AOL Wins Server Roundup 2013: Zombies vs Cowboys

Two years running, AOL has won the Uptime Institute Server Roundup competition. Check out this video, featuring AOL’s IT and Data Center operations team battling zombie servers. Last year’s AOL video is featured here:

Catch the full video at Uptime Institute Symposium, as well as the case study on how AOL won:

One of the consistent challenges facing the data center industry is the corporate disconnect between IT and Facilities Operations. Uptime Institute invited companies around the globe to help address and solve this problem by participating in the Uptime Institute Server Roundup, an initiative to promote IT and Facilities integration, and improve data center energy efficiency.

The annual Uptime Institute Server Roundup contest was introduced in October 2011 to raise awareness about the removal and recycling of comatose and obsolete IT equipment in an effort to reduce data center energy use.

According to industry estimates, around 20 percent of servers in data centers today are obsolete, outdated or unused. Decommissioning one rack unit (1U) of servers can result in a savings of $500 per year in energy costs, an additional $500 in operating system licenses= and $1,500 in hardware maintenance costs.

While past data center efficiency efforts have focused on facilities infrastructure and PUE, the future of data center energy efficiency is up to organizations whose IT professionals are willing to take a new and innovative approach.

AOL won back-­‐to-­‐back years for overall tally of servers removed. The global Web services company decommissioned 8,253 servers in calendar year 2012. This resulted in (gross) total savings of almost $3 million from reduced utility costs, maintenance and recovery of asset resale/scrap. Environmental benefits were seen in the reduction of more than 16,000 tons of carbon emissions, according to AOL.

Video produced by AOL and Studio Now, used by permission.

Duration: 1:28
Publisher: Uptime Institute
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