alphadogg writes: AOL decommissioned almost 10,000 servers and saved itself $5 million along the way to winning a contest that highlights the cost of running inefficient or underutilized IT equipment. Decommissioning a 1U rack server can save a company $500 a year in energy costs, $500 in OS licenses and $1,500 in hardware maintenance costs, according to Uptime Institute, the industry group that organized the competition, which it called the Server Roundup Contest. AOL's savings included $1.65 million in energy bills, $2.2 million in OS licenses and $62,000 in hardware maintenance costs. It also gained $1.2 million from scrap and resale, and reduced its carbon emissions by 20 million tons.
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