Did you miss one of the online sessions, or perhaps want to revisit one of the topics–see below for links to recordings and slide decks.

Avoid failures and delays on data center capital projects

Based on analysis of 200+ Tier Certification engagements, a majority of new data centers, even the world’s most sophisticated sites, will not operate as designed or installed on day one. But data center failures, delays, and cost overruns to fix problems are avoidable. Uptime Institute Tier Certification is a failsafe against a new data center that does not work. This webinar will explain how Uptime Institute’s Tier Certification process can ensure a project meets an owner’s business requirements, outline the common areas where projects fail, and offer advice for companies considering pursuing Tier Certification to ensure a smooth process.

Presenter: Keith Klesner, SVP North America – Uptime Institute

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M&O Excellence Series: CenturyLink’s insights from portfolio wide benchmarking with M&O Stamp of Approval

In this webinar, Uptime Institute’s CTO, Lee Kirby, will discuss how the M&O Stamp of Approval measures operational effectiveness to determine quality of service, mitigate risk, and improve performance across a portfolio of data centers. As one of the world’s leading telecommunications and colocation providers, CenturyLink has unique perspective on global IT operations and the challenges of integrating multiple facilities into a unified operation with consistent standards. CenturyLink shares insights from working with Uptime Institute to benchmark and refine operations across their portfolio of 57 data center sites. With more than half of the sites now having gone through the review process and earning the distinguished M&O Stamp of Approval, CenturyLink’s Vice President, Global Data Center Operations, Kelly Sullivan, will discuss key lessons learned thus far and actions taken, at both the site and organizational level, that are driving the standard for excellence and ensuring consistency, performance, and delivery of mission critical services to its customers.

Lee Kirby, Uptime Institute - CTO
Kelly Sullivan, CenturyLink - Vice President, Global Data Center Operations

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What you don't know will hurt you

In today’s environment of data center acquisition and IT infrastructure outsourcing, how do you know what you’re really getting, and if it’s worth what you’re paying? If your organization is selling or acquiring a facility, considering possible upgrades, or investigating an incident, you need an unbiased, expert evaluation. A Data Center Due Diligence Assessment (DCDDA) provides a thorough, under-the-hood look at the assets, facility systems, equipment, risks, gaps, and day-to-day operations and management practices of a site. In this webinar, learn about hidden risks in a range of scenarios and understand what knowledge you need to have when investing in business critical infrastructure.

Presenter: Keith Klesner, SVP North America – Uptime Institute

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The opportunity cost of doing nothing

Efficient IT may not be at the top of your corporate management priority list—but it should be. Every day facilities waste money and resources needlessly, falling further and further behind when they could be racking up savings in the millions of dollars. People often mistake steady state for steady expense outlay. But “business as usual” is massively expensive due to rising operating costs, rising energy prices, and ongoing capital expenditures needed just to keep up with the growing demands of the business. All of these factors contribute to the opportunity cost of doing nothing. In this webinar, learn how to start saving millions in total expenses with negligible investment—today.

Presenter: Scott Killian, VP of Efficient IT Programs – Uptime Institute

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Avoid wasting time and money procuring and implementing DCIM

The pursuit of Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) benefits leads, too often, in a procurement and implementation process take too long, the software costs too much and the tools often under-deliver. Often, organizations fail to define business requirements for DCIM and evaluate options in a holistic and consistent framework. This webinar can help provide insight into why those outcomes occur and how to avoid.

For the last 8 years, the data center industry has struggled to successfully adopt DCIM software. DCIM promises to drive out data center inefficiencies, to help operators build a credible model for capacity planning, and to tie together the IT and facilities management teams. Yet, the path to reaping those benefits could not be realized by simply purchasing a software product. As the messy work of implementation began, many IT organizations found that these tools would be more difficult to implement and more expensive than expected. Many IT organizations have waited, evaluating the market, considering the right time to make an investment. Others have already adopted DCIM tools, spending budget and staff resources for a system that provides limited benefits.

The DCIM market is sprawling and varied, with a range of suppliers from longstanding equipment vendors to startup companies. The reported functionality and integration of those various tools is often subject to interpretation and does not always stand up to scrutiny. One company’s success with a tool does not translate to universal success. The procurement and implementation process take too long, the software costs too much and the tools often under-deliver. Many organizations are finding the need to purchase multiple commercial DCIM tools. This can prove to be a successful strategy for customers applying an incremental planned approach; or it can be a wasted effort and major embarrassment when a large investment does not meet expectations.

This webinar will discuss the current state of DCIM adoption, strategies for maximizing a return on a DCIM investment, and provide a high-level methodology for evaluating DCIM tools.

Presenter: Matt Stansberry, Director of Content & Publications – Uptime Institute

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Data Center Commissioning: Early and Often

Ryan Orr, Uptime Institute Senior Consultant, will discuss why data center commissioning is a relentless and continuous process that goes far beyond the last few days of construction prior to the facility being turned over to the owner. Commissioning is a process that begins as soon as the data center project is approved for conceptual design and progresses through the life-cycle phases creating a rigorous program that will reduce infant mortality rates, and ensures that the data center functions and operates as designed. Additionally, this presentation will highlight and provide emphasis on the importance of including the Operations team engrained in the commissioning process.

Presenter: Ryan Orr, Senior Consultant – Uptime Institute

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New Engine Generator Tier Certification Standards Explained

Engine generators are a mission-critical component for data centers, ensuring resilience, stability, and business continuity. In August 2012 the Tier Standard: Topology was updated, altering the way Uptime Institute adjudicates the engine generator suitability and capacity for Tier Certification. This change allowed manufacturers and designers a bit more flexibility than the ISO 8528-1 standard does by definition. Previously the Tier Certification capacities were tied only to the ISO standard. To clear up any confusion between the old and new standards, in this webinar we explain the current criteria and variables for engine generator ratings, outline the parameters for each Tier certification level, and discuss how to apply these standards to your facility and operations.

Presenter: Christopher Brown, Vice President, Global Standards & Global Tier Authority – Uptime Institute

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A Holistic Approach to Efficient IT

In a recently published report, the Natural Resources Defense Council says that data centers are failing at energy efficiency. Between the non-productive energy drain of “comatose” servers and the industry’s tunnel-vision focus on PUE, most facilities are missing significant opportunities to reduce energy use, thus wasting money and resources. Uptime Institute has devised a holistic Efficient IT Assessment that can help you identify unnecessary resource consumptions and improve the IT efficiency of your compute infrastructure. In this webinar, Vice President of Efficient IT Programs–Scott Killian discusses how some large data centers have already found ways to dramatically reduce energy use and save millions of dollars, without sacrificing performance or compromising their business mission.

Presenter: Scott Killian, Vice President – Uptime Institute Efficient IT Programs

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Low Complexity + Low Cost = High Availability

Designing and operating a high-availability, efficient modern data center can be a complex and expensive proposition. But it doesn’t have to be so challenging. Simple topology solutions and proven technologies can help to reduce both complexity and cost. Uptime Institute draws on experience consulting with hundreds of data center owners and operators to present examples of efficient, value-conscious design approaches. Learn simple (low complexity) and cost-effective (low cost) solutions that give you the best chance to achieve the business and performance objectives of your data center.

Keith Klesner, Vice President - Strategic Accounts, Uptime Institute

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Avoiding a Crisis in Facility Management

What are the symptoms of a poorly managed data center facility? How do you know if your facility is skating at the edge of thin ice, at risk of a sudden operating failure or catastrophic downtime? Uptime Institute has unique perspective gained from assessing and observing thousands of data centers around the globe, and we’ve identified where breakdowns are most likely to occur, and the precursors to unplanned downtime. In this webinar, you’ll learn to spot the warning signs to avert an impending crisis in your data center, and start applying industry best practices for facility management to reduce risk and ensure effective continuing operations for the long term.

Julian Kudritzki, Chief Operating Officier, Uptime Institute

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