Green Enterprise IT AwardsCapgemini UK plc today announced it was selected as a winner of the prestigious 2011 Green Enterprise IT (GEIT) Awards presented by Uptime Institute. The GEIT Awards showcase organisations that are pioneering energy-efficiency improvements in their IT and data centre operations. Capgemini will be honoured at the sixth annual Uptime Institute Symposium taking place in Santa Clara, California on May 9-12, 2011. As part of the Symposium’s rich agenda, a case study about Capgemini’s award-winning initiative will be presented to the event audience. The Uptime Institute Symposium is the most influential all-stakeholder thought-leadership conference serving the global data centre industry.

Capgemini is being recognised in the Data Centre Design category for its innovative new Merlin data centre in Swindon which opened in October 2010 as the world’s most sustainable data centre, setting new global standards for sustainability and energy efficiency. The award was made jointly to Capgemini and its design contractor, Red Engineering Design.

Andy Lawrence, Program Director of the Uptime Institute Symposium and Research Director for Eco-Efficient IT, The 451 Group, said: ‘A principal objective of the GEIT Awards is to share effective ways to reduce energy consumption by highlighting innovation and best practice. This accolade is a significant accomplishment, and confirms Capgemini and Red Engineering Design as innovative leaders in the sector, having completed an exceptional major data centre construction project that really pushes the envelope on energy productivity.

Paul Anderson, Global Lead of Data Centre Hosting at Capgemini, said: ‘Capgemini is publicly committed to achieving significant and quantified advances in all aspects of sustainability, and our Merlin data centre is already making an important contribution to that objective. We are naturally delighted that our hard work, commitment and innovation have been recognised in these prestigious global awards.

The 2011 GEIT Awards are being sponsored by i/o Data Centers and entries were thoroughly reviewed by a committee of independent judges.

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