Recycling Thousands of Servers Save Millions for AOL

(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – As part of the Uptime Institute’s Server Roundup Contest, Internet company AOL recently decommissioned and recycled nearly nine and a half thousand servers. The move is set to save the company more than five million in savings.

“The intent of the Server Roundup was to encourage and recognize the removal of obsolete computing hardware,” commented the Uptime Institute’s Director of Content and Publications Matt Stanberry in a blog post.

Stansberry continued, “So much of the past several years’ efforts around data center efficiency has focused on the facilities infrastructure and PUE. This contest was specifically designed to engage the IT community to get serious about asset utilization and energy efficiency.”

The Uptime Institute first announced the competition in October of last year. Awards for participating in the event included a badge for websites and T-shirts. Meanwhile, as the contest’s winner, AOL received free passes to the Uptime Institute’s Symposium set for May.

Recycling servers is a big way to cut down on IT costs. The Uptime Institute noted that removing just one 1U rack server from operation could save companies energy accounting for $500 dollars annually. Specifically, AOL’s decommissioning of servers accounted for a 26% turnover rate.

As part of the competition, participating companies were asked to document the process. The contest’s runner up was another high profile company, NBC Universal. For more information regarding the matter, view a blog post here (