings and reduced environmental impact,” said Ian Penny, Global Head of Distributed Technologies at Barclays. “As we deploy our next generation cloud platforms and start to leverage hybrid resource models, we expect this trend to continue.”

Barclays was a Sever Roundup winner in 2012, removing 5,515 obsolete servers, with power savings of 3 megawatts, and US$3.4M annualized savings for power, and a further US$800K savings in hardware maintenance. In 2 years, Barclays has removed nearly 15,000 servers.

The second winner, Sun Life Financial retired 441 servers from its data center in 2013, replacing 54 of those with newer, more efficient models, while converting 75 to virtual servers. In total, Sun Life’s server roundup is expected to save approximately 115 kW in electricity consumption and an estimated Can$100K in associated energy costs. Recycling the servers has also helped Sun Life reclaim valuable space in their data center.

“After being a finalist in last year’s Server Roundup, Sun Life Financial is honored to step up on to the podium again this year,” said Rocco Alonzi, Assistant Vice President, Data Centre Governance, Sun Life Financial. “The yearly competition has helped us implement a process that’s sustainable, easily repeatable, and aligns with our overall data center program. The ongoing removal and recycling of equipment helps reduce energy consumption and minimize the environmental impact from our data center. It’s a win-win for us.”

Unfortunately, many organizations are not able to deal with comatose servers for two reasons. The first is risk aversion—in a complex, heterogeneous IT environment, unplugging servers and moving IT services can have an impact on application availability. The second, and more important issue, is that IT departments are not incentivized to undertake the efforts to improve efficiency.

For several years now, Uptime Institute has tracked which department in a data center organization pays the power bill and 80% of the time it’s the facilities managers or corporate real estate. Many IT teams don’t feel the pain from high energy costs, and don’t reap the rewards from energy savings. There has been little incentive to assess existing IT assets to make operations more efficient. And yet, that is where the next advances in data center efficiency will have to take place, which is why the winners of the Server Roundup have done such exemplary work.

“2013 represented a turning point for Barclays on this initiative,” Nally said. “We now have a central initiative looking at server footprint reduction across every part of the company. Our internal consumers did, of course, want to see cost benefits, and they have. But what they are also seeing is that using a smaller number of servers that are fit for purpose tends to lead to reduced risk and complexity, better uptime, and helps position these teams to get either onto, or ready for, solutions like cloud. The direct cost benefit of this effort sells itself, but I think that the more lasting legacy of our server reduction program at Barclays will be from the benefits of getting off the technologies that are holding us back, and replacing them with things that are more future friendly.”

Uptime Institute also extends hearty congratulations to Server Roundup Finalist, CoreSpace.

In 2011, the hosting company acquired a 30,000 square foot data center facility in Dallas, Texas.  As part of this acquisition, CoreSpace inherited hundreds of legacy “white box” servers and over 230 rack-mounted, single-phase distributed UPS units.  After running power/cost calculations CoreSpace quickly realized that it had a strong ROI to install new, more efficient servers and a centralized UPS system. Corespace decommissioned the entire decentralized UPS system as well as 326 legacy servers, resulting in power savings in excess of US$100K annually. Additionally, there were savings due to the reduction in cooling costs required to manage the more than 345,000 British Thermal Units (BTUs) produced by the 230 single-phase UPS units and legacy servers. All equipment  removed from the infrastructure was recycled.  

“Power efficiency is a critical factor in controlling the operational expenses in our data centers,” said Liana Dunlap, President and CEO of CoreSpace. “The implementation of our new centralized UPS system and more power efficient servers has dramatically reduced our overall power usage, significantly cutting our power costs and providing savings we can pass directly to our customers. Also, as a full-service data center and hosting provider, availability is a vital performance measurement for us. Since installing the centralized UPS system, we are able to deliver higher levels of service and support for our customers.”

Since launching this contest in 2011, participants in the Uptime Institute Server Roundup competition have removed 40,000 physical units of obsolete server hardware.

As early as 2006, Uptime Institute Founder Ken Brill identified comatose servers as one of the biggest opportunities for companies to improve overall IT energy efficiency. Mr. Brill advocated for industry action on this issue, but he often cautioned, “Nobody gets promoted for going around in the data center and unplugging servers.” Mr. Brill meant that data center professionals had no incentive to remove comatose machines and that IT executives lacked insight into the impact that idle IT equipment was having on the cost structures of their organizations, as their departments do not pay the data center power bill.

The corporate disconnect between IT and Facilities Operations continues to challenge the data center industry. Data center managers need to overcome that organizational barrier and take lessons from these leaders in the industry. Congratulations to these companies on their initiative, commitment, and their willingness to share the lessons learned.

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For more information, please contact:
Matt Stansberry
Uptime Institute
+1 330.620.5293
mstansberry@uptimeinstitute.com


About Uptime Institute
Uptime Institute is an unbiased advisory organization focused on improving the performance, efficiency, and reliability of business critical infrastructure through innovation, collaboration, and independent certifications. Uptime Institute serves all stakeholders responsible for IT service availability through industry leading standards, education, peer-to-peer networking, consulting, and award programs delivered to enterprise organizations and third-party operators, manufacturers, and providers. Uptime Institute is recognized globally for the creation and administration of the Tier Standards & Certifications for Data Center Design, Construction, and Operational Sustainability along with its Management & Operations reviews, FORCSS™ methodology, and energy efficiency initiatives.

Uptime Institute – The Global Data Center Authority®, a division of The 451 Group, has office locations in the U.S., Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil, U.K., Spain, U.A.E., Russia, Taiwan, Singapore, and Malaysia. Visit www.uptimeinstitute.com for more information.

Uptime Institute Launches Website to Connect Veterans with Data Center Careers

Uptime Institute Launches Website to Connect Veterans with Data Center Careers

Data Center industry recognizes the skills and talents of military veterans; Uptime Institute teams with its North American Network to spotlight career pathways

NEW YORK (April 2, 2014) – Uptime Institute launches a website today (veterans.uptimeinstitute.com) to connect military veterans with career opportunities in the data center industry. It is a cornerstone of the Uptime Institute Veterans Initiative, and provides data center career information, resources, and job listings.  

Veterans and reservists face higher than average unemployment as they transition from military to civilian careers. At the same time, the data center industry has a growing personnel shortage due to rapid industry growth of 15 percent per year and the aging of its current workforce.

The skills and discipline veterans develop during military training and service are highly relevant in the data center industry, where 24 x 7 operations and mission critical environments are the norm.  Career pathways include facilities engineering, information technology, and operations management.

Uptime Institute and its North American Network, representing leading industry firms, are coordinating with the U.S. Department of Defense on this Initiative.

“Our goal is to see 500 veterans placed in data center roles by the end of 2014, and an exponential increase in the coming years” says Lee Kirby, Retired Army Colonel and Uptime Institute Chief Technology Officer. “We can make a significant difference—for both the future of this critical industry and in the lives of those men and women who have served our nation.” Download Kirby’s article, “Resolving the Personnel Shortage in the Data Center Industry.”  

Veterans, active duty service, or reservist interested in learning more about civilian career opportunities in the data center industry should visit veterans.uptimeinstitute.com for information.

Organizations interested in attracting veterans to fill data center talent needs should email veterans@uptimeinstitute.com.

About Uptime Institute
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