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Michael Manos Speaks at 7X24 Exchange Fall Conference

Nov 15, 2011

Michael Manos, AOL VP of Technology Operations, presented at the 7x24 Exchange Fall Conference in Phoenix on Monday focusing on "Managing Disruption: A Data Center Love Story." During his presentation, which was covered by Rich Miller for, Manos shared his expertise on data centers, incorporating references to movie romances like "The Princess Bride," and discussed AOL's efforts to reform and update its technologies:

"AOL runs about 60,000 servers, Manos said, which are spread across five primary data centers in North America and Europe. "We're talking about dramatically reforming what was one of the world's largest Internet companies," said Manos. "In our case, the data center team was very plugged in and wanted to improve. What we did was come in and radically reduce the cruft."

A starting point was "Project Ops-Surdity," a mission to find and retire servers that were plugged in but not performing any useful functions. "In 10 months, we've been able to reduce our footprint by 4,500 servers," said Manos. "It's been a lot of work."

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