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Apr 3rd 2012

AOL Wins Award for Decommissioning Servers

AOL has notched another award in our data center energy efficiency efforts. We've won the Uptime Institute's first "Server Roundup" contest to decommission old servers. The Uptime Institute, a data center industry think tank and trade association, called for data centers to find and remove duplicated or unused applications, out-of-date, obsolete servers and replace them with more efficient, virtualized hardware.

Given AOL's ongoing efforts to be more efficient in our data centers and AOL's Technology Operations team's ongoing work decommissioning servers, this challenge seemed right up our alley. Mike Manos, SVP of Technology Operations, had the entire Tech Ops team – from systems analyst to database administrators to project management to the data center team – involved in the migration to the internal cloud-computing environment, defining "absurd" server applications and products and identifying "power hog" servers. The team had to root out servers full of ancient data, which entailed touching almost every server and doing a "door-to-door" canvas to discuss the fate of the server with the owners.

After gathering the documentation for the contest application we learned that AOL started January 2011 with 37,016 servers, and decommissioned 9,484 – a 26% turnover, grossing $5.05 million in savings for 2011. The savings encompassed many areas of the company: electric costs for the servers accounted for $1.4 million of our $13 million annual electric bill, sourcing saved $2.2 million in licensing costs and asset management had $1.2 million in sale/recycle/scrap. During this time period we did install 8,376 new, more efficient servers. Net savings, including these new servers, is $4 million – still awesome! Environmental benefits were seen in the reduction of almost 20 tons of carbon emissions!

Mar 8th 2012

AOL Industry Picks GovEvents


GovEvents has partnered with AOL Industry to provide government-related event feeds to AOL Energy, AOL Defense and AOL Government. Delivering custom feeds, based on related keywords, GovEvents will help deliver industry-specific events to AOL Industry users.

"GovEvents provides a much needed service to the government community, aggregating the numerous events taking place everyday," said Wyatt Kash, editor AOL Government. "We wanted to provide a similar service to our readers within AOL and a partnership was a great way to do this. With GovEvents, we have been able to customize the event feeds to meet the needs and interests of our audience, making it easy for them to get news, event info, online discussions, and multimedia resources all in one place."

In addition to the existing feeds, AOL Industry Editors will provide editorial coverage to select GovEvents events, providing further insight into industry events featured on the sites.

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