Uptime Institute Announces New Brill Awards for Efficient IT

New awards program honors founder's legacy of improving data center and IT efficiency

Oct 03, 2013, 09:03 ET from Uptime Institute

NEW YORK, Oct. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Uptime Institute, a division of The 451 Group, today announced a new awards program, the Brill Awards for Efficient IT, continuing the late founder Kenneth Brill's vision of sharing best practices and new ideas to improve data center and IT efficiency. The Brill Awards will recognize IT efficiency in five categories, across four global regions: North America, EMEA, Latin America and APAC.  Judges will consider the merits of projects in each of five categories.

With today's announcement, the Uptime Institute honors the memory of its founder by extending the scope of the successful Green Enterprise IT (GEIT) Awards, which Mr. Brill founded in 2008. The Brill Awards for Efficient IT feature a streamlined application process, an expanded expert judging panel, a global structure that will promote participation across all regions and wider opportunities for presenting these ideas before influential audiences.

"Ken Brill always believed that sharing information about innovation and best practices in IT would ultimately benefit not only the industry but also society in general," said Kevin Heslin, Uptime Institute's Senior Editor and longstanding data center industry observer, who will oversee the awards process. "I think the Brill Awards will honor Ken's legacy by attracting more enterprises to share their ideas and also by disseminating information about exciting innovation in the industry around the world. I'm excited to be part of this program."

The mission of this project is to recognize efficiency in the broadest sense of the word - efficiency of capital deployment, technology, design, operations and overall management. The Brill Awards for Efficient IT will showcase companies and technologies that improve the industry's ability to sustainably deliver IT services to the end user.

Categories will be judged by in-region experts and global authorities with local expertise. Judges will be drawn from the end user, vendor, and consulting communities so that the panel includes a wide variety of perspectives.

The categories are:

  • Data center design
  • Operational data center upgrade
  • Data center facilities management
  • IT systems efficiency
  • Product solutions

Up to 20 worldwide winners will be selected. The winners will be invited at the Uptime Institute's discretion to present at premiere events, including Uptime Institute Network meetings, regional summits and Uptime Institute Symposium. Winners may also be invited to publish their projects in the Uptime Institute Journal. The deadline for submitting a project to the program is December 13, 2013.

Application forms and more Information about the Brill Awards, including application questions, descriptions of awards categories and judging criteria, are available from Uptime Institute at brillawards@uptimeinstitute.com. Click here for information on how to apply, or visit http://uptimeinstitute.com/brillawards/.

About Uptime Institute

Uptime Institute, a division of The 451 Group, provides independent thought leadership, certification, education and professional services for the global data center and emerging Digital Infrastructure industry. Uptime Institute is best known for its creation and global administration of the Tier Standard for Data Center Design, Construction and Operational Sustainability. It serves all industry stakeholders, but concentrates on enterprise and third-party data center owners and operators. IT and facilities equipment manufacturers, service providers, design engineers, and construction firms are also served. 

About The 451 Group

Headquartered in New York, with offices in key locations – including Boston, San Francisco, Washington DC, London, Seattle, Denver, Sao Paulo, Dubai, Singapore and Moscow – The 451 Group owns and operates Uptime Institute, an independent provider of thought leadership, certification, education and professional services for the global data center and emerging Digital Infrastructure industry. The 451 Group also owns 451 Research, a leading technology-industry syndicated research and data firm focused on the business of enterprise IT innovation, and Yankee Group, the preeminent research and advisory firm equipping companies to profit in a mobile world.

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