AOL Adopts Micro Data Centers to Reduce Energy Costs

As a part of the strategy called ‘Nibiru’ to move into remotely managed “lights-out” systems, AOL recently deployed single rack micro data centers in Virginia. The system is designed to be climate independent capable of functioning efficiently even without staff support.

This system allows AOL to reshape its IT infrastructure, reduce energy costs, enables it to be more flexible thus permitting it to explore the network’s unventured computing capabilities. AOL’s first micro data center was put into operation on 5th July at Dulles, Virginia.

“Our primary ‘Nibiru’ goal was to develop and deliver a data center environment without the need of a physical building”, said Michael Manos, CTO AOL Services, in a blog post. “The environment needed to require as minimal amount of physical ‘touch’ as possible and allow us the ultimate flexibility in terms of how we delivered capacity for our products and services.”

AOL plans to minimise traditional data center space usage. “That doesn’t mean we won’t use them, it means we now have a choice,” added Moran. “It allows us to have an incredible amount of geo-distributed capacity at a very low cost point in terms of upfront capital and ongoing operational expense.  This is a huge game changer.”

Bite-sized, rack-at-a-time data centres would actually allow AOL to cut its physical footprint and its costs. “The micro data center strategy built out with the latest, our most dense server standards and infrastructure would allow us to have 5X the amount of total compute capability in less than 10 percent of the cost and physical footprint”, he concludes.


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