Uptime Honors HP, Sun, UPS, AOL, NetApp

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The Uptime Institute today announced winners of its Green Enterprise IT Awards, which honor organizations “pioneering energy-efficiency improvements in their data center operations.” The awards were presented in Orlando at the Uptime Institute Symposium 2008: Green Enterprise Computing, and were co-sponsored by Deloitte Consulting. Here’s a list of the winners:

  • Sun Microsystems (JAVA): Energy Efficient IT Hardware Deployment
  • UPS (UPS): Facilities Site Physical Infrastructure (power and cooling) Overhead
  • AOL LLC (TWX): Facilities Site Physical Infrastructure (power and cooling) Overhead
  • NetApp (NTAP): IT Hardware Asset Utilization
  • Bank of Montreal (BMO): IT Hardware Asset Utilization
  • Nationwide Mutual Insurance: IT Strategy
  • Hewlett Packard (HPQ): IT Strategy
  • Hewlett Packard: Green IT Beyond the Data Center

“Realizing that neither business nor the environment can sustain the costs of the increasing energy demands in data centers, the award-winning companies have displayed leadership and innovation in their data center energy efficiency efforts,” said Kenneth G. Brill, Institute founder and executive director. “It is our hope that they will serve as a clear example to the world’s largest operators of critical computing facilities of the realistic impact and feasibility of these types of initiatives.”


2008 Green Enterprise IT Best-in-Class Finalists included:

  • Office Depot: Facilities Site Physical Infrastructure (power and cooling) Overhead
  • Intel (INTC): Facilities Site Physical Infrastructure (power and cooling) Overhead
  • Interior Health Authority of British Columbia: IT Hardware Asset Utilization
  • Hannaford Bros: IT Strategy
  • Nationwide Mutual Insurance: Green IT Beyond the Data Center

More details are available in the Institute’s press release.

At the Symposium, the winning companies presented case studies of their award-winning initiatives in addressing the data center energy efficiency challenge. The awards judging criteria were specifically designed to select projects with potential to serve as business case studies of the realistic impact and feasibility of energy efficiency initiatives. Winners’ case studies will be featured in Podcasts and white papers to be posted over the next three weeks at the Uptime Institute web site.

About the Author

Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.