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Uptime Institute's Server Roundup 2015

 

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Are You Champion Material? Apply for 2015
The current Server Roundup Contest applies to servers removed between from Jan. 1, 2014 through Feb. 28, 2015. Two winners will be recognized for most IT equipment removed, largest percentage of IT equipment removed, and other categories.

DEADLINE:
 
        March 1, 2015

PAPERWORK:
 
        The only requirement for Server Roundup participation is some kind of paper trail. Submit change records, a list of server names or serial numbers, or hardware recycling receipts.

RESULTS:
 
        We want to know how much energy you saved. Send us the UPS output reading before the change and after the change. You can do it right in the flow of work.

PHOTOS:
 
        Send us a few before-and-after photos. Servers in the cabinets, servers in the docks going out. It doesn’t have to be exhaustive. Extra credit for creativity.

Winners will receive commemorative rodeo belt buckles and a presentation slot at Uptime Institute Symposium, May 2014, in Santa Clara, California.

Email Uptime Institute’s  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for a Server Roundup starter kit, or to submit your documents for inspection. Also send any comments, questions, or cowboy jokes. Thanks for your interest. Hike up your Wranglers, unhitch your horses, and get to work!


About Uptime Institute's Server Roundup

serverroundup2014Comatose IT equipment is hiding in plain sight within even the most sophisticated IT organizations. Obsolete or unused servers represent a double-threat in terms of energy waste -- squandering power at the plug, but also wasting data center facility power and capacity. According to Uptime Institute’s estimates, around 20% of servers in data centers today are obsolete, outdated or unused. That percentage may in fact be conservative.

Decommissioning one rack unit (1U) of servers can result in a savings of $500 per year in energy costs, an additional $500 in operating system licenses and $1,500 in hardware maintenance costs. But reaping those rewards is no easy task.

Data center professionals have traditionally had little incentive to remove comatose machines, and IT executives lacked insight into the impact that idle IT equipment had on their organizations cost structure, as their departments do not pay the data center power bill.

One of the consistent challenges facing the data center industry is the corporate disconnect between IT and Facilities Operations. In order to implement an effective server decommissioning program, data center managers need overcome that organizational barrier, and get executive level buy-in.

This is why Uptime Institute invited companies around the globe to help address and solve this problem by participating in the Server Roundup, an initiative to promote IT and Facilities integration, and improve data center energy efficiency.

The annual Uptime Institute Server Roundup contest was launched in October 2011 to raise awareness about the removal and recycling of comatose and obsolete IT equipment in an effort to reduce data center energy use.

 
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