Uptime Institute grants Brill Awards for Efficient IT (Brill Awards) to projects, ideas, and products that significantly improve energy productivity and resource use in IT. The program recognizes efficiency in the broadest sense of the word—efficiency of capital deployment, technology, design, operations, and overall management. As a result, the Brill Awards showcases companies and technologies that improve the industry's ability to sustainably deliver IT services to the end user.

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Just in: 2015 Brill Awards Winners announced!

The results of the 2015 Brill Awards for Efficient IT are in, and Uptime Institute is pleased to honor 15 global organizations for their sustainable IT efforts.

Last year, the Brill Awards was introduced as an expansion on the successful Green Enterprise IT (GEIT) Awards. The GEIT Awards program was conceived by Uptime Institute Founder Ken Brill in 2008 to recognize and promote IT efficiency.  Named in his honor, and now in its second year, the Brill Awards program shares a similar mission: to honor significant innovation in IT and data center energy efficiency, and to share this knowledge for the benefit of the industry.

Learn more about this year's winning projects.

Entries are evaluated by judging panels of industry experts from around the world.The Brill Awards recognize IT efficiency in 5 categories, across 4 global regions: North America, EMEA, Latin America and APAC. 

  • IT Systems Efficiency– For projects in which IT operations staff significantly improved energy and/or resource efficiency while improving IT effectiveness. This category will recognize IT operations teams that successfully apply current best practices and identify new opportunities for IT systems efficiency. Data center owners and operators may submit in this category, and contractors can submit in partnership with a data center owner/operator.

  • Data Center Facilities Management– For projects or processes that demonstrate significant resource efficiency through application of best practices and new ideas. This category will recognize data center facilities teams that successfully apply current best practices and identify new opportunities for management efficiency. Data center owners and operators may submit in this category, and contractors can submit in partnership with a data center owner/operator.
  • Data Center Design– For data center capital projects that demonstrate the ability to deliver significant energy and resource efficiency. The purpose of this category is to recognize the newest, most innovative data center designs. Therefore, no operational data is required. Data center owners and operators may submit in this category, and architects, engineers, or contractors of record can submit in partnership with a data center owner/operator.

  • Operational Data Center Upgrade– For data center renovations or upgrades that deliver significant resource efficiency. The purpose of this category is to recognize the significant efficiency gains that can be made in legacy data centers. Data center owners and operators may submit in this category, and architects, engineers, or contractors of record can submit in partnership with a data center owner/operator.

  • Product Solutions– For facility infrastructure or IT products that significantly improve data center energy and/or resource efficiency, as demonstrated in a user deployment. This is a joint Award honoring both the data center owner and the product vendor. Vendors or consultants can apply in partnership with a data center owner/operator.
Why Apply for the Next Brill Awards?

Winning a Brill Award is a prestigious honor, of course. Equally important are the opportunities winners receive to influence industry practices and increase the resource efficiency of enterprise IT worldwide. Winners will be invited at Uptime Institute's discretion to present at premiere events, including Network meetings, regional summits, and Uptime Institute Symposium. Winners may also be invited to publish their projects in The Uptime Institute Journal.

In addition, project team members of winning entries receive complimentary tickets to Uptime Institute Symposium, providing them with a chance to network with and learn from other attendees, including program judges and other winning project teams. 

Other benefits include:

  • Recognition in a global press release
  • Certificates recognizing the project team
  • One engraved display award (per project)
  • Opportunity for project team members to attend a VIP recognition dinner at Uptime Institute Symposium

Who Should Enter?

We encourage participation across all regions! The Brill Awards are open to anyone charged with building, designing, funding or operating a data center or IT program anywhere in the world. Categories have been designed to highlight end users, but applicants and past winners have included desingers, consultants, vendors, management and operations firms, as well as nonprofit organizations and government agencies. Many winners have been Tier Certified, Uptime Institute Network members, or Accredited Tier Designers, but judges have also recognized many other submissions.

Judging Process

Brill Award application evaluation criteria are described here.

Deadline

The deadline for submissions is for the 2015 Brill Awards program has passed. The call for entries for next year's program will be announced in fall 2015.

Questions?

Please use our website as a resource. If you can't find the answers you need, don't hesitate to write us. We're here to help.

To learn more about Brill Award-winning projects, take a look at this year's distinguished winners. You can also view the 2014 winners here.

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