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Round 'em up and move 'em out

The Uptime Institute has started a fun way to encourage companies to cut down on wasted server resources. Known as the Server Roundup, the contest features lots of cowboy imagery, a silly video and a swanky belt buckle for the winners. This year’s winner, AOL, dumped 9,484 servers for a savings of more than $5 million in upkeep costs.

The Uptime blog states, “Decommissioning a single 1U rack server can result in $500 per year in energy savings, an additional $500 in operating system licenses, and $1,500 in hardware maintenance costs.” When you remove several thousand servers, you can see how it all adds up.

Coming in second was NBC with 284 decommissioned servers.

The question of when to replace or add more servers is an important one every enterprise needs to address.

New technology is making it possible to do more with less, so maybe we’ll see a closer competition in next year’s roundup.

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