Uptime Institute Symposium 2014: Empowering the Data Center Professional
Uptime Institute Symposium is the data center industry’s leading knowledge-sharing event, providing new expert insight from Uptime Institute staff and 451 Research Analysts, and peer experience from elite data center operations teams from around the globe.
The theme for this year, "Empowering the Data Center Professional," speaks to the core purpose of Symposium: Providing attendees with the information to make better decisions for their organizations, and their careers.
Since 2012, Uptime Institute has invited companies around the globe to help address the problem of energy-draining obsolete and unused IT equipment in the data center by participating in its annual Server Roundup contest.
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. While Mr. Brill advocated for industry action on this issue, he often cautioned "Nobody gets promoted for going around in the data center and unplugging servers."
Data center professionals have traditionally had no incentive to remove comatose machines, and IT executives lacked insight into the impact idle IT equipment was having on their organizations cost structure, as their departments do not pay the data center power bill.
This is why Uptime Institute invited companies around the globe to help address and solve this problem by participating in the Server Roundup, an initiative to promote IT and Facilities integration, and improve data center energy efficiency. Since Uptime Institute launched its Server Roundup contest two years ago, participants have decommissioned and recycled 30,000 units of obsolete IT equipment.
The current Server Roundup Contest applies to servers removed between from Jan. 1, 2013 through Feb. 28, 2014. Two winners will be recognized for most IT equipment removed, largest percentage of IT equipment removed, and other categories. Winners will receive commemorative rodeo belt buckles and a presentation slot at Uptime Institute Symposium in May 2014, in Santa Clara, California.
Learn more about the Server Roundup contest and how to apply.
Announcing the Brill Awards for Efficient IT
Uptime Institute has announced a new awards program, the Brill Awards for Efficient IT, continuing the late Mr. Brill's vision of sharing best practices and new ideas to improve data center and IT efficiency.
The mission of this project is to recognize efficiency in the broadest sense of the word -- efficiency of capital deployment, technology, design, operations and overall management. The Brill Awards for Efficient IT will showcase companies and technologies that improve the industry's ability to sustainably deliver IT services to the end user.
With this announcement, Uptime Institute honors the memory of its founder by extending the scope of the successful Green Enterprise IT (GEIT) Awards. The Brill Awards for Efficient IT feature a streamlined application process, an expanded expert judging panel, a global structure that will promote participation across all regions, and wider opportunities for presenting these ideas before influential audiences.
From 2008 to 2010, Uptime Institute founder and Ken Brill shared his "uncommon common-sense" ideas on the IT and data center industry in a series of columns on Forbes.com. Click here to download a compilation of these columns.