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Uptime Institute and DatacenterDynamics Sign Global Partnership Agreement

The leader in data center design, operations and efficiency formally partners with the leading event producer to deliver the industry’s premier event program worldwide

November 6, 2017, London - Uptime Institute and DatacenterDynamics (DCD) today announced a definitive worldwide agreement to collaborate on the content and production of DCD’s highly regarded series of infrastructure events in 2018. This agreement brings together the industry’s two main powerhouses, pairing Uptime Institute’s deep understanding and data center experience with DCD’s long-standing reputation as a premier global event producer and media company. The partnership will extend to more than two dozen data center infrastructure events worldwide.

With this new agreement, Uptime Institute will assume the role of Global Content Provider for DCD events conducted throughout 2018. Uptime Institute and its newly announced Uptime Institute Research Group will provide original content and expert speakers for each DCD event, beginning in mid-February 2018 in Bangkok and running through its last scheduled event being held at the end of the year in Istanbul.

“We are pleased to take our collaboration with DCD to a new level, as our Global Event Partner,” said Lee Kirby, President of Uptime Institute. “The combination of DatacenterDynamics and Uptime Institute brings together tremendous intellectual assets and production capabilities. It is a perfect complementary relationship between the industry’s two strongest providers. But the real beneficiary of this partnership is the data center owner and operator community who will immediately see a single source of Uptime Institute’s deep experience now available to them and their peers in major markets worldwide.”

The agreement spans all DCD events worldwide for the 2018 calendar year. Uptime Institute will work with DCD on compelling and experiential content delivered as keynotes, panels and conference sessions, and will also create additional in-depth pre-conference tracks and workshops at select events. Owners and operators will no longer have to choose between industry events to access the knowledge needed to run their business efficiently. Instead, unified events will provide the highest level of industry knowledge all in one place, which will in turn reduce the amount of time they need to stay current on trends and observations needed to run their own digital infrastructures.

“For more than a dozen years, we have enjoyed a productive informal relationship with Uptime Institute.” said George Rockett, CEO & Founder of DatacenterDynamics. “By joining forces more strategically, we will benefit data center operators and technology vendors by producing events that are even more informed, with better content and networking opportunities. This tight collaboration will yield the industry’s must-attend events in all major markets around the world.”

For more information about upcoming events by Uptime Institute and DCD, visit: https://uptimeinstitute.com/events/uptime-institute-datacenterdynamics-global-partnership-2018

Industry Quotes:

  • “Both Uptime Institute, from a content leadership standpoint, and DCD, as one of the premier event producers, have provided valuable business advantages for data center owners and operators for many years,” said Chris Crosby, CEO and founder of Compass Datacenters. “This is a logical pairing of two of the data center industry’s primary information sources. The value added by this combination to 2018 events should enhance the experience of attendees.”
  • “The Uptime Institute and DCD partnership is an enormous benefit to end users,” said Landan Hagert, Director, Data Center Facilities, United Health Group. “Together, these organizations are creating the one-stop shop for data center knowledge and it’s exciting to see these two industry leaders join together for the benefit of the industry.”

About DatacenterDynamics
Since 2002, DatacenterDynamics has been an integral part of the mission critical IT infrastructure sector. Delivering a world leading series of events across six continents and a powerful global digital media portfolio, DCD’s platform is devoted to data center scale infrastructure that supports IT transformation in Cloud, IoT, Smart Cities and across the Zettabyte economy. DCD connects the market-makers, informing, influencing and instigating change and development throughout this exciting sector.

About Uptime Institute
Uptime Institute is the IT industry’s most trusted and adopted global standard for the proper design, build and operation of data centers – the backbone of the digital economy. For over 20 years, Uptime Institute has been providing customers with the assurance that their digital infrastructure can perform at a level that is consistent with their business needs, across a wide array of operating conditions. With its data center Tier Standard & Certifications, Management & Operations reviews, Efficient IT Stamp of Approval, and accredited educational curriculum for data center professionals, Uptime Institute helps organizations optimize critical IT assets while managing costs, resources and efficiency. Uptime Institute has become the de facto standard for data center reliability, sustainability and efficiency. Today, thousands of companies rely on Uptime Institute to enable their digital-centric business success.

Uptime Institute has office locations throughout the world, including those in North and South America, Europe, U.A.E., Russia, and Asia.

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Uptime Institute Announces TIER-Ready Program for Prefabricated and Modular Data Centers

Tier certification assures resilient business service delivery from the core to the edge

September 19, 2017, Seattle, WA Uptime Institute today announced the introduction of its “TIER-Ready” design review program, intended to enable customers who are pushing computing to the edge with modular data centers to enjoy the same level of reliability and resiliency that they have in their larger data centers. Modular data centers that carry TIER-Ready status will demonstrate the same high level of performance once installed and certified at their intended deployment site.

The TIER-Ready program enables manufacturers to work with Uptime Institute to validate the specific designs of their pre-built solutions. Customers of these TIER-Ready solutions will enjoy reduced time and cost for a Tier Certified data center. TIER-Ready solutions are available now from a wide variety of manufacturers, including Schneider Electric, Compass Data Centers and Huawei, with many other manufacturers already in the process for design review.

The Uptime Institute Tier Standard is the industry de facto standard for data center reliability and resiliency, and assures customers that TIER certified data centers will perform in a definable and predictable fashion under a wide-range of operating conditions, including complete utility power failure. The TIER-Ready program enables the same strategic results at the prefabricated and modular level.

“Prefabricated and modular data centers have been on a growth trajectory for the past several years as organizations strive to bring business services closer to their constituents. As distributed technologies such as IoT and edge-computing become commonplace, these services must be delivered without incurring the traditional risk associated with remote infrastructures,” said Lee Kirby, President, Uptime Institute. “The TIER-Ready program simplifies and speeds the certification process, while reducing costs for both the manufacturer and the end-user.”

TIER-Ready Supplier Testimonials:

Compass Datacenters: “The TIER-Ready award makes sense for Compass Datacenters as it helps to assure the resiliency and mission critical suitability for each 1.2MW block that we provide to our customers, with important third-party validation through Uptime Institute,” said Chris Crosby, CEO of Compass.

Schneider Electric: “We are pleased to see the Uptime Institute announce their TIER-Ready program, allowing an industry standard certification for modular deployments,” said Kevin Brown, Chief Technology Officer and SVP Innovation, Schneider Electric. “Modular data center solutions for remote and distributed infrastructure are an essential component of delivering modern applications and, in many cases, are deployed in unique operating conditions. This program provides customers with a streamlined process to benchmark and validate the resiliency of their architecture.”

Huawei: “We have been partnering with Uptime Institute for many years to enable our customers to have Tier-Certified data centers that simply do not fail, under a wide range of operating conditions,” said Bob He, General Manager, Datacenter Facility Business, Huawei. “The TIER-Ready program allows us to extend this benefit to customers of our prefabricated and modular products. By working with Uptime Institute to review our modular solutions, our customers can be more efficiently certified for their data centers and distribute their computing, without risk or the need to give up any expected performance and resiliency because they can be more efficiently certified for that location.”

For more information, visit https://uptimeinstitute.com/TIER-Ready

About Uptime Institute
Uptime Institute is the IT industry’s most trusted and adopted global standard for the proper design, build and operation of data centers – the backbone of the digital economy. For over 20 years, Uptime Institute has been providing customers with the assurance that their digital infrastructure can perform at a level that is consistent with their business needs, across a wide array of operating conditions. With its data center Tier Standard & Certifications, Management & Operations reviews, Efficient IT Stamp of Approval, and accredited educational curriculum for data center professionals, Uptime Institute helps organizations optimize critical IT assets while managing costs, resources and efficiency. Uptime Institute has become the de facto standard for data center reliability, sustainability and efficiency. Today, thousands of companies rely on Uptime Institute to enable their digital-centric business success.

Uptime Institute has office locations throughout the world, including those in North and South America, Europe, U.A.E., Russia, and Asia.

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Uptime Institute Expands Data Center Leadership to Turkey

Brings Global Uptime Institute Symposium Series to the Region to Explore IT Infrastructure Trends and Innovation

August 1, 2017, Seattle, WA Uptime Institute the globally recognized data center authority today announced that due to significant regional demand and data center growth, it is expanding its highly successful Symposium series to include Istanbul, Turkey. Symposium 2017: Turkey will take place on November 29th at the Istanbul Marriott Hotel Sisli. This highly-focused service provider and end-user event is designed to bring executives and industry leaders together to share ideas on key issues currently facing data center owners and operators in the region.

In the Turkish market, new data center capacity is being added and certified by Uptime Institute at a rate that continues to outpace markets in Western, Eastern and Central Europe. This trend is largely driven by the Turkish government’s vision for increasing the ICT sector’s GDP contribution from 2.9 percent to 8 percent by 2026. As a whole, the region is focused on building a world class digital ecosystem across government, financial services, telecommunications and service provider sectors in order to support domestic and international trade.

The Symposium 2017: Turkey agenda is tailor-made for Infrastructure Leadership and Operations stakeholders who are focused on improving the performance, efficiency, and reliability of their business-critical infrastructure. It will address key strategies for deploying data centers that are reliable, efficient, and adaptive, with the ultimate goal of achieving IT infrastructure excellence.

The one-day program features case studies from leading IT organizations throughout the country, industry panels and keynotes from expert speakers on topics including:

  • Risk Management for IT Infrastructure
  • Data Center Design Trends and Challenges in Turkey
  • Common Operations Pitfalls in Even the Most Advanced Data Centers

An early preview of Symposium 2017: Turkey speakers includes:

  • Lee Kirby, President, Uptime Institute
  • Andy Lawrence, Research Director, Datacenter Technologies and Eco-Efficient IT, 451 Research
  • Philip Collerton, Managing Director EMEA, Uptime Institute

“In today’s digital-centric business landscape, data center owners and operators are under considerable pressure to design and operate their mission-critical infrastructure to meet increasingly rigorous standards,” said Phil Collerton, managing director, Uptime Institute, EMEA. “Industry executives in Turkey especially are experiencing the gravity of these requirements due to sustained IT infrastructure investments across the public and private sectors in the region. Our Symposium 2017: Turkey program will leave attendees with tangible, actionable strategies for designing, deploying and maintaining data centers that are reliable, efficient, and responsive to the business environment.”

About Uptime Institute
Uptime Institute is the IT industry’s most trusted and adopted global standard for the proper design, build and operation of data centers – the backbone of the digital economy. For over 20 years, Uptime Institute has been providing customers with the assurance that their digital infrastructure can perform at a level that is consistent with their business needs, across a wide array of operating conditions. With its data center Tier Standard & Certifications, Management & Operations reviews, Efficient IT Stamp of Approval, and accredited educational curriculum for data center professionals, Uptime Institute helps organizations optimize critical IT assets while managing costs, resources and efficiency. Uptime Institute has become the de facto standard for data center reliability, sustainability and efficiency. Today, thousands of companies rely on Uptime Institute to enable their digital-centric business success.

Uptime Institute has office locations throughout the world, including those in North and South America, Europe, U.A.E., Russia, and Asia.

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Uptime Institute Research Launched to Provide Unbiased Data Center Guidance and Expertise

Technology Veteran Andy Lawrence Tapped as Executive Director

September 12, 2017, Seattle, WA Uptime Institute today announced the launch of Uptime Institute Research, a new research organization aimed at bringing informed, practical and forward-looking information and insights to global data center professionals and stakeholders. The new research group will deliver services that enable members of Uptime Institute’s global community to access an ever-growing body of primary research from its global network of engineers, data center operators and partners.

Over the next several quarters, Uptime Institute Research will introduce research services to help both management and operations staff improve the practice and design of their infrastructure and allow executives to assess opportunities, develop strategies and better manage operational teams. The new group will also leverage expertise from globally recognized sister company 451 Research in areas such as vendor strategies, software, analytics, cloud services and networking.

“Uptime Institute became the de facto standard for assuring the operation of the business-critical elements within data centers. We are now in a position to advise our clients on managing the fabric of connected components, from the edge to the core, from the power plant up to the application,“ said Lee Kirby, president of Uptime Institute. “The complex hybrid infrastructures now forming in most companies must be able to provide the required levels of business services, regardless of where those services are derived. Everywhere you turn, new innovations emerge, including cloud computing, automation, hyper-converged infrastructure, IoT as well as unique power generation or distribution and advanced cooling designs. These advancements require the kind of practical, level-headed and big-picture assessment that is the hallmark of Uptime Institute and our newly-formed Uptime Institute Research group.”

A founding member, industry veteran Andy Lawrence is joining Uptime Institute Research as executive director. Lawrence has built his career focusing on innovative new solutions, emerging technologies and the opportunities found at the intersection of IT and infrastructure. In his new position at Uptime Institute Research, Lawrence intends to develop a forward-looking research program that will help the Uptime Institute community adapt to and prepare for the major changes expected in digital infrastructure over the next two decades.

“We have identified a critically important void in the industry,” said Lawrence. “Today you can obtain some good information from vendors, but it isn’t always complete, independent and trustworthy; or you can gather anecdotal information from end users. Uniquely, we are able to help our clients solve higher-order problems with our deep understanding of IT and critical infrastructure, and over 20 years of hands-on experience without bias or conflicting agendas. Due to the enormity of our existing client base, we have the opportunity to draw from their collective experience and share trends and ideas that can be put to work instantly, providing real value to our clients.”

Prior to joining the 451 Group, Lawrence was the co-founder of Infoconomy, a UK-based publishing and research company focusing on enterprise IT. He also set up several successful magazines, including Computer Business Review and Information Age, and launched research services as a director of ComputerWire, a research company. Previously, Lawrence served as a journalist and editor for many technology and business media outlets, including The London Times, Financial Times, Management Today and New Scientist. He has researched a wide range of enterprise technology topics, spanning innovation and disruption, automation, software, energy, sustainability, and market development.

About Uptime Institute
Uptime Institute is the IT industry’s most trusted and adopted global standard for the proper design, build and operation of data centers – the backbone of the digital economy. For over 20 years, Uptime Institute has been providing customers with the assurance that their digital infrastructure can perform at a level that is consistent with their business needs, across a wide array of operating conditions. With its data center Tier Standard & Certifications, Management & Operations reviews, Efficient IT Stamp of Approval, and accredited educational curriculum for data center professionals, Uptime Institute helps organizations optimize critical IT assets while managing costs, resources and efficiency. Uptime Institute has become the de facto standard for data center reliability, sustainability and efficiency. Today, thousands of companies rely on Uptime Institute to enable their digital-centric business success.

Uptime Institute has office locations throughout the world, including those in North and South America, Europe, U.A.E., Russia, and Asia.

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CNA Names Uptime Institute as New Allied Vendor

Chicago, Seattle, July 11, 2017 – CNA today announced that the independent advisory organization Uptime Institute has been named the newest member of its Allied Vendor Program.

CNA recognizes Uptime Institute for the creation and administration of the Tier Standards and Certifications for Data Center Design, Construction and Operational Sustainability, which help owners and operators mitigate risk and improve the performance of business-critical infrastructure.

Once these standards are implemented, data center owners and operators may experience fewer and shorter-lasting incidents. As a result, any insured who demonstrates commitment to these standards may qualify for more competitive insurance policy terms and pricing with CNA.

“Data outages or interruptions can be catastrophic, and we are continuously looking at ways to help our customers reduce their risk exposures. Even simple incidents can cost millions in lost revenues and significantly impact customer satisfaction,” said Stephen Douglas, Risk Control Consulting Director, CNA. “Uptime Institute helps CNA’s customers lower that risk through its Tier Certification of Operational Sustainability and M&O Stamp of Approval programs.”

“CNA recognizes the importance of Uptime’s data center management process certification as one of the most significant ways to reduce the number of incidents and limit their severity, which results in reduced downtime and its expense,” said Lee Kirby, President, Uptime Institute. “Uptime is proud to join CNA’s Allied Vendor Program to bring these savings to a larger number of owners and operators. Membership in CNA’s Allied Vendor Program enables more owner-operators to take advantage of the operational excellence we have seen in 1,000 data centers across the globe, while reducing their overall insurance costs.”

In 2007, CNA developed its Allied Vendor Program to provide its customers with access to additional risk control programming designed to create safer, more secure work environments. This program remains a key resource for providing tools to assist policy holders in mitigating risk and strengthens CNA's commitment of providing customers more than an insurance policy.

For more information on Uptime Institute or for a complete list of participating Allied Vendors, please visit CNA's Allied Vendor Program.

About CNA
Serving businesses and professionals since 1897, CNA is the country’s eighth largest commercial insurance writer and the 14th largest property and casualty company. CNA’s insurance products include commercial lines, specialty lines, surety, marine and other property and casualty coverages. CNA's services include risk management, information services, underwriting, risk control and claims administration. For more information, please visit CNA at www.cna.com. "CNA" is a registered trademark of CNA Financial Corporation. Certain CNA Financial Corporation subsidiaries use the "CNA" trademark in connection with insurance underwriting and claims activities.

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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 Efficient IT Stamp of Approval.

See further information on the Uptime Institute Tier Certification programs and M&O Stamp of Approval.

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