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Uptime Institute Adds Sustainability Track to Educational Training Offerings with Accredited Sustainability Advisor Course

New curriculum covers critical sustainability concepts, industry trends and regulations to help data center operators meet ICT-related sustainability goals

NEW YORK, NY – May 3, 2022  – Uptime Institute, the global digital infrastructure authority, today announced another addition to its growing educational offerings with the launch of its new Accredited Sustainability Advisor (ASA) program. The ASA course is designed to deliver essential knowledge of sustainability concepts and the practical skills data center professionals need to develop and implement a comprehensive, world-class sustainability strategy.

More than 70 countries have established commitments to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas by 2050. New regulations are proliferating worldwide, with hundreds of pieces of climate change and sustainability legislation, standards and requirements enacted over the past ten years. As demand for senior-level data center professionals and IT/facility engineers with advanced sustainability expertise continues to rise, sustainability skillsets have never been more valuable or impactful. The ASA course cuts through the mounting volume of information and opinion around sustainability programs and offers insight on global best practices.

The ASA curriculum covers:

  • Session 1—Sustainability Policy and Management
  • Session 2—Regulatory Requirements
  • Session 3—Facility Siting, Design, and Certification
  • Session 4—Facility Energy Consumption and Efficiency
  • Session 5—IT Energy Consumption and Efficiency
  • Session 6—Renewable Energy Purchasing and Consumption
  • Session 7—Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions
  • Session 8—Water Consumption and Efficiency
  • Session 9—Circular Economy, Recycle, and Reuse
  • Session 10—Information Reporting
  • Session 11—Sustainability Strategy in the Organization

The first online instructor-led, ASA course begins on May 23rd and includes four half-day sessions of intensive instruction and exercises, ending with a proctored examination on the fifth day. For further information and a list of course dates, refer to the course calendar. Uptime also offers private course options for companies that wish to create exclusive corporate learning and development programs for ongoing employee education.

“With the growing effects of climate change on health, safety and global economies, world-class digital infrastructure owners and operators require hands-on, practical training to build a comprehensive and fully actionable sustainability strategy,” said Christopher M. Hill, global head, product management, Uptime Institute. “Our course ensures participants graduate with the skills necessary to lead their organizations in achieving sustainability objectives, both now and into the future.”

Uptime’s longstanding leadership in digital infrastructure sustainability and efficiency dates back to its inaugural Green Data Center Forum in 2007. The launch of the new ASA course represents yet another step in the organization’s expanding program to inform, guide and support sustainability advancements throughout the sector. Through its new sustainability educational training, Sustainability Consulting Services and related offerings, Uptime advises some of the world’s largest digital infrastructure owners and operators, many vendors and equipment manufacturers, regulators, and policymakers to help the industry design, build and operate digital infrastructure sustainably—without compromising resiliency.

Uptime recently announced a complete series of six Executive Advisory reports that take managers through the key areas that must be addressed in an environmental sustainability strategy, from creating the strategy and reducing energy consumption to tracking and reporting carbon emissions and complying with key standards and legislation. Download the executive summary of the first report and find out more about the subsequent installments here.

Uptime Institute Membership, the world’s largest group of data center owners and operators, will have exclusive access to the complete contents of each report in the series upon release, while non-members will have access to executive summary copies. Learn more about Uptime Institute Membership and request a free guest trial here.

UPCOMING DIGITAL INFRASTRUCTURE SUSTAINABILITY WEBINARS:

Uptime will be hosting a webinar series to deliver in-depth insights and to facilitate discussions following the release of each report. Scheduled for Tuesday, May 10th at 9:00 a.m. PDT, the first webinar will cover the “Creating a sustainability strategy” report. The second webinar will take place on Tuesday, June 7th at 9:00 a.m. PDT and explore both the “Tackling greenhouse gases” and “Reducing the energy footprint” reports. To view the webinar schedule and register to attend, click here.

About Uptime Institute

Uptime Institute is the Global Digital Infrastructure Authority. Its Tier Standard is the IT industry’s most trusted and adopted global standard for the proper design, construction, and operation of data centers – the backbone of the digital economy. For over 25 years, the company has served as the standard for data center reliability, sustainability, and efficiency, providing customers 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, broad range of related risk and performance assessments, and accredited educational curriculum completed by over 10,000 data center professionals, Uptime Institute has helped thousands of companies, in over 100 countries to optimize critical IT assets while managing costs, resources, and efficiency.

Uptime Institute is headquartered in New York, NY, with offices in Seattle, London, Sao Paulo, Dubai, Singapore, and Taipei and staff in over 25 other countries. For more information, please visit www.uptimeinstitute.com.


Landmark Uptime Institute “Executive Advisory” Report Series is the Definitive Strategic and Practical Guide for Digital Infrastructure Sustainability

In-depth series of reports gives both data center managers and IT operating executives the playbook for building and operating sustainable, yet resilient digital infrastructure

NEW YORK, NY – April 19, 2022  – Uptime Institute, the global digital infrastructure authority, today announced a new Executive Advisory report series titled “Digital infrastructure sustainability – a manager’s guide” and released the first installment: “Creating a sustainability strategy.” The new advisory series is a uniquely practical resource that owners and operators can use to establish and implement an effective sustainability strategy.

The launch of this comprehensive executive advisory series is the latest step in Uptime’s longstanding and expanding program to inform, guide and support sustainability efforts within the sector – and it comes at a critical time for digital infrastructure operators. Governments worldwide are beginning to establish new regulations and promulgate new policies to discourage unsustainable data center growth, drive procurement of low-carbon data center services, and move toward net-zero carbon emissions goals.

However, research by Uptime clearly shows that most organizations have not put in place many of the strategies, processes and controls they will need to meet all stakeholder expectations and legislator demands. According to Uptime’s 2021 Global Data Center Survey, most organizations tend to only compile and report on power-related sustainability metrics, while far too few are tracking other key elements such as water use (just 51%), greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (just 33%), and IT efficiency (just 25%).

The first report in the series, “Creating a sustainability strategy,” defines the key elements to include in a sustainability strategy, the actions necessary for a successful implementation, and the processes required to measure progress against goals and objectives. Download an executive summary of the report and register for the accompanying webinar on Tuesday, May 10th at 9:00 a.m. PDT here.

The complete series of six reports takes managers through the key areas that must be addressed in an environmental sustainability strategy, ranging from creating the strategy, reducing energy consumption, buying renewable energy, tracking and reporting carbon emissions, managing water consumption, and equipment reuse and recycling. The advisory series also provides guidance on compliance with and the adoption of critical standards and legislative initiatives, many of which are both confused and confusing.

“As sustainability requirements become more demanding, digital infrastructure operators must be prepared with a comprehensive, actionable sustainability strategy,” said Andy Lawrence, founding member and executive director, Uptime Intelligence.

“This advisory series is a “how-to” guide to implementing effective environmental sustainability initiatives that span all facilities and IT operations and address the needs of all stakeholders inside and outside the organization,” said Jay Dietrich, research director of sustainability, Uptime Intelligence and lead author of the report series.

Uptime has been advising operators of digital infrastructure on sustainability and efficiency since 2007, the year of the first Uptime Institute Green Data Center forum. Through its Sustainability Consulting Services and related offerings, Uptime advises some of the world’s largest digital infrastructure owners and operators, many vendors and equipment manufacturers, regulators and policymakers to help the sector design, build and operate digital infrastructure sustainably—without compromising resiliency.

UPCOMING REPORTS IN THE SERIES:

  • “Glossary of digital infrastructure sustainability” – This document explains the key terms used by those defining, regulating, and applying digital infrastructure sustainability strategies.
  • “Three sustainability elements: water, the circular economy and siting” – This report discusses three important elements of the sustainability strategy: water use; siting, including design and certification; and reuse, disposal, and recycling. Addressing these elements can significantly reduce the environmental impact of digital infrastructure.
  • “Navigating regulations and standards” – Critical digital infrastructure is subject to an expanding set of regulations, directives and standards, with varying levels of maturity and acceptance. Most are voluntary, but more are becoming mandatory.
  • “IT efficiency: the critical core of digital sustainability” – A digital sustainability strategy should incorporate both the facilities and IT operations, even for colocation operators. This report covers strategies, software tools and metrics that can help drive up IT efficiency.
  • “Tackling greenhouse gases” – Operators of digital infrastructure must have a greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal that takes into account Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions — and they must report these reductions in accordance with agreed policy.
  • Reducing the energy footprint” – The first objective of a sustainability plan is to minimize energy use through efficiency measures. Further benefits will be realized by replacing electricity from nonrenewable sources with renewably generated energy.

UPCOMING DIGITAL INFRASTRUCTURE SUSTAINABILITY WEBINARS:

Uptime will be hosting a webinar series to deliver in-depth insights and to facilitate discussions following the release of each report. Scheduled for Tuesday, May 10th at 9:00 a.m. PDT, the first webinar will cover the “Creating a sustainability strategy” report. The second webinar will take place on Tuesday, June 7th at 9:00 a.m. PDT and explore both the “Tackling greenhouse gases” and “Reducing the energy footprint” reports. To view the webinar schedule and register to attend, click here.

Uptime Institute Network Members, the world’s largest group of data center owners and operators, will have exclusive access to the complete contents of each installment of the report series upon release, while non-members will have access to executive summary copies.

Download the executive summary of the first report and find out more about each subsequent report listed above here.

Learn more about Uptime Institute Network Membership and request a free guest trial here.

About Uptime Institute

Uptime Institute is the Global Digital Infrastructure Authority. Its Tier Standard is the IT industry’s most trusted and adopted global standard for the proper design, construction, and operation of data centers – the backbone of the digital economy. For over 25 years, the company has served as the standard for data center reliability, sustainability, and efficiency, providing customers 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, broad range of related risk and performance assessments, and accredited educational curriculum completed by over 10,000 data center professionals, Uptime Institute has helped thousands of companies, in over 100 countries to optimize critical IT assets while managing costs, resources, and efficiency.

Uptime Institute is headquartered in New York, NY, with offices in Seattle, London, Sao Paulo, Dubai, Singapore, and Taipei and staff in over 25 other countries. For more information, please visit www.uptimeinstitute.com.


Uptime Institute Launches Standardized, Comprehensive Infrastructure Risk Assessment for the Financial Sector

Assessment designed to help FSIs identify and mitigate digital infrastructure risk and support regulatory compliance

NEW YORK, NY – February 15, 2022  – Uptime Institute today announced the launch of its new Standardized, Comprehensive Infrastructure Risk Assessment for Financial Sector Institutions (SCIRA-FSI). SCIRA-FSI is a breakthrough new professional services offering by the Global Digital Infrastructure Authority, Uptime Institute, that assesses critical IT environments across enterprise data centers, multi-tenant data centers, and public and private clouds, to identify and mitigate physical and operational outage risks.

In response to recent high-profile FSI outages and increasingly complex hybrid IT architectures, over 30 financial supervisory authorities in Europe, in conjunction with the European Banking Authority, have implemented regulatory requirements designed to encourage more effective risk management practices. These require regulated FSIs to periodically assess outage risks across their complete data center estate. This focus by regulators and governments on minimizing FSI outages is rapidly spreading across the globe, with similar requirements from the Bank of England & Prudential Regulatory Authority, Federal Reserve and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in the United States, the Monetary Authority of Singapore and the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission, among others.

The growing regulatory requirements for the FSI community and the accelerating adoption of more complex hybrid IT infrastructures has demanded a response. To meet this need, in early 2020 Uptime Institute established a group of FSI Program Design Partners consisting of over 20 global FSIs to build a standardized approach to assessing digital infrastructure risk, in order to identify, minimize and mitigate outages across their enterprise-owned and third-party infrastructure service partners’ data center estate. SCIRA-FSI is the result of this “ecosystem collaboration,” which will help FSIs comply with emerging regulatory requirements while optimizing resource efficiency and streamlining the costs and administrative burden of conducting prompt due diligence, audits, and compliance reviews.

“Any outage is a painful and expensive incident. However, financial services outages can be extremely costly, and can result in financial penalties and sanctions for noncompliance. In addition to lost revenue, reduced productivity, and customer and investor dissatisfaction, there is the specter of fundamental, if not potentially irreparable reputational damage,” said Ali Moinuddin, Managing Director, Europe, Uptime Institute. “Our new SCIRA-FSI program gives FSIs a way to thoroughly assess their entire data center estate and identify and mitigate digital infrastructure outage risk. As regulatory pressure mounts in Europe and beyond, FSIs are compelled to increase their understanding of systemic vulnerabilities, and minimize outage risk to support all critical business services and improve operational resilience.”

SCIRA-FSI is based on Uptime Institute’s analysis of over 20 data center and commonly applied financial sector standards, internal assessment protocols shared by its Program Design Partners, common FSI infrastructure risks gathered from Uptime Institute’s Abnormal Incident Report database of 8,000 data points on the root cause of outages, and Uptime Institute’s experience working on over 250 FSI projects across the globe.

Upon completion of a portfolio level SCIRA-FSI program, clients receive a detailed report on the current physical and operational risks of their hybrid digital infrastructure along with actionable recommendations for resolving them. This not only aids FSIs in their efforts to proactively prevent downtime incidents but serves as documentation for regulatory filing requirements to prove that a comprehensive risk management assessment has been completed for infrastructures that support important and critical business services.

Financial institutions interested in participating in the SCIRA-FSI program and arranging infrastructure portfolio level assessments can contact Uptime Institute here.

About Uptime Institute

Uptime Institute is the world’s foremost digital infrastructure authority. Its Tier Standard is the IT industry’s most trusted and adopted global standard for the proper design, construction, and operation of data centers – the backbone of the digital economy. For over 25 years, the company has served as the standard for data center reliability, sustainability, and efficiency, providing customers 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, broad range of related risk and performance assessments, and accredited educational curriculum completed by over 10,000 data center professionals, Uptime Institute has helped thousands of companies, in over 100 countries to optimize critical IT assets while managing costs, resources, and efficiency.

Uptime Institute is headquartered in New York, NY, with offices in Seattle, London, Moscow, Sao Paulo, Dubai, Singapore, and Taipei. For more information, please visit www.uptimeinstitute.com.

Learn More: For more information on Uptime Institute's new SCIRA-FSI assessment, read the product overview and resources here. And register for a webinar on the state of digital infrastructure risk in the financial sector and the new SCIRA-FSI assessment on March 8 at 3:00pm GMT here.


Seeking a high-growth career in tech? Data Center Career Pathfinder makes it easier with help from Google, Meta, and Microsoft

The first comprehensive taxonomy of digital infrastructure job roles launches to help expand and diversify the industry’s talent pipeline

NEW YORK, NY – March 8, 2022  – Uptime Institute with support from Google, Meta, and Microsoft, has launched the Data Center Career Pathfinder, a free online tool that uniquely lists hundreds of career possibilities in the fast-growing global digital infrastructure industry. Based on typical real-world job roles, the Career Pathfinder resource was designed to inform and raise awareness about career opportunities in the unseen world of data centers and invite people from all backgrounds to consider entering the industry.

The Career Pathfinder is not a job site, but an exploratory resource that lists more than 230 different types of job roles that span the design, build and operation of data centers, ranging from sustainability strategy to construction. Each role includes minimum education requirements and key competencies, such as communication, problem solving or critical thinking, for example.

Uptime Institute created the Career Pathfinder to provide concrete information for students, job seekers, job changers, workforce returners and anyone else considering their future career journey. Governments, education institutions and industry groups can also use the Career Pathfinder to support efforts to expand curricula, training, and other programs specific to the data center industry.

The growth in data centers on a global basis continues as more in the world is digitized. Every time someone uses the internet, they are using the services of data centers. The extraordinary industry expansion requires a growing and diverse workforce. Concerns over the industry’s ability to meet its workforce needs are growing. According to Uptime Institute’s 2021 Global Data Center Survey of IT and data center managers, 47% of respondents reported having difficulty finding qualified candidates for open jobs, up from 38% in 2018.

“The data center industry is one of the fastest growing markets on the planet and offers a wide variety of job roles, yet far too many people are unaware of the career opportunities within it,” said Rhonda Ascierto, vice president of research at Uptime Institute. “Regardless of your background, there’s very likely a career path in the data center industry that matches your individual goals, and our new resource can help you find it.”

How many people does the data center industry need? In the first-ever forecast of data center workforce needs (reported by region, by data center type, and by education requirements), Uptime Institute estimates staff requirements will grow globally from about 2.0 million full-time employee equivalents in 2019 to nearly 2.3 million in 2025, based on the 230 specialist job roles in the Career Pathfinder (that are needed to design, build, and operate data centers). New staff will be needed in all job roles and across all geographic regions. (Read the report: The people challenge: Global data center staffing forecast 2021-2025.)

The Career Pathfinder links to the job sites of key collaborators, as well as various industry groups and other resources. It is a non-competitive site geared to drive awareness of data center-related job roles and help expand the future data center talent pipeline.

Wendy Peterson, Google Data Center Workforce Development is happy to share this resource with the network of community partners in Google's data center regions. “We are frequently asked for input on how to direct job seekers in our communities to more information about possible career paths supporting data centers, so I am pleased that we can share the Uptime Institute Career Pathfinder to continue the mission to demystify data center careers and drive more talent into the industry.”

“At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. The Career Pathfinder will help job seekers from all parts of the area discover and build datacenter careers, empowering them to explore new opportunities,” said Bob Reitinger, Microsoft Datacenter Community Workforce Development lead.

“The data center industry is full of opportunity across a wide range of expertise and skills. We hope the Career Pathfinder will help us reach and attract new diverse talent into this growing industry,” said Darcy Nothnagle, Director of Community and Economic Development at Meta.

About Uptime Institute

Uptime Institute is the Global Digital Infrastructure Authority. Its Tier Standard is the IT industry’s most trusted and adopted global standard for the proper design, construction, and operation of data centers – the backbone of the digital economy. For over 25 years, the company has served as the standard for data center reliability, sustainability, and efficiency, providing customers 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, broad range of related risk and performance assessments, and accredited educational curriculum completed by over 10,000 data center professionals, Uptime Institute has helped thousands of companies, in over 100 countries to optimize critical IT assets while managing costs, resources, and efficiency.

Uptime Institute is headquartered in New York, NY, with offices in Seattle, London, Sao Paulo, Dubai, Singapore, and Taipei. For more information, please visit www.uptimeinstitute.com.


Dominus Capital Partners with Uptime Institute

NEW YORK, NY – January 14, 2022  – New York, NY. Dominus Capital, L.P. (“Dominus”) and affiliates have completed their investment in Uptime Institute (“Uptime”), the global digital infrastructure authority. Uptime provides assessment, certification, and consulting services for owners, operators, and users of digital infrastructure, and also provides education, accreditation, and membership network services for data center professionals and organizations. Uptime primarily serves financial institutions, telecom, colocation, government, and cloud markets on a global basis. Founded in 1993, Uptime is a true data center industry pioneer, having created the universally recognized and proprietary Tier classification system for data center design, construction, and operations.

“We are excited to work with Dominus to accelerate the global growth of Uptime Institute through further geographic expansion, new service offerings, and strategic acquisitions. As we look forward to this next phase, I personally want to thank our long-term financial partner, MLR Holdings, for their guidance and strategic support for over a decade” said Martin V. McCarthy, CEO of Uptime.

Bob Haswell, Founding Partner at Dominus Capital, added “We’re thrilled to partner with Martin and the Uptime management team. Uptime is the undisputed market leader worldwide, with results-oriented solutions for mission critical data centers, the true digital foundries and factories of the Internet economy. We are excited about the scale opportunities ahead for the Company, both organically and through add-on acquisitions, and are committed to help Uptime exploit them.”

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Houlihan Lokey served as the exclusive financial advisor and assisted in marketing, structuring, and negotiating the transaction on behalf of Uptime. Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP served as legal advisor to Uptime. White & Case LLP served as legal advisor to Dominus.

About Uptime Institute

With over a quarter century of expertise, Uptime is the world leader in data center design, construction, and operations certification and consulting. It has awarded over 2,300 certifications for datacenters in over 100 countries. Uptime has also trained and accredited over 10,000 data center professionals and operates an elite membership network for data center owners and operators. Uptime is headquartered in New York, NY, with offices in Brazil, Russia, U.A.E., U.K., Singapore and Taiwan, and staff in 27 countries, currently servicing more than 700 active projects worldwide. For more information, please visit www.uptimeinstitute.com.

About Dominus Capital, L.P.

Based in New York, Dominus Capital, a 2022 Top 50 PE Firm in the Middle Market, focuses on management-led buyouts and growth capital investments particularly in family and founder owned companies in the business services and light manufacturing sectors of the economy. Drawing on the experience, knowledge and network of its founders and a team of in-house operating executives, Dominus Capital works hand-in-hand with exceptional management teams to unlock the untapped potential of its portfolio companies. The firm takes a long-term approach to investing and has a consistent and highly successful track record of achieving significant growth at its portfolio companies. The Dominus Capital team members have executed more than 80 transactions over the past 20+ years. For more information, www.dominuscap.com.