The winners were announced at the 4th Annual Institute Research Symposium: LEAN, CLEAN and GREEN in New York City.
Thomas L. Friedman, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist and best-selling author, delivered the keynote address at tonights awards ceremony.
The 2009 GEIT Awards winners are:
Data Center Energy Efficiency Improvement: IT
AOL: AOL Enterprise-Wide Data Center Optimization Project
Data Center Energy Efficiency Improvement: Joint IT and Facilities
MassMutual Financial Group: MassMutual Green IT Initiatives
Data Center Facility Design
eNation Corporation: Integrated Design of Green High-Density Data Center
Energy Efficient Products: Facilities
Verari Systems: Containerized Green Data Center Technology
Energy Efficient Products: IT
APC by Schneider Electric: InRow Products with Active Response Controls & Integrated Thermal Containment
Green IT Beyond the Data Center
University of Notre Dame Center for Research Computing: Grid Heating Clusters
Data Center Energy Efficiency Improvement: Facilities
UniCredit Group: Free Cooling in Munich Data Center
The 2009 GEIT Awards program honors organizations that have distinguished themselves through innovative models for reducing energy consumption in their data centers.
GEIT Awards winners have gone beyond instituting established industry best practices to implementing cutting-edge green IT systems. The Institute introduced the GEIT Awards program in 2008 to create institutional awareness that IT energy efficiency can enhance bottom-line profitability, while meaningfully reducing the overall corporate carbon footprint.
As rapidly growing data center energy consumption impedes our economy, the national energy supply, security and the environment, it is crucial that we emphasize awareness of this challenge and encourage the industry to come together to solve it, said Kenneth G. Brill, executive director of the Uptime Institute, a Santa Fe, N.M.-based research think-tank and advisory to owners and operators of the world's largest enterprise data centers on the technical and business issues of computing reliability, sustainability and energy efficiency. With the GEIT Awards, industry has a valuable opportunity to highlight excellence and learn from each others successes.
At the Symposium, winning companies presented case studies of their successful initiatives in data center energy efficiency, thus encouraging their peers to be advocates of change in their own organizations.