Deadline for Server Roundup approaching

Posted by mstansberry | Posted in Uptime Institute Symposium | Posted on 25-02-2013

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The deadline for the second annual Uptime Institute Server Roundup is fast approaching. Deadline for submission of materials is 1 March 2013, and we already have a record breaking year of submissions.

The Uptime Institute Server Roundup contest was introduced in October 2011 to encourage the removal and recycling of comatose and obsolete IT equipment in an effort to decrease data center energy use. Last year’s first-place winner, AOL, rounded up close to 10,000 servers and saved over $5 million. NBC Universal took the prize for largest percentage of obsolete equipment, removing 29% (1,100 units ) from its server footprint.

Uptime Institute will recognize the winners at the 2013 Uptime Institute Symposium, and participant will present their experiences — the challenges and rewards of hunting down and rounding up obsolete and unused IT equipment.

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Symposium: Tightly Focused and Data-Driven

Posted by mstansberry | Posted in Uptime Institute Symposium | Posted on 15-02-2013

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This guest post is written by Kevin Heslin, former editor of Mission Critical Magazine and now a Research Manager with 451 Group.

Last February, I was planning my travel schedule and needing to make sure I got good value for each trip I made. It’s an annual exercise, during which I think through cost versus value of the various data center industry events.

I couldn’t go everywhere. Always, though, The Uptime Institute’s Annual Symposium was a top priority, as an excellent place for me to network, talk shop, and learn about new trends in data center design and operations.

Now that I am working at 451 Research and helping plan Symposium, I am learning a lot more about the organization that makes the Symposium so special.

Uptime Institute is dedicated to making the event a learning experience, and using the critical mass of Symposium to move the industry forward.

The subject matter experts and end users who present at Symposium engage in a two-way dialog, so that everyone returns home with a list of action items to improve energy efficiency and reliability in their facilities.

I am also learning that Uptime Institute and 451 Research activities are data driven to a much greater extent than I expected.

2013 Data Center Industry Survey: Uptime Institute’s Matt Stansberry unveils the latest results of the Uptime Institute’s annual survey, the most comprehensive overview of the state of the data center industry today.

Ten Technologies That Might Change Data Centers Forever: Andy Lawrence, 451 Research VP, presents a year’s worth of original research on new and emerging data center technologies.

Private Cloud Deployment: According to 451 Research’s Ken Male, 41% of Global 2000 Enterprises identified Internal Cloud as top project in 2013, and 35% of these organizations described IaaS as part of their near-term plans, in pilot, or already part of their current IT operations. This new data suggest that a strong move to hybrid cloud is underway.

2013 Data Center Density Study: Uptime Institute’s Matt Mescall shares the results of the 2013 Uptime Institute Data Center Density Study, a reliable guide that data center owners and operators can use to forecast IT loads.

These are just a few of the sessions scheduled for this year’s Symposium agenda. The full schedule is now posted online, and I recommend you take this opportunity to check out the lineup for this year.

I encourage you to attend Uptime Institute Symposium, and look forward to seeing you this May in Santa Clara, Calif. Sign up through February 28th to receive early bird pricing, $400 savings.