LinkedIn’s flagship data centre recognised by Uptime Institute for energy efficiency

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The Uptime Institute recently announced that LinkedIn has been awarded the Efficient IT (EIT) Stamp of Approval for LinkedIn’s data centre in Infomart Portland. The Efficient IT Stamp of Approval by Uptime Institute is a complete evaluation of enterprise leadership, operations, and computing infrastructure designed to help organisations lower costs and increase efficiency, and leverage technology for good stewardship of corporate and environmental resources. This award for Efficient IT certifies an organisation’s sustainable leadership in IT, evidencing better control of how resources are both consumed and allocated.

mlwThis is the first enterprise colocation partnership to receive the Efficient IT Stamp of Approval and it currently holds the highest Efficient IT rating worldwide. The Portland site allows the organisation direct access to green power, one of LinkedIn’s specific criteria for data centres. Other assets include network diversity, expansion capabilities, power quality, environmental impact, and talent opportunities. The goal is to provide LinkedIn members with fast, resilient and environmentally responsible services.

Sonu Nayyar, VP of production operations and IT for LinkedIn, commented: “Uptime Institute’s Efficient IT Stamp of Approval is a strong confirmation that our management functions of IT, data centre engineering, finance, and sustainability are aligned. We look forward to improving how we source energy and ultimately reaching our goal of 100% renewable energy.”

LinkedIn’s Portland data centre is powered with low-carbon power sourced from the Bonneville Power Administration, a supplier of hydroelectric power. To further optimise efficiency, to meet a dynamic and energy dense load profile, LinkedIn chose an innovative cooling design element that adjusts to the variable heat load. LinkedIn’s Portland data centre also features advanced monitoring for maximised environmental control.

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