Since its founding over twenty years ago, Uptime Institute has focused on improving IT efficiency, leading the industry by developing management-based recommendations for significant cost and resource savings.
Uptime Institute has developed:
- Ten years of Uptime Institute Symposium ,the data center industry’s leading knowledge sharing event
- Eight years of the Brill Awards for Efficient IT, a case study program recognizing significant achievement in efficiency
- Four years of Server Roundup, a contest resulting in tens of millions of dollars saved by recovering underutilized assets.
Building on that investment and decades of research, Uptime Institute announces the industry’s first holistic, third-party assessment for efficiency and sustainability, the Uptime Institute Efficient IT Stamp of Approval.
Over the last decade, the data center industry has doggedly pursued energy efficiency across the power and cooling infrastructure, often ignoring the more meaningful underlying causes of systemic IT inefficiency. This assessment focuses on a holistic approach that assesses IT efficiency across three criteria: Leadership, Operations, and Design.
“Uptime Institute Efficient IT is about better use of resources to better enable the business,” said Julian Kudritzki, chief operating officer of Uptime Institute. “Efficient IT isn’t bought, it’s managed. But in many siloed organizations, there is no effective structure to recognize achievement or set meaningful goals. Uptime Institute Efficient IT Stamp of Approval codifies the management processes and leadership behaviors that ensure sustained cost savings and resource agility.”
The Uptime Institute Efficient IT Stamp of Approval is based on behaviors and outcomes rather than prescriptive requirements, similar to the globally recognized Uptime Institute Management & Operations (M&O) Stamp of Approval.
The Uptime Institute Efficient IT Stamp of Approval benchmarks the enterprise’s achievement in terms of planning, decision making, actions taken, and monitoring to improve asset utilization and extend lifecycle across compute, storage, and network systems, and the data center itself.
There are two award levels for Uptime Institute Efficient IT: Approved and Activated. Approved sites have met the Uptime Institute’s protocols for industry excellence, and the stamps are valid for two years. Companies that have formally committed to the Uptime Institute’s Efficient IT principles, and are using the program to drive improvements, receive an Activated Stamp, which is valid for one year.
Early adopters of Uptime Institute Efficient IT include leading integrated healthcare provider Kaiser Permanente, with two Stamps of Approval, and Mexico-based CEMEX, one of the world’s largest building materials companies, with an Activated stamp for its site in Monterrey.
“At Kaiser Permanente, we know that healthy communities depend on sustainable business practices,” said Steve Press, vice president of data center solutions at Kaiser Permanente. “It is important for our organization to pursue efficient IT from a holistic standpoint, and work toward continuous improvement so that we can deliver high quality, affordable care to our members that supports total health.”
Uptime Institute has completed an extensive pilot phase and announced the public rollout during the opening keynote of the tenth annual Uptime Institute Symposium.
Uptime Institute is an unbiased advisory organization focused on improving the performance, efficiency, and reliability of business critical infrastructure through innovation, collaboration, and independent certifications. Uptime Institute serves all stakeholders responsible for IT service availability through industry leading standards, education, peer-to-peer networking, consulting, and award programs delivered to enterprise organizations and third-party operators, manufacturers, and providers. Uptime Institute is recognized globally for the creation and administration of the Tier Standards & Certifications for Data Center Design, Construction, and Operational Sustainability along with its Management & Operations reviews, FORCSS™ methodology, and energy efficiency initiatives.