Upsite Technologies, Inc.has announced that its founder, Kenneth G. Brill, will receive the first ever 7x24 Exchange International Lifetime Achievement Award during 7x24 Exchange’s next annual conference, which will occur June 2-5 in Boca Raton, FL.

Kenneth Brill founded both Upsite Technologies and the Uptime Institute, a leading authority dedicated to improving data center performance and efficiency through research, collaboration, innovation and education. Additionally, Mr. Brill Co-founded the Uninterruptable Uptime Users Group, now known as 7x24 Exchange International.

Described as brilliant, curious, independent, and unyielding, Mr. Brill has worked extensively to promote data center uptime and IT energy efficiency. Brill was the originator of a number of data-center innovations, such as the industry’s widely-adopted tiered system for evaluating and classifying data center availability levels. Mr. Brill has also been recognized by the Uptime Institute Symposium and the British Computer Society.

The award will be presented by Robert J. Cassiliano, president and CEO of Business Information Services and chairman and CEO of 7x24 Exchange International.

“7x24 Exchange International is honored to recognize Ken for his lifetime of accomplishments,” said Cassiliano “It is a uniquely special individual that influences an industry with their leadership; Ken Brill is such a person with his significant and demonstrable contribution to the Mission Critical Industry. Ken has been a friend, a mentor, and an industry colleague and for that, I am forever grateful.”

Accepting the award on Mr. Brill’s behalf will be longtime colleague, W. Pitt Turner IV. “I am honored to be able to accept this award on behalf of my friend and leading data center pioneer, Ken Brill,” said Pitt Turner. “Ken’s leadership in the data center space over the last thirty years has led to increased efficiency and operational excellence within the industry.”     

Others that will pay tribute to Mr. Brill include David Schirmacher, president of 7X24 Exchange International and Senior vice president of operations at Digital Realty, and Dennis Cronin, COO of Steel ORCA and one of the founders 7X24 Exchange International.

“Upsite Technologies congratulates Ken on his substantial achievements,” said John Thornell, President of Upsite Technologies. “A leader in creating cutting-edge data center airflow solutions, Upsite owes its beginnings to Ken and celebrates his initiative, ideas and influence in the data center industry.”