Uptime Institute GEIT Awards open to applicants

The Uptime Institute Green Enterprise IT Awards help organizations recognize IT efficiency efforts in several different categories, including data center design and IT innovation.

The Uptime Institute is holding its fourth annual Green Enterprise IT (GEIT) Awards to recognize advancements in energy-efficient technologies. The award categories include data center design, IT innovation, facilities innovation and seven other categories that allow applicants to showcase their green efforts. Organizations with creative or innovative green projects can submit a GEIT Award application until 9 a.m. EST, Feb. 18, 2011. Winners will be announced at the Uptime Institute Symposium 2011 in May.

Previous GEIT Award winners weigh in
Raritan Inc. won a GEIT Award for the best IT product category in 2010, and the company considers the payoff to be well worth the effort to apply.

Raritan participated in a data center refurbishment project for the J. R. Simplot Company. The project had several dimensions, including moving from 120 to 240 volt AC single-phase power, installing energy-management software and deploying intelligent PDUs with outlet-level power monitoring. The project vastly improved J.R. Simplot’s ability to collect and analyze energy data.

The award application and associated documentation took several days to complete, according to Greg More, senior product marketing manager at Raritan, based in Somerset, N.J. The company drew on its experiences with the J. R. Simplot project and obtained input from Raritan’s sales team. Raritan’s PR firm worked to provide additional details and make the actual submission to The Uptime Institute.

“Completing the application was easy and didn't impact our organization’s bandwidth,” More said. “It was a positive experience, and it gave us another opportunity to engage with the customer.”

Winning the award also brought a new level of industry attention to Raritan. But perhaps even more important, the win has resonated within the company.

"We consider the GEIT Award win a very positive event both inside and outside of Raritan," More said.

The GEIT Award process can also bring green initiatives to the forefront of an organization. For example, Savvis Inc. won the 2010 GEIT Award in the facilities innovation category for a project involving the replacement and upgrade of a 12-year-old chiller and pumping system at their 140,000-square-foot data center in Weehawken, NJ.

Considering the size of the facilities, the resulting energy savings was enormous, according to Pepe Castells, with global data center acquisitions and expansions at Savvis.

"I saw the request for invitations, and I immediately thought of this project. We saved the equivalent energy to [powering] a small town on this job," Castells said.

Castells noted that Savvis’ development of a green initiative was relatively low-key at the time the company won the award.

"The recognition and positive exposure has really elevated the awareness within Savvis," Castells said. "Our senior management is very focused on the extensive work that facilities and engineering has been doing with power efficiency."

The award helped Savvis gain recognition as a leader and expectations are high again this year, according to Castells. He also plans to submit several projects for consideration in this year’s awards.

Stephen J. Bigelow, a senior technology editor in the Data Center and Virtualization Media Group at TechTarget, has more than 15 years of technical writing experience in the PC/technology industry. He holds a bachelor of science in electrical engineering, along with CompTIA A+, Network+, Security+ and Server+ certifications, and has written hundreds of articles and more than 15 feature books on computer troubleshooting, including Bigelow’s PC Hardware Desk Reference and Bigelow’s PC Hardware Annoyances. Write to him at sbigelow@techtarget.com.

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