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Uptime Institute GEIT award deadline pushed to Feb. 15

Requests for more time to accommodate corporate review leads to extension.

The Uptime Institute has extended the application deadline for its fifth annual Green Enterprise IT (GEIT) Awards from Feb. 3 until Feb. 15 after several requests for extra time.

“This year, for the first time, many of our applicants report that their applications must go through corporate communications before submission, and this adds more time to the schedule,” said Sandra Vail, the Uptime Institute’s GEIT Awards program manager. “By extending the deadline, we accommodate these applicants’ internal policies and enable them to participate without penalty.”

Vail said the extension would allow more organizations to submit quality applications for Uptime Institute’s annual review of case studies dealing with energy and resource efficiency.

Due to the extension, the Uptime Institute is also giving the judges more time to review the applications by pushing the announcement of the winners from March 15 to April 1.

The Uptime Institute invites winners  to present their case studies at the Uptime Institute Symposium 2012 in Santa Clara, Calif., on May 14-17. There should be no impact on organizations that have already completed and submitted applications, Vail said.

About the GEIT awards
Uptime’s GEIT awards recognize projects, ideas and products that improve energy efficiency and resource use in IT. The judges consist of industry experts. The awards cover achievements across eight categories, including innovation in facility design, modular data center deployment and IT product deployment.

Previous recipients note the GEIT awards promote cost-cutting and professional growth. In 2011, the University of Herfordshire won the Innovation in a Smaller Data Center award for its project to refurbish one of its data centers, which reduced its reported power usage effectiveness (PUE) from 2.2 to 1.2. Stephen Bowes-Phipps, data center manager at University of Herfordshire, said the award gave further credibility to his work and the university’s pursuit of green technology.

We have also used the award to provide greater publicity to the sector to encourage others to follow our path and spend the necessary time and investment in reducing their [information communication technology] operational and environmental costs,” Bowes-Phipps said. “Awards can celebrate green IT projects that are good for sustainability but have poor or non-existent ROI.”

Eric Swanson, data center manager at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, said the GEIT application requirements helped his organization target important metrics throughout its data center cooling retrofit. The organization’s Winnipeg data center had been struggling to keep up with IT load growth and was close to maxing out its cooling capacity. The retrofit earned the company the 2011 GEIT award for Outstanding Facilities Product in a User Deployment.

“The process does take some time and effort, but my experience has been that it is well worth it,” Swanson said. “In my case, it helped keep the focus on gathering metrics throughout the project, and routinely studying that data to understand where opportunities for further improvements might be.”

Swanson said the benefits extend beyond the recognized organization and help IT experts stand out among their peers.

“The Uptime Institute’s Green Enterprise IT award is open to the international community, and therefore shows others that you have been involved with something that is world-class,” Swanson said.

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