Hurricane Sandy: Data center lessons learned

Posted by mstansberry | Posted in Uptime Institute Symposium | Posted on 24-01-2013


Featured Session of Uptime Institute Symposium 2013: Hurricane Sandy recently stressed, if not compromised, a number of data centers located in the Northeast U.S. A few of the heroic efforts needed to keep some data centers operational, such as carrying buckets of fuel to the roof, have been characterized in the industry press. However, the size of this weather event and the number of data centers in the region warrant a more holistic and comprehensive review of the actual consequences. Uptime Institute has collaborated with data center owners and operators to collect and analyze actual impacts and publish lessons learned.

Events like this challenge some of the data center industry’s longstanding assumptions on data center operations and design. Company names and sensitive site details will not be revealed, but Uptime Institute Professional Services Vice President Vince Renaud will analyze the responses to Sandy, and provide insightful lessons learned from the event.

Read more about the speakers, sessions and tracks for Uptime Institute Symposium 2013: The Global Digital Infrastructure Evolution.

Twitter’s Data Center Evolution at Uptime Institute Symposium

Posted by mstansberry | Posted in Uptime Institute Symposium | Posted on 11-01-2013

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This year at Uptime Institute Symposium, we are excited to announce Anoop Mavath, Director, Global Data Center Services at Twitter, will deliver a keynote on the social media giant’s data center evolution.

Mavath will discuss how his company has deployed data center infrastructure to keep pace with the constraints and changing demands of managing one of the most dynamic workloads on the Web. Mavath will discuss design specifications, financing models, vendor management, dynamic growth, geographic presence, energy efficiency and his company’s green programs.

Read more about the speakers, sessions and tracks for Uptime Institute Symposium 2013: The Global Digital Infrastructure Evolution.

If you’re interested Twitter’s data center operations and IT strategy, you have to check out the Twitter Engineering blog, which explains how the company is adjusting real-time to global IT challenges.

Application deadline extended for 2013 Green Enterprise IT Awards

Posted by Jeannette Beltran | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 09-01-2013


Today, Uptime Institute announced that we are extending the application deadline for the 2013 Green Enterprise IT (GEIT) Awards. The GEIT Awards recognize projects, ideas and products that significantly improve energy productivity and resource use in IT.

Under the new deadline, completed applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM ET, February 8, 2013. Click here to learn more about the application process, or visit

The 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 emphasis on converged digital infrastructure, cross-disciplinary collaboration, and improved resource efficiency in energy, water, and carbon use.

The competition is open to applicants in all countries. Award winners will be celebrated and invited to present case studies of their cutting-edge innovations at Uptime Institute Symposium 2013 in Santa Clara, Calif., on May 13-16, 2013.

On January 16, we will host a webinar to discuss the purpose and benefits of the GEIT Awards program and how to apply for a GEIT Award.

Webinar Details:

Title: Get recognized for your Green IT initiatives

Date: January 16, 2013

Time: 12:00 noon ET


  • Matt Stansberry, Director of Content and Publications and Program Director, Uptime Institute Symposium 2013, Uptime Institute
  • Andy Lawrence, Research Vice-President for Datacenter Technologies and Eco-Efficient IT, 451 Research
  • Sandra Vail, Program Manager, Uptime Institute Green Enterprise IT Awards, Uptime Institute



    “Uncommon common-sense” advice from Uptime Institute’s Ken Brill

    Posted by Jeannette Beltran | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 07-01-2013

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    Kenneth G. Brill is the Founder of the Uptime Institute and the Site Uptime Network. Many data center industry innovations over the past 25 years can be traced back to his original concepts, including dual power, the industry’s Tier system for evaluating and classifying data center facility performance, and IT/facility energy efficiency and productivity measurement. Mr. Brill’s research into the Economic Meltdown of Moore’s Law, Data Center Productivity and Energy Efficiency, and IT’s declining economics form core knowledge to be taken into account by corporate leaders charged with business performance, profitability, and sustainability.

    In 2008 through 2010, Brill was an IT columnist for His essays for senior executives combine uncommon common-sense ideas with real-life illustrations to set practical IT management priorities. We’ve compiled a selection of his best columns on a range of topics, including data center energy use; effective cross-department communication; and the changing nature and future of the IT industry.

    You can download a PDF of Ken Brill’s advice for data center and IT professionals by clicking here.