Uptime Institute commends Facebook for ‘Audacious Idea’

Institute announces Green IT award winners

17 April 2012 by Yevgeniy Sverdlik - DatacenterDynamics

Uptime Institute commends Facebook for ‘Audacious Idea’
An aisle at Facebook's data center in Prineville, Oregon, whose designs were first to be released through the Open Compute Project. Courtesy of Open Compute Foundation.

Uptime Institute chose Facebook as winner in the “Audacious Idea” category of its Green Enterprise IT (GEIT) awards for starting the Open Compute Project, a project to opensource data center hardware and underlying-infrastructure design.

There are a total of eight categories in The 451 Group-owned organization’s awards. Winners in other categories include Verizon, Bell Canada, NTT Communications, Vigilent, eBay, Dell and others.

Matt Stansberry, director of content and publications at Uptime, said more than 100 organizations participated in the awards this year.

“The Uptime Institute GEIT Awards program showcases the energy efficiency efforts of the most innovative data center operators and vendors, and contributes to the shared knowledge and best practices of our industry,” he said.

Facebook’s kicked off the Open Compute Project with releasing some of its own data center and server design details on a dedicated website at opencompute.org. The company has invited others in the industry to contribute their knowledge to development of technologies that would be open for others to use.

Verizon won in the facility-design implementation category, and Bell Canada, together with Urbacon Architecture, won the facility-design innovation award for the “lowest greenest PUE” of 1.266, using off-the-shelf equipment.

eBay and Dell took the modular-data-center deployment for the Dell container on the roof of eBay’s Project Mercury data center in Phoenix, Arizona.

NTT Communications and Vigilent wan the award for facility product deployment, the RMH Group’s National Snow and Ice Data Center project took the facility-retrofit award, XtremIO won an award for IT product deployment with an unnamed client, and HP won the IT-retrofit award for transformation of its R&D data center in Bangalore.

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