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Jul 11th 2012

AOL Flips on 'Game Changer' Micro Data Center

Following the ribbon-cutting on a 100% cloud-based AOL tech center late last year, AOL has now installed a data center in a small box, or a micro data center. Mike Manos, CTO, AOL Services, shares the details of this "game changer" in a blog post along with what it means for AOL.

"Not only did my teams simply kick ass, they did it in a way that moved the needle for the company, and in my mind once again catapulted themselves into the forefront of operations and technology at scale," Mike said in his post, which has already attracted 48,000 views in less than a week. Mike said the post is seeing views from Asia and Europe and is now among the top-20 most-viewed posts ever on his blog.

The deployment of the unit also attracted the attention of the tech news heavyweights including PC Magazine, Wired, ZDNet and GigaOm. AOL's technology team also recently won an award for our data center energy efficiency efforts.

Nov 15th 2011

Michael Manos Speaks at 7X24 Exchange Fall Conference

Michael Manos, AOL VP of Technology Operations, presented at the 7x24 Exchange Fall Conference in Phoenix on Monday focusing on "Managing Disruption: A Data Center Love Story." During his presentation, which was covered by Rich Miller for DataCenterKnowlege.com, Manos shared his expertise on data centers, incorporating references to movie romances like "The Princess Bride," and discussed AOL's efforts to reform and update its technologies:

"AOL runs about 60,000 servers, Manos said, which are spread across five primary data centers in North America and Europe. "We're talking about dramatically reforming what was one of the world's largest Internet companies," said Manos. "In our case, the data center team was very plugged in and wanted to improve. What we did was come in and radically reduce the cruft."

A starting point was "Project Ops-Surdity," a mission to find and retire servers that were plugged in but not performing any useful functions. "In 10 months, we've been able to reduce our footprint by 4,500 servers," said Manos. "It's been a lot of work."

Click here to read the full article about Manos' presentation on DataCenterKnowledge.com.

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