03 October 2012

Uptime Institute Accepting Applications for 2013 Green Enterprise IT Awards

I've featured several Uptime Symposium Green Enterprise IT Winners and Speakers over the last few years, including:

Dean Nelson, eBay Vice President
Markku Vieri, Director Datacenter Services, Tieto
Steve Bowes-Phipps University of Hertfordshire

Data center owners and vendors of all sizes, and from all countries, are encouraged to submit case studies of innovation in energy productivity and resource efficiency for the 2013 Green Enterprise IT Award.
Uptime Institute’s GEIT Awards, now in their sixth year, are judged by an international committee of independent experts in a double-blind review process. The 2013 application forms and categories reflect an increased emphasis on converged digital infrastructure, cross-disciplinary collaboration, and improved resource efficiency in energy, water, and carbon use.

GEIT Award categories are:

         Facility Design - Innovation - Cutting-edge data center designs that focus on energy and resource efficiency.
         Facility Design - Implementation - Cutting-edge data center projects that demonstrate energy and resource efficiency in a new, operational data center.
         Facility Retrofit - Data center facility retrofit projects that significantly improved energy and/or resource efficiency in an existing data center.
         IT Retrofit - Projects in which IT operations staff significantly improved energy and/or resource efficiency while improving IT effectiveness.
         Facility Product Deployment - Facility infrastructure products that significantly improve data center energy and/or resource efficiency, as demonstrated in a user deployment.
         IT Product Deployment - IT products that significantly improve energy and/or resource efficiency, as demonstrated in a user deployment.
         Green Digital Infrastructure Strategy Exceptional energy and resource efficiency beyond an individual data center.
         Audacious Idea - New, unprecedented ideas for realizing energy and resource efficiency that are not commercially available in the IT and data center industries.

Organizations from 20 countries participated in last year’s Awards program, and six countries were represented among the honorees. Past winners of GEIT Awards include AOL, Bell Canada, Capgemini, Dell, eBay, Facebook, Hewlett-Packard, Helsingin Energia, Ita├║, Kaiser Permanente, NTT Communications, Savvis, Schneider Electric, Tieto, and Verizon Wireless.

Completed applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM ET, January 18, 2013. Click here to learn more about the application process, or visit http://symposium.uptimeinstitute.com/geit-awards.

In addition to the GEIT Awards, Uptime Institute also invites entries for its Second Annual Server Roundup Competition. The Uptime Institute Server Roundup contest encourages the removal and recycling of obsolete IT equipment in an effort to decrease data center energy use.  Click here for more information, or visithttp://blog.uptimeinstitute.com/2012/08/second-annual-server-roundup-contest-rules/

This year’s Uptime Institute Symposium theme is The Global Digital Infrastructure Evolution and it features three tracks:
·         Digital Infrastructure Investment, Finance and Business Strategy. 
·         Data Center Management and Operational Excellence. 
·         Data Center Design Innovation.