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Nov 12th 2012

AOL Earns Energy Star Certification for Virginia Data Centers

AOL has just earned Energy Star certifications for its Virginia data centers, Dulles and Manassas, the only two data centers in the state with this distinction.

This accomplishment means the buildings perform in the top 25% nationwide for energy efficiency and they meet strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy under the Energy Star program.

Commercial buildings that earn EPA's Energy Star certification use an average of 35% less energy than typical buildings and release 35% less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Given the power density requirements specific to data centers, an organization-wide commitment to energy conservation and efficiency is required to successfully earn the Energy Star certification. Earlier this year, AOL also won Uptime Institute awards for data center and IT efficiency.

Here are some reasons that AOL received an Energy Star Certification:

· AOL improved its data floor monitoring and chiller efficiency to better match the required cooling of the data floor with the computer room AC units; this measurement system allowed some of the AC units to be turned off at low-load times
· At the Dulles Tech Center, AOL retrofit the HVAC system with variable frequency drive motors, which resulted in increased energy efficiency
· Across the suite of Dulles campus buildings and technology centers, these cost effective and energy efficient improvements have saved AOL more than $7 million in energy costs

To learn more about AOL's sustainability efforts click here.

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.

Jun 8th 2012

Hatch Day Incubates Ideas for AOL


Developers, coders, hackers, creative-thinkers and innovators from all over AOL huddled together all day Wednesday to develop and implement cool ideas during our Hatch Day hackathon. The goal of the event: Come up with ideas to make MapQuest the ultimate destination for trip planning.

Hosted from Patch's New York headquarters, the event pulled together AOLers from Denver, Dulles, Dublin, Lancaster, New York and several remote offices. "What makes Hatch Days so great is that teams from all over the company assemble to help make a product, in this case, MapQuest, better," said CTO Curtis Brown. "The diversity of new ideas, community building and best-practice sharing makes Hatch Day events an invaluable part of our engineering and product culture."

When I first heard about Hatch Day and its purpose I was immediately inspired to participate. I don't know the first thing about coding, but loved the idea of being part of the product development process from inception, even if it was just as an observer. The real fun began as teams came together to flush out details of their projects, collaborating and sharing snippets of code and app keys via AIM Blast, and posting offers for assistance based on their level of expertise. I especially enjoyed listening in to the Pictela team brainstorm as they built out a new concept for the Portrait/Devil ad unit.

The day flew and before long it was time for the pitch presentations. Eighteen projects were presented covering everything from plotting itineraries to a topographic hiking map to the integration of the MapQuest API to 3G-enabled Kindles. Overall, I found Hatch Day to be eye-opening by seeing the results of several teams' efforts to innovate technology for our products and revitalize the culture of innovation at AOL. There are so many ways we can cross-collaborate as a company, but the projects that were created on this day, and Hatch Days to come, prove what can happen when we communicate openly and source internal talent.

To learn more about joining the AOL Team click here.

May 24th 2012

AOL Government Research Finds Potential For Government Savings Using Mobile Technology


AOL Government
is excited to release new research findings about the impact mobile technology is having on the productivity and operations of federal government agencies. The findings confirm a widespread belief that provisioning mobile technology to federal employees would significantly improve productivity and result in cost savings over the long term.

Among the findings:
  • About half (49%) of federal managers surveyed said "government employees like themselves could redeploy at least 7 hours per week toward more productive work if fully enabled to work mobily; 19% said they could redeploy more than 12 hours per week.
  • Three out of four respondents (75%) said "productivity" and "cost savings" will result from mobile technology by making it easier to complete work from the field; 82% said mobile technology would make it easier to telework; 67% said by providing immediate access to agency data through mobile devices, it would facilitate decision making.

Read more about the research findings here and learn about the latest news in the public sector by visiting AOL Government.

May 22nd 2012

AOL Featured on "Made in NY" Digital Jobs Map


As New York City's digital presence continues to grow, Mayor Bloomberg recently unveiled the launch of the "Made in NY" Digital Map, a visual testament to the vibrant state of New York's digital industry that links job seekers to employment opportunities. We are proud to be one of 325 companies featured in "Made in NY", and of course, we are hiring!

In fact, we'd like to take this as an opportunity to tell you a bit more about AOL careers on other forms of social media, too!

Here on the blog, check our new AOL Blog series "Heroes Wanted," which aims to bring you some of the most exciting employment opportunities within the many teams at AOL. Our first post goes in search of heroes to join our Mobile development team, who build some of the most fun and well-regarded mobile products in the business.

We've also just added a way to find and apply for job opportunities at AOL, Patch, Huffington Post and all of our associated brands on our AOL Facebook page.

Either way, we hope you'll take a second to learn more about AOL's open positions all around the world!

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