Join our webinar to find out why you should apply for a Brill Award

Posted by Jeannette Beltran | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 25-10-2013

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BrillAwardsFinalA few weeks ago, Uptime Institute launched the Brill Awards for Efficient IT, and I have been working on it almost full-time. You can learn more about this program at a webinar we’re hosting on Tuesday, 29 October at 11 a.m. EDT.

In just a few weeks, our team:

• Established five new awards categories
• Realigned the program to have global relevance
• Reached out to the media to create awareness
• Developed scoring criteria
• Recruited 73 judges (with a few more expected)
• Started developing our online scoring system
• Announced a simplified entry system

At its core, the Brill Awards for Efficient IT program is a vehicle for disseminating information about meaningful work so that it can profoundly change the industry. Meeting this goal requires high levels of participation. We want to see as many good submissions as possible.

All the work so far, including finding a large panel of preeminent experts to serve as judges, can be viewed as party planning. Everyone is invited, directions and FAQs can be found on our website, the entry procedure is not complicated, and we’re even serving food at our VIP Brill Awards dinner at Uptime Institute Symposium in May.

Register for the webinar today to learn more about the Brill Awards!

Uptime Institute COO speaks on green data center trends at the 2013 International Green Data Center Symposium in Taiwan

Posted by Sarah Lee Thomas | Posted in Uncategorized, Uptime Institute Certifications and Consulting, Uptime Institute Events, Uptime Institute News | Posted on 19-09-2013

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Julian Kudritzki and Philip Hu

Julian Kudritzki and Philip Hu at the 2013 International Green Data Center Symposium in Taiwan

The Board of Science and Technology, Executive Yuan (the highest Taiwan government unit for IT industry development), organized the first Green Data Center conference, held 9 September 2013 at the International Convention Center in Taipei. Conference topics dove into best practices, PUE measurements, cooling technology, and the policy and status of green data center certifications.

Noted speakers included Uptime Institute COO Julian Kudritzki. Mr. Kudritzki addressed trends in green data centers as found in the annual Data Center Industry Survey. The survey showed that reducing data center energy consumption is very important to 71% of Asian respondents. This conference dedicated to that topic confirms the growing importance of the green data center

What is Tier Certification of Constructed Facility anyway?

Posted by Sarah Lee Thomas | Posted in Uncategorized, Uptime Institute Certifications and Consulting | Posted on 19-08-2013

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Uptime Institute Tier III Certified Facility Foil

Uptime Institute Tier III Certified Facility Foil

Recently, I asked Matthew Mescall, Uptime Institute Senior Consultant, to walk through a Tier III Facility Certification.

How do you know that your brand new data center, based on a Tier III Certified Design, is now a Tier III data center?
MM: You have it Certified!

But what does the Tier Certification of Constructed Facility (TCCF) entail?
Is it a quick walkthrough with a check list?
MM: No.

Is it a replacement for full commissioning and integrated systems testing?
MM: No.

Is it similar to commissioning?
MM: Kind of.
MM: After the factory acceptance test, site acceptance tests, and functional testing is complete, the data center should complete the integrated systems testing (IST). This will test all of the components as though the data center was operational. That means IT simulating load banks are installed in the data center to fully test the power and cooling. The systems are operated together to ensure that the data center operates as designed in all specified maintenance and failure scenarios. When this is complete, it is time for the Tier Certification of Constructed Facility (TCCF).

How does the TCCF start?
MM: When the TCCF was confirmed, we developed a demonstration list based on the Certified Design to provide representative samples of the capacity components and distribution paths that will be used to demonstrate Concurrent Maintainability. Ideally, these demonstrations are included in the IST so that the operations team is familiar with the switching and system configurations that are required for the TCCF.

And, once the team is on site?
MM: The first day on site is relatively relaxed. The morning begins with introductions of the teams involved, responsibility, and primary contacts. Then, there is a review of the TCCF process and any site-specific safety, security or general requirements. That is followed by a tour of the site. The tour allows the friendly TCCF consultants to confirm that the major capacity components shown in the design are the ones installed and that, as far as a visual inspection goes, the facility was built to the design.

After the preliminaries?
MM: After that, the real fun begins! We observe the operations team as they perform the different demonstrations. It is time to fail the utility and see that the UPS carries the critical load until the engine generators come on line and provide power to the data center, and that the cooling system maintains the critical load during the transition. Other demonstrations include removing redundant capacity components from service and showing that, for example, the data center critical load can be provided by N engine generators; or that the redundant chilled-water distribution loop can be removed from service while still cooling the data center. Some of the demonstrations take time, especially those involving the cooling systems.

How long does all this take?
MM: Data centers are different, but the TCCF usually takes three to five days, depending on a number of factors. One of the many things the data center owners will appreciate during the TCCF is that you always know how the process is going. When a demonstration is successful, you will know it. If one is not, there will be an opportunity to correct the issue and perform the demonstration again. When we leave the site, you will know the status of the Certification.

Once the data center is Certified?
MM: We do not carry 3D printers, so you will have to wait for the plaque to arrive.

Any other thoughts?
MM: A little-known fact is that a TCCF can be completed in a facility with live IT equipment! It requires more planning and stronger nerves, but it can and has been successfully completed!

Uptime Institute is the only organization worldwide that Certifies data center designs, facilities, and operations to the Tier Classification System (I-IV) and Operational Sustainability criteria. Tier Certification is an unbiased, third-party validation of the Tier level that benefits both enterprise and third-party data centers. Tier Certifications have been awarded worldwide to corporations across all industries, governments, and universities. Uptime Institute has awarded 278 Certifications in 44 countries around the world.

The Uptime Institute Journal: Tales from the Data Center Industry

Posted by Kevin Heslin | Posted in Uncategorized, Uptime Institute Accredited Tier Training, Uptime Institute Network, Uptime Institute Symposium | Posted on 12-08-2013

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After just a few months at Uptime Institute, I have learned that it has a great story to tell. Wait, no, great stories. And the number of stories grows almost exponentially when its affiliation with 451 Research is considered. Surprisingly, though, until recently Uptime Institute had no truly public and lasting vehicle in which to tell its story.

(From left) Uptime Institute's Kevin Heslin, Matt Stansberry and Julian Kudritzki with the first issue of The Uptime Institute Journal at Symposium 2013.

(From left) Uptime Institute’s Kevin Heslin, Matt Stansberry and Julian Kudritzki with the first issue of The Uptime Institute Journal at Symposium 2013.

In May, we launched the The Uptime Institute Journal, a new publication in which we will spotlight some of the fascinating ideas, practices, and techniques that industry professionals share with us.  The Uptime Institute Journal aims to showcase notable projects, recognize individual and team accomplishments, and provide peer-to-peer knowledge sharing and innovation within the global data center industry. In our first issue, for example, we highlighted design ideas from distinguished Accredited Tier Designers (ATDs) around the world.

You can order a copy of the first issue of The Uptime Institute Journal by visiting our website.

The next issue, due out in October, will feature contributions from Uptime Institute Network members. In this issue, readers will find observations about operations and maintenance practices shared by Network members, plus information about other Uptime Institute programs, such as the Server Roundup, FORCSS, and the M&O stamp.

In future issues, we will continue to look at Network activities, while fully honoring the member non-disclosure issue, Tier Certifications, the ATD and Accredited Tier Specialist programs, Uptime Institute research programs, and conclusions drawn from our data-gathering activities.

Uptime Institute grieves the passing of Ken Brill

Posted by mstansberry | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 06-08-2013

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Last week, Uptime Institute sadly announced the passing of our founder, Ken Brill. I’d like to share some of the remembrances from Ken’s many friends from around the industry.

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“I met Ken in 2006 during the first Uptime Institute Symposium and immediately he made a deep impression to me. I was surprised that a person which such name and status in the industry was that easily accessible. It was one of the first lessons I still remember,” wrote Lex Coors, Chief Engineering Officer at Interxion. “Ken over the years has not only been as a father to me, guiding me through the data center world, but he also deserves credit for a part of my career. Whenever he asked me what I wanted to get out of a meeting; I simply told him that I saw him as a big data center library from which I wanted to read all the books.”

“He single-handedly crafted an industry out of nothing,” said Mike Manos, chief technology officer at AOL, who had known Brill since the late 1990s. “He was the definer, he was the pioneer that identified something much bigger than himself. I don’t know too many people who actually defined an industry in their career, and I think that is going to be one of Ken’s lasting legacies.” (From ComputerWorld.)

“I saw Ken often at industry conferences, and we always had lively conversations about the data center industry – past, present and future. He was a rich source of perspective on the industry’s evolution and the ongoing effort to operate data centers more efficiently. He will be missed” (Rich Miller, Data Center Knowledge.)

Ken will be deeply missed. Please feel free to share your favorite Ken stories in the comments section

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