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Uptime Institute Announces Eighth Annual Symposium: The Global Digital Infrastructure Evolution

    Uptime Institute Announces Eighth Annual Symposium: The Global Digital
                           Infrastructure Evolution

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Dec. 13, 2012

NEW YORK, Dec. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Uptime Institute, a division of The
451 Group, today announced the eighth annual Uptime Institute Symposium will
be held May 13-16 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara,
California, with a theme of The Global Digital Infrastructure Evolution.
Senior data center industry thought leaders, innovators and practitioners from
over 30 countries will come together at Symposium 2013 to discuss strategies
and best practices for enhancing strategic planning and communication between
IT and facilities management.

Symposium will feature over 100 presentations and sessions across four days
led by industry experts and analysts from Uptime Institute and 451 Research
with participation from the most cutting-edge enterprises and organizations in
the global data center marketplace.

The Global Digital Infrastructure Evolution
Many large organizations — in industries that have historically operated their
own portfolio of data centers — are now using some form of outsourced
computing services to supplement or replace their enterprise/primary data
center.

Uptime Institute, together with The 451 Group, has defined this hybrid system
of internal and third-party services as Digital Infrastructure. What is
Digital Infrastructure? The enterprise-wide computing environment: data center
facilities, IT systems, as well as third-party compute services such as cloud
computing and multi-tenant data center providers.

But managing Digital Infrastructure poses its own unique challenges. A 2012
Uptime Institute Survey of global owners revealed that 85% utilize third-party
services like public cloud, colocation or SaaS. Yet 54% had no confidence in
their ability to compare outsourcing alternatives dependably.

Uptime Institute Symposium helps data center professionals better understand
the business requirements and financial structures that drive their
organization's Digital Infrastructure decisions. The event educates executives
on how to broker third-party IT services, and how to be educated advocates for
their internal IT operations. As an independent global data center authority,
with over 20 years in the industry advising the largest data center operators
in the world, Uptime Institute is uniquely qualified to address these issues.

Key sessions for Symposium 2013 include:

FORCSS: A Framework for Effective Communication and Decision Making
In 2012, Uptime Institute developed the FORCSS Methodology, a structured
process for capturing, analyzing, comparing and prioritizing risk factors that
drive IT-dependent business decisions. Symposium 2013 will have a Special
Focus on FORCSS, emphasizing how organizations can meet the challenge of
making the best possible decisions and investments around Digital
Infrastructure.

Twitter's data center evolution
Anoop Mavath, Director, Global Data Center Services at Twitter, explains how
his company has deployed data center infrastructure to keep pace with the
constraints and changing demands of managing one of the most dynamic workloads
on the Web. Mavath willdiscuss design specs, financing models, vendor
management, dynamic growth, geographic presence, energy efficiency and his
company's green programs.

The Disrupted Data Center: Ten technologies that might change data centers
forever
451 Research's Andy Lawrence and the Data Center Technology team will cover
leading-edge technologies -- prefab modular, Advanced DCIM, dynamic power
scaling, solid state storage, fuel cells, software-based resiliency, on-site
energy generation -- and rate these technologies in terms of their ability to
disrupt the business models, ecosystems and design of the data center.

Symposium will also feature:

  oDozens of award-winning Green Enterprise IT case studies from leading data
    center owners and designers
  oAdvice on how to purchase Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM)
    software
  o2013 results from the latest Uptime Institute Data Center Industry survey
    and Data Center Density Studies
  oCapacity planning advice, and server/storage product roadmaps

"Uptime Institute Symposium calls on IT, facilities and business executives to
develop a common language, meaningful metrics, and cross-disciplinary skills
to meet rapidly evolving computing demands," said Matt Stansberry, Uptime
Institute Director of Content and Publications. "Symposium attendees dive deep
into expert content in their specific focus areas, and the insight they gain
shapes their organizations' future success."

To view presentations from Symposium 2012 please click here.

Symposium Underwriting
The first 2013 Symposium underwriter partnerships include: Platinum sponsor
Digital Realty, Diamond sponsor Schneider Electric, Gold sponsor Emerson
Network Power, and Silver sponsor Compass Data Centers. For underwriting
information, you can download the Uptime Institute Symposium 2013 Underwriting
Prospectus here, or please contact Bruce Taylor at (505) 577-5341 /
btaylor@uptimeinstitute.com, or Matt Stansberry at (541) 505-7793 /
mstansberry@uptimeinstitute.com.

Symposium Registration
Attend Uptime Institute Symposium 2013: The Digital Infrastructure Evolution
to participate in the premier event in the data center industry by registering
here.

About Uptime Institute
Uptime Institute provides independent thought leadership, certification,
education and professional services for the global data center industry in
over 50 countries. It serves the world's leading organizations for which
global IT availability is paramount. Through Uptime Institute Professional
Services, Uptime Institute delivers due diligence assessments and
certifications of site infrastructure and site management in accordance with
the Tier and Operational Sustainability Standards.

Uptime Institute, a division of The 451 Group, is headquartered in New York,
with offices in key locations, including San Francisco, Washington DC, London,
Boston, Seattle, Denver, Sao Paulo, Dubai and Singapore. The 451 Group also
owns 451 Research, a leading technology-industry syndicated research and data
firm focused on the business of enterprise IT innovation.

Media Contacts:

  Newsmaker Group for Uptime Institute:
  Jennifer Fugel
  845.657.4202
  Jfugel@newsmakergroup.com
  OR
  Lynn Schwartz
  973.736.7118
  lschwartz@newsmakergroup.com

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