Winners of this year’s Green Enterprise IT (GEIT) Awards were honored in a ceremony held May 18 at the fifth annual Uptime Institute Symposium. 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 honorees are also sharing best practices through presentations at the symposium taking place in New York City through May 19.

Winners of the eight categories are as follows:
  • Audacious Idea: Microsoft
  • Beyond the Data Center: Helsingin Energia
  • Data Center Design: Hewlett-Packard
  • Facilities Innovation: Savvis
  • IT Innovation: U.S. House of Representatives
  • Joint IT/Facilities Innovation: Itaú Unibanco, S.A.
  • Outstanding Facilities Product: Verizon Wireless
  • Outstanding IT Product: Raritan
"It is our pleasure to recognize high-caliber companies and their innovative energy-saving advancements at each year’s GEIT Awards ceremony,” said Andy Lawrence, program director of the Uptime Institute Symposium and research director of Eco-Efficient IT at The 451 Group. "The GEIT Awards serve the important purpose of enabling the sharing of breakthrough energy-efficiency practices by companies such as Microsoft and HP, helping to inform and educate other businesses globally."

The Uptime Institute's 2010 Green Enterprise IT Awards were cosponsored by Jones Lang LaSalle and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Awards were granted to projects, ideas and products submitted by organizations from around the world. Applications for the GEIT Awards were evaluated by an independent panel of expert judges selected by the Institute.

"The Uptime Institute is one of the leading think tanks in the data center industry. Combined with the resources of its parent company, The 451 Group, this thought leadership has expanded to include broader IT and enable a wider scope of 2010 GEIT Awards categories," said Lex Coors, vice president, Data Center Technology and Engineering Group at Interxion. "It was a privilege to serve as the Head Judge of the Awards and to have the opportunity to help evaluate incredible energy-saving initiatives submitted by companies from around the world.”

Symposium 2010 has brought together stakeholders in enterprise IT, finance, executive management, and 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.