AOL Moves Micro Data Centers Powered by Penguin Computing Into Production

  AOL Moves Micro Data Centers Powered by Penguin Computing Into Production

‘Data Center in a Box’ successfully moves from prototype to real world


Business Wire

DULLES, Va. & FREMONT, Calif. -- November 12, 2012

AOL, Inc. and Penguin Computing today announced that AOL has successfully
moved its first outside Micro Data Center (MDC) into production. The system
currently handles about 20% of the traffic to AOL’s main website

AOL’s MDCs are small ‘Data Centers in a Box’. There are two MDC versions: one
for outdoor, one for indoor use. Each MDC unit is self sufficient and includes
high density servers and storage nodes from Penguin Computing’s Relion product
line as well as PDU’s, switches, load balancers and external hookups for power
and networking. The outdoor MDC is housed in a ruggedized 42U rack-size
enclosure provided by Elliptical Mobile Solutions that is NEMA 3 rated and
protects against fire, water, humidity and vandalism. It is cooled by a direct
expansion cooling module integrated with the enclosure, and has an option for
using air-side economization. The indoor MDC is housed in a 37U rack-size
enclosure from AST Modular. It uses ventilation fans installed as part of the
enclosure to keep the hardware within the manufacturer's acceptable
temperature range. The indoor MDC was designed for deployments in loosely
controlled environments, as for example warehouse spaces.

“We are honored that AOL chose Penguin Computing as a partner for implementing
a revolutionary concept for the deployment of data center capacity,” says
Charles Wuischpard, CEO Penguin Computing. “With our long standing experience
in enterprise computing and our track record as a cloud provider we understand
the challenges of rolling out new platforms and architectures. We are very
happy that we could help AOL turn the vision of MDCs into reality.”

The driving force behind AOL’s use of the MDC concept is its inherent
flexibility and the potential for realizing very large cost savings. Compute
capacity can be quickly deployed anywhere, regardless of temperature and
humidity settings. Moreover, capacity can be deployed in small increments
without the up-front expense associated with the addition of data center
capacity. Servers in local vicinity to content consumers can reduce AOL’s
reliance on commercial content delivery networks. Complementing the MDC
concept is AOL’s internal cloud platform and automation layer that enables
quick and easy remote deployment of services.

“MDCs are a game changer. They will enable AOL to deploy geo-distributed
capacity at a very low cost point in terms of upfront capital and ongoing
operational expense. As we enter new markets and constantly grow our localized
offerings MDCs will become an increasingly important foundation for our
product offerings,” says Mike Manos, CTO of AOL Services. “We expect that MDCs
will enable us to roll out five times the amount of total compute capacity in
less than 10% of the cost and physical footprint of a traditional data center
based deployment. With a deep level of technical expertise and great
dedication and commitment to our success Penguin Computing has been
instrumental in reaching this great milestone for AOL.”

Penguin Computing has worked closely with AOL to develop and deploy both the
outdoor MDC as well as an indoor MDC for non-data center deployments. AOL’s
indoor MDC will be on display at SC’12 in Penguin Computing’s booth 1217. Jay
Moran, Distinguished Engineer for AOL Services Technologies and Scott Killian,
Head of AOL Data Center Services will be delivering a presentation on AOL’s
MDCs at Penguin Computing’s on Tuesday, November 13 at 11:00AM and 2:00PM.

About AOL

AOL Inc. (NYSE: AOL) is a brand company, committed to continuously innovating,
growing, and investing in brands and experiences that inform, entertain, and
connect the world. The home of a world-class collection of premium brands, AOL
creates original content that engages audiences on a local and global scale.
We help marketers connect with these audiences through effective and engaging
digital advertising solutions.

About Penguin Computing

For well over a decade Penguin Computing has been dedicated to delivering
complete, integrated Enterprise and High Performance Computing (HPC) solutions
that are innovative, cost effective, and easy to use. Penguin offers a
complete end-to-end portfolio of products and solutions including
workstations, rackmount servers, custom server designs, power efficient rack
solutions and turnkey clusters. Penguin also offers the Scyld suite of
software products for efficient provisioning and infrastructure monitoring.
Additionally, Penguin Computing on Demand (POD), is a public HPC cloud that is
available instantly and as needed. Penguin counts some of the world’s most
demanding organizations as its customers, including AOL, Yelp, Caterpillar,
Life Technologies, Dolby, Lockheed Martin and the US Air Force.


AOL Corporate Communications
Mandy Albers, 212-652-6394
Fusion PR
Sara Preto, 212-651-4214
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