Kenneth G. Brill, Founder, Uptime Institute, has passed away.
Mr. Brill pioneered several innovations in the data center industry over the past 25 years, including dual power, the industry’s Tier system for evaluating and classifying data center facility performance, and IT/facility energy efficiency and productivity measurement.
His research into the economic meltdown of Moore’s Law, data center productivity and energy efficiency, and IT’s declining economics have had a major impact on the data center performance and sustainability.
Mr. Brill founded the Uptime Institute, often called the “The Global Data Center Authority” in 1993. In 2009, the Institute was acquired by The 451 Group, a technology-industry analyst company.
Mr. Brill held an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Redlands and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
– Martin McCarthy, CEO, The 451 Group.
He also received an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Redlands and a Lifetime Achievement Awards from 7×24 Exchange International and Datacenter Dynamics.
“Ken Brill was a rare and special man. Part visionary thinker, part ruthless pragmatist, he was an iconoclast and innovator, and a man of great integrity and passion. He is legitimately known around the world as ‘The Father of the Data Center Industry,” said Martin McCarthy, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The 451 Group.
” On behalf of our firm, the clients that Ken devoted his life to serving, and the overall global IT industry, we collectively mourn his passing, and express our condolences to his family and intimates. We will all deeply miss this brilliant and bristly individual,” he added.
“Ken Brill was inspired in his thinking, and resolute in his principles. As a personality and an innovator, he left an indelible imprint on the IT and data center industry. ” said Julian Kudritzki, COO of Uptime Institute.
“His innovations are so fundamental to the progression of the data center industry over time that it is difficult to believe they can be traced back to the energy and passion of a single man. With Ken’s passing, the industry mourns a ferocious critic and committed agent of change,” he added.