(The Hosting News) – Just how much can decommissioning and recycling servers save a tech company? Quite a bit, at least for Internet company AOL who recently won a contest held by the Uptime Institute.
AOL is set to save $5.05 million after successfully getting rid of nearly nine and a half thousand units. “The intent of the Server Roundup was to encourage and recognize the removal of obsolete computing hardware,” commented Uptime Institute Director of Content and Publications Matt Stansberry in a blog post regarding the matter.
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.”
In the same blog post, the Uptime Institute emphasized just how far recycling one server can go towards cutting costs. According to the Institute, getting rid of a single 1U rack server can result in $500 dollars saved annually.
As part of the contest, AOL had to document the decommissioning process. The overall result was a 26% server turnover rate. Meanwhile, NBC Universal came in second. AOL’s award for winning included free passes to the Uptime Institute’s upcoming Symposium along with a “commemorative rodeo belt buckle.”
The Update Institute is an organization focused on the data center industry. The contest was initially announced in October.
Decommissioning servers has provided companies with an efficient way to cut down on IT costs. Meanwhile, the U.S. government is currently overseeing its own data center consolidation effort expected to save millions. For more information on the matter, view a blog post here (blog.uptimneinstitute.com).