Uptime Institute grants Brill Awards for Efficient IT (Brill Awards) to projects, ideas, and products that significantly improve energy productivity and resource use in IT. The program recognizes efficiency in the broadest sense of the word -- efficiency of capital deployment, technology, design, operations, and overall management. As a result, the Brill Awards showcases companies and technologies that improve the industry's ability to sustainably deliver IT services to the end user.
Now in its second year, the Brill Awards extends the scope of the successful Green Enterprise IT (GEIT) Awards, conceived by Uptime Institute founder Ken Brill in 2008. The Brill Awards features a simple application process and a global structure to encourage participation across all regions. Entries are evaluated by expert judging panels drawn from across the globe. In addition, Uptime Institute provides numerous opportunities for presenting successful ideas and projects before influential audiences, which increases the impact of the program on the data center industry.
The Brill Awards recognizes IT efficiency in six categories, across four global regions: North America, EMEA, Latin America and APAC. Up to 24 winners will be chosen across the following six categories:
- Data Center Design. For data center capital projects that demonstrate the ability to deliver significant energy and resource efficiency. The purpose of this category is to recognize the newest, most innovative data center designs. Therefore, no operational data is required. Data center owners and operators may submit in this category, and architects, engineers, or contractors of record can submit in partnership with a data center owner/operator.
- Operational Data Center Upgrade. For data center renovations or upgrades that deliver significant resource efficiency. The purpose of this category is to recognize the significant efficiency gains that can be made in legacy data centers. Data center owners and operators may submit in this category, and architects, engineers, or contractors of record can submit in partnership with a data center owner/operator.
- Data Center Facilities Management. For projects or processes that demonstrate significant resource efficiency through application of best practices and new ideas. This category will recognize data center facilities teams that successfully apply current best practices and identify new opportunities for management efficiency. Data center owners and operators may submit in this category, and contractors can submit in partnership with a data center owner/operator.
- IT Systems Efficiency. For projects in which IT operations staff significantly improved energy and/or resource efficiency while improving IT effectiveness. This category will recognize IT operations teams that successfully apply current best practices and identify new opportunities for IT systems efficiency. Data center owners and operators may submit in this category, and contractors can submit in partnership with a data center owner/operator.
- Product Solutions. For facility infrastructure or IT products that significantly improve data center energy and/or resource efficiency, as demonstrated in a user deployment. This is a joint Award honoring both the data center owner and the product vendor. Vendors or consultants can apply in partnership with a data center owner/operator.
- Global Leadership. Recognizes or facilitates a holistic and multi-disciplinary approach to IT efficiency throughout an organization or organizations. Facility owners, consultants, vendors, non-profits, academics, and other organizations may apply independently.
|Who Should Enter?|
The Brill Awards are open to anyone charged with building, designing, funding, or operating a data center or IT program anywhere in the world. Categories have been designed to highlight end users, but applicants and past winners have included designers, consultants, vendors, management and operations firms, as well as non-profit organizations and government agencies. Many winners have been Tier Certified, Uptime Institute Network members, or Accredited Tier Designers, but judges have also recognized many other submissions.
|Why Apply for a Brill Award?|
Winning a Brill Award is a prestigious honor, of course. Equally important are the opportunities winners receive to influence industry practices and increase the resource efficiency of enterprise IT worldwide. Winners will be invited at Uptime Institute's discretion to present at premiere events, including Network meetings, regional summits, and Uptime Institute Symposium. Winners may also be invited to publish their projects in The Uptime Institute Journal.
In addition, all Brill Awards winning entries will receive three complimentary tickets (total per entry) for project team members to Uptime Institute Symposium 2015, providing them with a chance to network with and learn from other attendees, including program judges and other Brill Award-winning project teams.
In addition to the complimentary admission to Symposium, other benefits include:
|About the Application Process|
The application is the key document for the collection of data.
It's easy to enter. To apply, visit our application page and fill out a short form to download the Brill Awards entry form and other materials.
Brill Award application evaluation criteria are described here.
Click here to see a listing of last year's Brill Awards judges.
The deadline for submissions is 11:59 PM Eastern Time on November 14, 2014.
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