Hewlett-Packard, Verizon Wireless and the U.S. House of Representatives Among Finalists for Green Enterprise IT Awards

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Award winners to be announced at Uptime Institute Symposium 2010

The Uptime Institute today announced the finalists for this year’s annual Green Enterprise IT (GEIT) Awards. The GEIT Awards showcase organizations that are pioneering energy-efficiency improvements in their IT and data center operations, or that provide technology that can significantly reduce energy consumption. The winners will be presented at the fifth annual Uptime Institute Symposium, May 17-19 in New York, NY.

The Uptime Institute’s 2010 Green Enterprise IT Awards are co-sponsored by Jones Lang LaSalle and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Applications for the Awards were evaluated by an independent panel of expert judges selected by the Institute. Entrants must provide verifiable data as part of the detailed assessment process and winners will be provided with a platform to share their experiences and insights at the Uptime Institute Symposium and through follow-on information programs.

Finalists in the eight different categories are as follows:

  • Audacious Idea: Green Platform and Microsoft
  • Beyond the Data Center: eBay and Helsingin Energia
  • Data Center Design: Hewlett-Packard and NetApp
  • Facilities Innovation: Federspiel Controls and Savvis
  • IT Innovation: BMC Software and the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Joint IT/Facilities Innovation: Itaú Unibanco S.A. and KPMG
  • Outstanding Facilities Product: Optimal Data Center and Verizon Wireless
  • Outstanding IT Product: Raritan and Telx

In addition to the finalists, Akamai Technologies, The Boeing Company, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Yahoo! will be recognized with an honorable mention during the awards ceremony.

"The principal objective of the GEIT Awards is to educate the global data center and IT industries in effective ways to reduce energy consumption by highlighting innovation and best practices,” said Andy Lawrence, Program Director of the Uptime Institute Symposium and Research Director of Eco-Efficient IT at The 451 Group. "The Institute grants these Awards to projects, ideas and products submitted by organizations from around the world. This year we received a record number of entries, an increase of over 50% from last year, which is in line with the increased prioritization companies place on greener data centers and IT in general."

"The Uptime Institute is a well respected international organization that has led the debate on data center energy efficiency for many years, during which it has been instrumental in developing best practices for the sector. Thus, it is well placed to assess Award applications for sustainable energy efficiency initiatives," said Lex Coors VP, Data Center Technology and Engineering Group, Interxion and Head Judge of the Awards. "The panel of expert judges looked beyond power-consumption savings and considered capacity planning together with the availability of the data center against the applicants' suggested Tier classification in order to determine the shortlist."

Symposium 2010 is designed to bring together stakeholders in enterprise IT, finance, executive management, data center facilities and design engineering to deal with the critical issues surrounding the continuous global expansion of enterprise computing and its energy demands. The 451 Group's recent acquisition of the Uptime Institute enables increased Symposium participation by industry analysts from both The 451 Group and its independent division, Tier1 Research, providing attendees with broader expertise and perspective on topics such as enterprise IT, colocation, hosting, managed services, cloud computing and eco-efficient IT. Delegates will also have opportunities to meet with 451, Tier1 and Uptime Institute analysts and experts on a one-to-one basis to discuss strategy concerns specific to their organizations.

Registration for the Symposium is still open. Registrants will receive a Symposium Delegate pass to attend three full days of programming with over 100 available sessions, as well as access to the largest green IT/data center exposition hall in the industry.

About the Uptime Institute:

The Uptime Institute (uptimeinstitute.org) is the leading independent think tank and research body serving the global data center industry. Its annual Uptime Institute Symposium is the landmark conference on enhanced IT efficiency and productivity. The Institute also operates private knowledge communities exclusively for data center owners and operators, the Site Uptime Networks, with representatives from 100 of the largest institutions and corporations in the world. The Uptime Institute delivers consulting services and site assessments through its management and engineering consulting arm, Uptime Institute Professional Services. Uptime Institute Professional Services also manages the Tier Program, which consists of the Tier Standard: Topology and its technical supplements and certifications of data center sites and professionals.

The Uptime Institute is part of The 451 Group, a leading independent IT research and analyst organization focused on the business of enterprise IT innovation. The 451 Group also operates Tier1 Research, which analyzes the financial and industry implications of developments impacting public and private companies within the hosting, communications and Internet infrastructure sectors.

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