Microsoft, HP, and Digital Realty Trust win Green Data Center awards at Uptime Symposium, recognizing top achievement

Here is a summary of Three winners of Green IT awards at Uptime Symposium.  Being Green in the Data Center is now becoming an accepted behavior and leadership like below helps others with their own plans.

HP has their press release for the Wynyard facility.

Green Enterprise IT Awards showcase organizations pioneering energy-efficiency improvements in their IT and data center operations or providing technology that can significantly reduce energy consumption.

HP was recognized as the winner in the Data Center Design category for its Wynyard facility in the United Kingdom. Commissioned in September 2009, the data center uses a large quantity of fresh air supplied by fans through high-efficiency filters to reduce the energy required for cooling. The building features an energy-efficient and sustainable design that incorporates recycled materials as well as harvested rainwater.

here is a video of the air side economizer system.

Microsoft received a Green IT Award for its Chicago data center.

Chicago Datacenter Wins Green Enterprise IT Award from Uptime Institute

Today, Microsoft won a prestigious Green Enterprise IT Award from the Uptime Institute for the bold IT initiatives we utilized in our recently opened datacenter in Chicago. The facility integrates new design solutions which have led to greater efficiencies and carbon waste reductions.  This includes a significant reduction in water and material usage enabled by the deployment of containers and other IT innovations. The Uptime Institute is an organization that is focused on providing education and thought leadership for the enterprise datacenter industry and for datacenter professionals. The Green Enterprise IT Awards are the Uptime Institute's highest honor.Green Enterprise IT Award

By incorporating containers we have reduced carbon waste from extra packaging of servers and equipment and individual transport shipping consumables such as cardboard, styrofoam, plastic, and other packaging materials.  The highly innovative approach to design, construction and operations has also allowed us to fully deploy thousands of servers within a few hours, with a drastically reduced carbon footprint and great cooling efficiencies, with a reduced PUE of 1.15 - 1.22 across the facility.

Digital Realty Trust also won an award for its leadership in LEED Data Centers.

Digital Realty Trust received the award for its commitment to sustainability and innovation in the construction of a LEED certified data center utilizing full airside economization for more than 65 percent of each year. The LEED Platinum-certified datacenter project in Santa Clara, California is expected to save 3.5 million kilowatt hours of energy annually saving more than $250,000 per year at today’s energy prices.

“The construction of the green datacenter in Santa Clara demonstrates Digital Realty Trust’s strong commitment to energy efficiency and sustainability,” said Thomas Freeman, Managing Director and head of the Data Center practice at Jones Lang LaSalle. “Their adoption of industry best practices ensures a reduction in energy use, cost and associated greenhouse gas emissions.”

Here are photos from the presentation on DataCenterKnowledge.

DATA CENTER DESIGN: HP was honored for its design of the Wynyard data center in northern England, which makes extensive use of free cooling. Accepting for HP is Ed Kettler (with plaque), a fellow in the Chief Technologist Office at HP Enterprise Services.

AUDACIOUS IDEA: The data center team from Microsoft was recognized for its IT PAC container technology. Accepting for Microsoft are Dan Costello (center) and Sean Farney (second from right). Representing Uptime are Ken Brill (left), Lex Coors of Interxion (second from left) and Tom Freeman of Jones Lang LaSalle (far right).